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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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 Cerruit, 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 exclusivey 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

Trend watch: Camo couture

Trend watch: Camo couture

The classic print in eyewear

20th February 2015 Refined interpretations of camo prints continue to draw attention, particularly through the acetate collections. Camouflage is no longer deeply rooted in a military context; a bright wash of colour elevates this pattern into the realms of high fashion…frames, accessories and eyewear cases too.

Lafont Paris takes the classic army print and reworks it in fresh colour proposals for men – bright blue (below) or canary yellow (above) – on the interior of model Ostende 4020. The result is a subtle visual treat in an area of the aviator frame where it is less expected. www.lafont.com

Lafont

Ostende 4020 by Lafont

Michel Henau’s Marilyn takes a more classic camo colour palette to decorate the super curvaceous Marilyn, one of the label’s statement designs with a touch of the bug eye that’s hot for the summer.

Marilyn by Michel Henau

Marilyn by Michel Henau

Matching the camo, a light and subtle green/brown tinted lens brings added charm to this design. Michel Henau frames are designed in Belgium and handmade in France. www.michelhenau.com CN

Prime Line by HAPTER

Prime Line by HAPTER

Italian Flair: Radical Yet Discreet

18th February 2015 Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti at HAPTER have just launched new styles in their Prime Line collection txt1001. Their original interpretation of unique eyewear – fusing surgical steel and luxurious cotton fabrics from Cerruti Woolen Mills 1881 – evolves with optical frames and sunglasses that are inspirational. The optical model A05M  (above) is super light, and available in beautiful colours.

 

Sleek and Sophisticated Hapter GO2M from Prime Line

Sleek and Sophisticated Hapter GO2M from Prime Line

The sunglasses are stunning – the classic and much loved aviator shape is translated into HAPTER’S trademark design and materials. An elegant double-bridge and hints of vintage capture the essence of HAPTER’S desire to create eyewear with superb artisanal precision. These special eyepieces are equipped with ultra-resistant Carl Zeiss nylor lenses with five layers of anti-reflection.  Quality, innovation and excellence from HAPTER. www.hapter.it JG

Eyewear Persuasions

Eyewear Persuasions

What’s New!

13th February 2015 100% Optical was the place to be last weekend to see exciting eyewear from global brands. Here are several innovative designs that celebrate spring/summer with style and distinction. Orgreen is fascinated with film and their new campaign echoes the subtle nuances and sensual style of Film Noir and French New Wave. The stars in this dramatic interlude include Nikolaj Hubbe (above right) the Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet, wearing Balthazer, suave, strong sunglasses in titanium. Hubbe’s lovely female co-star is actress Katharina Damm, (above left) wearing Orgreen’s voluminous round sunglasses in titanium and beta-titanium. www.orgreenoptics.com

John by Salt Optics in Aloha Blue

John by Salt Optics in Aloha Blue

Oversized with fun and a distinct retro look emphasizes John by SALT Optics. Volume is paramount for sunglasses, which John provides along with vintage and modern cool. The striking Aloha Blue acetate colouration is perfect for summer fashions. www.saltoptics.com

 

Veda in Powder by Larke Optics

Veda in Powder by Larke Optics

Luminous, see-through frames give a charming illusionary effect, and one design that caught Eyestylist’s attention is Veda, designed by Laura Nicholson at Larke Optics. Combing both vintage and modern characteristics, the sleek frame is handmade in England. www.larkeoptics.com

 

Olmono by Michel Henau

Olmono by Michel Henau

Elegant, subtle neutrals are a perennial favourite, and Michel Henau in Belgium has deftly merged cocoa and sand acetate with a contemporary look. Trend alert: this season highlights round shapes for both sunglasses and optical designs, so pull out all the fashion stops with a round silhouette! www.michelhenau.com JG

100% Optical will take place again in London on 6th to 8th February 2016. www.100percentoptical.com

ic! berlin x Tomaszewski

ic! berlin x Tomaszewski

Rule-breakers collaborate in Berlin

10th February 2015 Eyewear shapes have taken a new turn, with rules being broken and unexpected silhouettes appearing in the mix. One example of this avantgarde direction comes from German eyewear label ic! berlin and Polish born designer Dawid Tomaszewski, who have joined forces to create a collection of alternative sunglasses with striking lens/frame colour combinations. Above: Dawid Tomaszewski collections A/W 15/16 @ Berlin Fashion Week, Kronprinzenpalais.

Malgorzata by ic! berlin x Dawid Tomaszewski

Malgorzata by ic! berlin x Dawid Tomaszewski

Chic and feminine, the three designs in the special edition are inspired by influential women from Tomaszewski’s life, representing the past, the future and the here-and-now.

FW15 Dawid Tomaszewski Berlin Fashion Week

FW15 Dawid Tomaszewski Berlin Fashion Week

Katarzyna in rose gold

Katarzyna by ic! berlin x Tomaszewski

Premiered at Berlin Fashion Week for the FW15 Tomaszewski show, models Lucja, Katarzyna and Małgorzata – come in rosé gold with pale graduated blue lenses and classic black with a soft purple/green gradient lens.

Dawid Tomaszewski is a contemporary, luxury womenswear brand based in Berlin. His clothes are experimental with an innovative design edge, using industrial and unconventional materials combined with inventive cutting, uncompromising tailoring and avant-garde flair. www.studio-tomaszewski.com www.ic-berlin.de CN

Show Time!

Show Time!

7th February 2015 100% Optical opens at ExCel London today with international designers presenting their latest collections, including Austria’s Silhouette, with their elegant, ultra-light Titan Contour frames (above style 5410). www.silhouette.com

 

Sunglass Chic by Carter Bond 9167

Sunglass Chic by Carter Bond 9167

Carter Bond from Australia is ready for summer with sleek sunglasses in gold with gold lenses. With its distinctive round shape, curved nose piece and fine lenses, you are ready for the sunshine! www.carterbond.com

 

Bold and Innovative - Lawrence by LGR

Bold and Innovative – Lawrence by L.G.R.

Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R. in Rome has a fabulous new collection – Eyestylist was fortunate to have a preview – and includes Lawrence (above). Crafted in metal alloy, with flat red tempered mineral glass mirrored lenses, these frames are totally knockout – and a must-see at 100% Optical! www.lgrworld.com JG

100% Optical continues through Monday 9th February at London ExCel www.100percentoptical.com 

Destination: London

Destination: London

Spotlight on British and International Brands at 100% Optical

4th February 2015 Anticipation is mounting as 100% Optical opens in just a few days. British and international artisan labels will present their collections of optical and sunglass designs at the event taking place at ExCel London. Claire Goldsmith will show her elegant Claire Goldsmith Eyewear optical collection that includes Cole (above) in Tortoiseshell and blue. Claire commented: “This is our first time exhibiting at 100% Optical, and we are excited to be involved in a show on our home turf!” www.olivergoldsmith.com

Louis from the Solarium Collection by Kirk @ Kirk

Louis from the Solarium Collection by Kirk & Kirk

British brand Kirk & Kirk’s new collections – Vivarium and Solarium – offer beautiful designs in Italian acrylic with fine details. Louis (above) from Solarium is a bold, strong shape with an elegantly handcrafted horse head in sterling silver and gold on the temples. www.kirkandkirk.com

 

Babar in Natural Horn by Götti Switzerland

Babar in Natural Horn by Götti Switzerland

Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland  is looking forward to 100% Optical. “We took part as one of the first international brands, and we thought it was terrific. The fair is very well planned, and we believe in the growth of this show.” Götti will present their new collection – Handcrafted genuine horn. Babar makes a strong masculine statement, with straight edges and rounded corners, the frame expresses harmony and elegance. www.gotti.ch

Cleveland by Coppe and Sid

Cleveland by Coppe & Sid

Cosmopolitan in outlook and handmade in Italy, Coppe & Sid’s collection of optical and sunglass frames unite retro and modern concepts. Cleveland (above) is a sleek look in tortoiseshell and black – très chic! www.eyedesignclub.com

100% Optical takes place from 7-9th February at ExCel London. See the complete list of international exhibitors at www.100percentoptical.com JG

Hand Polished By ?

Hand Polished By ?

Eyewear with a Personal Touch by Götti

1st February 2015 Authentic Eyewear has been the philosophy of Sven Götti since he created his first collection twenty years ago. To reach the highest standard of a Götti acetate frame, it requires a skillful interaction of various processes. Götti thought of how they could summarize all these facts in a personal way – right to the beholder of Götti eyewear. The inscription “Hand polished by…” on the inside of the temple reflects the high quality of the material used from the best acetate Italian producer, plus it illustrates the specific Götti process. Manufacturing the frames is a success thanks to many years of a close partnership with experienced workers, who know every detail and how the accomplish the perfect technique.

 

Acetate Elegant and Beauty - Suse by Götti Switzerland

Acetate Elegance and Beauty – Suse by Götti Switzerland

Hand polishing eyewear is comparable with cutting a diamond. It takes years to perfect and develop the proper hand technique for the polishing. With a gentle touch of the chief polishers, details and colours radiate and become more intense. With talent and precision, they use trained movements to polish the unmistakable Götti shine on acetate eyeglasses. The design details and colour combinations are assembled with sensitivity, and the colours are produced exclusively for Götti. The label “hand polished by…” is the essence of all the puzzle pieces, that stand behind the design and colour brilliance. It is a quality seal that stands for a personal story.

 

The Perfect Technique - Hand polisher Barbara at Götti

The Perfect Technique -
Hand polisher Barbara at Götti

Hand polisher Barbara at Götti commented: “Every quality of acetate and every shape of the glasses is a new challenge. It is in my hands to optimize the motion sequences so that I can reach the perfect result. I put a lot of passion into the detail and it is always a glorious moment when I hold the finished frame in my hands.” www.gotti.ch JG

 

 

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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