Springtime!

…the season for new eyewear that is beautiful, desirable and finely crafted by independent designers. Click on REVIEWS for lovely examples. A seaside optician features in BOUTIQUES, and the Designer of the Month creates exceptional accessories. See CITY GUIDES for an exhibition that pays tribute to a revolutionary fashion designer. Eyestylist…where you find exciting, innovative eyewear by creative specialists.

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A sustainable story

A sustainable story

Monkey Glasses

27th March 2015 Sustainable fashion trends are more prevalent than ever before and that is increasingly having an influence on accessory design. For frames, recycled materials, when used creatively, can produce interesting designs that are modern, comfortable, wearable – and well-priced.

Created by husband and wife team Mai-britt and optician Morten Seaton, Monkey Glasses from Denmark make frames from a biodegradable material that consists of 90% cotton fibres and wood mass. The result is wood-look frames, with precise attention to detail – model Betty (pictured above) is one of their most accomplished sunglass shapes in 2015. Surplus materials are recycled into accessories and jewellery, and every time a set of frames leaves the shelves the company donates a percentage to the ‘Save the Orangutan’ charity – www.savetheorangutan.org.

Monkey Glasses released its first collection of sustainable glasses in 2010 and now sells worldwide to selected stores and online at www.monkeyglasses.co.uk. CN

Hall of Frames Cologne

Hall of Frames Cologne

Independent Eyewear on The River Rhine

24th March 2015 Hall of Frames has announced a new show for their independent eyewear events – on the banks of the River Rhine in Cologne. Show organisers Nath Wenger and Dirk Geissmann said: “We are very excited to organise our first show in Cologne! The city has a rich tradition in the eyewear industry, and “Die Brillenmesse” will be held on 25th and 26th April in the Dock One Hall, next to the River Rhine.

“Over fifty of the best Eyewear designers will present their spring news in a cool and relaxed setting. The expectations are high because the opticians in and around Cologne are famous for good taste and openness towards fine Eyewear. Only the best opticians can survive and “Die Brillenmesse” is the platform for some of the most beautiful brands in the market.”

Slav Nowosad will make his first appearance at a HOF event and present what he describes as his “atypical frames” (above Sun 5055/00)) Aesthetics, technology and design without limitation are Nowosad’s approach to unusual eyewear. Nowosad Designworks are designed and handmade in Poland. www.slavnowosad.com

 

Suzy Glam Breaks Rules in Nude Matt Acetate

Suzy Glam Breaks Rules in Nude Matt Acetate

Suzy Glam – Gold winner of the Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Award in 2013 will unveil beautiful new designs in Cologne. Suzy Glam Breaks Rules features curvaceous, elegant lines in nude matt acetate. www.suzyglam.com

 

Sahara by L.G.R. with a unique brushed surface on the frame front

Sahara by L.G.R. with a unique brushed surface on the frame front

L.G.R. from Italy will attend with their latest – and fabulous – designs including Sahara, with a distinctive brushed effect on the frame front, and superbly crafted mineral glass lenses. L.G.R. frames are handmade in Italy. www.lgrworld.com

 

Daydream by KBL in Tortoise and Turquoise Acetate

Daydream by KBL in Tortoise and Turquoise Acetate

KBL Eyewear in Germany is synonymous with youth, quality, and performance, and presenting for the first time at HOF.  The initials KBL stand for Kind of Bohemian LIfestyle, and the designs reflect a “bohème” nature – expressed in Italian acetate and Japanese titanium. www.kbleyewear.com For more information on HOF Köln visit www.diebrillenmesse.de JG

 

 

Rigards+Royal Selangor

Rigards+Royal Selangor

History and Tradition with RIGARDS Collaboration

20th March 2015 Innovative RIGARDS has partnered with the world’s largest and most admired pewter maker – Royal Selangor – to create frames with unique individuality and character. Two noble materials – Horn and Pewter – are used to create a design that is beautiful and unique. Royal Selangor has been crafting pewter since 1885, and remains privately owned, with fourth-generation family members safeguarding time-honoured pewter practices. “We are delighted to work with this amazing company,” said designer Ti Kwa (above), “and create a frame that combines the best of Horn and Pewter.”

 

Rigards+Royal Selangor Horn+Pewter

Rigards+Royal Selangor Horn+Pewter

The rims of the frame front are meticulously hand-polished to a velvety finish, while the rest of the horn structure is rendered, by hand, in a contrasting matte texture. The side pieces feature an artful fusion of horn and pewter, with a hammered satin finish for the arm tips. An elegant custom-crafted leather case is embossed with Royal Selangor’s classic wave motif. An unusual, expressive design with history and spirit. www.rigards.com JG

Photo of Ti Kwa exclusively for Eyestylist by Gilles Stüssi All Rights Reserved

New York Arrivals

New York Arrivals

RVS by V

18th March 2015 If anyone wins at unexpected colour combinations, it’s the Turkish brand RVS by V, who’ve just returned to the Big Apple as permanent residents, along with their new glorious eye-popping eye candy. Launching this week at the New York optical trade show, Vision Expo East, the label created by Vidal Erkohen promises a raft of new optical/sunglass shapes that are jazzy and upbeat as well as delivering on all important quality and finish. Above: Model Chet, a gently angled shape, in cobalt with gold, created as a limited edition in titanium and acetate, with RVS hallmark matt finish and distinctive visible screws.

 

RVS by V

The unique Palladium 001 created by RVS by V

Since the launch of the RVS by V. Palladium 001 first edition, back in 2011 – (http://www.eyestylist.com/2011/07/rvs-by-v-eyewear/) – this inimitable RVS design, worn by Lady Gaga in 2012, is out and about again too, classically styled in gold or black, or daring and exotic in pops of pink, turquoise or orange –  with mirrors that dazzle and stand out in a crowd.

RVS by V. is an authentic handmade collection of eyewear and sunglasses launched in 2006. The Palladium 001 is available from the online store at www.rvsbyv.com and at leading boutiques including www.gogosha.com  CN

Designer Choices

Designer Choices

Sven Götti and Daniel Benner

16th March 2015 How do eyewear designers make their choices when deciding what frames to wear? “Pieper is my personal favourite right now,” says Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland, (top photo) “because I like the strong statement of Pieper and the three-dimensional effect. As the frame is Titanium, it’s very light weight and easy to wear.” www.gotti.ch

 

Daniel Benner wears Cosmo Duo 16

Daniel Benner wears Cosmo Duo 16

“This is my favourite of the moment,” noted Daniel Benner of Benner Eyewear in Germany, “and it’s the ‘cosmo duo 16′ in polished gold and matte aqua. It has a vintage touch with the priority on the eyebrows. It’s one of the most liked styles from our collection – a shape for both men and women.” www.benner-eyewear.com JG

Photos: Exclusively for Eyestylist by Gilles Stüssi All Rights Reserved

Sensational Stripes!

Sensational Stripes!

Stripes: A Spring/Summer Delight

12th March 2015 In 1846, Queen Victoria most likely did not realise that she launched an historical fashion when she dressed her four-year-old son Prince Edward Albert in stripes. Two centuries later, stripes dominate the style scene this season. And not only in fashion – stripes are high on the style radar for eyewear and accessories. Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson goes superbly nautical with her classy navy and white stripe sunglasses Rose et La Mer (above). www.annakarinkarlsson.com

 

Sunny in perky red/white stripes by Zoobug

Sunny in perky red/white stripes by Zoobug

Kids love stripes – and Zoobug’s adorable sunglasses in vibrant red and white stripes are ideal for youngsters. Sunny is equipped with polarized lenses for 100% UV protection – so important for young, vulnerable eyes. www.zoobug.com

 

Daydream Scarf by Alexia Parmigiani

Daydream Scarf by Alexia Parmigiani

Stripes also intrigue scarf designer Alexia Parmigiani, and her elegant black and white stripe design – Daydream – can be worn in many variations. Daydream is from the Spring/Summer 2015 “Dream Beyond the Lens” Alexia collection. Visit www.alexiafashion.co.uk for more luxurious scarves from the British designer.

 

Chic Black/White Stripes by Vuarnet

Chic Black/White Stripes by VuarnetxAmi

Stripy sunglasses are a highlight at Vuarnet in France, with a voluminous frame – Style VL1504 –  and stripes lining the inside of the glasses. The vibrant black/white motif exudes graphic chic. Vuarnet frames are handcrafted in France. www.vuarnet.com

 

 Subtle stripes by Pierre Eyewear

Subtle stripes by Pierre Eyewear

Pierre Eyewear creates stripes with subtlety of style in a sleek optical frame. Claudia RCO9 Matt mixes modern facets with vintage elegance. The result is a design with individuality and distinction. www.pierre-eyewear.com  With so many exciting variations available, this is definitely the time to wear stripes! JG

Christian Roth+Barton Perreira

Christian Roth+Barton Perreira

An Optical Affair to Remember

9th March 2015 For thirty years, designers Christian Roth and Eric Domège have been creating eyewear excitement. Their latest venture is a capsule collaboration with California-based Barton Perreira – “The Affair.” “What connects Patty (Perreira), Bill (Barton) Eric and myself is a long time relationship and a mutual passion to create unique and exquisite eyewear with love. It came naturally to collaborate with Barton Perreira on a capsule collection revisiting one of our milestone designs,” said Roth.

 

The Affair - Black/Grey/Gold/Smolder CR+BP

The Affair – Black/Grey/Gold/Smolder CR+BP

The striking rimless frame is emboldened with a gold brow-bar that stretches from temple to temple. The colours are glorious – in the top photo: Rose and Rose Gold with Desert Lilac Gradient Mirrored lenses. In addition to the colours featured, elegant tones of Black, Amber and Tortoiseshell, and Champagne Gold are also available.

 

The Affair - Tortoise/Claret/Gold/Smokey Topaz CR+BP

The Affair – Tortoise/Claret/Gold/Smokey Topaz CR+BP

“The Affair” is a powerful style statement in a Limited Edition, with each frame numbered to ensure that this is an Affair to remember. www.christian-roth.com www.bartonperreira.com JG

 

 

Trend watch: rock chic

Trend watch: rock chic

4th March 2015 Punk-inspired details are an eye-catching statement with the transition to brighter weather. From Christian Louboutin’s creations – take a look at the sumptuous ‘Pigalle Follies’ with gold spikes and crystals – http://eu.christianlouboutin.com/uk_en/shop/women/pigalle-follies-1c1s-suede.html – to DVF, studs, spikes, safety pins and chain details decorate shoes, boots, bags, glasses and sunnies this Spring, with a luxurious yet decidedly rebellious streak.

Above (clockwise): A real showpiece: Punk It Sunglasses by Face à Face, www.faceaface-paris.com; Majorelle Studded Clutch in powder blue by Emm Kuo / EKR Designs, the New York based accessories label, www.ekrdesigns.com; ring by luxury artisan jewellers Wouters & Hendrix Jewelry, www.wouters-hendrix.com

DVF
Accessories

Take your pick – max out with big and bold references to the punk rock era or take a more subtle approach with a single chunky silver cuff, ring or precious metal chain necklace to quickly rev up your attitude for the new season.

Above (clockwise): Leah (DVF 596S) Sunglasses by Diane von Furstenberg Eyewear, www.dvf.com; silver ring and necklace by Wouters & Hendrix Jewelry as above, www.wouters-hendrix.com CN

Icons: contemporary interpretations by HAPTER  reflect artisan expertise

Avant-Garde Eyewear by Hapter

The Icons Collection – A Stylistic Adventure

1st March 2015 Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti love mountaineering, and for their impressive new collection txt1001 – The Icons Line – they have created contemporary reinterpretations of the sunglasses worn by Sir Edmund Hillary when he climbed Mount Everest in 1952.

Icons: contemporary interpretations by HAPTER  reflect artisan expertise

Icons: contemporary interpretations by HAPTER reflect artisan expertise

HAPTER Precursor models MO1M + MO2M are created with ultimate precision and unique structural syntax: the dominant bridge is in contrasting fabric by Italian textile masters Cerruti, creates a distinctive retro mountain look. The sunglass version is equipped with exclusive Zeiss sun lens with Bronze Pro HiPro-5 layer mirroring and Gold-ET anti-reflection.

 

Mountaineering Character and Style M03M by HAPTER

Mountaineering Character and Style M03M by HAPTER

Sunglass design MO3M celebrates HAPTER’S trademark wide bridge with newly balanced proportions and smooth curves. Advanced design, fibres and materials provide super style, and protection against the elements.

 

Alpine Purple - custom created exclusivey for HAPTER

Alpine Purple – custom created exclusively for HAPTER

MO45 is edgy, radical and audacious, and available in a gorgeous new colour – Alpine Purple, custom developed at the Cerruti factory exclusively for HAPTER. The latest HAPTER designs are powerful, iconic styles that Balzan and Forti have dedicated to demanding mountaineers – scattered about every metropolitan area. www.hapter.it JG

Artisan Eyewear…

Sunglasses and optical frames, beautifully designed and crafted take the spotlight this month – visit REVIEWS for stunning new releases. A British brand is Designer of the Month, and Munich is the destination for a sleek Boutique. In CITY GUIDES, Christian Lacroix has “carte blanche” in a historic Paris museum. Click and stay with Eyestylist for all the latest eyewear and accessory news.

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Spring Selections

Spring Selections

Eyewear with Springtime Style

25th February 2015 Spring is in the air! The perfect time to shop for new frames, and Eyestylist has discovered many beautiful designs in luxurious materials and colours. Among our favourites are: “Inter” (photo above) by ROLF spectacles is from the new “evolved collection” – the perfect symbiosis of wood and stone in unique colour combinations. The frames are ultra-light with pure lines, all handcrafted in ROLF’S Austrian atelier. ROLF was recently named winner of The German Design Award 2015.  www.rolf-spectacles.com

 

Chic Little Black Frame - Charlie by Stevens Eyewear

Chic Little Black Frame – Charlie by Tom Stevens Eyewear

Women know the power of the LBD – Little Black Dress. Now Tom Stevens Eyewear, produced in The Netherlands, has crafted the indispensible LBF – Little Black Frame. Created in Mazzucchelli silky acetate, Charlie is pure and uncluttered, definitely a sleek, modern classic. www.stevenseyewear.com

 

Pretty Spring Florals - Rosita by Lafont Paris

Pretty Spring Florals – Rosita by Lafont Paris

Florals are massive fashion news, and Lafont Paris has designed one that truly blooms. Rosita boasts cheerful floral tones in spring colours that highlight the frame front, which is then accented with a curvaceous pale pink metal trim that extends to the temples. Welcome spring with this charming design! www.lafont.com

 

Bold, Blue and Beautiful - Anton by Oscar Magnuson

Bold, Blue and Beautiful – Anton by Oscar Magnuson

Swedish designer Oscar Magnuson’s latest shape is strong and finely tailored. With Anton, Magnuson brings bold form to the aviator style with a design that reflects past influences, combined with modern flair and craftsmanship. Beautifully polished monochromatic deep blue Mazzuchelli acetate enhances this dynamic frame. www.oscarmagnuson.com

 

A Frame with its own app - Cosmo Duo 19 by Benner Eyewear

A Frame with its own app – Cosmo Duo 19 by Benner Eyewear

Daniel Benner has introduced an exclusive acetate frame colour titled “Mysterious Madness” – a cornucopia of exotic colours accented with a striking red bar across the bridge. Cosmo Duo 19 in Mysterious Madness is available for a limited time only in all-existing Cosmo Duo models. Benner has also announced a free iPad app that shows all possible combinations, and frame measurements. More information at www.bennereyeweardesign.com JG

 

Spotlight on unique eyewear

Spotlight on unique eyewear

at London Fashion Week

23rd February 2015 Over the last few days, the London show has presented new and established independent eyewear designers in the Designer Showrooms, Somerset House. Highlights were the unique handmade labels such as Mondelliani from Rome (pictured above), exhibiting their Fashion DOC and The California Collection alongside the super leather accessories collection by AEVHA London.  www.aevhalondon.com / www.mondelliani.it

 

Larke Optics

Larke Optics

Also present were the British labels Larke Optics by Laura Nicholson – www.larkeoptics.com – and Termite Eyewear,  a creative label popular with the fashion crowd at LFW, and focusing on sustainable design and reclaimed and recycled materials. Termite was created in 2012 by womenswear design graduates Natalie Finch and Patricia Williams. www.termiteeyewear.com

 

Termite Eyewear

Termite Eyewear

 

For the ultimate in glamour and luxury in eyewear, Anna-Karin Karlsson’s distinguished showpieces included the classy gold/black horse and Mourning for Miss Blow, an oversized acetate and shining copper design worn by female singer Beyonce last year.

 

Anna Karin Karlsson

Gold/black horse by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Anna Karin Karlsson

Mourning for Miss Blow by Anna-Karin Karlsson

For more information and online eyewear shopping in the Anna-Karin Karlsson boutique, visit www.annakarinkarlsson.com CN