From the Rome Coliseum; to the Cologne Cathedral; Gaudi in Barcelona; The Sydney Opera House; The Shard in London; and Hamburg’s illustrious and elegant recently opened Elbphilharmonie – architecture has substantially influenced designers in a variety of professions. This is especially evident in eyewear, where lithe, linear, round, geometric and angular shapes are intricately connected to distinctive frames. Discover here a variety of shapes in fine quality materials that reflect architectural features in eyewear design. Lightweight, sleek and slim: Darcy (above) aviator shaping by Götti Switzerland in shiny gold Titanium. www.gotti.ch
Cool and contemporary: Lica in handcrafted beta-titanium by Fleye Copenhagen in sophisticated matt gold and midnight. www.fleye.dk
Angular dimensions define Trianon in acetate and metal in chic colourations by Lafont Paris. www.lafont.com
Minimalist styling highlights Big Time in surgical stainless steel in exotic Tonka Blue with Fuchsia by l.a. Eyeworks. www.laeyeworks.com
Colours and contours unite in Malva, crafted in Italy in Mazzucchelli acetate from the Res/Rei Flowers Collection. www.resrei.com
Architectural styles often combine modern updates with traditional concepts – a theme featured at Jono Hennessy in FABO 8409 in Highland Moss. www.jonohennessy.comJG
Fashion designers frequently offer compatible styles that can be enjoyed by both men and women. The Tuxedo suit is a prime example – a classic design appreciated by men, yet resonates a contemporary, timeless statement for women. Eyewear fashion mimics a similar approach – in unisex designs with shapes and colours now popular with everyone. Neubau’s latest collection presents a commanding, chic aviator contour – Edmund (above) – which will be relished by any wearer. The stainless steel frames are inspired by the 1970’s, and feature a sleek double bridge. www.neubau-eyewear.com
Tom Herrington at Rock Optika is the handsome model for his own eyewear designs (above). Herrington loves luxury, retro, beautiful materials and craftsmanship – all of which he weaves into his stunning designs. Saiph in Italian acetate is meticulously handmade in France. www.rockoptika.com
Ti Kwa at RIGARDS has launched luxurious frames in .925 sterling silver. This special collection is fine-tuned with precise, customized hand shaping, and skilful artistry expressed in geometric silhouettes. Discover more distinctive RIGARDS designs at www.rigards.com
Blue colourations in all their majestic variety inspire designers – and frame wearers. Kirk & Kirk’s streamlined design Victor in lightweight acrylic radiates beauty and vigour in a strong, striking Ocean colouration. Victor is from the dynamic Kaleidoscope collection – visit www.kirkandkirk.com for more distinctive designs.
James in sultry Smokey Grey acetate by SALT. Optics is a flash back to the 1950’s, and proof that a fashion concept can transcend the decades. This reinterpretation as demonstrated in James is spot on with current trends for streamlined, solid and beautifully crafted eyewear. www.saltoptics.com
High definition, luminous acetate bursts with electrifying, luminous sartorial colours of African Tortoise in Teagarden by l.a. Eyeworks. Contemporary shaping and Japanese craftsmanship ensure noteworthy fit and comfort. www.laeyeworks.com
“I always thought to myself ‘what shape would a super hero like Peter Parker (Spiderman) want to wear?'”, asks Mehran Baghaie at Spectacle Eyeworks. “I gathered he would not wear something too flash, so I tried to design something that Sir Parker would like, without blowing his cover. The essence of Parker is ‘clean chic’ – masculine and super hero-ish. Every man wants to be a super hero!” (or a female Wonder Woman…) Parker in stainless steel is crafted in Germany. www.spec-eyeworks.com
At theo the motto is: “everything is unisex if you ask us, because everybody should wear what they want!” Joyful acetate colours abound in mlle+46 in a strong shape with cool fashion credentials. www.theo.beJG
The statement appeal of white vintage-style sunglasses make them a recurring trend in fashion. Popularised many times, and in the 90s by Kurt Cobain (he wore a Christian Roth shape, now re-released), the white oval or squaew designs have been a hit with celebrities, even back in the 1950s and 60s, thanks to iconic designers such as Oliver Goldsmith, who made the statement white frame with dark “mysterious” lens look his very own.
Above: Sheila Scott, the English aviator, wearing Oliver Goldsmith “sunspectacles” in 1966 – featured in ‘The Optician’, May 27th 1966
One example that has helped shape this trend is now in the prestigious V&A accessories collection in London. The OG Icon Ogle dates back to 1966, and its curvaceous, stylised shape with upward curve at the front, was featured in the national press, along with many other white iconic styles. “This frame defines the look of that time,” says Claire Goldsmith, eyewear designer and great granddaughter of the eponymous celebrity sunglass designer. “Today the frame is handmade to order; it is an OG masterpiece, and one of many that have a classic and timeless place in our wardrobes.”
Other OG styles bear the influence of those earlier decades, even the most eccentric with their striking shapes or stylish details. The famous Manhattan (pictured above), typically featured in dark tortoise or black, has made a 2017 comeback in matt white with trendy clear temples. “Who would have thought she would look so pretty in white!” says Goldsmith with delight at the result of the re-edition, part of a series which explores pale gelato pastels, giving the classic frame a new and elegant focus for the summer. www.olivergoldsmith.com CN
Sunglasses are the ultimate summer accessory – and a legendary style statement. Feeling passionate for retro? Contemporary? Voluminous shapes? Radiant colours? Explore a bit of fantasy with international designers fulfilling your fashion cravings with glamorous, luxurious and amazingly crafted sunglasses. Eyestylist presents exhilarating selections that will brighten your spirit – and summer – for 2017. Amanda (above) is an expressive shape in luminous Dusk acrylic from the Kaleidoscope Collection by Jason and Karen at Kirk & Kirk, and is equally chic in seaside and urban surroundings. www.kirkandkirk.com
Echoes of the Italian Riviera that Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R knows and loves highlight Reunion XXL in soft pink matt acetate with grey lenses. www.lgrworld.com
Oliver Goldsmith’s iconic Manhattan first introduced in 1960 is reinvented in a Limited Edition with dramatic gold flourish: Mahnattan Goldside. www.olivergoldsmith.com
Romantic, feminine and inspired by Nature – Tulipano by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei in overlapped acetates with floral colourations radiates charismatic confidence. www.resrei.com
Fashion Blogger Lisa Dengler sets the mood for summer in Zac Posen’s sleek sunnies with a graciously curved silhouette in gentle pearl. www.kenmarkoptical.com
California beauty and serenity coupled with technical excellence, beautiful materials, and bold styling in sought after tortoiseshell acetate enriches SALT. Optics design Lopez – created for outdoor living! www.saltoptics.com
Playful styling, complimented with creative contours, and a dash of gold, midnight blue and black colourations in Bocca Divine by Face à Face, reflects mystery and intrigue for your summer adventures. www.faceaface-paris.com
Silhouette’s Titan Minimal Art sunglasses Explorer in summery ocean blue, are cool and alluring with a refined, elegant cat-eye shape. www.silhouette.comJG
Nowadays, seeing life through rose tinted lenses is only one option for a cheerful, optimistic attitude. New lens colours are as exciting as the designs in which they are placed. Pairing sleek sunglasses with beautifully tinted lenses bring yet another exciting perspective to eyewear. A summery, nautical mood is expressed by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R with Lawrence (above) a powerful shape with zero base blue tinted lenses, and a foldable white flap with stunning blue stitching. Definitely the frame for those who embrace adventure! www.lgrworld.com
Sven Götti’s striking new Götti DIMENSION collection with 3D printing is lovingly crafted with luxurious precision. Caine in Brick features brown gradient lenses: sophisticated, streamlined and oh so stylish! www.gotti.ch
Look and feel The Diva – wearing Plein Les Mirettes feline-inspired Diva 1 in a collage of Tokyo milky tortoise acetate, with a thin layer of crystal, and navy blue Zeiss lenses. Discover more “Diva’s” by the French brand at www.plein-les-mirettes.fr
LINDBERG’s handcrafted frames unite with beautiful Style Colour lenses from Transitions Optical. Ultra-lightweight, minimalist Model 6535 by LINDBERG n.o.w. harmonises with Transitions Amber lenses for a contemporary, individualistic attitude. Style Colour lenses seamlessly transform from clear to dark when exposed to UV light. Explore more at www.lindberg.com and www.stylecolours.co.uk
Voluminous, expressive, evocative and glamorous, Zero 09 by Finest Seven in Platinum with gradient blue lenses is the ideal accessory for summer escapades. The lightweight design features high-tech detailing for perfect fit and comfort. www.finestseven.com
Blackfin’s summer sun design Gold Beach echoes the 1950’s with a cat-eye silhouette, rejuvenated with modern composites – pure titanium with subtle pink-mirrored lenses. See more Blackfin sunnies at www.blackfin.euJG
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.comJG
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.comJG
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
High performance, exceptional and distinctive technical engineering – along with fit and comfort – merge stylishly in Limited Edition sunglasses by SALT. Optics + AETHER. The two companies are based in Southern California, and they fully understand the focused passion – and benefits – of experiencing the outdoor life and sporting activities. Top image: The Explorer
The sunglass designs were created with the motorcycle rider in mind – but are so fashionable that they can be worn by anyone. The Scout and Explorer are crafted in beta-titanium, and feature perforated air vents; titanium nose pads; and polarised photochromic or mirror lenses. The frames also fit comfortably and easily under a helmet. The colours are striking – Black Sand, Brushed Honey Gold and Tempest.
The foundation for SALT. Optics is the effortless beauty of nature, and the carefree California lifestyle. AETHER was created with the concept that contemporary, specialised accessories need to work as well in urban environments, as they do in the great outdoors. SALT. + AETHER believe in premium quality united with the finest materials. The results are two exciting frame silhouettes that provide style, comfort, and optical clarity for their enthusiastic wearers. www.saltoptics.comwww.aetherapparel.comJG
Acetate may be a traditional frame material but the latest proposals in this classic in eyewear open a new phase of colour refinement with a contemporary outlook. From revamped tortoise creations to prints with grain effects inspired by natural stone or fabric – these wonderfully playful designs provide the wearer with a personal and effortless statement in modern dressing.
Jono Hennessy, one of a handful of independent Australian labels releases innovative colours and patterns season after season. Model BLAST 8408 represents an example of the mix of lush tortoise colorations (blue and red infused tortoise) that continue to trend alongside the classic tortoise colours. The designer was inspired by the sails of the Sydney Opera House for the angular shapes. Find more inspiration from designer Jono at www.jonohennessy.com
The small Italian label Dabrach – from Piemonte, Italy – has explored (among several classic colours) some intensely bright and patterned materials – including rare acetates – since it first launched in 2015. Their combination of angular handmade shapes and unusual colour effects make a delightful and distinctive spectacle. Further details: www.dabrach.com
Behind Woow Eyewear – a label that has grown out of a heritage of colour and style innovation – is a love of bright, impactful shapes. Model Make It 2 is on point in the context of playful tones, bringing a strong translucent aqua together with multicoloured, mottled-effect temples. www.wooweyewear.com
French artisan label Plein Les Mirettes specialises in women’s designs with quirky yet wearable shapes. Colours range from brights to highly decorative and multicoloured: the very pretty asymmetrical DIVA VIII is part of a limited series produced in some fresh and unconventional coloured acetates. For more details: www.plein-les-mirettes.frCN
Roland-Garros – the prestigious Parisian tennis tournament – celebrates its 30th anniversary in collaboration with Lafont Paris – with two Limited Edition sunglass designs. Lafont’s Parisian eyewear chic captures the heritage and performance of Roland-Garros with striking designs, inspired by two tennis legends – Suzanne Lenglen and Marcel Bernard. Lenglen dominated women’s tennis from 1914 to 1926 – winning The French Open (Roland-Garros) twice – and Wimbledon six times.
The Suzanne frame (top image) expresses retro-chic spirit in dark tortoiseshell, a softly sculptured shape in high tech materials, beautifully crafted in the Jura region of France.
Marcel Bernard brought glory to France when he won the French Championships in 1946; later he was President of the French Tennis Federation. The sunglasses that bear his name are distinguished with their contemporary shape and a “Mousquetaires stripe” inside layer displaying the tournament’s colours.
Suzanne and Marcel feature anti-reflective brown lenses, and a laser engraved Roland-Garros logo. The Limited Edition of 150 models are numbered and certified “French Origin Guaranteed.” The sunglasses are available in Lafont’s Paris boutiques – visit www.lafont.com for details – and also at Roland-Garros stadium when play commences 22nd May. Designs that are a perfect “ace!” JG
There is nothing like beautiful, luxuriously crafted sunglasses to enhance your mood, perk up fashion attire, and make the wearer feel wonderful! This season the selection of sun specs is more alluring than ever, with frames in gorgeous colours and materials, plus striking details. Discover enticing sunglass creations by artistic designers – contemporary to eclectic interpretations of a fashion accessory brimming with style. Top image: Streamlined sophistication in LINDBERG n.o.w.8305. www.lindberg.com
Glamorous Cat-eye Dazzle: Swarovski crystals glitter on Anna-Karin Karlsson’s Billion Dollar Babes in acetate, with 24 caret gold accents. www.annakarinkarlsson.com
Nautical inspiration: CM11 Christian Mascré’s sleek acetate sunglasses in perennially loved sea-faring colours. www.vuedc.fr
Timeless Class: Tom Herrington’s fabulous sunglass designs include Lucy, inspired by a photo of his mother taken in 1983…reminiscent of Lady Diana Spencer, Isabelle Rossellini, and simpler times…www.rockoptika.com
Glamour with wit: Lou in striking colourations – called Sno Cone – of lustrous acetate with voluminous shaping from Fiction by l.a. Eyeworks Collection. www.laeyeworks.com
Subtle luxury and nature’s effortless beauty merge harmoniously in SALT. Optics Nia, with uncluttered lines and pure aesthetics. www.saltoptics.com
Charm and featherweight chic is characteristic of stunning sunglasses – Zero 13 – by Finest Seven, in platinum with soft pink mirror lenses. www.finestseven.com
City and seaside – distinctive shapes and materials highlight the trendy, sun wear looks at Neubau Eyewear with Toni (left) and Mia. www.neubau-eyewear.comJG
Opticians and visitors from Germany, Belgium, and France viewed eyewear from independent creators in the historic surroundings of Dock One at last weekend’s show. The two-day event, situated in a restored factory on the Rhine, provided an ideal setting with spaciousness and a pleasant ambience. Established brands and newcomers presented their latest collections of optical and sunglass designs.
Among the highlights were Götti’s Dimension collection; the innovative magnetic hinge from French brand Baars; Powder & Heat with their award winning 3D printed frames; Orgreen’s elegant Danish designs; and the introduction of sunglasses by Swiss brand Von Arkel; plus distinctive designs by Adrian Marwitz; Kerl; Coblens; Blackfin and more!
“We had a good show in Köln,” said Co-Director Nathanaël Wenger, “however, we are thinking of making some changes. Perhaps we will alter the date, and have fewer exhibitors – so the show is very exclusive. The “Think Tank” seminars are growing – we want to offer opticians the opportunity to discover more about marketing, technology and other aspects of today’s optics.”
A trip down memory lane was enjoyed by opticians and visitors with the fabulous vintage eyewear collections of Alexander Dosiehn and Christian Metzler. Both are passionate about retro eyewear – Alexander with a special love for Cazal, and Christian is always on the lookout for frames from the 1970’s to the early 1990’s.
Die Brillenmesse Köln presented eyewear collections with a strong focus on artisan designs, innovative materials, beautiful colours, personalisation, and superior production. Watch this space for further Die Brillenmesse news! www.diebrillenmesse.de JG
Top image: Nicholas Dimroci, Gyada Lanaro from Pride Eyewear, and Steffen Keil, co-director Die Brillenmesse Köln
All Images for Eyestylist by Patrick Müller/Die Brillenmesse Köln All Rights Reserved
Music is a powerful influence for artists, painters, and eyewear designers. The beauty, elegance and refinement of music inspire Charmant’s lyrical collection of eyewear (above XL2068). Line Art Charmant is a rare synergy of technological achievement and aesthetic perfection. Each exquisite handmade frame is crafted in Excellence Titan – a material that combines lightness and strength, durability, flexibility, with superb memory function, and is hypoallergenic.
View the video to see close up the perfect combination of contemporary luxury, impeccable design and sophistication in the new Line Art Charmant collection.
The latest designs include streamlined sensuality evident in XL2093 from The Duo Collection, with Swarovski Crystals in subtle monochromatic colourations. Visit www.charmant.com for more exclusive feminine eyewear designs by Line Art Charmant. JG
The twin-spired Cathedral, Museum Ludwig and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum are among the many treasures to be found in the two thousand year old city of Cologne, Germany. Located on the historic Rhine River, the city is a major centre for the Rhineland, with numerous cultural landmarks. This weekend – May 6-7 – Cologne is the landmark destination for creative eyewear by independent designers. The 2017 edition of Die Brillenmesse will be held at Dock One on the banks of the Rhine.
A superb line up of new and established eyewear creators will present their latest optical and sunglass collections. Participants include Götti Switzerland; Lafont Paris; Adrian Marwitz; Orgreen; Andy Wolf Eyewear; Miamai; Von Arkel; Pride Eyewear; Anne et Valentin; and Blackfin among many others. Vintage eyewear specialists Alexander Dosiehn and Christian Metzler will be on hand with items from their fabulous retro collections. In addition, both Saturday and Sunday, there will be Think Tank seminars with informative presentations on marketing, social media, technology and other topics. Die Brillenmesse Köln is the perfect opportunity to view Blackfin’s glamorous summer sunglasses (top image: Oyster Bay), along with their chic optical designs with evocative shapes, and inspiring technology. www.blackfin.eu
Götti Switzerland is presenting several exciting collections with optical and sunglass selections: elegant rimless designs from Götti Perspective, the superbly crafted Götti Dimension – 3D printed eyewear, and lightweight beauties in ultrathin titanium, including Lynn (above). www.gotti.ch
A passion for Cazal eyewear led Alexander Dosiehn to become an avid collector of the German made frames. Doshien recalled: “The more I was into Cazal, the more models I discovered that I couldn’t miss. I guess it’s the same principle for everyone collecting something; the more you dive into it, the more you get addicted. Most of the time it’s the hunt, not the treasure!” www.dosiehn.com
Pride Eyewear launched in 2015 and the Italian brand has already garnered a prestigious Silmo d’Or award. Their latest collection will be presented in Cologne – frames with distinctive shapes, a unique blend of technologies and materials, and fabulous colours. Crafting eyewear is truly an Italian art form, and all Pride eyewear is handmade in Italy. www.prideeyewear.it
Provocative shapes, materials, and fabulous lenses highlight the Venice based Barberini Eyewear collections. Specialist glass lenses are a Barberini heritage, including the trademark Platinum Glass, available in fantastic colours. www.barberinieyewear.it
Discover for yourself inspirational, glamorous and unusual fashion forward eyewear at Die Brillenmesse Köln May 6-7 at Dock One. More details at www.diebrillenmesse.de JG
2017 represents an invigorating moment of achievement at Ørgreen Optics, the Danish eyewear design company that has become synonymous with cutting-edge minimal titanium frames, produced in Japan. The mood this year is all about eyewear excellence and the driving force of the label, innovation, experimentation and design expertise as they celebrate 20 years.
Eyestylist met Henrik Ørgreen for a taste of what’s coming over cocktails at Brønnum, a favourite haunt of the Danish entrepreneur who lives just round the corner. “We are seen as a pioneering design company, and that is what we are celebrating again. We have started this year with several new Limited Editions, and there is a lot more to show including a huge focus on our company’s proven technical capabilities through a new concept we will launch at Silmo and a reexploration of our roots and the materials we first came to market with. 2018 is going to represent another key phase for us as we must keep improving what we do through exploration and pushing our capabilities that little bit further once again. There are very many collections out there today and I always benchmark with that and challenge it.”
“Already the year has shown the dynamic attitude of the team with the launch of new Limited Editions and more to come.” High End High Tech is one of those new releases (above). Two round panto styles complementing each other in colour and in shape, and focused on technology with digitally inspired colours and the titanium material, known as a Nasa favourite for spacecraft construction.
The square style Rook (above) and more rounded Taurus are part of the Out of Orbit Capsule. Rook is named after Montes Rook, the ring-shaped mountain range on the far side of the moon that’s only visible from the edge from Earth. The exciting colour options include allusions to lunar rock formations and stone-effect surface patterns – a first in titanium, and perfectly in keeping with the mood of experimentation seen at Opti Munich where the On Fire collection – featuring “out-there” frames with a “burnt surface” – were first on display. For more details on the new Collections launching at Ørgreen Optics keep your eye on www.orgreenoptics.comCN
Elegance, beauty and technology convene in ARA – the natural buffalo horn frame by MONOCEROS that was honoured with the Red Dot Design Award in the fashion design category for exceptional design concept. For over sixty years, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany has presented the prestigious award for design innovation. The Austrian brand MONOCEROS won for their unique eyewear made from a single piece of eco-friendly buffalo horn.
Specific horn processing technologies developed by a small group of creators at MONOCEROS have enabled this noble material to be transformed into stunning eyewear. ARA’s contemporary silhouette is stylish, sophisticated and durable. Congratulations to MONOCEROS on the receipt of the Red Dot Award. www.monoceros.ccJG
Illustrator and photographer Clément Louis is a newcomer to the eyewear scene. In a experimental liaison with the Barcelona brand Alfred Kerbs, the Parisian multidisciplinary artist has defined the complete SS17 series of sunglasses by Kerbs in a powerful portrait collection evocative of the style of Egon Schiele.
Above: Art + eyewear – model Billy by Alfred Kerbs illustrated by Clément Louis. Part of a series for the Barcelona eyewear label.
Model Billy by Alfred Kerbs is new in the acetate collection for SS17. Colour is underlined in fresh combinations and a play on tonal contrasts while the square 70s shape has intellectual overtones. Available in black, coffee (as seen in the illustration, top, and above), striped havana and the very chic tones of “toasty” or “cheetah”. More information about the artist and the new sunglasses at www.alfredkerbs.com CN
Lafont Paris is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in North America with an exceptional frame creation produced in a limited edition of 400 pieces and one unique colour scheme. The design recognises the extraordinary successes of the Parisian design house in the USA, where Laurence and Philippe Lafont first began selling their frames in 1987 in some of the finest American eyewear boutiques of the time. The frame follows other special releases such as model Twenty, the 2007 metal edition for the US market that was famously worn by Lady Gaga.
Certified with the Origin France Guarantee, model Thirty represents an iconic design with an exciting decorative concept. The asymmetrical black and ivory carved acetate sunglass style is embellished with cut outs of the Statue of Liberty on one temple and the Eiffel Tower on the other.
Lafont first started making luxurious eyewear in 1923. By the 80s when the family brought their frames to the States, their unique decorative style and luxurious shapes and colours were among a handful of collections focusing exclusively on traditional handcrafting techniques and fine quality materials. The family business has helped shape the innovations and developments we see today in the design and decoration of luxury eyewear. For more information on Thirty, visit www.lafont.com. CN
Stimulating, creative fresh ideas permeate the latest designs from theo. The Belgium brand orchestrates eyewear with innovation in silhouette and construction, plus unique colour combinations in a range of materials. Inspiration abounds in theo collections, and Kamasutra set creative genes in action with frame “positions” based on the ancient sex manual. Lotus Blossom and Sideways Samba (above) – unite in two pieces that then click the frame together. No screws or other fixtures…oh! so theo!
Potatoes acetate are fun frames named after a much-loved food – the potato. Six different shapes (Patatas shown above) range from bold and brash to elegant and feminine, very stylish and contemporary. Super theo colour combinations too – really a delicious feast for the eyes!
The theo mille quarante collection introduces four new models in eight different colour combinations. The timeless designs and streamlined contours are further enhanced with unexpected textures, as expressed in mille+47 (above) For more information on theo’s exciting new releases, visit www.theo.beJG
May launches with a merry start as the Die Brillenmesse independent eyewear show takes place in Cologne. The Rhine City event is held in the spacious surroundings of Dock One, and features independent eyewear designer flair. Nathanaël Wenger Co-director of the show (above with co-director Steffen Keil) gives an exclusive interview to Eyestylist about the forthcoming show.
Could you please share with us the development of Die Brillenmesse Köln? “We are on track with Cologne with around 30 exhibitors so far, and quite a few more in the pipeline. With the business uncertainty, some smaller companies are reducing their marketing costs this year. Cologne is still new and we think and believe that Cologne is a perfect place for our show.”
Who are some of the exhibitors in Köln this year? “There is interesting brand variety that includes Adrian Marwitz; Andy Wolf; Götti Switzerland; Anne et Valentin; Baars Eyewear; Blackfin; Coblens; Götti Switzerland; Lunor; Orgreen Optics; Joel Lesca Optique; Kerl; Miamai; Masunaga, Markus T.; Martin & Martin; Robert la Roche and TD Tom Davis Ltd. to mention just a few.”
Die Brillenmesse is a great supporter of independent labels. Nowadays, as eyewear is evolving rapidly for both the industry and the consumer, what challenges do independent creators face? “First there is a great uncertainty in the market due to the global crisis (Trump, Turkey, Brexit etc.), the future of online, clients changing behaviour (higher demands, price sensitiveness, information level…) and big pressures on Retail in general. So it is not easy to find a clear direction in these turbulences. We try to give some direction by supporting independent labels, design and innovation, but also Newcomers. Nowadays, it is even more important to find new ways of doing business and being different from the mass-market. This is our mission, and we can see that it works with many independent opticians in Switzerland. I think it is important that opticians focus on their strengths – which is personal contact, artisanship, good advice, innovation and high-end quality.”
Please tell us about the Think Tank sessions that are part of the Die Brillenmesse Programme.“The response to the Think Tank sessions was positive and we will feature similar subjects as in Stuttgart. This will include how to reach new clients, digital change, and technical innovations. Again, the aim is to give the independent opticians some input and inspiration on how they can keep direction in a rough sea. We are also delighted that two Vintage collectors – Christian Metzler and Alexander Dosiehn will show their Vintage Collections in Köln with amazing beauties!”
Mark you calendars now! Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th May at Dock One in Cologne for Die Brillenmesse Köln 2017. Further info at www.diebrillenmesse.deJG
Prescription frame wearers can anticipate stylish selections with the new optical collections. Whether you are an avid fan of the cat-eye shape; round in all sizes; rectangular; square or aviator; choices abound in traditional and unconventional materials, plus fabulous colours and alluring neutrals. Anna-Karin Karlsson embraces optical designs with romantic charisma. Le Papillon (above) is gracefully feminine: 24caret gold plated, with elegant butterfly accents. Explore more of the Swedish creator’s luxurious designs at www.annakarinkarlsson.com
The latest collection from SALT. Optics includes timeless designs in beautiful nature-inspired colourations. Slim styling in Lance features a new colour for the California brand – Dried Herb. Discover more of the SALT. eyewear universe at www.saltoptics.com
Fleye Copenhagen has introduced their stunning new Signature Collection – beautifully crafted silhouettes with form and texture. The frames mix cool metals with warm natural materials – as in Dixon – and the results are designs with unique character and style. www.fleye.dk
Green is a predominant tone in collections – with colour sensitivity that is a pleasure for the complexion. Weber in Kiwi Shimmer on Gunmetal Satin – acetate overlay on stainless steel – is a chic frame by l.a.Eyeworks. Superbly crafted in Italy, the shape is flattering for both men and women. www.laeyeworks.com
Red in a variety of jubilant, joyous tones is trend-setting this season. Ron by Chris Mascré and Yolande de Clercq at Vue dc in lustrous acetate combines retro panache with modern, artisan techniques. www.vuedc.fr JG
Eyewear experiences continue to expand beyond the everyday. Innovative brands take new risks with clever techniques to bring new technological scope to new collections. 3D printed frames are a fast expanding eyewear choice, increasing the opportunity in personalisation as well as comfort and practicality. The Danish label MONOQOOL shows fast-paced innovation in this arena, with the launch of super thin frame structures in its new Slider Series. The frames, which weigh just 4 grams, have an ultra thin front design combined with cool horizontal temples and a clever hinge system. www.monoqool.com
Siens Eye Code from Milan presented their first Creatures collection in 2016 with a concept that boasts three patents for hinge, lens assembly and packaging “integrated to the glasses”. The idea is to unite art and technology, vision and science, to blend each element in one high-tech product produced using traditional expertise in the Veneto. The brand has exciting new entries coming for Autumn 2017 that we have been able to preview ahead of the Autumn fairs. More details at www.sienseyecode.com
Italian lifestyle brand Bob Sdrunk is creating a buzz with its 100% made in Italy designs from a team of expert opticians – attentive to design, modern quality and the all important fit. The round model Uranus is typical of the unconventional shapes in the collection. The very narrow metal construction of the style (pictured in gold) with cross bar balanced over the classic round shape brings a chic contemporary look that is immediately appealing. www.bobsdrunk.comCN
Lafont Paris has sadly announced the recent passing of Philippe Lafont, president of Lafont Paris, and a passionate advocate of eyewear. Lafont was also president of SILMO, and contributed his outstanding talents and professional expertise to GIFO.
In additional to Lafont’s numerous roles in the optical community, he was enthusiastic about opera; always polite, kind and courteous. Thomas and Matthieu Lafont will continue to support their father’s dedication to the family legacy as a pioneer and innovator of luxury eyewear made in France, upholding the company’s core values of integrity, craftsmanship and elegance.
Eyestylist extends our deepest sympathy and condolences to Thomas, Matthieu, family, friends and the Lafont team. JG
Energetic colour and new chic designs with consistent attention to the small details: the mood at Copenhagen Specs this weekend was upbeat and friendly as designers from Scandinavia and further afield brought new ideas for 2017. The fair showed its commitment to independent labels, and attracted more than 80 companies and a wide range of frame styles from Scandinavian innovators through to small start-ups from Italy (Viveur), Poland (Love Belford), Spain (Paper & Paper) and France (Plein Les Mirettes /PLM).
The Italian titanium specialists Blackfin showed their new collection featured in the 2017 campaign: Sky’s The Limit. The brand currently offers an eclectic mix of titanium styles including trend-focused thicker rims such as model Montego Bay (above). Further details: www.blackfin.eu
Plein Les Mirettes showed their colourful acetate range for women for the first time in Denmark. The uniquely crafted glamorous shapes have a bright energetic elegance and are made in Normandy in a prestigious traditional eyewear factory. Model Diva brings the camouflage trend into eyewear in a playful and elegant interpretation for the face. www.plein-les-mirettes.fr.
Italian start-up Viveur Sunglasses by Carlo Opice showed a metal collection produced in the Veneto. The frames revisit vintage styling but bring a modern “street style” to the look, creating a line that is youthful and wearable. Very narrow proportions and the variety of nice classic lens colours in the metal sunglasses line are on trend for the SS17 season. More details at www.viveursunglasses.com
Alongside bright primary colours, neutral eyewear tones are evolving in new ways. Model Nia by Salt. Optics has a thin profiled shape, the narrowest of temples and custom detailing. Nia comes in a super Oyster Grey / Black Sand combination with “Lovers Soul” gradient lenses. More details on the new entries presented by Salt. Optics at www.saltoptics.com
Lightness, technical know-how and an innovative take on materials are instantly noticeable in the Fleye collection, presented to us by co-founder Hanne Andersen at the show. Once again, the trend for extremely narrow proportions is beautifully played out in special ways with the addition of touches of colour and finely textured finishes in high-tech carbon fibre. www.fleye.dk
Copenhagen Specs returns to the same venue in 2018 from 3-4th March: for more details about the fair visitwww.copenhagenspecs.dkCN
It can snow in Denmark in March but a chilly climate never changes the warm Danish welcome! The friendly, fast-growing Scandinavian eyewear fair Copenhagen Specs approaches this weekend and promises eclectic frame style from international brands setting an energetic outlook for Spring/Summer.
Exhibitors include Copenhagen’s very own Ørgreen Optics with their new collection dazzling in a SS17 campaign (above) about colour confidence…bolds, neons, and rich and vibrant tonal contrasts. www.orgreenoptics.com
Ørgreen’s British partner Claire Goldsmith will have her team present to show both the eponymous collection of sun and optical frames as well as the renowned Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses collection. There are a few extra special colour surprises including a limited edition of the classy Manhattan in soft summery gelato tones. www.clairegoldsmith.com
The ‘Explorer’ model by Silhouette Eyewear will be among the new finds at the Austrian company’s stand during the fair. This minimal, chic design perfectly reflects the flair of the 1950s, with unusual colour gradients such as orange with blue and glossy purple. The lens-in-lens technology creates the perception of a rim while offering the advantage of being very light and comfortable. More information at www.silhouetteeyewear.com
Monoqool’s 3D printed collection, produced in Denmark, will also be a highlight at the fair. The collection is on point with very fine profiles that are lightweight and aesthetically striking – look for the new Slider Series – described as “the thinnest 3D printed glasses in the world.”
Copenhagen Specs takes place from 4th-5th March 2017 at Lokomotivvaerkstedet. More details and a full list of exhibitors is available atwww.copenhagenspecs.dkCN
Fresh, innovative, and dramatic sunglass designs are plentiful in the latest collections. Summer and sunglasses are synonymous, but no longer only for warmer months. Sun specs are now worn on a year ’round basis to protect the wearer’s eyes, as well as make a superb style statement. Eyestylist highlights some of the enticing and enchanting creations from acclaimed global designers. Hoops (above) from Face à Face Paris captures the vintage spirit in two-tone acetate. www.faceaface-paris.com
Volume and sparkling Swarovski crystals define Vera Wang’s glamorous design Mayir in garnet acetate. www.kenmarkoptical.com
Dashing Zero 13 by Finest Seven combines luxury and style in yellow gold with vibrant violet mirror lenses. www.finestseven.com
Children respond with enthusiasm to Zoobug’s delightful collection of sunglasses, specially crafted and sized to fit little faces. Featured above are a selection of super, fun styles for youngsters from the 2017 collection. Photo by Sarah Winbornwww.zoobug.com
Italian eyewear craftsman Oliviero Zanon for Res/Rei endorses retro styling with Penelope, in Mazzucchelli marbled tortoiseshell acetate. www.resrei.com
Sumptuous curves and bold straight lines pair beautifully in Taylor by British brand Walter & Herbert, in shimmering crystal acetate. www.walterandherbert.com
Orgreen’s Limited Edition On Fire includes this stunning design Vivid Sea of Flames. A special burning process creates an intriguing iridescent finish to the frames. www.orgreenoptics.comJG
Eyewear in Round shapes has the distinction of being both traditional – and new. Round frames have been favoured from Benjamin Franklin to Ghandi, Iris Apfel, Elton John and Harry Potter. What is new, is the amazing diversity and the eyewear impact of dynamic Round shapes. Whether in wood, titanium, acetate, rimless, stainless steel, or mixed materials – the enthusiasm for the Round silhouette is a highlight of this season’s eyewear.
Children also love the Round shape, with Zoobug’s stylishly chic design ZB1030 certain to appeal to emerging fashion enthusiasts. The handmade acetate frame – with superb fit for young faces – is among the exciting new optical range from the award winning British brand. Fabulous colours too – including a fun, streaky mix of blue/purple/crystal, featured above. Photo by Sarah Winborn. www.zoobug.com
Putting rimless frames into Perspective: Sven Götti reinvents the sleekness, and minimalist aesthetics of the Round shape with his new designs from the Götti Perspective Collection. Masterfully engineered – which Götti researched and refined during several years – the frames have no soldering involved, no screws, and no glue. Perspective/Shape RR53 is a new dimension in streamlined eyewear. www.gotti.ch
Blackfin has launched a new chapter in their Collection – Blackfin Lamina PLUS. Superbly crafted in Italy, the frames unite titanium with cellulose acetate eye-rims. The Italian brand expresses style and innovation with Cutler BF794 in beautiful colourations. www.blackfin.eu
ROLF Spectacles, the pioneers in fine wood frames, has won the renowned GOOD DESIGN Award – the prestigious recognition for cutting-edge products – with Topolino. The Round shape is reminiscent of the Italian classic car for which it is named. Handcrafted in the Tyrol, ROLF’s Topolino is available in luxurious wood combinations. www.rolf-spectacles.com
Bold colour accentuates Carter Bond 9207 in shimmering emerald acetate with colour-coordinating wood scratch temples. Discover more Round shapes in acetate and mixed materials from the Australian brand at www.carterbond.com
Norwegian designers Kirsten and Lars Iversen appreciate the timelessness of vintage frames, whilst bringing a fresh approach to their lightweight, contemporary designs. Rise in Twig acetate harmonises naturally with contrasting colour on the sides. www.karmoie.com
Canadian creator Mehran Baghaie interprets the Round shape with an intriguing design – Iman – in ultra-thin stainless steel. Colourations are linked to the various stages of the maple leaf. Explore more innovative styles at www.spec-eyeworks.com
Pollipo’ favours the Round form in Tortoiseshell Amber acetate – style 619 – with handmade riveted hinges on the front and temples. The frames are crafted in Italy, and hand polished with the traditional tumbling process. www.pollipocchiali.itJG