Since it's creation in 1952, Ray Ban's Wayfarer sunglasses have remained an essential piece of any respectable rock musician's wardrobe. The iconic, black plastic frames have graced the brows of Debbie Harry, Bob Dylan and the Killers, transcending fashion and music trends that came and went. Its design unchanged since the beginning, the original Wayfarers will be relaunched in spring/summer 07 as the centrepiece of Ray Ban's new collection, and will also be available in red and white for the first time.
To celebrate the relaunch in New York and London recently, photographs of the Wayfarers being worn by its famous fans were on exhibition for one night only, documenting its rise over the years. The legendary collection of images is the work of photographer Mick Rock and runs the gamut of rock music's greatest players, including U2, Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) all wearing the classic black frames. Much like an unbelievable comeback tour, the same photographs will be on display for an encore performance at The Lock Tavern in Camden, London, from 1st February till the end of the month.