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 www.niloca.com

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. www.jonohennessy.com

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. www.kirkandkirk.com

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. www.laeyeworks.com JG

Moscot NYC in London

Moscot’s latest venture is a new store in Soho, London, which opened this month. The first of its kind in Europe, the shop at 37 Beak Street has been designed to replicate the Moscot stores in New York City, with the familiar decor, vintage memorabilia and dark wood fittings, and a range of its well-known vintage-look eyewear, popular with spec-wearing celebrities including Johnny Depp.

Hugo at Moscot London
Hugo at Moscot London / image by Eyestylist.com

We popped in on a busy Xmas shopping afternoon to a warm welcome from the team and managing partner, Mo Webb. Resident ‘Moscot mascot’ Hugo (#MOSCOTMASCOT) was also at home – one of the cutest puppies we’ve met in a while.

As well as three stores in New York City and one in London, Moscot has shops in Tokyo and Seoul. One of the oldest surviving independent labels in eyewear, dating back to 1915, the brand has grown a following globally.

Moscot London, 37 Beak Street, Soho London W1F 9RZ. For details about Moscot, visit  www.moscot.com CN

Let it snow!

“When the weather outside is frightful, a new pair of glasses is so delightful!” Gogosha Optique. Gogosha Optique in Los Angeles ring in the holidays with a snow-filled campaign, and glasses by specialist independent labels including Ahlem Eyewear, Kirk & Kirk, Garrett Leight, and THEO. Bold colours, inventive shapes and detailed finishes make for a holiday collection that’s festive and cool, yet sure to warm up any look, says owner Julia Gogosha.

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With images by photographer Maggie West, the campaign highlights some of the most covet-worthy artisan frames of the season, with emphasis on the handmade and individual colour selection. Wishing everyone a festive holiday!

For more details about spectacles and sunglasses at Gogosha Optique visit, www.gogosha.com CN

AMREF Flying doctors

The vast, sprawling plains of Africa, its beauty and history have long been an influence for Luca Gnecchi Ruscone. So the Italian eyewear designer was naturally inclined to participate in a humanitarian campaign to help African people. AMREF Flying Doctors is an independent, non-profit company providing professional air ambulance services across the African continent. Through their Charitable Evacuations Programme, the Flying Doctors offer aero-medical care and transport free of charge to the poor in need of urgent medical attention; otherwise these people may not survive.

Luca Gnecchi Ruscone and a Flying Doctors pilot
Luca Gnecchi Ruscone and a Flying Doctors pilot

Through their Charitable Evacuations Programme, the Flying Doctors offer aero-medical care and transport free of charge to the poor in need of urgent medical attention; otherwise these people may not survive.

Dahlak for AMREF Flying Doctors by L.G.R.
Dahlak for AMREF Flying Doctors by L.G.R.

To help support the AMREF Flying Doctors, L.G.R. has created Special Edition sunglasses  with the design based on suggestions received from the pilots. The sleek, smart frame – Dahlak – is revisited, designed with a special anti-reflective coating on the lenses, plus a powerful high altitude UV protection filter and leather eye guards to block out glare while the pilots are flying.

Ready to help: Flying Doctors offer aero-medical care in Africa
Ready to help: Flying Doctors offer aero-medical care in Africa

Luca Gnecchi Ruscone commented: “The origins of L.G.R. are deeply rooted  in Africa, which is why I wanted to produce the Special Edition ‘L.G.R. for AMREF Flying Doctors’ Charity Evacuations. A percentage of revenues from sales will therefore be donated to the Charitable Evacuations programme run by AMREF Flying Doctors, a local organisation that has been working in Africa for many years. My hope is that in this way, L.G.R. can make its own contribution  to increasing the number of free evacuation flights flown to save the lives of people with serious illness. This along with other projects, is our way of giving back to the African continent, which has played such an important role as the source of inspiration behind the brand.” www.lgrworld.com JG

Images: Courtesy L.G.R.

Alium by Face à Face

The French design brand introduces sunglasses to its high-tech Alium series, where use of quality aluminium produces an exceptional contemporary finish, in bright hues and natural metallics. The two new styles, with their balance of assertive, cutting edge design and supreme comfort, have a round (pictured) or rectangular shape with a statement metal bridge and technical hinge. Made in France, the frames are assembled in the company’s workshop in the Jura.

A neutral metallic finish in the new Alium Sunglasses edition
A neutral metallic finish in the new Alium Sunglasses edition for 2016

The label announces Jean Galfione, former Olympic athlete and pole vaulter as the face of the Alium sunglasses campaign in 2016. www.faceaface-paris.com / www.alium-paris.com CN

Picasso on porcelain

The paintings of the celebrated artist Pablo Picasso set world records at auctions. However, now there is a way to enjoy and cherish the master’s work at reasonable prices. Marc de Ladoucette is a porcelain specialist who has the authorisation of Mr Claude Picasso to use the Spanish artists’s work on products created from Limoges, renowned for finely crafted decorative objects since the 18th Century.

Top image: La-Joie-de-Vivre by Picasso – Galerie Marc de Ladoucette

Candle - Colombe by Picasso
Candle – Colombe by Picasso

Some of Picasso’s most important works – including “La Magie Picasso” – are translated on vases, plates – from dinner services to beautiful serving platters – candles and teacups. The items are available in Limited Editions – and sold in only a few prestigious shops around the world, including The Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City – www.gagosian.com – and Renby in Tel Aviv – www.renby.co.il Picasso on Porcelain – unique items to bring art, magic and elegance to your table and your home. www.marc-de-ladoucette.com JG

Theo+Matali Crasset

Innovative design and a zest for adventure has always been the trademark of theo eyewear in Belgium. So when the opportunity arose for theo to collaborate with leading French interior designer Matali Crasset – the first time the Belgium brand has worked with a designer from another country – theo was quickly convinced that Matali was the perfect partner. The eyewear collection – Wide Open – is a creative symbiosis between contemporary, bold design, and a passion for colour.

Confiant (Confident) by theo+matali crasset
Confiant (Confident) by theo+matali crasset

“I love working with interiors and space,” says Crasset, “and this idea of ‘wide open’ means being wide open to life. I like people who are curious, and curious about others. Creating glasses is more complex than interiors – however, there is the symbolic aspect to be personally comfortable.”

Curieux (Curious) by theo+matali crasset
Curieux (Curious) by theo+matali crasset

Wide Open includes twelve designs – eight optical glasses and four sunglasses in metal and acetate. Each model is named after a character trait: Rebelle (rebellious) Sensible (sensitive) Expressif (expressive) plus other traits. The daring shapes are available in approximately forty-six different colour combinations. Wide Open by theo+Matali Crasset is an eyewear collection that embodies creativity, comfort, form and colour – plus a reminder of how glasses contribute to the formation of one’s own personal identity. www.theo.be www.matalicrasset.com JG

 

 

Tom Stevens Eyewear

Tom Stevens – The Netherlands

The latest innovative technology is crafted into beautiful eyewear by Tom Stevens. Polyamide power and Selective Laser Sintering are utilised in model D10, coupled with a special coating to preserve the lovely colours. Polyamide is strong, easy to adjust, and very light. Model D10 in vivid blue captures a mood of simplicity and refinement. www.stevenseyewear.com JG

Sunglasses: Elegance and chic

Exceptional and beautiful sunglasses are a privilege to own and to wear – a strong style statement with character and striking design. Glamour is the password at RockOptika, and designer Tom Herrington has created a sleek frame with a luxurious lamination that is the brand’s own innovation, all crafted by hand. Sinistre (above) is available in the delicious coloration of Liquorice Oreo. More stunning sunglasses by Tom Herrington at www.rockoptika.com

Zoe Duo by Vue DC
Zoe Duo by Vue dc

Artisan traditions are a passion for French designer Christian Mascré at Vue dc, and the collection is handmade in France. Zoe (above) is an expressive, bold design with a retro mood in crystal, and red opalin. Zoe is also available in a crocodile finish in brown and black. Visit www.vuedc.com for more info on this individualistic brand.

Spitfire by Coppe/Sid for Paarajumpers
Spitfire by Coppe/Sid for Parajumpers

Coppe+ Sid have joined creative forces with Parajumpers, the brand noted for its quality, comfortable and versatile outdoor wear. Sid Fiz and Coppe Gualtiero have designed free-spirited sunglasses that combine traditional and timeless shapes. Flat lenses on Spitfire (above) with a smart double-bridge further enhance the craftsmanship, design and technical features of Parajumpers by Coppe+Sid. www.coppeandsid.it JG

Les Suites – Paris

A world of luxury, beauty, inspiring fashion and accessories waits behind the doors of Les Suites – the sumptuous Parisian boutique, located in the chic 8th Arrondissement. The ambience is magical – an amazing interior with a sweeping grand staircase, exquisite service, clothes and accessories that are unique in their crafted perfection.

Les Suites Interior
Les Suites Interior

The exclusive boutique opened in 2013, presenting Limited Editions of gorgeous fashion creations – Haute Couture and Pret-a-Porter plus wedding gowns – are made by European, American, Japanese, Russian and Chinese designers. Like the collections, the clientele is international – from all corners of the globe, and includes many from the art, film, and music worlds. Often mothers and daughters shop together, to discover one-of-a-kind items. Fabulous sunglasses — all handcrafted – featured at Les Suites includes designs by Anna-Karin Karlsson, Jacques Marie Mage, John Dalia, Thierry Lasry, and Kyme. When in Paris, treat yourself to a visit at Les Suites – it is a memorable, modern, exceptional and elegant experience. www.boutiquelessuites.com JG

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Eyestylist 5th Anniversary

On 1st January 2016, Eyestylist marks its 5th Anniversary, and we want to sincerely thank our readers and advertisers in achieving this special goal. Soon we are launching a re-energised look – with a new layout and colours, and focusing on even more inspiring and enlightening updates about Fabulous Eyewear and Fine Accessories. Continuing postings keeps you in the know…Eyestylist.com is the place to go! Let the celebrations begin.

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Spotlight on opticals

Design Diversity

Alluring shapes, fresh new colours and treasured classics, plus beautiful materials highlight optical designs for men and women. Crafted with precision and fine detailing, the latest optical frames combine style, comfort, function and beauty. The Writers series by Italian brand Res/Rei, designed by Oliviero Zanon, includes contemporary shapes and refined colourations. Dante (above) is shown in black, and black with an elegant touch of blue – both designs in Mazzucchelli acetate. www.resrei.com Photo by Umberto Mischi

Metal Legends by Silhouette
Metal Legends by Silhouette

Silhouette has relaunched their best-selling Legends Collection – in metal and SPX – with styles in both solid colours and floral patterns. For many years, “Legends by Silhouette” has been worn by HRH Queen Elizabeth II – a testament to the workmanship, style and quality of  Silhouette. The new Metal Legends includes style 3504 (above) in an elegant blue with patterned temples. www.silhouette.com

Papa Frank in Sunny Yellow by l.a. Eyeworks
Papa Frank in Sunny Yellow by l.a. Eyeworks

Brighten your face, your day and your mood with Papa Frank by l.a. Eyeworks in Sunny Yellow. Designers Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi are inspired by the California sunshine with this retro-themed Titanium optical design, handcrafted in Japan. Check out www.laeyeworks.com for more exciting optical styles.

Cosmo 15 by Daniel Benner - Benner Eyewear
Cosmo 15 by Daniel Benner – Benner Eyewear

German designer Daniel Benner favours Stainless Steel for his striking design Cosmo 15 – a super-slim frame with a dramatic upswept double-brow in purple, and black temples. Artisan crafting in Germany is the hallmark of Benner Eyewear. More information at www.benner-eyewear.com

Luxury Eyewear Looks

Frames with Beauty and Finesse

There, all is order and beauty, luxury, calm and voluptuousness” Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Luxury is often an indefinable ingredient. In eyewear, frames in the luxury category come with a heritage of development, longevity and design that endures. Eyewear connoisseurs LINDBERG in Denmark choose noble materials for the Precious Collection that includes Platinum, 18K solid gold; diamonds; musk ox horn and other fine, natural materials. Style 2237 (above) is artfully crafted in rose and yellow gold – true heirloom eyewear. www.lindberg.com

Bano in Genuine Horn by Götti Switzerland
Bano in Genuine Horn by Götti Switzerland

Genuine Horn has long been a favourite luxury material for eyewear. Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland creates an elegant Horn composition – Bano – that is full of character and refinement. The frame is a classic look in a square shape that harmonically complements masculine and feminine facial shapes. www.gotti.ch

Kiki on the String Rosé by Anna Karin Karlsson
Kiki on the String Rosé by Anna Karin Karlsson

Delicate and feminine, Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson combines acetate with handset Swarovski crystals, and 24K gold dipped end tips in Kiki on the String Rosé. A sweeping brow provides additional glamour and sophistication. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Chrisope by Christiane Di Palo Burrone for Selima Optique
Chrisope by Christiane Di Palo Burrone for Selima Optique

Pearls are a  lunar symbol, the oldest known gem, and magical powers are attributed to them. The superior beauity of pearls is effectively presented in Chrisope – a striking design by Christiane Di Palo Burrone for Selima Optique. The sunglasses are matt stainless steel, and the temples are elegant Swarovski pearls. www.selimaoptique.com

Eva

Vue dc

Eva is one of Vue dc’s masterpieces, highlighting an art-deco inspired sculptural concept that is quite unique. Produced in a fine quality acetate, pictured here with marble effect, designer Chris Mascre plays with volumes to transform eyewear into art. Choose from evocative colours that are both classically inspired and flattering. All Vue dc artisan frames are made in the Jura in France. www.vuedc.com CN

Ella

RVS by V

The classic RVS by V style Ella has been on Eyestylist before, but this new colour – entitled “hornier blue”, deserves another mention as we prepare ourselves for some real treats in the S/S 16 season. For those who like to convert their glasses with a cool clip in the sun, this is an ideal choice: a flash mirrored designer clip translates these edgy yet classically inspired specs into a sunglass design with attention-grabbing style. www.rvseyewear.com CN

ZT19822

Charmant

The award-winning men’s collection – Charmant Z – combines the superior qualities of Excellence Titan-Elastomer in a frame that is exceptionally supple and lightweight. The latest design includes ZT19822 – an elegant frame for men with a full rim, and handsome temples and sides. Available in Marine blue (above), brown and black. www.charmant.com JG

New opportunities: 3D frames

Futuristic creations

3D printing is growing in eyewear and already adding a whole new category to the array of extraordinary frame designs available today. The creative opportunities in 3D tech are vast – those that have already begun to experiment in this field are achieving designs that range from edgy and futuristic to luxurious.

A first ‘luxury’ take on 3D comes from Hoet Couture’s 3D laser-printed titanium collection. Each of the five styles can be created in various lens and bridge sizes – this customisation aspect is exciting-, and are equipped with adjustable temples and moveable nose pads. In this case the high-tech aesthetics are complemented by luxury touches in keeping with the label’s classic collection. Mounted precious stones such as rubies and unique embroidery take the frames into uncharted eyewear territory. www.hoet.be

i see by ic! berlin
i see by ic! berlin

Model ‘i see’ – from ic! berlin’s plotic collection is a design study: the three prongs on the ic! berlin temple now lock directly into the 3D-printed front. The plotic hinge is smooth, strong and easy to operate, and a concept that is being further extended by the label for 2016.  The open work construction of this design gives a futuristic look to the material that is lightweight and extremely tough. www.ic-berlin.de

Tom Stevens Eyewear
Tom Stevens Eyewear

Tom Stevens launched their 3D collection one year ago. Mirjam van Hensbergen told us: “Since our 3D collection came to the market a year ago, we have noticed the optical world is now ready for this new material. Our polyamide collection has become our main attraction, next to acetate and titanium. Launching in Munich at Opti (the German optical trade fair in January 2016), we will show our first combination styles featuring polyamide and metal.” www.stevenseyewear.com CN

Festive frames

Designs with sparkle & spirit

The holiday season approaches! Let it be your special time to indulge in accessories with dazzling glamour and sophisticated style. Charmant’s Line Art Opera Collection – inspired by the world of music – suggests an elegant rimless eyepiece – XL2067 (above). The graceful temples feature a wavy filigree pattern in Excellence Titan, and delicate handset Swarovski crystals. Sophistication, comfort and beautiful design. www.charmant.com

Amethyst Elegance by Pollipo' in Rome
Amethyst Elegance by Pollipo’ in Rome

Paola Costantini at Pollipo’ celebrates the holiday season with splendid Amethyst accessories, including sunglasses, a jewel clutch, bracelet and ring. The pearly variegated forest green/amethyst blend in the handcrafted sunglasses (style 534 Edition 916) is created from cellulose acetate, with a beautiful sheen. Scal, the Italian handmade jewel clutch, is in genuine Tuscan leather with a Crocodile pattern. Amethyst and rhodium-plated 925 sterling silver are used for the bracelet and cluster ring, and evokes subtle luxury and refinement. www.pollipocchiali.it

Caresse from The Crystal Collections by Silhouette
Caresse from The Crystal Collections by Silhouette

Silhouette has just launched stunning, contemporary frames – the Crystal Collections – three designs for women and one for men. Caresse (above) is crafted in 23K gold-plated Titanium, in a sleek, rimless design, featuring a single floating crystal on the temples. An impressive, timeless design. www.silhouette.com

Gold Flecks shimmer on Singuliere by Lafont Paris
Gold Flecks shimmer on Singuliere by Lafont Paris

Tiny flecks of gold highlight Singuliere by Lafont Paris. Rich purple acetate is silhouetted on the contemporary frame front, and the stainless steel temples are beautifully etched with a flowing leaf pattern. For further information on Lafont’s smart and diversified optical designs for men and women, visit www.lafont.com JG

Eyestyle: Diversified and Distinguished

Multiple Choices in Eyewear

Exciting eyewear options include electrifying possibilities in materials, colours and design. Unusual and traditional materials fosters fashion independence, and blended with originality and the unexpected – creates  unique designs. ROLF Spectacles – whose luxurious frames are handcrafted in the stunning surroundings of the Austrian Tyrol – specialises in elegant, natural wood designs, and Tigre 205 (above) has just won the V. Award for this frame at the HKTDC exhibition. The smart panto design in walnut burl, from the new Excellence Collection – features two-tone styling, with an elaborate and distinctive finish. State-of-the-art production technologies are the basis for these sophisticated designs, with meticulously executed details. www.rolf-spectacles.com

HAPTER MO2M from the Icons Collection
HAPTER MO2M from the Icons Collection

Surgical steel and iconic Italian textiles in black unite in HAPTER’S model MO2M, which is part of the Icons Collection. Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti – who love and respect mountain challenges – have designed a handsome frame with a dominant bridge, reflecting a retro mountain look – that creates an expressive statement.  The frame (above photo) is displayed in the Italian based Studio Hapteria – and is featured on a custom-made unit. This original display piece is fabricated from recovered construction iron, and 18th Century local wood, treated with a secret homemade blend of water colours, sand and oxides. More on HAPTER’S imaginative Icons Collection at www.hapter.it

Cosmo Duo 10 by Daniel Benner - Benner Eyewear
Cosmo Duo 10 by Daniel Benner – Benner Eyewear

German designer Daniel Benner enjoys creating frame designs with individuality and uniqueness. The collections are handcrafted in Germany, with artisan precision and quality. The latest from Benner Eyewear includes bold shapes in stainless steel and acetate, in equally striking colours. Edgy style is evident in Cosmo Duo 10 in red and Havana. Benner Eyewear also has distinctive frame designs for woman – so check out www.bennereyeweardesign.com JG

Advantage: Acetate

Distinctive Eyewear Designs

Acetate is a beautiful, flexible material with numerous qualities that can be styled into elegant, unique eyewear. The material is lustrous; the colour potential is astounding; and acetate is so comfortable to wear. This versatile material for eyewear is a favourite for designers – and spectacle wearers. Vera Wang has launched a glamorous, luxurious Capsule Collection that combines bold shapes, graceful symmetry, and meticulous artistic evolution – interpreted by Vera’s inspiration from fine art, sculpture, and architecture. Nomi (above) in back acetate is crafted into a seductive cat-eye shape, and adorned with chunky Swarovski crystals. www.kenmarkoptical.com

Anna by Tim Van Steenbergen for theo Belgium
Anna by Tim Van Steenbergen for theo Belgium

The flexibility of acetate highlights intensive colours, so that they are rich and robust. Anna in shocking pink is a striking example – designed by Tim Van Steenbergen for theo, and characterised by a strong, voluminous shape. Contrasting coloured temples ensure additional beauty. www.theo.be

Style 8402 from Summer in Australia by Jono Hennessy
Style 8402 from Summer in Australia by Jono Hennessy

Limited Edition fabric prints in stunning colours and designs feature in the just-released 2015/2016 Summer in Australia Collection by Jono Hennessy. Style 8402 is a stripy melange of elegant acetate colours to highlight summer fashions under Australian sun, and other global balmy ports-of-call. www.jonohennessy.com

Shine by Face à Face Paris
Shine by Face à Face Paris

Shine from Face à Face Paris features a chic two-tone colour combination in acetate. Marine blue with a dash of lime fluorescent on the temples give this design a special radiance. The exaggerated cat-eye shape merges a touch of vintage with modern styling. www.faceaface-paris.com JG

Copenhagen Specs, March 2016

Eyewear event in Danish design capital

Independent eyewear design fair Copenhagen Specs announces a growing roster of innovative frame companies attending their Danish event in March 2016. New exhibitors include Vinylize by Tipton, ProDesign, Falvin Eyewear and Etnia Barcelona, alongside annual show attendees from Scandinavia and further afield.

Emmanuelle by Orgreen Optics, a leading Danish company attending the fair
Emmanuelle by Orgreen Optics, a leading Danish company attending the fair

Trade fair director Morten Gammelmark told Eyestylist: “Copenhagen Specs is Scandinavia’s independent eyewear fair, where inspiration and creativity are the key words. With over 135 brands like LINDBERG, Ørgreen, MYKITA, theo, Caroline Abram, Linda Farrow and Tom Ford it is an opportunity to get inspired and see new trends, with focus on the product and a great, friendly atmosphere.”

Vinylize Executive collection featuring vinyl and matt palladium – first time exhibitor
Vinylize Executive collection featuring vinyl and matt palladium – first time exhibitor
Ted by Gotti Switzerland, a returning exhibitor
Ted by Gotti Switzerland, a returning exhibitor

2016 sees the third edition of the Danish fair, which takes place at the Lokomotivvaerkstedet, an inspiring historic building (formerly used for repairing trains) located close to the city centre.

Falvin Eyewear: a newcomer from Denmark, exhibiting for the first time in 2016
Falvin Eyewear: a newcomer from Denmark, exhibiting for the first time in 2016

Gammelmark adds: “The fact that Copenhagen is a mecca for design enthusiasts out there attracts an incredible audience to the show. Our Danish design history with names such as Børge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner or LINDBERG creates a special context for visitors. Danish design is renowned all over the world for its clean lines and appreciation of high quality materials – tendencies that are also of the essence in contemporary design and international fine eyewear.”

Copenhagen Specs takes place on 5th-6th March 2016. Registration is now open at https://copenhagenspecs.nemtilmeld.dk/1/. Further information at www.copenhagenspecs.dk CN

Resort Ready!

Beautiful Eyewear for Sunny Destinations

When autumn and winter chill begins to set in, it’s time to think about sunny destinations. Visions of turquoise waters, soft sands and warm temperatures are very alluring.  So are sunglasses that lift the spirits, and provide eye protection from harsh sun rays, while bringing resort chic to stylish beach and evening wear. Here are some exciting collections!

Anna-Karin Karlsson draws on British history and her own Swedish heritage with The Queen – Mourning Lace (above) a celebration of both Alexander McQueen and Queen Victoria. The elaborate design exemplifies Karlsson’s reputation as the pacesetter of memorable and fabulous sunglasses. Her Swedish ancestors were hair jewellery artisans who created mourning pieces for Queen Victoria. Cotton cased acetate with a lace print, and the metal moth temple décor are made especially for the Anna-Karin Karlsson collection. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Sophisticated and Chic – Groucho by Roland Mouret
Sophisticated and Chic – Groucho by Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret’s fashion designs are coveted by women for their purity of design, sensuous draping and soft flow, which further compliments his beautiful resort fashions. Mouret’s sunglass collection is exquisitely orchestrated in smooth acetate, including Groucho in black, with refined temple details. More on Roland Mouret at www.rolandmouret.com

Zero 10 by Finest Seven London
Zero 10 by Finest Seven London

Aviator shapes are expressed in numerous variations, and among the most stylish is Zero 10 from Finest Seven in London. The exaggerated silhouette, sleek double bridge, and flattering Zeiss lilac lenses resonates fine, contemporary artisan craftsmanship. www.finestseven.com

The Tilman by Shane Baum at Leisure Society
The Tilman by Shane Baum at Leisure Society

Limited Edition en Plein Soleil from Leisure Society includes timeless designs by Shane Baum. The Tilman is a handsome optical frame that features clip-on sun lenses, with hand-enamelled crossbar details. www.leisure-society.com JG

Mondelliani for John Robshaw

On location in India

Mondelliani’s printed sunglasses created with textile expert John Robshaw took a trip to India with the designer last month, for a shoot that will launch for the Spring/Summer 16 collections. Robshaw uses Indian patterns, colours and block-printing methods in his collections, which now extend to bedding, fashion and furniture.

Kadena TG by Mondelliani for John Robshaw
Kadena TG by Mondelliani for John Robshaw

The six sunglass models, worn by local men in the photographs, include Kadena in two colourways reflecting the rich textiles typical of Robshaw’s mainline collections…choose from clear amber or amber with an exotic animal print effect.

Kadena by Mondelliani for John Robshaw

John Robshaw campaign SS16
John Robshaw campaign SS16

Robshaw, who studied fine arts at Pratt and traditional block printing in China, has joined forces with Italian sunglass company Mondelliani to create a special edition that perfectly encapsulates the vitality and colour of his vibrant artisan-inspired prints. Fitted with high-quality lenses for 100% UV protection, the frames are available online at www.johnrobshaw.com. Daring and elegant, says the designer. For more details on Mondelliani, visit www.mondelliani.it CN

Zoobug Captures Prestigious Awards

Zoobug London – the quality specialist children’s eyewear brand – has received two prestigious accolades from Junior Design Awards. A delightfully fun and striking design by Zoobug – SqFarer Polarised Sunglasses – won the Best Travel Product for Children. The award-winning frame in navy and white stripe (above) is specially designed for infants, and fitted with a surgical grade silicon saddle.

Lively, bright colours for children's eyewear from Zoobug London
Lively, bright colours for children’s eyewear from Zoobug London

Zoobug also won Highly Commended in the Best Accessories Brand Category. Founder, Director and Ophthalmologist Dr. Julie Diem Le noted: “We are honoured to achieve official recognition in not one but two categories.” The Junior Design Awards are part of Juniormagazine.co.uk – the leading family, lifestyle, and parenting website in the UK.

Since Dr. Le created the brand in 2006, Zoobug’s beautifully crafted eyewear for children in safe materials, and gorgeous styles and colours, has won the approval of children and parents. In 2008, Zoobug London was awarded the “Oscar” of the eyewear world – the SILMO D’Or, an international industry citation. Congratulations to Zoobug London from Eyestylist! www.zoobug.com JG

Crystal Clear

Frames in clear, transparent acetate enhance eyewear optics with inspiration that embrace an element of the 1950’s – and infused with modern engineering guidelines. Both optical and sunglass designs feature distinctive styling and contours, with an aura of quiet elegance. The cat-eye shape from Pollipo’ (above) is crafted in smooth hand polished ultra-transparent crystal, and features tiny rhinestones and metal pins embedded on the frame front. Handmade in Italy, designer Paola Costantini says that No. 557 is perfect for “creative faces!” www.pollipocchiali.it

Christian Mascré at Vue DC beautifully balances retro and crystal in POP. The unique shape is a Limited Edition produced in France, and the blue lenses add glamour to this striking design. The new POP styles are also available with rich colour intensity and a marbling effect. More info at www.vuedc.fr

Desirable crystal eyewear is classically expressed at Lafont Paris with Recit. Vintage echoes are evident, when harmoniously combined with an ultra-thin silhouette, which is particularly prevalent in optical designs. Fine crafting and precise details further enhance Recit in quality crystal acetate. www.lafont.com

Original Penguin has launched The Clifford in two-tone custom acetate, and men will appreciate both the tradition and modern elements in this optical creation –  with its uncluttered free-flow design. More details about the new vintage inspired collection by Original Penguin at www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

Finest Seven

New from the British luxury label is Zero 11, a clean, minimal aviator shape with striking proportions and fashion-forward lens, designed by Jesse Stephens. Colours are in tune with the high quality aspect of the design. A grey graduated lens matches the sheen of the metal frame itself in this example, while other colour combinations include gold with a graduated brown lens and gold with a baby blue mirrored lens. Attention to form and craft, typical of Stephens’ work, is perfectly illustrated in a design that reinterprets a classic with dramatic aesthetics and a comfortable fit. www.finestseven.com CN

Orgreen

The latest collection by Orgreen in Denmark includes slim, modern shapes for women, particularly suited for smaller faces. Crafted in lightweight titanium, unexpected colours of matt navy blue with vibrant coral outlining the upper and lower frame rim, and the interior, gives this design called Hannah a special style splash. More information at www.orgreenoptics. JG

Res/Rei

The successful Musicians collection designed by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei has elegant new additions this season. Lustrous Mazzucchelli acetate in model Schubert, with its beautiful substance in tonal blues also features finely crafted temples and textured sides. The contemporary silhouette and distinctive end tips ensure perfect fit. Franz Schubert – who wore glasses – would approve! For history fans, the frames that the composer wore are on display at Schubert Gerburtshaus in Vienna. www.resrei.com JG