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61 Eyewear & Sunglasses Innovations + Gift Ideas

— December 14, 2008 — Fashion
2008 has been a big year for eyewear and sunglasses design and its marketing. From controversial Tom Ford eyewear ads that were banned in Italy for being too suggestive to a revival of the ‘80s, ‘70s and even ‘60s styles, it seems like we’ve seen it all this year.

However, the biggest eyewear story of 2008 was Governor Sarah Palin’s Kawasaki 704 Glasses. These frameless specs ignited a craze that put the name of the Japanese designer on the map and ended as one of Trend Hunter’s most popular trends of 2008.

Palin’s glasses aside, we have seen an increased interest in tech-savvy eyewear. Designers have produced glasses and sunglasses with a bevy of advanced technological features--everything from video sunglasses to glasses that translate or have embedded cameras and digital pictures in their frame.

And if you’re not a fan of wearing sunglasses but would like to get in on the action, you can even buy lamps that are made from aviators or Ray-Bans. Now that’s cool!
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Photo Frame Sunglasses
Photo Frame Sunglasses
Tiah Eyewear
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Movies While Multi-Tasking
Movies While Multi-Tasking
T4-N Teleglasses
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58
Luxury Labels for Love
Luxury Labels for Love
Cavalli Names "Eva" Sunglasses After Wife
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57
Smart Video Glasses Boost Memory
Smart Video Glasses Boost Memory
Cyber Goggles
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56
Swarovski Opera Glasses
Swarovski Opera Glasses
Luxury Views at the Met
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55
Ugly Food Glasses
Ugly Food Glasses
Blue Shade Glasses Help You Lose Weight?
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54
Hand-Carved Wood Glasses
Hand-Carved Wood Glasses
Urban Spectacles
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53
Glasses That Translate
Glasses That Translate
The Translayferers
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52
White Sunglasses
White Sunglasses
Fendi
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51
Video Camera Sunglasses
Video Camera Sunglasses
Stylish Shades Record What You See
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50
Bamboo Sunglasses
Bamboo Sunglasses
iWood Shades are Green Chic
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49
Video Glasses for Your Video iPod
Video Glasses for Your Video iPod
22Moo i-Vision 230
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48
Political Fashion Influences
Political Fashion Influences
Tag Heuer Knocks Off Sarah Palin's Glasses
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47
Anti-Jetlag Glasses
Anti-Jetlag Glasses
Re-Set Your Body's Clock on the Fly
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46
Video Glasses for Frequent Flyers
Video Glasses for Frequent Flyers
Mikimoto-Beans i-Theater
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45
Geek Glasses For Geezers
Geek Glasses For Geezers
Eyetonomy SightMate
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44
Doggles
Doggles
The Eyewear for Dogs
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Subtitle Eyeglasses For Closed Caption Addicts
Subtitle Eyeglasses For Closed Caption Addicts
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Lampshade Made of Aviators
Lampshade Made of Aviators
Celebrity Lamp
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41
Swiss Army Sun Glasses
Swiss Army Sun Glasses
Uber Shades
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40
DV920 Video Eyewear
DV920 Video Eyewear
A Movie Theater in Your Glasses
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39
Round Glasses
Round Glasses
Rolling into Fashion For Spring 2008
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38
Gold As Fashion
Gold As Fashion
Bras, Eyeglasses and Accessories All Created Out of Gold
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37
Vibrant Sunglasses
Vibrant Sunglasses
Hot Fashion Trend For Summer '07
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36
Sunglasses Without Lenses
Sunglasses Without Lenses
Shutter Shades (Gold & Silver Coming Soon)
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35
Chopstick Glasses
Chopstick Glasses
Hip Stix
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34
Publicity Stunt Pricing
Publicity Stunt Pricing
Dolce & Gabanna's $369,000 Sunglasses
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33
Dripping Tar Sunglasses
Dripping Tar Sunglasses
Anna ter Haar Designs
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32
Flat-Packed Sunglasses
Flat-Packed Sunglasses
Personalized DIY Eyewear
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31
Rearview Glasses
Rearview Glasses
Nike Hindsight Extends Peripheral Vision
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30
I Drove All Night
I Drove All Night
TAG Heuer Night Vision Glasses
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29
Political Fashion Analysts
Political Fashion Analysts
Nina Garcia Hates Sarah Palin Glasses
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28
Reworked Raybans
Reworked Raybans
Your Grandma's Sunglasses are So Hot Right Now
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27
Limited Edition Aviators
Limited Edition Aviators
22 Karat Gold Ray-Ban Ultra to Mark 20th Anniversary
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26
Paneled Eyewear
Paneled Eyewear
‘4 Occhi' Glasses
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25
Foldable Shades
Foldable Shades
Space-Saving Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
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24
Lights Made of Sunglasses
Lights Made of Sunglasses
'Ray & Stevie' Pendant Light
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23
Hands-Free Photography
Hands-Free Photography
Mac Funamizu's Futuristic Camera Sunglasses
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22
Sunglasses with Bows
Sunglasses with Bows
Bandage Chic Bowdacious Shades
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21
Face-Engulfing Eyewear
Face-Engulfing Eyewear
Escada Goes Big for their Newest Line of Sunglasses
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20
80s Sunglasses Dominate Fashion Market
80s Sunglasses Dominate Fashion Market
Ray Ban Wayfarer
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19
Self-Cleaning Eyewear
Self-Cleaning Eyewear
ClearVision Glasses
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18
Geeky Eyewear
Geeky Eyewear
Lab Chic Glasses Have Built in Camera
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17
Night Glasses with Glow in the Dark Equalizer
Night Glasses with Glow in the Dark Equalizer
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16
Space Goggles
Space Goggles
Bright, Futuristic Glasses
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15
Color-Changing Eyewear
Color-Changing Eyewear
RGB Rainbow Glasses
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14
60s Shades
60s Shades
Cutler and Gross Eyewear
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13
Multi-Media Sunglasses
Multi-Media Sunglasses
Thanko All-In-One Video Glasses
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12
Beak Glasses
Beak Glasses
Linda Farrow Haute Couture Eyewear For Spring Summer 2008
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11
LCD Eyeglasses
LCD Eyeglasses
Sony Video Glasses
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10
Relaunching 1970s Eyewear
Relaunching 1970s Eyewear
Linda Farrow Sunglasses
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9
Controversial Ad Bans
Controversial Ad Bans
Italian Tom Ford Sunglasses Ad
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8
Asymmetrical Glasses
Asymmetrical Glasses
Sugarkane's Stylish Specs
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7
80s Sunglasses For Men
80s Sunglasses For Men
Josh Hartnett's White Shades
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6
Eccentric Eyewear
Eccentric Eyewear
Bringing Sight Through Piercings with Pierced Glasses
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5
Dior Sport Sun Mask Sunglasses Look Ready for Outer Space
Dior Sport Sun Mask Sunglasses Look Ready for Outer Space
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4
Funky Futuristic Eye Glasses
Funky Futuristic Eye Glasses
Opus Design Award Winners
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3
Tasseled Sunglasses
Tasseled Sunglasses
Beyonce's Tinsel Shades
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2
Enormous Futuristic Sunglasses
Enormous Futuristic Sunglasses
Maison Martin Margiela Incognito Eyewear
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1
Designer Eyeglass Frenzy
Designer Eyeglass Frenzy
Sarah Palin Fuels Kawasaki 704 Glasses Craze
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