Moku-Moku by Padma Image

Continuing on a path that is fresh and ingenious, Padma Image from Japan has put out new styles for summer, including the quirky Moku Moku. Young designer Meiji Hasui has a love for asymmetrical concepts, and when these appear, they are always delicate with an intriguing elegance that is very flattering on the face. Model Moku Moku is now available in a range of soft acetate colorations with nice subtleties; tones include the black and white mottled effect and a graduated purple or bright blue.

All the frames are being produced in Makoto in Sabae, Japan, known as one of the most sought after production sites in the country for the highest quality crafting and finishing. The PADMA IMAGE brand is now 6 years old and well known in Japan in the most exclusive boutiques. The online store is now open at https://padmaimage.stores.jp/ – more details at http://padmaimage.com CN

Rilynn by Vera Wang

Purity of line, linear silhouettes, and elegant colours embody fashion collections by Vera Wang. The same principles she brings to her beautiful eyewear designs – frames that are modern, uncluttered, emphasising strong shapes in unique combinations of colours and textures. Rilynn is inspired by the luxurious wedding dresses for which Vera Wang is famed. She uses variations of white for stylish distinction in her wedding gowns; Rilynn is sculpted in lightweight acetate with chocolate contrasting tones. The graceful brow line and sides glitter softly, in a specially designed Italian material. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

Men’s eyewear trends: the total effect

The charm of current trends in eyewear and the effect of ground-breaking technological advancements is nowhere more evident than in the men’s eclectic eyewear collections. Gone are the ordinary shapes and lack lustre colours, replaced by specs styles with beautiful  finishes, colour enhancements, tiny embellishments or special details to catch the eye.

Materials are a particular mode of expression for this new direction, whether traditional (with a new colour proposal) or more avantgarde or complex in how the final result is achieved.

Above: Illustrating an acute attention to details to create an effect: Original Penguin’s the Moocher, which has the look of a suspended lens, with a coloured frame and crystal inner eye rim. www.kenmarkeyewear.com

Carter Bond 9256

For luxury, acetate model 9256 by the Australian eyewear brand Carter Bond, designed by Jono Hennessy, concentrates on a superb tonal range: colours in the latest WONDERLUST collection emerge from a naturally deep base of woodland and camouflage torts. Softer shades blend together into a range that has been designed “to work with their tonal partners and textural contrasts.” www.carterbond.com

Tavat: “Kafée Racer”

Kafée Racer, a new capsule collection from Tavat Eyewear, is the result of a design competition run at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California. The winning student, Miguel Harry, went on to collaborate on a statement piece with the brand, inspired by the world of Café Racing, striving to produce eyewear with the functional and aesthetic elements of the classic motorcycles. Tavat saw this piece at a perfect addition to the collection, which focuses on combining form with function and designing technical eyewear with purpose. www.tavat-eyewear.com

Round vinyl sunglasses from the Vinylize collection

The beautiful originality of the vinyl frames in Tipton’s Vinylize collection comes from their texture and striped coloration, as well as their understated shapes. The frames are produced in Budapest, and hand finished with quality features such as resistant 3 barrel hinges. For further details visit www.vinylize.com

Hendrix by Claire Goldsmith

With a camo colour theme, and expertly finished bevelling which lends a sculptured effect to temples, Claire Goldsmith’s model Hendrix is a bold chic statement in her latest collection that pays attention to classic highlights – such as the tiny traditional double rivets at the temples – with a heritage that includes the most eloquent of celebrity endorsements for this type of chunky acetate design, notably the British actor Michael Caine. www.olivergoldsmith.com CN

Fashion illustrator: Julie @DrawPaintDesign

Fascinated by Vogue and the work of couture designers, fashion illustrator Julie McGrath says she finds inspiration in creating their intricate designs on paper. With a profound love of fashion and art, her illustrations reflect a fascination for people watching and a great love for twisting proportions. She also finds creativity and inspiration in the imaginations of her children.

Can you tell us about your background in the arts? Originally from Massachusetts, I am now living in Florida. I attended the University of Massachusetts at Boston earning a bachelor’s degree in Art focusing in Art History. From there I went on to study in Illustration and Design, earning a Master of Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design.

And now? I’ve completed a second Masters at SCAD, this time in Art Administration. I teach visual arts and humanities at colleges and universities, and continue to evolve and nurture my style daily.
How long have you been an illustrator? Since I could hold a pencil. But really I only started considering myself an “illustrator” over the last five or six years. That is when I found my groove and my style.

Inspiration: Chanel resort 2018

When did you develop an interest in fashion and accessories?
In college. ‘Vogue’ became much more about the artistic concepts and less about the models and the consumer side of things. I started to understand it more as a form of art. Alexander McQueen had a pretty major influence in that understanding. With my love of art and this new understanding of fashion, my style was born! It took me a number of years to get into a rhythm with my specific style.

Who is your favorite designer? Some designers that always grab my attention are Dior, Giambattista Valli, Gucci, YSL…..I could go on and on! I love what Maria Grazia Chiuri is doing with Dior. Gucci is ALWAYS fun to draw.

“Sometimes it’s just about the hair and the shades” – @drawpaintdesign

Do you have a favorite illustration? I cannot say I have a specific favorite drawing. I truly love them all in different ways. However, the most fun are always the illustrations with sunglasses. Yes, my sunnies obsession plays a factor but also those are always the best when they are finished. Those illustrations always get the most attention and reaction and people truly love them.

In terms of the illustrations, I always make it my own by reminding myself that this is my work. In college when I took fine art focused classes, the point was always to draw what you see. I had a hard time shaking that idea and it haunted me in a lot of my illustration classes and then earlier in my career. At one point it just hit me, this style of drawing is mine; I can do what I want. So when I deter from the original image and give a twist on the human form I remind myself it is my work for me. I can do whatever I want.

Instagram: @drawpaintdesign / For commissions and further information: https://www.drawpaintdesign.com CN

 

Rhapsody in blues

Certain blue tones are like a rhapsody – expressive and effusive. Blue hues are harmoniously connected with the sea and sky: plus depth, stability, loyalty, faith, confidence and wisdom. French artist Yves Klein registered his own blue – International Klein Blue – and in 1957 he declared: “The whole world is blue”, and created a Klein Blue Globe. Eyewear designers fall under the beautiful blue spell as well with stunning, uniquely crafted frames that frequently reference the magic and variety of the colour. Chic frame designs by Plein Les Mirettes include Hybride 3 (top image) in lively blue acetate with metal details. www.plein-les-mirettes.fr

SOBA by theo

Theo was inspired by Japan – the culture, beauty and yes…the noodles. Oodles of noodles are everywhere in Japan, and theo captured the fluent noodle shapes in five masterful stainless steel frames – including SOBA – in brilliant blue – and other amazing colours. www.theo.be

FADO by l.a. Eyeworks

Titanium is the sleek material in l.a. Eyeworks symmetrically sculpted design in Bic blue. The elegant shape is further enhanced with finely crafted detailing on the frame front. www.laeyeworks.com

JUSTIN by Kirk & Kirk

A glorious shade of Ocean Blue in acrylic highlights Justin from Kirk & Kirk. The shape is bold and streamlined, with subtle intricate detailing. www.kirkandkirk.com

DELANY by Zac Posen

Zac Posen’s men collection includes designs that reflect old-world style, while utilising contemporary, custom materials, hardware and hinges. A handsome oval shape  – linear and lightweight – highlights Delany in Midnight Blue. www.kenmarkeyewear.com JG

 

Crystal Whites – Oliver Goldsmith Decades

Capture the spirit of the 1960’s with Oliver Goldsmith’s stunning sun collection that celebrates the epic journey of the iconic British brand to herald their 90th anniversary. OG DECADES is Oliver Goldsmith’s view of the past 90 years, and features ten ravishing frames – including Crystal Whites – that reflects the joie de vie of the vibrant 1960’s. Clear crystal is timeless, and the voluminous shape is contemporary and style defining. Explore www.olivergoldsmith.com to discover exciting, eclectic styles from the striking OG Decades Collection. JG

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style at V&A London

The golden age of ocean travel is joyously celebrated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London with Ocean Liners: Speed and Style. The exhibition is also in collaboration with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and is the first time that an exploration of design and cultural impact of the ocean liner has been presented. The exhibition investigates the many aspects of liners from the architecture, engineering, and interiors to the chic lifestyle and fashion that was – in the early days of cruising – so much a part of life onboard.

Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, 1920-31 Victoria &Albert Museum

Included in the presentation is a poster of the Empress of Britain – a colour lithograph of the wondrous ship constructed at John Brown & Co. on Clydebank and launched in 1930. The Empress of Britain was the fastest and most luxurious ship of her time operating between Britain and Canada. This poster advertising Canadian Pacific Railways liner demonstrates how companies diversified transport networks and developed the seamless experience of modern travel. The imposing view of a looming hull in movement with its trailing smoke dramatises the sense of scale and speed, with the extreme stylisation typical of Art Deco.

Marlene Dietrich wearing a day suit by Christian Dior on-board Queen Elizabeth, arriving in New York, 21st December 1950. Getty Images

The German born actress, Marlene Dietrich, was one of the famous stars of the age and frequently crossed the Atlantic on liners. She was see wearing Dior’s “New Look” suit arriving in New York on the Queen Elizabeth. Liner companies were quick to publicise stars travelling on board, and Dietrich was often photographed wearing the very latest fashions.

Luggage previously belonging to the Duke of Windsor, Maison Goyard, 1940’s Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California

With the many travel restrictions that exist today – whether by air, land or sea – the emphasis of a different era is highlighted by the luggage that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor used to take on their travels. The elegant couple frequently travelled on liners between their adoptive homes in France and the United States, and travelled with astonishing quantities of luggage. They once boarded the SS United States with 100 pieces. The Duke’s bags were personalised with his title and yellow and red stripes.

Silk crêpe dress worn by Bernadette Arnal on the maiden voyage of Normandie, Lucien Lelong, France, 1935 Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs

The exclusive – and historic opportunity to see the latest fashions – formed an important part of celebrations during the maiden voyage. Leading French couture houses sent representatives for an on-board show, including Lelong, Callot Soeurs, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet and Charles Frederick Worth. Each showed a garden party dress, a tailored ensemble and three evening gowns. The faultlessly draped red dress above was worn by Bernadette Arnal, the wife of a partner in the shipping company, Worms & Cie, on the maiden voyage of The Normandie. She was a regular client of Lelong and ordered dresses for the crossing in red, white and blue.

Silk georgette and glass beaded ‘Salambo’ dress, Jeanne Lanvin, Paris 1925. Previously owned by Miss Emilie Grigsby. Given by Lord Southborough Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Dining and dancing in the fabulous restaurants onboard was an elegant and nightly pleasure, and women dressed in resplendent couture fashion. The exquisitely beaded flapper dress above belonged to Miss Emilie Grigsby, a Kentucky-born beauty. She became a wealthy New York socialite, and regularly travelled between Europe and New York on the Olympic, Aquitania and Lusitania. An adventurous and fashionable dresser, she patronised the greatest French couturiers and was a regular client of both Paul Poiret and Jeanne Lanvin. Named ‘Salambo’, this dress evokes the exoticism of Gustave Flaubert’s 1862 novel, Salambô, and reflects the wider trend for exotic themes in the 1920’s.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style sponsored by Viking Cruises, is a remarkable journey of a truly amazing age of travel. At the V&A through 17th June, and then the exhibition continues at V&A Dundee from 15th September to 24th February 2019. www.vam.ac.uk/oceanliners JG

Mona by Seeoo Eyewear

Seeoo’s inimitable style comes together with ic! berlin tech in model Mona, a cat eye shape in two materials, acetate and high-tech steel, part of Seeoo’s Monaleon Collection launched late last year. The attractive shaping as well as original modern colour choices bring this eyewear line into a very unique position that ensures the wearer a special timeless look as well as excellent comfort and durability in the way in which the frame has been finished.

Seeoo is a specialist eyewear label from Austria, combining exclusivity, charm and technical precision. For more details and to see the full range of Seeoo products, visit www.seeooshop.eu  CN

Optimum opticals

Beautiful colours, alluring materials, and imaginative shapes characterise optical frames with optimum style chic. Creative concepts enhance the latest frames from international designers, confirming that eyewear is an elite accessory not only for corrective sight, but fashion flair. Danish brand Orgreen Optics features a sleek panto-silhouette – Vitus – in a mix of titanium and beta-titanium in seven lovely colourations, including 801 shown above. Nathaneal Wenger at Hall of Frames Zurich describes Vitus as: “My absolute favourite design and it works well with men too.” Orgreen Optics is among the artisan independent brands that will be presenting at Hall of Frames Zurich on 07-08 October at Papeiersaal. More news on the 10th anniversary celebrations for HOF soon on Eyestylist.com! www.orgreenoptics.com www.hallofframes.ch

Americano by Oliviero Zanon for Res/Rei The Cocktails Collection

Oliviero Zanon for Res/Rei highlights streamlined designs in The Cocktails Collection – ultra-light construction in elegant feminine shapes. Americano explores refreshing, delicate colourations in stunning acetate combinations from Mazzucchelli – handcrafted in Italy. www.resrei.com

Jacques by KBL Eyewear

A cheerful burgundy/cherry acetate design – Jacques – by KBL Eyewear is crafted in a timeless shape, with pure lines and aesthetic simplicity. Explore www.kbleyewear.eu for more optical and sunglass styles.

Gold metal chain by Frame Chain

Never misplace or lose your glasses again! Frame Chain has the ideal solution with graceful chains in metal (above) delicate pearls, or desirable combinations. Discover the ingenious designs by Annie and Vanessa, co-founders of Frame Chain at www.framechain.co.uk

Sol Sol Ito Switzerland

Sol Sol Ito is the exclusive Swiss brand with frame designs that maximise visual impact. Acetate and metal combine in a subtle pastel blue frame with the brands innovative twin-steel sides. Visit www.solsolito.com for more elegant designs.

Grant by Zac Posen

Acclaimed fashion designer Zac Posen brings his couture technique to eyewear with commanding masculine eye shapes. A retro-inspired square shape in Forest Green with custom metal detailing on the temples combines with enduring tortoiseshell. www.kenmarkeyewear.com JG

Jean-François Rey, Créateur Lunetier

French creative designer Jean-François Rey announces the opening of a redesigned flagship store, located in Marseille in the South of France – home to the company. Two passionate young opticians take the helm of the store – Julia Maggio and Valentin Abrioux – which first opened in the French city in September 2008.

New designs by JF Rey

The shop has a new striking black facade with a new identity : ‘Jean-François Rey, Créateur Lunetier’, strengthening the link with the Jean-François Rey company, now over 30 years old with a global distribution. Inside, the shop has been completely transformed with a beautiful, chic and creative area for each of the company’s different specialists collections: JF Rey, JF Rey Petite, Kids&Teens, Boz, Volte Face, Sky Eyes, Jean-François Rey 1985 and LE CUIR.

KLEA 7099 in the VOLTE FACE collection

The company told Eyestylist: “The result is just perfect. This is the universe of designers Joëlle and Jean-François Rey! Our intention was to express the mood of each of the brands, the spirit of the designer and the House Jean-François Rey. Our customers can now see each and every one of our collections, the inspiration, and the original, creative style of our frames.”  Marseille, France CN

Mission accomplished: ic! berlin x Austrian Space Forum (OeWF)

ic! berlin frames have been trialled in a rigorous series of Mars field simulations and experiments in the Omani desert, run by the Austrian Space Forum.

The AMADEE-18 Mars Analogue Mission studied equipment, procedures and work flows under the extreme ‘Martian-like’ conditions of the deserts of Dhofar, the largest governorate in the Sultanate of Oman. Above: photo taken during the AMADEE- 18 Mars Analogue Mission

Alley-Oop by ic! berlin – tested by analogue astronaut Stefan Dobrovolny, MD

During the simulations the analogue astronauts from the OeWF wore 45-kilogram robotic spacesuits equipped with their own power supply, communication systems and a variety of sensors. They also tested ic! berlin sunglasses – selected to protect their eyes from the desert sun and provide a lightweight technical solution for the face.

Analogue Astronaut Carmen Kohler, wears model Layup by ic! berlin

With an average weight of around 20 grams, ic! berlin’s advanced rubberized sunglasses combine features such as comfort and state-of-the-art UV protection with a reliable and robust construction, resilient screwless hinge and high-performance materials. The frames tested during the field work feature extremely flexible and lightweight 0.5mm spring stainless steel with a rubber polyurethane-based thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-U) coating which is scratch and heat resistant. More details: www.ic-berlin.de CN

Vinyl eyewear at Tipton, Budapest

Majestic architecture, the river Danube and the backdrop of the Buda Hills make Budapest one of the most stunning weekend destinations in Europe. The city is also home to Hungary’s no 1 independent eyewear company Tipton Eyeworks, located in the centre of the city across the street from the historic Cafe Centrale.

A wide choice of inventive eyewear at Tipton’s showroom

Opened to the public in 2017, the showroom offers a wonderful peep at a team of industrious, highly skilled artisans finishing frames, and a buzzing retail space exhibiting the collection, where Zach Tipton’s first eyewear designs and some very special limited edition glasses – including the NVSBLE range and a tribute to Bob Marley, are on show. A highlight is the photo wall of famous faces, including Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Fred Durst and Elton John. “I started with rimless in early 2000, but soon moved into vinyl,” explains Zach as we toured the workshops and store. “Over the years we have perfected how we use the vinyl and we remain the only company who has pursued this direction with a growing global success in top-level boutique shops.”

Visitors to Budapest can arrange an appointment to make their own frame at the showroom, with expert artisans on hand to explain the process of assembling individual frame parts, personalising the frame with gold lettering, and, eventually cleaning and polishing the frame – ready to wear. In the background music plays from the vinyl archive on a retro ‘record player’: we play all the LPs we use for the frames, Zach explains, as he puts on a mysterious 90s ambient album that has come from a London warehouse. A current favourite is AC/DC, the focus of a collaboration using the 22 x multi-platinum “Back in Black” album.

Tipton Eyeworks showroom interior display (photo: Eyestylist)

Tipton Eyeworks has also achieved notoriety in the film industry in Budapest, producing frames for particular requirements on set, and as special commissions and gifts for the many actors and actresses visiting the city. This Spring, a Limited Edition design from the Cinematiq Collection was created for Antonio Banderas during the shooting of Genius: Life of Picasso. These unique sunglass editions are presented in a flat circular case similar to that used to carry old-school film.

Cinematiq, launched in 2018

Alongside the VINYLIZE collection launched in 2004, the new Cinematiq concept presents luxury acetate frames which make use of vintage 16mm film footage – perfectly aligned inside the temples where light illuminates the colourful action and characters within. And there is no stopping there. Whilst we were at the store, an ingenious, collaborative eco-inspired project was in production – a limited edition commission by coffee machine makers, Nespresso, recycling the aluminium coffee capsules into a chic run of co-branded sunglasses for Hungarian stores.

Eyestylist stayed at Hotel Rum, Budapest (www.hotelrumbudapest.com). Kind thanks to Tipton Eyeworks for a memorable first trip to their beautiful home city. Visit the company: TIPTON EYEWORKS, Iranyi  u. 20, 1056 Budapest www.tiptonbudapest.comwww.vinylize.com CN

Sun-sational sunnies!

Welcome summer – free from winter doldrums, and with eager anticipation of leisurely, sun-drenched days – now is the time to enjoy fabulous sunglasses. Eyewear designers cater to style/trend setters, with sunglass selections in alluring materials, shapes and colours to complement your easy-going, laid-back days. Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R adores the Italian Rivera, and is influenced by the natural beauty of Capri for his sun specs that glow with the colours of the island. (Top image: Reunion – design purity, elegance and chic in Cappuccino from the L.G.R Capri Collection) www.lgrworld.com

RIGARDS RG0104CU “Mad Scientist” in copper

Copper is an unexpected component for eyewear, and in Ti Kwa’s talented vision it is a wonderful standout in his new collection for RIGARDS. RG0104CU – codenamed “Mad Scientist” – as it was designed in homage to the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic horror Frankenstein – is full of character with individual hand texturing adding an organic dimension to the frames. www.rigards.com

Rise in Bark acetate by Karmoie

The open green spaces of Norway inspire Karmoie’s beautiful design by Kirsten and Lars Iversen. They embrace summer with voluminous sunglasses in a sleek round shape. Rise in Bark is lovingly crafted in fine quality acetate with meticulous details. www.karmoie.com

Sun style variety by Plein Les Mirettes

Plein Les Mirettes in France entices with rich colourations for their impressive and dazzling variety of sun styles. Left to right: Diva 6 in exclusive colouration for PLM by Mazzucchelli; Fantasque 7 in vivid tones; Re Belle 9 in mustard – a seasonal favourite; Diva 7 in specific Mazzucchelli colours for PLM. Visit www.plein-les-mirettes.fr for additional glamorous colours and styles.

Elverfeld from the Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen

The exclusive Signature Collection at Fleye Copenhagen includes the sophisticated and oh so cool – Elverfeld – that combines solid and transparent layered acetate in beautiful colour combinations. Explore www.fleye.dk for additional sunglass creativity from the Danish brand.

Jimmy 9010S form the Jean-François Rey 1985 Collection

Sunshine is always a dynamic, enlightening inspiration for Marseille-based JF Rey. Jimmy 9010S is the latest innovative model in the Jean-François Rey 1985 collection – a powerful design in striking colours with a splendidly curved double-bridge. www. jfrey.fr JG

Alleno by Fleye Copenhagen

There’s a good choice of different shapes in sunwear this season. As well as smaller proportions, frames can be as different as you like, evolving from the classics like ovals and rounds. FLEYE Copenhagen does this well with Alleno, a luxurious technical frame made from 23 thin layers of carbon fibre and one super slim layer of wood.

Alleno by Fleye Copenhagen

The shape is almond-like, with a geometric yet organic like structure and matt surface. The colours are as refined as the construction itself, and in tune with a very fashionable, youthful vibe: choose from velvet black (my choice for the season), silver wood, grape or sea blue. FLEYE Copenhagen specialises in innovative design, “Driven by curiosity.” Find the full collection at www.fleye.dk CN

Here comes the sun

The arrival of spring and summer is abundant with thoughts of holidays, sun, warmth, and perhaps a leisurely escape. Time to celebrate and seek adventure, fun, and self-reflection to either new destinations  – or revisit favourite havens that have become very special. Whatever your preferences, greet the sunny season with that most glamorous of accessories – sunglasses. A particularly alluring design is Jono Hennessy’s stunning leopard print acetate frame (Top image 8402) with a gorgeous voluminous shape. www.jonohennessy.com

Ella – 3D Götti Dimension – by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

The numerous possibilities with 3D printing highlight the elegant geometric and topographical structures in the latest 3D Götti Dimension sunglasses, including Ella in sleek deep-dark blue wth a semi-matt finish. www.gotti.ch

Peggy Purple Poppies by Lucia Pasin Lu.Pa Studio

The artistic flair of Lucia Pasin at Lu.Pa Studio in Italy radiates in her vivid design – Peggy Purple Poppies – influenced by Peggy Guggenheim, collector and supporter of modern art. http://www.lupa-studio.myshopify.com

Petra in acrylic by Kirk & Kirk

Petra by Kirk and Kirk shimmers in charismatic luminous green acrylic with a sculpted retro-inspired shape. www.kirkandkirk.com JG

Diva X Sunglasses by Plein Les Mirettes

Get ready to greet summer in Plein Les Mirettes chic and smart Diva X – a graphic design with cat-eye echoes and intriguing contours. The frame front in green highlights a colour trend of the season, and is accented with tri-colouration with acetate layering in blush, and sides in tortoiseshell. Plein Les Mirettes is an artisan independent brand that is crafted in Normandy, France, a historical region recognised for both its white-chalk cliffs on the coasts, and rural tranquillity. Check out additional sunglass beauties in elegant colours at www.plein-les-mirettes.fr JG

Tim Van Steenbergen + theo = Compositions

With the introduction of Compositions by Tim Van Steenbergen + theo – optics and art fuse naturally – and with exceptional distinction – into stunning, dramatic sunglasses. The Belgian duo frequently collaborates on eyewear, and the latest collection includes a third Belgian – the accomplished post-war artist, Guy Van Den Branden. Top image: Composition 1957 TVS + theo

Royal Blue distinction Composition 1958 TVS + theo

Van Steenbergen is an admirer and collector of Van Den Branden’s paintings. The artist’s geometrical abstractions focus on composition, rhythm, form and colour…the same characteristics that highlight Van Steenbergen’s visionary insights. So it was an instinctive progression that Tim pay homage to the artist’s work.

Racy Red Composition 1961 TVS + theo

There are six Compositions sunglass designs in the collection – offering an exciting harmony in titanium and acetate. The array of colours are amazing – from vivid and shiny – to mysterious darker hues – for a total of eight specialised theo-colours.

Dazzle in Composition 1963 TVS + theo

The interplay of material and colour, further enhanced with the arcs and lines that criss-cross the frames, transform recognisable shapes. The outcome is a unique ‘constructivist’ sunglass collection with highly individual composites – resulting in beautiful and impressive eyewear. Explore more at www.theo.be JG

TVS + theo Composition 1965

Barbade by Lafont Paris

The spirit and beauty of Vienna filters through these elegant sunglasses – Barbade – by Thomas Lafont at Lafont Paris. The rich, creative Art Deco period influences a beautiful, curvilinear cat-eye shape with tri-tonal colourations. Delicate pastel acetate layering on the frame front, and flash mirror lenses add to the charm and grace of Barbade. Eight irresistible colour combinations are available – visit www.lafont.com for more details and discoveries in Lafont’s diverse sunglass collection. JG

ic! berlin, Munzstrasse 5, Berlin

True to its city’s exceptional focus on design, eyewear brand ic! berlin takes fashionable eyewear to exciting heights, and its flagship store is no exception. Located just next to Berlin’s state-of-the-art ADIDAS and close to its original place of birth in Max Beer Strasse, today the company’s retail HQ in Munzstrasse (Mitte) offers a wide selection of eyewear possibilities, highlighting the most comprehensive collection of ic! frames (over 500!) alongside limited editions and vintage collectibles.

Interior – Munzstrasse boutique

Browsing is worthwhile and will allow a peak at the very latest designs and colourways that have just launched at the international eyewear fairs. Staff are on hand to explain the new colours, designs and materials with a special knowledge of the innovative state-of-the-art screwless eyewear for which the Berlin company has become known worldwide.

The latest styles are a feature: Baseline by ic! berlin
ic! berlin ‘Spielplatz’ – a bespoke service, unique to the store

The industrial, gallery-like interior reflects style and design attitude, with details such as art works and floral displays that are immediately welcoming. At the back of the space is an area for high-tech eye testing, and should you have a creative streak, there is an option to design your own sunglasses choosing from an almost infinite number of frame and lens colour combinations. This service is unique to the shop and one that offers a particularly mind-blowing opportunity for combining frame and lens colours according to personal preferences.

ic! berlin brillen GmbH is a German company which designs and produces high-end, handcrafted eyewear in Berlin, and distributes it worldwide. The company was founded in 1996 by Ralph Anderl. 

Munzstrasse 5, 10178 Berlin – www.ic-berlin.de CN

Sunnies that sizzle!

Sunny days forecast! From picnics to promenades, sun worshiping to surfing, tennis to trekking, summer is the season that offers innumerable activities to enjoy. Enhance these pleasures with sunglasses that provide style chic and protection from ultra-violet rays. The sun spec selection is diverse in shape, colour, material and fashion savvy – as seen in L.G.R’s elegant design Orchid in Limoncello (above) from the enchanting L.G.R Capri Collection. www.lgrworld.com

Jono Hennessy Limited Edition Botanical

Dynamic colours and glamorous acetate proportions fuse in Jono Hennessy’s 8400 Limited Edition Botanical frames. www.jonohennessy.com

Pettibone by SALT. Optics

A voluminous shape finely crafted excels in Pettibone in Antique Rose with gradient lenses by SALT. Optics.  Photographed by Clement Jolin in the California desert for the striking SALT.”Day in the Desert” campaign. https://saltoptics.com/blogs/news/blog-post-one

The Moon by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Charm and allure characterise The Moon by Anna-Karin Karlsson with genuine akoya pearls and zirconia crystals. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Zoobug sunnies are available for babies to 12-year olds.

Zoobug’s delightful Regent’s Park campaign featuring children’s sun designs combines fashion savvy children love, and high-performing quality lenses with 100% UV protection. www.zoobug.com

Transitions Style Colour lenses in Vanni frame

Beautiful Sapphire Blue Transitions Style Colour lenses highlight a colourful Vanni frame. www.stylecolours.co.uk www.vanniocchiali.com JG

 

 

Peoples from Barbados – PFB 03

Distinctive, fresh colour pairings, delightful shapes and an underlying joie de vivre in a fresh sunwear concept that celebrates Barbados and its people: PFB (“Peoples from Barbados”) is the work of optician and owner of EYE Q, Alicia Hartman.

The collection, produced with sunglasses designer Eric Jean, is made in Japan, and demonstrates beautiful, functional details including screwless hinges and stainless steel temples and chic shapes that pursue elegance and a fun, colourful aesthetic. Pictured above, model PFB 03 is one of the technical acetate styles highlighted, with end tips that match the front, and a combination of gloss and matt polishing – in soft tropical pink with bright lilac. The round shape of the front has been tweaked to express a modified cat eye, with slightly pointed upper sides, a cute twist.

PFB: a sunglass edition celebrating the Bajan lifestyle

Launched at EYE Q luxury optical store (Limegrove, Barbados), the PFB frames were shown for the first time at the international optics event Vision Expo East (New York) in the Spring, and will soon be available at selected boutiques in the USA and worldwide. For further information, follow Eyestylist’s exclusive updates on the new sunglasses launch, Peoples from Barbados – Bajan Soul, and visit www.peoplesfrombarbados.com CN

Tech trend: Ørgreen’s Quantum 2.0

Ørgreen is preparing the launch of its second Quantum collection, a high-tech minimal eyewear range that unites state-of-the-art eyewear materials and a unique hinge design (see https://www.eyestylist.com/2017/09/silmo-2017-one-week-go/ ) – the subject of much curiosity in the world of optics.

Consisting of 12 designs for men and women, the second Collection extends what the brand describes as “the preoccupation with contemporary urban identity, characterized by constant movement, freedom, and self-determination” with focus on the extra matte Polyamide fronts paired with titanium, and a new range of hues with a distinct yet understated direction.

Ørgreen Quantum 2.11 for women, with a deep lens shape

Eyestylist asked Head of Design Tobias Wandrup to comment on what differentiates a frame with this level of technicality and state-of-the-art construction: “Quantum perfectly represents the minimal and functional DNA of the Ørgreen designs. And it’s in the DNA of this brand to continuously research and implement ways to increment the minimalistic aesthetic and the functionality of the frames. In that sense, Quantum is the Ørgreen state of the art.”

Ørgreen Quantum 2.12, the butterfly look with a sleek design

“Innovation is more and more a key factor for consumers, and brands are following this trend using innovative material, applying new technologies. It is of course a matter of balance. The brand needs to be able to do that without losing the aesthetic appeal – or compromising their design statement.”

For those who have not yet seen the product close up, as well as nice clean proportions typical of the label, the frames feature a minute spherical hinge which connects the titanium temple to the polyamide front, eliminating common eyewear components such as screws and bolts, and producing a finely honed minimal focus that fits perfectly with the Danish design aesthetic. Comfort, of course, is at the top of the agenda, and with high-performance materials like titanium and polyamide in combination, you can feel secure that the frame will wear well and stand the test of time. Find out more about eyewear innovations and the latest collections by Ørgreen Optics at www.orgreenoptics.com CN

Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Haute Couture

Haute couture on an international scale was flourishing long before the era of globalisation. A fascinating exhibition Well-dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection, illustrates how fashion design and changes in style evolved during the reign of the British monarch, Queen Victoria (1837-1901). (Top image:men, women and children’s fashions in a Victorian setting)

Creatively curated by Diana Shewchuk at the Institute, the galleries showcase an extraordinary selection of dresses and accessories of the era, that were purchased in Paris, and also made by skilled home seamstresses in the Upper Hudson Valley. Albany is the capital city of New York State, and Ms Shzwchuk explained: “Many of Albany’s well-to-do families went abroad either for a grand tour experience, or to have daughters presented to Queen Victoria. I think these dresses survive because they were considered masterpieces. The Institute has examples by Charles Frederick Worth; Emile Pingat; Callot Soeurs; Mme Amédée François; and others. The costumes on view tell stories of notable New Yorkers and illuminate their world of fashionable affluence.”

Luxurious materials and lace accent elegant designs in 19th Century fashion

The presentations are displayed on custom carved mannequins. “Everything is surrounded by objects from the Institute”s rich collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts which create scenes of nineteenth century domestic life,” noted Shewchuk, “and the addition of art and objects that were made during the Victorian era creates an atmospheric context to the exhibition.”

The vibrancy of the raspberry coloured dress (foreground) was possible with the invention by English chemist William Henry Perkins of the first aniline dye, which transformed colour in fashion.

From wedding gowns (it was Queen Victoria who popularised the idea of white as the colour choice for a wedding gown – women used to wear claret or green dresses) to walking suits, ball gowns and tea dresses, the exhibition presents a selection of extraordinary designs. Garments for both daily life and special occasions reflect the amazing, sumptuous fabrics utilised and include taffetas, shimmering silk satins, plush velvets, lace and luxurious trimmings.

Victorian atmosphere in fashion and home decor. The wicker baby carriage (background) is from the 1890’s.

“Garments like the ones in this exhibition survived because of their sentimental associations, their aesthetic beauty, and sometimes by chance, because they were put away and forgotten,” said Shewchuk. For those who appreciate and love fahsion and social history, these elegant dresses reflect the wide-ranging impact of the Industrial Revolution on the principles, technology, and social history of the time. Continues through 20 May 2018. www.albanyinstitute.org JG

Vive sunglasses!

Summer and sunglasses are synonymous and this season’s presentations offer stunning choices in materials, styles and colours. Tinted lenses bring additional zip to sun specs in glamorous, unexpected shades. Cat-eye shapes; graphic and angular frames; round shapes in mini and oversized designs; plus aviators – a perennial favourite – feature in varied selections. It’s time to celebrate summer with beautiful, distinctive sun specs from international designers.

Götti Switzerland has accumulated numerous awards for their innovative designs. The latest accolade is Frame of the Year 2018 for the elegant rimless model DC05, from the Götti Perspective collection (top image). “For me, rimless glasses are the most prestigious discipline in the design of glasses,” says designer and owner Sven Götti, “and achieving the technical requirements with so few materials took over eight years of development.” The captivating shape with tinted lenses is constructed without soldering or screws. Explore more Götti technical innovations at www.gotti.ch

Norma from The Diva Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei

Drama, beauty, intrigue – Opera has it all, and is the influence for the striking designs in the Diva Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei. The Divas are glamorous sunglasses with haute-couture touches in Mazzucchelli acetate. Norma has round, expressive shaping, further enhanced with tonal colour explorations. www.resrei.com

Lobster from The Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen

The Danish smorrebrod concept – delicious layering on sandwiches – inspires a distinctive Limited Edition sunglass design from The Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen – Lobster. Sculptural shaping, meticulously handcrafted in beta-titanium, ensures a slim, very light, and extremely comfortable frame. Fun and playful! www.fleye.dk

Seine by KBL Eyewear

Summer days on the river in Paris inspire KBL with Seine – a contemporary, sleek sunglass design in Tortoiseshell acetate and gold metal. Seine reflects a refined, timeless design that embraces new technology. www.kbleyewear.com

LINDBERG model 8412

LINDBERG’S latest sunglass designs for men are debonair, slim line and expertly crafted in the finest materials. Model 8412 highlights an architectural sensibility with a double bridge. All LINDBERG sunglasses are suitable for prescription lenses. www.lindberg.com

The Garden by Anna-Karin Karlsson

The Girl in the Garden Collection by Anna-Karin Karlsson includes luxurious sunglasses in 24K gold-plated titanium, totally handcrafted. Japanese titanium artists individually sculpt the lush flowers that embellish The Garden. www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

WOOW Eyewear: behind the brand

In 2011, the French eyewear company FACE A FACE launched a second brand, WOOW, a colourful stylish line of off-beat frames with engaging messages on the temples. Eyestylist met the young designers behind the catchy concept, Claire Ferreira and Marianne Dezes (above).

How did you come up with “WOOW” eyewear? In 2011, we had been working on the possibility of creating another brand in addition to FACE A FACE. We wanted it to be young and fresh with an accessible price. We started with the concept of the frame, and focused on the temples or arms which face each other – the original focus of FACE A FACE. We imagined them starting to chat to one another – and that was the beginning of this very different idea. We now see the WOOW label as the child of FACE A FACE.

WATCH OUT1 by WOOW Eyewear

Why WOOW? Woow is a palindrome, a fun “sound” that people use as an expression for many different things. You can say it any way you want and it is totally spontaneous. As a collection name, it works perfectly with the witty phrases on the temples. We wanted to see if we could create a new relationship with eyewear through this name, inspiring happiness, joy and hope through British inspired humour, colour and the personal touch of the words on different frame styles.

How are the frames styled? The shapes are always trendy and fashionable, for the young and the daring. The touch of colour is really specific in the combination of materials. Our inspiration came from London, but always with a strong influence, naturally, from our own French taste. One of our idiosyncratic design details – highlighting the words at the temple tips – came from the design of the old-fashioned typewriters and their classic round keys.

Make Sense1 by WOOW Eyewear

As designers, you have created something completely different. Are you pleased with the results? WOOW is like our baby, it’s a collection we adore! When we were training, we didn’t only learn about shape and colour and product design, for us designing means thinking too – and coming up with new ideas. With WOOW we had the chance to oversee all the steps, from the concept to the creation of the actual frames, giving life to a brand with an evolution that we hope our wearers will truly enjoy. you don’t just choose a frame with WOOW, it’s really about choosing a lifestyle!

Watch Out3 by WOOW Eyewear

Tell us about the styles releasing this month? The new collection includes different looks: a more “working girl” styling, through to architectural shapes and, on the other hand, some very feminine frames. Bigger trendy silhouettes and a mix of more unusual colours stand out. Our frames are tempting like sweets –  it’s difficult choose which one to go for! For more details about WOOW, visit www.wooweyewear.com CN

Anna-Karin Karlsson Jewellery treasures

Bold and beautiful, dash and daring characterise the eyewear designs of Anna-Karin Karlsson. Now the prolific Swedish designer has launched a jewellery collection – abundant with AKK’s inimitable, imaginative dreams steeped in strength and statement. “There is so much half-hearted stuff out there,” said the designer, “and I wanted to create something that was strong, graphic, beautiful and enduring.” Top image: Anna-Karin Karlsson

Rose Noir Necklace by Anna-Karin Karlsson

The Anna-Karin Fashion Jewellery Collection includes necklaces, bracelets, and earrings of distinction. Flowers are a particular inspiration for Karlsson – and she enlarges on this theme with the Rose Noir Necklace crafted in resin and 24k gold plated metal. The sculpted design sits elegantly and comfortably on the neck.

Bug Cuff Bracelet by AKK

Karlsson has a delightful sense of humour that she portrays in her eyewear – and the jewellery as well. She is curious and fascinated with life, the environment, and animals. A wide cuff bracelet in plated white gold is enhanced with a handpainted colourful bug.

Chain mania by AKK

The timelessness of gold chains is elegantly interpreted by Karlsson in 24k gold plated links that can be worn with variety. Currently, Anna-Karin Karlsson’s Fashion Jewellery Collection is available in Russia, France, Portugal, Sweden and South Africa. With her prodigious talent, it is intriguing to contemplate what Anna-Karin’s next exciting quest may be…www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Lovely Waste: Milan Design Week

WooClass – the small design focused eyewear label from near Florence was one of the highlights at Lovely Waste, Milan Design Week 2018 – a pilot project from Source, the Italian Design and Networking Agency. The project is the first in a series of events focusing on circular economy strategy, sustainability (product development  and production) and technology. The exhibition focuses on the development of design concepts using production waste, by three product designers: Alberto Ghirarello, Filippo Protasoni and Sebastian Tonelli. Above: Sebastiano Tonelli’s NOVO.

“We put the scraps of our production on the table…to stimulate the designers into working on a different type of process or product…” WooClass

NO LENSES by Alberto Ghirardello

The three designers interpreted, according to their own way of designing, in accordance with the production processes of WooClass, the re-use of the waste materials, suggesting different ways to optimize the production process and / or to make use of the material intended for waste.

Work in progress : MAKI VIEW by Filippo Protasoni
MAKI VIEW by Filippo Protasoni

What emerged is a twofold development: the creation of new accessory products and new ways to experiment with the re-use of waste in the production cycle using it as a new material from which the frames could be cut. For further information, visit WooClass: www.wooclass.com CN

Jono Hennessy 8440

Australia is a benchmark for marvellous flora and fauna – and Jono Hennessy discovers endless inspiration in all that the country’s natural resources have to offer.  Butterfly wings with their amazing colourations influenced the latest optical design – Modgraff 8440.

Elegant, colourful butterflies inspire Jono Hennessy designs

Mazzucchelli acetate and metal combine in a light weight design with soft, flattering contours in the Limited Edition frame. Visit www.jonohennessy.com for more new releases from the family-owned label. JG