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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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

Dashing, Daring RED!

Dashing, Daring RED!

Dare to Wear Radiant Red for Fashion & Frames

17th October 2014 Red is associated with many qualities and emotions: passion, courage, strong energy, leadership, joy, and in Asian culture – happiness. The “red carpet” is significant for ceremonial and state occasions. It’s also a favourite fashion colour, as Albert Kreimler at Akris in Switzerland showed so elegantly in his collection, worn with frames designed especially for Akris by Silhouette. www.akris.ch www.silhouette.com

 

Lusty Red: Flower Pot by l.a. Eyeworks

Lusty Red: Flower Pot by l.a. Eyeworks

Eyewear designers love red too – as Gai Gherardi at l.a. Eyeworks notes: “Red is a powerful marker!” The Los Angeles based company always features red in their collections, and the latest is the cheerful Lusty Red frame called Flower Pot. www.laeyeworks.com

 

Red Alert: CD15 by Benner Eyewear

Red Alert: CD15 by Benner Eyewear

“Red…one of my favourite colours indeed”, says Daniel Benner at Benner KG in Germany. Benner’s red expression is in acetate and stainless steel, with dramatic brow treatment. www.benner-eyewear.com

 

Red Glow: Mille+02 by theo

Red Glow: Mille+02 by theo

Theo believes in “redder that red” –  and their newest signature red design Mille+02 in transparent acetate really glows! A subtle nod to vintage highlights the fluid frame shape.www.theo.be JG

Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards...

Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards…

Announced in Stuttgart this Weekend

14th October 2014 The winners of the 2014 Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards will be announced in Stuttgart on 19th October. The finalists include a diverse group of designers, who have started their independent labels within the past five years: Adrian Marwitz; Dominik Gasser; Feb31st; Gouv/Au; Kirk & Kirk (above: K&K Curie); Larke Optics; Res/Rei; Tarian; Vava and Von Arkel.

 

von Arkel Main HD2

Von Arkel Main HD2: Design entered for HOF/Eyestylist 2014 Newcomer Awards

The 2013 Gold winner Susanne Klemm at Suzy Glam commented about the award: “For a company that had just started, it was great to win this award. Not only for the publicity, but also it was very pleasant to see that the German/Swiss opticians appreciate our designs. We are a design driven company and do not make what the market asks for, so we never know how things work out. Therefore, by getting this award, it showed us that these markets like what we are doing. It has a special place at our office, because we were very proud of it.” www.suzyglam.com

 

Vava WL OO1

Vava WL OO1: Design entered for HOF/Eyestylist 2014 Newcomer Awards

Eric Balzan at Hapter, the 2013 Silver winner added: “The Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Award represents an important kick-off for every newcomer designer brand wishing to distribute in the German speaking area. The direct and unsolicited vote of visiting opticians, most of whom do not know your brand yet, gives you a clear clue on the potential of your project in the market. Further, for a young brand like HAPTER it was a big honour to be within the finalists, together with projects and persons we totally admire and love like Suzy Glam and Coblens.” www.hapter.it

Watch this space for the winners of the 2014 Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards! www.hallofframes.ch www.kirkandkirk.com www.vonarkel.ch www.vavaeyewear.com JG

"C for Carlos"

“C for Carlos”

Christian Roth Honours a Friend

10th October 2014 Christian Roth and Eric Domege are European designers who have made Miami their home. Their adopted country has made a strong impression, plus meeting interesting people. Carlos Venegas, the owner of Artsee, the avant-garde eyewear boutique in South Beach –  the chic, fun hotspot of Miami, became a friend – and they created a special frame design in his honour.

C 4 Carlos by Christian Roth in Frothy Cappuccino

C 4 Carlos by Christian Roth in Frothy Cappuccino

Christian and Eric commented: “We call the design ‘C for Carlos’ by his first name, not only because we really like him very much, but we also adore and respect his concept of an independent luxury eyewear store. He carries exquisite and exclusive collections and his personal style attracts true luxury eyewear consumers. We treasure him.”

 

Ocean Inspiration in C 4 Carlos by Christian Roth

Ocean Inspiration in C 4 Carlos by Christian Roth

The acetate design combines the spirit of fun and fashion, and the colours are gorgeous (top image; tortoiseshell and lush lavender). In addition to the colours shown here, there is a stunning coffee and coral combination. The inner lens contrasting detail on the frames further enhances the exquisite colourations. For more details, visit www.christian-roth.com

See more on Artsee on this link: http://www.eyestylist.com/2014/09/artsee-miami/ JG 

Photos of C 4 Carlos by Kate Benson.

 

Just in!

Just in!

Silmo Paris 2014

6th October 2014 Trendsetting eyewear designers who shone at the Paris eyewear fashion exhibition Silmo were those who refuse to play it safe. This was a show where we saw more snazzy unconventional shapes on the horizon – modified pentagons, hexagons and aviators – and a fabulous amount of dabbling in 3d concepts, shape deconstruction, asymmetry, and playful contrasts – unpolished and polished surfaces or inner and outer rims, ideas we look forward to presenting in future posts.

New season colour is what you want it to be, classic and demure, or bright and airy. Green, tangerine and opaque 50s ivory have made their way into many lines, as have distinctive marbled and coloured tortoise and camo effects that were in general lighter and more translucent that in recent collections. Highlights included:

Andy Wolf from Austria showed an impressive handcrafted collection. One of their showstopping statement sunnies was a round, sparkling design with diamante inlay – model Wonder E, pictured above.  www.andy-wolf.at.

Grey Ant

Composite by Grey Ant – trendsetting at the Paris show

Grey Ant’s “rule-breaker” Grant Krajecki from New York showed us lots of unique design tweaks that are out there on their own. Model Composite – one of his more classical styles – expressed the direction for novel multifaceted shapes and fresh translucent acetate colour – this one is called “sepia”. See more at www.greyant.com

Wendy from Anne & Valentin

Wendy from Anne & Valentin

Anne & Valentin’s model Wendy is part of the High Line Concept released by the French designer label in Paris last month. The concept is inspiring: the frames all feature a dramatic brow line and the 3d element and exceptional colour contrasts are playful and sophisticated. Don’t miss seeing or trying these! www.annetetvalentin.com

Lunettes Kollektion

Grand Tour by Lunettes Kollektion

Lunettes Kollektion from Germany were also on a roll. Not only are they doing exciting collabs – with the likes of Christopher Shannon and Michael van der Ham, their own line has expanded with a new 11 piece artisanal edition focused on strong minimal shapes made in premium Italian materials. Model “Grand Tour” is a brilliant example – stripping the aviator shape back to basics for the clever modern take, in black – still  a top fashion choice if you choose the right sharp shaping and quirky small-label artisan glamour. Find out more at www.lunetteskollektion.com

 

Silmo Paris is an annual trade event attended by leading eyewear brands and designers. Silmo 2015 takes place on 25-28th September 2015. www.silmoparis.com CN

All Roads Lead to Zurich!

All Roads Lead to Zurich!

Hall of Frames Showcases Independent Designers

3rd October 2014 Zurich Hall of Frames opens this weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the Gartensaal Des Kongresshauses, a building steeped in tradition. The masters of eyewear design are exhibiting and include: Götti, Claire Goldsmith, Suzy Glam, Coblens, Kirk & Kirk, Tarian, Lafont, Rolf, Hapter, Adrian Marwitz, Kilsgaard, and Vera Wang among others. Götti Switzerland will show the latest collection that includes Tonky – above. Elegance, simplicity, and modernity trio stylishly in this graceful sunglass design with an acetate front and titanium temples for perfect fit and comfort. www.gotti.ch

Hapter MO2M By Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti

Hapter MO2M By Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti

Hapter designers Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti continue their pioneering techniques with the launch of M02M – an iconic design that introduces their new trademark: a wide, dominate bridge in contrasting fabric. The round lens shape creates a slick retro mountain look. www.hapter.it

 

Titanium Sophistication by Adrian Marwitz

Titanium Sophistication by Adrian Marwitz

Combining classic colours with the unexpected is an Adrian Marwitz signature. In Urban Stranger No. 2 grey titanium is highlighted with an accent of sunny yellow. Trend alert: grey is sophisticated and chic for frame designs. www.adrianmarwitz.com www.hallofframes.ch JG

 

 

The Hypnotic Eye

The Hypnotic Eye

Theo Creates The Unexpected

1st October 2014 Theo can always be relied upon to surprise, tantalize, and push the boundaries. That is their unique signature. The new Hypnotic design is actually a piece of jewellery, and it’s easy to fall under the spell of this lovely object in stainless steel and palladium, or gold coated. At first, the wearer could imagine it being a brooch – however, the featherweight design can also be a necklace, and there is a ribbon included, so the possibilities are limitless.

 

Hypnotic H1  in gold by theo

Hypnotic H1 in gold by theo

This is a special Limited Edition by theo, with only one-hundred pieces made of each striking model, and each piece is numbered on the reverse, as well as on the box – the “little black box” providing an exclusive touch. Beauty, individuality and originality – a theo triumph! www.theo.be JG Top photo: Hypnotic H2 in Palladium 

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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Scene Stealers

Scene Stealers

Frames That Command Attention

25th September 2014 What is going to be in optical boutiques in the coming months? Some of the most original, beautiful and innovative eyewear that we have the pleasure to see in Paris starting today. International eyewear designers bring their personal inner “vision” and creativity to frames, and the results are stunning. Netherlands based Susanne Klemm at Suzy Glam has created “Goes Bananas” – Limited Edition sunglasses with slick edginess and flat lenses. Handcrafted in Italy, Suzy Glam frames express chic individuality, with amazing attention to detail. www.suzyglam.com

 

Mille+13 by Theo Belgium

Mille+13 by Theo Belgium

Theo in Belgium loves red – it’s a favourite colour featured in the collections. Mille+13 is a great example in thick acetate with sharp, defined edges, and lots of beautiful hand polishing. The frame front has two different finishes – the upper part is shiny, and the bottom has a wooden look. Bigger and bolder is the message at Theo! www.theo.be

 

RG0040 by Ti Kwa RIGARDS

RG0040 by Ti Kwa RIGARDS

The ghostly beauty of the sea and its myriad of morphological characteristics influenced the new RIGARDS signature finish: Plastron. Designer Ti Kwa and his team improved traditional horn equipment and developed their own prototype hand tools, which enabled the creation of a crude, alien texture on the horn. The result is a unique design that symbolizes protecting the eyes from elements of the outside world. www.rigards.com

 

Tilman Sun by Shane Baum - Leisure Society

Tilman Sun by Shane Baum – Leisure Society

Leisure Society’s new campaign – The Deep Serene – continues designer Shane Baum’s dedication to escapism as the ultimate form of leisure. To celebrate there are elegant new designs including Tilman Sun, named after the English Mountaineer Bill Tilman, who is known as the greatest explorer of the 20th century. The ultra-light design is made of pure gold-plated titanium on the front and temples. www.leisure-society.com www.silmoparis.com JG

Eyewear Gems!

Eyewear Gems!

Show Time Arrives in Paris

23rd September 2014 Paris is buzzing with anticipation as the city hosts numerous fashion events this week. Eyestylist has “eyes” on frame shapes that are bold and voluminous, colours both classic and vivid, and materials with a mix of classic and the unexpected. Luxury and opulence highlight Anna-Karin Karlsson’s collection. The Swedish designer’s philosophy is “more is definitely always more” at The House of Karlsson. When Trouble Came To Town (above) is ultra sophisticated in cut-out acetate. Indulge yourself! www.annakarinkarlsson.com

 

Clara by Sven Götti - Götti Switzerland

Clara by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

Gracefully feminine and elegant, Clara by Sven Götti is masterfully crafted in acetate and Titanium, and the top bar features a smooth matt epoxy finish. The Swiss-designed frame is a symphony in combining traditional design aspects with modern technology. www.gotti.ch

 

Alexandria by LGR

Alexandria by LGR

LGR goes Hollywood! The chic frame Alexandria, designed by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, is the main accessory worn by Kirsten Dunst in the forthcoming Hollywood film “The Two Faces of January.” A vintage spirit highlights the honey acetate frame, with slightly upturned temples and delicate green lenses. “The Two Faces of January” opens in America on 26th September, and in Italy at the end of October. www.lgr-sunglasses.com

 

Nicoll by Alyson Magee

Nicoll by Alyson Magee

Intuition, imagination and cheerful colours characterise eyewear designs by Alyson Magee. The latest collection demonstrates the DNA signature details that are uniquely Alyson Magee. Volume is keynote in Nicoll with a larger, more daring shape, and a beautifully sculpted temple tip finished in smooth acetate. Luscious coral/red acetate brightens the day! www.alysonmagee.com www.silmoparis.com JG

New to explore

New to explore

Paris preview 2

19th September 2014 Ahead of the Paris eyewear fashion fair, Eyestylist has an eye on some of the independent labels attending. Danish label Kilsgaard Eyewear launches a cool campaign and several new frame shapes, in a brilliant warm palette with maximum impact. Jacob Kilsgaard told Eyestylist: “Our SILMO launch this year contains three petite female shapes -very small specs with a feminine, elegant and classy design. We are also adding three larger males shapes to this launch along with one unisex style. We are keeping it slim and conservative with our unique urban touch of coolness. Three new temple colours will ensure a new sensation when you see them!” www.kilsgaard-eyewear.com

Kilsgaard

Kilsgaard Eyewear, coming to Silmo Paris

For women, at Vera Wang, colours are soft and translucent with pretty layering. Zlata (below) has the quintessential soft cat eye shape: an interpretation that underlines the femininity of this classic in eyewear. Zlata is created in fresh leaf green – billed a key colour next season – and tortoise on a pearly lapis.  www.kenmarkoptical.com

Zlata in leaf green

Zlata by Vera Wang in leaf green from Vera Wang

And for an inspired interpretation of the classic shapes, we also take a look at RES/REI. Just in late last night is this delightful trio with double bridge – Luciana, Giulio II and Lupo (below)!

Luciana, Giulio II and Lupo by RES/REI

Luciana, Giulio II and Lupo by RES/REI

In finest Mazzucchelli acetate, inspired by traditional tortoise patterning of vintage spectacles, these handmade Italian frames revisit the beautiful things in classic eyewear design with a new, seductive elegance. See you in Paris! www.resrei.com www.silmoparis.com CN