100% London: 2016 directions

This weekend’s London optics fair at Excel saw several international launches and a growing attendance of international visitors, designers and fashion brands. Silhouette from Austria chose the show for the UK launch of Neubau Eyewear, their new youthful design-oriented brand dedicated to a modern urban audience and inspired by a young artistic neighbourhood in Vienna.

Neubau Eyewear / Silhouette
Design trends: Alex in Copper by Neubau Eyewear / Silhouette

Designed by Daniel Liktor, and drawing on Silhouette’s rich history and high quality Austrian manufacturing, the optical collection includes 12 models in six colours with full rim metals – highlights were shiny finishes in copper and bright gold – and multicoloured SPX shapes (available June 2016). A sunglasses collection, inspired by Silhouette’s historic eyewear archive and previewed at 100% will launch later in the year.

M 2101 by Henau Eyewear

Further highlights included an increase in small independent labels in attendance at the show.  Henau from Belgium showed creative acetate sunglasses and opticals. Their unconventional trendsetting shapes show a commitment to variety, detail and original colours, recurring themes across the stands at 100%. Henau model M 2101 represents a modern pentagon shape with a bridge designed for an easy, comfortable fit. A new website launched last week at

Hooper by Salt Optics
Hooper by Salt Optics

Model Hooper by Salt Optics was one of the ophthalmic styles selected for the 100% catwalk this weekend. The eloquent combination front has a tiny double rivet on both sides, perfectly in tune with the elegant lines and very narrow temples.

Claire Goldsmith
Representing the UK at 100%: Claire Goldsmith

British brands were out in full force at 100%; London’s iconic Savile Row ( and Oliver Goldsmith collections ( / –  highlighted quality and finesse in British eyewear, while design label Kirk & Kirk showed their unique style and love of audacious colour in the transparent acrylic Kaleidoscope Collection,

100% Optical represents a new chapter for the UK market as a showcase for eyewear fashion and, in particular, the specialised independent eyewear producers, both local and international. The dates for the show in 2017 have been confirmed as 4th to 6th February 2017. CN

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Visionary Original Concepts

Innovation and unconventional approaches to eyewear are just two ingredients that make frames so desirable. For men, women and children – the numerous possibilities for distinctive, fun and imaginative eyewear enhance designs. Zoobug – the award-winning British brand for children launches a charming design – Chic – in blue diamond acetate (above).This frame is particularly good for small faces, as it is created with curled sides and a surgical grade silicon saddle. A larger version for children age 4+ is also available. Zoobug will be presenting their collection for youngsters – and launching the brand new optical styles at 100% Optical this weekend – 6-8 February – at Excel London. Photo by Wanda Kujacz

Chopin by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei
Chopin by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei

Classical composers are a theme at Res/Rei in Italy, where Oliverio Zanon is inspired by the keyboard style of Frédéric Chopin’s highly individual and technically demanding piano compositions. To honour the celebrated composer, Zanon has created Chopin – a frame with individual styling and technical highlights to reflect Chopin’s poetic music. The temples and nosepiece are intricately textured, and the frame also features distinctive end tips. Handcrafted in Italy.

RIGARDS Matalloid RG0062AL by Ti Kwa
RIGARDS Metalloid RG0062AL by Ti Kwa

Frames with unexpected characteristics and materials are evident in an exceptional design by RIGARDS  – with Metalloid RG0062AL. The frame features the intrigue of smooth aluminium with a textured finish that resembles the appearance of sandblasted stone or raw stucco. Enduring industrial texture, the lightness of metal, and a refreshingly flattering shape define this unique frame.

Sunglasses by Wes Gordon for Silhouette
Sunglasses by Wes Gordon for Silhouette

Fashion designer Wes Gordon has collaborated with Austrian brand Silhouette and the result is a striking collection of luxury sunglasses. The 1960’s inspired frames are lightweight, with a sleek panto shape in sophisticated tones of nude brown, classic grey, ocean blue and classic green. The Wes Gordon for Silhouette frames will be presented at 100% Optical this weekend at Excel London. JG

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London Showtime!

All eyes  – 100% – are on London this weekend – 6-8 February – as 100% Optical opens at Excel London. The three-day event hosts international eyewear designers and companies, who are presenting the latest, innovative optical and eyewear collections. Austrian based Silhouette will present several selections, including Titan Accent (above) the feather-light, elegant frames for men and women; in addition to Sun Specs for 2016 and Urban Lite.

Darell by Sven Götti for Götti Switzerland
Darell by Sven Götti for Götti Switzerland

Slim and trim frames are a prevailing trend, and Götti introduces a sleek design – Darell – in Titanium with a smart double bridge. Götti will also present beautiful Genuine Horn designs that are superbly handcrafted.

Reunion II Flap by L.G.R.
Reunion II Flap by L.G.R.

Havana Fiammato Tortoiseshell acetate highlights a stunning design by L.G.R. – Reunion II Flap. A flat double bridge, brown leather flaps and silver mirrored lenses add to the distinction of this unique design.

Line Art Opera Collection - XL2067 - by Charmant
Line Art Opera Collection – XL2067 – by Charmant

Handset ruby, diamond and amber Swarovski crystals enhance this luxurious frame – XL2067 by Charmant – from the Line Art Opera Collection. The temple detail is intricately designed and inspired by musical waves in lightweight Excellence Titan. The Charmant Z collection for men will also be presented at 100% Optical. Mark your calendars! 6-8 February at Excel London. More info at JG

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Contemporary Classics

Eyewear with classical shaping remains a perennial favourite – and new variations bring further enhancement. Rectangular and panto silhouettes are highlighted with colour, and innovative finishes. Canadian  based designer Mehran Baghaie at Spectacle Eyeworks has launched a commanding men’s frame – Daniel (above) – in stainless steel with a textured finish – an ideal example of uniting tradition and trend.

Carmen's Birthday by l.a. Eyeworks
Carmen’s Birthday by l.a. Eyeworks

L.a. Eyeworks is always ready to party – and the California brand believes that your face deserves a celebration. So let the festivities and fiesta being with Carmen’s Birthday in colourful Jimmy Tortoise Scrapple with custom hand-painted scrolls on the brow – in Brick Red. The frame is acetate with metal brow accents. More eyewear party-pieces at

Cosmo 16 by Daniel Benner for Benner Eyewear
Cosmo 16 by Daniel Benner for Benner Eyewear

A design destined to be appreciated by both men and women; Daniel Benner’s Cosmo 16 is a sleek panto shape in stainless steel, in striking colours of Turquoise brown fade. See more of Benner’s new frames at

The Marvin by Original Penguin
The Marvin by Original Penguin

Retro touches enhance The Marvin by Original Penguin – with a voluminous acetate shape and swoop detailing on the bridge.  The colours are gorgeous – including French Vanilla (shown) Tortoiseshell, Blue, Black and Green. For more info on new designs by Original Penguin – visit JG


100% London: tomorrow’s trends

The show season is now in full swing. London will welcome optical companies and designers from far and wide at the third edition of 100% Optical, held at ExCel. Designers are preparing new collections for the seasons ahead, with focus on innovation, new technology, technical processes, colour and design. Trend highlights will include hot new colours – we’ll be expecting more interior design inspired metallics, and a rise in light, delicate pastel tones. The delightful coral featured in the Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk is a good example of this direction – A soft focus, summed up by new caramels,nude tones and cappuccino hues, offers a fresh colour story that we can expect to be a lasting one, with its chic, ultra-flattering look for natural skin tones.

Pantos by Tavat
Exclusive preview: SoupCan Acetate by Tavat

With our eye on the new arrivals and up-and-coming talent, 100% Optical promises a good line-up of international newcomers this year, including brands like Smoke x Mirrors, Fakoshima and Tavat Eyewear, who have a new lightweight acetate version of their eye-catching SoupCan design launching at the show –

Super Ego1 by Woow
Super Ego1 by Woow Eyewear

Trends in colour combinations will be a key topic, brightening up classic shapes or avant garde silhouettes with a dash of something unexpected. Labels like Woow Eyewear from Paris – a 2-year old design brand by Architectures (Face à Face), show the fun opportunities of multicoloured eyewear geared to a young generation who increasingly expect fashion-driven trends and idiosyncratic details, here in the form of little messages or words written at the end of the temples or on the lining of each design.

Carter Bond 9181
Carter Bond 9181

From even further afield, Australia’s Jono Hennessy, now widely available in leading optical boutiques in the UK, will show bright combinations of wood-look with punchy blocked colour (Carter Bond) and textile embellished eyewear (Jono Hennessy) that sum up a widespread desire among the independents to shake up the classic looks with striking colours and beautifully attentive finishing. /

100% Optical is a trade fair for the optical sector. The exhibition takes place from 6th to 8th February 2016 at London’s ExCel. CN

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First impressions from Munich

Opti has impressed with a very wide selection of specialist eyewear labels and busy stands and aisles for an optimistic start to the year. The short journey to Munich from other parts of Europe remains a big draw for many optical retailers who see the post-Xmas show as an ideal way to kick off their new year buying; visitors we met had also travelled from the USA, Japan and the Middle East.

Independent designers attended in force. Leading trends (and there are many we will look at in the months ahead) included a progression in high-tech and 3d design, and continued developments in sustainable production and eco materials. Colours were bold but there is also a sign of more natural, gentle tones appearing again, combined in sensitive, understated ways, as well as some colour schemes linked to the design world: copper is one that popped up several times when we were talking about autumn/winter 16/17.

Among the young exhibitors were a number of Scandinavian designers, including E&E Glasses, Monkey Glasses, Falvin Eyewear and the independent label Karmoie, a Norwegian brand who have specialised in frames created in Mazzucchelli’s quality sustainable M49 material. Designers Kirsten and Lars Iversen launched their 2016 campaign at the fair – pictured above – and showed a collection that is about simple, flattering aesthetics inspired by the nostalgic elegance of vintage styles.

Mimosa by RES/REI
Mimosa by RES/REI

RES/REI from Italy illustrates the continued attention to detail and hand-finishing in quality acetate. A close look at new models including Mimosa (above) exhibited the brand’s genuine dedication to artisan design, originality and clever colouration  – very pretty marbling and elegant combinations were beautifully represented by the label.

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ic! berlin x David Tomaszewski

Collaborations continue to be an important area for creative exchanges. One example: ic! berlin is working with David Tomaszewski, the fashion designer based in Berlin, and their latest design together, Grazyna has all the makings of an elegant designer icon. Selecting acetate for the first time, Tomaszewski worked closely with the ic! berlin design team to bring his signature architectural and graphical structures into a multifaceted three-dimensional frame. His inspiration – the eclectic colour world of the 1960s and 70s – lead him to caramel and havanna, accents which compliment the rich autumn tones and intense colour gradients found in the upcoming David Tomaszewski Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

Recycled frame by Paper Style
Recycling trends:  Paper Style

Wood and paper products continue to arrive in the market. For recycled eyewear, Paper Style shows a refreshingly serious approach to fit and comfort alongside interesting aesthetics – including smart, textured surfaces – and collaborations with creatives from other fields such as Truus Brands in the “Artists by Paper Style” series.

Opti 2017 will return next year from 28th to 30th January 2017. More information is available at CN

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Countdown to Opti-Munich

A premier eyewear event of 2016 opens on Friday in Munich, and visitors from across the globe, will be heading to Germany. Presentations include quality, innovative eyewear designs from international creators. Silhouette showcases their collections, including the featherweight Titan Accent designs (above). Sophisticated, slim and refined, the frames are culminations of years of research by the Austrian brand.

Lover No. 6 in Loving Blue by Adrian Martwitz
Lover No. 6 in Loving Blue by Adrian Martwitz

Adrian Marwitz launches his beautiful Loving Strangers in Munich. “We all need dreams,” says the German designer, “that”s the thinking behind Loving Strangers.” Lover No 6 in exquisite Loving Blue is handcrafted in Adrian’s favourite material – Titanium.

Burton by Claire Goldsmith
Burton by Claire Goldsmith

Experience, skilled workmanship and beautiful materials highlight the Claire Goldsmith Optical Collection. A new design will preview in Munich – the superbly crafted Burton, which is available in wonderful colours including Tortoise Green (featured) Indigo, Matte Dark Tortoiseshell, Tortoise blue and Matte Black. Visit to see more luxurious frames from this distinguished British brand.

Firenze by Coppe & Sid
Firenze by Coppe & Sid

Timeless design, Italian artisan elements, and quality materials inhabit the frames at Eye Design Club. Coppe & Sid also have a propensity for history, and Italian Bridges are the inspiration for frames they will show in Munich. Firenze in acetate and metal is available in colourations reflecting the warm, sunny spirit os

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OPTI-Munich: Exceptional Eyewear

Enthusiasm and anticipation mounts as the 2016 edition of OPTI-Munich opens on Friday this week. The impact of eyewear and its global perspective is evident with thirty-seven countries participating. Choice and creativity will feature abundantly! ROLF, who produces artisan eyewear in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, sets the pace with Flaminia 202 (above) from the “excellence collection.” Beautiful, natural woods – eucalyptus and silver oak – ensure a distinctive frame for women with feminine contours and sophistication.

Tamal by Sven Götti Götti Switzerland
Tamal by Sven Götti Götti Switzerland

Retro and modern concepts elegantly unite in Sven Götti’s Tamal ultra-light sunglasses. The authentic round panto shape is orchestrated in Titanium, with half-mirrored lenses – cool and chic! Tamal also features the patented SPIN & STOW technology developed by Götti Switzerland, enabling the frames to be folded and stowed away with a simple twist.

Togo by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone L.G.R.
Togo by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone L.G.R.

Togo – by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R. – merges past and present, with an intriguing design in metal and acetate. Handcrafted in Italy, the sunglasses have contemporary, flat zero-base tempered mineral lenses, and – the trend to note – a perfectly round shape. Available in luxurious colours of Matt Black with gold mirror lenses (shown) Silver/Black, and Havana with Green Vintage lenses.

Optical D055 by Eric Balzan HAPTER
Optical D055 by Eric Balzan HAPTER

Retro, round and combining the past with haute-technology enriches eyewear design. Eric Balzan at HAPTER launches a new model at OPTI-Munich – Optical D055  – with a sleek panto-shape and lightweight nylor construction. Italian fabric in beautiful colourations from the prestigious Cerruti 1881 Mills feature on the top bar and temples. Classic and modern!

SUPER by British Brand Zoobug
SUPER by British Brand Zoobug

Fun, colourful, and coveted shapes in striking colours is the fashion news from Zoobug for SS 2016. Kid’s needs and eye care are the primary consideration at Zoobug, and Super (above) features fine quality, polarised lenses with 100% UV protection. Find Zoobug and the trendy collection for children (optical and sunglasses) at OPTI-Munich at REM – stand C1.229 OPTI-Munich 15-17 January Fairground Messe Müchen JG


New Year – new looks

A New Year is a great time for fresh starts and fabulous new eyewear. Creative artisans ensure that beautiful, elegant and amazing frames bring style and originality to the forefront of eyewear. LINDBERG takes a daring approach to sunglasses with an avant-garde design with floating lenses – entirely unique and a speciality in the brand’s solar collection. Style 8403 showcases LINDBERG’s high performance, cut-out frame with exceptional quality and fine, customised craftsmanship. Apparent, Iconic luxury. The Danish brand will be exhibiting at OPTI-Munich 15-17 January.

Lady Bird Crystal Butterfly by Anna-Karin Karlsson
Lady Bird Crystal Butterfly by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Anna-Karin Karlsson launches the New Year with glamorous sunglasses and delicate handmade butterflies that are dipped in 24 Carat gold. The Swedish creator sculpts fine acetate into Lady Bird’s graceful curves, with the end tips also dipped in 24 Carat gold. Find more luxuruious frames from AKK at

Hudson - Eyewear Individuality by Roland Mouret
Hudson – Eyewear Individuality by Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret brings a confident, masterstroke of design to Hudson – sunglasses with a sleek aviator shape – and a Tortoiseshell flat brow bar. The individuality of the design reflects the French designers’s approach to his stylish women’s wear collection. JG


Round returns

The round silhouette stays in the eyewear headlines for 2016. Whether minimal in metal or chic in acetate, new designs reference old ones with inventive details and alluring colour tones and combinations. Pollipò from Rome, in true Italian style, brings a chic form into an up-to-date context with a pretty pastel colour that’s stylish for Spring.

PM 0005S from Pomellato Eyewear
PM 0005S from Pomellato Eyewear / Kering

Produced by Kering, the PM 0005S from jewellery label Pomellato, has a graceful modified round shape that pays its respects to vintage designs. A super shiny gold detail where the temple meets the front adds a new element of refinement to a shape and colour palette that is evocative of the 60s when the Pomellato label was first created by Pino Rabolini.

Blanca by ic! berlin
Blanca by ic! berlin

Blanca from the Berlin label ic! berlin expresses a new direction for high-quality metal sunglasses oozing with glamour and fashion finesse. The very very fine double bridge – with slim top bar – and the flat surfaces (frame and lenses) are a key look for the S/S season, here combined with an intensely bright lens hue – our favourite colour combination is this subtle silvery grey with sky blue graduated sun lenses. CN


Presenting in Germany

Germany’s Opti Munich show is fast approaching, a stage for international eyewear, creative designers, and emerging labels. Among the additions to the show this year, Opti will introduce !HOT, a dedicated area (located within Hall C1) highlighting hand-selected design talent and a new selection of labels that compliment the showcase of designs exhibited in the established YES! area (Hall C4). The fair attracts a large number of leading independent eyewear companies from Europe, Asia and the USA.

Orgreen Optics, the designer eyewear company from Copenhagen, returns to the show with their high quality titanium frames, and a campaign that pays tribute to late 70s and early 80s New Wave bands, featuring Nikolaj Hübbe (Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet) and Maja Krag (Unique Models) – pictured above.

Zero 10 in lilac by Finest Seven
Zero 10 in lilac by Finest Seven

British luxury designers Finest Seven, led by Jesse Stevens, are to exhibit with their new metal collection for the first time – exquisitely light and elegant, with very narrow proportions and oversized lenses, the frames offer a superb balance of design quality and attentive finishing.

Alium k2 by Face a Face
Alium K2 by Face a Face

Face à Face continue their exciting work in aluminium, with a new series where comfort and style go hand in hand. Alium K, featuring two shapes, each in five colour combinations with be on show at the Fairground Messe Munchen,  alongside their new Alium sunglasses for men.

New version of the Soupcan by Tavat
New version of the Soupcan by Tavat Eyewear

Tavat Eyewear confirm they will present new models under their ³SoupCan² Collection and ³All Acetate² versions for optical frames with clip on options. Also showing are newly released shapes in the metal/acetate SoupCan sunglasses range, with the striking “sandwich” frame construction (pictured above) –

Genie by Lafont
Genie by Lafont Paris

New editions from established French label Lafont Paris include the magical Genie, a reedition of the well-known ‘Jean Lafont’ 1980s classic with curved key hole bridge.

Opti Munich takes place from 15th to 17th January 2016 at Fairground Messe Munchen, The event showcases some of the most famous eyewear labels alongside new and emerging international designers. CN


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Joyful Colours

Joy and colour are two elements to celebrate, and a winning combination in artisan eyewear. The end results are beautifully original. Colour enhances, transforms and inspires. The amazing colours of South African fruit are the basis for the Exotic Fruit Collection by Niloca Eyewear. The Australian brand has launched a classic, large round frame – ACIA (above), fabricated in acetate with gold glitter in three different sizes to replicate a Glitter Tortoise effect. For more info on this custom eyewear brand visit

Seaside Wave 202 by Jono Hennessy
Seaside Wave 202 by Jono Hennessy

Louise Sceats at Jono Hennessy reports that she looks forward to heading to their favourite summertime haunt – Palm Beach in Australia. The lure of sea and surf is the impetus for the new design Seaside Wave 202 – an explosion of colour that is reminiscent of sun parasols, the blue ocean and yellow sand.

Infused with Colour - Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk
Infused with Colour – Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk

Vibrant, joyous colour is a stimulus at Kirk & Kirk with their lively designs from the Kaleidoscope Collection. Acrylic – the preferred material at Kirk & Kirk – orchestrates with colour so rich – the effect is luminous and clear.

Sandman by l.a. Eyeworks
Sandman by l.a. Eyeworks

Traditional shaping meets modern splashes of colour in Sandman by l.a. Eyeworks, a softly sculpted fame with generous volume – a creative design of multi-faceted colours in acetate – called Jimmy Tortoise. JG