Heart-shaped glasses have been in and out of vogue since around the time of Stanley Kubrick’s controversial 1962 film, Lolita, derived from the novel by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, which was written in 1955. In the ’70s, one of the most famous eyewear-clad musicians of all time, Sir Elton John, rocked out regularly in a pair of Lolita-inspired frames (pictured). That signature pair was on loan to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum for an exhibit on the 60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll but was stolen in April 2015. The news made headlines everywhere from Billboard magazine to celebrity-gossip site TMZ.com. The thief, 26-year-old Matthew Colvin, soon confessed to the crime and returned the iconic frames to the museum. Eyewear and Elton fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief. The last two decades have also witnessed a wave of popularity of Lolita frames. They were seen on celebrities such as Madonna, who donned them for her 2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour, as well as Kelly Osborne, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Richie and recently, Selena Gomez. Always a fun summertime accessory and throwback to the peace-and-love ’60s, the heart-shaped frame never really seems to go out of style.


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