Pushing boundaries: Silmo Paris 2016

At the heart of the fast-paced, fast-expanding frames market, creative innovation is as strong as ever, with independent designers and makers taking new routes that require experimental techniques, new technology and, at times, several years’ research and development. Silmo Paris is an international platform for inspired new design concepts and this year’s show confirmed that leading directions in eyewear revolve around huge opportunities in high-tech alongside a return to artisan principles and impressively high standards in handcrafting.

The Italian label LGR is one of the Italian leaders in small production artisan-quality eyewear. Founder Luca Gnecchi Ruscone (above right in model Scorpio) incorporates attentive details and finishes, noteworthy not only for their refined aesthetics but also for comfort and fit – the mix of classic and directional statement eyewear provides something for everyone who appreciates good design. Look out for their new “hammered” effect finish in the metal range – “it’s a little gothic,” says Gnecchi Ruscone with a smile. Very delicate metal profiles with high bridges connect each lens gracefully. www.lgrworld.com

Cole in moss by Gotti Switzerland
Cole in moss by Gotti Switzerland

Gotti Switzerland, a brand that specialises in quality, technical precision and beautiful quality materials, launched their first 3d printed collection: Dimension, at the show last weekend. Sven Gotti told Eyestylist he has been working with his team on this line for around three years with the aim of providing the same levels of detail, finish, comfort and fit in the cutting-edge material that they have mastered in acetate, horn and titanium. Further information at www.gotti.ch

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RES/REI’s Oliviero Zanon continues on the artisan path with dedication to design finesse and innovative aesthetic detailing in Mazzucchelli acetate. The new frames with tiny perforated decoration are ingenious and make a wonderful addition to the core collection. www.resrei.com

Vera Wang capsule collection
Vera Wang capsule collection

With metal sunglasses booming in terms of prevalent trends, several directions were quickly identified at the Paris show: very fine profiles, continued attention on the zero base “flat” suns lenses, and all kinds of ideas for double bridges and lens shapes. The Vera Wang collection from Kenmark is a luxury capsule line that embodies these particular details with subtlety and flair. www.verawang.com / www.kenmarkoptical.com

Mondelliani's new Rigadritto collection
Mondelliani’s Rigadritto collection

Named after American actors – including Woody, Quentin, and Scarlet – the sunglasses in the Rigadritto collection are a first delightful step for the Rome-based brand Mondelliani towards an all metal construction. The frames are very light, easy to wear, and minimal in a design that speaks volumes on the face. www.mondelliani.it

Artisan expertise at Rigards
Artisan expertise at Rigards
Budri Eyewear: model Bernini
Budri Eyewear: model Bernini in precious Lapis Lazuli

Finally, collections using natural materials continue to expand with speed. The Silmo show had several highlights: Monoceros frames in buffalo horn, made from a single piece of horn, free from metal and plastic (www.monoceros.cc), Rigards’ buffalo horn creations by Ti Kwa, incorporating brilliant material mixes and exceptional textures, polished surfaces and coordinating colours – (www.rigards.com), and a new luxury eyewear collection in marble from the Italian Marble Inlay experts Budri, designed by Valerio Cometti in collaboration with Gianmarco Budri and a team of craftsmen. The collection has taken two years to come to fruition and includes marble, onyx and semi-precious stones. www.budri.com

Eyestylist looks forward to sharing further highlights, details and observations on the new collections in the months ahead.

Silmo Paris takes place from 6-9th October in 2017. For more details on the Silmo fair visit www.silmoparis.com CN

Hall of Frames Zurich: imaginative independent designers

A high point of the autumn fashion calendar is the Hall of Frames exhibition in Zurich. This distinguished event brings together independent eyewear designers who present their latest artisan inspirations – an A-List of creative spirits. Eyestylist showcases several of the participants whose designs capture the seemingly limitless possibilities for striking frames.

Parisian designer Jérémy Tarian – whose latest stunning collection is presented in Zurich – also conducts Master classes at the Genève University of Art and Design/Switzerland (HEAD-Genève) for inspired and discerning students. This year – Jérémy’s second collaboration with the school – included a Workshop programme that required students to reinterpret tortoiseshell colour from Mazzuchelli – the renowned Italian acetate manufacturer. Eva by Eva Gaumé (above) was the winning student with her dynamic, bold design in tortoiseshell and luminous crystal. Her successful creation is now part of the TARIAN + Head collection. www.jeremytarian.com

The Actor by Monoqool
The Actor by Monoqool

Scandinavian design is acknowledged for its purity, clean and distinctive style. Monoqool handsomely achieves translating that heritage into eyewear with 3D designs crafted in Denmark, in super lightweight polyamide. The shape of a bicycle inspires The Actor in trendy Marsala red  – a fashion colour to appreciate. www.monoqool.com

Pamela by Didier Voirol
Pamela by Didier Voirol

Glitter and shine dazzles on eyewear this season, and Swiss designer Didier Voirol translates his magical skills as a sculptor into frames. Contemporary shaping in metal highlights Pamela (above) sprinkled with tiny rhinestones that brighten your eyes, face, and perhaps perspective! Discover more Didier Voirol designs at www.metalartconcept.com

Yokko by Face à Face Paris
Yokko by Face à Face Paris

The Face à Face collection for 2017 procures inspiration from Oriental Art Deco concepts. Advanced technology and geometric lines – in aluminium and bronze with enlightened colour accents – bring vigor and individuality to Yokko. www.faceaface-paris.com

See the complete list of inventive eyewear designers presenting in Zurich this weekend – 2nd-3rd October – at www.hallofframes.ch JG

Hana by Kirk & Kirk

The lightweight acrylic collection by Kirk & Kirk sees new entries for the Paris show this weekend. The modified cateye glasses ‘Hana’ – a bubbly “out-there” shape for women – is to make an appearance in a new fresh Violet shade, with dual tone crystal effect – light and dazzling on the face. Acrylic remains one of Kirk & Kirk’s hallmark materials, offering incredible comfort and lightness as well as different, daring colour options. All the styles which are made exclusively in France, can be ordered with an Asian bridge fitting as required. See the full selection at www.kirkandkirk.com CN

Anna-Karin Karlsson at Bergdorf Goodman

Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson presented her luxurious eyewear collection at Bergdorf Goodman, New York City’s illustrious fashion emporium. Karlsson’s individualistic, charismatic frames were among the highlights of the Fashion Week experience.

“I love Bergdorf Goodman and I am thrilled that their team is so very adventurous and fashion forward to carry my work. Such a joy to do my in-store visits and events a couple of times a year and meet the lovely staff, and the folks that have enough confidence to wear my work.” Anna-Karin is photographed (above right) with Linda Fargo – the dynamic senior vice-president fashion and store presentation. www.annakarinkarlsson.com www.bergdorfgoodman.com JG

Paris notes: what’s coming?

Bold colour, edgy eye shapes, a mix of exotic combinations and favourite touches of retro….the new trends are emerging as SILMO approaches at the end of the week. The show promises cool eyewear designs by a selection of the leading independent designers who set the agenda for creative trends and artisan quality at an international level.

They include Danish brand Ørgreen who present innovative ophthalmic and sun designs in a campaign by Casper Sejersen. The frames appear on models in a cold, concrete environment where solid surfaces and clean lines resonate simplicity and functionality. Each exclusive design offers the minimal edge of an Ørgreen design with a new colour scheme that embraces the opportunity of innovative finishes in slick titanium. Further details: www.orgreenoptics.com

SoupCan Collection 2.0 by Tavat
SoupCan Collection 2.0 by Tavat

Based on its masterful award-winning Soupcan design, Tavat launches “TAVAT SoupCan Collection 2.0” – a new extra light edition with pantos and round shapes available in “all-metal” or “combination” versions.

In this new series, TAVAT strives to reinterpret its brilliant design for every-day, all-day wear whilst staying close to the original. SoupCan 2.0 “C” features all acetate temples allowing for more adjustment and has removed a lot of material to give the overall aesthetic a more refined look. The adjustable nosepads and optional clip-on with melanin lenses makes the design ultra-wearable and suitable for all men and women. www.tavat-eyewear.com

Zero 11 by Finest Seven
Zero 11 by Finest Seven

British luxury label Finest Seven return to Paris to unveil new sunglasses in their luxurious heirloom collection known for its pristine elegance and well-tuned production which results in a great blend of lightness and design. www.finestseven.com

KOT by Vue DC
KOT by Vue DC

Timeless and breaking with convention, acetate model Kot from Vue DC shows energy and impact in a characterful shape, highlighting a brilliant upbeat combination of red and black. Made in France, the statement frame is also available in black and white, and two single colours with a polished/brushed finish. www.vuedc.fr

Akiko 2 by Face a Face
Akiko 2 by Face a Face

Sometimes classical with a refined colour palette is the most elegant and desirable choice for an eyewear wardrobe in the winter months. Akiko 2 by Face à Face draws its creative inspiration from the expressive qualities of Japanese ‘manga‘, displaying true elegance in its unique assembly of circles and arches. It demonstrates technical flair using a single nylon thread instead of screws. The lightweight aluminium in matt colours adds the exciting contemporary feel. www.faceaface-paris.com

Silmo Paris – the international eyewear and optics fair – takes place from Friday 23rd-26th September at Paris Nord Villepinte. For further details and registration visit www.silmoparis.com CN

 

Forup by Fleye

Eyewear technology harmonises elegantly in the sleek, new collection from Fleye in Denmark. Carbon and coloured wood handsomely fuse in designs to achieve frames with an expressive material mix, superbly crafted. FORUP in supremely light carbon is united with coloured Platan wood in a gorgeous shade of Indigo Blue. Fleye will present their innovative concept, and other distinctive designs at Silmo in Paris 23rd-26th September at Villepinte. Discover the philosophy and beauty of Scandinavian eyewear style by Fleye in Hall 5/E124. www.fleye.dk JG

Carefree & confident designs

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn” Orsen Welles

Eyewear style has evolved over time, and nowadays designers are manifesting creativity, originality and craftsmanship with distinctive identity and individuality. Suzy Glam – designed by Susanne Klemm – is among the new wave of eloquent creators who is transforming frames into ever more intriguing achievements. At Silmo, Suzy Glam will launch Limited Edition sunglasses that will be produced for only fifty fortunate wearers – worldwide. Glitters (above) combines daring, elegance and refinement. www.suzyglam.com Photo by Aisha Zeijpveid in collaboration with Judith Veenendaal.

Cello by Bellinger
Cello by Bellinger

Danish design is symbolic with uncluttered, innovative products that embrace high quality, attentive and defined details – all resulting in quite the style statement. The latest Bellinger eyewear collection possess all those attributes, plus beautiful shapes and colours. Cello (above) is the epitome of refined, elegant and contemporary elements. www.bellinger.dk

Corsair Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid
Corsair Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid

Eyewear inspiration is derived from many sources – with history and aviation the foundation for frames in the Parajumpers Collection by Coppe-Sid. The American fighter aircraft Vought F4U Corsair, which was in service during World War 11, sparked the dashing, streamlined Corsair sunglasses (above), that are carefully handcrafted in Italy in acetate and metal, with a double bridge that is spot on trend. www.coppeandsid.it

Nielsen by SALT.Optics
Nielsen by SALT.Optics

Bold, impressive and high performance: Nielsen – chic and sophisticated in marbled grey acetate – is among the stunning new designs in the SALT. Optics Collection. Premium crafting, beautiful materials, meticulous details, and gorgeous colours feature in all SALT. designs. www.saltoptics.com Visit SALT. at Silmo Hall 5A G134. All the brands noted here will be presenting their collections 23rd-26th September at Villepinte. www.silmoparis.com JG

RVS Hand Made Eyewear

Vintage overtones with the introduction of painted elements by watercolourist San Siguenza are eye-catching highlights of a new RVS x San Siguenza collaborative sunglasses collection launched in New York this month. Tia, one of two pieces in the special edition is eloquently configured to show the exotic hand-painted colours of a watercolour of Madonna – created as a hologram for a performance during the singer’s 2015 Rebel Heart World Tour.

The link-up between Vidal Erkohen and painter San Siguenza represents the first eyewear edition by RVS produced in Japan. Erkohen, who set up the label in Turkey in 2007, and originally produced hand-finished designs in his own artisan frame company  there, is now based in NYC. Passionate about imaginative design and authentic, handcrafted production methods, Erkohen has selected Japanese artisanal expertise to take the collection forward into a new phase for 2017.

An RVS pop-up store is now open, and the big launch night is on 17th September at 312 Bowery, NYC. The collection for those who can’t get there goes online at www.rvseyewear.com on 30th September. CN

The past makes a lovely present

This delightful slogan appears on a shopping bag from the Wien Museum in Vienna Austria, and ideally relates to the 90th birthday of Oliver Goldsmith – the celebrated British Heritage eyewear company. Claire Goldsmith, the dynamic, resourceful, energetic and enthusiastic director, believes that “the best is yet to come. We fully intend to make the next decade more important than any other.” Claire (above) has graciously granted an exclusive interview to Eyestylist on OG’s potential insights and plans for the next decade…as they elegantly march towards their Centennial Anniversary.

Tortoise Split by Oliver Goldsmith
Tortoise Split by Oliver Goldsmith

In your opinion, why has vintage – eyewear styles from the 1950’s, 60’s etc. – continued to be so in demand? “They say out of adversity comes innovation, and the war years brought about huge adversity. What came off the back of that were decades of huge innovation in many walks of life. In the design world, everything from eyewear to car design and furniture to architecture – it’s all remained relevant from that period, and I think that comes down to what was going on in people’s lives at that time. Post war optimism and the feeling that anything was possible. Nothing had yet been done. Quite unlike how we feel today! Saying that, I see some designs coming out of new companies that I truly believe will stand the test of time themselves, and in sixty years from now will be hailed as vintage classics from 2016!

"I love the INGEMA - the feel of it"
“I love the INGEMA – the feel of it”

What are some of the differences between the OG frames created sixty-seventy years ago – and today? “To be honest we try hard to make no differences. There are some things like lens technology which has come a long way with improvement. We also have access to things like hypo allergenic hinges – but we make them in the old pinned hinge style! The Oliver Goldsmith brand is about clean and classic styling, and I don’t see us straying from that. The old saying ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to!’ does not apply to Oliver Goldsmith.

The OGLE "handmade in England to order...but watch this space."
The OGLE “handmade in England to order…but watch this space.”

Are you planning any special celebrations or events for the 90th Anniversary of OG? “We have had a great year doing small events around the world to mark this special birthday, but as we draw closer to the completion of that year, we are focused on the new decade ahead of us. As a 4th generation Goldsmith heading up this side of the business, I want to ensure that the next ten years in the lead up to the company’s centennial celebration, we create and produce some collections which show that we still set the standard. We have so much planned already in terms of design and development of a new collection called OG DECADES. But I can’t say any more about that right now. We also have tonnes of new treatments planned for the much loved OG ICONS collection – a bunch of characters in their own right. The OG FAMILY collection is also continuing to grow with new relatives joining the line up each season. So really the message is let’s start the new Decade! 100 here we come!”

What is your favourite OG frame and why? “That’s like asking which of my children I love most! I have a couple of favourites: I love the Y-NOT because it’s just a total statement frame and it’s so OG! I love the OGLE – but we have never put it into production. Its only ever been handmade in England to order. I might consider it for ready to wear – watch this space – but I LOVE this frame. I love the INGEMA – the feel of it. It’s got 3-dimensional hand built temples. It was originally made for Michael Caine in the IPCRESS FILE. It’s another design that has only ever been handmade in England to order.”

OG: Goldside Editions Lord sunglasses
OG: Goldside Editions Lord Sunglasses

This month Claire launches the stunning OG: Goldside Editions – with two defining designs from the family archive – Manhattan and Lord. The Limited Edition of only 500 pieces will be made in raw black and gold, with flat gold flash mirror sun lens – to mark the end of one OG decade and the start of another. Happy 90th Birthday Oliver Goldsmith! Discover more at www.olivergoldsmith.com JG

Smoke x Mirrors: eyewear with artistry and attitude

Smoke x Mirrors – the New York label that launched last year – is the creative endeavour of two cousins: David Shabati and Roi Ironi (above). Roi tells Eyestylist how they started their business.

Please give a brief history of how Smoke x Mirrors was created? “It started in Mexico when I lost my glasses. I went out to replace them, but couldn’t find anything I liked – it all looked the same to me. After this, I couldn’t help but to explore, and that’s when I recognised the lack of innovation in the industry, and the white space waiting to be tapped into. After working in the watch business, a very traditional industry from a manufacturing standpoint, I saw eyewear as an opportunity and vehicle to really express creativity, and push technology to reach the desired design level.”

Smoke x Mirrors GeoII
Smoke x Mirrors GeoII

How would you describe the fashion concept and philosophy of Smoke x Mirrors? “We approach eyewear as a means of fashion innovation. Outside of our core collection, we release diverse, radically different capsule collections, and collaborations that don’t necessarily adhere to a set identity – that’s where the name comes in. It gives us the freedom to play and experiment with design, to push boundaries on the technical and aesthetic level. ”

Artful geometrics: GeoII
Artful geometrics: GeoII

What is the customer profile – and consumer marketplace – of the Smoke x Mirrors frame wearer? “Our glasses are genderless and ageless. Simply put, my girlfriend and my father wear the same frames.”

As newcomers to the eyewear industry – what are the biggest challenges so far? “The classic industry is not relevant as it is today, but is undergoing a seismic shift that we’re set to lead.”

Double bridge sunglasses with a difference: GeoIII by Smoke x Mirrors
Double bridge sunglasses with a difference: GeoIII by Smoke x Mirrors

In the next three years, how do you foresee Smoke x Mirrors developing your own identity, and distinguishing your brand in the eyewear business? “In terms of identity, time is not relevant – whether’s it’s now or in three years, we’ll still be Smoke x Mirrors.” www.smokexmirrors.com  Smoke x Mirrors will present their latest capsule collection – GEO –  at Silmo in Paris 23rd-26th September. www.silmoparis.com JG

 

Nonconformist eyewear: RIGARDS

Sculptural details crafted into amazing shapes, and sci-fi aesthetics, characterise the spirited collection that RIGARDS by Ti Kwa will present at Silmo 23rd-26th September in Paris. The designs are bold and strong, yet surprisingly light, and extremely comfortable to wear – the secret…hollow-back construction. Nuance, mystery and glamour are key in RIGARDS RG0080AL Metalloid Black (above). Creative shaping enhances the rich, über-cool dynamic in the sunglasses.

RIGARDS RG0080 Horn Marble Sanjuro
RIGARDS RG0080 Horn Marble Sanjuro

Dramatic flourish in horn brings new flair and originality to designs. Signature finishes and daring craftsmanship are vividly expressed in RIGARDS RG0080 Horn Marble Sanjuro (above).

RIGARDS RG0080AL Metalloid Chrome
RIGARDS RG0080AL Metalloid Chrome

Optical flair with a dashing fluid shape highlights RG0080AL Metalloid Chrome. Expressive…Bespoke…Nonconformist…expect the wonderfully unexpected with RIGARDS. www.rigards.com JG

 

Peter by JF Rey

French brand JF Rey has launched new designs in the Au Masculin/leather line. The sleek frames include sunglasses in a trio of Italian leather, acetate and metal. Intricate detailing highlights Peter – with its stylish leather bridge and distinctive frame shape. The complete JF Rey Au Masculin collection can be viewed at Silmo 23rd-26th September. www.jfrey.fr www.silmoparis.com JG

Timeless and authentic: genuine horn

More than two decades ago when Sven Götti started designing eyewear, his first frame was in bona fide horn. “I love to work with this material, and I know people appreciate the product. This target group has found its personal style, and seeks the appropriate accessory to emphasise their individual character. They appreciate sophisticated, high-quality designs,” says the Swiss designer. Above photo: Borg in grey natural horn

Handcrafted by artisans: Götti horn frames
Handcrafted by artisans: Götti horn frames

Genuine horn has been used in eyewear since the middle of the 15th century. The horn featured in Götti frames is ethically and ecologically produced from Asian water buffaloes that are kept as farm animals. Nowadays, technological improvements ensure that horn eyewear is even more durable. Specialists create the frames entirely by hand – so each pair is a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Götti horn polished to a unique sheen
Götti horn polished to a unique sheen

The frames are incredible works of art, crafted with passion, diligence and love of detail. It takes three days to refine the surface with polishing paster and wood elements, and the frame finish achieves its unique sheen from an expertly trained artisan’s hand in a small German atelier. “Besides stylish creations, customers also appreciate sustainability,” observes Götti. The elegant authentic horn collection by Götti will be presented at Silmo 23rd-26th September. More Götti innovations at www.gotti.ch www.silmoparis.com JG

Trends and technical triumphs

Autumn highlights international fashion and accessory shows, and eyewear buyers, enthusiasts and consumers will want to indulge in the new season’s inspirations. Originality, style savvy, and exciting technical improvements are expressed throughout the collections. Vancouver, British Columbia is resplendent with natural beauty – a seaport city surrounded by mountains – and the home of Canadian designer Mehran Baghaie at Spectacle Eyeworks. His latest collection includes the elegant maple leaf as muse, with stunning results.

The pattern on the frame demonstrates nature’s amazing maple leaf intricacies. “I wanted to make the colours as reminiscent as possible to give the sensation of the flow of change in the life cycle of the maple leaf,” says the designer. Crafted in stainless steel in Germany, Joryne (above) features a vintage cat-eye silhouette with multiple technical elements. www.spec-eyeworks.com

Genie by Lafont
Genie by Lafont

Retro designs – in eyewear, fashion and for the home – continue to fascinate. For over ninety years, Lafont has been creating eyewear with elegance, charm and Parisian chic. A frame that the family firm created in 1980 – the iconic optical design Genie (above) is now available in a sleek sunglass version in gorgeous colourations, including blue variations reminiscent of the sea. www.lafont.com

Leaving Cuckoo's Nest by Anna-Karin Karlsson
Leaving Cuckoo’s Nest by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Dramatic, free-spirited, majestic and romantic eyewear is the theme at Anna-Karin Karlsson. The award-winning Swedish designer brings glamour and sophistication to her frames, evident in Leaving Cuckoo’s Nest in glossy black acetate with gold flecks, black Swarovski crystals on the temples, and gold-plated end tips. Stunning! www.annakarinkarlsson.com

GEO III by Smoke x Mirrors
GEO III by Smoke x Mirrors

The GEO collection by New York brand Smoke x Mirrors features ultra-light mixed material frames with sharp, geometric angles. The innovative frame shapes in stainless steel and acetate with flat lenses, unite technical qualities and craftsmanship, in desirable designs for men and women, and includes GEO III (above). More news at www.smokexmirrors.com All the brands featured here will be at Silmo – 23rd to 26th September at Villepinte. www.silmoparis.com JG

Show preview: Silmo approaches

Expectations are running high for exciting trends, original colour combinations and new-found inspirations for pattern and details. As the international eyewear fair Silmo (www.silmoparis.com) draws near our attention is on the finest sunglass and optical collections, and highlights that spark new beginnings and a fresh perspective for the frame wearer.

At JF Rey, the eyewear design label from Marseille, uplifting colour is the central focus in a visual series entitled Life is Color: the optical frame JF1402 (above) is a new combination of metal and acetate with a casual feminine elegance, and smart easy -to-wear eye shape. Further information at www.jfrey.fr

Jono Hennessy 8388
Jono Hennessy 8388

Australian designer Jono Hennessy always brings warmth and vibrancy to the Paris show. Their preview of frames highlights exotic Mazzucchelli acetates: inspired by the Australian landscape with matt stone finishes, opal like stripes and exciting tones reminiscent of desert sunsets. Pictured is model 8388, a typical example of Hennessy’s magical irridescent colour schemes where the graduated look comes into its own. www.jonohennessy.com

Moondance by MONOQOOL
Moondance by Monoqool

As 3D printing grows in popularity, so are the eyewear collections using this sophisticated technology, which offers endless possibilities for lightweight design and a multitude of colour and shape proposals. Denmark’s Monoqool presents its new collections for Silmo: model Moondance in charcoal grey is lightly textured, finely proportioned, and features the standard screwless hinge in this collection: practical, versatile and designed for a nice fit, Monoqool has a talent for balancing tech with stylish design. More details at www.monoqool.com

Saint Martin by Blackfin
Saint Martin by Blackfin

Titanium remains a leading material in the metal eyewear selection, both for its excellence in performance and clean minimal aesthetics. A great range of high-end designs in this material have emerged in recent years, bringing about a consistent fine-tuning in terms of the quality, detailing and finish.

The young Italian eyewear company Blackfin, experts in titanium designed with Italian finesse, will show their range of opticals and sunglasses in Paris – the collection favours rounded shapes and unisex designs such as model Saint Martin (BF769), with its arched double bridge and curved lines in a two-tone combination. Available with a natural shiny or satin titanium finish, the model represents an interesting mix of 1980s influences with modern, high-tech appeal. www.blackfin.eu

Caroline Abram
Ruby by Caroline Abram

Inspiration from nature and a desire for intriguing pattern suggests an ongoing interest in creating effects on the surface of the frame, something to watch for at the eyewear fairs: in the new R Collection, young French designer Caroline Abram plays with the effect of natural leather and python on a nylon frame front: model Ruby in bright blue features signature curvy titanium temples teamed with the bold and  glamorous butterfly shape. www.carolineabram.com

Silmo Paris – the international eyewear and optics fair – takes place from 23rd-26th September at Paris Nord Villepinte. For further details and registration visit www.silmoparis.com CN

 

Clarence by SALT.

Optical designs and sunglasses feature in the beautiful new collection by SALT. Optics to be presented at SILMO. The California brand captures the natural, relaxed ambience of the region, and translates it into designs with universal appeal. Smooth acetates and finely crafted titanium are silhouetted into contemporary styling with unique detailing, demonstrated in Clarence in antique gold. Explore the wonderful world of SALT. at www.saltoptics.com JG

Colour trends: Autumn in green

Introduce a natural green hue into your interior or wardrobe this season. Rich, dark forest shades in printed designs and unusual blocked combinations create a calm and elegant style. An occasional flash of neon or fresh apple green provides an added lift to more classical winter colour schemes. CN

1. Cire Trudon Gabriel scented candle £70, www.net-a-porter.com 2. Quartz mirror by Christopher Guy, £2,695, www.christopherguy.com 3. Oliver Goldsmith model Sophia (1958) in Evergreen, www.olivergoldsmith.com 4. Godstopper lamp by Curiousa & Curiousa, £2,100, www.curiousa.co.uk 5. Cordoba emerald rug from £1,068.00. www.vanderhurd.com 6. Chair upholstered in Serpentino col. 006 by Dedar, £146 per m, www.dedar.com 7. Model James +15 in colour 21 by theo, www.theo.be 8. Pierre Hardy Slider satin slip-on sneakers £325, www.net-a-porter.com 9. Sophie Hulme Albion leather tote £750, www.net-a-porter.com 10. Model Tow in colour 373 by theo, www.theo.be