Born July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, the late artist Frida Kahlo remains one of the most influential painters in the surrealist movement and the greater art community. Kahlo’s work is continually celebrated long after her death on July 13, 1954; she was the first artist of 20th Century Mexico to be displayed Louvre Museum in Paris and since her paintings have generated millions of dollars in sales at auction.
The also daringly creative eyewear company Gentle Monster pays homage to the talent and aesthetic of Frida Khalo with their acetate and stainless steel sunglass design simply called “Frida”. Although her life was not always a bed of roses, these sunnies feature rose toned lenses and spell out the word “love” on the arm pieces.
The renowned artist wasn’t afraid to mix mediums and her work often had a colorfulness that has become quintessential to her style. One of her most famous paintings, “The Frame” mixes oil paint on aluminum atop glass and painted wood (frame of course included!). These audacious sunglasses take a page right out of Frida’s book: they mix a cheeky pale green and floral print with a screamingly loud hot pink. Gray gradient lenses finish these spunky layered cat-eye frames.
Frida Khalo’s most commemorated works are without doubt her collection of self-portraits. One does not have to be an art connoisseur to recognize Khalo’s image, specifically her famous “uni-brow” which is not only recognizable but iconic. The clear blue ombré lenses of these semi-rimless sunnies seem to subtly disappear as they cascade down the face leaving the comically thick black brow bridge to immortalize the artist’s lionized brows.
Frida Khalo was certainly one of history’s grand divas; she threw lavish parties and created works of art that were purposely naive in their message. She drew inspiration from her own personal experiences, even those of great physical and emotional pain, and in turn became an icon of feminism. Much like Khalo’s art, the Lupa Studios “Frida Khalo” sunglasses seen above are rich with color and folkloric femininity, and per her diary each color she paints bares a meaning. Green and Blue are the prevalent colors featured on the intricate frames, which per her analysis represent “good warm light” and “electricity and purity love”. Though Frida Khalo is long passed, she remains an inspiration to people, artists, and designers everywhere, as seen in this composite of prismatic eyewear denominating her.