Autumn highlights international fashion and accessory shows, and eyewear buyers, enthusiasts and consumers will want to indulge in the new season’s inspirations. Originality, style savvy, and exciting technical improvements are expressed throughout the collections. Vancouver, British Columbia is resplendent with natural beauty – a seaport city surrounded by mountains – and the home of Canadian designer Mehran Baghaie at Spectacle Eyeworks. His latest collection includes the elegant maple leaf as muse, with stunning results.
The pattern on the frame demonstrates nature’s amazing maple leaf intricacies. “I wanted to make the colours as reminiscent as possible to give the sensation of the flow of change in the life cycle of the maple leaf,” says the designer. Crafted in stainless steel in Germany, Joryne (above) features a vintage cat-eye silhouette with multiple technical elements. www.spec-eyeworks.com
Retro designs – in eyewear, fashion and for the home – continue to fascinate. For over ninety years, Lafont has been creating eyewear with elegance, charm and Parisian chic. A frame that the family firm created in 1980 – the iconic optical design Genie (above) is now available in a sleek sunglass version in gorgeous colourations, including blue variations reminiscent of the sea. www.lafont.com
Dramatic, free-spirited, majestic and romantic eyewear is the theme at Anna-Karin Karlsson. The award-winning Swedish designer brings glamour and sophistication to her frames, evident in Leaving Cuckoo’s Nest in glossy black acetate with gold flecks, black Swarovski crystals on the temples, and gold-plated end tips. Stunning! www.annakarinkarlsson.com
The GEO collection by New York brand Smoke x Mirrors features ultra-light mixed material frames with sharp, geometric angles. The innovative frame shapes in stainless steel and acetate with flat lenses, unite technical qualities and craftsmanship, in desirable designs for men and women, and includes GEO III (above). More news at www.smokexmirrors.com All the brands featured here will be at Silmo – 23rd to 26th September at Villepinte. www.silmoparis.com JG