Michael Jackson's Iconic Aviators Are Making A Comeback & Here's How To Buy Them
The '90s are the decade du jour for recent fashion and beauty trends, but don't sleep on the '80s. The '80s are always in style in some way -- and you don't have to look too far for proof. Michael Jackson's iconic '80s Thriller -era aviators are coming back in major way, according to Vogue.
Jackson really was the King of Accessories as much as he was the King of Pop, with his signature red leather jacket, his single, jewel-encrusted glove, and his fedoras. He was undoubtedly a style icon.
The late singer and the father of Paris Jackson was quite a fan of oversized aviators, too.
Now, you can potentially own a supremely limited edition pair of Jackson-inspired shades. Italian eyewear brand illesteva (with a small "i") and the Michael Jackson estate have partnered up to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Thriller by releasing a pair of thin, reflective gold, and frameless aviators that are a modern interpretation of the originals Jackson favored in the '80s and the early '90s.
Only 200 pairs of these aviators have been produced. You might think that that sort of exclusivity would come with a steep price tag. But they are just $240 a pair, which falls in line with many prestige, department store brands.
Why did the brand and the estate opt for this silhouette? Duh — because it was MJ-preferred, is an enduring shape, and could be adapted for a modern look. But it really just screams "MICHAEL JACKSON!"
Check out that detail in the corner! The shades are available as of Aug. 8 — today!
"When we think of him, the aviator immediately comes to mind," designer Daniel Silberman told Vogue. "We wanted to design a shape that he would wear on stage today, but combined with modern technology."
For those keeping score at home and interested in the materials, Silberman said, "The frame is made out of a 2.55 millimeter mask lens in custom gold gradient with lightweight steel temples."
If you are a shades obsessives or just love the late, great MJ, well, you will certainly covet these babies. They do look like something he would rock.
MJ wore shades all of the time, even at the Grammys ceremony.
He wore his sunglasses at night and in doors.
That red leather jacket, though!
MJ = Total style icon. Indeed.
Now you see where Bruno Mars gets some his fashion inspo, right?