2021

The architect Jean Nouvel interprets the frame

A glasses line by the award-winning architect, in collaboration with French company Morel

National Museum of Qatar in Doha. Skyscraper ‘La Marseillaise’ in the South of France. The bullet-shaped Torre Glories (formally Agbar), Barcelona. The Louvre Abu Dhabi. Nouvel is the architect behind these and many other buildings of international significance, and has become revered for his work worldwide – his experimental attitude goes hand in hand with a fascination for design innovation, contrasts in light and shadow, and colour and transparent effects.  And now the architect has turned for the first time to glasses, collaborating on a capsule collection with the historic French company Morel and creating designs that prioritise simplicity and a clean and minimal look. Above: essential elements such as structure, material and lines create a visual aesthetic, both in eyewear and in architecture: girl wears the panto as interpreted by Nouvel – model 90009C

Morel by Jean Nouvel: model 90009C in crystal

“I am not a designer but an architect who designs. I call my objects my small architectures. With these glasses, I wanted to be confronted with archetypes. I wanted to develop the glasses type around great simplicity. I immediately had two circles and a horizontal in mind…” Jean Nouvel

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Key elements of the architect’s spectacle designs are the perfectly round circles, polished edges, and attention on the horizontal lines and how they play out for the human face. Continuity is a considered factor to harmonise the front with the temples, an important detail which lends the frames a strong and eloquent architectural style.

Morel by Jean Nouvel model 90009C in red
A clear architectural style: Morel by architect Jean Nouvel: 90008C in titanium

The collection includes acetate models and fine titanium frames, materials selected for their comfort and functionality as well as their quality and powerful aesthetic. Acetate allows for a play on depth and colour, while the titanium gives a comfortable lightweight fit and creates a special finesse in the construction of the frame. Providing absolute versatility each optical shape – round or panto – selected as an architectural ‘icon’ –  is available in a corresponding sunglass fitted with CR39 polarized lenses with an anti-reflective blue interior. Find out more about Morel on Eyestylist by clicking on the link: https://www.eyestylist.com/2019/06/morel-collection-1880/ To see the full MOREL by Jean Nouvel collection visit www.morel-france.com

Vogue Business: Jess Lawrence, social manager

Jess Lawrence (@jessylaw) has reached a place that many fashion-orientated young people can only dream of: influencer, businesswoman, model and style icon – she is also famously known for her infinite curated collection of sneakers. Jess graduated from university with a BA in English Language and Literature. From there she went to Expedia where she first worked officially with, and fostered her talents in social media – but her ambition, hunger and passion for a career in the fashion industry was not satisfied. She moved to a position at U-Magazine, went from success to success in different aspects of her career, and then secured her current position as the social media manager of Vogue Business. Eyestylist met with Jess – albeit virtually – and her creative and warm personality easily radiated through the screen, as did her immaculate unique sense of fashion.

What have been your biggest personal and professional challenges throughout the pandemic? Do you think the past year has had an impact on the fashion industry as a whole? If so, what impact? From a work perspective and a personal perspective, I’m a really in-person kind of person. I really respond to the environment I’m in; energy, movement and things like that are so important – especially in an industry like fashion, that is so vibrant in nature. I think it’s difficult for us to have such an integral part of our professional atmosphere taken away; fashion week, events, presentations, photoshoots – they’re all the reasons we want to get into fashion, most of our inspiration is taken from real people doing real things – when that’s gone, what are we left with? Everything is online, you have to see the world through a screen; the environment created is one that doesn’t really promote inspiration. However, although there has been a significantly negative impact, the positive progression regarding sustainability within the industry is immeasurable. In terms of technology capabilities like VR and AR which have really evolved, and also I think we have learned what works and what doesn’t – we have seen that though it is possible to make fashion week virtual, attendance is really low and there just isn’t an appetite for it – people crave the real time, lived experience and are eager to get back to that. One thing I am sure of is that when we do come back into the real world, we’ll take a lot of these learnings from this time with us, and in applying them we will create a better industry as a whole.

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Jess Lawrence: social manager, Vogue Business

The ‘sustainability’ buzz words are everywhere at the moment – without making this a leading question – I personally do try and be as sustainable as I can be and would consider myself pretty passionate about sustainability, but, in the nature of the industry we both work in – that can be hard. What does sustainability mean to you? What do you do if anything in order to “consume consciously” / be sustainable? I think everyone is at home, plugged in and really focused on what is going on outside their windows; now more than ever people are wanting to improve the world we live in, so that when we can go back out there it’s ready to greet us with open arms. Highlighting the problems and inconsistencies within the industry regarding sustainability is necessary and I welcome it – it’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind, designers, manufacturers and consumers are taking it into account more than ever before. One of the main things I have done myself to ‘consume consciously’ is eliminating any / all fast-fashion from my purchasing totally. I think that really happened when I joined Vogue Business – it’s like a switch flipped; once you know how bad it is, you can’t really go back to it. The biggest obstacle we face in this area is how to reduce the price-point of sustainably made clothing; we need to make it more widely accessible to more people – apps like Depop and eBay are an amazing resource for this reason, but if we want sustainable fashion to replace fast-fashion, it needs to be able to compete with it at that price point where younger consumers can engage with it. I can see many exciting changes happening in the next months and years to come. (more…)

Diffuser Tokyo: from passion to product

Accessories and lifestyle brand from Japan continues to present a wide array of fresh concepts which are both functional and quietly stylish

An expanding accessories label rooted in Japanese tradition, Diffuser Tokyo’s founder Masaki Hirose has a love for tradition and craftsmanship in his home country of Japan where he continues to develop what has become one of eyewear’s most distinctive labels for exclusive optical accessories. Products include leather cases and cords, as well as stunning items for presentation and display, created by hand in the Japanese capital using carefully sourced materials including luxurious leathers and silver. Above: frame cord and bracelets by Diffuser Tokyo – designed as a perfect match for high quality eyewear, for men and women

Diffuser Tokyo: leather cords featuring branding in golden lettering

The array of products by Diffuser take into account qualities such as practicality and efficiency as designs that can be worn and used to hold glasses, but also open a new opportunity for a more stylish luxury leaning suited to the finest eyewear products – something that has long been required as an opportune purchase for the customers of the best eyewear stores particularly.

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Diffuser Tokyo: an eyewear ‘pouch’ to wear around the neck

A simple quite discreet eyewear carrier to wear around the neck is among our favourite styles for the S/S season, produced in fine leather with the familiar gold “Diffuser” branding. The designs include a variety of colours and patterns including a new croc embossed leather.

About the brand: DIFFUSER TOKYO is an eyewear accessory brand that launched in autumn 2012. Masaki Hirose, who has worked on domestic sales of a leading global eyewear brand, formed a team of colleagues who were playing an active role at various major department store outlets and Tokyo Collection Brand. They design together by using their extensive experience in the Japanese and international markets and have rolled out their beautiful products around the world, to fashion and concept stores as well as independent optical retailers. For more information and to purchase online visit https://diffuser-tokyo.com

Nirvan Javan: colour nuances, inspired by Paris

The Swiss brand works with natural colours and subtle tones influenced by the city of Paris

Architectural acetate designs, in colours informed by key monuments, the Swiss designer Nirvan Javan turned to Paris for his latest inspiration and handmade acetate frames. Part of a stylistic journey around the globe and a symbiosis of styles from London to Chicago and Tokyo, the label has introduced six special optical designs on the Paris theme, refined in their simplicity and clean minimalist lines, with the inclusion of timeless crystal finishes, alongside a hint of rose and dark pink.  Above: new Nirvan Javan models in the PARIS collection – 04:16 (CET) and 04:18 (CET) – the evocative colours replicate the details of some famous Parisian architectural landmarks

Nirvan Javan / exclusive styles 05:08 (CET) and 05:10 (CET) in the new PARIS edition – luxury acetate is a favourite material at the brand

Refined translucent crystal designs in acetate are a signature look at Nirvan Javan. The classic rectangular model PARIS 05 – styles 05:08 (CET) and 05:10 (CET) (above) – prime examples of the mix of tradition and contemporary detail in these beautiful acetate styles, is offered in a variety of flattering tones including a super transparent crystal and a light natural brown.

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Nirvan Javan: a nostalgic colour palette with its origin in the French capital

Considering details of landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Pyramid, a classic French 19th century ‘palais’ or the iconic red art nouveau signage of the metro,  the PARIS collection evolves with a chic, luxurious style, conceived to underline the individual expression of the male and female wearer with a gentle, graceful air.

Nirvan Javan frames are designed in Switzerland and handcrafted in Japan. To find out more about the young independent eyewear label, visit the website at www.nirvanjavan.com

Emerging creative label: VADA Eyes from Texas

Sunglasses insights: Katie Caplener’s eyewear is fresh, striking and beautifully presented

From an all female team of makers in Austin, Texas, the jewellery brand VADA launches a new line of sunglasses – TOKIO, TEXAS Collection II – produced in fine materials and responsibly sourced, conjuring up some imaginative references – from ancient art to modern dance, neoclassicism to New Wave. The evocative sunglass collection – highlighted in Eyestylist’s sunglasses trend bulletin this month – www.eyestylist.com/eyestylist-trend-bulletin-issue-3/ – and among our favourite finds so far in 2021 – is part of the first wave of stylish Japanese made frames from the brand which is best known for its fine intricate handmade jewelry. Above: the new and awesome campaign from VADA, TOKIO TEXAS : KAUBŌI TOKIO CICADA – VADA frames are designed in Austin, Texas and handmade in Japan – Campaign photography by Kaiman Kazazian

VADA Eyes: in the foreground, the oversized Cicada Garnet sunglasses – a “butterfly square” – and an ode to jewellery designer Elsa Peretti

The new models include the dramatic oversized Cicada Garnet, a frame name that references the insect native to Texas and Japan, and created in reverence to Elsa Peretti’s personal eyewear from which the model “takes some of its shapely cues.” The styles typically feature 8mm organic cellulose acetate, 18K gold plated metal details, and a monogram rivet for a VADA custom chain retainer attachment.

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About the brand: Founded in 2013, VADA specialises in fine jewelry as well as highly curated vintage and antique collections. VADA Eyes is the latest chapter in the brand’s story, launched in Spring 2020 with imaginatively styled frames in cellulose acetate, and featuring hand-wrought metal adornments and custom rivets to hold branded decorative gold chains. The frames are currently available to purchase in the brand’s online boutique and at specialist optical retailers including the highly esteemed Black Optical (www.blackoptical.com) in Dallas, USA. To find out more about VADA, visit www.vadajewelry.com