Italian Craftsmanship harmonises originality and creativity in Oliviero Zanon’s luminous acetate designs for Res/Rei. The versatility and colour possibilities of acetate delivers vibrant, rich expressions to individualistic eyewear designs for men and women. Frames inspired by art, history, music, and sculpture are accentuated in a diverse collection of sought-after styles. Art and sculpture are among Zanon’s passions, and his awareness of grand Italian sculptors – including Canova and Donatello, Rodin and Milo – are the inspiration for The Sculptures Collection. Frames are crafted to achieve a striking three-dimensional allure, as seen in Balla (above image). The chic Res/Rei ring from the jewellery collection is symmetry in motion – eye to hand fashion coordination with stunning frames and a matching mosaic ring.
Milo, also from The Sculptures Collection, is elegantly refined with gently curved temples. Res/Rei frames are handmade in an atelier close to Venice, and infused with artisan diligence, skill and personalised attention to every detail.
Spring is here! And Res/Rei celebrates with their joyous Flowers Collection – combining acetates of different hues to achieve prominent colourations. Azalea (above left) is available in a gorgeous variety of spring flower tones that happily interplay on these decorative frames.The Cocktails Collection takes its cue from light, airy and delicious cocktail colours, interpreted in high-density Mazzucchelli acetate, which is then carved into slim silhouettes. Mai Tai (above right) is voluminous in shape, yet extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. Explore the complete collection of Res/Rei by Oliviero Zanon at www.resrei.comJG
Crafted with artisan ingenuity and galvanised with innovative technologies, ROLF Spectacles Titanium Skyline Collection is a remarkable testimonial to the Austrian brand. The multiple-award winning label features twenty-four prescription frames and six sunglasses with 3D printing processes, in elegant silhouettes with chic minimalistic assets. The Titanium designs are available in textured and smooth surfaces with five intriguing colourations – natural; anthracite; gold; black; and mocha – which are created with an intricate process, influenced and inspired from the medical sector. Discover the enticing ROLF Spectacle collection at www.rolf-spectacles.com – and from 21-24 March in THE LOFT in New York City. https://lofteyewearshow.comJG
As our attention as consumers is drawn increasingly to sustainable, eco-friendly innovations, eyewear companies across the business are exploring an eco-conscious path with creativity and resourcefulness.
Vinylize, the independent Budapest brand that turns old, unwanted vinyl records into beautifully made ‘upcycled’ artisan eyewear, has moved on its own potential in eco-friendly eyewear production in a special project with coffee giant Nespresso, in Hungary.
“This was a pilot project,” says Zack Tipton, founder of Vinylize. “The limited production run sold out within a few days. We used a material produced from Nespresso capsules, recycled by the coffee company in Hungary. The used coffee grinds are separated from the capsules and sent to composting. The capsules are then smelted and turned into aluminium sheet which we can then use to produce the frames. The entire process is documented and certified.”
The result was an eye-catching limited edition glasses collection for Nespresso with designs inspired by the tones of the Nespresso Kazaar, Dharkan, Roma and Livanto capsules – in tones of satin midnight blue, gold and chocolate. “The coloration and finish were determined by Nespresso. They wanted a perfect match with the original colours of the capsules,” explains Tipton. “The durability we were able to achieve surpassed expectations. The frames were also prescription ready.”
The shapes produced in the first edition are inspired by the classic oval, butterfly and square designs, with a contemporary interpretation.
Vinylize-Tipton x Nespresso is ‘a salute to recycling’, designed to remind consumers of the infinite durability of aluminium which can be re-melted and reused, again and again. The project also aimed to further boost the recycling of Nespresso coffee capsules by showing the infinite potential of the recycled aluminium material.
The sophisticated matt finish of the frames is achieved through a tumbling process and hand-lacquering treatment at a German facility, while the eco-friendly felt case and paper box the frames were packaged in underscore the eco-credentials of the special edition. Further editions are planned for 2019.
Tipton Eyeworks and the Vinylize brand were founded in 2004, and have become world-renowned for their handmade production using vinyl to produce fashionable sunglasses and eyewear in Hungary. For further details: https://vinylize.com/CN
Every Von Arkel eyewear design epitomises elegance and luxury; created with precious and exclusive materials, and then meticulously finished by masterful artisans. Traditional spectacle guidelines harmonise with sleek, modern technology, culminating in beautiful and exquisite frames. The stunning Calibre 4 and Calibre 6 frames are unique expressions of refined sophistication, precise technical specifications, and an exemplary fusion of lightness, attention to detail, lasting durability, and incredible comfort. The latest frames include innovation and character from the Calibre 4 Outline Collection with stylish simplicity, as featured in the above silhouette in stainless steel with PVD coating, and slim double bridge.
The Calibre 6 Classic concept unites acetate and stainless steel in relaxed, casual frames with purity, and a streamlined structure.
This sleek round shape merges retro and contemporary preferences in an Outline Calibre 4 frame in stainless steel with PVD coating. The ring on the inner frame is in Polyamide, and will soon be available with an acetate ring. Discover more Von Arkel frames and luxurious refinement at www.vonarkel.comJG
Sea views. Sundowners. Sugar and Spice. Peoples from Barbados (PFB) sunglasses collection by optical entrepreneur Alicia Hartman condenses the moods and colours of their Bajan origin in flattering UV protective sunglasses. Alicia’s love of the island’s culture, the natural landscape, spectacular views and everyday customs and lifestyle are the essence of her designs, which now include opticals with blue block lenses.
Three sun styles in fresh, tropical-inspired colours have been added for the new season, and will show as part of the full collection in New York next week. They explore subtle embellishments of glitter embedded in the acetate front and all the designs are made in Japan, integrating a screwless hinge and lightweight stainless steel temples for comfort. The frames undergo intense high-end polishing in the final stages to achieve a sophisticated glossy finish only achievable by hand.
Above: Model PFB 14 in colours C1 and C5 and PFB 08 (far right) in C1 – inspired by fresh Bajan coffee tones. For more details about Peoples from Barbados visit the brand at Vision Expo East – (Galleria 139) or click on the website link at https://peoplesfrombarbados.com. Visit EyeQ in Barbados to see the extensive collection of sunglasses and optical frames at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Holetown. Find the frames in New York at www.selimaoptique.com CN
The independent, artisan French brand Plein les Mirettes heralds spring with delightful new colourations for their stylish Diva designs. PLM Diva’s are distinctive, shapely silhouettes in glistening acetate, with unique colour combinations.
Conventional tones, unexpected mixtures, Havana’s, pastels and mottled designs bring lively radiance to the chic frames. Cat-eye inspiration, cutout details, or layering ensure additional flair in each design that is individually handcrafted in PLM’s Normandy atelier. More exciting Diva’s and PLM designs at www.plein-les-mirettes.fr JG
Dreams do come true. Always keeping an “eye” open for opportunities, Richard Nahem, New York City former chef; caterer; events planner; producer and actor; realised a lifelong dream when he moved to Paris, where he proceeded to fulfil his inherent passion to be a photographer.
Roaming Parisian “rues” armed with enthusiasm and cameras, Nahem seeks and searches for the unexpected and unpredictable – whether landmark monuments; elegant Parisian doorways; the beauty of parks; and the marvellous play of light in Paris. “I strive to capture places and objects in a unique way that hasn’t been seen before,” says the Parisian aficionado. Nahem’s latest photos reveal the many sudden and remarkable moods of the city.
Nahem has established not only a stunning photography portfolio, but also a site – www.eyepreferparis.com – to ensure that Parisian visitors, residents and those who appreciate and celebrate Nahem’s dream, are able to keep abreast of current and culturally exciting events taking place in the City of Light.
For a new, fresh perspective on Paris, enjoy Richard Nahem photos currently on display at the chic Hôtel Pont Royal until 31st March www.hotel-pont-royal.comJG
Michael Stoffels has transformed part of the historicZunfthaus zur Meisen in the Lindenhof Quarter, Zürich, into a state-of-the-art designer optical boutique.
Michael Stoffels opened his eponymous store in November 2018, replacing the well-known store on Storchengasse which had been run by the family in this location since 1983. The new prestigious boutique is located in the Zunfthaus zur Meisen, an historic 18th century building celebrated for its Grand Guild Hall and its exceptional central position overlooking the river Limmat. The interior of the shop merges contemporary and traditional features with striking colours and an artistic style with elegant, one-off pieces of furniture and art works.
Stoffels, who created the interior design for the store with Jaqueline van Maren, architect and interior designer, said the aim was to open a hip optical store in the very traditional historic setting, with a unique experience compared to other stores and an open and appealing outlook for young people. “We wanted to attract attention in a well-known location,” he added, “where thousands of people walk by every day. The brilliant colours are inspired by Yves Saint Laurent and his love for Marrakech, and the vibrant “Blumlihalle” (hall of little flowers) in Zurich, painted by Augusto Giacometti, nephew of the famous Swiss sculptor.” The exotic interior and its elegant furnishings create a setting that is more like a luxury living room than an optical retail space.
The shop has opened with a selection of handpicked niche collections which include Eyevan, Lucas de Stael, Retro Specs, Moscot, Carin and ‘Stoffels Own’ collection which is handmade in Switzerland.
Other outstanding features of the interior decoration include an impressive wall painting created with a bespoke wallpaper, designed especially for the wall and the colour scheme of the shop, by Jakob Schlaepfer from St. Gallen. Stoffels explains: “Jakob Schlaepfer is one of the most famous producers of haute couture textiles. The wallpaper is covered with a hologram foil, which is illuminated at night and gives a beautiful glittering effect visible from outside to passers-by.”
Multi-talented and visionary Swedish eyewear designer Anna-Karin Karlsson (above photo) now brings her prodigious abilities, stunning motivation for beauty, and luxury perspectives to statement jewellery. “As a child, I was obsessed by accessories. Sunglasses are an instant glamour addition, and they always fascinated me. I tried to find jewellery with enough attitude and complexity for me to be fascinated, but decided to start designing my own jewellery, and create designs for fearless Romantics.”
Karlsson’s signature jewellery collection is cohesive with the DNA of the eyewear designs: extravagance, originality, and glamour juxtaposed with strong, decisive and impressive elements.
Necklaces, earrings and bracelets feature exclusive materials, often decorated with Swarovski Crystals in vibrant colours. Dramatic long chains – very on-trend – are plated in 24K gold and white gold.
The handcrafted, lavish designs created with exceptional components are characterised by luxury, and an indulgence in artistic pleasure. The Haute Couture jewellery collection is currently in selected stores in France, Russia, and Portugal, and will soon be available online at www.annakarinkarlsson.comJG
Retro re-interpreted with modern trends brings stylistic freshness to six frames from JF Rey that achieved iconic status during the 1980’s. For the revisit, the Marseille based company is inspired by the Scottish Highlands, with a unique mix of materials, colours and contrasts. Country tweeds, Houndstooth patterns, and Prince of Wales checks (first popularised by The Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII), are artfully worked into acetate frames contemporary and sophisticated. Featured above is Wilson – smart checks with an on-trend double-bridge. Additional discoveries from JF Rey 1985 at www.frey.fr JG
Achieving a centennial goal is an extraordinary accomplishment, and family-owned British brand Kirk & Kirk are now joyously celebrating – and commemorating – this iconic milestone. Jason Kirk grew up in the family business, and now he and his wife Karen are poised to continue the family tradition of exceptional creativity in style; superlative materials; exclusive colourations; and encompassing a multi-sensory approach to eyewear. (Top image: Esme in Jade from the K&K Centena Collection
To herald the occasion, Kirk & Kirk have released a lovely video that spotlights the Centena Collection – innovative eyewear crafted from superbly lightweight 10mm acrylic, with streamlined styling, and stunning colourations.
In the video, the male model wears Bert in Corn Yellow, and Dennis in Royal Blue. The female model features Esme in Corn Yellow, and Dena in Tiger Orange. The energetic colours with luminous clarity enhance the smooth, sleek frame silhouettes. Visit www.kirkandkirk.com for more captivating styles. JG
60s fever, and gold and silver retro metal rims, are challenging the elongated It-Girl cat’s eye as one of the most popular sunglass looks as we head into Spring, and we’ve seen it on the streets at London Fashion Week, and again in Milan. The lens tints are fun and colourful or very delicate, so they don’t completely hide the eyes, while the rims are extremely narrow, closely representing the styling of the past. Above: Em . The Lipstick Fever, wearing metal rim sunglasses at London Fashion Week in February. https://thelipstickfever.com/ Photography by G. D’Elia – exclusively for Eyestylist.com
Austrian label Andy Wolf has made the metal rims a key feature of the 2019 collections, experimenting with very small shapes as well as classic panto shapes, such as model Amira (above). This design comes with a variety of gentle lens tints including soft blue, pale pink and gold. Available at Matches Fashion, or for further information visit www.andywolf.com
Or choose a unique style from one of the smaller labels. Viveur’s elegantly fashioned metal designs are made in Italy and have a chic finesse. The metal material is 100% hypoallergenic and very lightweight. The collections for Spring/Summer include round “panto” designs and slightly modified angular shapes such as Greg above – a shape with a flattened top that’s on the rise. Available to purchase online at www.viveursunglasses.com CN
Inspired by the Inuits and their distinctive iconic protective snow goggles, Malina sunglasses by You Mawo celebrate bold design created with 3D printing technology. Original Inuit frames featured a narrow oval lens shape, reducing the amount of light exposure to prevent snow blindness. Traditionally made of natural materials such as driftwood or bone, the frame would be carved to fit the face with slits that also acted to improve visual acuity according to the width.
Based on the classic interpretation, this new release by You Mawo, named Malina after the Inuit solar deity, explores the creative potential of 3D printed frames with a light yet sturdy, bold rim and gently curved silhouette. A modern fashion statement is achieved with the addition of the gold mirrored lenses, a stark contrast with the eye-catching black structure in Polyamide. Launched last weekend at Mido for the new season, the frame, produced in an edition of just 50 pieces, goes on sale at £600 (689 euros) in specialist retailers including Specs Berlin: find details at https://specs-berlin.de/en/female/you-mawo-malina
Award-winning German brand YOU MAWO is an innovator in custom tailored 3D printed eyewear. Founded in 2016, their frames are made exclusively in Germany with laser sintering technology. The frames in YOU MAWO’s mainline collections are made to measure via an iPad scan of the wearer’s individual face topography. This scan forms the foundation for the production of the frame to optimise comfort and fit. The frames are also customised with the individual’s name printed on the inside. Find further details at: https://www.youmawo.com/en/ CN
Buffalo horn. Fabric. Rubber. Acetate. The eye is drawn to the individual qualities of these materials in contemporary eyewear as young innovators highlight the form and structure of the product with special tactile details and deep nuances in coloration, some of these qualities, just visible with the naked eye.
In the Icons Line at Hapter, the rubberised surface featured has been developed to offer an exclusive tactile aesthetic and feel, with a retro inspiration and a slightly “aged” elegance. Italian founder Eric Balzan has invested years’ of research and development into collections that, for 2019, are further enhanced with a newly patented 8-GON Hinge. The brand will exhibit at Mido in the Design Lab (Pav 4 Stand S11) www.hapter.it Above: RBBR002 – the Icons Line – HAPTER
Rigards has attracted much attention in the last 12 months with their avantgarde collection, and in horn, they highlight the natural qualities of the material, the asymmetrical colorations and the beautiful striated patterns and effects where the surface is hand polished or left in its more natural state. www.rigards.com
Delirious Eyewear, the Milan label, produces buffalo horn frames with a distinct, light touch and artistic aesthetic: designed in Italy, the frames are made from natural Indian water buffalo horn. The process begins by milling two small boards of the same material; one for the front, and the other, for the temples. All the parts are ‘tumbled’, to smooth the little parts and surfaces in a process that can take up to a week. Finally, the artisans put the design together, polishing the surface with pads that highlight the details of the material and the brilliant surface. www.deliriouseyewear.com
In a similar vein – studying the possibilities in surface finishes worked by hand, TAVAT Tactile includes models that have been hand scratched and designs worked on with a pin-stripe laser treatment – mimicking the lines of the iconic Italian “Riva” boat. The frames are made in Italy and designed to offer the utmost comfort on the face. www.tavateyewear.comCN
Find these and other innovators at Mido – the Milan trade fair – from 23-25 February 2019.
Model Deligny by Lafont is one of those classics with a twist that is achievable only through exceptional expertise and precision in the making. In the version pictured, the retro inspired round design incorporates a floral cotton Liberty print in the narrow acetate inner rim of the eye shape as well as in the temples; the metal coloration picks up the bright yellow in the fabric creating a vibrant colour mix, an effect that is typical of the artistic Lafont style, and one that can be traced back through earlier collections.
The Deligny model (above) is pictured in yellow with flash mirrored sun lenses and is also available in combinations with pink or gold. A look of the moment also in optical, the style can also be worn stylishly with a clear prescription lens and various patterned effects in black, pink, brown or red. (https://www.lafont.com/product/57736/DELIGNYOPT-3094OPT/).
Lafont is a historic Parisian eyewear label with 90 years of history and expertise in creating chic eyewear designs, made exclusively in France. The frames carry the authenticity mark “Origine France Garantie”.www.lafont.comCN
With a backdrop of blue skies marking the first feeling of Spring, London Fashion Week opened on Friday. Alongside the main catwalk events and the colourful street style scenes off the catwalks – one of the highlights are the Designer Showrooms on The Strand, offering a diverse, handpicked showcase of over 50 smaller, up-and-coming international brands, a valuable platform for exposure and introductions to the world of fashion in the UK. – Above: buffalo horn frame detail, Delirious Eyewear. Photography: G. D’Elia
“Showcasing within the LFW Designer Showrooms allows brands to develop relationships with globally influential stores and helps to increase their exposure to top international journalists, publications and stylists.”
Representing the eyewear category at the Showrooms and premiering in the UK is Delirious Eyewear from Italy, an exclusive design label recognised by Vogue Italia’s “Who’s on next” awards (2018). Created by young entrepreneur Marco Lanero, the collection is produced in titanium and beta titanium, and the finest acetates and natural Indian buffalo horn, and is currently designed and made in Italy, with focus on traditional Cadore craftsmanship and expertise, rigorously monitored to ensure a unique and accomplished finish.
Buffalo horn remains a popular luxury material in eyewear, and Delirious aims high, using lengthy techniques in the production and final “tumbling” and polishing by hand. Their expertise in this material has attracted the attention of the fashion industry, through an ability to use the traditional techniques and merge them with contemporary design elements.
The Delirious Eyewear collections go into stores in London this season. The definition of luxury eyewear, their alternative design focus brings a contemporary look to the most classical aspects of traditionally made spectacles, as well as providing an impeccable comfort and fit. For more information about Delirious Eyewear visit the company in Milan (Mido trade fair) from 23-25th February 2019 or visit their website at www.deliriouseyewear.comCN Photography by Gennaro D’Elia exclusively for Eyestylist.com. All rights reserved.
Falvin’s Signature Eyewear – launching for the Spring/Summer season – combines Danish design expertise and exquisite Japanese crafting in contemporary shapes in lightweight titanium. The frames celebrate a passion for a Copenhagen landmark – the Crystal – a building from which founder Birgitte Falvin takes inspiration, for an eloquent direction in line and form. Above: released at the German trade fair opti last month, the new Falvin model Stellar. New additions are coming for the Mido trade fair, Milan. The brand exhibits in the prestigious Lab Academy ( Pav 6 / Stand LA 47) where up-and-coming designers and innovators showcase their collections.
Model Stellar (above and in featured video) is a contemporary version of the traditional cat’s eye frame, offering a supreme level of comfort and a statement shape in the state-of-the-art material. Using techniques that can only be mastered by hand, the beautiful two-tone base silhouette offers a luxury expression with black, white or champagne Wesselton diamond settings to create a personalized look. A trained jewellery designer, Birgitte Falvin has studied this element for the finishing of her distinctive eyewear, creating a one-off luxury detail that is both gentle yet sparkling – to catch the beholder’s eye.
The innovative diamond setting is of the highest quality, assembled by a top jeweler in Denmark, appointed by Falvin Eyewear. Find out more about the luxury designs for men and women by the Danish label at www.falvineyewear.com CN
The ways we wear colour in eyewear are always changing, and the impact can be subtle or powerful, depending on many nuances, material combinations and the work on the details and structure of the frame itself. Impactful designs this season include sunglass designs in one single colour for frame and lens. The accomplished innovative fashion brands are doing it – many others are set to follow.
In Europe, Ørgreen Optics is one of eyewear’s trendsetters in colour directions: their Yoko design is defined by the over-sized, circular lenses and elegant details. New vibrant colours of the Yoko include saturated lemon, blue or dusty pink. Above – Yoko in mat vibrant lemonade with yellow contrast lens. www.orgreenoptics.com
Like Ørgreen, Mykita’s new sunglass collections for Spring/Summer 19 open the door to fresh and fruity colour proposals. The impact of the tone-on-tone effect is seen in their Mykita + Maison Margiela model MMESSE023 – in Baywatch red with matching red lens – as well as the eye-catching tone this style has a bold, eye-catching shape – the experimental flat diamond aviator (1990s inspired) has a very narrow reduced stainless steel framework. www.mykita.com
Finest Seven’s fantastic Zero 14 is a fashionista must-have in this colour genre: luxuriously light to wear, in stunning brights such as shocking pink and baby blue, with the brand’s trademark narrow metal bridge and sinuous temples acting as a a balance to the thin bright blue rim and coordinated lens tone. To find more of their statement colour combos, visit www.finestseven.comCN
Over the years, eyewear for the young set has evolved into an inspiring sector with frame designs that are exciting and innovative, plus incorporating the latest production technology. Frames are crafted from fine quality, hypoallergenic materials, in appealing colours, plus safety factors for notorious tumbles and playground antics. Fashion statement frames also ignite a life-long connection – and identity to – exceptional, intelligent eyewear design. JF Rey has a superb Kids & Teen collection with fresh styling and bright colours. Hannah (above image) happily wears a charming round design – Oasis – created with an exclusive acetate component. www.jfrey.fr
Götti Switzerland’s chic Dimension collection for adults is also available in cool looks for kids – Dimension Next. Luxurious 3-D printing, streamlined styling and sophisticated colourations appeal to emerging fashionistas. Designer Sven Götti approached the designs with an imaginative understanding of the important specifications required for children’s glasses. www.gotti.ch
Trendy, sporty and charismatic designs for youngsters are a speciality at Lafont Paris. Polka dots are timeless, and Lafont features a delightful variation in Devinette in black and white, and a subtle salute to the cat-eye shape. www.lafont.com
Mini-version of sought-after adult styles are skilfully adapted for youngsters in Original Penguin Jr designs. The Mungarutal Jr is a relaxed, carefree, round shape in a contemporary tortoiseshell variation. www.kenmarkeyewear.com
Children’s frame specialist Zoobug London has launched flattering, diverse and desirable designs for spring/summer that will enchant kids. ZB 1039 is a hexagonal silhouette in vivid, bouncy colours of Red, Neon Yellow and Navy (above). Ideal for youngsters 5-9 years old. Photo by Lol Johnson – All Rights Reserved. www.zoobug.com
Exacting craftsmanship, beautiful materials, and styles that children will enjoy wearing highlight frames at award-winning Danish label LINDBERG KIDS. An awesome little shape in air titanium is wonderfully comfortable on young faces, plus frame attributes of durability, lightness and flexibility. www.lindberg.comJG
Whether your winter holiday destination includes warm, sun-kissed surroundings, or the allure of skiing and energetic après-ski life, your most important style and safety accessory is sunglasses. Winter sun and afternoon rays can be intense, and sunglasses that afford protection and fashion flair result in a stunning alliance. French label Morel introduces new designs that are ideal for winter adventures in the snow or by the sea. Style 60013 from Morel’s 1880 collection combines vintage elements with a trendy brace bar above the nose, and flat mineral lenses by Barberini. Lightweight, durable, and resistant stainless steel with slim, sleek details is silhouetted into a compelling, impressive design. Visit www.morel-france.com and view more beautiful frames from the Morel 1880 collection. JG
Consider the eyewear accessory here to stay – a much underplayed fashion item in the past, start-ups and fashion industry creatives have refocused on this element of eyewear to fit perfectly with our insatiable desire to create an individual “style of our own”.
Milan’s Federica Moretti launched Huma Sunglasses + accessories in 2017. Inspired to reflect and embrace the creativity and extravagance of the fashion industry, the hat designer came up with a new eyewear collection idea in a range of clean, “basic” sunglass designs (made in Italy) to be worn with “captivating” decorative accessories – with special fastenings that clip onto temples.
These decorative elements can be worn depending on where your mood takes you. The choice includes small jewellery items that fasten to the ring in the temple, crystals, silks, and decorative stones, through to extravagant slightly humorous acrylic “hair pieces” for those who choose to dress to be seen.
Moretti’s imagination has literally run wild with the hair extensions producing an eccentric look in crazy colours. In contrast, some of the designs are subtle and delicate designed as chic jewellery embellishments, perfect for evenings out, special occasions or a gift for the accessory enthusiast with a taste for all things new and different. For more details about Huma and designer Federica Moretti visit Huma Sunglasses on Instagram: @humasunglasses. Available at I Visionari in Florence https://ivisionari.com/collections/humaCN
Growing in size and stature, the 2019 edition of opti – the German trade fair – offered a vast experience of eyewear from all corners of the earth. It’s hard to know where to start and where to look, and 3 days was barely sufficient to discover the most interesting design directions and innovations of the year.
Our focus was drawn particularly to artisan works addressing a purposeful design thinking, where natural materials are highlighted, incorporated with other materials, and inspiring an extraordinarily interesting study into surfaces and finishes – as in other design disciplines.
Above: Rigards – by Ti Kwa – continues to explore new ways to work with unusual materials. Their gorgeous copper patina finishes are now available in a variety of ‘rust’ and jasper/jade colorations and combinations with the signature miniature lock-in sun clip. Pictured – Model RG1911CU / for Ziggy Chen. www.rigards.com
In a new departure, using wood and metal, Spanish label Nina Mûr pays homage to deconstructivism and the maximum exponent of this movement in Spain, The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The collection consists of two models, Mikel and Izorne (above) in three versions. Following their much loved Memphis inspired collection with Abet Laminati, the Deseraiki launch represents a mature and refined release marked by constructive nuances, textures and materials. www.ninamur.com
Italian label Pugnale has an interesting collection for 2019, following their excellent collaboration in 2018 with architect Hani Rashid. The extensive range this year includes multiple materials such as buffalo horn, leather, mother of pearl and precious silks and several eye-catching pieces such as the square Esaedro which has a metal insert on the bridge. www.pugnaleeyewear.com
Hapter from Italy has an exciting year ahead. A patented hinge – the 8-GON hinge – previewed at opti for the very first time – is to be introduced through the collections. Their extraordinary work with surfaces – in tactile rubber and carefully selected fabric – continues to place them at the forefront of the design led companies in eyewear. www.hapter.it
In the fast growing field of 3d printed eyewear (there are already more than 40 3D printed brands we are aware of), opti offered an expansive overview of the current directions: from the sculptured “creative” look of Impressio (www.impressio.lu) to the minimal luxe of Gotti Dimension (www.gotti.ch) high-precision range in Polyamide and Rolf Spectacles’ new 3d printed titanium Skyline collection – which is printed, with additive manufacturing techniques, in Germany and hand finished in Austria. Rolf’s second Skyline edition offers fine silhouettes in natural colours with textured surfaces that are perfectly in tune with the focus on tactile, “raw” earthy finishes. www.rolf-spectacles.com
The opti boxes are always an ideal location to find new ideas. The collective ‘We are Annu’ were a highlight amongst the start-ups with their paper clip inspired glasses made “half by machine and half by hand”. The innovation lies in the easy modular construction of the frames – made of 3D printed nylon fronts with titanium wire temples (in 3 colour choices) and put together with a simple screwless hinge concept; not forgetting an attentive focus on fit with customizable nose pads and temples. It comes as no surprise that an independent optician is among the co-founders. More details at: www.weareannu.com
Eyestylist.com will identify other key trends discovered at opti in the edits we have coming up through Spring 2019. opti munich returns in January 2020 – save the date -10th to 12th January – www.opti.de CN
Five new designs reflecting exceptional quality with superior manufacturing specifications, highlight Götti frames with unique lightness and sleek minimalism. This beautiful collection embodies and personifies the extraordinary production innovation of 3D printing, construction, style and resource conservation. Kalvin and Kaan exude harmony, comfort, and subtle dynamism in soft spring colorations – sand and berry. Götti’s Dimension Collection is professionally crafted by remarkably talented artisans in their own factory in Zurich. www.gotti.ch JG
Dreary, cold, damp winter days bring thoughts of warm, tropical environments; a sunny ambience: rest, relaxation, and fun! Fashion designers salute and celebrate the Resort/Cruise season with stunning outfits, and eyewear creators ensure ensembles are memorably complete with glamorous sunglasses. Treat yourself to new and ravishing sun specs with exceptional quality; tech-savvy materials; sleek styling; and glorious colours. American designer Zac Posen launches new sun styles that include Dolly (top image), a charming and appealing acetate cat eye with trendy narrow proportions in Peach fade – a colour that harmonises with a glowing suntan. www.kenmarkeyewear.com
Resort holidays and clothing have a distinct and notable glamour – so do sunglasses! Express your inner diva in this charismatic design – style 039 C1 – by Sol Sol Ito in Switzerland. The voluminous square shape in two-tone acetate with surgical stainless steel sides is bold, adventurous, and irresistible. www.solsolito.com
FLEYE Copenhagen’s Flowers of Denmark campaign enlivens sunglass designs that are expertly crafted in stunning new acetate patterns and colourations. The multiple-award winning Danish label endorses graphic elements, as seen in Cloud (above). The sun style is among seventeen new designs from FLEYE’s Signature collection. www.fleyecopenhagen.dk
Seductive sunglasses by Anna-Karin Karlsson are expressive and dramatic. Voluminous and finely sculpted in acetate, Bang Bang Baby makes an alluring impression in subtle colourations and 24-caret gold plating with twinkling crystals on the sides. www.annakarinkarlsson.com
One of the most elegant and classical materials in eyewear is Indian Water Buffalo Horn. Delirious Eyewear, luxuriously crafted in Italy under the watchful eyes of founder Marco Lanero, utilises ethically sourced Buffalo Horn. Their sunglasses manifest generous proportions and uncluttered lines. Quality Zeiss lenses with reflective coatings ensure beauty as well as sun protection. www.deliriouseyewear.com
For Resort and Cruise – and visions of a glorious, sun-drenched summer – JF Rey in Marseille presents a beautiful alloy frame with stylistic details and aesthetics of refined metal craftsmanship, plus gold engravings that distinguish this silhouette. www.jfrey.comJG
Sahra Lysell is the Senior Colour Designer atØrgreen Optics in Copenhagen.She has been with the company for over 20 years.
How did you become a colour specialist – has colour always been a part of you and your personality? I have a degree in fashion design, but I have always had a very strong intuition regarding colour and had an interest in how different tones work as an expression for emotions, our state of mind, and culture in society. I feel fortunate to have been able to make a career out of working with colour and to be part of a company that understands it is a very powerful communication tool.
Does colour affect you in your daily life? I believe so – it is a big part of my decision-making in all parts of my life. For example, most of the art in our apartment was chosen for the colours and combinations of colour. I am drawn more by that than by the theme or the artist. My favourite painting is by the Danish artist, Michael Kvium. Called Pale Eyed View, it is a picture of a man standing in a red sea. The red is a mix of red, orange and purple. This painting taught me to use hues that are difficult to define. The colours are interesting, and often flattering on the face.
On a daily basis, I find colour plays a role in what I do. I love to cook, and I love to play with colours when making food. It is very rare that I serve a dish where the special hues of Mother Nature don’t emphasize the experience. Purple for beetroot, orange for carrots, red for tomatoes, and the colour of a perfectly grilled steak, red in the middle, then rose and at last crispy brown on the edge. I can also see my 3 year old daughter is inspired to eat certain things due to the colour itself. She loves red ice cream! I could serve her beetroot ice cream and she would go for it just because it would be an amazing red!
“I have always seen things in colour, my brain works in a very visual way. If we are working on a new collection at Ørgreen, people always wants key words to work from, but I need to start with three colours! For me, this sets a mood, starts an emotion, and then I can get to work….”
In my office, I have three pictures of Mexican cemeteries; it may sound morbid, but the pictures are amazing and show bright, colorful graves and cathedrals that celebrate the story of a life. I have always had these pictures to remind me about differences in cultures and how there are so many colour stories to be told!
As a person, are you more about bright statement colours or quieter softer tones? Or do you wear colour according to your mood? I use colour according to my mood, and I love combinations of soft tones with a touch of something bright. For me, it is always about balance. When I choose colours or clothing, I like to mix the extravagant with the down-to-earth, masculine with feminine, or past with present. As I mentioned earlier I love big colorful paintings, but also black and white photos. My favorite tones change depending on the subject..whether I am considering fashion, art, furniture or nature.
What is the key to colour in fashion? I guess that every one of us owns a personal approach to colour; this comes from how you understand society and what people are craving for – positivity, seriousness, provocation, purity, innocence… all of these things are influential. A strong intuition is essential.
With many parts of the hemisphere engulfed in cold and grey days, there is nothing like chic and dramatically designed sun specs – infused with energetic colours – to inspire immediate cheer. Perhaps a hop and a leap to a warm, tropical island is paramount. Blackfin has the ideal sunglasses to accompany you to sun-kissed beaches and exotic destinations. Lovers Key BF852 has a unique personality with a distinctive frame structure created through a precise bas-relief process. Playful colours enhance a balanced and generous top rim. Lovers Key BF852 skilfully combines tech, style and creative innovation. Blackfin is a family-owned brand with beautiful frames envisioned and constructed totally in Italy by renowned artisans. Visit Blackfin this weekend at opti Munich in Hall C1 Stand 330. www.blackfin.euJG
Countdown to the opening of opti19 in Munich is only a few days away. Eager visitors are able to view imaginative, innovative, and stylish eyewear at the three-day event that takes place 25th-27th January, at the Munich Fairground. The exhibitors this year are irresistible and exuberant as designers and companies from around the globe showcase their creativity and ingenuity with fascinating eyewear. Inspiration and imagination for sleek and sophisticated eyewear spring from many sources.
Birgitte Falvin at Falvin Eyewear is captivated and enamoured with the streamlined beauty of The Crystal Building in Denmark. The elegant structure derived from its light, crystalline form rests only on a single point and single line – with commanding views of the Kalvebod Bygge waterfront. She has integrated this vision into her new collection of cutting-edge designs, including Zodiac (top image) combined with artisan components, and Japanese craftsmanship. Schmidt Hammer Lassen, an international architectural firm acknowledged for their distinctive buildings, libraries and art galleries, designed the environmentally-friendly structure. Discover FALVIN at opti in Hall C1 Stand 516. www.falvineyewear.com
An innovative application of 3D printing united with the airiness of rimless, creates a sophisticated interplay of finesse and elegance in Perspective BOLD from Götti Switzerland. The designs have unique character with the silky-matte 3D trim combined with lens transparency. The frame is constructed without soldering and screws. Gorgeous colours too! Learn more about Perspective BOLD in Hall C1 Stand 126. www.gotti.ch
Karmoie interprets the Japanese art of Origami with its decorative shapely contours. The artisan independent Norwegian label crafts fine acetate into a sleek silhouette that is particularly effective for small faces. Shown in Nimbus, Origami is also available in four additional colours that reflect the beauty of Norwegian waters and forests. Karmoie is in Hall C1 Stand 632 www.karmoie.com
Vinylize Eyewear in Budapest presents their latest innovation in frames with a Special Edition crafted from AC/DC’s 2009 Black Ice album. The specs feature a layered interior lamination visible only when viewed from certain angles. Visit Vinylize at opti in Hall C2 Stand 629, and see their complete collection of creative eyewear crafted with vinyl records. www.vinylize.com
Soft, spring green is elegantly infused onto Monoqool’s chic design – Tattoo. Advanced technology with innovative 3D printing and high fashion, creatively unite with Monoqool’s launch of twelve sleek optical styles they are presenting at opti. The frames are featherweight, crafted without screws for the ultimate in comfort and durability. The Danish brand offers a unique selection of shapes and colours – discover them all in Hall C2 Stand 635. www.monoqool.com
Hints of champagne – little bubbles reminiscent of the effervescent sparkling drink – cheerfully accent Mille + 64 from theo in Belgium. Eight different and dynamic colours highlight the panto shape in stainless steel. See the entire Mille +64 collection and other ingenious and visionary theo designs in Hall C2 Stand 330. www.theo.be
Luxury metals, dramatic shapes, and comfort embrace the finely crafted designs by Jesse Stevens and Ainjali Fine at Finest Seven. The glamorous designs were photographed in the cult bar “Bananas” in Barcelona (above) including Zero 17: distinguished and impressive aviator with gold mirrored lenses, and on-trend double bridge. Visit Finest Seven at opti Munich in Hall C1 Stand 125. www.finestseven.com
Tortoiseshell frames in fabulous new colourations encapsulate the appeal of a material that is treasured in eyewear designs. Claire Goldsmith’s optical collection includes three new striking tortoiseshell variations with Robinson – Green, Blue, and Black. The contemporary, sleek shape is also ideal for sunny conditions with the addition of a polarised sun clip, to enjoy the mystique of a commanding design statement. Both Claire Goldsmith and Oliver Goldsmith optical and sun creations can be discovered in Hall C1 Stand 222. www.clairegoldsmith.com
The beautiful “Flowers in Denmark” campaign by FLEYE Copenhagen, unveils the summer version with stunning styles, lovely flower-related engravings and subtle colourations. Among the new optical designs is Himmel, with its intriguing, flattering angles. The entire FLEYE collection will be on display at opti in Hall 1 Stand 619. www.fleyecopenhagen.com
For a spirited display of eyewear, opti Munich is the place to be – and to be seen – this weekend – 25th-27th January. More details at www.opti.de JG
At the 100% fair in London, the UK showcase for all things optical, the year kicked off with diverse eyewear statements, bountiful colour and a mix of individual collections and new accessories that suggest an eclectic trend forecast for the year. It was a chance for some smaller labels to launch and be seen in the UK, alongside annual exhibitors and historic eyewear companies that have a strong and established following in the UK.
Above: model Bert in corn, from The Centena Collection by Kirk & Kirk, eye-catching shapes and dynamic colours. The brand has just launched their new campaign. www.kirkandkirk.com
Accessories label Le Kevin, by Michele Quastel, launched a range of colourful unisex leather glasses holders at 100% Optical. The materials featured range from 100% luxury leather to vegan leather-look designs. This is a lovely practical wearable accessory, that would make an ideal gift. We expect to see much more of this brand in the months ahead: www.lekevin.co.uk
Von Arkel is a luxury eyewear company from Switzerland, established in Europe, and ready to expand into new markets. With contemporary style, the company has developed their own technical hinges inspired by Swiss watchmaking. New innovations are coming for 2019…keep an eye on www.vonarkel.com
The quirky cateye is still enjoying a revival, and judging by the examples we saw in London, many new versions are coming in 2019, in metal or in acetate, in classic or bright tones. This narrow model Ezra by Andy Wolf stood out as a nice choice for those who love the classic colorations and the upswept feature of this glamorous feline classic. www.andywolf.com
The rise in interest in ecological brands, as concerns heighten over the devastating effects of plastic waste, was evident at 100% Optical with several exhibitors showing a sustainable focus including BIRD, Pala Eyewear and Sea2See. The founder of Sea2See – Francois van den Abeele – has created his own eyewear material out of recycled ocean plastic collected from the Catalan coast. The injection molded frames are made in Italy and offer a simple minimal design with classic colours which include havana and matt black. More details at www.sea2see.org
The Royal College of Art Design competition – run in a collaboration with 100% Optical – celebrated optical talent and achievement with six finalists showing creative eyewear projects for the future. Annie Foo came first in the design competition with ‘Party on Face’, using music and fashion as expression and making glasses light up and flash in time to music.