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Eyewear Canine Companions

Eyewear Canine Companions

Cody and Eric Balzan at HAPTER

25th November 2014 Today Eyestylist launches a new series – Eyewear Canine Companions. We have discovered some amazing four-footers who bring joy, fun, companionship and inspiration to designers and opticians.

When Eric Balzan chats about his dog Cody, his face beams. “Cody is a rescue dog and I just fell in love with him. He’s a mixed race dog that we found at a dog shelter. We were told there were a few problems with his eyes and he doesn’t hear very well. It didn’t matter – I fell in love with that one! Once Cody was out of the shelter, he changed. I brought him up to the mountain and he walked behind me. The only problem was that he was then so tired he couldn’t walk down! So I carried him down, and he loves the rucksack.”

 

Eric and Cody exploring the mountains

Eric and Cody exploring the mountains

Balzan and the mountains are ubiquitous – it was during a mountain exploration that Balzan and his design partner Mirko Forte discovered the glacier military goggles that launched their business. Now Cody is part of the designer’s trekking and hiking. “Cody is my best design inspiration when we are in the mountains,” says Balzan,” and he really enjoys it all.

 

Cody surveys the snow-covered mountain scene

Cody surveys the snow-covered mountain scene

“Unfortunately, with Cody’s eye problems, when the light goes down, he would fall over. We tried different doctors, and discovered it was cataracts. We had a drive with family and friends to raise funds for an operation. The vet was an hour and forty minutes drive away, but Cody had the operation, and he has recovered his sight. He is always with my wife Antonella and I – we take him everywhere including art exhibitions. He is a very cultured dog!” www.hapter.it JG

Inspiring Greens

Inspiring Greens

21st November 2014 In colour psychology, green has a variety of positive attributes – green is abundant in nature, and it is connected to prosperity. It’s also linked to renewal, balance, and growth, and creates a positive sense of equilibrium. In addition, green is emotionally positive. Eyewear designers embrace this colour with an array of beautiful greens in dynamic frames. At one time, there was a belief that green was difficult to wear on the face. Nowadays, green frames are available in lustrous, translucent interpretations that enhance the wearer’s complexion. Here are several stunning ways to Go Green.

Above: Jono Hennessy in Australia takes a cue from nature in a Limited Edition design – 8302 – in acetate.  www.jonohennessy.com

 

Move from The Shuffle Collection by theo

Move from The Shuffle Collection by theo

Jazzy green is the theme at theo in Belgium with Move from the Shuffle collection – bright and cheerful! www.theo.be

 

Harper in two-tone Green by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear

Harper in two-tone Green by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear

Oriental Green and Jade mix gracefully in Harper by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear. www.olivergoldsmith.com

 

Rita in Forest Green by Zac Posen

Rita in Forest Green by Zac Posen

Rich Forest Green is the preferred choice for Zac Posen with Rita – poetic acetate sunglasses. www.kenmarkoptical.com

Coachella by François Pinton

Coachella by François Pinton

 

Marbled Green with luminous highlights is a striking new design from François Pinton in France. Coachella emphasizes sharp, strong lines with a chic, modern retro tone. The frame is available in both optical and sunglasses. www.francoispinton.com JG

Designer Choices

Designer Choices

Shane Baum & Anna-Karin Karlsson Select Favourites

18th November 2014 Many of us fancy having multiple selections when deciding what fashion and accessories to wear. Eyewear designers do! So how do they decide what frames they want to wear on a given day?

Shane Baum has created his American luxury brand Leisure Society in exquisite materials based on how he lives his life. Baum believes that life is about precious moments with family, friends and nature – one of his passions is fly-fishing,and skiing gets full marks too. “Today I am in a sporty mood, so I chose Trotter (above) from the new collection,” said Baum when photographed in Paris, “but for a wedding I would chose something different. It really does depend…”

www.leisure-society.com

 

Anna-Karin Karlsson wearing When Trouble Comes to Town

Anna-Karin Karlsson wearing When Trouble Comes to Town

Beauty, romance, and statement shapes are the foundation for Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson. She loves to experiment and create fantasy. Karlsson says: “Sunglasses should always be ready to put on – they provide a great uplift to the face. I wear sunglasses – winter and summer – all year ’round. I’m wearing When Trouble Came To Town – my favourite right now”! www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Photos: Exclusively for Eyestylist by Gilles Stüssi — All Rights Reserved

Sapeur style

Sapeur style

with Mondelliani Glasses

14th November 2014 A new advertising campaign by Roman label Mondelliani features a community of stylish “Sapeurs” who dress with a uniquely elegant and colourful sense of style.

La Sape (The Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) is a social movement which originated in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. The movement embodies a throwback of elegance, style and manners of their French and Belgian colonial predecessors. Young Congolese men took their style from the dandies of the time, a look which is in stark contrast with the poor environment that they live in.

Photographed in Brussels, the images of the men and several women for Mondelliani are the work of Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni who has documented African communities worldwide and published a well-known book on the subject – Gentlemen of Bacongo: The Importance of Being Elegant.

 

Photography by Daniele Tamagni

Photography by Daniele Tamagni in Brussels

Highlighted are some of Mondelliani’s most colourful sunglasses, including designs from the Eolie Capsule line, celebrating the colours and vibrance of the landscapes of the Sicilian islands.

 

Mondelliani sunglasses, shot by Daniele Tamagni

Style Lipari by Mondelliani, photo by Daniele Tamagni

Mondelliani glasses are now available at leading opticians including Auerbach & Steele, Chelsea, London; Studio Optix, New York; and Optica Toscana, Madrid. For more on the Sapeurs, visit the photographer’s website at www.danieletamagni.com.

www.mondelliani.it  CN

Introducing...

Introducing…

Elegant Minimal Metals by L.G.R

11th November 2014 Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R. in Italy has launched a pioneering, striking new collection, crafted with durable metal alloy. The designs are super slim and light with exquisite shapes, and mineral glass lenses signed by L.G. R. Streamlined Mauritius (above) features a curved nosepiece, and Elliot (not shown) is a splendid round shape with tortoiseshell-rimmed lenses.

 

Dahlak by L.G.R

Dahlak by L.G.R

An adventurous spirit is expressed in Dahlak (above) with a double nose bridge and traditional artisan italian craftsmanship. Minimal eyewear silhouettes in the finest materials and expertly crafted, add to the quality and originality of frame design. These new creations from L.G.R are particularly beautiful. www.lgrworld.com JG

Blue Persuasions

Blue Persuasions

Expressive, Luxurious Blue Eyewear

7th November 2014 Blue is an amazingly adaptable colour – it is the colour of the ocean and sky; it is the colour of trust, peace, and loyalty; plus the national colour of many countries; and it’s linked to calm and solitude. Blue also claims significant importance in eyewear, with designers creating frames in the most beautiful blue tones. Among our favourites: Lafont’s Phedre (above) a stunning frame in Sea Blue acetate, with a delicate hint of vintage. www.lafont.com

 

Vaporetto by l.a.Eyeworks

Vaporetto by l.a.Eyeworks

A bright bold beauty in contrasting tones  – Midnight Sky Split – harmonize in Vaporetto by l.a. Eyeworks. www.laeyeworks.com

 

Tumbler by Mondelliani

Tumbler by Mondelliani

Sky Blue lenses and Crystal acetate in a distinctive square shape highlights Mondelliani’s Tumbler. www.mondelliani.it

 

Boccalova by Face à Face Paris

Boccalova by Face à Face Paris

Boccalova! A super sunglass design from the Bocca series by Face à Face Paris in a strong shape – and check out the temple tips with a dash of sunny yellow! www.faceaface-paris.com

 

Sun 411 by Vera Wang

Sun 411 by Vera Wang

Vera Wang’s elegant sunglasses feature a voluminous, fluid shape that reflect ocean tones, waves, and sand. A beauty for the beach! www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

Flower power

Flower power

Eco-friendly ‘Art Flowers’ Collection

5th November 2014 A fresh take on floral prints has rather won us over in the latest collection launch by Etnia Barcelona: Art Flowers. With the collaboration of Mazzucchelli, leading producer of acetate in Italy, the Spanish design firm has come up with a lively collection of expressive frames for men and women, celebrating flower-inspired colour and pattern in beautiful, delicate, and appealing ways. Inspired by the impressionists, the frames are “trimmed” with the floral-inspired bloc acetate material. The shapes are minimal to allow the decorative elements a central focus.

Art Flowers, model Lille / Etnia Barcelona

Art Flowers, model Lille / Etnia Barcelona

Art Flowers / Etnia Barcelona

Art Flowers, model Atlanta / Etnia Barcelona

 

The 100% eco-friendly material used is manufactured with natural organic compounds such as cotton and cellulose paste, and is totally recyclable and biodegradable. Another bonus! Find out more: www.etniabarcelona.com CN

Trends: The two-tone front

Trends: The two-tone front

…is having a moment

1st November 2014 Join the cool brigade with a dual-tone sunglass or spectacle style. This theme was a popular one at the Paris eyewear show and will have a growing following in 2015, with sun or optical lenses.

Favourites at Eyestylist included the natural finish acetates by ic! berlin – models 61 Freiheit (below) and M5 Hackescher Markt (pictured above). With subdued shadowy acetate colours inspired by earthy tones such as flint grey and sediment brown, the styles are produced with a rough finish – another trend we expect to see more of –  to create an immediate connection to the natural world. www.ic-berlin.de

ic! berlin

61 Freiheit by ic! berlin

Also on the must-see list are Res/Rei’s luxurious modern-day classics in Mazzucchelli acetate. Styles Giulietta and Marco Polo (below) have perfectly paired dual colorations which play with classical tortoise tones and contrasting blocked colour with a refined translucence.

Marco Polo by RES/REI

Marco Polo by RES/REI

The lustrous finish of the acetate material is the result of extensive hand polishing and adds extra panache to the final effect. RES/REI frames are produced in Italy with production methods that remain faithful to traditional principles of spectacle making.

Giulietta from RES/REI

Giulietta by RES/REI

Visit the website to find out more about the collection: www.resrei.com For more on RES/REI’s founder, Oliviero Zanon, click on http://www.eyestylist.com/2013/05/oliviero-zanon/ CN

 

Autumn Hootenanny

Intrepid sunglass and optical designs characterise the latest collections. Designers express their style leadership with beautiful shapes in amazing colours. So celebrate autumn with Eyestylist this month for eyewear news, designer celebrations, innovative boutiques and fashion exhibitions. Click on all sections – Reviews, Boutiques, Designer of the Month and City Guides – for style and cultural adventures.

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Sophisticated Greys

Sophisticated Greys

Chic  and Refined

28th October 2014 New refining colouration techniques give grey tones a transparent or matt richness that works well with many complexions. Grey has an intriguing history in fashion, music and art. Rembrandt used complex greys in his paintings; in the Eighteenth century, grey was a very stylish colour for men and women; and in the 19th century composer Claude Debussy was inspired by grey tones he saw in a Whistler painting.

Current eyewear collections feature noble variations of grey, including Anna-Karin Karlsson’s striking acetate optical design Stockholm Syndrome (above), with finely textured sides. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

 

Fastens Seatbelt by Suzy Glam

Fastens Seatbelt by Suzy Glam

Fastens Seatbelt by Suzy Glam demonstrates the lovely acetate colour gradations that give grey tones shining luminosity, and features Suzy’s signature beveled grace. www.suzyglam.com

 

Segal by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear

Segal by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear

Segal in Matt Elephant Grey acetate by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear from the CG Lite collection highlights cool, uncluttered design in a contemporary mode. www.olivergoldsmith.com

 

Stranger No. 15 by Adrian Marwitz

Stranger No. 15 by Adrian Marwitz

Pewter Grey Pure Titanium by Adrian Marwitz with a streamlined sculpted frame front is lightweight, and expertly handcrafted in Germany. www.adrianmarwitz.com JG

Choices for men

Choices for men

3 of the best: slim specs for winter

24th October 2014 Take your cue from some of the finest independent eyewear labels and replace chunky frames with slim, slender well defined shapes for the winter season. Newly launched collections point to a a determined move away from thick and geeky to a more measured style where the frames compliment and enhance features.

For cool elegance Danish brand Kilsgaard has this minimal look sewn up: their aluminium designs are super light and flattering and will do everything you will want them to do in terms of durability and comfort (above, Kilsgaard Eyewear, www.kilsgaard-eyewear.com)

Morgenthal Frederics

Brad by Morgenthal Frederics

Morgenthal Frederics in the US are also sensitive to the demand for thinner, lighter styling for men. They release model Brad, a finely shaped deep rectangle handcrafted from crystal acetate in France. The colour choice of green with butterscotch is particularly handsome, in my view. www.morgenthalfrederics.com

Foursome by Rolf Spectacles

Foursome 102 by Rolf Spectacles

Then there’s the same slimline trend emerging in other materials. Wood eyewear leader Rolf Spectacles serves up innovation upon innovation. Their new Evolved collection, launched in Paris last month, proposes a choice of elegantly handcrafted delicate spectacles with clean paired down dimensions – model Foursome 102 is made from a refined Smoked Figured Eucalyptus for lightness and unique shine and texture. The style is one of 17 new designs produced in five woods, four special and four stone types. www.rolfspectacles.com CN

Winners!

Winners!

21st October 2014 The 2014 edition of the Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards celebrates winners from three different countries. Announced in Stuttgart, Kirk & Kirk in the UK was awarded Gold for their entry – Curie – a stylish acrylic design handcrafted in France. Nathanael Wenger, Hall of Frames Director, presented the citation to Jason Kirk. Wenger said: “We congratulate the winners and thank all of our entrants. The opticians had a challenging time selecting the winners with the diverse range of styles, creativity and materials. We wish everyone a bright future.”  Kirk commented: “Karen and I want to thank Hall of Frames, Eyestylist and the opticians for this opportunity. Our concept is to create frames that are a bit different, yet very wearable.” www.kirkandkirk.com

 

 

Curie in Sapphire Blue by Kirk and Kirk

Curie in Sapphire Blue by Kirk and Kirk

Cultural and artisanal influences fuse for the Silver winner Vava. A Berlin based Portuguese brand made in Italy, Vava was cited for their sunglass design WL001. www.vavaeyewear.com

 

Vava Sunglasses WLOO1

Vava Sunglasses WLOO1

Parisian Jérémy Tarian received the Bronze award for his streamlined, elegant two-tone acetate design – Madeleine – handmade in France. www.jeremytarian.com

Madeleine in Silver and Cream by Jérémy Tarian

Madeleine in Silver and Cream by Jérémy Tarian

Congratulations to all the winners from Hall of Frames/Eyestylist, and we wish you every success! www.hallofframes.ch JG

Photos for Eyestylist by Katharina Müller Top Photo: Nathanael Wenger, Jason Kirk and Dirk Geismann; Angelika wearing Vava