Shutter Shades

Shutter Shades

by Zach Kay on October 3, 2011

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Aside from the uncanny popularity of these shades during the 1980s, and then again after French designer and eyewear brand Alain Mikli created a contemporary custom pair for rapper Kanye West’s 2007 music video “Stronger” (influenced by the ’80s design), these shades have seen more nose bridges than Breathe Right Nasal Strips. West also sported a pair during his performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards the year before, as well as Saturday Night Live. That’s what did it for these funky specs. Ever since then, the “Venetian Blinders” — what they were referred to in the ’80s — have made their mark on risky fashion-takers nationwide, namely in New York City.

The new Shutter Shades met their hay-day almost a decade after the turn of the millennium, although variations keep popping up here and there. Yes, people actually walk around the streets and wear these sunglasses, but nowadays current models come in rainbow (below), glow-in-the-dark and neon, flashing varieties (below), to name a few.

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