Exquisite craftsmanship, flawless materials, and timeless design characterise Silhouette Atelier – the company’s outstanding new luxury collection. Designs include wonderfully crafted frames for men – in titanium and gold – and for women in 18k solid yellow, rose gold or white. Hand-selected diamonds and cabochon-cut gemstones add noble elegance. The frames are a fusion of art and life, and the philosophy of Austrian art nouveau, The Judgendstil. Flowing, graceful lines, impeccable details and traditional goldsmith and stone-setters’ techniques result in luxurious frames with uncompromising quality. (Top image: models wearing Silhouette Atelier at the Milan launch).
Silhouette Atelier G008 (above) expresses contemporary airiness in 18K gold with sixteen diamonds of various sizes – set with superlative precision – adorning the temples.
For men, elegance and luxury are wed with 18K solid gold and titanium. Silhouette Atelier G700 is a distinctive interpretation of timeless design. More on the stunning Silhouette Atelier collection at www.silhouette.comJG
A clouded clear frame with white gold hinges and sky blue flash lens, the combination has a true subtlety, creating a classic refinement on first glance with a twist of modern ingenuity. The innovative hinge fitting on the frame front of model Diskov, one of designer Grant Krajecki’s creative inventions, acts as a decoration, but as you move closer you realise the clever way in which the detail has literally been turned inside out. Diskov also comes in a pretty clouded gold or traditional black and the unique hinge design from Grey Ant features on several other models including the square model Blitz and oval style Kemp. All are “new found classics”. For more information on the New York label or to shop the collection, visit www.greyant.com For more on Grant Krajecki visit https://www.eyestylist.com/2014/07/grant-krajecki/CN
What devoted fashion follower wouldn’t love to roam in the archives of the Palais Galliera in Paris? Now the next best thing is possible. The Museum opens an exhibition on 14th May displaying a selection of garments with fashion and historical connections. The rich variety reflects the essence of the fashion treasures the museum has collected over the years.
Examples include items worn by Marie-Antoinette; Napoleon’s waistcoat; a dress belonging to George Sand; Sarah Bernhardt’s cape; an outfit by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn; Tilda Swinton’s pyjama suit; and a dress from the Duchess of Windsor’s wardrobe – among other notable garments with historical associations.
Accessories are also included in this collection, and the identification with people who wore them further highlights these heritage pieces. Anatomy of a Collection is at Palais Galliera 14th May through 23rd October 2016. More info at www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr JG
Top photo: Christian Dior by Yves Stain Laurent wedding dress for Geneviève Page 1959 Collection Palais Galliera Eric Poitevin/ADAGP 2016
Eyewear with design pedigree, fine craftsmanship and fashion flair prevailed at Die Brillenmesse in Cologne. Coordinators of the event, Nathanael Wenger, Dirk Geissmann and Steffen Keil were pleased with the event. Wenger commented: “The quality of the exhibition was very good; however, the 2nd edition of Köln had fewer visitors than expected. We are still a new show, and we want to make some improvements. We know that visitors like the concept and atmosphere, and we’d like to make little adjustments when we return next year. Perhaps we will change the timing, as we have discovered that the autumn events in Zurich and Stuttgart are so good. We are happy with the organisation and location in Köln.” Top photo: Andreas Ursprung designer Ursprung Swiss, Dirk Geissmann, designer Adrian Marwitz, Nathanael Wenger
Dirk Geissmann added: “The show has a relaxed, cool atmosphere where people can chat, see friends and talk about business. It’s not only a selling show – more like a platform to see the collections, interact and exchange ideas.”
Visitors were introduced to new brands, as well as established favourites. From Götti to Gabe, an emerging wood brand, Tarian to Thomsen Eyewear, the quality and diversity of the exhibitors impressed with their collections. Hall of Frames in Zurich is 2nd and 3rd October www.hallofframes.ch and the autumn edition of Stuttgart is 14th and 15th October. www.diebrillenmesse.deJG
Going green to celebrate spring is beautifully expressed in a panto optical frame by Paola Costantini at Pollipo’. Springtime colours that she witnesses in “magical Roma” influence the Rome based designer: “We are always playing with colours,” she says. Style 515 is Italian crafted in April Green luminous acetate with a clean, fresh spirit. Click on www.pollipocchiali.it for the latest frames and accessories. JG
Five optical store owners from Germany, including featured boutiques on Eyestylist, Klar in Darmstadt and Leidmann, Munich, are teaming up together to launch limited eyewear models in their unique stores across the country – in an initiative inspired by a mutual love of great design and good friendship. Their first edition? A Limited Edition acetate sunglass design with Californian eyewear designer, Garrett Leight, produced in a run of just 150 for the five participating stores.
Available through the five stores from this weekend, priced at 335 euros, the Collective told Eyestylist a 2nd Limited Edition collaborative edition is on the way for Autumn/Winter 2016 – this will be created with a different international eyewear designer popular with the group.
Floral beauty, diversity, and elegance are the inspirations for Oliviero Zanon’s captivating Flower Collection. The designer’s first step in creating the frames was working with beautiful sketches by Karin Kellner (above), before the transformation into lustrous Mazzucchelli acetate in harmonious colour combinations. The frame shapes feature Zanon’s unique ability with unconventional forms that are eminently wearable and stylish.
Loto is a fusion of shimmering orchid and light tortoiseshell acetate with temple details that resemble a flower petal.
Orchidea combines striking turquoise blue with a tortoiseshell trim on the front, and a vintage echoed shape. Both Loto and Orchidea are available in other exclusive colourations. Handcrafted in Italy, the designs feature uncompromising quality. www.resrei.comJG
New participants and favourite brands will be presenting their latest collections at Die Brillenmesse in Cologne 23rd and 24th April. The venue – Dock One situated on the historic banks of the Rhine – offers visitors an opportunity to see independent designer offerings in spacious surroundings, and a welcoming, pleasant atmosphere. Elegant selections in genuine horn, fine titanium and luminous acetate will be shown by Götti Switzerland, including Quentin (above). Slim titanium – both polished and brushed – and a chic panto shape result in design sophistication and finesse. www.gotti.ch
Style and technology merge in new optical frames that are constantly evolving with beautiful designs for men and women. Kettenanlegeplatz by Coblens (on the female model above) features a voluminous shape; however, it is a featherlight frame and extremely comfortable to wear. Timeless design is reflected in Edward by Danish brand Orgreen (male model) in a contemporary shape expressed in titanium. www.coblens.dewww.orgreenoptics.com
French designer Jérémy Tarian fuses eyewear and art in his gorgeous sunglass creation – Opera. Crafted in lustrous purple acetate with matt metal trim, the glamorous shape is a Limited Edition stunning statement design. View more of Tarian’s art-nspired sunglass and optical frames at www.jeremytarian.com
From classic design to bold interpretations, ic! berlin has unique designs that are part of the Crew Collection. At ic! berlin, everybody gets into the act and art of frames, and the Crew Collection is a testament to the people who work at the company. New optical and sunglass designs range from super slim frames to statement oversized sunglasses – including the bravado design (above) of Harry S with mirrored lenses. www.ic-berlin.de
Making their debut appearance at Die Brillenmesse is Swiss brand einSTOFFen. Django (above) is a remarkable mix of Walnut Burl, white birch and titan. Delicate in appearance, yet strong and sturdy, the design is elegantly relaxed. In the background, Tropenforscher sunglasses – uniting Italian acetate and the beauty of ebony wood. www.einstoffen.ch
Also making a first appearance at Die Brillenmesse is Thomsen Eyewear from Denmark, who will be presenting their elegant ONE collection. Morten Thomson and renowned Danish goldsmith Flemming Bo Hansen worked in partnership to create the incredibly light designs from a single piece of surgical stainless steel. The handcrafted collection includes Copenhagen – an ultra slim frame with a double bridge – a stunning example of simplicity and functionality harmoniously intertwined. www.thomseneyewear.dk
Mark your calendars for a weekend of eyewear discoveries at Die Brillenmesse 23rd and 24th April, in a perfect platform – Dock One in Cologne – to view independent eyewear creators. www.diebrillenmesse.deJG
The award winning Charmant Z collection for men combines innovative materials, cutting edge technology, and streamlined design. The latest release is a stylish full rim frame with three-dimensional temples in Z Titanium. Comfort features include flexible temple structure and ergonomically designed nose pads. Available in sophisticated colours in black, burgundy and grey. More info on Charmant Z at www.charmant.comJG
Optical frames offer a plenitude of choices: luscious colours, superb materials and innovative design. Natural and high tech materials give opticals a unique élan and stylish demeanour. ROLF Spectacles – advocates of vintage cars – created a frame based on the 1980’s Kadett model, which they have handcrafted in natural wild cherry – a beautiful wood favoured during the Biedermeier period. ROLF smoked the wood, and the cherry veneer develops a Cognac-like colour with a silky matte finish. Exceptional! www.rolf-spectacles.com
An ultra-swept brow on Anna-Karin Karlsson’s elegant frame – Lusciousness Divine – superbly compliments the face. Glistening aquamarine acetate is accentuated with a metal trim on the frame front. The design is sensuously sculpted, and available in other welcoming colours. www.annakarinkarlsson.com
Premium materials highlight the latest designs from Coppe & Sid. The frames – that include Bogota (above) – are crafted in Italy in either 24K gold plated, or pure palladium plated. Nostalgia for the 1950’s inspires these sophisticated designs, and the nose pads are Bohemian crystal glass. For more info on the Coppe and Sid Gold Vintage collection, visit www.eyedesignclub.com
The latest frame in the DOLCE series by Charmant Line Art – XL29077 – is a lyrical rimless design, with a lovely colour technique on the temples. The gradient effect is available in both a shiny gradation – and a matt finish. Superb comfort is assured with special ergonomic end tips. Stylish and streamlined. www.charmant.com
Carefully selected Tuscan Italian leathers provide an innovative approach to JF Rey au Masculin Club line. The brand has created a process so that naturally tanned leather is inseparable from the acetate, and the result is a distinctive, elegant, and luxurious look. The Leather Collection is available in both optical designs – above Club JF1348 – and sunglass models. www.jfrey.frJG
As Silhouette Eyewear launches distinctive, cutting-edge design brand neubau, Eyestylist asked Daniel Liktor, Head of Brand, to explain the origins and to give his own input about the new collections available in stores in June (optical collection) and in the Autumn 2016 (sunglasses).
“My professional background is rooted in strong brands; Mercedes-Benz/smart, Puma and Red Bull; my positions were linked to brand, product, sales and licensing,” explains Daniel, who says his arrival at Silhouette is a special journey. “We have a clear and outspoken vision for neubau. We want to become a benchmark within the field, with an independent lifestyle eyewear brand for trend-oriented, quality-driven consumers.” Above: Daniel Liktor, Head of Brand, neubau eyewear
Since his arrival at Silhouette, Liktor has become aware of how discerning the modern urban audience is today. “For them, eyewear is more of a lifestyle accessory than a medical aid – they want to express their personality through their style, and they see eyewear as part of their selected outfit. The product quality and fit for everyday comfort is important and has to be spot on. A definite plus is a unique, genuine and interesting brand story.”
neubau frames are made from lightweight polymer, a custom stainless steel or a mix of both. Both materials produce very light designs with a high level of comfort. For the optician, they are easy to glaze, easy to adjust. The colour concept is based on a trend-inspired assortment of colours including new ones like copper.
“The copper is a good example of what we’re offering,” explains Daniel. “It’s a buzzing trend in interior design but it’s unexplored in eyewear. We always cross-check with what other industries are doing, especially fashion, interior design and other lifestyle industries.”
Silhouette’s Austrian heritage gives a significant reference point and mark of quality. “We produce all our frames in Austria. Being part of Silhouette International, we are proud of our background. This is one of the reasons why the brand is named after a district in the Austrian capital.”
Liktor also refers to other districts when explaining the neubau concept, and references his own love of travelling. “There are so many (places) out there! I’ve been travelling a lot in my past and these districts have always been a focus. Almost every big city has a place like Neubau with a special energy…Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte in Berlin, Brera and Tortona in Milan, Shoreditch and Hackney in London, the Meatpacking district, Manhattan and Williamsburgs/Brooklyn, NYC. This is how we got inspired.”
Eyewear innovators can see an appetite for bold experimental shapes, eye-catching colour and unusual details and combinations. Enter Flatline by RVS Eyewear – a rare square eye shape that demands attention. The reduced size of the squares – a throwback to retro elegance – and the unusual bridge on top, create a powerful intersection between vintage and futuristic. Colours add to the lasting impression: a graduated black/tortoise or crystal/tortoise produce two very different effects.
Flatline is now available for purchase via the redesigned RVS Eyewear website launched last month at www.rvseyewear.com. Find other “RVS classics” including the not-to-be-missed asymmetrical Annette and “wild cat” design, Paris II. CN
Italian artist Lucia Pasin has produced another unique and evocative eyewear collection, launched in Milan in March. Model Esperia – in the designer’s EOS optical collection – is a feminine, oversized cat eye shape, bold and inimitable with its lush floral motif, a watercolour design by Pasin, transformed with exceptional results onto eyewear. Made in Italy, every frame is slightly different in the design and colour featured, in keeping with the handpainted works by the artist, who says the flower theme was inspired by Frida Kahlo. Wear with coordinating florals or statement colours and stand out in the crowd. For more information about the collection, visit www.lupastudio.it CN
Italian handmade label Res/Rei presents its new line of handmade sunglasses in a series of illustrations by Karin Kellner, the Milan based illustrator and portrait artist – www.karinkellner.com. The images include portraits of men and women, predominantly in monochrome, wearing the Res/Rei sunglasses and spectacles, picked out in a watercolour effect that perfectly illustrates the refined nuances in colour and pattern of the Mazzucchelli acetates.
The smoothly sculpted style Calvino, included in the illustration (top) is evocative in its simple yet classical shaping and pretty marbling, combined with a gentle tint in the lenses. For more information on Res/Rei and eyewear featuring in the Karin Kellner illustrations, visit: http://www.resrei.com/home/karin-kellner-x-res-rei/CN
Vintage echoes are reflected in this superbly crafted optical design by Coppe & Sid. Santiago features 24K gold plating with nose pads in original bohemian crystal glass. The shape hints of the 1950’s, and the end-tips are in biodegradable acetate…uniting retro and modern. Designed and made in Italy, the Coppe & Sid 1950 Vintage Gold Plated Collection is available in four different shapes, and also plated Palladium. www.eyedesignclub.com JG
Beautiful accessories can enliven the spirit as well as the wardrobe. With the arrival of spring and summer activities on the horizon, Eyestylist presents accessory ideas from leisurely to luxurious. Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R brings his formidable talents to a new métier – a distinguished weekender bag. With the magic and mystery of Africa so much a part of Luca’s eyewear creations, the legendary Muthalga Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya inspired this illustrious Safari Bag. The bags are totally handcrafted in Italy, constructed in leather and canvas – the materials selected because they are able to bear the extreme heat, humidity and sandstorms of an African Safari. The canvas exterior is protected from water splashes, and instead of zippers – that would clog in sandy, salty conditions – Luca opted for a 3mm thick leather flap that will stand up to rainy days and age beautifully with time. Ultra-chic for a weekend adventure! www.lgrworld.com
Espadrilles are a summer tradition, and Manebi handcrafts in Spain comfy shoes for beach wear to glamorous holiday parties. Quality fabrics – solid colours, prints and stripes – and leather from European resources are used to create classic espadrilles, as well as wedge and flat sandals. Manebi is in a Blue Mood (above) this summer – from soft tones to deep blue sea. To view more stylish espadrilles, click on www.manebi.eu
A Plinio Visona’ bag was a great Eyestylist discovery in Vienna, and a subsequent visit to the chic Milan boutique revealed an Italian collection with elegance, originality, innovation and beauty. Italian craftsmanship is the core of Plinio Visona’; the bags are handmade in the company’s artisan workshop in Vicenza. The latest collection includes intricately woven leather creations – including Arianna (above) in beautiful colours. The selection includes bags for daywear and evening. More details at www.pliniovisona.it
When the sun sets, even summer evenings can foster a chill. Keep cosy with a comfortable, beautifully hand-woven lap robe accented with leather trim (above). Created by Countess von Eckermann, a Swedish brand producing interior design and accessory products, the luxurious materials are environmentally friendly and exclusive to the company. Focused on sustainability and made locally in Sweden, the products are created with heritage and tradition. More news at www.countessvoneckermann.comJG