The UEFA Euro 2016 has been a larger cultural event than anyone could have expected. Flaring up questions from international politics to plain old footie scores, it’s all things to all people. It might surprise you, but the UEFA even impacts on our pièce de résistance – eyewear fashion.
Ian Wright was an English professional footballer. He enjoyed initial success with London clubs Crystal Palace and Arsenal, spending a total of 13 years in the two clubs (six in Crystal Palace; seven in Arsenal). With Arsenal, Wright lifted the Premier League title and the Euro Cup Winners Cup. In total, he played 581 league games, scored 387 goals for seven clubs in Scotland and England, and earned 33 caps for the English national team. Since retiring from football, Wright has had a TV career (featuring in shows as a varied as Top of the Pops and Men & Motors), a radio career, a writing career, a year long stint as a coach for Milton Keynes Dons and a career in punditry. Both of his sons are professional footballers.
Wright’s career is astounding. As it happens, he also wears some rather fetching specs.
At some point in 2014 Wright became a little bit of a fashion icon. He wore good glasses and he wore them well. Whilst some of the stranger milieu that seems to follow such things on social media may have made the odd joke or off-hand comment, we’re convinced that the vast majority of commentators were genuinely interested. Wright was mystified:
But even this was not to stem the tide. Whilst the coverage of Wright’s glasses died off for a while, it came back with a vengeance in November 2015, with the advent of “armless glasses gate”. As he appeared on the BBC’s Match of the Day, many viewers were shocked to see that Wright’s glasses had only one arm. The internet buzzed with a vibrant mockery. Wright later clarified that this wasn’t a fashion statement – he had accidentally sat on his frame before going on the show. It was too late, however, and Wright’s frames were back in the spotlight.
With the Euro cup this year, Wright’s glasses have stepped back to the fore. A popular topic of discussion on social media, frequently commented on by news articles and always stylish – Wright is one to follow, no matter how much he might protest against it.