Flowing elegant contours accent Elizabeth by L.G.R. in Rome. Delicate pink acetate with a lustrous finish is feminine and soft, and the colour is marvelous with a suntan. The gentle upswept temples and handcrafting with artisanal perfection, make Elizabeth the ideal frame for sun-soaked beaches now, and looking ahead to tropical destinations. More details and stunning sunglasses by L.G.R. at www.lgrworld.com JG

S42 Wedding

ic! berlin

ic! berlin’s S42 Wedding is one of the new feather-light optical frames in the German company’s Hybrid Collection – a panto “round” shape with real elegance. Precision-cut acetate is combined here with ic! berlin’s spring stainless steel. Pictured in rosé-gold-caramel, a beautiful soft combination that is on trend for a perfect transition from summer to autumn. If you are updating specs this month, this natural colour palette is the way to go. http://www.ic-berlin.de CN



RVS by V.

Colour creativity is a theme at RVS by V. for optical frames and sunglasses. Model Noah is a prime example in purple haze, a dreamy hue with a striated ripple effect. The shape is charismatic – a solid rectangular vintage look with authentic handmade finishing and tiny rivets. Try it! www.rvsbyv.com CN


Coppe + Sid

Acclaimed bridges in famous Italian cities are the inspiration for the latest Coppe+Sid eyewear collection. Acetate in contrasting colours and thickness enhances Verona, and a serial numbered warranty card ensures authenticity. Coppe+Sid further personalize their designs with a little Lapis Lazuli inserted in the end-tips. Discover all the famous bridges by Coppe+Sid at the new website: www.eyedesignclub.com JG


Line Art Charmant

Inspired by the beauty of music, graceful lines highlight Dolce’s feminine shape in ultra-light Titan – an exclusive Charmant material. The frame has the delicate feel of jewellery, and the modern lens shape makes it ideal  for progressive lenses. Colours include a robust burgundy (above) plus gold and black. To view the complete LineArt Collection by Charmant, click on www.charmant.com JG


Vera Wang

Fashion designer Vera Wang brings her highly refined style sense to the luxurious collection of frames she creates. The graceful silhouette of Ottillie, with its full shape and rounded curves, reflects elegance and chic. Water colour tones are soft and easy to wear, and this beautiful shade of silky green acetate harmonizes with many different colours. For more superb frames from Vera Wang click on www.kenmarkoptical.com JG


Jono Hennessy

The contemporary styling of Jono Hennessy’s latest optical collection flatters a variety of face shapes. With beautiful colourations of silky Japanese turquoise acetate, highlighted with laminated tortoiseshell, the frame has a soft glow that harmonizes with the lovely jewel tones that are a fashion trend for autumn/winter 2014/2015. www.jonohennessy.com JG

Eilonwy Lilac

Vera Wang

Vera Wang has kindly given us a preview of their forthcoming 2014 Salon Collection of optical frames – stunning designs in beautiful soft colours. Eilonwy Lilac is subtle and refined with a transparent lilac acetate front, and temples in marbled tones. A delicate touch is the gold accent that runs across the rim of the frame, and onto the side. The result is a timeless design with elegance and flair. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

SG Wants the DJ

Suzy Glam

As a jewellery designer, Susanne Klemm understands the components of cut gemstones, and this knowledge now translates into her stunning eyewear collection. SG Want the DJ features a luxurious faceted shape, moulded in fine Italian acetate, with the frame surface round and smooth. I’ve tried on Suzy’s frames, and the craftsmanship, fit and beauty is a delight. The collection will make its official debut at SILMO in Paris in September.www.suzyglam.com JG

Farfale B59 001

Colour Fantasy by Francis Klein

An explosion of bright, cheerful colours highights Farfale by Francis Klein. The frame features characteristics that are particularly unique – the exaggerated cat eye shape, bevelled detailing, mini-flowers, and distinctive ornamentation. The Parisian based family company allow their creative imaginations to soar with exceptional results!  Available at the delightful Parisian boutique on The Left Bank and at www.francisklein.com JG


Vienna Inspiration from Lafont Paris

Lafont is internationally recognised for their innovative colour interpretations and creative styling. This stunning frame evokes fond memories of viewing decorative arts in Vienna, that richly creative Art Nouveau period in Austrian history that continues to fascinate. Smooth acetate and lacy weave metal in an intricate design creates edgy sunglasses in an unusual colour combo – burnt orange and purple. The perfect enhancer for autumn fashions! www.lafont.com JG

Natalia 109

Colour Revolutions by Theo

One of the amazing aspects of colour is how the totally unexpected can work so effectively – such as pairing purple and turquoise. Natalia 109 is a vivid new colour mixture from Antwerp based Theo – glossy layered acetate features inlaid texture on the top of the fame and the temples. The effect is riveting – bold, bright and beautiful! www.theo.be JG

Big Wheel

Tortoise Trends by l.a. eyeworks

Tortoise is an all-time favourite, and it’s lovely to see that it is enjoying a fashionable renaissance. l.a. eyeworks has done a marvellous interpretation of tortoise with Big Wheel – an epic play of marble against tortoise. There is a feeling of volume in the design, yet a minimalist aura prevails as well. The high quality acetate ensures a frame of fantastic quality and beauty. www.laeyeworks.com JG


Desert Inspiration by Isson Australia

The rich, sun drenched colours of the desert are found in the new sunglass collection from Isson in Australia. The flat fronted round shape deepens the dramatic temple volume, and the frames are fitted with aspheric (flat) anti-reflection coated lenses. Designer Catherine Federici has captured the essence of the desert in Ella, with intense colouration and bold shaping. www.isson.com.au JG


Beam Collection, Kirk Originals

Not new, but definitely a classic from the British KO label, Blaze is one style that will turn heads…the Beam collection is psychedelic and this is because the frames are made entirely from acrylic, which polishes up to shine like glass. It has a completely unique style, and is quite a change from traditional acetate if you want something that is statement-making and light and comfy. Kirk Originals launched their Beam Collection at Silmo in 2011 to celebrate their 20th Anniversary in 2012; it looks very fresh, and the amethyst colour of this model is very much on-trend as we look ahead to Autumn/Winter. 6 styles are available in the range, and they are retailing at around Euros 420. CN www.kirkoriginals.com


Paulino Spectacles

A super newcomer to eyewear that I am following carefully, Paulino Spectacles has a number of cool looking acetates (high-quality from the Italian specialists in acetate, Mazzucchelli) and I have picked out this one which demonstrates a few things of note. First, I like the combination of transparent blue with a more grainy wood-like neutral toned acetate…the horizontal two-tone front is a massive, massive trend this year (and next), but this one is done in a careful way so it seems that the colour is graduated. As they say themselves, their spectacles collection pays particular attention to the changing tones and luminosity of acetate.  It is a very delicate colour proposal and I wish that I had the right complexion for it! Paulino Spectacles are based in Portugal and you can read more about them here: http://paulinospectacles.com/paulino_en.html CN

August edition: looking forward


It may be holiday time but we are gearing up for Autumn/Winter 11/12…we kick off this month with some of the trends coming up…and 10 unique frames in our Reviews Section which are perfect for the transition from summer to autumn. We’ll be starting to give advice on the best colours, patterns, shapes and influences in fashion and how they translate in eyewear. And of course lots of other special reports and new discoveries in Design and Inspiration, City Guides and Boutiques.  CN

Catherine TF200

Tom Ford Eyewear

Tom Ford is a man of talent and style, and his glamorous eyewear is a stunning example of those qualities.  Catherine, shown above, showcases Ford’s signature inspirations with a wide, cross-front architectural design in metal, a double bridge, and gradient lenses. The voluminous shape is dramatic, and shields the eyes from harsh sunrays. Modern and style setting, this design expresses Ford’s commitment to elegant minimalism and refinement. Tom Ford eyewear is available in London at 36 Opticians, 36 Beauchamp Place, and Fenwick’s on New Bond Street.  Further information at www.tomford.com JG


Chrome Hearts

I confess to a passion for voluminous frame shapes, so Fluffer is definitely a design with great appeal – I loved it the moment I saw it. The details are intricate – it’s a classic retro shape, with a 3-dimensional titanium punch-out frame front.  The “floating” lenses are securely held in place with nylon wire.  Leather simulated enamel inlays accent the top portion of the frame front above each lens.  A sterling silver barrel with the Chrome Hearts “plus” motif marks the point where the temples make the transition to Tegu leather – the hide from a Tegu lizard. The end-tips feature the Chrome Hearts motif in sterling silver.  Fluffer possesses distinguished characteristics. For further details, visit www.chromehearts.com JG


Anne et Valentin

French label Anne et Valentin have an exceptional ability when it comes to combining colours…their acetate and metal designs often include two tones or a play on transparent/solid colour contrasts. Volta is a really classic shape in acetate, turned into a more eccentric or exuberant frame through the clever use of high quality tortoise with a fresh shade of pink….bright refreshing pops of colour are on-trend and very desirable in fashion generally. This style is a very strong example of how this translates in eyewear. CN