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Lensless glasses

Girl in Hong Kong wearing lensless glasses.

Lensless glasses are glasses that lack lenses. They are worn solely for aesthetic or fashion purposes, having no function in vision correction or eye protection. The frames are usually over-sized, and commonly all black in colour. They may be worn in conjunction with contact lenses. Advantages of lensless glasses are that they do not fog or reflect, and there is no lens that will touch long eyelashes and eyelash extensions.[1]

Lensless glasses first became popular in Japan in the 1990s. The trend died out, but has resurged recently in China and Taiwan.

Maison Martin Margiela released gold frames that are lensless and half-rimless.[2][3][4]

NBA

Many NBA players wear lensless glasses with thick plastic frames like horn-rimmed glasses during post-game interviews, geek chic that draws comparisons to Steve Urkel.[5][6][7][8][9] Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, known for his red frames claimed to have started the trend when he entered the league in 2008 but LeBron James of the Miami Heat disagreed.[6][10][11] James' teammate Dwyane Wade calls them "nerd glasses."[10] After the Heat won Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals Wade took it a step farther by wearing flip-up sunglasses.[12] Wade said he was, "paying a little homage to Dwayne Wayne tonight", referencing Kadeem Hardison's popular character from A Different World.[13]

In a comedic ESPN commercial Westbrook switches glasses with Jeff Van Gundy and ends up driving through a cornfield.[14]

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