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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Benner Eyewear Design

Benner Eyewear Design

German Label Launches Latest Collection

18th September 2014 German artistry and handcrafting harmonize with precision in Benner Eyewear. All frames are handmade in Stuttgart, in limited quantities to ensure the highest quality.

 

Eyewear Sophistication: Cosmo duo 4 in olive green and havana by Benner Eyewear

Eyewear Sophistication: Cosmo Duo 4 in olive green/havana by Benner Eyewear

Daniel and Daniela Benner design the collection with a unique mix of subtlety and the unexpected. Distinctive shapes in metal, and metal and acetate combinations with beautiful colours are the Benner forte.

 

Benner Cosmo 8 in Black

Benner Cosmo 8 in black

 

The latest campaign – “Gold is the New Black”  (top image) unveils next week at SILMO in Paris, where the entire collection can be seen. We are looking forward to it! www.bennereyeweardesign.com www.silmoparis.com JG

Designers unite!

Designers unite!

A New Chapter in Eyewear History…

16th September 2014 Two powerful, luxury brands in the eyewear world have forged a partnership that heralds a visionary alliance. Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses & Claire Goldsmith Eyewear in England, and Ørgreen Optics from Denmark have joined forces; however, each company will retain its own brand name and identity. Oliver Goldsmith has an enviable legacy of eighty-eight years of innovative and influential eyewear design. Ørgreen Optics was founded seventeen years ago, with a cult following inspired by film noir, vintage cars, cultural icons and street savvy.

 

Eyewear Legacy: Hampstead by Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses

Eyewear Legacy: Hampstead by Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses

The charismatic collections of both brands, and the innovative concepts and ideas that Claire Goldsmith and Henrik Ørgreen share, bring fresh vitality and design ethos to these revered eyewear companies. Claire Goldsmith stated: “I decided last year that I wanted to bring in some additional support into the business to help OG and CG reach their full potential. I have been calling Henrik Ørgreen a friend for many years. Not only do I love him as a person, but also I have a huge amount of respect for him and his team, and what they have achieved with Ørgreen. So you can only imagine my joy  when, over a friendly beer in New York last year, Henrik asked if I would consider him to be my business partner. My response? Of course, it was a big fat YES!”

 

Ørgreen Optics Tilda 563

Ørgreen Optics Tilda 563

Henrik Ørgreen added: “I believe that Claire Goldsmith and Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses represent unique possibilities. OG Sunglasses is such an iconic brand that has been around since 1926. We have the greatest respect for the history and understanding of eyewear design behind the OG name. Therefore, we are proud that Claire has decided to trust us in terms of helping her develop OG Sunglasses and her own line, CG, into the next phase, with the utmost respect for the identity of the brand.”

Luxury Opticals by Claire Goldsmith

Luxury Opticals by Claire Goldsmith

A pre-show peek at the new collections by OG, Claire Goldsmith and Ørgreen Optics reveal impressive shapes, gorgeous colours, and impeccable craftsmanship. Both collections will be presented at SILMO Paris at the end of the month. www.olivergoldsmith.com www.clairegoldsmith.com www.orgreenoptics.com www.silmoparis.com JG

Anna Piaggi - Fashion Influential

Anna Piaggi – Fashion Influential

Italian Style-Setter – Exuberant and Eclectic

12th September 2014 Anna Piaggi was an Italian journalist, fashion consultant, and iconic style setter with great artistic flair. She loved clothes, and during her lifetime collected over two thousand dresses, and hundreds of pairs of shoes. Her eclectic dress was a mix of vintage design that she collected during her travels, and her own irreverent concepts. She died in 2012. In hommage to this fashion icon, Alessandro De Lorenzo, owner of the ûber chic boutique Boudoir in Venice, collaborated with designer Oscar Mamooi to create fabulous frames in equally fabulous colours. Top photo: Green Grid with mirror pattern lens

Anna Piaggi Spirit by Oscar Mamooi for #Celebration

Anna Piaggi Spirit by Oscar Mamooi for #Celebration

“I met Oscar last year,” says De Lorenzo, “and he brought me a folder of amazing sketches. Anna Piaggi has always inspired him, so he designed these glasses thinking of her.” The dramatic Italian acetate shape is creatively printed, and sealed with a thin layer of crystal clear acetate. A metal ring holds the lens, and the open side has a nylon string. The Piaggi frames are a true celebration and stylish remembrance of a genuine fashion original. Anna would have approved, and worn them with her inimitable presence. www.boudoir.venice.it JG

Thirty-Five Years of Iconoclastic Eyewear

Thirty-Five Years of Iconoclastic Eyewear

l.a.Eyeworks Anniversary Celebrations

9th September 2014 An innovative chapter in eyewear history began exactly thirty-five years ago today. On 9 September 1979, Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi opened their optical shop on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Their concept was to challenge the then prevailing norms of eyewear with proposals for new and provocative frames. More than three decades later, l.a.Eyeworks remains a privately owned business, now with two retail stores, and influential designs that reach a global network of independent opticians and boutiques. Top photo: The legendary Bodhi frame with sun clip 1994, and the l.a. Eyeworks signature “frog toe” temple tips.

 

Where it all began...Melrose Avenue boutique today.

Where it all began…Melrose Avenue boutique today.

McReynolds and Gherardi were high school friends who trained as opticians, and believed it was time to open a new kind of conversation about glasses. They launched l.a.Eyeworks with a mission to encourage people to stop looking and to start seeing. Bold shapes, imaginative handling of materials, and vivid, expressive use of colour became their hallmark, and the frames are a harmonious combination of technology and handcrafting.

 

Supermodel Iman wearing Amrit in l.a.Eyeworks portrait advertising campaign

Supermodel Iman wearing Amrit in l.a.Eyeworks’ portrait advertising campaign

Art and artists are an abiding love for McReynolds and Gherardi, and since 1981, the brand’s signature portrait ad campaign has been photographed by Greg Gorman. The ads have featured an eclectic mix of more than 200 high-profile celebrities and cultural provocateurs, in an ever-evolving series of stunning black and white images, anchored by the legendary tagline – “A face is like a work of art. It deserves a great frame.”

 

Floor Show - sneak peek from the SILMO 2014 Collection

Floor Show – sneak peek from the SILMO 2014 Collection

The original, invigorating sunglass and optical designs by McReynolds and Gherardi are the result of their inner intuition and the ability to take risks. “We design eyewear to celebrate the diversity of faces and the uniqueness of individuals. The glasses we make are sparks of our imagination. You complete these thoughts and bring the dreams of l.a.Eyeworks into being.”  The latest influential and original designs will be shown at SILMO at the end of this month. Warm and joyous anniversary greetings to l.a.Eyeworks from Eyestylist! www.laeyeworks.com www.silmoparis.com JG

 

 

Hapter: The Origin Video

Hapter: The Origin Video

Eyewear Meditation on the Mountains

5th September 2014 Mountains are majestic and echo centuries of mystery. The Italian design house launched eighteen months ago by Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti – Hapter – has created their first video that is a tribute to the region and the frames they found within the Dolomites that inspired their business. The visually compelling scenes illustrate the relationship between man and nature, with sequences that express the symbolic universe of an explorer, and the practical work of creating by hand.

 

Hapter: Top Style A03M Bottom MO1M part os the Icons family

Hapter: Style A03M (top);
Below, MO1M, part of the Icons family

Two magnificent locations are featured –  5 Torri, Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Location, and the Valle Imperina Mining Centre, which dates back to the 15th century. The video is stunning and captures the spirit of adventure whether mountain climbing or creating handmade eyewear. Take your own tour by clicking on the link on the left hand side of the Eyestylist Homepage. www.hapter.it JG

Top photo: Actor on Cortina mountain landscape and concept model MG-Miltary Goggle, replica of the inspirational glasses

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