Photographed by Stephen Mark Sullivan

It’s the shape favored by icons such as John Lennon and Phillip Johnson (and painter David Hockney, bottom center) though the frames they wore could not be more dissimilar. Perhaps the versatility of the shape is what has kept it so popular. Small and sophisticated or big and bold, with a brow bar across the top or sporting graphic type, this shape continues to show off its limitless potential.

–Iris Johnson