Colour concepts

One definition of colour is a component of light which is separated when it is reflected off an object, such as the colours in a rainbow. To colour something is to add a hue, shade, paint or dye to an object or picture – or in this case, beautifully designed eyewear. The influence of colour in our lives is significant. Studies show that colour has symbolic and aesthetic functions, as well as emotional impact including the use of colour psychology. Colour transformed eyewear into a sought-after fashion accessory. Bold, stylish and unexpected colours – and a multitude of combinations – continue to bring passion and excitement to creative spectacle frames. Top image: The British brand Kirk & Kirk is known as the ‘Kings of Colour’, and their latest triumph is the Spectrum collection. Jason and Karen Kirk continue to experiment with the exceptional qualities of acrylic – particularly because of the endless colour opportunities, and the gentle luminosity. Anna is crafted in eight tempting colours: Pacific, Chocolate Blue, Autumn, Berry, Hazel, Spark, Mars and Summer. www.kirkandkirk.com

Kipper by l.a. Eyeworks

Extraordinary colours have long permeated the cheerful designs at l.a. Eyeworks. The latest collection by Barbara McRenyolds and Gai Gherardi includes Kipper – a generous round acetate shape with distinctive serrated details in Leaf & Hay, handmade in Italy. www.laeyeworks.com

Belle X by Plein Les Mirettes

Normandy artisans Christophe Morcamp and Pascal Guidice combine print and colour in Belle X – particularly  striking in a trio of hues. Discover more about the French brand at www.plein-les-mirettes.fr

Cartesio by Res/Rei

Italian creator Oliviero Zanon enjoys history, retro inspiration and experimental eyewear crafting. Cartesio is from The Philosophers – a collection of immaculate, streamlined shapes in contemporary colourations. www.resrei.com

Turner by Fleye Copenhagen

Layered construction highlights Fleye Copenhagen’s designs. Turner mixes solid and transparent acetate with beta-titanium, placing the different components on top of each other for a playful, thoroughly modern concept. www.fleye.dk

Eames by Face à Face Paris

Paris has a reputation as queen of the LBD – Little Black Dress. However, dynamic colour is entering the French women’s wardrobe and accessories. A selection of expressive and colourful frames by Face à Face Paris reflects the reasons why – as shown in Eames in bi-tone blush and blue. www.faceaface-paris.com

OOPS by OG Icons

Legendary styles by OG Icons include OOPS – and Claire Goldsmith comments that the two colours featured above are “my favourites without a doubt”, she says. The frames feature triple lamination for glamorous effect. www.olivergoldsmith.com JG