Eyewear Excellence…

Luxurious optical frames, innovative sunglasses and stylish accessories keynote this month’s edition of Eyestylist. International designers, boutiques and gorgeous frames are to be discovered in all our sections – so click and find eyewear and accessory style excitement at your fingertips. If you have not already done so, be sure to sign up for Eyestylist Exclusives – our monthly newsletter highlighting new trends and collections.

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Eyewear Inspiration from Israel and Italy

Eyewear Inspiration from Israel and Italy

Frames and Accessories with Individuality

20th August 2014 Israeli design duo Maya Sapir and Dafna Lustig are wowing fashion aware women with their new “Leopard Collection” of unique sunglasses. Mays is an optician with a keen instinct on what customers desire; Dafna is a model, TV and radio broadcaster for fashion and culture. Corso Como in Milan quickly snapped up their first collaboration, and as of 1st September, the designs will also be available in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The frames are sold under the label Hamashkifa x Dafnalu. Hamishkifa is a Hebrew word that has two meanings – either “the observer” or “a person that puts glasses on your face.” In the above photo, Dafna, left, wears Ronili and Maya sports Lali – both designs from The  Leopard Collection, handmade in Mazzucchelli acetate. www.hamashkifa.com

 

Eyewear and Accessories by Pollipò

Italian artisan crafting is evident with inventive shapes in eyewear and accessories by Pollipò in Rome. The sunglasses embrace a fresh new mood in handmade acetate (style P477) with a verdigris honeycomb finish. A chic  jewel clutch in Tuscan leather with an ostrich pattern has an Arizona turquoise gemstone nestled on a mother-of-pearl disc. Pollipò also designs jewellery, and Italian dash meets America’s wild west in a rhodium-plated sterling silver bracelet with Arizona turquoise gemstones. www.pollipocchiali.it JG

Lindberg Variations

Lindberg Variations

Exceptional Eyewear Style For All Ages

15th August 2014 Lindberg, the elegant Danish label, features sleek, modern designs in luxurious materials. The Lindberg Strip 9700 Collection offers a unique blending of technology and style. Model 9703 (above) has a distinctive, richly textured front and unique temple details. The lenses are encircled by a special acetate inner rim – the overall effect – stunning!

 

Kids frames with savvy and style by Lindberg

Kids frames with savvy and style -

The Lindberg kid/teen collection is especially designed to meet the increasingly fashion conscious preferences of children and teenagers. Durability, flexibility, comfort and lightness are perfect for active children and teenagers. The frames are crafted in nickel-free and hypoallergenic materials – perfect for young, sensitive skins. Featured above: left, style 1502 and right 9553. www.lindberg.com JG

Royal Spectacles

Royal Spectacles

The Queen Mother’s Historic Collection

12th August 2014  A recent revelation about Her Majesty The Queen Mother came to light when it was discovered that she had a collection of eyewear that spread across an entire century. The Queen Mother wore spectacles, but rarely in public. She died in 2002, and the administrator of her household approached the Royal Optician, Roger Pope, with a blue box of the Queen Mother’s spectacles and sunglasses. They had been carefully preserved, even though many were decades old, and others had broken components. Among the frames was a design by the German company Marwitz, which the Queen Mother ordered during the 1990′s – she liked the frame so much, that she had the same design made in both optical and sun spectacles.

The Blue Box in which HM The Queen Mother kept her spectacles

The Blue Box in which HM The Queen Mother kept her spectacles

Eyestylist asked designer Adrian Marwitz, heir to the Marwitz family eyewear history, if he knew the Queen Mother wore his frames.”This is a wonderful surprise,” said Adrian, “and I am very proud of my grandfather because he had a fan in England  - and it was The Queen Mother! I am a fan of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II. I really think she is a trendsetter. It would be wonderful if she would find my designs and wear third generation Marwitz frames. We have some nice shops in London that carry Adrian Marwitz, so perhaps one day the Royal Family will wear Marwitz frames again!”

The Queen Mother’s eyewear collection starts about 1919, and continues through to the late 1990′s. With the kind permission of HM The Queen, the frames were donated to The British Optical Association Museum. Neil Handley, curator at the Museum said: “We were delighted that the Queen consented to the donation of these items. They represent one individual’s full lifetime of spectacle wearing, spanning an entire century.” www.adrianmarwitz.com www.college-optometrists.org/museum JG

The Cabriolet Stud

The Cabriolet Stud

Timeless Chic by Cabrio Belgium

8th August 2014 Luxurious simplicity that is classic and modern characterises the elegant Cabriolet Stud. Created by Bieke Hoet at Cabrio Belgium, the temples are polyurethane with synthetic leather, attached to the lens with a metal stud. Two neutral, stylish colours are available – brown/beige and khaki green (above)  - that transform your sunglasses into a contemporary accessory. The Cabriolet Stud demonstrates both flair and elegance. www.cabrio.hoet.eu / www.hoet.eu JG

The Cabriolet Stud in brown/beige by Hoet Belgium

The Cabriolet Stud in brown/beige by Cabrio Belgium

Keren by L.G.R.

Frame styling

Advice from an expert / tips on finding the eyewear of your dreams

5th August 2014 Eyestylist is seeing a rise in requests from readers to help find or suggest specialist frames that suit different faces, complexions and personal desires. In response, we are creating a series with expert advice and frame suggestions.

In the first of the series, Gwendoline Radley, a dispensing optician and eyewear stylist at Adam Simmonds / Primrose Hill Optometrists (www.adamsimmonds.co.uk), talks about finding styles for a round female face on the basis of a request we received from a German lady in Munich. Gwendoline has particular experience of working with independent collections and the finest creative frames and sunglasses.

“I generally don’t subscribe to the ‘face shape’ rule,” explains Radley. “Yes, it has its basic merits and can provide a good foundation to work from, but there are so many wonderful shapes out there it seems a little archaic now to categorise them down. So many subtle enhancements to a shape can really make a style stand out, so the wearer looks and feels fantastic.”

Soft cat eye: Face à Face Joanne 1

Soft cat eye: Face à Face Joanne 1

Gwendoline suggests these steps: “This particular customer who wrote to Eyestylist has a round face, big eyes and a smallish bridge. She was wanting to change her look and feel more business-like but also more feminine and sexy in specs.

I would always suggest a wearer try things they wouldn’t consider normally, and that way they are more likely to end up falling in love. I get so excited when I hear, ‘I wouldn’t have picked this up but I really like it!’ or ‘I had never thought about this colour!” Choosing eyewear is ultimately about inspiring confidence, and as we all know, confidence affects deportment and well being!”

Abbott by Claire Goldsmith

Stylish and easy: Abbott by Claire Goldsmith

Gwendoline suggested 3 women’s shapes that would be well suited to many round or oval faces; colours would be dependent on the individual, hair colouring, complexion, fashion tastes and so on. The more colours that you try on, the more you will get a feel for what looks good, what you like best and what will work as a part of your wardrobe.

RECOMMENDATIONS

1/ A soft cat eye – such as Joanne 1 by Face à Face – www.faceaface-paris.com – this has a delicate feminine look and it’s definitely eye-catching; a harsh flat-top style for this face shape should be avoided. 2/ An 80s design with a slightly dropped bridge such as Keren by L.G.R. (top) www.lgr-sunglasses.com. 3/ A soft contoured oblong for a slightly safer option. The Abbott by Claire Goldsmith – www.clairegoldsmith.com –  is a good example of stylish but easy-to-wear; the red tone is very good for paler skin tones but often gets overlooked. A high quality acetate will always look elegant and a cut above the rest.

If you have a question about spectacles and styling, you can write to Eyestylist at clodagh@eyestylist.com. We also recommend talking to a local independent optician stocking a good range of design collections. See the Eyestylist Boutiques section to find some of the top optical boutiques around the world.

 

 

Creative Spirits

Creative Spirits

Hapter and Rigards – Superlative Sunglasses

1st August 2014 Eric Balzan and Mirko Forte are continually inspired by the mysterious and beautiful Dolomite Mountains, and their new design is a replica of the heirloom Military Goggles they found on the mountainous former battlefield, that instigated the HAPTER project. Model MG01 is crafted with the special manufacturing process applied to the entire tx1001 collection.

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Character and Charisma in MG01 Miltary Goggles by HAPTER

Surgical steel and Superfine Merino wool manufactured by the renowned Italian Cerruti Woolen Mills pair in a design that is timeless in creativity and quality. Zeiss sun lenses with Gold ET Zeiss exclusive anti-reflective coating ensure protection and style. Photographed on 5 Torri (five towers) in The Dolomites, and the model is mountain guide Andrea, a close friend of the founders.  www.hapter.it

Rigards x Ziggy Chen

Rigards x Ziggy Chen

A creative collaboration between horn eyewear maker RIGARDS and the avant-garde Shanghai-based designer Ziggy Chen has produced an exciting and special Limited Edition frame. The glasses are amazingly crafted with interesting graceful, hand-carved bevels and curves that reference the robust brush strokes found in East Asian calligraphy. The effect is a three-dimensional quality, and the hand-polished matte finish calls to mind elegant calligraphy ink stones. The semi-rimless design also features a keyhole nose bridge and curved temple tips. Distinguished and distinctive, the frame is carved out of a solid block of genuine horn, and available in natural colours of black and onyx. www.rigards.com JG

 

 

Themes and Variations…

Invigorating eyewear by creative independent designers brings excitement and variety to frames. At Eyestylist we are champions of independent creators – so watch and keep current throughout the month – for sunglasses and optical designs that are outstanding and unique. Click on all our sections – Reviews, Boutiques, Designer of the Month and City Guides – and discover an innovative world of eyewear and style!

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Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards

Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards

Ingenuity and Originality Highlight Designs

29th July 2014 Entries are arriving daily for the 2014 edition of The Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards, and Eyestylist is delighted to partner again with HOF for this event. Independent designers who have started their collections within the past five years are eligible for entry. The range of designs is imaginative, and it’s gratifying to see the enthusiasm, energy and individuality that goes into the collections. Here we present three of the eyewear creators who have entered the 2014 Newcomer Awards. The winners will be announced at Hall of Frames in Stuttgart in October.

Paris-based Jérémy Tarian has worn glasses from a very young age, and eyewear is one of his passions. Each line, curve and detail of the frames is hand drawn by Jérémy. He is open and vibrantly aware of his surroundings, and finds inspiration on the streets of his beloved Paris, his many travels to stimulating lands, people’s expressions, museums, and nature – and these experiences are reflected in his beautiful creations, handmade in France. Above: Madeleine in acetate and metal. www.jeremytarian.com

Urban Stranger No.6 by Adrian Marwitz

Urban Stranger No.6 by Adrian Marwitz

 

Adrian Marwitz upholds a name that has been synonymous with German eyewear since 1918, when his grandfather created Marwitz. Now Adrian is at the helm, creating handcrafted Titanium designs, with the entire manufacturing process made in Germany. The contrasting stripes on the hinges and inner temples of the frames is a defining Marwitz look. Adrian’s inspiration is daily living, meeting people, and keeping an “eye” on what they are wearing, plus the fashion world, and another favourite accessory –  shoes. www.adrianmarwitz.com

 

Gill in Buffalo Horn by Laura Nicholson Larke Optics

Gill in Buffalo Horn by Laura Nicholson Larke Optics

Like Jérémy Tarian, wearing glasses since childhood was the foundation for Laura Nicholson to have a natural obsession with eyewear. She created her own collection in 2013, which is entirely handmade in England in the last remaining acetate spectacle production workshop. Each frame is intricately carved from the finest blocks of Italian acetate. Laura frequently draws on rare and obsolete materials to ensure a degree of individuality for the wearer. www.larkeoptics.com  www.hallofframes.ch JG

Pattern at Paulino

Pattern at Paulino

25th July 2014 Lisbon’s independent heritage label, Paulino Spectacles has launched elegant old-fashioned patterned finishes on some of its iconic shapes such as Filipa, an Eyestylist favourite, and Catarina. The fabric effect brings a new air of Mediterranean nostalgia to the collection, which is produced in Portugal with the highest quality standards and traditional spectacle making techniques, revisited and revitalised by founder, Ramiro Pereira Paulino.

Filipa by Paulino Spectacles

Filipa by Paulino Spectacles

Paulino Spectacles are now available at leading eyewear boutiques including The House of Eyewear (Paris), Sjaou (Reykjavik) and Hall of Frame, Utrecht. The fabric effect designs belong to a limited edition by Paulino Spectacles: more information online at www.paulinospectacles.com CN

Casting His Line...

Casting His Line…

22nd July 2014 Fly fishing and design? It’s not as unconnected as one might imagine. Shane Baum at Leisure Society reflects on his love of fly fishing for Eyestylist.

“I grew up fishing with my pops, grandpa, aunts and uncles. Some of my fondest memories are being a child with a fishing rod in hand, casting and reeling. At some point, I grew a little bored with it all and sat idle for a decade or two, other than open ocean fishing on surf trips. Fast forward to my introduction to fly fishing. The movement of it all seemed so elegant and refined. Something you could only acquire through years of experience. My first cast was pathetically awkward. The entire prospect of it seemed impossible, but over time the technique revealed itself.  Then I went to my first fly shop. I asked the gentleman at the counter how many flys they stocked. He said “about thirteen hundred…”

 

Shane Baum casts his line admist the natural beauty of Wyoming.

Shane Baum casts his line admist the natural beauty of Wyoming.

“I thought about that for a second and asked, ‘how do you know which ones to use’? He replied: “Well, it depends on the hatch. Which bugs are hatching and at what state. It depends on the water temperature, the air temperature, the water depth, the water clarity, the flow rate, the time of day, the barometric pressure, whether the fish are spawning or not. It depends on whether it’s sunny or cloudy or windy, raining……” he went on. I thought about it and said ‘this is for me.’ It’s the opposite of tic tac toe. A game you can pursue for the rest of your life and never master. It’s not unlike design  – you never really master design. You just learn as you go and keep trying, come what may…”

www.leisure-society.com JG

Top photo: Shane wears Trotter sunglasses in black from The Leisure Society Collection

 

 

Mirror Mirror....On Your Eyes.....

Mirror Mirror….On Your Eyes…..

Who is the Shiniest of All?

18th July 2014 Let your light shine this summer with mega-shiny mirrored lenses by ic! berlin. Electrified colours include gold, silver and crimson, available in super-cool shapes and unexpected textures for men and women. Above: Fahrlehrer Klaus with camouflage temples.

 

Mirror Cool by ic! berlin

Mirror Cool by ic! berlin

Summer shimmer for men in Namless 2012 – check out the superb temple detailing.

 

Electrified! Raf S by ic! berlin

Electrified! Raf S by ic! berlin

Raf S gets electrified in green with splendid crimson and silver mirrored lenses. This is definitely the summer to glow!

 

On the scene - Ralph Anderl celebrates the German victory at Santo André Beach in Brazil

On the scene – Ralph Anderl celebrates the German victory at Santo André Beach in Brazil

Bravo to Germany from Eyestylist on their World Cup success! Ralph Anderl popped on a plane to Brazil to track down Team Germany and give each player their own personalized ic! berlin sunglasses. Ralph is wearing die wetterfahne in chrome with glistening silver mirrored lenses. www.ic-berlin.de JG

 

Slim & Stylish Sunnies

Slim & Stylish Sunnies

15th July 2014 Ultra thin, super light frames are among the marvels of modern eyewear. Wizardry techniques allow designers to create frames with featherweight statistics and mega-style. Spin & Stow innovation by Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland enables 360° rotation of the temple. The outer edge of the temple rotates inwards to fit within the inner front of the glasses. Travel+Leisure Magazine awarded the Spin & Stow sunglass collection the Best Travel Fashion and Accessories category for 2013. Above: Kosima – elegant and chic.

 

Xandro by Götti Switzerland with Spin & Stow innovation

Xandro by Götti Switzerland with Spin & Stow innovation

A glamorous, voluminous shape characterizes Xandro, also by Götti Switzerland, and features the easy to fold-and-tuck-in-your-pocket Spin & Stow temples. www.gotti.ch In the UK, Götti is available at Alderley Eyecare in Alderly Edge – www.alderleyeyecare.co.uk – and in Northampton at TK&S Optometrist – www.tks-optometrists.co.uk

 

Streamlined Centre Court by Silhouette

Streamlined Centre Court by Silhouette

Silhouette’s main message for eyewear has always been to create frames that are extremely lightweight, beautifully crafted and streamlined. That philosophy continues today for the Austrian-based company, that is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Silhouette frames have even been in outer space with astronauts! Centre Court will gather admiring glances with its slick, sophisticated styling in luxurious sand. www.silhouette.com JG