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You may know celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal for his weird gastronomic creations, from snail ice-cream to edible table settings.And you may know him for looking rather dashing in a pair of spectacles. Glasses are essential for Heston, of course (after all, you don’t want to over-snail the ice-cream), but he also wears them with a certain elan, and his love of the look is presumably what persuaded him to create his own range of signature glasses with high street opticians Vision Express.Heston has just revealed his creative collaboration with designers Inspecs, and pretty sharp it is too. 

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Heston Blumenthal's glasses and the most iconic glasses-wearing menHeston Blumenthal is making glasses cool in the kitchen. Other men have made them cool everywhere else.Heston Blumenthal is making glasses cool in the kitchen. Other men have made them cool everywhere else.Hugh Wilson2013-03-27T12:15:002013-03-27T12:15:00 trueHeston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses coolYou may know celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal for his weird gastronomic creations, from snail ice-cream to edible table settings.And you may know him for looking rather dashing in a pair of spectacles. Glasses are essential for Heston, of course (after all, you don’t want to over-snail the ice-cream), but he also wears them with a certain elan, and his love of the look is presumably what persuaded him to create his own range of signature glasses with high street opticians Vision Express.Heston has just revealed his creative collaboration with designers Inspecs, and pretty sharp it is too. topHeston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's glasses and men who made glasses cool - 1(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glassesDesign features and technical details include three dot rivets, smooth brushed metals, beveled edges and brushed metal curves.“I found the microscopic attention to detail needed when designing eyewear fascinating," said Heston. "Like great food, great eyewear is the result of meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to making a product that surpasses expectation, where every millimetre needs careful consideration.”Available now at all Vision Express stores priced, or two-for-one for a limited time.The chef has become an iconic specs wearer, but which other men have made a bespectacled look their own? Quite a few, as it happens...On Bing: discover the Heston Blumenthal eyewear range for Vision ExpresstopHeston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Heston Blumenthal's iconic glasses - 2(©Vision Express)Tom CruiseIn the 1980s Tom Cruise was the height of cool - no, really - thanks to iconic roles in movies such as Cocktail and, in particular, Top Gun.In Top Gun Cruise played a cocky fighter pilot who got the girl, thanks largely to his impressive Ray-Ban Aviator specs (we reckon). The large, dark shades were perfect for the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat, but perhaps less than practical in the grey expanse of a suburban shopping centre in Britain, as many young men at the time found out.On Bing: more on Top GuntopTom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)Tom Cruise - 3(©Moviestore Collection-Rex Features)John LennonCould it be that the little round glasses marked John Lennon’s transition from mop-topped pop star to serious musical legend? Whatever, it’s certainly true today that a young man only has to slip on a pair of the iconic specs while carrying the collected works of Dostoevsky for legions of bookish, sensitive girls to fall at his feet and offer to write his essay.On Bing: more on Lennon's little round glassestopJohn Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)John Lennon - 4(©Harry Goodwin-Rex Features)David HockneyCelebrated artist Hockney is not noted for his sartorial style - for most of his life he seems to have worn the dull uniform of the English middle-class gent - slacks, cardigans, suit jackets with ties. But his artistic side had to find expression somewhere. What has always marked Hockney out (aside from the paintings, of course) is his varied choice of spectacles, particularly the large, heav- rimmed round pair he combined maniacally in the 1960s with a shock of bleached-blond hair.On Bing: more on David HockneytopDavid Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)David Hockney - 5(©Getty Images)Elton JohnElton has worn all sorts of crazy specs in his time, but his legendary star-shaped pair may be the most famous. Yes yes, of course they were naff and silly and had 'Look at me, I’m whacky!' written all over them (not literally). But somehow Elton pulled the look off in the way only Elton could, and they added to his charm.On Bing: more on Elton's shadestopElton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Elton John - 6(©Jim McHugh-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu ReevesPlenty of sci-fi heroes sport classic shades (think of the Men in Black, for starters). But Neo, Keanu Reeves’ character in The Matrix, turns from confused computer geek to The One (essentially the saviour of humanity) when he starts slipping on a pair of small, oval-shaped lenses at every opportunity. In fact pretty much anyone of any importance in The Matrix rocks nice shades - goody and baddy alike -  proving that glasses are way more important than clothes when it comes to being a futuristic uberdude.On Bing: more on Keanu ReevestopKeanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Keanu Reeves - 7(©Bureau L.A. Collection-Sygma-Corbis)Buddy HollyLet’s face it, with his thick, black-framed glasses and clean-cut style, Buddy Holly didn’t look like a rock and roll revolutionary. But his glasses became part of a winning combination - the look of the harmless square mixed with the music of the devil (or that’s how they saw it in 1956). His unthreatening persona helped break down barriers in post-war America, and sneak sinful rock and roll under the doors of prudish, God-fearing suburbia.On Bing: more on Buddy HollytopBuddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Buddy Holly - 8(©Everett Collection-Rex Features)Woody AllenIn his best movie work, Woody Allen is the loser, a neurotic nerd who might inexplicably get the girl but more often than not loses her again. He’s small, skinny and looks about as far from the movie star stereotype as it’s possible to get. He’s also a brilliant comedy vehicle, and his dark-rimmed glasses - he appears to have worn the same nondescript pair throughout his career - are an integral part of this winning persona.On Bing: more on Woody AllentopWoody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Woody Allen - 9(©Bettmann-CORBIS)Gok WanLike Heston, Gok Wan likes wearing glasses so much he’s created his own range. His signature look is chunky, bold, squarish frames. Perfect to make you look good naked, apparently.On Bing: more on Gok WantopGok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Gok Wan - 10(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Dame EdnaFor those who are confused by the presence on this list of Australia’s most famous 'female' export, our excuse is that Dame Edna is really, of course, a man. You pretty much need to be in drag to pull off this look, in which the magnificent jewel-encrusted glasses are not so much eyewear as a statement of suburban antipodean eccentricity.On Bing: more on the legendary Barry HumphriestopDame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Dame Edna - 11(©Getty Images)Andy WarholAndy Warhol was heavily identified with his glasses, which had an anti-fashion feel to go with his anti-art art. They made him look a bit geeky, and the plastic frames and sometimes striking shapes lent them a (presumably deliberate) disposable pop art look.On Bing: more on Andy WarholSo there are 10 famous men who made wearing glasses cool (or at least kinda funny, in Dame Edna’s case). And why shouldn’t glasses be iconic? We spend a lot of time thinking about what shoes to buy, but it’s your eyes everybody notices first.topAndy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Andy Warhol - 12(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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