Glamour, exquisite detailing, and cutting-edge innovation harmonise luxuriously in XL2097 from the Dolce collection by Line Art Charmant. The frame possesses an aura of jewellery, with brilliantly cut Swarovski stones that adorn the temples. The Dolce signature look is a twisted double-filament temple held together by a decorative dot to create graceful curves. Excellence Titan ensures perfect fit and comfort. Available in chic matt bronze (above) plus purple, rose gold, and white gold. Discover more at www.charmant.com JG
Luxurious simplicity united with artisan tailoring launched Cristobel Balenciaga into the rarefied world of global haute couture. The Palais Galliera pays homage to the couturiers’ couturier with the Spanish designer being celebrated at the elegant Musée Bourdelle in Paris, a superb museum that is home to extraordinary sculptures, photos and drawings.
The retrospective traces Balenciaga’s Spanish childhood that was the inspiration for many of his designs – particularly those in Black – that reflected the folklore and traditions of his upbringing. Balenciaga’s tailoring skills are legendary: he launched the balloon dress (1950), the tunic dress (1955), and the sack dress (1957).
The exhibition includes stunning examples of his suits, jackets, capes, and quiet understatement in evening outfits and cocktail dresses. Balenciaga’s designs were austere – almost monastic – yet were so powerful because of the construction in silk velvet, lace, silk taffeta and fine wools. Over one hundred pieces from The Galliera Collections and Maison Balenciaga archives are included in the exhibition. Both Balenciaga L’Oeuvre au Noir and Musée Bourdelle are a must see! Through 16 July 2017. www.bourdelle.paris.fr JG
Top image: Balenciaga Veste et robe 1965-1966 Collection Palais Galliera – Julien Vidal/Galliera/Roger-Viollet
Original designs, imaginative colourations, and durable materials ensure fashion savvy with the latest frames for kids and teens. Children are aware of trends, and follow what their favourite social media personalities are wearing – and they want the same! Whether youngsters desire to be a fashionista, embracing hip-hop, or looking really cool, eyewear designs for children allow their sense of style and personality to shine. JF Rey has released a superb collection of optical styles in their Kids&Teens collection. Soleil (above) is a charming shape for girls 4/6 years old, in acetate that combines pink and pearl white with a soft glittery finish. www.jfrey.fr
When packing the holiday necessities for you and your offspring, don’t leave home without Casper in Tango Fizz from the Mini-Icons collection by Olivier Goldsmith. Casper was introduced for adults in 1971 – the timeless acetate shape is an exact replica of the adult design – scaled proportionately for young faces. Also available in yummy colours of Fresh Aqua, The Pool and Grape Squash. Discover more at www.olivergoldsmith.com
Chic, understated, elegant – the Kid/Teen Rim collection by LINDBERG features titanium frames that offer the ultimate in comfort, fit and style. Ophus embodies the technical wizardry of LINDBERG craftsmanship, coupled with a design that is lightweight and easy for children to wear. www.lindberg.com
Lafont has a long history of creating stylish frames for babies through to twelve year olds, with great shapes and beautiful colours. Tac boasts a contemporary look – shown in blue with tortoiseshell – and also available in sleek colourations of tortoiseshell and forest green, plum, with polka dots, and additional innovative combinations. Visit www.lafont.com to discover more fun frames for kids by Lafont Paris.
Original Penguin Junior specialises in cool eyewear designs for young men, with hints of retro inspiration in shape and colours. The latest collection features acetates and metals in handsome colourations, including The Henderson in an acetate/metal duo with striking blue tones. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG
In a gorgeous shade of Jade that expresses summer vitality, Sonia by Zac Posen is a chic, voluminous design for maximum style statement. The American fashion designer merges his timeless concepts for women’s clothing into feminine and graceful eyewear designs. The latest collection of optical styles includes wonderful variety in shape, colours, and materials. Discover more at www.kenmarkoptical.com JG
Exquisite jewels and precious materials are celebrated in eyewear, with iconic style and superb crafting – jewels for the eyes. Lovely stones distinguish watches, rings, necklaces and earrings – and the results are even more stunning in eyewear. The LINDBERG Precious collection features distinctive designs in the finest materials and stones sourced from exclusive mines. The LINDBERG design above is meticulously crafted in 18 caret solid rose gold with 1 x 0.33 caret baguette cut pink diamond, plus 1 x 0.38 caret baguette cut pink diamond. Refined and glamorous! A testament to LINDBERG’s 85 international awards for eyewear excellence. www.lindberg.com
A single piece of rich buffalo horn is superbly crafted into The Taurus from the MONOCEROS collection, handcrafted in Austria. The design is a new interpretation of a classic horn frame, with its vintage referenced round shape. The Taurus has been recognised as a 2017 Green Product Selection. Horn has long been used in eyewear; however, the MONOCEROS collection is a new contemporary manifestation of nature, glamour and luxury. www.monoceros.cc
Birgitte Falvin understands the link between jewellery and fine eyewear. Before launching her frame collection, her metier was fine jewellery. FALVIN designs specialise in traditional eyewear techniques to ensure long-lasting quality and beauty. “It is an aesthetic attitude,” says Birgitte, “and our titanium frames are crafted in Japan.” Twilight in matte black features a layer of palladium with sleek streamlined contours. www.falvin.dk
Art Deco inspired opulence, highlights the latest Atelier collection, handcrafted with geometric styling to capture the iconic style of the era. Baguette diamonds and beautiful gemstones radiate grace and finesse, coupled with Silhouettes’s design and technical expertise. www.silhouette.com JG
A special thank you to Ti Kwa of Rigards for introducing us to Haute Eye, a leading independent eyewear store in Seoul – with a selection of collections that is both creative and individual.
The store is located in the bustling Mapo district of South Korea’s capital, a busy shopping destination close to universities, a huge variety of restaurants, coffee shops and eateries as well as famous nightspots – all in all, a thriving, fun place to visit with large crowds and lots of atmosphere.
“We have many European collections and artisan editions,” explained the team who welcomed me and allowed me a look in some of the cabinets brimming with designer collections like theo, Vava and Mykita. “Rigards is a recent addition for us. We are also specialising in emerging Korean labels…Stealer is the new one, with ophthalmic and sun styles – made exclusively in steel – they are comfortable and very wearable, as well as cool.” (www.stealereyewear.com). Sister brand – Muzik, was created in 2013 and is produced exclusively in France (www.muzikeyewear.com).
In a small space, Haute Eye shows what can be done to offer the discerning eyewear enthusiast a unique choice of the latest eyewear – with the focus on emerging talent alongside creative icons. Watch this space for future news at Haute Eye. www.hauteeye.com/ CN
It is always a pleasure to introduce a new quality eyewear label. Belgian brand Komorebi has caught our interest with its clean designs produced in Japanese titanium and carefully selected Mazzucchelli acetate. Each of the models is inspired by transparency, light and reflection, based on ‘komorebi’, the Japanese word for “sunlight shining through the leaves”.
Komorebi eyewear works closely with small creative workshops in Belgium and Europe to create its frames and eyewear cases. Model Velma, a unisex sandblasted titanium frame has a gentle aesthetic that is clean, minimal and delicate but appealingly different.
The frame is hand-polished on the outer surface to create a bright shiny finish. The end tips on all the designs are based on stylised leaves – a signature of the brand. Komorebi was launched in Spring 2017. The brand will be present at the Paris optics fair Silmo in October. www.komorebi.be CN
Among l.a. Eyework’s latest – and striking – collection is the voluminous, fun and graphic design – Dublin. Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds always pioneer the unexpected in eyewear with demonstrative shapes, lovely materials, and elite colours. Crafted in acetate in Italy, the combination of Tea Sparkle Tile with Tiger Eye colourations ensure this is a memorable design. Visit www.laeyeworks.com for an adventure in creative eyewear. JG
Architectural elements, nature’s influence in varied forms, fashion and historical references, all contribute to the amazing variety of contemporary frame shapes. Coupled with ingenious crafting and technical superiority, the latest eyewear shapes are innovative, expressive, and most importantly – wearable. Featured above: California flair is symbolised in festive Sir Lady 315 Red Cocktail acetate by l.a. Eyeworks. Handmade with Italian flair. www.laeyeworks.com
With its striking textured stone finish, Nasia in stainless steel by Canadian designer Mehran Baghaie at Spectacle Eyeworks, is deftly crafted in a cat-eye shape with distinctive detailing, and made in Germany. www.spec-eyeworks.com
Theo has always taken the adventurous route with shape, and the latest exploration is vivacious Pieper in acetate and metal, with its sensuous form and cut-outs. www.theo.be
An ideal frame for small faces that gives the illusion of a larger shape – style PM043 from the JF Rey Petite Collection features two different acetates and stylish colour play. www.jfrey.fr
Dramatic and dynamic, Nightingale in curvaceous acetate is chic and sophisticated, and crafted in England by Walter & Herbert. www.walterandherbert.com
French brand Vue dc embraces boldness in shape and sophisticated colourations with Kot in acetate. www.vuedc.fr JG
Adaptive lenses – also known as photochromics – are entering a brand new era. Whilst fashion has set down rules for us to wear ever brighter coloured frames with colourful lenses, Transitions Optical, the makers of the most famous light-adaptive lenses has launched a new collection of style-driven colours for specs wearers demanding a stylish and sophisticated final product.
Fitted for my review by Kensington’s Eyeworks London (www.eyeworkslondon.com), the new Style Colours lenses in Sapphire are a fashionable match for the black frame colour I had selected, darkening to a point outside in full sunshine where they take on an intense bright blue. The other lens hues in the range – Amber, Emerald and Amethyst – also darken to produce statement tones that will enhance both a matching frame colour or provide a very stylish dramatic contrast.
Worn indoors the experience is that of wearing normal glasses, with a clear, high-quality lens. The tone changes quickly outside providing immediate UV protection with the trendy tinted coloration, chic and comfortable to wear whether gently faded (a popular look for summer) or at their darkest when the glasses transform ‘magically’ into shades.
Style Colours were launched in the UK in May. For more details visit www.stylecolours.co.uk. Pictured above: the new Style Colours lenses in Sapphire fitted in Kirk & Kirk’s model Warren from the Kaleidoscope Collection. www.kirkandkirk.com. CN