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Hollywood Stars: Back to the Dark Age

It was one of Hollywood’s most enduring Lotharios, Jack Nicholson, who best summed up the power of the celebrity’s most vital fashion accessory.

“With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson,” said the man still considered one of Tinseltown’s coolest inhabitants. “Without them, I’m fat and 60.”

New coffee table book 50 Shades features 50 atmospheric photographs of 50 of the world’s best-known stars – from the worlds of film, music, literature, fashion and even politics – embracing life on the dark side, and looks at the ways some of the most fascinating figures in popular culture dealt with public scrutiny.

From Blondies’ Debbie Harry who wore mirrored lenses to meetings so that the corporate executives from her record label saw themselves reflected back when they looked at her, to Steve McQueen, whose Persol shades worn in The Thomas Crown Affair went on to sell at auction in Los Angeles in 2006 for an eye-watering $70,000, to Marilyn Monroe, who helped create the idea that hiding behind dark glasses made you seem special, the images speak volumes about how these celebrities saw themselves and how they wanted us to see them. 

Hello! magazine

12 Nov, 2012

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