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Kings of Past, the online store for vintage eyewear
29th October 2013 If you are a vintage eyewear connoisseur, wondering what the key looks are that fit with seasonal fashions of the season, we’ve got some guidelines. Musadik Rajani from Kings of Past, one of the specialists in fine vintage eyewear, tells us that nostalgic “traditionalist” pieces that are decorative and very feminine are becoming more and more sought after. “Think Jackie-O or Sophia Loren, for a touch of Hollywood glamour but choose earthy tones and retro shapes. The natural browns and lighter neutral colours are picking up, and items made with unique materials like natural wood and silk are in again. We have vintage wood designs by Gold & Wood and I’d say they are emerging as a special trend. Navy, two-tones and tri-colours are beautiful in eyewear, and there is a certain boldness returning with tartan, and with that, slightly grunge vibes too.”
According to Rajani, the classics are always popular although some shapes are always wanted. “For women, thin cat-eye shapes are gorgeous, particularly because they look great both as opticals and sunglasses,” he explains. “In men’s eyewear we are still seeing a fondness for the round shapes for their vintage overtones and memory of a bolder time period.” So is there an overriding trend? “Interestingly enough,” says Rajani, “because of our large range of clientele the biggest trend we’re seeing is individualism. Gentlemen who you may perceive to be into aviators may in fact purchase thick super large frames. Others want thin rounds or square/rectangles. Generally speaking, thin aviator frames or oversized Dior frames, for instance, are where we see most of the numbers but people today dress uniquely and in tune with personal characteristics. We love to be able to cater to this diversity, and it just adds to the excitement of what we can unearth from our vast vintage treasure trove…..it is going to be a great season!” Visit Kings of Past at www.kingsofpast.comCN
25th October 2013Eyestylist continues the series Eyewear Artisans and Architecture with Jono Hennessy and the building that inspires his eyewear designs “Down Under”.
“This is my favourite building because I knew the son of the architect of the Opera House – Jorn Utzon – we used to surf together at Palm Beach when were were kids, so there is a personal connection. The reason I love the building is that it was so out of place when it was built in the 1970’s. At that time, Australia was very conservative, so it was an unusual and fabulous structure to have been built. I drive past the Opera House every morning when I drop my son to school, and it inspires me every time I see it.
“There is an annual light exhibition in Sydney called Vivid – they light up the Opera House as well as other landmarks around the city – and this three-dimensional light show lights up the Opera House. It has re-energised the architecture for me. The building opened in 1973, and it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. I feel the Sydney Opera House is a Landmark Building, in Australia and worldwide. It inspires me that although we are tucked away at the bottom of the world, we can still create something that is appreciated everywhere.” www.jonohennessy.comJG
Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards Announced in Stuttgart
22nd October 2013 The winners of the 2013 Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards were announced in Stuttgart on Sunday. Designers from three different countries were recipients – Suzy Glam from The Netherlands took the top prize with Gold; Hapter from Italy won Silver; and Bronze was awarded to Coblens from Germany. Opticians from leading fashion forward shops chose the final winners. There was great anticipation in the lead up to the event, and the winners were delighted and surprised! In the above photo, left-to-right – Marcus Knoop, sales representative for Coblens accepted the award on behalf of designer Fabian Hofmann; designer Eric Balzan from Hapter; and Etienne Frederiks who collaborates with Susanne Klemm at Suzy Glam. Our warmest congratulations to all the winners from Eyestylist and Hall of Frames! JG
18th October 2013 The second edition of Hall of Frames Stuttgart takes place this weekend (19th and 20th October) at Meilenwerk – an antique car museum with gorgeous cars as tempting as the eyewear that will be exhibited! A stellar lineup of brands are participating, including Götti Switzerland, Bellinger, Andy Wolf, Joel Lesca, Orgreen, Lafont Paris, Rolf Spectacles, Lindberg and many more. Above: Götti Switzerland will present their stunning new collections in horn, acetate and titanium at the event. Shown: Avaldi and August – distinctive rim-in-rim design in acetate and titanium.
The 2013 Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Award will be announced on Sunday and anticipation is mounting as to whom the winner will be! The short list includes Claire Goldsmith; Blue Magic Eye; Suzy Glam; Hapter; Rigards; Coblens; Kuboraum and Nine. There are three prizes – gold, silver and bronze. So keep connected to Eyestylist for news of the 2013 winners! www.rigards.comwww.hallofframes.chJG
16th October 2013English style meets Los Angeles savvy at Gogosha Optique with a near-replica of the iconic Oliver Goldsmith boutique in Notting Hill London, transported to the trendy SoCal shop. The fabulous OG sunglasses and Claire Goldsmith’s beautiful optical collection, plus the super little Mini Icons for kids are all on display, along with Limited Editions, vintage and handmade frames.
The two iconic brands are steeped in eyewear history, and this month long eyewear celebration is a superb opportunity for customers to discover the Goldsmith distinctive style, and explore the collections, while experiencing Gogosha’s unique personal service. The shop-in-shop continues through 31st October. www.olivergoldsmith.com www.gogosha.com JG
16th October 2013The Volkshaus in the centre of Zurich was the lively setting this past weekend for the 2013 Hall of Frames Zurich, and event organisers Nathanaël Wenger and Dirk Geissmann were delighted with the turnout of exclusive boutiques from Switzerland and neighbouring countries. Forty-three exhibitors displayed beautiful frames with variety and technical excellence.
Personal appearances by several designers were a highlight for the opticians and visitors. Those attending included Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland; Jérémy Tarian and Lucas de Staël from Paris; Roland Wolf from Rolf Spectacles in Austria; Suzanne Klemm and Etienne Frederiks at Suzy Glam in The Netherlands; Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti from Hapter in Italy; Adrian Marwitz and Fabian Hofmann from Germany; and Swiss designer Didier Vorol. Above: Sven Götti takes a moment to explore the historic hallways of Volkhaus.
Artisan designs with superb quality, distinct styling and innovative colours further established eyewear as a genuine fashion accessory…and Hall of Frames Zurich as a not-to-be-missed eyewear event, in a venue with history, charm and space. www.hallofframes.chwww.volkshaus.ch JG
Photos: Exclusively for Eyestylist by Gilles Stuessi
14th October 2013Paris Fashion Week excitement was felt beyond the catwalk…..fashionistas were out in full force on the street. Looking particularly stunning and über smart in Christian Roth sunglasses was Jessie Bush (above) wearing Cortina in bright, cheery pink.
Image above: Jessie Bush / @wethepeoplestyle. Paris Fashion Week 2013. Photography by Paul Dramard.
Dana Rogoz opted for Fly Girl – a super stylish design in glossy acetate. Christian Roth sunglasses are a must-have for the fashion pack, and the new handcrafted collection is full of delectable designs in gorgeous colours. You can enjoy wearing these great styles now – order online through Eyestylist. Click on the link below.
11th October 2013The historical setting of Volkshaus is the venue for the 2013 edition of Hall of Frames Zurich. Opened over one hundred years ago, the building has had several incarnations – from rooms where people could bathe to political activities. Nowadays, the beautifully renovated structure is the scene for concerts and business events. A glittering roster of fashion-led companies are exhibiting – Götti Switzerland, Lafont, Lunor, Tarian, Theo, Undostrial, Face à Face, Lindberg, Suzy Glam, and Kilsgaard, among others. Lindberg unveils their beautiful new designs – including this lovely sun model – style 8577 – in sea and sun colourations. www.lindberg.com
Tartan is bountiful on the fashion scene this season, and Scotland has also inspired Face à Face Paris with this smart Tartan frame. Also presented at Hall of Frames Zurich will be the new fun frames in the Bocca range by Face à Face – a must have for nights on the town and clubbing! www.faceaface-paris.com
Best of Britannia 2013, The Farmiloe Building, London
8th October 2013 Straight from Paris yet we have managed to reach Best of Britannia during last week, a super exhibition that concentrates on British made brands and talented designers from the UK. Personal favourites at the show included accessories by Age of Reason – www.age-of-reason-studios.com – and exciting shoes from Caroline Groves, bespoke shoemaker – www.carolinegroves.co.uk, and naturally, specs from Fan Optics, the only eyewear label present. Among the new styles exhibited by Fan at the Paris show and at this London event was the Ailen sunglass style in eye-catching Metallic Camo – this statement design with a lovely flattering shape and pattern is flying off their exhibition shelves – produced in a relatively limited batch, we happen to know that some of them are being packaged up for the Far East as we speak. See more on their collection at www.fanoptics.co.uk
We also met young designer Lizzie Lock – www.lizzielock.co.uk – whose sweeping natural brims and paired down minimal hat shapes looked very tempting; and we visited Ayten Gasson, specialists in silk lingerie trimmed with vintage and locally sourced English lace. www.aytengasson.com. Overall, the exhibition was inspiring and well curated by the team at Best of Britannia, although we’d like to see more handmade British eyewear in the mix next year. See more on the show at www.bestofbritannia.comCN
Pilates Training for Pascal Jaulent at Face à Face
4th October 2013Today we launch a new Eyestylist series – “Designers Off Duty”. What do designers do when they aren’t creating eyewear? We asked several designers to share with us their “off duty” hobbies and passions beyond eyewear. We start the series with Pascal Jaulent from Face à Face Paris.
“During my free time, I practice Pilates – a mental and physical training – with my personal coach Sandra Giancolla. I’ve been doing Pilates for five years now. This discipline is part of my busy weekly timetable and I never postpone this appointment. I like Pilates because it requires that you concentrate on the entire body for smooth movements, with the objective of looking for the perfect movement for increased benefits. My coach Sandra was born in Argentina and she is a fencing champion, and took part in the Olympics in Barcelona and Los Angeles. For many years she has specialised in Pilates, and she makes me work very hard!” JG
Glamorous Exhibition Opens at Kensington Palace Gardens
1st October 2013A visit down the memory lane of fashion is on display at Kensington Palace Gardens in London, with a beautiful exhibition of dresses worn by HM Queen Elizabeth 11, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales. What the royal icons wore from the 1950’s through the 1980’s is illustrated with glamorous designs from their wardrobes. Normal Hartnell and Hardy Amies, favourites of The Queen, are represented with dresses in luxurious fabrics with nipped in waists – a defining motif of the 1950’s. Designs for Princess Margaret by Marc Bohan at Dior, and couture creations for Diana, Princess of Wales, by Bruce Oldfield and Catherine Walker are also featured. Photographs and film clips from the period make this a delightful nostalgic experience, as it traces style innovations during these decades. Exhibition continues through summer 2015. www.hrp.org.ukJG
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.comCN
Just launched in Paris, this slick modern style from German wood specialists Herrlicht uses not just one but two types of wood side by side. Herrlicht uses very elegant woods such as maple, cherry, oak and plum. Crafted by hand, each frame consists of 100% natural wood created in layers, glued together and pressed into form. Each one is then sanded and cut, resulting in an individual and elegant design. A special hinge system features a four-pronged star; the system ensures that the lenses can be changed easily. www.herrlicht.deCN
This Japanese label won an eyewear award in Paris last week for their G.M.S. Limited 2013 which I had a chance to take a closer look at. The frame has temples in solid 18 carat gold and beta titanium, welded using a new technology to give a smooth transition between the two materials, and an interesting colour contrast between the luxury metals featured. The rims and the saddle bridge are fashioned from titanium overlaid with bamboo. A signature round shape is inspired by a frame that Masunaga Optical presented to the Emperor of Japan in 1933; the style has been given a modern feeling using advanced technology. This is a luxurious optical style conceived to push design boundaries. www.masunaga1905.com
1st October 2013The colour purple is recognised as the symbol of good judgment; plus it is associated with the supernatural, as well as royalty. Purple is also the most favoured colour of artists. The magic and mystery of the colour fascinates eyewear artists this season, as collections feature beautiful variations on the purple theme: lilac, amethyst, violet and lavender. Two purple versions we fancy are shown here: Vera Wang’s stunning sunglasses – Josifa – in luminous purple acetate combined with burnt orange. The gracious colour gradation is one of the prevalent themes in recent shows. www.kenmarkoptical.com
The dynamic impact of purple is evident in this striking Kilsgaard design. Lightweight aluminium – style 59.8 – is sculpted into a round shape with gentle softness, and acetate sides. Trends in eyewear shapes are centred on classic lines, but with intriguing variations, thus giving a new dimension to the designs. www.kilsgaard-eyewear.comJG