Festive Eyewear…

and accessories showcase our holiday edition. Throughout the month you’ll find chic, stylish frames and accessories to brighten your merriest of events. Click on all our sections to discover frames by international designers; an exclusive boutique; an inspiring design trio; and an historical museum. Joyous holidays to our sponsors and readers!

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All Eyes on Munich

All Eyes on Munich

Eyewear Excellence in Germany

16th December 2014  The forthcoming OPTI Munich eyewear event in January already promises to be an exciting show to launch the 2015 calendar. Eyestylist has been given a peek at some of the beautiful new designs that will be presented in Munich.

Berlin based ic! berlin debuts the New Year with an ingenious concept – Plotic frames. Designer Ralph Anderl commented; “We’ve mastered acetate. We’ve mastered steel. Now the next frontier. ic! berlin presents plotic – 3D printed eyewear by Selective Laser Sintering. Plotic makes the impossible possible, and paves the way for designs and shapes that until now have been impossible using traditional manufacturing techniques. After several years of research and development, ic!berlin is excited to launch Plotic and Plotic-hybrid eyewear for OPTI 2015 in nine rich new colours.”  Above: Im Dol from the Plotic collection. www.ic-berlin.de

 

Piana by Lafont Paris

Piana in camouflage acetate by Lafont Paris

Matthieu Lafont at Lafont Paris, who will present their eyewear collections for men, women and children, observed: “OPTI is an important show in Germany and it’s historically one of the biggest markets in Europe in terms of business.” Lafont is spot-on trend with Piana and the importance of camouflage for eyewear. www.lafont.com

 

Stranger No 17 in  Raw Titanium by Adrian Marwitz

Stranger No 17 in Raw Titanium by Adrian Marwitz

Adrian Marwitz, who will launch his new Titanium collection noted: “The Munich show has great organisation, and of course, the city is amazing, and it is important for the international market.” www.adrianmarwitz.com

 

Babar iin Genuine Horn by Sven Götti

Babar iin Genuine Horn by Sven Götti

Acetate, Titanium and a new genuine horn collection are on the agenda for Götti Switzerland’s presentation. “We have been showing our product in Munich every year since the first OPTI in 2000. For 2015, Götti will present acetate and Titanium news, plus a genuine horn collection, including a presentation that shows how these masterpieces are produced.” www.gotti.ch

 

The Bijou in Walnut by Rolf Spectacles

The Bijou in Walnut by Rolf Spectacles

Rolf Spectacles highlights their new “evolved collection” that includes frames designed from four different wood combinations. The Austrian based company is celebrating their fifth anniversary of creating ultra-light, delicate wood frames with sophistication, the finest quality and elaborate finishing. www.rolf-spectacles.com

Giulio 11 by Oliviero Zanon  at Res/Rei

Giulio 11 by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei

Italian designer Oliviero Zanon will arrive in Munich with a stunning range that includes chic sunglasses with two-tone black and tortoiseshell glossy acetate, and a distinctive flat double bridge. Like all Res/Rei eyewear, Guilio 11 is handmade in Italy by local artisans. www.resrei.com

All roads lead to Munich 9-11 January 2015! www.opti.de JG

 

Designer choices

Designer choices

Kerin Rose Gold / a-morir and Selima Salaun / Selima Optique

12th December 2014 For ideas on captivating accessories at this time of year, who better to ask for advice than these two ladies of NYC. Kerin Rose Gold is the young founder of a-morir, the artisan jewellery eyewear label, adored by celebrities. “I love to wear something big and festive; and while I’m not one to adhere to ‘fashion rules’ I go for black,” explains the designer. “The last few weeks I’ve been unable to take off my new “Farrell”; a fully pave’d oversized round frame with custom made black metal plated ‘catty-corner’ embellishments accented with beautiful jet black Swarovski gems!”

Farrell by a-morir

Farrell by a-morir

“The style matches with everything and they are great for blocking out harsh winter elements like snow, wind, rain, and, of course, sun,” adds Rose Gold. “Sure it’s cold, and gets dark early in New York at this time of year, but I’m no less than a 10 minute walk from anywhere I have to be; the studio, the grocery store, my apartment, my supply shops… My style this time of year can be summed up in the concept of ‘Statement Jackets’. I have a giant black jacket that looks like a cloud, an electric blue car coat, a boxy grey plaid number, and a few vintage furs that have been passed on to me. Some women love shoes, others love bags, but I love coats! And what goes better with a statement jacket than some statement a-morir eyewear?” www.a-morir.com

Evan by Selima Optique

Evan by Selima Optique

Designer Selima Salaun, friend and mentor to Kerin Rose – she describes her as “a goddess” of eyewear – is also stylishly prepared in the winter months: “December in New York? It is so cold, crisp and fresh…I am obsessed with my Evan frames in white with blue lenses. White like the snow…blue like the sky. I do have 7 pairs of sunglasses…one for each day of the week. Depending on my mood and the weather, I will wear pink, white or black.”

“NYC is full of excitement and wonder at this time of the year,” adds Salaun. “The stores are doing their holiday windows. I always have the same style: I mix high and low fashion…designer dresses with a fun bright colored vintage jacket. I am all for color as it makes me happy. And of course, high heels and a bright lipstick.” www.selimaoptique.com

Portrait of New York designers Kerin Rose Gold of a-morir and Selima Salaun of Selima Optique (top) in Paris, exclusively for Eyestylist.com by Gilles Stüssi. All rights reservedCN

Eyewear Diversity

Eyewear Diversity

Designs Out of the Ordinary

9th December 2014 There are numerous reasons to love eyewear – it’s a great fashion accessory with creativity, style, surprises, and current technology, plus wonderful colours and materials. Two discoveries by Eyestylist provide imaginative ideas to enjoy wearing on frosty winter days, or the lure of tropical climates and beaches.

RVS by V., designed by Vidal Erkohen has a new Limited Edition that includes Snow White (above) which is equipped with a custom made Camo print on genuine leather, and chic mirror lenses – an important trend. The bridge is detachable for additional flexibility. The design is an effective and fashionable way to keep your eyes safe from the wind, and strong winter sun. www.rvsbyv.com

 

Captivating! Bocca Lova Sunglasses by Face à Face Paris

Captivating! Bocca Lova Sunglasses by Face à Face Paris

What better way to make a grand entrance on the beach than wearing Bocca Lova Sunglasses? Pascal Jaulent at Face à Face Paris is inspired by the fictional spy character Emma Peel in the 1960’s TV adventure series The Avengers. Bocca Lova is an ode to the aesthetics of the 60’s with sharp geometric design and two-tone colouration. Like Emma Peel, you can be a heroine in Bocca Lova sunglasses! www.faceaface-paris.com JG

Natural Elements

Natural Elements

Influential Nature

5th December 2014 Nature’s finery – the sea, sky and sand, mountains, sunrise and sunsets, lakes and forests, berries and blossoms – are all inspiration for the luminous eyewear designs by SALT. The effortless beauty of translucent colours is captured on fine acetate, which combines the best of California lifestyle – home base for SALT – and Japanese craftsmanship. Above: Lisa in turquoise / SALT Optics.

 

Ruby in Berry by SALT

Ruby in Berry by SALT

The design aesthetic is timeless, and characterised with quality, elegance and simplicity. SALT will launch another exciting colour palette in February 2015. www.saltoptics.com JG

Celebrate

Celebrate

..with striking accessories

1st December 2014 Luxurious accessories in classical black and gold will compliment evening and party wear this season. Our selection of artisan labels include jewellery finds from Italy, Belgium and Hong Kong, unique hand-finished eyewear and a super example of a glasses necklace by a sought-after label from New York.

1. 24k gold-plated palladium style Mille 23 from theo eyewear, www.theo.be; 2. black/navy star ring by Sardo, Atelier di Gioielli, www.sardogioielli.it; 3. Wouters & Hendrix cuff with gold buckle, www.wouters-hendrix.com; 4. Eventail clutch from Babe by Dennis Pong / Hong Kong, www.babe.com.hk ; 5. British made ‘Bond’ in gloss black, by Savile Row, at Algha Works London, www.algha.com; 6. Gold/black cuff by Wouters & Hendrix, www.wouters-hendrix.com; 7. Cosmo Duo 15 by Benner Eyewear, handmade in Germany www.bennereyeweardesign.com; 8. Black beaded gold glasses chain by New York’s La Loop www.laloop.com CN

Fashion Eyewear…

is our passion at Eyestylist, and this month you’ll find unique designs destined to capture your imagination and desire. Click on REVIEWS for the latest frames, and see BOUTIQUES for an original Paris shop. Designer of the Month spotlights a young German creator, and discover Woman Fashion Power in CITY GUIDES. Remember to sign up for Eyestylist Exclusives – our monthly newsletter with additional fashion and accessory excitement.

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Ski Style

Ski Style

Götti Snow Goggles

28th November 2014  It’s ski and winter sport season! A time for fun, style and safety on the slopes. Ski goggles add a dramatic, dashing accent to ski wear, and Götti’s new snow goggles are the ideal accessory.

 

Über chic snow goggles by Götti

Über chic snow goggles by Götti

Brilliant technical features – including a flexible and resistant matt finish rubber, polycarbonate mirror 400 UV lenses, plus an anti-fog system – ensure lightweight comfort as well as style.

 

Dashing Design and Colour by Sven Götti - Götti Switzerland

Dashing Design and Colour by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

The impressive design is available in fabulous colours too – black with blue mirror lenses; white with red mirror lenses; and yellow with shiny gold mirror lenses. www.gotti.ch JG

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