Sunglasses have all the attributes of an “it” accessory – style, design and unique details. For this spring and summer the sunglass options are abundant. Luxury and glamour are keynote at Anna-Karin Karlsson. The Swedish designer chooses soft aqua acetate and stones for her dramatic, romantic design – Decadence. www.annakarinkarlsson.com
Two-tone styling highlights classy, slim wooden sunglasses by ROLF. Handcrafted in Austria, Zephyr is from the ROLF excellence collection, and features an elaborate, distinctive finish, accentuating the beauty of two woods. www.rolf-spectacles.com
The trending Panto shape captures the imagination of Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei. Leone – with a chic double bridge – is available in a range of beautiful colourations, including Tortoiseshell and white, and a tri-colour mix of royal blue, turquoise and orchid. www.resrei.com
Luminous Jade green acetate with subtle detailing compliments this lovely sunglass design – Movie 2 – by Face à Face Paris. The voluminous, sculpted shape is a confident sun style statement. www.faceaface.comJG
Exquisite craftsmanship, flawless materials, and timeless design characterise Silhouette Atelier – the company’s outstanding new luxury collection. Designs include wonderfully crafted frames for men – in titanium and gold – and for women in 18k solid yellow, rose gold or white. Hand-selected diamonds and cabochon-cut gemstones add noble elegance. The frames are a fusion of art and life, and the philosophy of Austrian art nouveau, The Judgendstil. Flowing, graceful lines, impeccable details and traditional goldsmith and stone-setters’ techniques result in luxurious frames with uncompromising quality. (Top image: models wearing Silhouette Atelier at the Milan launch).
Silhouette Atelier G008 (above) expresses contemporary airiness in 18K gold with sixteen diamonds of various sizes – set with superlative precision – adorning the temples.
For men, elegance and luxury are wed with 18K solid gold and titanium. Silhouette Atelier G700 is a distinctive interpretation of timeless design. More on the stunning Silhouette Atelier collection at www.silhouette.comJG
Eyewear with design pedigree, fine craftsmanship and fashion flair prevailed at Die Brillenmesse in Cologne. Coordinators of the event, Nathanael Wenger, Dirk Geissmann and Steffen Keil were pleased with the event. Wenger commented: “The quality of the exhibition was very good; however, the 2nd edition of Köln had fewer visitors than expected. We are still a new show, and we want to make some improvements. We know that visitors like the concept and atmosphere, and we’d like to make little adjustments when we return next year. Perhaps we will change the timing, as we have discovered that the autumn events in Zurich and Stuttgart are so good. We are happy with the organisation and location in Köln.” Top photo: Andreas Ursprung designer Ursprung Swiss, Dirk Geissmann, designer Adrian Marwitz, Nathanael Wenger
Dirk Geissmann added: “The show has a relaxed, cool atmosphere where people can chat, see friends and talk about business. It’s not only a selling show – more like a platform to see the collections, interact and exchange ideas.”
Visitors were introduced to new brands, as well as established favourites. From Götti to Gabe, an emerging wood brand, Tarian to Thomsen Eyewear, the quality and diversity of the exhibitors impressed with their collections. Hall of Frames in Zurich is 2nd and 3rd October www.hallofframes.ch and the autumn edition of Stuttgart is 14th and 15th October. www.diebrillenmesse.deJG
Floral beauty, diversity, and elegance are the inspirations for Oliviero Zanon’s captivating Flower Collection. The designer’s first step in creating the frames was working with beautiful sketches by Karin Kellner (above), before the transformation into lustrous Mazzucchelli acetate in harmonious colour combinations. The frame shapes feature Zanon’s unique ability with unconventional forms that are eminently wearable and stylish.
Loto is a fusion of shimmering orchid and light tortoiseshell acetate with temple details that resemble a flower petal.
Orchidea combines striking turquoise blue with a tortoiseshell trim on the front, and a vintage echoed shape. Both Loto and Orchidea are available in other exclusive colourations. Handcrafted in Italy, the designs feature uncompromising quality. www.resrei.comJG
New participants and favourite brands will be presenting their latest collections at Die Brillenmesse in Cologne 23rd and 24th April. The venue – Dock One situated on the historic banks of the Rhine – offers visitors an opportunity to see independent designer offerings in spacious surroundings, and a welcoming, pleasant atmosphere. Elegant selections in genuine horn, fine titanium and luminous acetate will be shown by Götti Switzerland, including Quentin (above). Slim titanium – both polished and brushed – and a chic panto shape result in design sophistication and finesse. www.gotti.ch
Style and technology merge in new optical frames that are constantly evolving with beautiful designs for men and women. Kettenanlegeplatz by Coblens (on the female model above) features a voluminous shape; however, it is a featherlight frame and extremely comfortable to wear. Timeless design is reflected in Edward by Danish brand Orgreen (male model) in a contemporary shape expressed in titanium. www.coblens.dewww.orgreenoptics.com
French designer Jérémy Tarian fuses eyewear and art in his gorgeous sunglass creation – Opera. Crafted in lustrous purple acetate with matt metal trim, the glamorous shape is a Limited Edition stunning statement design. View more of Tarian’s art-nspired sunglass and optical frames at www.jeremytarian.com
From classic design to bold interpretations, ic! berlin has unique designs that are part of the Crew Collection. At ic! berlin, everybody gets into the act and art of frames, and the Crew Collection is a testament to the people who work at the company. New optical and sunglass designs range from super slim frames to statement oversized sunglasses – including the bravado design (above) of Harry S with mirrored lenses. www.ic-berlin.de
Making their debut appearance at Die Brillenmesse is Swiss brand einSTOFFen. Django (above) is a remarkable mix of Walnut Burl, white birch and titan. Delicate in appearance, yet strong and sturdy, the design is elegantly relaxed. In the background, Tropenforscher sunglasses – uniting Italian acetate and the beauty of ebony wood. www.einstoffen.ch
Also making a first appearance at Die Brillenmesse is Thomsen Eyewear from Denmark, who will be presenting their elegant ONE collection. Morten Thomson and renowned Danish goldsmith Flemming Bo Hansen worked in partnership to create the incredibly light designs from a single piece of surgical stainless steel. The handcrafted collection includes Copenhagen – an ultra slim frame with a double bridge – a stunning example of simplicity and functionality harmoniously intertwined. www.thomseneyewear.dk
Mark your calendars for a weekend of eyewear discoveries at Die Brillenmesse 23rd and 24th April, in a perfect platform – Dock One in Cologne – to view independent eyewear creators. www.diebrillenmesse.deJG
Optical frames offer a plenitude of choices: luscious colours, superb materials and innovative design. Natural and high tech materials give opticals a unique élan and stylish demeanour. ROLF Spectacles – advocates of vintage cars – created a frame based on the 1980’s Kadett model, which they have handcrafted in natural wild cherry – a beautiful wood favoured during the Biedermeier period. ROLF smoked the wood, and the cherry veneer develops a Cognac-like colour with a silky matte finish. Exceptional! www.rolf-spectacles.com
An ultra-swept brow on Anna-Karin Karlsson’s elegant frame – Lusciousness Divine – superbly compliments the face. Glistening aquamarine acetate is accentuated with a metal trim on the frame front. The design is sensuously sculpted, and available in other welcoming colours. www.annakarinkarlsson.com
Premium materials highlight the latest designs from Coppe & Sid. The frames – that include Bogota (above) – are crafted in Italy in either 24K gold plated, or pure palladium plated. Nostalgia for the 1950’s inspires these sophisticated designs, and the nose pads are Bohemian crystal glass. For more info on the Coppe and Sid Gold Vintage collection, visit www.eyedesignclub.com
The latest frame in the DOLCE series by Charmant Line Art – XL29077 – is a lyrical rimless design, with a lovely colour technique on the temples. The gradient effect is available in both a shiny gradation – and a matt finish. Superb comfort is assured with special ergonomic end tips. Stylish and streamlined. www.charmant.com
Carefully selected Tuscan Italian leathers provide an innovative approach to JF Rey au Masculin Club line. The brand has created a process so that naturally tanned leather is inseparable from the acetate, and the result is a distinctive, elegant, and luxurious look. The Leather Collection is available in both optical designs – above Club JF1348 – and sunglass models. www.jfrey.frJG
Eyewear innovators can see an appetite for bold experimental shapes, eye-catching colour and unusual details and combinations. Enter Flatline by RVS Eyewear – a rare square eye shape that demands attention. The reduced size of the squares – a throwback to retro elegance – and the unusual bridge on top, create a powerful intersection between vintage and futuristic. Colours add to the lasting impression: a graduated black/tortoise or crystal/tortoise produce two very different effects.
Flatline is now available for purchase via the redesigned RVS Eyewear website launched last month at www.rvseyewear.com. Find other “RVS classics” including the not-to-be-missed asymmetrical Annette and “wild cat” design, Paris II. CN
Italian handmade label Res/Rei presents its new line of handmade sunglasses in a series of illustrations by Karin Kellner, the Milan based illustrator and portrait artist – www.karinkellner.com. The images include portraits of men and women, predominantly in monochrome, wearing the Res/Rei sunglasses and spectacles, picked out in a watercolour effect that perfectly illustrates the refined nuances in colour and pattern of the Mazzucchelli acetates.
The smoothly sculpted style Calvino, included in the illustration (top) is evocative in its simple yet classical shaping and pretty marbling, combined with a gentle tint in the lenses. For more information on Res/Rei and eyewear featuring in the Karin Kellner illustrations, visit: http://www.resrei.com/home/karin-kellner-x-res-rei/CN
Beautiful accessories can enliven the spirit as well as the wardrobe. With the arrival of spring and summer activities on the horizon, Eyestylist presents accessory ideas from leisurely to luxurious. Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R brings his formidable talents to a new métier – a distinguished weekender bag. With the magic and mystery of Africa so much a part of Luca’s eyewear creations, the legendary Muthalga Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya inspired this illustrious Safari Bag. The bags are totally handcrafted in Italy, constructed in leather and canvas – the materials selected because they are able to bear the extreme heat, humidity and sandstorms of an African Safari. The canvas exterior is protected from water splashes, and instead of zippers – that would clog in sandy, salty conditions – Luca opted for a 3mm thick leather flap that will stand up to rainy days and age beautifully with time. Ultra-chic for a weekend adventure! www.lgrworld.com
Espadrilles are a summer tradition, and Manebi handcrafts in Spain comfy shoes for beach wear to glamorous holiday parties. Quality fabrics – solid colours, prints and stripes – and leather from European resources are used to create classic espadrilles, as well as wedge and flat sandals. Manebi is in a Blue Mood (above) this summer – from soft tones to deep blue sea. To view more stylish espadrilles, click on www.manebi.eu
A Plinio Visona’ bag was a great Eyestylist discovery in Vienna, and a subsequent visit to the chic Milan boutique revealed an Italian collection with elegance, originality, innovation and beauty. Italian craftsmanship is the core of Plinio Visona’; the bags are handmade in the company’s artisan workshop in Vicenza. The latest collection includes intricately woven leather creations – including Arianna (above) in beautiful colours. The selection includes bags for daywear and evening. More details at www.pliniovisona.it
When the sun sets, even summer evenings can foster a chill. Keep cosy with a comfortable, beautifully hand-woven lap robe accented with leather trim (above). Created by Countess von Eckermann, a Swedish brand producing interior design and accessory products, the luxurious materials are environmentally friendly and exclusive to the company. Focused on sustainability and made locally in Sweden, the products are created with heritage and tradition. More news at www.countessvoneckermann.comJG
Creative liberty, technical expertise, beautiful materials and luscious colours feature prodigiously in eyewear collections. Shapes vary from moderate to voluminous – further enhancing sunglasses. Blackfin’s S/S collection features clean, sculpted silhouettes, as seen in the above photo. The man wears Blackfin’s Weston BF760 in titanium with gold-mirrored lenses. Panto shaping highlights the women’s frames – Waterhouse BF743. The all-Italian production ensures the finest quality. Discover more from Blackfin at www.blackfin.eu
Brilliant, bouncy and bold – Smoke x Mirrors unites layered acetates and stainless steel with a fun sunglass collection – Soda Pop. Vibrant colours and chic neutrals – such as the black and white sunglasses above – bring an alluring dimension to summer fashions. Additional details about Soda Pop at www.smokexmirrors.com
Panto shaping – an eyewear highlight for Spring/Summer is elegantly expressed by Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland. Dan (above) delicately combines retro and modern contemporary styling in ultra-light titanium with flat lenses – sleek, stunning and streamlined. See all the Götti collection news at www.gotti.ch
California based eyewear brand SALT. has been shortlisted from the Opticians Award 2016 for TAFT (above) as Best Frame of the Year. Handcrafted in Japan, the double-bridge brings additional distinction to a design with flair, beauty and harmony. www.saltoptics.com
Originality and savoir-faire comprise designs by Christian Mascré and Yolande de Clerq. Retro vibrations, extraordinary production – all crafted in France – bring glamour and excellence to the frames. The frame front in Eva in vanilla acetate (above) is artfully shaped and looks fabulous on the face…also available in other great colours. www.vuedc.frJG
Clashing colour, bindu motifs and rotating lenses…thanks to a sizzling new collaboration between Russian eyewear brand Fakoshima and fashion designer Manish Arora, exotic details are flourishing for 2016. The limited edition launched this month includes five individual styles, inspired by the mood and themes of Arora’s clothing collection, playing with shapes referencing the classic round, aviator and iconic cat eye, in deliberately experimental yet masterful designs.
Drawing on diverse inspiration, including African culture, masks and cowboy ornaments, the result is a giddying mix of colourful frames with gold inlays, eye catching lens hues and truly dramatic forms.
Established in 2012, Fakoshima has achieved notoriety in the world of fashion and eyewear with its conceptual designs created with new technologies and traditional handcrafting. www.fakoshima.com / www.manisharora.comCN
Contemporary shapes, appealing colours, materials with beauty and safety features keynote new designs for youngsters. Frames for children require precise construction in order to comfortably fit little faces, as well as be fashionable – important for today’s super-aware young set. British brand Zoobug has launched exciting, colourful new optical styles. ZB1020 in Navy (above) is rubber flex and the shape is ultra-flattering for young girls. The frame is also available in pretty pastels of Pink and Mint. Zoobug photo by Wanda Kujacz www.zoobug.com
Very grown up and sophisticated is LINDBERG’S titanium frame for children, which is hypoallergenic, lightweight, flexible and strong. Delicate cat-eye shaping in Julija (above) brings contemporary glamour to children’s eyewear. www.lindberg.com
Tortoiseshell is a favourite adult frame colour – and for children as well. Lafont Paris – with their speciality range of children’s frames – includes TAC (above) a smart tortoiseshell acetate design with contrasting sides in apple green. Detailed attention to fit is one of the many advantages of the frames. www.lafont.com
Brilliant blue acetate is a striking colour for Ghent (above) from the lovely collection of kid’s frames by Red Kids Eyewear. The Netherlands brand has created a new hinge system that is easy to replace if youngsters are too rambunctious in the playground! Visit www.redoptical.com for more designs.
For children and young teenagers, OMAN (above) by JF Rey is equipped with the Just Adjust Concept – exclusive to the French company. The colourful round shape in glossy acetate is innovative, stylish, and looks super on young faces. www.jfrey.frJG