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Paris notes: what’s coming?

Bold colour, edgy eye shapes, a mix of exotic combinations and favourite touches of retro….the new trends are emerging as SILMO approaches at the end of the week. The show promises cool eyewear designs by a selection of the leading independent designers who set the agenda for creative trends and artisan quality at an international level.

They include Danish brand Ørgreen who present innovative ophthalmic and sun designs in a campaign by Casper Sejersen. The frames appear on models in a cold, concrete environment where solid surfaces and clean lines resonate simplicity and functionality. Each exclusive design offers the minimal edge of an Ørgreen design with a new colour scheme that embraces the opportunity of innovative finishes in slick titanium. Further details: www.orgreenoptics.com

SoupCan Collection 2.0 by Tavat
SoupCan Collection 2.0 by Tavat

Based on its masterful award-winning Soupcan design, Tavat launches “TAVAT SoupCan Collection 2.0” – a new extra light edition with pantos and round shapes available in “all-metal” or “combination” versions.

In this new series, TAVAT strives to reinterpret its brilliant design for every-day, all-day wear whilst staying close to the original. SoupCan 2.0 “C” features all acetate temples allowing for more adjustment and has removed a lot of material to give the overall aesthetic a more refined look. The adjustable nosepads and optional clip-on with melanin lenses makes the design ultra-wearable and suitable for all men and women. www.tavat-eyewear.com

Zero 11 by Finest Seven
Zero 11 by Finest Seven

British luxury label Finest Seven return to Paris to unveil new sunglasses in their luxurious heirloom collection known for its pristine elegance and well-tuned production which results in a great blend of lightness and design. www.finestseven.com

KOT by Vue DC
KOT by Vue DC

Timeless and breaking with convention, acetate model Kot from Vue DC shows energy and impact in a characterful shape, highlighting a brilliant upbeat combination of red and black. Made in France, the statement frame is also available in black and white, and two single colours with a polished/brushed finish. www.vuedc.fr

Akiko 2 by Face a Face
Akiko 2 by Face a Face

Sometimes classical with a refined colour palette is the most elegant and desirable choice for an eyewear wardrobe in the winter months. Akiko 2 by Face à Face draws its creative inspiration from the expressive qualities of Japanese ‘manga‘, displaying true elegance in its unique assembly of circles and arches. It demonstrates technical flair using a single nylon thread instead of screws. The lightweight aluminium in matt colours adds the exciting contemporary feel. www.faceaface-paris.com

Silmo Paris – the international eyewear and optics fair – takes place from Friday 23rd-26th September at Paris Nord Villepinte. For further details and registration visit www.silmoparis.com CN

 

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Carefree & confident designs

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn” Orsen Welles

Eyewear style has evolved over time, and nowadays designers are manifesting creativity, originality and craftsmanship with distinctive identity and individuality. Suzy Glam – designed by Susanne Klemm – is among the new wave of eloquent creators who is transforming frames into ever more intriguing achievements. At Silmo, Suzy Glam will launch Limited Edition sunglasses that will be produced for only fifty fortunate wearers – worldwide. Glitters (above) combines daring, elegance and refinement. www.suzyglam.com Photo by Aisha Zeijpveid in collaboration with Judith Veenendaal.

Cello by Bellinger
Cello by Bellinger

Danish design is symbolic with uncluttered, innovative products that embrace high quality, attentive and defined details – all resulting in quite the style statement. The latest Bellinger eyewear collection possess all those attributes, plus beautiful shapes and colours. Cello (above) is the epitome of refined, elegant and contemporary elements. www.bellinger.dk

Corsair Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid
Corsair Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid

Eyewear inspiration is derived from many sources – with history and aviation the foundation for frames in the Parajumpers Collection by Coppe-Sid. The American fighter aircraft Vought F4U Corsair, which was in service during World War 11, sparked the dashing, streamlined Corsair sunglasses (above), that are carefully handcrafted in Italy in acetate and metal, with a double bridge that is spot on trend. www.coppeandsid.it

Nielsen by SALT.Optics
Nielsen by SALT.Optics

Bold, impressive and high performance: Nielsen – chic and sophisticated in marbled grey acetate – is among the stunning new designs in the SALT. Optics Collection. Premium crafting, beautiful materials, meticulous details, and gorgeous colours feature in all SALT. designs. www.saltoptics.com Visit SALT. at Silmo Hall 5A G134. All the brands noted here will be presenting their collections 23rd-26th September at Villepinte. www.silmoparis.com JG

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The past makes a lovely present

This delightful slogan appears on a shopping bag from the Wien Museum in Vienna Austria, and ideally relates to the 90th birthday of Oliver Goldsmith – the celebrated British Heritage eyewear company. Claire Goldsmith, the dynamic, resourceful, energetic and enthusiastic director, believes that “the best is yet to come. We fully intend to make the next decade more important than any other.” Claire (above) has graciously granted an exclusive interview to Eyestylist on OG’s potential insights and plans for the next decade…as they elegantly march towards their Centennial Anniversary.

Tortoise Split by Oliver Goldsmith
Tortoise Split by Oliver Goldsmith

In your opinion, why has vintage – eyewear styles from the 1950’s, 60’s etc. – continued to be so in demand? “They say out of adversity comes innovation, and the war years brought about huge adversity. What came off the back of that were decades of huge innovation in many walks of life. In the design world, everything from eyewear to car design and furniture to architecture – it’s all remained relevant from that period, and I think that comes down to what was going on in people’s lives at that time. Post war optimism and the feeling that anything was possible. Nothing had yet been done. Quite unlike how we feel today! Saying that, I see some designs coming out of new companies that I truly believe will stand the test of time themselves, and in sixty years from now will be hailed as vintage classics from 2016!

"I love the INGEMA - the feel of it"
“I love the INGEMA – the feel of it”

What are some of the differences between the OG frames created sixty-seventy years ago – and today? “To be honest we try hard to make no differences. There are some things like lens technology which has come a long way with improvement. We also have access to things like hypo allergenic hinges – but we make them in the old pinned hinge style! The Oliver Goldsmith brand is about clean and classic styling, and I don’t see us straying from that. The old saying ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to!’ does not apply to Oliver Goldsmith.

The OGLE "handmade in England to order...but watch this space."
The OGLE “handmade in England to order…but watch this space.”

Are you planning any special celebrations or events for the 90th Anniversary of OG? “We have had a great year doing small events around the world to mark this special birthday, but as we draw closer to the completion of that year, we are focused on the new decade ahead of us. As a 4th generation Goldsmith heading up this side of the business, I want to ensure that the next ten years in the lead up to the company’s centennial celebration, we create and produce some collections which show that we still set the standard. We have so much planned already in terms of design and development of a new collection called OG DECADES. But I can’t say any more about that right now. We also have tonnes of new treatments planned for the much loved OG ICONS collection – a bunch of characters in their own right. The OG FAMILY collection is also continuing to grow with new relatives joining the line up each season. So really the message is let’s start the new Decade! 100 here we come!”

What is your favourite OG frame and why? “That’s like asking which of my children I love most! I have a couple of favourites: I love the Y-NOT because it’s just a total statement frame and it’s so OG! I love the OGLE – but we have never put it into production. Its only ever been handmade in England to order. I might consider it for ready to wear – watch this space – but I LOVE this frame. I love the INGEMA – the feel of it. It’s got 3-dimensional hand built temples. It was originally made for Michael Caine in the IPCRESS FILE. It’s another design that has only ever been handmade in England to order.”

OG: Goldside Editions Lord sunglasses
OG: Goldside Editions Lord Sunglasses

This month Claire launches the stunning OG: Goldside Editions – with two defining designs from the family archive – Manhattan and Lord. The Limited Edition of only 500 pieces will be made in raw black and gold, with flat gold flash mirror sun lens – to mark the end of one OG decade and the start of another. Happy 90th Birthday Oliver Goldsmith! Discover more at www.olivergoldsmith.com JG

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Nonconformist eyewear: RIGARDS

Sculptural details crafted into amazing shapes, and sci-fi aesthetics, characterise the spirited collection that RIGARDS by Ti Kwa will present at Silmo 23rd-26th September in Paris. The designs are bold and strong, yet surprisingly light, and extremely comfortable to wear – the secret…hollow-back construction. Nuance, mystery and glamour are key in RIGARDS RG0080AL Metalloid Black (above). Creative shaping enhances the rich, über-cool dynamic in the sunglasses.

RIGARDS RG0080 Horn Marble Sanjuro
RIGARDS RG0080 Horn Marble Sanjuro

Dramatic flourish in horn brings new flair and originality to designs. Signature finishes and daring craftsmanship are vividly expressed in RIGARDS RG0080 Horn Marble Sanjuro (above).

RIGARDS RG0080AL Metalloid Chrome
RIGARDS RG0080AL Metalloid Chrome

Optical flair with a dashing fluid shape highlights RG0080AL Metalloid Chrome. Expressive…Bespoke…Nonconformist…expect the wonderfully unexpected with RIGARDS. www.rigards.com JG

 

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Timeless and authentic: genuine horn

More than two decades ago when Sven Götti started designing eyewear, his first frame was in bona fide horn. “I love to work with this material, and I know people appreciate the product. This target group has found its personal style, and seeks the appropriate accessory to emphasise their individual character. They appreciate sophisticated, high-quality designs,” says the Swiss designer. Above photo: Borg in grey natural horn

Handcrafted by artisans: Götti horn frames
Handcrafted by artisans: Götti horn frames

Genuine horn has been used in eyewear since the middle of the 15th century. The horn featured in Götti frames is ethically and ecologically produced from Asian water buffaloes that are kept as farm animals. Nowadays, technological improvements ensure that horn eyewear is even more durable. Specialists create the frames entirely by hand – so each pair is a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Götti horn polished to a unique sheen
Götti horn polished to a unique sheen

The frames are incredible works of art, crafted with passion, diligence and love of detail. It takes three days to refine the surface with polishing paster and wood elements, and the frame finish achieves its unique sheen from an expertly trained artisan’s hand in a small German atelier. “Besides stylish creations, customers also appreciate sustainability,” observes Götti. The elegant authentic horn collection by Götti will be presented at Silmo 23rd-26th September. More Götti innovations at www.gotti.ch www.silmoparis.com JG

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Trends and technical triumphs

Autumn highlights international fashion and accessory shows, and eyewear buyers, enthusiasts and consumers will want to indulge in the new season’s inspirations. Originality, style savvy, and exciting technical improvements are expressed throughout the collections. Vancouver, British Columbia is resplendent with natural beauty – a seaport city surrounded by mountains – and the home of Canadian designer Mehran Baghaie at Spectacle Eyeworks. His latest collection includes the elegant maple leaf as muse, with stunning results.

The pattern on the frame demonstrates nature’s amazing maple leaf intricacies. “I wanted to make the colours as reminiscent as possible to give the sensation of the flow of change in the life cycle of the maple leaf,” says the designer. Crafted in stainless steel in Germany, Joryne (above) features a vintage cat-eye silhouette with multiple technical elements. www.spec-eyeworks.com

Genie by Lafont
Genie by Lafont

Retro designs – in eyewear, fashion and for the home – continue to fascinate. For over ninety years, Lafont has been creating eyewear with elegance, charm and Parisian chic. A frame that the family firm created in 1980 – the iconic optical design Genie (above) is now available in a sleek sunglass version in gorgeous colourations, including blue variations reminiscent of the sea. www.lafont.com

Leaving Cuckoo's Nest by Anna-Karin Karlsson
Leaving Cuckoo’s Nest by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Dramatic, free-spirited, majestic and romantic eyewear is the theme at Anna-Karin Karlsson. The award-winning Swedish designer brings glamour and sophistication to her frames, evident in Leaving Cuckoo’s Nest in glossy black acetate with gold flecks, black Swarovski crystals on the temples, and gold-plated end tips. Stunning! www.annakarinkarlsson.com

GEO III by Smoke x Mirrors
GEO III by Smoke x Mirrors

The GEO collection by New York brand Smoke x Mirrors features ultra-light mixed material frames with sharp, geometric angles. The innovative frame shapes in stainless steel and acetate with flat lenses, unite technical qualities and craftsmanship, in desirable designs for men and women, and includes GEO III (above). More news at www.smokexmirrors.com All the brands featured here will be at Silmo – 23rd to 26th September at Villepinte. www.silmoparis.com JG

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Show preview: Silmo approaches

Expectations are running high for exciting trends, original colour combinations and new-found inspirations for pattern and details. As the international eyewear fair Silmo (www.silmoparis.com) draws near our attention is on the finest sunglass and optical collections, and highlights that spark new beginnings and a fresh perspective for the frame wearer.

At JF Rey, the eyewear design label from Marseille, uplifting colour is the central focus in a visual series entitled Life is Color: the optical frame JF1402 (above) is a new combination of metal and acetate with a casual feminine elegance, and smart easy -to-wear eye shape. Further information at www.jfrey.fr

Jono Hennessy 8388
Jono Hennessy 8388

Australian designer Jono Hennessy always brings warmth and vibrancy to the Paris show. Their preview of frames highlights exotic Mazzucchelli acetates: inspired by the Australian landscape with matt stone finishes, opal like stripes and exciting tones reminiscent of desert sunsets. Pictured is model 8388, a typical example of Hennessy’s magical irridescent colour schemes where the graduated look comes into its own. www.jonohennessy.com

Moondance by MONOQOOL
Moondance by Monoqool

As 3D printing grows in popularity, so are the eyewear collections using this sophisticated technology, which offers endless possibilities for lightweight design and a multitude of colour and shape proposals. Denmark’s Monoqool presents its new collections for Silmo: model Moondance in charcoal grey is lightly textured, finely proportioned, and features the standard screwless hinge in this collection: practical, versatile and designed for a nice fit, Monoqool has a talent for balancing tech with stylish design. More details at www.monoqool.com

Saint Martin by Blackfin
Saint Martin by Blackfin

Titanium remains a leading material in the metal eyewear selection, both for its excellence in performance and clean minimal aesthetics. A great range of high-end designs in this material have emerged in recent years, bringing about a consistent fine-tuning in terms of the quality, detailing and finish.

The young Italian eyewear company Blackfin, experts in titanium designed with Italian finesse, will show their range of opticals and sunglasses in Paris – the collection favours rounded shapes and unisex designs such as model Saint Martin (BF769), with its arched double bridge and curved lines in a two-tone combination. Available with a natural shiny or satin titanium finish, the model represents an interesting mix of 1980s influences with modern, high-tech appeal. www.blackfin.eu

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Ruby by Caroline Abram

Inspiration from nature and a desire for intriguing pattern suggests an ongoing interest in creating effects on the surface of the frame, something to watch for at the eyewear fairs: in the new R Collection, young French designer Caroline Abram plays with the effect of natural leather and python on a nylon frame front: model Ruby in bright blue features signature curvy titanium temples teamed with the bold and  glamorous butterfly shape. www.carolineabram.com

Silmo Paris – the international eyewear and optics fair – takes place from 23rd-26th September at Paris Nord Villepinte. For further details and registration visit www.silmoparis.com CN

 

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Colour trends: Autumn in green

Introduce a natural green hue into your interior or wardrobe this season. Rich, dark forest shades in printed designs and unusual blocked combinations create a calm and elegant style. An occasional flash of neon or fresh apple green provides an added lift to more classical winter colour schemes. CN

1. Cire Trudon Gabriel scented candle £70, www.net-a-porter.com 2. Quartz mirror by Christopher Guy, £2,695, www.christopherguy.com 3. Oliver Goldsmith model Sophia (1958) in Evergreen, www.olivergoldsmith.com 4. Godstopper lamp by Curiousa & Curiousa, £2,100, www.curiousa.co.uk 5. Cordoba emerald rug from £1,068.00. www.vanderhurd.com 6. Chair upholstered in Serpentino col. 006 by Dedar, £146 per m, www.dedar.com 7. Model James +15 in colour 21 by theo, www.theo.be 8. Pierre Hardy Slider satin slip-on sneakers £325, www.net-a-porter.com 9. Sophie Hulme Albion leather tote £750, www.net-a-porter.com 10. Model Tow in colour 373 by theo, www.theo.be

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Fun-tastic frames for kids

Like so many positive attributes that are formed in life, the foundation begins in childhood. For youngsters who need corrective eye care, wearing frames is now an exciting adventure – even kids who don’t require frames want to wear them. This decisive attitude is the result of designers creating eyewear that has mega-appeal to youngsters – and their parents. Styles for the autumn season include Montreal (above) an enduring favourite frame for children from Red Kids Optical. In tortoiseshell acetate, the design provides a grown-up look with vintage reflections, scaled to fit little faces. More charming styles for youngsters from the Dutch label at www.redoptical.com

Marion by LINDBERG
Marion by LINDBERG

Multiple award winning Danish brand LINDBERG creates frames for children that are famed for style, flexibility, durability and superb colourations, plus being crafted in hypoallergenic material. Marion is a neat little shape with a curved nose bridge, very sleek temple detailing, and heaps of fashion cred that kids will love. www.lindberg.com

Zoobug ZB1010
Zoobug ZB1010

Bright, fun and cheerful! Frames by Zoobug are celebrated for their wonderful colours, super shapes, and materials combine safety features and style. ZB1010 is a unisex design for children in TR90 – the Swiss material that is lightweight, yet strong and durable. Discover more exciting styles for babies to twelve-year-olds from the British brand at www.zoobug.com

Toupie by Lafont Paris
Toupie by Lafont Paris

Babies and toddlers often need spectacles too – and Lafont Paris has a long and respected history for creating frames that cater to kid’s needs. Expertise, excellence, and experience merge to create frames for little ones that are safe, flexible, and in shapes and colours that appeal to children. Toupie in rose pink features an oval shape, and charming printed temple details. www.lafont.com

Anthony by JF Rey Kids & Teens
Anthony by JF Rey Kids & Teens

Cool and inspiring confidence, this youngster expresses his stylistic signature in JF Rey design Anthony, for boys six-to-eight years old. Original shaping in quality acetate ensures comfort and durability from the innovative French label. Discover more trendy frames for children from four-to-sixteen-years old at www.jfrey.fr JG

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New Attitudes: neutrals vs naturals

Gone are the days when neutral colours meant traditional hues, and may have lacked distinction or notable fashion assets. Nowadays, relaxed, flexible style guidelines enable a wide variety of colours to be classified as “neutral.” For spectacle wearers this is an opportunity to experiment with some delicious “new neutrals” to transform your autumn fashion aura – with stylish eloquence.

An exotic shape – in a splendid shade called Tea Camo (above) – distinguishes Innski, with its exaggerated round form by l.a. Eyeworks. Handcrafted in Italy, the acetate design claims its own distinctive, desirable eyewear personality! www.laeyeworks.com

Nucleus kelp by Karmoie
Nucleus kelp by Karmoie

Kirsten and Lars Iversen believe in positive contributions to society. For each Karmoie frame sold, the Norwegian based design duo donate a pair of corrective glasses to developing countries. Their graceful eyewear designs include Nucleus in kelp acetate with contrasting kelp/oak temples. www.karmoie.com

Lorna by SALT. Optics
Lorna by SALT. Optics

Nature’s natural beauty crystallises the inspiration for SALT. Optics designs by Californian David Rose. Lorna is from the latest collection that will be featured at SILMO next month. The refined contrast between the oyster frame, and inner temple colouration, enhance this elegant design. www.saltoptics.com

Georg model number T008
Georg model number T008

Crystal frames are a flashback to vintage and the newest interpretations are a striking unification of contemporary and retro. The Austrian label Neubau includes Georg model number T008, with sheer transparency and streamlined features. www.neubau-eyewear.com JG

 

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Styles, Rodriguez and Kritikos in Vera Wang

Vera Wang’s beautiful sunglasses collection pinpoints classical elegance, contemporary detailing and strong shapes that ensure exceptional desirability, and  – quite naturally – an excellent celebrity following. Cue Gemma Styles, Krystal Rodriguez, and Aimee Kritikos, influencers with edgy fashion credentials and the ability to mix street style and high-end fashion quite effortlessly.

Osa by Vera Wang
Osa by Vera Wang

In the group pictured, Styles (pictured left) wears Wang’s new model Osa, a design that combines the fashionista circular eye shape with a chic interpretation of the double bridge.

Hesse by Vera Wang
Hesse by Vera Wang

Friends Aimee Kritikos (above, centre) and Krystal Rodriguez (above, far right) wear Hesse, a strong, solid oversize black acetate flattop with discreet logo engraving and Lido, the dazzling new zyl cat eye style of the collection, bejewelled on front and sides.

Lido by Vera Wang
Lido by Vera Wang

World-renowned fashion designer Vera Wang is known for exquisite taste and a modern approach to feminine glamour and beauty. Her new eyewear releases, translated from the fashion collection, show an exciting twist on current trends and a taste for the dramatic with exotic flourishes of embellishment completing the picture. Find more details on the full collection including models Hesse, Lido and Osa at www.verawang.com / www.kenmarkoptical.com CN

Photo (top) by kind permission of Kenmark Optical

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Double bridge designs

Eyewear designs with a double bridge bring new interest and excitement to frames. Frequently linked to vintage, the latest interpretations  combine echoes of retro, with a thoroughly contemporary mood. There are stylish and smart sunglasses and optical designs from which to choose. Among our favourites is the dynamic Calabar (above) with blue lenses by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R in Rome – its dramatic shape is further enhanced with a stainless steel double-bridge and pince-nez for superb comfort. www.lgrworld.com

Yashi by Sven Götti - Götti Switzerland
Yashi by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

A swashbuckling aviator design by Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland highlights Yashi, in ultra- light titanium. The sleek frame also features Götti’s patented Spin & Stow folding technique for easy care and frame safety. www.gotti.ch

Style 9185 by Jono Hennessy
Style 9185 by Jono Hennessy

Reflecting on the 1970’s inspired this cool frame in tortoiseshell acetate by Jono Hennessy in Australia. The stainless steel double bridge and temple detailing provide an unexpected twist to the distinctive design. www.jonohennessy.com

Style JF2752 by JF Rey
Style JF2752 by JF Rey

JF Rey in France captures vintage and contemporary styling with JF2752 – a striking frame in pewter, featuring an expressive round shape and slit temples. www.jfrey.fr JG