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

 

Accessory assets

Beautiful eyewear merits accessories that are crafted with imagination, skill and expertise to further enhance the enjoyment of wearing frames. Designer’s creative efforts provide stylish ways to make the most of protecting eyewear. With headquarters nestled in the Austrian countryside, two entrepreneurs developed Eyeshaker – the efficient, sanitary, and simple method of keeping lenses spotless. The Eyeshaker kit is equipped with a tube shaker, cleaning liquid, and a micro-fibre cloth. The method is easy to use, and quickly eliminates dirt, make-up, smears, and sand (a summer hazard!). The ideal way to ensure frames lead a long, clear-vision life. Discover more about Eyeshaker at www.eyeshaker.at

ANY DI Little Style Allrounder

Munich designer Anne Dickhardt at Any Di has the ideal pouch in which to carry and protect frames – the Little Style Allrounder. Frames and smart phones, plus business cards, money, and transport passes can conveniently slip into the pockets with snap buttons, and an inner middle zippered pocket. The sleek, chic design can be carried, worn on the hip with a gold chain, or as a wristlet with a leather loop. Explore more of Any Di’s world at www.any-di.com

Art & Eyewear: Kirk & Kirk/ Ray Richardson Collaboration

Humble cleaning cloths have reached art status with innovative, imaginative and original designs. An exciting collaboration unites Kirk & Kirk with Ray Richardson – a London artist and long-time friend of Jason Kirk. Jason noted: “Collaborating with friends, brands, illustrators and artists feels like such a natural and obvious avenue for Kirk & Kirk to explore. We get to work with people who share our values and vision, and our audience benefits from unique and original collaborations.” Richardson’s muse and inspiration – Brian the Bull Terrier – is celebrated on the micro-fibre lens cloth titled “Ye Olde English.” The Limited Edition lens cloth can be purchased directly from the Extra Specials section on the Kirk & Kirk website: www.kirkandkirk.com

Drop Pearl by Frame Chain

Pearls symbolise beauty, elegance, and timelessness, which are gracefully expressed in Frame Chain’s Drop Pearl design. Fresh Water pearls in varied sizes are expertly hand-strung on a gold chain. Visit www.framechain.co.uk to discover more of Frame Chain unique designs.

Butti eyewear case in red

Beautiful cases by Butti combine luxurious leather and aesthetically pleasing designs to stylishly protect frames. Finest quality leathers are sourced in Italy for the unique styles that are lined in pure silk. The cases are crafted in Great Britain and include designs for men and women that are elegant, chic and so useful. www.butti.co.uk

Mauve link chain by Emmanuelle Khanh

Emmanuelle Khanh was a pioneer in eyewear design, and her legacy lives on with Eva Gaumé capturing the spirit of the iconic designer. The latest accessory designs include a lovely, contemporary link chain – delicate in mauve (featured above) or sophisticated in black. “Chaînettes Bijoux” are emblematic of Emmanuelle Khanh’s fashion and function creed. www.ek.fr JG

New opening: Krewe, NYC

Following the flagship in New Orleans, and a 6 month pop-up style residency, in Soho, New York, US brand Krewe has opened a permanent location at ​85 1⁄2 Spring St.​

The airy minimal interior has been designed “to cultivate an intimate experience with the brand while strengthening the ties between New Orleans and New York”. Utilizing flora displays, a modern white decor and New Orleans-based artisans to create interior finishings, the space has a close affinity with Krewe’s standalone storefront in the French Quarter of their city of origin.

“New Yorkers are continuing to seek out Krewe,” says founder and creative director, Stirling Barrett. “This store is a celebration of the success that we’ve had with our 6th month residency and our relationship with the SoHo neighborhood.”

Krewe was founded in 2013. The brand is built on the philosophy of doing something unexpected from a place no one would expect. Using the spirit and soul of New Orleans as a source of inspiration, KREWE’s frames are designed to embrace individuality. Designed by Barrett in KREWE’s New Orleans design studio the collection includes colorful hand-carved plant-based acetates, mixed metals, and a wide array of premium lenses. www.krewe.com CN

Artisanal eyewear jewellery: Anneleen Bertels

Wear the Eyes SS18 – An Artisanal Eyewear Collection designed by Belgian fashion designer Anneleen Bertels for Liselore Frowijn ‘MEXICO’ SS18 collection. Handcrafted in collaboration with Eline De Winter and Vincent Verstrepen.

The SS18 “Wear the eyes”- collection by Anneleen Bertels in collaboration with Eline De Winter and Vincent Verstrepen is the search for the functionality of ‘viewing’ and the luxury of admiring eyewear as a custom-made piece of jewelry or fine art. Shaped in an entirely handcrafted manner, the designs are executed with close attention to detail and are exclusively available as a limited couture edition.

Catwalk: Liselore Frowijn MEXICO SS18

‘Wear the eyes’ is an architectural game of raw and refined metal drawings for the eyes with fractions of colours, inspired by the 3-dimensional shapes of swimming goggles and the sharpness of sports eyewear. The aim, according to Bertels, was to push the limit of what eyewear can and could be.

Close-up: eyewear design by Anneleen Bertels

The artisan’s expertise is reflected by the way the lenses are placed on the frames, referencing ancient and traditional ways of setting stones and diamonds on jewelry. “These frames are shaped out of the idea that we should experience and feel our surroundings more consciously through the objects we are in touch with on a daily basis,” explains the designer. Anneleen aims to reach out for objects that have the power to create effective experiences and make us want to invest more in a tactile and emotional relationship and interaction with these objects over time.

Catwalk: Liselore Frowijn MEXICO SS18

For this collection, Anneleen Bertels collaborated with and called upon the expertise of jewelry designers and makers Vincent Verstrepen en Eline De Winter, who assisted her throughout the whole design process with their knowledge and insights. They crafted the eyewear in their atelier with extreme precision. All the coloured lenses were provided by Zeiss. The designs are available exclusively from the designer via www.anneleenbertels.be. CN

Collectibles: Vinylize x AC/DC

Vinylize extends their ranges this season with a new musical connection. The Official Vinylize x AC/DC collection is a special edition of “collectible” optical frames and sunglasses, with fronts laminated with the 22 x multi-platinum “Back in Black”, AC/DC’s seventh studio album and sixth international release, produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, which has gone down in history as one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Vinylize model Noise

The frames have the distinctive hand-finished nuances typical of the Budapest brand, with names inspired by the tracks on the album. Model Noise is linked to the final track on Back in Black – “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”, an anthem that captures the feeling of the time.

Three optical frames and three sunglasses (with polarised lenses) are available in the limited collection, each in three sizes. Find out more about handmade vinyl designs by Zach Tipton at www.vinylize.com CN

Monochrome mood

For those who love a throwback, the new wave of monochrome in fashion and home decor, with a nod to the 60s (and a hint of the 90s), comes with a modern flavour and directional elegance, whatever the context. In the accessory world, the trend is easy-to-wear and instantly on point, and designers – from specialists in eyewear to milliners and home furnishing creatives – are having fun with the mix, as a “fresh” redefined statement or classic combo. Above: AnifInChains, Athens, produce coloured chains including marble effects and black&white styles – for details: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnifInChains   

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Hathaway by Claire Goldsmith

On the face, black and white or black and crystal provides a touch of drama and individuality, and an interesting alternative to all over black. Claire Goldsmith’s model Hathaway, a luxurious example, features a front in a thin black with crystal acetate, and a silhouette inspired by the cat eye with a deep, square form. More two-tone designs including Dalton (in Matte Slate & Storm) are featured in the CG line by the great-granddaughter of iconic designer Oliver Goldsmith: details at www.olivergoldsmith.com

CM 10 by Vue DC

Also combined on the front, the monochrome mix makes a statement in Vue DC’s CM 10, with the black along the brow and crystal outlining the eyes. The frame is handmade in France and stands out for its artisan finishing and artsy, charismatic silhouette. Find more inspiration at  www.vuedc.fr CN

The wall display: celebrating colour

As rugs see a revival as true works of art fit for display on the wall, a new exhibition in Milan, timed for Milan Design Week, presents the Boucherouite collection of stunning Berber “Afolki” carpets.

The carpets come from different parts of the Middle Atlas in Morocco. Those created in Azilal are particularly creative, woven by hand by Berber women who expertly select the mix of recycled cotton, wool and synthetic materials. Above: Forbidden Dance – made with Boucherouite recycled yarn

Wedding Flight

The new Boucherouite collection for 2018 is the result of a careful selection of designs from different localities in the region and lengthy discussion with the female creators themselves.

“The Boucherouite is a universal women’s code. It comes from the heart and develops through the women’s hands with extraordinary creativity,” says Mohamed El Alami, the founder of Afolki. “When I describe the carpets it is as if I am talking about Maliparmi, every creation is like a small and unique story. From this affinity is born the idea of a partnership with the Salone, and it represents a perfect occasion to present our new collection.”

For more information visit www.maliparmi.com / www.afolki.com – Boutique Maliparmi, via Solferino 3, Brera, Milan – 17th to 22nd April 2018 – CN

Feminine for S/S18: 4 unique designs

Spring offers a fresh start and an opportune moment to update spectacles and sunglasses. On our radar for women are statement titanium and acetate designs with a clear identity and absolute precision in details, colours and flattering feminine shaping.

Falvin Eyewear’s model Orbit – from the Black Crystal Collection – exemplifies luxury sophistication in a Danish design concept where the handcrafted titanium frames come with precious platings of palladium, rose gold and 24 carat gold. Rendered in a subtle two-tone colour scheme, the frame is modern and fashion-forward and perfectly suited to everyday wear, with the kind of comfort and barely-there feel that ensures a pleasurable experience through long periods. www.falvineyewear.com

Cosmos by Lafont Paris

The sweet model Cosmos by Lafont Paris, an acetate design with a tri-colour combination, is a classical example of the cat’s eye shape with a playful femininity in pretty, fashionable pastels (colour way Cosmos 3100) of pink crystal and teal with bright blue temples. www.lafont.com

Model Bise: ic! berlin ‘silk’ collection

Delicate colours and a very narrow shaping create the feminine touch in model Bise by ic! berlin, part of the super fine silk collection – free from “unnecessary branding or ornament”. These designs have a new 3.5mm screwless hinge –  a progressive frame feature that offers excellent slimline aesthetics and long-lasting comfort. The two tone front is a fun new look in a season of bolder eyewear statements and colour. www.ic-berlin.de

Tyche + Iset Eyewear: effortless femininity in model Casablanca

Morganne Leigh initially began Tyche + Iset Eyewear as a portfolio piece in order to attain graphic design jobs after college. Always a sunglasses enthusiast, Morganne decided to try her hand at product design after studying jewelry design. In order to stand apart for her debut collection (Autumn 2014), she chose to utilize her handwritten signature of “Los Angeles” across the top of the frame, laser etched into the acetate and rubbed with gold oil. Another exclusive detail, which is her brand’s signature, is the gold music note charm on every model’s temple tip. Casablanca (pictured above), is available in an elegant acetate in chestnut (brown multi) with almond brown lenses, magenta (magenta ombré to clear) with grey lenses, and slate (black ombré to clear) with a blue-grey lens. Find out more about the designer at www.tycheandiset.com CN

Ørgreen Optics Sunglasses

Modern architecture characterises the Spring/Summer 2018 sunglass designs from Ørgreen Optics with function, fashion and flair represented in the elegant frames. Classic shapes with daring accents and colourations highlight sun specs for men and women. The capsule collection pays homage to two of the grand masters of modern architecture – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. The frames unite a trio of architectural elements, new technology and industrial design effects. Sunglasses for this fresh look at sun wear are available in monochrome tones, and bold, multi-coloured combinations. Discover more Ørgreen news at www.orgreenoptics.com JG

L.G.R Heritage Edition

Heritage is an intricate component in everything that Luca Gnecchi Ruscone creates. As he celebrates the 10th anniversary of L.G.R, the Italian designer has launched The Heritage Limited Edition, that beautifully and elegantly reinterprets four iconic models of the distinguished brand: Asmara, Casablanca, Keren and Reunion. (Top image: Luca Gnecchi Ruscone)

Casablanca – Heritage Limited Edition by L.G.R

The L.G.R legacy is rooted in the warehouse discovery of his beloved grandfather – Raffaello Bini – in Asmara in the capital city of Eritrea. Luca came across lenses, sunglasses and cameras that his grandfather used to import. The depth and scope of these vintage treasures influenced Luca to create his own eyewear label. Ten years on, the L.G.R brand is renowned internationally for frames individually handcrafted in Italy by skilled artisans, in the finest quality hand-polished materials.

L.G.R 10th Anniversary – Asmara – iconic design

The new models reflect Luca’s innate appreciation of quality  and homage to Raffaello Bini. The frames are crafted in matt acetate and equipped with polarised tempered mineral glass lenses, with the flaps in cellulose acetate. Small and sophisticated apertures on the side flaps are characterised by the lines of the three-light window in Luca’s grandfather’s store – Ottica Bini in the suburbs of Asmara. The four different designs are packaged in a smart leather box, or if purchased separately, presented in an exclusive, customised box and canvas case.

L.G.R Heritage Limited Edition – Keren

The L.G.R brand has established an international following in selected stores, and Luca recently opened a superbly stylish boutique on Corso Garibaldi in Milan. His individualistic, authentic, beautiful, ingenious designs are favourites with global clients, celebrities, and fashion-conscious wearers who appreciate top quality, cosmopolitan eyewear. Happy Anniversary L.G.R! www.lgrworld.com JG

Dayle @artfulcitystyle NYC

New Yorker Dayle from @artfulcitystyle describes herself as “combining art and style in Manhattan”. A former advocate and public speaker, today, alongside a busy volunteer job in an art gallery, Dayle is the star of an Instagram account with 20.5k followers created with professional photographer, Denton Taylor (www.dentontaylor.com). Dayle’s clever approach to personal style and enthusiasm and openness to trying new things has turned her into a fashion influencer with particular appeal to a fashion-aware over 40 audience. Eyestylist asked her about her inspiration and passion for clothes, accessories and statement eyeglasses.

Your expertise in styling accessories and eyewear has developed out of a love for fashion and art. Tell us more. I have always viewed style as a form of self-expression. So dressing myself—figuring out how to accessorize an outfit or how to combine pieces— is my art form. I have always been drawn to the arts—both visual and performing arts. I did musical theater for years, worked in an art gallery when I was in school, and now, in my retirement, am a docent at an art museum.

Your unique style involves combining outfits with interesting accessories and glasses/sunglasses. Have you always done this? Accessorizing is something I have always done and had fun with. Social media has not changed anything about how I put myself together. It merely allows me to share it with a larger audience.

Above: Dayle wears VAVA spectacles – model WL 0009 in Mazzuchelli bioplastic- a 100% recyclable  material (www.vavaeyewear.com). Photography by @dentontaylor for @artfulcitystyle / NYC.

Dayle wears theo glasses (www.theo.bePhotography by @dentontaylor

Eyewear is for you a statement. Do you shop for frames in one optical store and can you tell us about it? Do they offer you style advice or do you seek out particular shapes or colours depending on your apparel/jewellery for the season? Are they finding “original” frames for you or are you shopping around? I buy most of my glasses from Petite Optique (www.petiteoptique.com) in New York. They have a great selection of unique frames. They know me well and know what I like and what will look good on my face and still work with my prescription. I tend to do best with round frames. I am also looking for frames that are unusual and that most resemble art.

How did you come to select the VAVA frame? I had been looking for black frames for quite a while, but wanted something that didn’t look too severe, since I am very fair-skinned. I tried on many many black frames until I saw the VAVA and fell in love with that.

Dayle wears theo glasses – Photography by @dentontaylor

Can you offer any tips on styling eyewear, for anyone who has not considered that their specs are in fact an extension of their personality. How can we approach the overall look and coordinate with everything else we wear successfully? Many people find it difficult to pull off and need to find that confidence. I think that eyeglasses are a great accessory. As long as you need to wear them, celebrate that! I either use eyeglasses to bring a pop of color to an outfit or to color coordinate with what I am wearing. Finding shapes that work best on your face is extremely important.

What have been your favourite frames to wear in terms of shape, colour or unique design? 
I mostly wear round frames and I like large glasses. I have a lot of glasses by theo. They come out with interesting and unique designs every year and also have great colors!

Find the eyewear featured in this story at Petite Optique, New York – www.petiteoptique.com. Browse the collections at: www.vavaeyewear.com / www.theo.be CN

Crystal clear

Spring into the season with frames flourishing in crystal clear designs by leading eyewear creators. Luminous tranquillity, an aura of calm and serenity like a beautiful sea or lake, highlights crystal frames that are cool, clear and comfortable. Certain frames have the slightest tint, or temples accented with a flourish of bright colour. Clear acetate frames were particularly fashionable in the 1950’s, usually with cat-eye shaping. Nowadays, technology and beautiful quality acetate – ensure crystal acetate frames are chic and contemporary. The latest designs are a refreshing accent to spring/summer fashions. Sahin from the Götti Switzerland Collection (above) radiates a lustrous glow in acetate with a soft blush and stainless steel temples. www.gotti.ch

CAP by Lafont Paris

Thomas Lafont at Lafont expresses – and impresses – with a crystal design – CAP – in a timeless shape and a flash of colour on the temples. www.lafont.com

PIKE by l.a. Eyeworks

A tawny glow highlights PIKE from l.a. Eyeworks. A bold, fabulous square shape blends retro with modern techniques. www.laeyeworks.com

SMART by Karmoie

Crystal designs in sunny styles are flattering and SMART by Karmoie in Norway and a “smart” choice for summer holidays. The distinctive, round shape is also ideal for small faces. www.karmoie.com

Fantastique VIII by Plein Les Mirettes

Plein Les Mirettes bring a sculptural grace to clear acetate with Fantastique VIII, in a design that shimmers in the light. www.plein-les-mirettes.fr

Sol Sol Ito 010

Sol Sol Ito 010 is distinctly distinguished with its straight bridge, round eye shape, and dashing bright red temples. www.solsolito.com JG

JF Rey CarbonWood

Nowadays, exceptional materials and unique combinations inspire intriguing eyewear designs, as seen in the handsome collection for men – JF Rey CARBONWOOD. The frames feature fine materials, style, creativity, and technical excellence. Slim layers of carbon fibres unite with natural wood tones in contemporary shapes. Combinations include intense black carbon silhouetted with wood, or bi-material variations with bright colour contrasts. Discover more versions of sleek JF Rey CARBONWOOD designs at www.jfrey.fr JG

Oak: desirable design

In the design world, oak provides an inimitable surface texture, desirable natural colour tones and opportunity for innovation in form and detail.

A tribute to the great master of chair design, Hans J. Wegner, whose anniversary takes place in early April, a unique edition of the Wishbone Chair is produced in ancient oak.

The Danish architect is considered a pioneering furniture designer of the twentieth century. As a driving force behind ‘Danish Modern’, he helped change the general public’s view of furniture in the 1950s and 1960s. His passion for designing chairs, more than 500 of them, is recognised worldwide and reflected in his title ‘the Master of the Chair’.

The oak edition of the chair is available on April 2-3rd, 2018 exclusively, and features a brass plate engraved with Wegner’s signature and a certificate of authenticity.

“Hans J. Wegner has left a unique cultural heritage that continues to inspire. His furniture has the potential to be challenged and reimagined in new materials. This is what we have done with the new Ancient Oak variant, which will be of particular interest to collectors and Wegner enthusiasts,” explains Knud Erik Hansen from Carl Hansen & Son.

The special-edition Wishbone Chair can be purchased from authorized Carl Hansen & Son dealers and flagship stores. Details at www.carlhansen.com

ROLF Spectacles: the handcrafted Sprite and Star models

At ROLF Spectacles, the leader in handcrafted wood eyewear, who subscribe to the same high craftsmanship standards in wood design, the circular SPRITE and STAR models from the EVOLVED collection are for lovers of pure minimalist glasses. Made from Smoked Oak, Maple Smoked Oak, and Smoked Oak Walnut and handcrafted in the Austrian Tyrol with outstanding precision through each step of production, the grain of the natural material and the subtle nuances of the colours are immediately visible. Moreover, these artisan frames offer exceptional comfort thanks to the natural finish of the oak and a multi-directional screwless, metal-free Flexlock hinge. Find out about ROLF Spectacles stockists at www.rolf-spectacles.com CN

The First Floor at Götti + Niederer Lucerne

Repeated visits to the elegant Götti + Niederer Boutique in Lucerne, Switzerland are always a genuine pleasure. Located in a landmark building, the boutique – celebrating its 25th anniversary this year – is situated on an historical square – Mühlenplatz – in the city’s charming Old Town. Evolution and discovery go hand in hand for Urs Niederer – whose passion for fine eyewear sizzles with enthusiasm.

Welcome to the First Floor at Götti + Niederer Lucerne

The latest excitement in the boutique is the launch of The First Floor. This beautiful space, just above the main building, with its original parquet floors and decor has occasionally hosted exhibitions, designer appearances and short-term events, but was never used continuously. Now Niederer – with the design expertise of Thomas Frischknecht, who works at Götti Switzerland in Marketing and Communication – has launched a concept for young, fashion conscious people who love frames, but may not be able to afford luxury labels.

Artful display at The First Floor

Emphasis is on sunglasses, with frame prices not exceeding 300 Swiss Francs. Niederer resources young eyewear and accessory designers from Switzerland and globally. The selection includes Sunday Somewhere from Australia; Pride, Web and Gambini from Italy; Funk Food in Germany; and Myth from Korea, among others.

Frames are stylishly displayed on metal lattice work

The decor on The First Floor is fresh, contemporary and chic. “I love cactus,” says Niederer, “so when Thomas and I were discussing the design concept, we wanted something simple and natural.” Frames are displayed on cube units, wall shelves, and metal latticework, with an exotic selection of cactus displays. Frischknecht’s streamlined, uncluttered approach to The First Floor ambiance ensures an inviting, relaxing environment for leisurely trying on frames. Niederer plans to hold various events on The First Floor – and stipulates: “Everything is going to be fun and an adventure!” And indeed it is! www.goetti-niederer.ch JG

erase by Masahiro Maruyama

Japanese designer Masahiro Maruyama has a fresh, artistic approach to frame design. The erase collection, the latest series proposed by the young designer and a terrific example of his innovative style, applies the process of drawing and ‘erasing’, removing pieces of the frames and questioning the understanding of perfection.

Each frame is individually shaped by a skilled craftsman by filing the entire surface. This makes it possible to create a well-balanced combination of rim, endpiece, thickness of temple, and shape of nose pad for an excellent feel and fit. Intensive polishing allows for the very smooth finish and beautiful luster.

Portrait of the designer: Masahiro Maruyama

All Maruyama’s designs are produced in the eyewear region of Fukui, in Kawada ward, Sabae city. According to the designer, here, “the fine craftsmanship and quality goes without saying.” For more information about Maruyama, one of the most talked about Japanese young designers in original eyewear this season, visit www.masahiromaruyama.com CN

Tony Gross, Cutler & Gross, 1939-2018

Tony Gross, co-founder of British eyewear brand Cutler & Gross has died, aged 78. Gross was an advocate of fashionable, trendsetting eyewear design that attracted fashion circles and celebrities including Elton John, Princess Diana and Grace Jones.

The Cutler & Gross label was started in London in 1969 by partners Tony and Graham, who met at optometry school in London in the ’60s. The entrepreneurial duo opened their first store in Knightsbridge in 1971, stocking handmade bespoke frames, designed, unlike most at the time, as a fashion accessory.

“Tony truly believed in the transcendence of spectacles from unattractive, government-funded pieces of eye science to a genuine fashion accessory infused with sex appeal and glamour.” Extract from Forty Years of Vision and Style, 2009.

“I still have vivid memories of meeting Tony at Optometry College in London,” says Graham Cutler. “We were looking for something to occupy ourselves at lunchtimes, and Tony suggested poker. So he taught me how to play and groups of us would play each day for money. He had been a professional player before going to College, so was very successful! We also discovered that we had met a lot of the same people in our earlier rambles around Soho.

Modern style: Cutler & Gross model 1277 – from the 2018 collection

“After college our friendship continued, and we ended up working for the same group of Optometrists in London, and often working together. We started talking about opening our own practice, where we would each be able to work just six months of the year. Obviously that plan didn’t work out!”

Marie Wilkinson, Design Director for over 30 years at Cutler & Gross said: “He was, without question, a pioneer, turning eyewear into the genuine fashion accessory infused with sex appeal and glamour that we know today. The first three decades of the brand’s existence had much to do with Tony’s formidable social appetite and his ability to mix just as easily with Royalty and music stars, as with his wonderful friends that filled the Cutler & Gross stores. Tony’s enthusiasm and taste were undeniably infectious, and coupled with his skill as an Optometrist, drew huge cross-sections of people to the brand. His spirit continues to give Cutler & Gross its unique and much loved personality to this day. He will be sorely missed.” Portrait (top) by Dennis Rolfe / www.cutlerandgross.com  CN

Isabelle Lunettes and Decodheure

Isabelle Lunettes Nantes, interior design by Decodheure: redesigned in 2017, the new store explores colour and minimal open spaces to highlight exclusive individual eyewear collections.

“I first opened my shop in 2008, in a collaboration with the network Rien Ne Va Plus,” explains Isabelle, the owner of Isabelle Lunettes in Nantes, one of the most beautiful optical stores we have seen in Europe in recent months.

“The shop was originally, “Le Petit Salon des Créateurs.” In 2017, I decided to leave the group and became completely independent. At that time I got in touch with friends who owned an agency in Nantes called Idile Edito and I started the year with a total redesign of our visual image and graphics. We changed the name, the logo, and the graphics completely. And then I realised it was also the right time to change the interior.”

Isabelle Lunettes Nantes: redesigned in Autumn 2017

By the end of the year, Isabelle had completely transformed the store with a new striking interior. “It was natural to choose Decodheure (www.decodheure.com). Sandie and Pierre-Edouard were introduced to me by my communications agency Idile Edito who have worked with each other on many different projects. When we met, we were completely in tune with the vision and design and I was able to put all my trust in their work. The project was completely focused on DESIGN – GRAPHICS – and COLOUR….”

Isabelle Lunettes Nantes

“I am completely in love with the new store, I feel completely at home here. The interior design corresponds completely to my vision of creative eyewear: chic, modern, and very colourful”, Isabelle told Eyestylist.

Featured brands: Cutler & Gross / Dita / Thom Browne / Struktur / l.a. eyeworks / Coblens / Kuboraum / Kaleos Eyehunters / Blake Kuwahara / Clément Lunetier / Robert La Roche. Address: 24 Rue de Strasbourg, 44000 Nantes, France – www.isabellelunettes.fr Interior design by https://decodheure.com CN

Sunset Reef by Blackfin

Contemporary, sleek and sculpted shapes characterise the striking sunglass collection for Spring/Summer 2018 by Blackfin. Designed and produced in Italy, Blackfin frames are crafted in the finest quality titanium, with the latest technical innovations. Sunset Reef is two-dimensional with a bas-relief on the front, for a highly original effect with a dual colour scheme. The frame shape is an expressive mix of retro with futuristic direction. Discover more beautiful designs by Blackfin at www.blackfin.eu JG

Inspired influences

Ideas, concepts, and influences spring from many sources – nature, music, art, fashion, architecture, and much more. The latest eyewear collections demonstrate how designers draw upon a wide variety of familiar sources to create frames that are innovative and distinctive. Cuddly little koala bears – Australia’s favourite fauna – decorate unique Limited Edition sunglasses by Jono Hennessy.

Inspired by the Australian native – KOALA sunglasses by Jono Hennessy

Hennessy and the family love their country, and decided to celebrate the Australian natives with their fluffy ears and amazing nose. KOALA sunglasses are fitted with quality CR39 brown gradient lenses. Visit www.jonohennessy.com for more super sunnies.

VIVACE

The elegance and charm of music highlights designs from the VIVACE Collection that includes XL2116, in a contemporary silhouette with sleek understatement.

Vivace by Line Art Charmant is inspired by the world of music –

Fluidity and smooth design features are crafted in flexible Excellence Titanium, and the frame features temples with delicate colour ingredients that harmonise with subtle contrasts. For additional styles inspired by the world of music in the Line Art Collection explore www.charmant.com

Orchid from The Capri Collection by L.G.R

The landscape, colours, and natural beauty of The Isle of Capri inspires Luca Gnecchi Ruscone’s delightfully chic Capri Collection. The newest rendition is Orchid – a glamorous cat-eye in Matt Limoncello with gradient green lenses. The Capri Collection captures the atmosphere, beauty and colours of the Italian Rivera reflected in Luca’s graceful designs. www.lgrworld.com

Amaranto from The Flowers Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei

The rich tones and blossoming beauty of nature influences frames in Oliviero Zanon’s Flowers Collection for Res/Rei. The frames are handmade in a variety of acetates – fusing and overlapping to create designs that express flower petals and delicacy. Amaranto is the latest interpretation in The Flowers Collection that projects feminine flair. www.resrei.com

Ray from The Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk

A clear, tranquil, aquamarine sea comes to mind with Kirk & Kirk’s beautifully transparent design – Ray from the Kaleidoscope Collection – in lightweight, durable Acrylic. The bold shape adds lustre and allure to a design characterised with smooth, modernised elegance. www.kirkandkirk.com JG

New launch: Omniment Jacket

The Lasnik team, known for their clever and practical specs cleaning product (Eyeshaker) have launched a high-quality men’s jacket, designed with an eyewear pocket and other special features.


The Omniment jacket is made from loden, a classic, warm fabric, produced in South Tyrol, and the details around the head and face feature soft alcantara from the utmost comfort in cold weather.
“We wanted to create a good looking jacket where you can store your glasses comfortably,” explains Patrick Volk. “The idea is to have them showing in a pocket, and not completely hidden away.”

The Omniment jacket : converts to a backpack for ease

The special front pocket is lined and designed to ensure the glasses can not fall out. Under the arms, a high-tech ventilation system brings added comfort in different temperatures. The jacket converts into a backpack so you can move around with it easily when not wearing it. For more details : www.lasnikeyeworks.com /  www.eyeshaker.com CN

OG Decades: Iconic

The iconic British brand Oliver Goldsmith has launched a superb collection of sunglasses – OG Decades – to celebrate their 90th anniversary. An amazing eyewear journey that began in the “Roaring 20’s” has overcome numerous international crises – including a World War – achieving an enamoured and engaging history that continues to captivate global customers. (Top image: 1930 OG Decades)

Roaring 20’s: 1920 OG Decades

Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Michael Caine and Lady Gaga are just a few of the spectacle wearers who have created style legacies wearing Oliver Goldsmith. Nowadays, fashion world luminaries, royalty, rock stars and movie stars embrace the striking, timeless designs.

Swinging Sixties: 1960 OG Decades

The collection includes ten different frames that transcend the lifestyle and fashion highlights of each decade, with every design meticulously investigated.

New century: 2000 OG Decades

If travels take you to London, include on your itinerary a visit to the stunning OG Store.LDN, in Notting Hill, just off Portobello Road. Here you can connect to the history and heritage of the Goldsmith family, as well as seeing the current collections, and admiring the influential designs that are recognised as historic and timeless. Visit www.olivergoldsmith.com for further details on all the collections at Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses, and Claire Goldsmith Optical. JG

Colour stories: diverse or unexpected

Bolder. More unusual. Statement-making tones and eccentric combinations. In colour, the direction for 2018 offers an ever widening choice of looks and colour combinations in frame design, tied to the fashion collections, as well as a general desire for self-expression, unique choices and an upbeat, fun and positive focus on exploring and experimenting with new ideas.

Lens colours are particularly playful. ic! berlin’s capsule collection TWOTWO comprises layer upon layer of colour and texture in shapes inspired by the mod movement of 1960s London. The limited edition frame froufrou features oversized circular lenses capped with contrasting sheetmetal inlays. Above: Claudia wears Froufrou in black with orange lens, by ic! berlin – www.ic-berlin.de

ARC BF822 by Blackfin – metallic red

Blackfin, the Italian brand of titanium eyewear has added new colours for model ARC in a limited editionThis sunglass has been presented in a special limited edition of just 499 pieces in each of the three colour combinations. With its front in pure titanium and patented Swordfish beta-titanium temples, ARC is available in opaque black/metallic grey with silver mirrored lenses, metallic tropical blue with blue mirrored graduated-tint lenses and metallic red with bright red mirrored lenses (above). The arch, a structural support element, lends an original connotation to the frame, as the name implies. But the arch can also be seen as the span of a bridge, in this case embracing the lenses and enclosing them in the single piece of metal. www.blackfin.eu

S.Vranjes Eyewear – Vidice in orange with tortoise

Colours that have traditionally been popular in eyewear are appearing in combination with less common choices. Independent designers are particularly creative in this area, proposing, with specialist materials, the classical appeal of a tortoise or Havana acetate with a bright pop of acidic colour, in one single frame. Model Vidice is an artisan design from Stephane Vranjes, an artist and optical store owner living in the South of France. His handmade designs are linked with the medium of photography, and play with colour and individual material mixes. http://eyewear-stephane-vranjes.tumblr.com

Ulrikke by FLEYE

At Fleye Copenhagen, new releases focus on summery colours with inspiration coming from traditional Danish smørrebrød featuring foods such as butternut squash, lobster and tangerine. Model Ulrikke offers refined lines and subtle colour schemes, pictured here with the finest golden temples. Find out more about this trendsetting Danish brand at www.fleye.dk CN

Tiramisu by theo eyewear Irresistible indulgence

Fancy an indulgent spoonful of Tiramisu? Most indulgences when connected to cuisine come with massive amounts of calories. Here is an exception: theo’s delicious rendition of Tiramisu – layered like the famous dessert – and totally without calories! Theo loves layers, and the new Desserts Collection explores provocative colourations in acetate that makes the most of layers and the play of light.

Sweet indulgence – Tiramisu inspired the Desserts Collection by Patrick Hoet at theo

Desserts was designed by Patrick Hoet with four different, individualistic models that are inspired – layer by layer  – of celebrated desserts, including Tiramisu (top photo) Parfait, Mille-feuille and Trifle. Visit www.theo.be for more details on the Desserts Collection – and all theo’s inspirational designs. JG

Anna-Karin Karlsson x Halpern: Glam duo

Among the glamorous collaborations at London Fashion Week was Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson, and New York born, London based, Michael Halpern. Both designers are noted for the luxurious tone of their respective eyewear and fashion models. Karlsson adorns her exotic frames with diamantes, enamelled flowers, and fresh water pearls; while Halpern enjoys working in sultry velvet and satin, adding sequin and feathers for movie-star status. Indeed, Marion Cotillad wears his exclusive designs.

Anna-Karin Karlsson x Halpern – lavish fashion and eyewear

“I am thrilled to work with super-talented Halpern,” said Anna-Karin, “as we both share a love for over-the-top glamour juxtaposed with classic shapes. For this collaboration I have created designs that intensify Halpern’s sense of hyper femininity and flow, and eyewear with strong, sharp, asymmetrical lines.”

Streamlined and lithe – Anna-Karin Karlsson x Halpern

The sunglasses featured in the catwalk show are handcrafted in titanium by Japanese eyewear artisans, who carved each piece of garniture by hand, with the lenses hand tinted and hand cut. The lavish avant-garde designs are executed only through handcrafted and exclusive materials, and represent the Anna-Karin Karlsson trademark for amazingly individual eyewear expressions. www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

The Great Hat Exhibition 2018

In March, 130 Milliners from around the world will showcase their 200 beautiful creations inspired by a piece of history or culture, crafted with unique technique and creative expertise. The exhibition takes place at The Living Centre, near King’s Cross during London Hat Week (www.londonhatweek.com), a celebration of the art of hats and a showcase of talented designers from around the world. The name of the 2018 London Hat Week exhibition originates from the historical Great Exhibition that took place in London in 1851.

Hat by Natasha Mobey Millinery

The exhibition is managed and curated by Monique Lee, Founder of X Terrace, a fashion platform tailored to connect creatives in Europe with fast growing fashion companies worldwide. Monique’s designs have been featured on more than 200 covers of the most prestigious fashion and design magazines in the world including Vogue, Vanity Fair and L’Officiel. She has recently become one of the official milliners for Royal Ascot 2018.

Hat by Monique Lee

In anticipation of the exhibition, a press preview at PINKO flagship store highlighted 32 of the hats in a live presentation with four models. Designers participating included Wendy Scully Millinery, Dorothy Morant Millinery, Monique Lee, and Ana bella.

The Great Hat exhibition takes place from 22nd to 28th March 2018 at The Living Centre, 2 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1DF. For more details and tickets visit www.xterrace.com/hat18 CN

 

Stylish & sexy: Face à Face Bocca Walk 2

Fun, stylish, distinctive: The Bocca series from Face à Face Paris is always imaginative and engaging. The latest interpretation is Bocca Walk 2 – in vivid Cherry Red with contrasting colourations on the inner temples. A gold metal nose bridge adds a touch of sparkle.

Inspiring: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Photo: Texas Ballet Theatre

Nearly six years ago, Pascal Jaulent at Face à Face had a whimsical idea for frame temples expressed in legs – dancing, prancing, and curvy legs with fashionista shoes to complete the concept. Frame connoisseurs loved them instantly – and now the Bocca models are eagerly anticipated for their unique styling – debonair and dazzling. A collector’s treasure! www.faceaface-paris.com JG

United Kingdom: Albert Road Opticians

Deepak Oberai is the owner of Albert Road Opticians, a beautiful converted Edwardian house in Wilmslow. Eyestylist asked him about the store, which has an original setting and exquisite mix of eyewear collections.

When did you first open and can you tell me about how you had imagined your store initially? Albert Road Opticians is set in a house that has a lot of character. When we first opened, I was aware of the potential but did not maximise this. However after an impromptu climb of Mt Kilimanjaro, I decided I wanted us to be ‘The House of Spectacles’. So I decided to take it back to the original features (fire places, picture rails) and treat people as if they are coming over to your house, with a lovely cup of tea! This was a game changer for us.

Edwardian style at Albert Road

You are working with very creative brands like theo from Belgium? How is it going, and is there a greater interest for statement design? What have your experiences been so far? Theo is my personal favourite. Initially when we introduced this at Albert Road Opticians we did not know how to approach the bolder design conversation. However, as with anything, practice makes perfect and we are now known for brighter, bolder designs in our local community. Our clients who have bought this eyewear may have been reluctant initially, but as soon as they get a compliment from a stranger (and this happens), they turn into raving fans. It’s incredible to see such joy on people’s faces.

Albert Rd: exclusivity and a design focus

Tell us about the design of the shop and who worked with you on it.
The shop and its unique quirky features lend to the building we are in perfectly. We worked with Sheffield based interior design company 93ft (https://93ft.com) and they really know how to push the boat. The style chosen was reclaimed furniture with a modern twist. The dark colours compliment the handmade cupboards perfectly and the reclaimed flooring brings the design together.

How much do you change your selection of frames – do you stick with old favourites or add newcomers if you find them in the shows? We attend international optical shows regularly to see what is up and coming. When we see something exciting we like to build relationships with that brand and see if they are a good fit for us. Generally we only take one new brand a year if we really like it. However working with innovative brands like Theo or Anne & Valentin, their new collection releases can almost feel like a different brand so that helps keep things fresh.

You have clearly gone out of your way to provide a really special service. Tell us about this and where your priorities lie. Coming to Albert Road is like visiting a good friend. The atmosphere is relaxed; we want people to feel they are in a non-clinical environment. As the building has several rooms, we have renamed the front room, and we call it our ‘Tea Room’. This is where we offer drinks, a bit like a hotel. It the scene for the rest of the show.

Albert Rd interior

Our eye examinations are longer than the average 45 minutes. This allows us to get to know our clients better from a personal perspective. This slow, personal approach means we can highlight opportunities for multiple pair purchases, in the future, where necessary. The eyewear is presented in the ‘Eyewear Gallery’ with a few frames on show, and others hidden in drawers. We like to style people, and this subtle approach of introducing quirky eyewear works very well. Most of all we want our clients to be happy. We always say ‘Our reputation walks around on your face’ and we want this to be spectacular. This friendly relaxed approach has won us many fans.

This January, a second shop – Station Road Optician – has opened in Cheadle Hulme. 18 Albert Road, Wilmslowplan your visit at www.wilmslowopticians.co.uk CN