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