Copenhagen Fashion Week is underway, and as always, the Danish brand Ørgreen has something special to show. Its new 3d printed collection with Yuniku is presented in a spectacular design window by GamFratesi at the flagship store in Store Regnegade 1, a street that boasts some of the city’s most fashionable shopping destinations.
Drawing attention to the exclusive customised collection which currently has 12 models in six colours, the GamFratesi installation takes inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s diverse and eclectic approach to portraiture, never rendering one face in the same way. The accentuated quirks of Picasso’s portraits—evident in the portrayal of his muses Dora Maar, Olga Khokhlova, and his daughter, May—work to celebrate the diversity amongst people: their unique shape, size, and spirit.
The partnership between Ørgreen and Yuniku is an extension of Ørgreen’s desire to provide diverse product range choices for a wider spectrum of consumers, always with respect to a Nordic aesthetic, and with an eye for the newest technological innovation.
Meaning “unique” in Japanese, Yuniku celebrates the uniqueness of the human face with a special scanner that measures facial features. By taking the lifestyle of the consumer into account, lenses are individually designed while the frame is 3D printed around the individual’s visual needs, all in all matching vision, face and personal styling. More details at www.orgreenoptics.comCN
London’s fair at ExCel, 100% Optical, presented an array of new looks in eyewear, from designers and companies across the international frame and sunglasses business. The UK demand for individual glasses is growing, and astute independent opticians have realised the gains in searching for the less easy to find labels, offering creative shapes, innovative, technical frames and beautiful eyewear materials and colours. Above: TAVAT Tactile: from Italy, an evolution in its timeless collection of fine acetate and metal/acetate combination designs. www.tavateyewear.com
Highlighted at the fair, Silhouette’s extensive launches for 2018 include a collaboration with Perret Schaad, representing a new re-craft of Silhouette’s iconic Titan Minimal Art frame for Spring/Summer 2018.
Johanna Perret and Tutia Schaad, the pair behind the label, are best known for sleek, minimalist designs. For Silhouette, the resulting frame takes the form of a unique modified hexagon shape – with cutout on the outer side of each lens -which embodies influences of architecture and geometric styling. Despite the dramatic angles, the design personifies the designers’ passion for minimalism and weightlessness. www.silhouette.com
The colour palette for 2018 encourages bold, exciting statements and 100% helped to highlight the very latest hues. Along with an array of new neutrals, we were impressed by the prevalence of the colour purple, which, with many other pastel tones from pale pink to baby blue and pistachio, is making a huge impression for the coming season. Fresh colour combinations were particularly lively at the independent labels we visited and tone-on-tone effects where lenses match the frame, were fresh and sophisticated. Above: Andy Wolf’s sunglass model Austin, in lilac. The lens tone blends with the frame hue: www.andy-wolf.com
Protective, stylish cases are an important element in eyewear and the array of styles has become more creative and luxurious. Butti Eyewear Cases, a new British label, produces a refined slip case design with a hard protective layer and a silk lining, perfectly suited to modern tastes. A small leather tab releases the glasses! Made in the UK, the brightly coloured cases are produced in Italian leather with a smart lustrous finish. Butti made their first appearance at the 100% fair: find details at www.butti.co.uk
This year, 100%’s excellent “Celebration of Vision” competition for RCA students offered a fascinating insight into the creative talent of the future in the UK. Two winners were announced this weekend: well done to Julia Hauss, (Womenswear –Fashion, Year 1), who designed frames based on children’s birthdays and the joy they bring, and Ely Cao, (Womenswear – Accessories, Year 1), who proposed “a gift from the crazy optician” – a box containing 94 imaginative multi-coloured modular eyewear pieces, “full of possibilities”.
An elegant new collection – Jean-François Rey Le Cuir – is highlighted with beautiful natural leathers from select tanneries in Tuscany. The Marseille based brand – sold internationally – has launched frames with new shapes that are streamlined and stylish. The chic interplay of materials – as seen above in style JF2785 – is similar to a fine collage. Superb colourations in quality leather, plus vintage details, embellish the refined shapes. Explore more of the Jean-François Rey Le Cuir – and the JF Rey universe at www.jfrey.frJG
The 100% Optical fair takes place in London this weekend. Several new exhibitors were announced in the last week, including Blackfin from Italy, David Green from South Africa and Hemp Eyewear from Scotland… as well as the iconic brand l.a. Eyeworks, from California!
Blackfin will bring its state-of-the-art titanium collection, recently updated with new colours and elegant layered silhouettes that play with colour contrasts and a spectacular frame-on-frame effect. Above: Blackfin is known for its expertise in titanium production. The frame pictured is the award-winning ARC BF822. www.blackfin.eu
Also confirmed this week is the very latest collection from l.a. Eyeworks. The Los Angeles company has long had a successful presence in the UK at stores that include Jones and Co. (Manchester), Frames in the Lanes (Brighton) and Grey St Optician (Newcastle). Style highlights include colour expertise and characterful shapes: in cateye model Ferris the bespoke lens inserts create dynamic interplays of colour and pattern. Visit their stand and look at their new season colours at www.laeyeworks.com
Tavat Eyewear, famous for the SoupCan design, returns to 100% from their HQ in Italy, to unveil the “Tactile” models in London, designs which focus on a timeless, tasteful aesthetic whilst offering the ultimate in functionality and design precision. The four new acetate shapes have a 3-step minimal hinge design and unusual pin-stripe laser treatment, forming a pattern inspired by the design of Italy’s famous ‘Riva’ boat. Find out more at www.tavateyewear.com
100% takes place at ExCel in London from 27th to 29th January. For more details and a list of the final confirmed exhibitors visit www.100percentoptical.com. We wish everyone an excellent visit to London! CN
Parisian eyewear designer Alain Mikli and haute couture designer Alexandre Vauthier have today shown an edition of avant-garde eyewear captured through the lens of Mert & Marcus on British fashion icon, Kate Moss. Above: Moss wears model Roselyne
The collaboration includes four styles: Edwidge, Edwidge jeweled, Roselyne, and Nadége that appeared on the runway at the Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture show today at Paris Couture week, with much comment.
Since the launch of his Haute Couture range in 2009, Vauthier’s luxurious and futuristic fabrics, Parisian savoir-faire and vision of the female body have ensured his creations have seduced clients around the world. CN
Photography credit: Kate Moss wears the Alain Mikli x Alexandre Vauthier Edwidge jeweled and the Roselyne in Noir Mikli with Swarovski Crystals and Grey lenses.
FLEYE Copenhagen excels in the creation of layered frames that are distinctive, as well as expressing significant fashion flair. ULLI is the latest design in FLEYE’s collection of elegantly layered frames, constructed from twenty-three layers of carbon fibre, and one delicately slim layer of wood. Then the wooden surface is tinted in beautiful, flattering tones which include ULLI 4715 (above) in Haute Red and Semi Matte Graphite. Additional colour combinations are Teal Wood with Shiny Rose Gold; Light Rose Wood and Semi-Matte Graphite; and a chic Olympian Blue with Matte Charcoal. Discover more stylish designs from FLEYE Copenhagen at www.fleye.dk JG
A showcase for leaders in international optics, the January fair in Munich provided more innovation, creative trends and design finesse than ever before, with eyewear by international creatives and designers, including ambitious start-ups and young fresh labels, showing in the beautifully presented Opti Boxes.
The fair organised a tour for fashion and eyewear influencers who travelled from across Germany and further afield to meet designers and learn about eyewear technology, new directions and design for the future.
Young label Nina Mûr from Madrid were the winners of Opti’s Blogger Spectacle Award, an initiative that was launched last year by the show, which helps promote innovative newcomers. (Last year the Barcelona brand LOOL Eyewear were awarded the prize). Above: Nina Mûr latest designs from the Memphis Collection, in collaboration with Abet Laminati. The line is inspired by the work of artist Ettore Sottsass.
Many notable collections are now launched specifically for the Munich fair, given the excellent far-reaching attendance of opticians from across Europe. Eyestylist will report on the outstanding examples in the coming weeks. They included the Cinematiq Collection from Budapest, which features handmade acetate frames with original vintage film footage in the temples. The frames are a creation by Zack Tipton (Tipton Eyeworks), the designer behind the much loved VINYLIZE brand, which has developed the ultimate designer “recycled” frame collections made by hand from discarded vinyl records. Find out more at https://vinylize.com / and https://cinematiqeyewear.com/
Always a highlight at the optical fairs, Rigards continues to explore natural and less usual materials with new masterpieces handcrafted in copper by talented artisan designer Ti Kwa; the perfectly formed small round glasses shown (model RG0104CU) have an intricate interchangeable front that “locks” onto the front of the copper frame. This design was, quite deservedly, one of the most photographed during the fair. www.rigards.com
Eyestylist.com extends thanks to OPTI-Munich for an excellent welcome at the show. The next Opti fair will take place from the 25th to 27th January 2019 at the Fairground Munich. www.opti.de CN
London’s 100% Optical takes place on 27th to 29th January, and promises an exciting event, celebrating 5 years of success at the city’s ExCel centre. Many different types of eyewear will be showcased during the weekend, with companies travelling from far and wide.
The Austrian company SILHOUETTE will launch the new Alpha Collection to UK opticians, a new addition expanding the Titan Minimal Art range. The Collection introduces a number of distinguished technical highlights, focusing on an architecturally modern design. A striking nose bridge and an updated metallic temple aesthetic, with the choice of a polished or matte finish, combined with a delicate decorative element are also highlighted. New to the range, inspired by recent SS18 trends, is the luxurious brass and rose gold metal surface. www.silhouette.com
LINDBERG’s presence in the UK continues to go from strength to strength and the Danish company will showcase highlights from across its collections for 2018. Watch out for their Sirius Titanium which won the Red Dot Award in 2017. More details at www.lindberg.com
The ‘Be Hot’ shapes in the WOOW Wool collection have light metal fronts and beautiful matching “Argyll” socks on the temples. Be Hot comes in 2 shapes and 6 colour combinations, and celebrates five years of the Woow Eyewear brand. BeHot1 is typically colourful and upbeat in a line that brings a youthful energy to eyewear! Woow is part of Design Eyewear Group and can be found at their stand at 100%. www.wooweyewear.com
Gotti Switzerland offers a diverse collection of smart, minimal eyewear including 3d printed luxury styles (DIMENSION), a lightweight trendy rimless collection (Perspective) and design classics in titanium and buffalo horn. The new DIMENSION frames offer the ultimate in personalised 3d printed eyewear – with a touch of bold colour! www.gotti.ch
EYESHAKER, an Austrian company who first launched their cleaning product in 2017, will also exhibit in London for the first time. This product is a brilliantly simple way to thoroughly clean away dust, makeup, sweat or finger prints, and keeps frames and lenses looking smart and stylish. A must-have for the optical practice. Try the product out at the Eyeshaker booth or visit www.eyeshaker.at
The Soul Collection by Andy Wolf offers classic design with trend-led nuances of colour and design. Model Amira is the ultimate round style with a unique narrow metal bridge and bold canary yellow colour choice. Find more classic tones and brights in the Soul Collection at 100% and on www.andy-wolf.com
100% Optical will showcase a range of independent labels in 2018 including the following brands: Andy Wolf, Booth & Bruce, Cazal, Dandy’s, Eyeshaker, Francis Klein, Gotti Switzerland, Kirk & Kirk, Neubau, Savile Row, MODO, Markus T, Tavat and Silhouette. For more information visit www.100percentoptical.comCN
In just a few days, OPTI-Munich opens the 2018 edition to new eyewear horizons with diversity and distinction. The two-day event – 12th-14th January -showcases international designs and brands who will present contemporary and stimulating collections with signature styling, beautiful colours and amazing materials. Here are unique designs to discover for an exciting eyewear experience! (Top image: MONOQOOL launches their elegant 3-D CAFE Collection www.monoqool.com)
Norwegian designers Kirsten and Lars Iversen present their streamlined renditions in shimmering acetate. www.karmoie.com
French craftsmanship is beautifully demonstrated in Jérémy Tarian’s distinguished shapes and fine attention to details. www.jeremytarian.com
The glamour of Italian race cars in the 1960’s inspire captivating shapes in the Superleggero designs by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R, handcrafted with skill and finesse in Italy. www.lgrworld.com
Gerald Lasnik, inventor and designer for SEEOO, wears his latest creation – SEEOO Round www.seeoo.at
Buffalo horn superbly crafted from sustainable sources highlights the luxurious collection by Vicky Strojek for ONONO. The slim, lightweight designs combine 20th century aesthetics with 21st century technology. www.onono.com
Vibrant purple sunglasses by SOL SOL ITO include striking shapes with coloured spring steal temples, and hand polished acetate fronts. www.solsolito.com (Photo by Hans Hansen)
BLACKFIN blends 1950’s inspiration with state-of-the-art construction and technology in Marrowstone – one of the new outstanding designs from the spring/summer BLACKFIN collection. www.blackfin.eu
Exquisite, featherweight, design ingenuity and advanced technologies highlight the minimalist eyewear creations by LINDBERG – award winning Danish label. www.lindberg.com
Modern retro influences eyewear designs in acetate and beta-titanium by Carin Eyewear from South Korea. www.caringlasses.com
Exotic woods, graceful designs, and refined colourations permeate the sophisticated collection by Gold and Wood. www.gold-and-wood.com
It’s count down to OPTI-Munich at Fairground Munich! For more details, visit www.opti.deJG
Emmanuel Andrivet and Guillaume Boisson have been working in eyewear production for 20 years. Experience and interest in the creative opportunities in design has led them to launch their own company in Luxembourg – GameofFrame, with their own luxury “3d” printed eyewear brand – Impressio.
For the start of the year, the luxury collection offers 21 models (15 are opticals and six sunglasses, fitted with quality Zeiss or Divel lenses). Model 202 offered our first look at the styles – the frame features gold or palladium. Technical specifications include a beta titanium temple and a titanium W nose and – notably – a weight of just 14 grams. Their unique concept is to explore a fusion of high technology and attentive craftsmanship, by means of complex 3D CAD modelling, new generation 3D additive manufacturing and stamped titanium – a first mix of these particular design concepts and materials in luxury eyewear.
The traditional care and attention in the detail and finish of the styles (particularly the interesting “textured” surfaces) is made possible in the workshops in Luxembourg where the frames are hand assembled. “The focus is placed on three key principles,” say the founders. “It’s all about lightness – quality – and – accuracy.”
Announced in October 2017, the collection was first previewed in Silmo, Paris last autumn and is now available through Meyrowitz in Paris, the luxury optician near Place Vendôme. This month, the Impressio founders Emmanuel and Guillaume will show their new models at Opti-Munich 2018 – the international trade fair in Germany. Find them in the Opti Boxes / Hall 1. For further information about the brand visit www.impressio-paris.com CN
Eye Q boutique owner Alicia Hartman has introduced us to her first eyewear collection, developed in Barbados in a design collaboration with the celebrity sunglass designer Eric Jean. Launched on the beach in December, the new limited edition – Peoples from Barbados – “PFB” is a celebration of the island’s rich culture and people, with styling that encapsulates style, Caribbean adventure, joie de vivre and “Bajan soul”. The launch coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the island’s independence.
Alicia met designer Eric Jean last April.”It was the beginning of a journey that turned a dream into a reality,” she told Eyestylist. “We started to work on a capsule collection of sunglasses for men and women, a unique concept of glasses that captures everything that Barbados represents for me.”
The collection features made in Japan temple printing reflecting the excellence of the overall quality of production. High end acetates combine with pure stainless steel temples and special features such as a unique screwless flat stainless steel hinge and subtle bespoke gradient mirrors. Signature end tips come in colours which match the fronts. Unique lamination techniques and Japanese polishing produce glossy to subtle matt finishes that give a luxury fit and feel.
EYE Q stocks niche and independent eyewear brands with a focus on craftsmanship and style, and will now add the PFB line, designed in Barbados.
Flawless lightweight lines, unique shaping, and fresh bright colours make an impression in JF Rey’s FINE CONCEPT designs. The elegant metal frames are fluid and impeccably crafted, with minimalist aesthetics. The flowing lines of the frames are graceful; with style and character. In FINE CONCEPT by JF Rey, there are five different designs (above:JF2762), and five beautiful colours. Based in sunny Marseille France, JF Rey specialises in unique, original frame designs in vivid colours and quality materials. Visit www.jfrey.fr for more adventurous eyewear. JG
Eyestylist wishes our readers and sponsors a happy, healthy and joyous New Year! The eyewear year launches on a high note with OPTI-Munich next week..a show infused with creativity and style from international designers.
Austrian brand neubau celebrates 2018 with an impressive sunglass design – Sigmund & Carl, (above) named after the great psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung. They may rarely have seen “eye to eye”, but they both liked to wear round spectacles. Sigmund & Carl is a combination of the frames worn by both of these geniuses. The frames feature the unique, precision-made neubau hinge that ensures a perfectly adaptable temple. Sigmund & Carl is eco-friendly, crafted from titanium, stainless steel, and the sustainable material PX. Visit neubau at OPTI in Hall C3 Stand 116 and www.neubau-eyewear.com
A lyrical silhouette, slim and featherweight, handcrafted in Silver Oak highlights ROYALE by ROLF Spectacles, a re-launch of a ROLF bestseller. ROYALE emits a natural glow as the noble wood gives the frame a silvery shimmer. The Austrian brand – recipient of numerous awards including their second SILMO d’OR in October – specialises in wood designs crafted in their own atelier. See more ROLF creativity at OPTI in Hall C2 Stand 419, and visit www.rolf-spectacles.com
The charming, flirtatious, sleek and chic eyewear by Plein les Mirettes will exhibit at OPTI-Munich for the first time. The Normandy based label in the French countryside specialises in beautifully crafted frames in unique colour combinations, as seen in Belle 9 – in curry, white and blue. Discover the entire Plein les Mirettes collection in Hall C1 Stand 331 www.plein-les-mirettes.fr
RIGARDS has an exciting collaboration with Takayoshi Yamanami, the man behind the artisan jewellery label DETAJ. The composition of the elegant designs is formed by two elements: a genuine horn front and sterling silver temples. RIGARDS x DETAJ emphasises round shapes that are sculptural, and include RIGARD’s trademark bevelling. Distinctive and distinguished! Visit !hot at OPTI for more inspirational RIGARDS designs and www.rigards.com
A unique, edgy, and fun shape by TAVAT is inspired by Soup Cans from the 1930’s. The Round Mask SoupCan is a TAVAT Special Edition in a design with new and unique applications of different materials. The Round Mask sunglasses are equipped with Melanin Lenses that offer a superb duo of style and eye protection, all handmade in Italy. More TAVAT ingenuity can be found in yes! at OPTI-Munich. www.tavat-eyewear.com Additional details for OPTI – 12th-14th January – at www.opti.deJG