They made it to style magazines in the sixties after Hollywood actor Audrey Hepburn famously wore them in the romantic comedy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now, these retro cat eye frames have made their way to Indian markets, with many desi celebs such as Sonam Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut and Esha Gupta sporting them.
“There is a rise in the demand of cat eye glasses. We are selling around 3000 pieces every week. Apart from metros, we
are getting business from cities such as Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Lucknow as well,” says Peyush Bansal, CEO of the online optical store lenskart.com, where these frames are priced between Rs 499 and Rs 10,000.
Designer and stylist Pernia Qureshi, who styled actor Sonam Kapoor in films such as Aisha and Thank You, says that the look is indeed in. “These glasses are popular abroad and are finally catching up in India too. There is something sophisticated and feminine about this style… it also has a very retro feel to it,” says Qureshi.
Markets such as Janpath and Sarojini Nagar have cheaper version of the glasses. “I recently bought these frames from Sarojini Nagar for R250,” says 20-year-old student Kriti Bhargava.
WHAT ARE CAT EYE GLASSES?
Thick-rimmed curved glasses that form an arch at the corner of the eye. Due to the feminine design, they are worn mainly by women. They were a rage in the 50s and 60s, with style icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor popularising the trend. Cat eye glasses are available at most eyewear stores across Delhi and are priced anywhere between Rs 350 to Rs 80,000, depending on the brand.