Finest Seven

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

Model 9184

Carter Bond

Setting the tone for the season, this very fine acetate model 9184 comes in fancy graduated tones and soft matt finishes. Offering as always a great level of comfort and fit, the designs in this collection are for stepping out confidently. The understated key hole bridge is a nice touch. www.carterbond.com CN

Laurice

Vera Wang Capsule Collection

A luxuriously voluminous butterfly shape characterizes Laurice from the Vera Wang Capsule Collection. With fluid grace, the tortoiseshell acetate is unadorned, and also available in deliciously soft blush, and matte black. In both her clothing and eyewear creations, Vera Wang makes a stylish, memorable statement. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

Elizabeth

L.G.R.

Flowing elegant contours accent Elizabeth by L.G.R. in Rome. Delicate pink acetate with a lustrous finish is feminine and soft, and the colour is marvelous with a suntan. The gentle upswept temples and handcrafting with artisanal perfection, make Elizabeth the ideal frame for sun-soaked beaches now, and looking ahead to tropical destinations. More details and stunning sunglasses by L.G.R. at www.lgrworld.com JG

Bocca Tatoo 1

Face à Face Paris

Fun, glamour and lively colours all combine in Bocca Tatoo 1 from Face à Face Paris. A curvy, sensuous cat-eye shape in quality acetate, the Bocca range started as a one-off at Face à Face, and has become among the most successful of their designs. The striking colour mix of orange, navy and cream, with the seductive sides, add to its many charms. www.faceaface-paris.com JG

Major 93

Rolf Spectacles

Major is a Rolf classic, a premium design from the Evolved Collection, handcrafted from the finest natural materials, bog oak and walnut. The different layers of wood are perfectly showcased in the design. High quality processing and finishing are all part of the mix as is always the case with the Austrian label. Find this frame and the full collection at the new Rolf boutique in Vienna. www.rolf-spectacles.com CN

Kemp

Grey Ant

The innovative Kemp by Grey Ant is another gem by Grant Krajecki and codesigner Natalie Levy. Creators of the original concept of cut-off lenses, this time the duo have worked on a totally new concept that exposes the riveted hinge on the exterior of the frame as a decorative feature. It’s a simple, luxurious statement that elevates a classic look into something ingenious and very desirable. Made in Japan, and featuring Zeiss sun lenses, these elegant sunnies are now available at www.greyant.com. CN

Rose Flowers+Geometry Veruschka

Lu.Pa

Lucia Pasin launched her stunning new collection in Milan – frames that are colourful and inspiring. Luxurious flowers blossom on cellulose acetate – an ecological raw material – with creative textures, powerful shapes, and fresh characteristics. Rose Flowers+Geometry Veruschka highlights care for details, and Pasin’s intuitive understanding for designs that are elegant, feminine and strong. “My frames are indeed for a woman who knows the pleasure of ornament,” says the Italian designer. More details at www.lupastudio.it JG

Grand Ballon, Tumbler, Tulipe

DOC Fashion Collection by Mondelliani Glasses

New entries in the DOC series by Italian artisan label Mondelliani, Grand Ballon, Tumbler and Tulipe feature in colours Pinot Grigio, Blanc de Noir and Cabernet. The wine references also extend to the elegant shapes of this fine-tuned trio, inspired by classical wine glasses, sinuous and elegant in form and silhouette. Pretty reflective Carl Zeiss lenses are flat and tinted, in line with luxury eyewear trends, for an old-fashioned aesthetic. Handmade in Italy. Find Mondelliani glasses at leading optical stores including Auerbach & Steele, London and Noble Optik, Munich. www.mondelliani.it CN

Felder Felder

for Silhouette

We’ve seen them on the catwalk and now they are available to the public, in a limited edition of 4000 pairs: Special Edition ‘It shades’ with a fun cat-eye design and circular lens by Felder Felder for Silhouette. An ultralight high-tech rimless design, the sunglasses have been launched in four colours – dark green (pictured), classic brown, hip pink and bright neon orange. Silhouette will exhibit at the London show, 100% Optical this weekend. More information on availability at www.silhouette.com. For information on Felder Felder go to www.felderfelder.com  CN

Oxley

Leisure Society

The British naval officer and explorer John Oxley is the inspiration for Shane Baum’s elegant Oxley, in lightweight titanium that is plated in 18K gold, with a thin acetate silhouette that creates a luxurious two-tone look. High quality enamel and intricately etched insets on precious metal add to the subtle refinement. Handcrafted in Japan, polarized CR-39 lenses with Anti-reflective UGR12, and Diamond Cast Anti-Scratch, Hydrophobic coating complete the striking look. Available in Havana Tortoise 18K Gold (above) plus matte black 12K silver, and brown 24K gold. www.leisure-society.com JG

 

9807A

LINDBERG

The engineering ethos that is uniquely LINDBERG’s is impeccably evident in style 9807A in lightweight titanium and acetate. The eye-catching colour contrast accents the beautifully sculpted frame with unique temple details. The LINDBERG Strip 9800 collection is technically brilliant and distinguished. More information at www.lindberg.com JG

Corbu

Blake Kuwahara Eyewear

From a new eponymous collection by a designer who first came to optics as the creator and designer of KATA, the Blake Kuwahara line is made by hand in Japan. I first met Blake when I started as a trade journalist in the eyewear sector in 1999, and was told by senior editors he was one of the most important trendsetting designers at the time. Today he expresses his eyewear passion once again in a collection that is elegant, understated, imaginative and executed with precision and attention to detail.

Style Corbu expresses the key concept of the collection, as Kuwahara explained to Eyestylist at Silmo: “I’ve taken familiar eye shapes but encapsulate them in a nontraditional surrounding shape. By making a “frame within a frame” the juxtaposition of shapes and colours creates a design tension that is fresh and quite unexpected.” The collection launches with nine unisex optical styles and nine sunglass styles. www.blakekuwahara.com CN

SDS NS001

Strada del Sole

One of the super glam Swiss made Strada del Sole sunglass styles in an exclusive collaboration between Pascal Zuber, designer of the eponymous label, and supermodel Nadine Strittmatter. Two shapes have been created in traditional black or tortoise; each individual product requires more than 80 stages, many of which are carried out by hand. According to Strittmatter, “This collaboration has been a good experience, as I have been able to express my creative side. The Swiss label is attractive in its simplicity, with the addition of a luxury touch, high quality materials and authentic artisan production. ” Available in shops from mid October. www.stradadelsole.ch CN

Fleming

Kirk & Kirk

The eagerly awaited launch of Kirk & Kirk eyewear, designed by Jason and Karen Kirk, debuts at SILMO at the end of this month. The Vivarium Collection is elegant and luxurious in lustrous acrylic designs inspired by the Victorian obsession with science and nature. Each handcrafted frame, made in France, is named after a celebrated scientist of the era. A powerful shape in metallic golden bronze highlights Fleming, and the fine details include temple decorations designed by Karen Kirk in sterling silver and 9 carat gold. There is also a stunning sunglass collection – Solarium – with beautiful mirror lenses. Discover more at www.kirkandkirk.com www.silmoparis.com JG

8300

Jono Hennessy

The contemporary styling of Jono Hennessy’s latest optical collection flatters a variety of face shapes. With beautiful colourations of silky Japanese turquoise acetate, highlighted with laminated tortoiseshell, the frame has a soft glow that harmonizes with the lovely jewel tones that are a fashion trend for autumn/winter 2014/2015. www.jonohennessy.com JG

Nassau

Theo Belgium

Theo is among the masters in creating bold, exciting frames. The Antwerp based company loves their hometown, and honour it with designs that pay tribute to the distinctive bridges in this major world port. The Nassau Bridge is the oldest, built in 1867 and is a protected monument. To immortalize this bridge, Theo has created Nassau – a robust, rectangular frame with a stainless steel core enveloped in acetate. Strong and dynamic! www.theo.be  JG

Lucio

Res/Rei

Featuring Mazzucchelli acetate, the finest you can find in Italy, and created by hand in Danta di Cadore, model Lucio is part of the Res/Rei Limited Edition collection. This new colour release – a transparent base with multicoloured patterning – reminds us of swirls of paint mixed in water. An excellent interpretation of a classic shape and a frame that has immediate appeal for its authenticity and beauty. www.resrei.com CN

Adrina Deep Blue Sea

Leisure Society

Artisanal excellence illuminates the supremely elegant Adrina by Shane Baum. Named after a remote Greek beach, the wafer-thin aviator design features a gold plated titanium crossbar, and Japanese Windsor rim detail. Superb detailing includes intricate multi-dimensional laser etching applied to the titanium, and Japanese cotton-based acetate temples. Adrina Deep Blue Sea is plated in 12k or 18k gold, and the lenses are treated with trade marked Diamond Cast anti-scratch coating. Pure Luxury! www.leisure-society.com JG

Kitty

Götti Switzerland

Translucent sea-inspired turquoise acetate is fashioned into stunning sunglasses by Götti Switzerland. The oversized glamorous shape is ultra light, and features Götti’s inventive 360° Spin&Stow temples. Kitty is also available in other delicious colourations for spring and summer  – sunny orange, ripe plum and coffee cream. To view more trendsetting Götti sunglasses click on www.gotti.ch JG

Obsession

Lafont Paris

This very elegant frame masterfully mixes a retro spirit with haute technology. Stainless steel is superbly crafted in Obsession by Lafont Paris, and softened with gentle tri-colour aqua tones. A special handmade gradient coating adds to the beauty, style and sophistication of the design. Click on www.lafont.com for more information on their new collection. JG

Down Lush Boulevard

Anna-Karin Karlsson

Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson creates romantic, original eyewear with magical adornment. Among the splendid designs in her new optical collection is Down Lush Boulevard – a charming retro interpretation in black acetate, and white shell roses with gold accents, cascade on the front. Each frame is crafted and drilled by hand. Order romantic Down Lush Boulevard now online via  www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Islero

Rolf Spectacles

Award winning Rolf Spectacles sets the tone for superb men’s eyewear with their new frame – Islero. The Tyrolean based designers mix shale and wood in a timeless shape, expertly crafted. Featured above is Shale Black Line 40. The colour variations of shale vary from greenish-blue grey, and black grey through to yellowish, red and purple tones. Shale rocks are found predominately in Europe in Spain, France the UK Portugal and Germany. Islero was awarded the “Best of Show” at Stuttgart Hall of Frames. www.rolf-spectacles.com JG

Lioness

Anna-Karin Karlsson

Plenty of fantasy here! With Anna-Karin Karlsson’s stunning Lioness silky black acetate sunglasses. The lioness and brow trim feature 24K gold plating with fine etching details, and gold plated end-tips. There is a hint of retro in the shape and wide sides. An outstanding statement frame from the award winning Swedish designer. Available on line at www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Hornet

Rolf Spectacles Austria

Buffalo horn – the classically elegant material for eyewear – is experiencing a resurgence as designers use the fabrication – all eco-friendly – with frames that are timeless and unique. Here we review our favourites.

In their spacious surroundings in the Austrian mountains, the Rolf Team creates – step-by-step – totally handmade horn frames. Select horn plates are used for the designs, which are set on an inner wooden core – no metal or other materials are used. The temples in Hornet are gracefully tapered, and the frame is light, flexible and feels wonderful on the skin. Naturally pure and a work of art. www.rolf-spectacles.com JG

 

Espada

Rolf Spectacles, Austria

Which wood frame? Here are five designs we have picked out following our visits in Paris – all five I have been able to study in some way. We have looked for fine craftsmanship and beautiful techniques in the making of the frame, but we’ve also looked for great design with a modern direction and a nice fit – I have seen several wonky, not so pretty temples in wood and ill-fitting frames, so we were seeking out a top selection from brands that lead the way in this material or who have done something slightly different with wood details or bamboo.

This exemplary one – Espada – is by Rolf Spectacles, one of the few labels that makes handmade frames entirely in wood …there are no metal parts or screws. As well as being robust with an interesting shape, the frame has an exceptional and precise finish, and the grain and character of the wood are always carefully highlighted in the designs. Rolf Spectacles works with a variety of natural woods such as oak, maple, bamboo and bog oak. The Rolf Spectacles label has launched their first innovations in buffalo horn in Paris last week and that is another story of innovation and artisan expertise. www.rolf-spectacles.com CN

Sands 1

Face à Face Paris

Beautiful autumn tones highlight this optical frame by the acclaimed French brand – Face à Face. The inspiration for the design is Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, whose work is well known for juxtaposing colour surfaces, and the concept is effectively transposed to eyewear in this lovely design. Art and graphics unite in the thin metal shape, which is accented with a smooth matt finish. www.faceaface-paris.com JG

Eilonwy Lilac

Vera Wang

Vera Wang has kindly given us a preview of their forthcoming 2014 Salon Collection of optical frames – stunning designs in beautiful soft colours. Eilonwy Lilac is subtle and refined with a transparent lilac acetate front, and temples in marbled tones. A delicate touch is the gold accent that runs across the rim of the frame, and onto the side. The result is a timeless design with elegance and flair. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG