A New Year Launches…

and at Eyestylist we’re happy to celebrate wonderful new eyewear discoveries – both beautiful and exciting – for 2015. This month we again feature outstanding International Designers in REVIEWS; visit an über-chic boutique in Amsterdam, meet a globally acclaimed craftsman in Designer of the Month; and visit an exceptional fashion exhibition in New York City. Eyestylist wishes the happiest and healthiest New Year to our sponsors and readers!

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South Beach Cool

South Beach Cool

Art Deco Architecture and Ocean Inspiration

23rd January 2015 Designers Christian Roth and Eric Domège live in Miami’s South Beach, and find the area a haven for all-round cool-factor renaissance. Roth and Domège report: “Miami is an all-hours, high-octane city with a casual, sexy magnificence and a laid back attitude. It has the best beaches, tropical landscaping, amazing restaurants, and is a lure for young artists and lovers of art.

 

Ocean Inspiration by Christian Roth

Ocean Inspiration by Christian Roth

“The vibrant colour of this tropical city is mixed with a fabulous range of architecture from the 1920’s until today. Miami Beach has become more than a resort area and playground…it is on the way to become a city of the future.

 

Fly Girl in Tropical Colours by Christian Roth

Fly Girl in Tropical Colours by Christian Roth

“Fly Girl is a classic CR design that is very Miami, very  resort chic, and very 2015. We have designed it in blue for the ocean, green and tortoise for the lush and tropical vegetation of the region, and in pink (top image) for the Art Deco colourations of Miami Beach.”

 

Power Plug - High Tech Sunglasses by ChristianRoth

Power Plug – High Tech Sunglasses by Christian Roth

South Beach vibes are also evident in Power Plug, sleek sunglasses with a seamless look and feel. High gloss black acetate is accented with gold titanium temples. Korean artist, JunChang Park, designed a whimsical geometric pattern featured on the enamel placement as an ode to the Christian Roth brand. All CR frames are handcrafted in Japan. JG

www.christian-roth.com

London calling

London calling

100% Optical, Excel

20th January 2015 London’s optical fair 100%, now in its second year, is coming up in early February; in anticipation, Eyestylist has been looking ahead at highlights and launches for the new season: lively colour trends, modified eyewear shapes and new materials in the collections by independent designers.

ic! berlin’s cutting-edge Plotic Collection – 3D printed eyewear –  will be on show in London for the first time. Highlights are the two plotic-metal hybrids with a revolutionary new half ring construction. The state-of-the-art 3D printed material has a soft, very desirable finish, and combined with metal, brings new possibilities in aesthetics – an exciting move forward. www.ic-berlin.de

Vicki by Ørgreen

Vicki by Ørgreen Optics

The showcase of European design labels at 100% includes Copenhagen’s Ørgreen who promise several new releases in their Titanium collection, including Vicki (above), in a smooth finish – pictured here in a deep berry tone. www.orgreenoptics.com

Emmie2 by Face à Face

Emmie2 by Face à Face

At Parisian label Face à Face, an offering of specs in multiple colour combinations sets the Spring mood. They include this expressive panto shape – model Emmie (above) – in teal and black, and the imaginative Bocca line.

Bocca City 2 from Face à  Face

Bocca City 2 from Face à Face

Bocca City 2 (above) is a charming example of the opticals in this creative collection – a simple, easy-to-wear shape combines with elegant legs wearing fabulous fashionista shoes. www.faceaface-paris.com

Gopas, a new release at Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses, showing at 100%

Gopas in Wakame, a special release at Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses

London’s iconic brand Oliver Goldsmith will attend the fair with their OG Sunglasses Collection and modern CG line from Claire Goldsmith. Their new Spring collections propose several wonderful OG Icons: Gopas (above), a beautifully crafted classic flattop, dating back to 1972, has enduring appeal: available today in fresh colourways such as matte Tokyo black, Wakame and matte dark tortoise. www.olivergoldsmith.com

100% Optical takes place from 7th to 9th February 2015 at Excel London; for further details and a full list of exhibitors, visit www.100percentoptical.com CN

 

Destination: Tropical Climes

Destination: Tropical Climes

Silhouette and Sunshine

16th January 2015 Silhouette welcomes the resort season with new designs that are innovative and sleekly minimalist. Modern twists on favourite shapes are further enhanced with beautiful colourations and attention to details.

Allure (above) was designed in the 1970’s – a frame with originality and personality. The low-set temple arms deliver a standout feature to create an unconventional design, and a striking statement in luxurious colour.

 

Adventurer Aviator by Silhouette

Adventurer Aviator by Silhouette

The Aviator shape is the style-stamp of US Air Force pilots, and this classic design – Adventurer Aviator – is re-visted by Silhouette in a rimless interpretation, suitable for both men and women. A super look for functionality and sophistication. www.silhouette.com JG

Trend watch: the natural progression

Trend watch: the natural progression

Munich, Germany

13th January 2015 The Opti fair this weekend showcased exceptional talent in fine eyewear design. Natural materials remain an important highlight in the artisan collections, and there were several new releases and trends on the rise.

Rolf Spectacles launched “Topolino 94”, a distinctive round shape, and part of their “evolved collection”. Inspired by the Fiat Topolino, one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production, the name also translates as “little mouse” (and Mickey Mouse, from the Italian). Topolino comes in four covetable natural wood combinations: smoked eucalyptus, bog oak/maple/bog oak, bog oak/walnut and walnut (pictured above). www.rolf-spectacles.com

Rigards RG 0044

Rigards RG 0044

Rigards showed new “slow-wear” natural horn designs in their collection of heirloom pieces with a unique and enduring beauty. They include model RG 0044 (above), a gentle almond eye shape combined with a special high bridge and pale lilac tinted lenses. www.rigards.com.

Petri in Amber Flame

Petri in Amber Flame, new from Kilsgaard

From Denmark, Kilsgaard showed a first-class Acetate Collection, handcrafted in Japan. Bestselling shapes in their aluminium line have been translated into acetate, and a balanced natural colour palette lends refinement – they include classical Havana, dark tortoise and subdued classics like bottle green and amber with a subtle fade effect (model Petri, above). A shiny miniature metal Kilsgaard logo is embedded in temple ends. www.kilsgaard-eyewear.com

Andy Wolf 5045c

Andy Wolf 5045c

At a packed Andy Wolf stand, natural acetate colours sat alongside more adventurous neons and brights, a suggestion that both colour palettes will keep their place as lead fashion directions in 2015. Andy Wolf 5045c (above) is one of the Austrian label’s optical show pieces – a super statement cat-eye shape in smooth ivory-like dual tone acetate. For full details visit www.andy-wolf.at CN

The Opti trade fair takes place from 15th to 17th January 2016, at the Fairground Messe Munchen. Visit www.opti.de/en/home/ CN

Munich!

Munich!

Eyewear Buzz as OPTI Opens Today

9th January New and beautiful eyewear collections launch in Munich today, and here are three designs to put on your must-see list. Theo brings sunny cheer to eyewear with Mille+14 (above) in translucent orange. This is a striking new acetate colour in the collection, featuring both a shiny and rough finish, in a bold statement theo shape. www.theo.be

 

Fasten Seat Belt by Suzy Glam

Fasten Seat Belt by Suzy Glam

Suzy Glam is planning in advance for holiday escapades with Fasten Seat Belt Sunglasses. The elegantly bevelled acetate shape is gracefully sculpted into a lovely modern retro frame, in delicious Toffee with grey gradient lenses. www.suzyglam.com

 

High Hopes Pink Floyd by Vinylize

High Hopes Pink Floyd by Vinylize

Vinylize in Budapest celebrate English rock band Pink Floyd with a Limited Edition. Rare blue coloured Pink Floyd vinyl is re-mastered into designer eyewear. The grooves pass from the vinyl onto the frame. With these frames in super cool electric blue, you are ready to rock! www.vinylize.com JG

All eyes on Munich

All eyes on Munich

Just three days to go…

6th January 2015 The Munich optical event Opti is three days away and we are pleased to highlight some of the launches and new products that will premier at the fair, by a selection of international brands and eyewear independents.

Tom Stevens launches a new concept in 3D technology frames, featuring 7 models including model D02, a modified cateye (pictured above). Produced in the Netherlands, the collection is created using a high-tech process for printing, polishing and colouring, followed by the assembly of the parts by hand. The 3D collection is a new addition to the existing Tom Stevens Collection of Mazzucchelli acetates and super thin beta titanium frames, produced in Japan. www.stevenseyewear.com

Albert from SALT Optics

Albert from SALT Optics

US label SALT, specialists in refined, paired down shapes with a gorgeous quality and  finish, bring their full collection featuring refined acetates in crystal and landscape inspired colours; clean cut, modern optical design Albert is one of their eye-catchers in  tea toned crystal (above) – or smokey grey, matte burlywood or matte black havana. Handmade in Japan. www.saltoptics.com

Faubourg by Jeremy Tarian

Faubourg by Jeremy Tarian

Known for his creative artistry young Parisian eyewear entrepeneur Jeremy Tarian presents his charming Limited Editions in Munich this week. Faubourg is the ultimate designer style with 50s inspired proportions and a neat metal insert on frame front and temples, coordinating with the marbled tones of the acetate structure and delicate colored lens tints. www.jeremytarian.com

Carson by Kirk & Kirk

Carson by Kirk & Kirk

Award-winners Kirk & Kirk from the UK highlight the desirability of animal motifs in high fashion in their launch collection, Vivarium, where tiny silver or gold animal pins are a featured decoration – choose a lion, ram, horse or fly.  Acrylic frame Carson is decorated with the silver fly (above) and comes in this excellent shade of vivid blue – a favourite tone that continues to grace the catwalks. www.kirkandkirk.com

Hapter

Model D01M by Hapter, Italy

Italian innovators Hapter bring their collection from Italy following another award success: the label has just won the Good Design Award by the Chicago Atheneum of Design and Architecture, one of the most prestigious design awards in North America. Model D01M (above) is Hapter’s bestseller and is typical of Hapter’s finely crafted thin profiles and retro-inspired aesthetics. A frame that is entirely produced in Italy in surgical steel and high-end textiles. Find out more at www.hapter.it  CN

Opti Munich takes place from Friday 9th – 11th January 2015, www.opti.de. For more on our recommendations for Opti click on the link:  http://www.eyestylist.com/2014/12/all-eyes-on-munich/

Trend watch: colour block

Trend watch: colour block

with the new trio: yellow, black and white

1st January 2015 A hint of Spring colour is on the way, and new combinations are on the rise. The classic monochrome black and white pairing sees a new influence: canary, acid or mustard yellow tones. In eyewear and accessories, these colours pop up in inspiring interpretations, retro tinged and perfectly glamorous.

Velvet Valerie in the “theo by Tim Van Steenbergen Hollywood Classics” collection is our choice in black for those coordinating this colour combo. Inspired by Hollywood diva Valerie Stanton this is a glossy acetate design with matte detailing and a wonderful classically inspired voluminous shape. www.theo.be

Shoes by

Shoes by Si-V

Team the above with diva heels: Si-V’s Scarpa 6 is part of the Italian label’s New York School Collection SS15, a line that explores several trios of colour in shoes and bags. Designer Sivan Shraga, who we met last season at Tranoi embraces a colourful world of artsy Pollock inspired prints, block colours, prints and polka dots for this new elegant Made-in-Italy collection. www.sivmilano.com

Envol by Face à Face

Envol by Face à Face

Envol by Face à Face is the sweetest most feminine version we found of this three way colour trend in eyewear: the miniature houndstooth print in classic black is trimmed with an uplifting coloured eyebrow. www.faceaface-paris.com

Face a Face

Gigantor by l.a.Eyeworks

Barbara McReynolds of l.a.Eyeworks has long been a proponent of bright hues such as yellow in eyewear and wears this colour herself – see the Eyestylist Designer of the Month feature in October 2014 (www.eyestylist.com/2014/10/l-a-eyeworks/). The stylish sunglass Gigantor is the label’s latest design on the theme in acetate/metal, with subtle graduated brown lens. Team with the dazzling l.a. Eyeworks polka dot pattern case  –  releasing as part of the 2015 collection in the deliciously zingy canary/black matching colourway.  www.laeyeworks.com CN

 

 

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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100% Optical and Royal College of Art

100% Optical and Royal College of Art

British Eyewear Talent Showcased in Competition

23rd December 2014 The finalists have been announced for the Eyewear Design Competition organised by 100% Optical and The Royal College of Art. The next generation of eyewear designers will present their creations at 100% Optical in February 2015. Top image: Alice Howard-Graham for ‘Ready to Wear’

 

Hannah Evans design for 'Couture'

Hannah Evans design for ‘Couture’

There are two categories – Ready to Wear and Couture. The judging panel includes eyewear luminaries Lawrence Jenkin and Jason Kirk; Marie Wilkinson from Cutler and Gross; designer Emma Montague; Walter Berwick from Algha Works; and RCA tutors Flora McLean and Heather Holford. The students will make the frames themselves at legendary Algha Works in London, with the help of experienced frame-making professionals.

 

Elizabeth Lee for 'Ready to Wear'

Elizabeth Lee for ‘Ready to Wear’

How do British students envision eyewear for the future? Visit 100% Optical 7-9 February 2015 for insight into what is next in frame design. The winners will be announced at the show. www.100percentoptical.com  www.rca.ac.uk JG

Noël Ornaments Depict Cultural Landmarks

Noël Ornaments Depict Cultural Landmarks

Handcrafted Miniature Decorations

19th December 2014 The magical little Christmas tree, nestled on a counter in London’s Fortnum & Mason, was an eye-catcher – with decorations that resembled noted landmarks of international fame. Here was a charming Big Ben, transposed into miniature, with markings as its glorious original. Britain’s iconic black taxicabs and red post boxes added more luster, and the recognizable double decker buses.

 

Holiday Essentials for the Tree by Bombki

Holiday Essentials for the Tree by Bombki

The man at the counter, Michael Peterson, turned out to be the designer of these delightful petit tree decorations. “Well…it really is a love story,” said Peterson, “as at the time, I was dating a Polish girl, Zaneta, and we went to visit her family in Poland. I was a design student and love all kinds of design. Zaneta’s father suggested that we visit a glass making concern, and this sparked the idea for me to become a specialist in miniature decorations.” The result of the visit was the creation of Bombki, and Zaneta is now Peterson’s wife.

Away in a Manger by Bombki

Away in a Manger by Bombki

“As I was born in London,” continued Peterson, “we started with symbols that are recognised in London – Big Ben, The Queen’s Horse Guards, the black taxi, plus Christmas highlights with a manger, and a mince pie and Christmas cracker. Then we decided to focus on different cities – with little miniatures of Paris, New York, and Moscow symbols. We’ve also added a Little English Cream Tea Set, and the Little Royal London Set that includes a corgi, a golden carriage, a crown, the Union Jack Flat and Buckingham Palace.”

 

New York in miniature Noël ornaments

New York in miniature Noël ornaments

Bombki is now a family enterprise that includes sisters and cousins – “lots of family members”, says Peterson proudly. He creates each design – which takes approximately four months. The precision is extremely exact, and is transformed into mouth-blown glass, which is then hand decorated. One of the highlights for Bombki was when Sarah Brown, the wife of the then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown ordered a design. “It was very exciting,” recalls Peterson, “as Sarah Brown commissioned a design of the front door of No.10 Downing Street. We also designed their Christmas card.” No. 10 Downing Street continues to be available in the collection.

We Three Kings

We Three Kings

In addition to the Little sets, Peterson has created several of the designs in large sizes, including Big Ben, a red post box and others, which he personally signs. For more information on Bombki artisan Noël decorations, visit www.bombki.com JG

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