When the movie “Wall Street” came out in 1987, it catalyzed men’s fashion, popularizing styles such as suspenders, silk pocket squares, and French cuffs. This time around The Wall Street Journal is predicting that the sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” will make a trend of clear, fashion sunglasses.
In the movie, Michael Douglas reprises the role of the fictional Gordon Gekko, a symbol of unbridled corporate greed. This time however, Gekko’s sartorial style is more subtle. Changes in his attitude, and that of the film’s other characters, are showcased not by flashy, brightly colored shirts but by accessories such as handcrafted shoes, pocket watch chains, and of course, eyeglass frames.
In the movie, Gekko sports designer frames made by Barton Perreira, an Irvine, California-based company whose shades have also graced tabloid-friendly faces such as Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan, and Mariah Carey.
What can the fashion-conscious learn from Gekko’s example? According to the film’s costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, clothes are clues to “the elements that define your character.”