By  on October 8, 2007

LAS VEGAS — Nicole Richie better watch her back: She’s getting serious competition for the position of chief sunglass trendsetter from the ghost of Steve McQueen.

Although sunglass exhibitors at the Vision Expo West trade show here didn’t completely pull away from the ultraglitz of Richie-spotlighted elephant frames, they appear to be segueing to a casual cool aesthetic more suited to the driver’s seat than the red carpet. Drawing from decades of yesteryear, vintage looks with subtle contemporary tweaks abounded at the event, held from Oct. 4 to 7 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center and neighboring Venetian Hotel Resort Casino.

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