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Forget geek chic, glasses are now a symbol of grownup sophistication – even celebrities have discovered the joy of specs.

For a trend to emerge, it usually runs the gamut of catwalk collections. There are some, however, that don't work like that. Take glasses. Unlike a few season ago, when they appeared as part of a geek chic everywhere from Givenchy to Marni, they were far less visible at the recent spring/summer shows. Instead, this latest evolution for glasses is in real life – or a version of it. They have been seen on the front row, worn by celebrities on the red carpet and have an unlikely champion in Victoria Beckham. She is launching a range of eyewear with Cutler & Gross next year, and has, coincidentally, come out as a closet specs wearer. "I haven't found glasses that suit me," she explained. "That's why I've decided to do them myself. It will be nice to see where I'm going for once."

Bespectacled stars Christina Hendricks, Iris Apfel, Marilyn Monroe, Victoria Beckham and Tinie Tempah. Photograph: Rex Features / Eroteme.co.uk / Photomontage by Guardian Imaging

Bespectacled stars Christina Hendricks, Iris Apfel, Marilyn Monroe, Victoria Beckham and Tinie Tempah. Photograph: Rex Features / Eroteme.co.uk / Photomontage by Guardian Imaging