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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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

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

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

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

Exceptional Eyewear

Artfully crafted by independent designers who have a passion for fine materials, gorgeous colours, and technical directives celebrate eyewear. Visit REVIEWS for frame designs of distinction. Meet a Canadian designer, and discover a unique boutique in London. In CITY GUIDES a stunning fashion exhibition is reminiscence with history. It’s all on Eyestylist – beautiful, desirable eyewear and accessories.

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Anna-Karin Karlsson with Le Snob

Collaborations have come into a new realm in the last months. Creative independent eyewear designers are uniting with terrific independent fashion partners, and raising the bar beyond the traditional eyewear collabs. One such union? Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson and Le Snob’s co-designers B. Akerlund and Robert Lussier, who have created a cool, covetable cat’s eye, with iconic elegance.

A rather gorgeous exaggerated upswept shape with round lens, the Black Swan sunglasses have flip-down front pieces, a concept that can be traced back to the lorgnettes and make-up glasses of the 1950s/60s. Pictured above: Model Guinevere by Tim Walker for Le Snob. Guinevere wears the new Black Swan shades.

Le Snob
Black Swan sunglasses by Anna-Karin Karlsson for Le Snob

Le Snob, set up by co-designers B. Akerlund, stylist, and Robert Lussier, formerly Creative Director at Vuitton and Dior, presents a street-sharp collection of haute utility, luxury leathers, canvas, eyewear and “gilded” gear, under the concept of “snobbility” – rhyming with mobility and nobility, proposing a superbly original take on innovative luxury. A relatively new entry in fashion, the brand is making a powerful debut in the fashion industry with the addition of big names such as Tim Walker shooting Guinevere Van Seenus in their latest campaign. Le Snob Black Swan sunglasses ($865) and other styles in the collection are available online at http://shop.lesnob.com/shop/le-black-swan CN

Contemporary and Futuristic…

Beautiful eyewear – optical frames and sunglasses – surprise and delight with stunning new season styles. Shapes are varied; colours range from subtle tones to rich colourations; and materials combine classic favourites and high tech innovations. Click on all the Eyestylist sections, and find creative eyewear – skillfully crafted – from international independent designers – plus boutiques and captivating cultural quests.

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Rigards – Elegant and Sculpted Aesthetics

Metalloid Frames by Innovator Ti Kwa

Napoleon III used aluminium plates for state dinners – and Jules Verne – in his novel –  “Journey to the Moon” – describes an aluminium space rocket. Now Ti Kwa at RIGARDS, uses this exceptional and naturally occurring metal for sculpted frames. This traditional material is strong, yet lightweight, durable and non-toxic. The result is five marvellously crafted designs in three colours – grey, ink blue, and gold.

Sanjuro by RIGARDS from the Metalloid Collection
Sanjuro by RIGARDS from the Metalloid Collection

Creative shapes for men and women that embrace RIGARDS gutsy, yet refreshing eyewear expressions, enhance the designs. The frames feature specially created screw-less hinges, and innovatively designed nose-pads for superb fit. For more info on RIGARDS Metalloid directional frames, visit www.rigards.com JG

 

 

Impressive Show & Fun Ambience in Stuttgart

Die Brillenmesse and Innovative Frames

From Heidelberg to Zurich, and many other towns, opticians and visitors arrived in Stuttgart for Die Brillenmesse 2015. The vibrant Motorworld location for the 4th edition of Die Brillenmesse was a success, according to Dirk Geissmann, one of the event organisers.

Opticians at Stuttgart
Optik Dieterich from Heidelberg – Sarah Lenz, Julia Wagnes, her husband Bend, and Samy enjoy a pause café at Die Brillenmesse in Stuttgart

“There was a ten percent increase in visitors; and a happy relaxed ambience confirmed that the format of the show works,” said Steffen Keil, the show partner with Geissmann, “because when we started, there was much more distance between the brand representatives and the visitors. This year, there were no barriers – visitors stayed for a long time, and engaged with the exhibitors. There is a real interest in designer brands, an openness, almost a hunger, for new ideas.”

Julien Jarraud and Andreas Malathounis from Kirk & Kirk at Die Brillenmesse
Julien Jarraud and Andreas Malathounis from Kirk & Kirk at Die Brillenmesse

Motorworld is a place dedicated entirely to automobiles,” noted Nathanaël Wenger, the third member of the Die Brillenmesse team, “and it is an interesting mix between a museum, exhibition, and work space for car lovers. The combination of fine designer glasses and vintage autos works perfectly. New brands in Stuttgart this year included 999.9; Tom Rebl; Dick Moby; Robert Rüdger; JF Rey and Liebeskind.” Save the dates now for 2016! Die Brillenmesse at Motorworld 15th and 16th October. www.diebrillenmesse.de JG

Top photo: Dirk Geissmann co-coordinator Die Brillenmesse with eyewear designers Adrian Marwitz and Didier Voirol. 1974 red convertible Jaguar courtesy of Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors at Motorworld www.arthur-bechtel.com All photos for Eyestylist by Rouven Koehnen  All Rights Reserved

Positive Luxury and Karmoie

“Buy one, give one”

Congratulations go out to Norwegian brand Karmoie, who have become one of the few eyewear labels to gain the Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark for social commitment (www.positiveluxury.com).

Karmoie founders Lars and Kirsten Iversen say their aim is to create beautiful, uncompromising eyewear while also contributing in a committed and conscious way towards a better future. For every pair of Karmoie frames sold, a pair of corrective glasses is given to a person in need, through a partnership with Eyejusters.

Captain by Karmoie
Captain by Karmoie

The Butterfly Mark is awarded by Positive Luxury – the organisation that communicates and celebrates luxury brands’ sustainable actions – and is a seal of approval which enables consumers to recognise brands they can trust.

Through Positive Luxury’s screening process, Karmoie has demonstrated a commitment to people and the planet across all aspects of their business including sourcing traceability policies, reducing their environmental footprint and the use of sustainable and recyclable materials. For more information, visit www.karmoie.com CN

Hall of Frames Zurich

Pace Setting Eyewear in Switzerland

Swiss, German and Austrian opticians visited the recent Hall of Frames event in Zurich – the only platform for designer frames in Switzerland. Kongresshaus was the amicable location, affording a quintessential view of Zurich’s beautiful lake and mountains. Co-coordinator Nathanael Wenger said; “This simple and elegant show is a ‘must go’ for all boutique opticians, and it is also a good opportunity to meet up with colleagues and friends.

Dominique Kasper - agent for Claire Goldsmith and OG Sunglasses at HOF Zurich
Dominique Kasper – agent for Claire Goldsmith and OG Sunglasses at HOF Zurich

“New brands presented for the first time in Zurich included: Edwardson from Geneva; Tom Rebl and Retrosuperfuture from Italy; Caroline Abram and Anne et Valentine from France; and Claire Goldsmith and Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses from the UK.” Wenger noted that the diversity in style, sizes and colours is huge – “there are almost no limits in every direction. We could see an increasing number of brands with oversized, fine rimmed metal frames, from Coblens, Orgreen, and Götti – this could be the next big trend.”

Historic Kongresshaus Zurich
Historic Kongresshaus Zurich

Dates for the 2016 Hall of Frames Zurich have already been set – so note on your calendar – 2nd and 3rd October 2016 – to discover the latest, distinctive, artisan eyewear collections surrounded by Switzerland’s majestic beauty. www.hallofframes.ch JG

Top Photo: Nathanael Wenger, Tina, the ad campaign model, and Dirk Geissmann

 

 

 

 

A modernist story

RockOptika at the De La Warr

The world-famous modernist De La Warr Pavilion (www.dlwp.com) in Bexhill, England is the setting for an eyewear campaign by British eyewear label, Rockoptika. Creative Director Tom Herrington fulfils his passion for quality eyewear and fashion photography in the new images, which he shot with stylist Philly Piggott and assistant photographer Paul Cocks.

“The campaign is an integral part of my collection and how I believe it should be presented. I was already planning and visualising how it would look when I began to design the frames a year and a half ago. ”

 

RockOptika
RockOptika – a bijou appearance by Tom Herrington (right)
RockOptika
Maisie Jane Daniels wears model Sinistre / RockOptika

Tom explains: “I love the De La Warr, and it’s just five miles away from RockOptika HQ in St Leonards on the English coast. It’s an exceptional backdrop for a luxury collection which has been created in tune with modernist aesthetics. We are a lucky to have had special access to shoot at this architectural landmark.”

 

RockOptika
Eyewear: optical model Columbia in crystal / RockOptika

The latest RockOptika collection is influenced by the sweeping curves, stark lines and muted colours of Bexhill’s iconic building. Featuring in the campaign are model Sinistre, a modified round shape with a flattened top –  and Saiph and Vega, each one in keeping with the building’s hard edges and soft contours in a neutral colour palette – crystal, tortoise and classic black –  creating a natural yet striking focus against the De La Warr’s streamlined concrete and steel. For more information about RockOptika frames, visit www.rockoptika.com CN

Die Brillenmesse in Stuttgart

Independent Innovators in Germany

Beautiful eyewear, vintage cars, and a countryside setting just outside Stuttgart, is an inviting prospect for the weekend of 17th and 18th October. The entertaining ambiance of Motor World hosts Die Brillenmesse, where approximately seventy international designers and companies will present their latest collections.

Both new brands exhibiting for the first time in Stuttgart, and familiar favourites will be showing their collections – including among others: Orgreen; Onkel Ferdi; KBL; Kirk & Kirk; Götti; L.G.R.; Entourage of 7; Face à Face; and Liebeskind. Kirk & Kirk presents their Kaleidoscope designs, and their lovely new matt colours in the Vivarium Collection. www.kirkandkirk.com Top image: Wallace in Cobalt Blue from the Vivarium Collection.

#Blakely by Entourage of 7
#Blakely by Entourage of 7

Sunglasses and optical frames in graceful shapes and lovely colours highlight the collection at Entourage of 7 in Denmark, all finely crafted in Japan. www.eof7.com

Original print by Liebeskind
Original print by Liebeskind

Liebeskind from Berlin features vibrant colourations with their own print creations, made with a high-resolution HD printing technology. The results are striking! www.wagner-kuehner.de

Die Brillenmesse is an excellent opportunity to investigate the latest collections by eyewear innovators in a unique and memorable location. So save the date – 17th and 18th October at Motor World in Stuttgart. Further details at www.diebrillenmesse.de JG

Eyewear Excellence…

By independent master artisans who create innovative optical frames and sunglasses are in the spotlight throughout the month. Click on all Eyestylist sections and explore and discover artful eyewear, boutique legends, vivacious designers, and fashion icons. For the latest in original authentic eyewear and accessories, find it at Eyestylist.com.

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Independent Designers Celebrated…

At 2015 Hall of Frames in Zurich

The picturesque – and the largest city in Switzerland – is the setting on 4th and 5th October for the inspiring 2015 edition of Hall of Frames. An international group of innovators will present their latest collections for optical frames and sunglasses. Award winning Parisian designer Jérémy Tarian cultivates nature and art in his newest optical selection that includes Menilmontant (above) – elegant and chic with retro echoes, skillfully crafted in glossy Mazzucchelli acetate in beautiful colourations. www.jeremytarian.com

Bridget from the Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk and Kirk
Bridget from the Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk

Frames in durable, yet lightweight acrylic are the hallmark material at British brand Kirk & Kirk. Handcrafted in France, and right on trend, is their Kaleidoscope Collection, in luminous acrylic – with an elegant polished glass effect. Jason and Karen Kirk’s latest launch is inspired by Kalos – the Greek god of beauty, and contemporary styling highlights Bridget (above) in stunning coral.www.kirkandkirk.com

Tanda - Urban Mood by Sven Götti - Götti Switzerland
Tanda – Urban Mood by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

The metropolitan and urban landscape captures the imagination of Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland, with his new collection. Tanda (above) blends retro with its voluminous proportions – and modern with its intricate material mix of matt acetate and pure titanium. The super slim silhouette features an acetate front in autumn leaf, and silver titanium temples, with sleek black acetate end tips. www.gotti.ch

Suzie Blue in Titanium by Orgreen Optics
Suzie Blue in Titanium by Orgreen Optics

Eyewear collections are enhanced by a variety of materials, and Orgreen in Denmark make their style statement in titanium. The refined, unadorned silhouette in Suzie Blue highlights the featherweight features of titanium, and its colour characteristics. Rich forest green on the front and temples, contrasts with gold and black sides, and delicate end tips in gold. www.orgreenoptics.com View these collections and others, including: Lafont Paris; Lucas de Staël; Adrian Marwitz; Face à Face Paris; Suzy Glam; Coblens; and Caroline Abram at 2015 Hall of Frames Zurich – 4/5 October. More info at www.hallofframes.ch JG

On With The Show!

25th September 2015 This morning the curtain rises for the 2015 edition of SILMO in Paris at Villepinte, featuring an exhilarating roster of eyewear brands from international companies. The new Excellence Collection by ROLF Spectacles in Austria (above) features elegant, classic designs with grace, lightness and creativity. ROLF has elevated their superb craftsmanship to towering heights, with engraved wood eyewear frames, plus two-tone styles that emphasise elaborate details and precise, beautiful finishes. The Excellence Collection includes fourteen new designs, in seven different woods, and four different wood and stone combinations. www.rolf-spectacles.com

Mod. M100 - Trench Goggle by HAPTER
Mod. M100 – Trench Goggle by HAPTER

HAPTER in Italy presents a Special Edition of their acclaimed Trench Goggle – Mod. M100. The latest design is so far the most advanced interpretation of the frame and manufacturing technique achieved by the HAPTER team. They reflected on how life might have been 100 years ago (M100) to envision the perfect protection tool for World War 1 soldiers in the mountain trenches. The environment for the soldiers was terrifying and demanding, and the M100 – Trench Goggle – was conceived as the would-have-been perfect helmet appendix, for function, protection and mental relief. M100 Trench Goggle is the new vanguard of the HAPTER Icons Line, created for today’s adventurous and courageous explorers. www.hapter.it  SILMO information at www.silmoparis.fr JG

New Arrivals…

Debut at SILMO

24th September 2015 All roads lead to Paris this weekend with the opening of SILMO 2015. International eyewear designers exhibiting include Susanne Klemm, the Netherlands based creator of the dynamic Suzy Glam collection. Klemm is in an accelerated mood with her racy “Drives Fast Cars” frame in burnt orange acetate. With its sharp angles and dramatic brow line, the frame is an exciting testament of eyewear opportunities. www.suzyglam.com Photo: Aisha Zeijpveld

Arden by l.a. Eyeworks
Arden by l.a. Eyeworks

At l.a. Eyeworks, tiers of patterned, solid and transparent acetates have been calibrated precisely to form a complex blueprint of strategic sculpting. The result is a harmonious multi-layered chromatic essay – as seen in Arden – with three dimensions. Gorgeous colours too – Fire on Red/Brown Streak (above) and joyous Sunrise Haze Streak. www.laeyeworks.com

Liberator - a collaboration with Coppe & Sid and Parajumpers
Liberator – a collaboration with Coppe & Sid and Parajumpers

Coppe & Sid announce their collaboration with the Italian outerwear company Parajumpers, to launch a collection of free-spirited sunglasses. The Liberator features a sleek double bridge in dark Havana acetate, with contrasting metal trim in Antique Bronze. There are five different styles — all crafted in Italy – in smart colourations. More info at www.eyedesignclub.com  SILMO details at www.silmoparis.com JG

 

Trend alert

The new glamour

Feminine eyewear shapes with classic characteristics and curving forms are one of our current obsessions. Fine eyewear collections do these beautiful shapes justice with modern design details and colourful proposals that define a new glamour for women.

Jones from luxury fashion brand Roland Mouret is one of the new styles launching at the Paris fair this week. Mouret has created his own line of eyewear in house, and in doing so has achieved a very high level of quality, individuality and design. A noteworthy metal temple hinge is one of the unique hallmarks that distinguishes the designs. The addition of the slender metal bridge on this particular style is elegant and on-trend for SS16. Colours include transparent red (above), grey, yellow tortoiseshell and black.  www.rolandmouret.com

Sweet Dreams by Ørgreen
Sweet Dreams by Ørgreen

A minimal yet super glam direction is also evident at Danish design house Ørgreen. Their new style Sweet Dreams is ultra feminine, with a curved top line, rounded lower line, elegant bridge, and temples that hide behind the frames. www.orgreenoptics.com

Salt Optics
Houston by Salt Optics

American luxury eyewear brand Salt Optics has wowed us with its new styles and colours. Model Houston is a super example in Sandy Sea Green acetate with Antique Gold temples, in smooth beta titanium. The pared-back rounded front strikes a stylish modern chord in this super bold colourway with contrasting brown gradient polarised lens. www.saltoptics.com

Silmo Paris takes place from 25th to 28th September 2015 at Paris Nord Villepinte. For details and registration visit www.silmoparis.com CN

 

RockOptika ‘Stars’

A new launch for Tom Herrington

Five years on and independent British label RockOptika is flourishing.  HQ is a converted high street bank – complete with original safe – situated by the seaside, with an extensive selection of British eyewear, including RockOptika’s very own new ultra luxe handcrafted collection.

The new line is fresh, confident and big on artisan detail. “Made in a leading traditional factory in the Jura, each frame front is carved from one piece, including the nosepads,” says Tom. “An integrated gold metal T.H. logo under resin appears on the front and bespoke dual colour schemes are perfectly matched. The bridges have been machined; chamfering along the sides adds a distinctive touch of luxury.”

Heka and Vega by RockOptika
Heka and Vega by RockOptika

With 21 styles in total in the full collection, the 6 new Art Deco inspired styles include a statement round shape with a flattened top, inspired by a pair of small French vintage spectacles, several bold glossy acetate rectangles, and a hard edged vintage look supra (half-eye in the style of the Kray twins), all named after stars.

 

Saiph by RockOptika
Saiph by RockOptika

The new models are presented in a sturdy paper case and embossed presentation box and all are suitable for sun or ophthalmic lenses. The collection launched this weekend at a new flagship eyewear store by Nelson’s Eye Patch, Norfolk, UK, www.nelsonseyepatch.com. Further details at www.rockoptika.com CN

Kaleidoscope of Colour!

Magical Interpretations of the Colour SpectrumPreviews of new season launches indicate that the colour spectrum is absolutely stunning! Bright colourations abound, as well as lovely nuances of deep, rich tones, and subtle mutations. Duo and tri-tone effects provide additional style and flair. SALT. Optics – the California based company – explores the many fascinating aspects of nature, and Eleanor (above) in Dragonfly is a beautiful example. The two-tone acetate design in a contemporary silhouette is handcrafted in Japan. www.saltoptics.com

Optical EO45 by HAPTER
Optical EO4S by HAPTER

HAPTER in Italy has launched a striking bi-coloured design – Optical EO4S – with colour both inside and outside the frame. The colourations are chic and sophisticated in muted tones. This is an elegant new feature from Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti, in a design that is suitable for small to regular-size faces. Sophistication and understated luxury are totally aligned in Prime Line, within the txt001 HAPTER collection. www.hapter.it

 

Tandem by theo Belgium
Tandem by theo Belgium

Benjamin Franklin – one of America’s Founding Fathers – was also a witty man who thrived on work, and according to legend – the inventor of bifocals. Theo in Belgium have creatively – and colourfully – updated Franklin’s invention with a 21st Century version, that enables bifocal wearers to have perfect far away and close up view. Tandem in vibrant shocking pink is for the individualist who won’t settle for less – just like the fascinating Mr. Franklin. www.theo.be

Pingo by l.a. Eyeworks
Pingo by l.a. Eyeworks

California designers Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi at l.a. Eyeworks debut a multi-faceted collection this month at SILMO Paris in dynamic colours. Pingo in acetate – deliciously named Emerald Lagrassy Fade with Deep Eggplant – features a signature metal browline, with handmade custom epoxy finishes. The latest optical collection from l.a. Eyeworks is a modern exploration of colour and shape. www.laeyeworks.com

Selma by Face à Face
Selma by Face à Face

Colour vibrations and special surface techniques are emphasised in frames by Face à Face Paris. Selma displays scratched acetate with hand varnishing for a rich, lustrous look in  glossy cherry and teal blue. A modern cat-eye shape adds to the allure and individuality of the design. www.faceaface-paris.com JG

Die Brillenmesse Stuttgart

Eyewear Designers at Motorworld

Important dates to note on the October calendar are Saturday and Sunday the 17th and 18th – when major independent eyewear designers present their collections at Motorworld in Stuttgart. Stunning eyewear and an equally distinctive collection of vintage cars at the same venue is an ideal way to enjoy an autumn weekend! Over fifty unique companies – including Götti; Orgreen; Spectacle Eyeworks; Onkel Ferdi; Kirk & Kirk; Bellinger; Joel Lesca; Tavat; and Slav Nowosad among others, will present their latest collections at this outstanding international exposition of creative eyewear.

The Canadian design house Spectacle Eyeworks pays homage to history and heritage with the Cyrus (above) frame. Inspired by the power of the past – and connecting with the present – the temples of each frame are meticulously engraved. Cyrus is named after the Great King of Persia who wrote The Tablet of Cyrus. Designer Mehran Baghaie says: “My Persian roots and family, the visual richness and enigmatic nature of symbolism, as well as the freedom and equality of mankind, continue to be a defining source of influence and inspiration with these new designs.” www.spec-eyeworks.com

Tonky in Autumn Plum by Götti Switzerland
Tonky in Autumn Plum by Götti Switzerland

Swiss designer Sven Götti has an elegant, deft touch with eyewear materials. His latest collection combines acetate and Titanium, crafted beautifully into Tonky – in a glorious shade of autumn plum. The voluminous shape is remarkably slim and lightweight. www.gotti.ch

Bella by Bellinger
Bella by Bellinger

Fun details and dashing colours highlight designs at Danish company Bellinger. Bella is a bright tonal mix – colours that are ideal with autumn fashions. www.bellinger.dk

SoupCan Pantos by Tavat Eyewear
SoupCan Pantos by Tavat Eyewear

Handcrafted in Italy, Tavat has launched a unique frame – Soupcan Pantos – in red acetate and light gun metal, with great attention to detail – particularly on the nose piece and temples. www.tavat-eyewear.com Save the Dates! 17th and 18th October for Die Brillenmesse in Stuttgart. More info at www.diebrillenmesse.de JG

 

A new generation of Icons

OG Family 16, coming to Paris

11th September 2015 British designer Claire Goldsmith, great granddaughter of Oliver Goldsmith, announces a new collection of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses, inspired by details from the OG Icons, the collection that recreates some of the brand’s most famous sunnies. Focusing on single details from the Icons as a starting point, the new “Family” frames play with historic references whilst adding a modern aesthetic in colour and design. It’s the first new OG line in over 30 years.

London / Oliver Goldsmith
London / OG Family

The frames are named after streets, places and landmarks in London – including significant spots in the city that are dear to Claire and part of everyday OG life.

OG Sunglasses
OG Sunglasses

Friends, family and the Goldsmith children star in the newly released Oliver Goldsmith campaign which highlights the brand’s wonderful British heritage. “I wanted to cast a physical embodiment of our collections,” explains Claire, “with two Icons, two Family and two of our kids featured. The feeling was to be quintessentially British, classy yet a little off kilter, polished and always keeping up appearances a little.”

Primrose / Oliver Goldsmith
Primrose / OG Family

Oliver Goldsmith exhibits OG Icons, Family and Mini Icons at SILMO Paris from 25th to 28th September 2015. Additional SILMO information at www.silmoparis.com. For more on OG Sunglasses, and the OG boutique in Notting Hill, visit www.olivergoldsmith.com CN

Autumn Eyewear Artistry

New Arrivals in Luxury Eyewear

New season, new looks, and new style interpretations – autumn pulsates with exciting fashion revelations in clothing, accessories and eyewear. Paris is the setting for SILMO, the eyewear show, and the brands featured here will be presenting their latest collections at the end of the month. Beauty, refinement, precision and technology are the hallmarks of LINDBERG, the multi-award winning Danish company. They will present the newest models in the LINDBERG Strip Collection, including the supremely elegant 9710 – above. www.lindberg.com

When Trouble Came To Town by Anna Karin Karlsson
When Trouble Came To Town by Anna Karin Karlsson

A favourite frame of Anna Karin Karlsson and her international clients is the seductive, expressive When Trouble Came to Town. Anna-Karin’s latest luxurious interpretation is in silky black acetate, liberally studded with Swarovski crystals. You can also shop for Anna Karin Karlsson’s stunning designs on line at www.annakarinkarlsson.com

XL2068 Charmant
Line Art Opera Collection by Charmant

The magic, opulence and mystery of opera have inspired the newest designs from the LIne Art Collection by Charmant. Hand mounted Swarovski crystals are embedded in the temples in style XL2068, and the lightweight Excellence Titan frame is light-as-air to wear. Worthy of a standing ovation! www.charmant.com

 

Stranger No. 21 by Adrian Marwitz
Stranger No. 21 by Adrian Marwitz

Congratulations to Adrian Marwitz, who has been named a winner of the German Design Award 2016. He received a  Special Mention in the category “Lifestyle and Fashion” for the complete Urban Strangers collection. The German Design Award recognises top quality products with outstanding design. Stranger No. 21 – sunglasses in navy blue matt Titanium – combines traditional and modern techniques, with ultra-light finesse. More information at www.adrianmarwitz.com

Cosmo Duo 19 by Benner Eyewear Design
Cosmo Duo 19 by Benner Eyewear Design

Daniel Benner enjoys mixing materials and then adding specific accents – as he does with the unique look of Cosmo Duo 19, that unites anthracite stainless steel and sandblasted black acetate. The distinctive frame features a reverse brow bar, and is handcrafted in Stuttgart Germany. www.bennereyeweardesign.com www.silmoparis.com JG