February 11th, 2010
Black History Month, Kanye West
Black History Fashion Trend : Kanye West Shutter Shades
By Claire

Whatever you thoughts on Kanye West, it’s hard to ignore the contributions he  has made to fashion. Aside from launching Louis Vuitton sneakers and Nike Air Yeezy’s, he started a relatively short lived, yet undeniable trend: Shutter Shades.

The visibility impairing, seemingly impractical sunnies were the highlight of Ye’s 2008 Glow in the Dark tour, and created a literal fury with absolutely everyone rocking the shades in a rainbow of colors:

Of course Kanye didn’t create this look in a vacuum, and was undoubtedly influenced by Sho’Nuff, the Sho’Gun of Harlem from the 1985 cult flick The Last Dragon:
No matter his inspiration, it was Kanye who made the look mainstream and ridiculously popular, if only for a 6 month time span.

Did you own a pair of shutter shades?
Check out these videos to reminisce:

Sho’nuff from the Last Dragon

Kanye West, Stronger

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6 Responses to “Black History Fashion Trend : Kanye West Shutter Shades”

  1. Anonymous says:

    We’d like to thing that these sunglasses are forever iconic and are now a timeless classic. Kids forever will be intrigued and inspired by Shutter Shades because of how fashionably outrageous they are, but most importantly how confidence-inspiring they are. Love em or hate em, at least you have a feeling about them – and that’s saying a lot in today’s short-attention span society. They’ll be around forever.

  2. birdie says:

    I don’t know if I’d call them a black fashion trend. Kanye made them popular, but the main consumer wasn’t the black community.

  3. Nunyah says:

    I think it was a trend b/c a black man started it. And how can you count the number of people who wore them?

  4. sun.kissed says:

    Dang Claire, did we run out of trends? I can’t believe shutter shades made the list before ‘OPP jackets’, ‘towel coats’, and ‘Jodeci boots’. Maybe those are just Chicago trends.

  5. Claire says:

    @sun.kissed I came up with this yesterday and believe it or not, I was actually sad and distraught over Alexander McQueen (still am). Not much of an excuse, perhaps, but the shutter shades post was a hasty one. We’re only halfway through the month, though, and we have a lot more coming down the pipe! And thanks for mentioning the ‘OPP jackets’ ‘towel coats’ etc, I actually hadn’t really heard of those, but will definitely investigate!

  6. William O. B'Livion says:

    “…hard to ignore the contributions he has made to fashion. ”

    No, no it isn’t. Not at all.

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