A new chapter unfolds in Blackfin history: Blackfin Lamina Plus meets acetate with striking new designs in superb colourations. Outstanding is Searose BF792 that combines Blackfin’s hallmark material – Titanium – with acetate eye-rims, handcrafted in Italy with the finest workmanship. The sculptural Searose is an angular beauty with its graceful shape and creative form. Discover more about Blackfin Lamina Plus at www.blackfin.eu JG
The magnificent Sydney Opera House is a continual inspiration for Jono Hennessy – a personal connection as Jono used to surf with the son of the architect. Jono remarked several years ago: “I drive past the Opera House every morning, and it inspires me every time I see it.” The superb angular sails of the famed structure is the foundation for Blast 8408, created in luminous acetate tortoiseshell colourations – the red tort shown above is particularly ravishing. www.jonohennessy.com JG
Designed in Barcelona and handmade in Italy, folc eyewear, created by Marta Llinares, is all about paired down luxury, artisan detail and seductive colour. Styling is based on playful volumes and a preference for lively, translucent colours (naturals and occasional brights such as the red pictured above). Model Orbi Grade – a thick bold acetate rim fitted with high-quality Zeiss sun lenses – comes in fresh, classic or Mediterranean colours including bright blue, red, havana and honey. This summer, folc eyewear has launched a fashion film called Summer Lights Shades, directed by Raquel San Nicolás and produced by Astrolabi Films. folc frames are available at independent boutiques including La Tercera fashion boutique, Carrer del Brosoli, Barcelona and Les Lunettes, Barcelona. www.folc-eyewear.com CN
Oliviero Zanon embraces and appreciates culture – and he also has a playful side that is cheerfully expressed in his latest frames – The Bubble Gums Collection for Res/Rei. Inspired by the Pop Art Movement, the frames in Mazzucchelli acetate are pure and streamlined, and the delightful colour palette is named after a different bubble gum flavour…pick you favourite! Lemon? (above) Apple? Ginger? Cherry? Your choice! Discover more at www.resrei.com JG
We have touched on this adventurous concept already in an interview with Henrik Ørgreen earlier this year, but it deserves further mention. As the Ørgreen team explain, their fascination for the patina effect on metal – be it on motorbike parts, cars or tools – led them to experiment with patina and metal treatments in their beloved eyewear material: titanium. And the result is something quite different.
It wasn’t an easy mission, they say. Compared with other metals like steel, brass and copper, titanium is such a hard material that very few techniques could be used to create the desired patina effects. But the result is eye-catching and fascinating in the creative process as well as the colour and finish. Using a special firing technique iridescent flame colours are printed or “burnt” onto the titanium surface, with flecks of purple/blue and red/yellow. The result is a limited series – three spectacle designs and three sunglasses – where each frame is a one off and will slightly change with time and wear.
Above, example of one of the sunglasses styles in the new innovative edition: The Fiery Capote. For more information on the series of new 2017 releases, a tribute to the Danish brand’s 20th anniversary – visit www.orgreenoptics.com Find our 2017 interview with Henrik Ørgreen at http://www.eyestylist.com/2017/04/orgreen-optics-20-years-tribute-future/ CN
Glamour, exquisite detailing, and cutting-edge innovation harmonise luxuriously in XL2097 from the Dolce collection by Line Art Charmant. The frame possesses an aura of jewellery, with brilliantly cut Swarovski stones that adorn the temples. The Dolce signature look is a twisted double-filament temple held together by a decorative dot to create graceful curves. Excellence Titan ensures perfect fit and comfort. Available in chic matt bronze (above) plus purple, rose gold, and white gold. Discover more at www.charmant.com JG
In a gorgeous shade of Jade that expresses summer vitality, Sonia by Zac Posen is a chic, voluminous design for maximum style statement. The American fashion designer merges his timeless concepts for women’s clothing into feminine and graceful eyewear designs. The latest collection of optical styles includes wonderful variety in shape, colours, and materials. Discover more at www.kenmarkoptical.com JG
It is always a pleasure to introduce a new quality eyewear label. Belgian brand Komorebi has caught our interest with its clean designs produced in Japanese titanium and carefully selected Mazzucchelli acetate. Each of the models is inspired by transparency, light and reflection, based on ‘komorebi’, the Japanese word for “sunlight shining through the leaves”.
Komorebi eyewear works closely with small creative workshops in Belgium and Europe to create its frames and eyewear cases. Model Velma, a unisex sandblasted titanium frame has a gentle aesthetic that is clean, minimal and delicate but appealingly different.
The frame is hand-polished on the outer surface to create a bright shiny finish. The end tips on all the designs are based on stylised leaves – a signature of the brand. Komorebi was launched in Spring 2017. The brand will be present at the Paris optics fair Silmo in October. www.komorebi.be CN
Among l.a. Eyework’s latest – and striking – collection is the voluminous, fun and graphic design – Dublin. Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds always pioneer the unexpected in eyewear with demonstrative shapes, lovely materials, and elite colours. Crafted in acetate in Italy, the combination of Tea Sparkle Tile with Tiger Eye colourations ensure this is a memorable design. Visit www.laeyeworks.com for an adventure in creative eyewear. JG
Adaptive lenses – also known as photochromics – are entering a brand new era. Whilst fashion has set down rules for us to wear ever brighter coloured frames with colourful lenses, Transitions Optical, the makers of the most famous light-adaptive lenses has launched a new collection of style-driven colours for specs wearers demanding a stylish and sophisticated final product.
Fitted for my review by Kensington’s Eyeworks London (www.eyeworkslondon.com), the new Style Colours lenses in Sapphire are a fashionable match for the black frame colour I had selected, darkening to a point outside in full sunshine where they take on an intense bright blue. The other lens hues in the range – Amber, Emerald and Amethyst – also darken to produce statement tones that will enhance both a matching frame colour or provide a very stylish dramatic contrast.
Worn indoors the experience is that of wearing normal glasses, with a clear, high-quality lens. The tone changes quickly outside providing immediate UV protection with the trendy tinted coloration, chic and comfortable to wear whether gently faded (a popular look for summer) or at their darkest when the glasses transform ‘magically’ into shades.
Style Colours were launched in the UK in May. For more details visit www.stylecolours.co.uk. Pictured above: the new Style Colours lenses in Sapphire fitted in Kirk & Kirk’s model Warren from the Kaleidoscope Collection. www.kirkandkirk.com. CN
Pearls are definitely “divine lil somethings” as expressed in Anna-Karin Karlsson’s opulent design – and have a long history of symbolism. In ancient Rome, they were connected to wealth; in the Royal Courts of Europe, pearls encrusted tiaras, rings, necklaces and bracelets; and in 1916, French jeweller Jacques Cartier purchased his landmark Fifth Avenue shop by trading two pearl necklaces for the property.
Translucent pearls look especially splendid in Karlsson’s luxurious optical frame. The upswept cat eye shape is enhanced with lustrous pearls in graded sizes set in gold for a dramatic effect. “This is a happy shape,” says Anna-Karin. Divine Lil Something is among the exquisite optical styles by the Swedish designer – discover more at www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG
A style that boutique label Berenford is becoming known for, London is a unisex sunglass model that has regularly been spotted on celebrities, including, most recently, Sir Elton John.
During a stay in England, founders Christian and Elizabeth say they were inspired by the harmonious blend of sophistication and modern vibes of London and they worked to implement these characteristics into an artistic, 70’s influenced style; the classic metal frame mixes old world glam with postmodern details, and combines with three different vibrant lens colours (pictured in bright blue), one of the leading sunglass trends of the season – and an ideal choice for the summer festivals. Berenford sunglasses are made entirely in northern Italy and are produced in limited editions, with a story that is influenced by a sweet nostalgia for the past. www.berenford.com CN
A British brand with a love of the artisan, RockOptika has come up with a new collection of acetate specs that balances their unique take on vintage with perfectly worked detailing and a sensitivity towards subtle acetate colourations.
Model Reprise, a round shape with a distinctive double bridge, has the highly polished finish of a RockOptika frame and rich tones that stand out in a crowd.
Colourways available include blue turtle, tortoise/gold (above) and the deliciously named and very British ‘greengage crumble’. Available at The Eye Place, London and RockOptika HQ, 45a London Road, St Leonards on Sea. For further details: www.rockoptika.com CN
The Brand New 1 frame by Woow Eyewear offers a glamorous take on the classic round in a selection of sweet acetate colours ranging from vibrant transparent green to a traditional subtle patterned tortoise – with matching or contrasting temple tones. True to the origin of the French label Woow, the frame offers an imaginative off-beat shape, playful details such as the little messages on the temple tips – designed to “cheer you up!” and a nice way to re-invigorate a wardrobe for Spring. Best of all the lovely quality feel and finishing (the frame is made in Italy), comes at a sensible price. Find the full collection of Woow sunglass styles and ophthalmic frames at www.wooweyewear.com CN
Traveller protection, financial gain and luck are all attributed to the Roman god Mercurio, and are inspiration for expressive sunglasses at Res/Rei. Oliviero Zanon mimics the god aesthetics with side “wings” that feature cut-out slits. The frame is a harmonious blend of vintage, modernity, and the avant-gard in lustrous Mazzucchelli acetate, and sophisticated colourations. Visit www.resrei.com for the latest vibrant designs handcrafted in Italy. JG
Whether your destination is Martinique or Miami, Capri or Cannes – don’t leave home without Blackfin’s striking Martinique sunglasses. The stunning vintage aura, with a voluminous round shape, features a contemporary double-layered eyebrow line in two different colours, reflecting the colouring of the temples. Pure titanium enhances the unison of design and technology. More info on Blackfin’s glamorous sunglasses at www.blackfin.eu JG
Vera Wang has introduced stunning, romantic sun styles in glorious colours. An Eyestylist favourite is Clarette with its voluminous silhouette in beautiful Sky Blue and glamorous adornment: four Swarovski crystals arranged in an alternating pattern on the temple. An elegant sun statement from the fashion designer inspired by sophisticated fluidity and contemporary creativity. www.kenmarkeyewear.com JG
The new Ida from Fan Festival – a collection by Guillaume Furminger of Fan Optics – is a graceful acetate with a round eye shape, a perfect fit for the SS17 season. The distinctive material, produced by the Italian makers, Mazzucchelli is M49, a biodegradable acetate made from wood pulp and cotton; one of the colour choices features a shiny and textured surface creating a subtle contrast between the top and bottom of the front. Fitted with Zeiss sun lenses, the overall result is a very high-quality, flattering yet simple proposal for those who love the round eye style, made with respect for eyewear traditions and a desire to experiment in design.
Fan Optics is an independent eyewear brand designing in Amsterdam and producing its frames and all of its elegant packaging in Italy. Founded in London in 2012, the FAN team is committed to quality, craftsmanship and design led products with a fashion feel. More details at www.fan-festival.com CN
A beautiful new release by “New York designer, artist, costumier and professional bedazzler” Kerin Rose Gold, who we have followed through every season since we first launched Eyestylist.com.
a-morir’s A/W 2017 collection reexplores decorative arts with exclusive jewellery settings, dreamy floral flourishes, sparkling coloured Swarovski gems and intricate gold filigree – interpreted with love and the expertise of a young female designer who continues to produce her original, audacious designs with dedication to handcrafting and bespoke finishings inspired by vintage frames from the early 20th century.
Model Bonnie is one of several examples, striking for the asymmetrical flourish of gold detail with pearl settings that make a statement focal point on the classic tortoise front. Added to this, three little inset pearls at each side take the luxury story one step further. See more decorative eyewear from Kerin Rose Gold at www.a-morir.com CN
Fashion designer Arthur Arbesser has created stunning sunglasses for Silhouette that stylishly compliment his relaxed, easy-going clothing collection. Crafted in Silhouette’s unique mix of SPX and high-tech titanium, the frames are extremely lightweight and minimalist. The sunglasses also feature lens-in-lens technology that enables the frames to be worn as both optical and sunglasses. Arbesser has a broad perspective on fashion – he was born and raised in Vienna; studied at Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design in London; and is now based in Milan, where he is acclaimed as one of fashion’s most up and coming young designers. www.silhouette. com www.arthurarbesser.com JG
World War II history has a role in the latest L.G.R frames – The Mimetic Collection – by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone. Luca discovered material in his grandfather’s old warehouse that was used in uniforms worn by Italian soldiers during the war. Inspired by the original fabric, Luca then found an artisan workshop in Italy that could reproduce the material in 100% cotton, using a stone wash technique for a distinctive effect. The Mimetic Collection features the material used as flaps (above) or wrapped around the frames on the acetate and metal version. Explore the L.G.R eyewear universe at www.lgrworld.com JG
Roadster is a striking design from the JF Rey 1985 Collection that unites past, present and future with its stylish look. The frame is a reedit from a women’s design that Jean-François created in the 1980’s. Faithfully preserving the original concept, Roadster is re-crafted for the 21st century with high tech elements and materials. The vintage shape is highlighted with flat blue mirror lenses. Sophisticated and unique! www.jfrey.fr JG
Dramatic, bold sunglasses by Finest Seven cut a stylish statement in eyewear. Zero 12 is among the dynamic new designs from the British brand. The graceful, sculptural silhouette is enhanced with a voluminous butterfly shape and blue lenses by Carl Zeiss. Elegantly crafted, Zero 12 expresses bespoke individuality and retro chic. www.finestseven.com JG
Interchangeable eyewear systems are not a new thing and personalisation continues to be a highly desirable characteristic for eyewear enthusiasts. NOG frames by French designer Laurent Albouy – launched at the optical fair Silmo in 2016 – take the interchangeable concept up a notch with a modular system offering smart, contemporary shapes that can be put together by their owner, in a host of different modern design-oriented colour combinations.
The frames are made up of four pieces with two lenses (sun lenses are provided and optical ones can be fitted by your optician), and are completely screwless. The ease of assembly means that the wearer can change the pieces as and when they want. The pieces come in a minimal box and are standardised so that the consumer can order new coloured pieces to add to their “nogs eyewear wardrobe”. Find out more about the nogs start-up company from Lille, France, at www.nogs.fr CN
Neubau’s contrasting Material Mix collection possesses character and sleek design. Inspired by the mixed materials used in contemporary architecture and fashion, the frames are streamlined and beautifully crafted. The collection includes Mia in tempting Blackberry, combining a gentle upswing on the temple, and a full shape. Neubau was launched last year, and the designs have already attracted international acclaim. Visit www.neubau-eyewear.com for more information on the Material Mix sunglass and optical collection. JG
Distinctive and beautiful eyewear in glorious colours has been the hallmark of Jason and Karen Kirk’s collections for twenty-five years. To celebrate the occasion, they have launched the Kaleidoscope Quartz Edition – a bold, elegantly bevelled shape in luminous acrylic that glitters and sparkles. Bridget shimmers softly in Onyx, Amber, Ruby and Sapphire. For more on this anniversary edition, visit www.kirkandkirk.com Warmest congratulations to Jason and Karen on this memorable event! JG
Aneka by FLEYE is ready to embrace sunny days with its charming cat-eye silhouette. The sunglasses are crafted in high-density acetate in elegant colours, with beautiful detailing from frame front to end tips. Aneka is available with either semi-mirrored or gradient lenses. FLEYE is presenting their optical and sunglass collections this weekend at OPTI-Munich Hall C1 Booth 437. www.fleye.dk JG
Halo (above) refers to a glowing light effect produced by ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere, often found in ancient art iconography. You might find a hint of it in these streamlined unisex frames by Orgreen. The panto shape features a flat nose bridge, and lovely, subtle monochromatic colours that highlight Orgreen’s latest collection. Shown in Matt Burgundy Red – Halo is also available in tones of Matt Lavender and Matt Chocolate, plus stunning duo-colour combinations. See more of Orgreen’s latest styles at www.orgreenoptics.com JG