April 2015

Spring Essentials…

beautiful glasses and sunglass designs that are the ultimate accessory, as you’ll discover in REVIEWS. China is the destination in BOUTIQUES, and the Designer of the Month is award-winning Vera Wang, who always has a sizzling pulse on fashion. In CITY GUIDES, a Paris exhibition pays homage to a 19th Century designer whose influence resonates today. Eyestylist…for inspirational eyewear and accessories.

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Die Brillenmesse in Cologne

Eyewear Enthusiasts Visit Independent Brand Show

29th April 2015 Two hundred and forty optical boutiques from Cologne and surrounding areas plus Bonn, Frankfurt, and shops in Austria and Switzerland, experienced the Cologne show. In an airy and friendly atmosphere, opticians were able to leisurely browse to look at the speciality collections. Independent designers on hand to present their collections included Etienne Frederiks from Suzy Glam in the Netherlands, Adrian Marwitz from Germany (Etienne and Adrian in top photo) plus Jèrèmy Tarian and Lucas de Staël from France.

Dirk Geissmann and Nathanaël Wenger
Dirk Geissmann and Nathanaël Wenger

“We are very happy about the show,” said organisers Nathanaël Wenger and Dirk Giessmann, “this is our first show in Cologne, and we think people were waiting for something here. We’ve had positive feedback. It’s an opportunity for opticians to see high end products in this area. The atmosphere is very relaxed and people were really interested. It’s a very good start.” www.diebrillenmesse.de www.suzyglam.com  www.adrianmarwitz.com JG

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Charmant and The Fashion Hero

Real Eyewear for Real People

27th April 2015 A “beauty contest” with a difference was the driving force behind Charmant’s decision to support an interactive television casting show featuring real people – regular men and women from all over the world. The aim is to encourage a more positive self-image, and change unrealistic standards that prevail in the fashion and beauty industry.

Women and men, independent of nationality, size or skin colour could register their profile via The Fashion Hero website. Judging was online and by the twelve sponsor companies, with the final held in Cancun Mexico. “As luck would have it, two of our finalists are both British,” says Louise Brunton at Charmant.

 

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Carl Jones in Titanium frames by Charmant
Carl Jones in Titanium frames by Charmant

Melissa Douglas is a student from Scotland, and Carl Jones, an electrician from England. Melissa (top) was photographed in Dolce XL2064 from the elegant Line Art Collection, and Carl wears Charmant Z Titanium. The candidates were asked to give their Life Philosophy. Melissa says: “It is important for me to enjoy what I do because it will show.” For Carl, “If you believe, you will receive” is his motto. And for Charmant, their creed is to create high quality, finely crafted eyewear that promotes individual well-being and excellent comfort. The Fashion Hero is currently televised in America. www.charmant.com www.thefashionhero.com JG

3 of the best…

out-of-the-ordinary reds

24th April 2015 Red has long been a top contender in eyewear, alongside other classic shades of black, brown and tortoise. This season sees several glam interpretations that take the colour straight into the realms of out-of-the-ordinary. The Italian label Pollipo releases Style n. 596 this month, an acetate with a red pixelated effect on front and temples. www.pollipostore.com

Anni Shades / model Laura
Laura / Anni & Anni Shades

At Anni & Anni Shades, optical frame Laura combines an asymmetrical colour pairing of violet and red – in fine dyed natural wood. Made by hand in the label’s workshop in Ohio, this frame has a wonderfully unique shape, and attractive matte finish.  www.annishades.com

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Topas / Veronika Wildgruber
Topas / Veronika Wildgruber

In the same vein, Topas by Veronika Wildgruber combines a minimal optical shape with flat top and two-tone effect where red is used under the horn-effect browline to circle the eyes. Dramatic and memorable. Wear as an optical or with sun lenses. www.veronikawildgruber.com CN

Eyewear Rendez-Vous in Cologne

Independent Creators at Die Brillenmesse

21st April 2015 Cologne’s magnificent cathedral, its world-class museums and galleries are wonderful reasons to visit this elegant city. Another world-class event takes place this weekend in Cologne – 25th and 26th April – when independent eyewear designers present their collections at Hall of Frames on the Rhine River at Dock One. Among those participating is Fabian Hoffmann at Coblens, who will show his stylish new collection, Lunapark. The design inspiration is the mystical surrounding of the Lunapark pleasure ground that was an important attraction in Berlin during the 1920’s. The graceful character of “Die Shimmytreppe” (above) is highlighted with etched scores on the frame front. www.coblens.com

 

Recamier by Lafont Paris
Recamier by Lafont Paris

Lafont Paris will introduce their Autumn/Winter 2015 collections for men, women and children in Cologne. Fabulous colourations in the Réédition range include this striking acetate design in Blue Tortoise (above). Craftsmanship, fine details and contemporary styling characterise all Lafont frames. www.lafont.com

 

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Osaka by Jérémy Tarian
Osaka by Jérémy Tarian

Jérémy Tarian presents his statement collection, including the spot-on trend Osaka (above) in chic blue and black with coloured lenses. All Tarian frames are handcrafted in France with immaculate details. www.jeremytarian.com

 

ONKEL FERDI Mattes
ONKEL FERDI Mattes

ONKEL FERDI from Germany will exhibit their new collection at Die Brillenmesse. Intricate frame processes include techniques that were important in the past, and revived today, to ensure individuality and top-notch quality. ONKEL FERDI Mattes (above) acquire an ultra-smooth surface with sandblasting. www.onkelferdi.de Additional information at www.diebrillenmesse.de JG