Autumn Eyewear Escapades…

Begin here at Eyestylist, with an international optical tour throughout the month of innovative and imaginative frames to be presented at the Paris shows. Glasses and sunglass designs radiate superb styling, amazing colours and fabulous shapes. Click on all our sections – Reviews, Boutiques, Designer of the Month, and City Guides – for eyewear, fashion and cultural discoveries.

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Trend watch: Animal magic

Trend watch: Animal magic

New ways with print

1st September 2014 Designers revisit the beautiful effects of animal prints across the accessories segment, and in eyewear, the story is seductive. Print is nothing new of course but it’s resurgence is elegant and imaginative; no two prints are the same, adding to the appeal.

Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson is consistently creative with luxurious print effects, and proposes an exotic hallmark tiger print combined with fantastic colour on what has become one of her bestselling sunglass styles, ‘Alice Goes to Cannes’. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Zac Posen - preview: launching October 2014

Annabella by Zac Posen – preview: launching October 2014

Available next month, Annabella is one of the new women’s opticals from American fashion designer, Zac Posen: a classic silhouette meets the mood of the moment in a subtle natural print inspired acetate. www.zacposen.com / www.kenmarkoptical.com

Wild Love in Africa - Etnia Barcelona

Africa 02 / Wild Love in Africa – Etnia Barcelona

And from Spain, Etnia Barcelona draws on inspiration from Africa and a number of species from its exotic animal kingdom:  a soft natural palette in the “Wild Love in Africa” collection features interpretations of cheetah, havana giraffe, horn and zebra.

Wild Love in Africa - Etnia Barcelona

Africa 03 / Wild Love in Africa – Etnia Barcelona

“Wild Love in Africa” frames are produced in 100% eco-friendly acetate, made using natural organic compounds that are 100% recyclable and biodegradable. www.etniabarcelona.com CN

 

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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Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards

Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards

Handcrafted Excellence in Original Designs

29th August 2014 European influences from Italy, Switzerland and France are among the short-listed entires for the Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards. Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei in Italy expresses artisan expertise and heritage in his beautiful collection of optical and sunglass designs. Zanon likes to explore unique eyewear possibilities, and an excellent example is Caravaggio (above) in acetate and metal, handcrafted with distinction. www.resrei.com

Liogi by Dominik Gasser

Liogi by Dominik Gasser

 

As a trained carpenter Dominik Gasser brings a different dimension to his frame designs. Influenced by his beautiful Swiss surroundings, his love of nature, fishing and craftsmanship, Gasser personally creates handmade natural wood frames in his atelier high in the mountains.

www.dominikgasser.ch

Gouv/Au France

Gouv/Au France

Gouv/Au frames are made in the oldest active eyewear company in France, founded in 1878. The subtly styled frames are classics with a contemporary twist. Quiet elegance is reflected in style 101, a perfect round shape in shiny Tokyo tortoiseshell lacquer with satin gold. www.gouvau.com.  The winners of the 2014 Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Award will be announced at Stuttgart Hall of Frames in October. www.hallofframes.ch JG  

New to explore

New to explore

Paris Preview

26th August 2014  The Paris eyewear fashion fair Silmo  - www.silmoparis.com - fast approaches and Eyestylist looks forward to a jam-packed four day event which we will report on live from France. Already, we have an eye on what’s about to headline: the colours, shapes and influences, as well as the noteworthy newcomers from different parts of the globe.

Eyewear designers draw on the versatility of colour in modern materials. Jono Hennessy from Australia launches a multi-coloured collection which includes the Limited Edition 8330, an oversized woman’s design, fashionable, comfortable, with a retro silhouette, in tones elevated by the smooth high-quality acetate; Eyestylist has an eye on the chambray denim, but you can also find fresh gelato pastel and a luxurious modern tortoise. www.jonohennessy.com

Tarian

Opera by Jeremy Tarian

French designer Jeremy Tarian shows new optical and sunglasses collections at the fair next month. The designer has a gift for eyewear with beautiful structure and elegant attitude: maxi sunglass shapes in bold acetate explore 50s design traits with smart metallic inserts. Crafted in the Jura, each design is exquisitely finished; striated horizontal patterns, two-toned split fronts, and intriguing versions of traditional and coloured tortoise create new drama for the eyes. www.jeremytarian.com

Jean Philippe Joly

Jean Philippe Joly

Exhibiting for the first time at Silmo, Jean Philipp Joly proposes inventive shapes with trend-led associations of colour – produced in bold cuts of Mazzucchelli acetate. Joly is a proponent of handmade eyewear, and makes his own prototypes with an old machine from Oyonnax, France, before his designs are created in a family factory for production in Italy. http://www.jeanphilippejoly.com Silmo takes place on 26th to 29th September 2014 at Paris Villepinte. For exhibitor/visitor information:  www.silmoparis.com CN

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