January 2015

A New Year Launches…

and at Eyestylist we’re happy to celebrate wonderful new eyewear discoveries – both beautiful and exciting – for 2015. This month we again feature outstanding International Designers in REVIEWS; visit an über-chic boutique in Amsterdam, meet a globally acclaimed craftsman in Designer of the Month; and visit an exceptional fashion exhibition in New York City. Eyestylist wishes the happiest and healthiest New Year to our sponsors and readers!

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A Worthy Cause

Zoobug Joins Orbis to Prevent Child Blindness

30th January 2015 The little Ethiopian lad above smiles delightedly because he is able to read. He is among the fortunate children who have benefited from the initiatives of Orbis, the international eye charity that works to prevent and treat avoidable blindness, particularly in children. Eye surgeon, Dr. Julie Diem Le and the founder of the award winning British brand Zoobug, commented: “We have been looking forward to working with Orbis and supporting their initiatives for improving eye health care, and the availability of much needed trachoma treatments for children in Africa.”

 

Retro styling for youngsters:  STOMP by Zoobug
Retro styling for youngsters: STOMP by Zoobug

Orbis and Zoobug are united in their objective to raise awareness of the global issue of childhood blindness, which is an enormous challenge to developing countries. Saving or restoring a child’s sight depends on early detection, the quality of the treatment and the follow-up care received. Orbis also operates the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a fully equipped mobile teaching hospital.

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Eyewear chic for the young set - MIMI in Natural by Zoobug
Eyewear chic for the young set – MIMI in Natural by Zoobug

Dr. Le founded Zoobug with a strong message about eye protection for children and safety in the sun. The designs for youngsters combine fun, fashionable styles that children love, plus desirable colours and clever details. www.zoobug.com www.orbis.org JG

Ørgreen at OG, London

Iconic store opens doors to Danish titanium collection

28th January 2015 The OG flagship store in London is now stocking Danish label Ørgreen, following the alliance between the two brands, announced last September (https://www.eyestylist.com/2014/09/designers-unite/). Arriving just in time for Spring, the Copenhagen brand does fine titanium frames and sunglasses with an emphasis on sleek modern styling in accessible style-driven colourways.

Observer by Ørgreen
Observer by Ørgreen

Try a classic style like Observer (above) for super comfort and up to the minute refinement or go a little bit more wild and fashion savvy with the excellent Visionaire, a modified pince-nez inspired design with circular eye shape; the brilliant modern colours include mat Olympian blue with sandblasted titanium.

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Visionaire by Ørgreen
Visionaire 528 by Ørgreen

Where? The latest frames by Danish label Ørgreen are now available at the Oliver Goldsmith store (OG STORE.LDN), London: 15 All Saints Road, London W11 1HA http://www.olivergoldsmith.com/shop.aspx www.orgreenoptics.com

Trend watch: decorated statement frames

27th January 2015 Luxury decoration is a desirable look for 2015 – but it is by no means a direction that is new. In ‘Eyewear – A Visual History‘ by Moss Lipow, frames of the 50s are described as “heavily festooned” with motifs – from small and subtle to positively crazy, embellished lavishly with pavé rhinestones, or synthetic – sometimes genuine – rubies and diamonds. Art deco design was much referenced with rhinestones being the preferred sparkle for many women’s designs of the time.

Today, the most desirable decorations on eyewear are those by independent designers who set the bar high: they include wonderful floral designs, metal work, handmade porcelain and luxurious hand assembled gem embellishments – notably, by a young generation of talented female designers including Anna-Karin Karlsson (Sweden) – www.annakarinkarlsson.com, Kerin Rose (NYC) – www.a-morir.com, and Moo Piyasombatkul (Thailand).

Gnossienne by Massada Eyewear
Gnossienne by Massada Eyewear

Polish based Massada Eyewear – by designer Kate Lupinsky,- adds another take on statement-making decoration in the independent segment, with the launch of her own jewellery collection online. Designed as customised eyewear jewellery, the frames are embellished with 50s inspired decorations on either side of the front. “Model Gnossienne (above and below) is named after a word created by French composer, Eric Satie,” explains Lupinsky. “It was a word to describe a new type of musical symbol.” The frame offers an opportunity to the wearer to decide on their own colour composition, including the lens tint, frame colour and decorative gold and metal work.

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Swan Lake by Massada Eyewear
Swan Lake by Massada Eyewear

Swan Lake (above) features a removable gold clip with coloured Swarovski elements. Made in Italy, each design is classically inspired with an elegant finish, and, for unique contrast, fitted with brightly toned mirror lenses. RRP from 569 euros. www.massadaeyewear.com CN

South Beach Cool

Art Deco Architecture and Ocean Inspiration

23rd January 2015 Designers Christian Roth and Eric Domège live in Miami’s South Beach, and find the area a haven for all-round cool-factor renaissance. Roth and Domège report: “Miami is an all-hours, high-octane city with a casual, sexy magnificence and a laid back attitude. It has the best beaches, tropical landscaping, amazing restaurants, and is a lure for young artists and lovers of art.

 

Ocean Inspiration by Christian Roth
Ocean Inspiration by Christian Roth

“The vibrant colour of this tropical city is mixed with a fabulous range of architecture from the 1920’s until today. Miami Beach has become more than a resort area and playground…it is on the way to become a city of the future.

 

Fly Girl in Tropical Colours by Christian Roth
Fly Girl in Tropical Colours by Christian Roth

“Fly Girl is a classic CR design that is very Miami, very  resort chic, and very 2015. We have designed it in blue for the ocean, green and tortoise for the lush and tropical vegetation of the region, and in pink (top image) for the Art Deco colourations of Miami Beach.”

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Power Plug - High Tech Sunglasses by ChristianRoth
Power Plug – High Tech Sunglasses by Christian Roth

South Beach vibes are also evident in Power Plug, sleek sunglasses with a seamless look and feel. High gloss black acetate is accented with gold titanium temples. Korean artist, JunChang Park, designed a whimsical geometric pattern featured on the enamel placement as an ode to the Christian Roth brand. All CR frames are handcrafted in Japan. JG

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