October 2012

Harvest season

….and throughout the month, we’ll be reporting on beautiful eyewear being presented at the autumn shows. In Reviews, you’ll find innovative designs, while the Boutique spotlight is on a shop in Taiwan and the BOX Boutique, London. Read all about the creative inspiration of an exceptional French creator in Designer of the Month. In City Guides, fashion meets fantasy at a museum exhibition. And we are very excited about the forthcoming Newcomer Awards…..click and stay with Eyestylist for trends, fashion and memorable eyewear!
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MOREL par Jean Nouvel
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Red Alert!

Warm Tones for Winter

30th October 2012 There is nothing like a splash of vibrant red to uplift the spirits! This season red eyewear is plentiful, in a variety of tones, and sometimes teamed with black, for a hint of mystery. If concerned that red is too harsh for your skin tone, designers have taken this into consideration. The beautiful transparency of Lafont’s Lido (above) provides a lovely, luminous glow to the skin. www.lafont.com

 

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Odile by Swiss Designer Didier Voirol

Swiss designer Didier Voirol is also a sculptor, and these skills are handsomely crafted in Odile (above). The acetate front is striking in black and red, and the temples are deftly sculpted in stainless steel. www.metalartconcept.com JG

Alex Katz: Give me Tomorrow

Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

27th October 2012 On a first very windy trip to the Turner Contemporary at Margate’s seafront, we visited the Alex Katz exhibition, running until January 2013. This is an exciting space to visit – especially as we were able to enjoy the views of the stormy sea from inside –  and downstairs the children spent time exploring Maria Nepomuceno’s installation, “Tempo para Respirar” (Breathing Time); they said it was a really nice feeling walking on tiny coloured marbles which massaged their feet and they went back in for another go before we left. Upstairs we visited the exhibition, Alex Katz: ‘Give me Tomorrow’, which brings together paintings – large and small, oil studies and collages, as well as some unusual cutouts of people canoeing (painted on both sides); the works on display span the American artist’s whole career – he is now 85 – and their diversity provided lots of talking points for youngsters. If you admire Katz’s work you will love this and the gallery is an atmospheric place to see his work. ‘Black Hat’ (above) features the artist’s wife Ada who appears in a number of the works of art.

Painting above: Alex Katz, Black Hat (Bettina), 2010, Oil on linen, 152.4 x 213.4 cm Private Collection, London © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Image courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris – Salzburg.

6th October 2012 – 13th January 2013, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK. www.turnercontemporary.org www.alexkatz.com CN

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MOREL par Jean Nouvel

 

Trend watch: two-tone tricks

27th October 2012 I’ve seen plenty of frames where two or even three colours are combined, and at the moment there are some fine proposals where two colours are paired on the front, with a matching tone for temples. A really striking collection I’ve seen this month that plays with combinations of this kind is by the London designer Claire Goldsmith – great granddaughther of Oliver Goldsmith, one of the most influential eyewear designers of the past. Claire’s new spectacle designs in the CG Legacy collection, previewed in Paris in September, include some unique colour pairings such as for model Bailey (above), where the crystal and tortoise gently merge at the top of the temple. This elegant colour technique also works effectively in stronger tones – the chocolate on transparent jade is a particularly eye-catching one. We also recommend model Brooke, a style that has strong vintage lines and comes in these lovely calm tones of nougat (below)  – the darker tone overlaps the paler one harmoniously almost as if one has been hand-painted over the other; this frame is also a brilliant choice in black on liquorice or black on transparent pink.

Brooke by Claire Goldsmith

Available at the Oliver Goldsmith store in London – www.olivergoldsmith.com/shop. See the Claire Goldsmith CG Legacy collection and find stockists worldwide at www.clairegoldsmith.com CN

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International Designers at Hall of Frames

Frames and Cars Star in Stuttgart

25th October 2012 Hall of Frames Stuttgart was located next to the Meilenwerk – a classic car museum with gorgeous old cars, which proved to be quite an attraction, as well as the beautiful frames on display! Several international eyewear designers at the event were on hand to present their collections, including Ciro Tugnoli from Blue Magic Eye in Italy, (above) who took time out to cast an admiring glance at a Chandler Six 1919 Touring car. A 1950’s Mercedes-Benz and a sleek 1947 black and white Cadillac laden with chrome, were additional classic car highlights. www.bluemagiceye.com

Tom Stevens – Tom Stevens Eyewear

 

The new eyewear collection by designer Tom Stevens in The Netherlands (above) was drawing attention with graceful, delicately sophisticated frame shapes. Tom reported that the inspirational colours for Spring 2013 include cool, smooth sorbet tones, and his eyewear features some lovely examples. www.stevensevewear.com

 

MOREL par Jean Nouvel
OGI Eyewear
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Götti Switzerland
Sid Firoozkoohi – Coppe+Sid

Sid Firoozkoohi travelled from London to exhibit the new collection from Coppe+Sid, and Sid (above) explains how he and Coppe want to make their designs memorable. So each frame has a small blue lapis lazuli stone tucked inside the temple tip. “Lapis Lazuli is the friendship stone, “says Sid, “and we want to present this feeling to the people who wear our glasses.” Acetate designs are all polished to gleaming perfection.  www.eyedesignclub.com www.hallofframes.ch JG

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