Monthly Archives: May 2010

Benicio del Toro in Persol Sunglasses

Photo: Flynet

Few actors can command a stronger on-screen presence than Benny. That voice, those eyes…pure magic. The Puerto Rican actor/producer started out in the biz playing mostly thugs and drug dealers.  But his career gained ground-shaking momentum in 1995 with his breakout performance in The Usual Suspects, as the mumbling, wisecracking Fred Fenster. A few months later, he stood out among a top-notch ensemble cast in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, a complex dissection of the North American drug wars. As the magnetic Javier Rodriguez — a Mexican border cop struggling to remain honest amid the corruption and deception of illegal drug trafficking — del Toro, who spoke most of his lines in Spanish, gave a performance that dominated the film and earned him  an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In 2009, he killed it as Che Guevara in the film Che and grabbed a Goya Award for Best Spanish Lead Actor. Among his latest projects, del Toro starred in and produced the 2010 remake of Lon Chaney, Jr.’s classic cult film The Wolf Man. Benny is dapper in these ultra-hip Persol sunglasses–choose from 10 frame/lens color combinations. Simply magnifico.

Buy these now: Persol PO0649,  $171

Ryan Phillippe in Prada Sunglasses

Photo: Flynet

Ryan’s acting career began in the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. But it was his starring role as the venerable and traffic-stopping-sexy, Sebastian Valmont,  in Cruel Intentions that really got heads turning (mainly females). In a word, his performance was, well, “whoa.” He ended up marrying his Cruel Intentions co-star Reese Witherspoon and they spawned two equally-gorgeous offspring–Ava Elizabeth and Deacon Reese. But after more than seven years of marriage–and soon after Reese won her Oscar–the couple divorced. And he didn’t even ask for spousal support–now that’s a real man. Next up for the hunk is a rare comedic role as Lt. Dixon Piper in MacGruber, the film adaptation of the popular SNL skit and The Bang Bang Club, which tells the real-life story of the four South African photographers (aka the Bang-Bang Club) whose images documented the bloody end of apartheid. Ryan’s deliciousness shines through in these Prada shades–available in three sleek frame/lens color combos. He definitely doesn’t need Reese to “complete” him–he’s got it going on all on his own.

Buy these now: Prada PR51LS , $221

Rihanna in Carrera Sunglasses

RiRi makes a fashion statement every she goes and we love that about her. She continues to push the style envelope on the red carpet and on the street. But, the Grammy-winning, Barbadian beauty has had her share of publicity nightmares, i.e. the Chris Brown shenanigans, and she handled them with relative grace and poise. She bounced back in top form with a smash hit album, Rate R,  and world-wide tour (though she needs to watch those stage steps in her stilettos!). These Carrera Endurance sunglasses are so her–all-out flashy, confident and fun. Way to pick yourself up by the boot straps, girlfriend.

Buy these now: Carrera Endurance T/S, $93

Vanessa Minnillo in Tom Ford Sunglasses

When describing Vanessa Minnillo, drop-dead gorgeous doesn’t begin to cover it. She’s a former Miss Teen USA and got her break hosting Total Request Live on MTV and doing New York-based correspondent work for Entertainment Tonight. A military “brat” (dad is American of Italian and Irish descent and mom is Filipino), she moved around a lot before finally settling in South Carolina, where she represented the state in the Miss Teen USA pageant. It comes as no surprise that Maxim magazine listed Minnillo as #15 on its Hot 100 list. Her more recent headlines are the result of being Nick Lachey’s main squeeze with their on / off / on-again relationship. She is uber chic in these Tom Ford shades which come in six stylish frame hues. Is it just us, or did Nick aim to go polar opposite from his ex, Jessica Simpson, when he snagged Vanessa? Smart man.

Buy these now: Tom Ford FT0076,$253

Kellan Lutz in Ray Ban Sunglasses

Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline

Hunky Kellan Lutz has the Twilight Saga francise to thank for his new-found fame. He’s best known for his role as Emmett Cullen, the fun-loving big bro in the illustrious vampire family. But as one can easily imagine given his chiseled physique and pouty lips, he got his start as a model for Abercrombie and Fitch. He recently reprised his modeling chops in a 2010 ad campaign for Calvin Klein underwear (in a word, yowza). In his free time, he likes to engage in numerous sports activities like extreme skateboarding, weight training, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, racquetball, and snowboarding. If it doesn’t require a shirt, we’re all for it! Just these sporty-chic Ray Bans, available in three frame and lens combos, will do.

Buy these now: Ray Ban  RB8302, $134