The engineering ethos that is uniquely LINDBERG’s is impeccably evident in style 9807A in lightweight titanium and acetate. The eye-catching colour contrast accents the beautifully sculpted frame with unique temple details. The LINDBERG Strip 9800 collection is technically brilliant and distinguished. More information at www.lindberg.comJG
Plenty of fantasy here! With Anna-Karin Karlsson’s stunning Lioness silky black acetate sunglasses. The lioness and brow trim feature 24K gold plating with fine etching details, and gold plated end-tips. There is a hint of retro in the shape and wide sides. An outstanding statement frame from the award winning Swedish designer. Available on line at www.annakarinkarlsson.comJG
a-morir’s Creator Kerin Rose Gold has an extraordinary commitment to luxury artisanal eyewear and we always applaud her ability to set the agenda and push boundaries in handcrafted luxury designs featuring gem stones.
We are just getting to know her Pixie collection for S/S14 and the sparkling asymmetrical Piaf sets the mood – drawing inspiration from Bob Mackie costuming, New York City Vogue culture of the 80s and 90s, and outlaw motorcycle gangs, this collection, says Kerin, is a reflection of a-morir’s ideals on outlaw glamour. It also has the beautiful accomplished hand-finished detailing, gem work and attention to colour typical of Rose’s most exceptional pieces which of course are available in some of the most luxurious fashion boutiques around the world. Keep it up KRG! CN
An Autumn visit to a branch of Marc Le Bihan opticians in the Marais in Paris highlighted their new release – a collection, named Peter & May Walk, produced in France and created by design duo Xavier Matrand and Marc Le Bihan’s daughter, Laura. This range is available through Marc Le Bihan stores in Paris and a few selected French and international opticians and department stores; featuring classic minimal styling for the opticals, and some fashion surprises in the sunglass collection, the model that caught my eye was this gorgeous statement piece – model S#07 – which contains real sequinned fabric sandwiched between the smooth Mazzucchelli acetate layers. Unique for seasonal sparkle!
If sunny, warm climes are your destination, these fun, stylish frames from Andy Wolf are just the item to tuck in with your beach gear. At Hall of Frames Zurich, I had the opportunity to speak with Andy Wolf co-founder, Wolfgang Scheucher, about the design concepts that are the hallmark of the collection – colour and imagination – such as Sweet Summer Dreams (above). The exotic shape is striking in acetate and metal, and the luscious tones of aqua and sea green are superb with a suntan! www.andy-wolf.comJG
Japanese acetate and pure titanium create an effective duo in this handsome Italian Olive and gold sunglass design. There is a hint of retro in the shape, combined with a contemporary edge in the temple details, and the ‘grill’ effect on titanium, highlighting the top of the frame and nose bridge. The Seiko lenses are anti-reflex – providing fashion and protection credibility. 2347 Miles Crush is just one of a sleek new collection from Frency & Mercury. www.dualview.it JG
Crystal is making a welcome return to frame designs – with its 1960’s flair that transcends the decades. Tara by Pierre Cariven at Pierre Eyewear, features a nose bridge decoratively accented in black, and the cat eye shape is a forever favourite. Handmade in France in the Jura, Tara is also available in a stunning colour range – including red, tortoise, black, cream and a lively orange sorbet – each with a contrasting nose bridge colour accent. www.pierre-eyewear.comJG
At Silmo, Clodagh and I were impressed with the sunglass collection by fashion and eyewear designer Vera Wang. Shown above is Miela – in three stunning variations. Italian acetates team with stainless steel – in a black and gold version; plus orange and cream; and my favourite, crystal with cappuccino. The distinctive nose bridge accent is a stainless steel metal clip. Handmade in Italy, the frames are chic and elegant – like Vera’s sought after clothing designs! www.kenmarkooptical.comJG
It was really a pleasure to rediscover Lesca Eyewear and catch up with Joel Lesca and his son Mathieu at the shows this autumn. The collection is authentic vintage, crafted in France, using century old traditions of handwork to achieve luxurious frames. Largo (above) in the colour Tokyo, is a compilation of all that Lesca does so well – gorgeous, superior quality acetate, in a wonderful retro shape – and a Limited Edition. For more details on Lesca’s French heritage creations, visit www.lescalunetier.comJG
Mykita’s Mylon material has gained much praise for its lightness, adjustability and design potential. No surprise then that they have launched Mykita Mylon spectacles, which have thinner rims than you would expect (if you’ve seen the sunglasses) and to the touch, feel soft and smooth. The colour that stands out in my view is Ocean Blue (centre, above, named Pantara), but this material also has a strong fashion feel in Pitch Black and the more unusual Racing Green www.mykita.comCN
Nile is one of the optical styles in L.G.R.’s new spectacles collection, which we have seen in full last month. This collection ranks very highly…the acetates are classical and yet have a subtle modern feel about them – this grey marbled version is extremely appealing. I also picked out this model because of its angled eye shape which underlines the handcrafting (and love of craftsmanship) that has gone into this product. A fine product that offers something quite different from the ordinary and mass produced. CN
Fantastic Alaïa Fashion Creations at The Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
18th December 2011 Femininity, flirtatiousness and flair are the hallmark of Alaïa designs. Women adore his clothes, for their glamour, sensuality, style and cut. To celebrate the couturier’s fabulous collections of the past ten years, The Groninger Museum in Groningen, The Netherlands, presents a stunning exhibition – Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century.
Vanessa Friedman in the Financial Times describes the show as: “a tutorial in what happens when an exacting mind relentlessly works a few ideas to their natural extreme – a case study in just how far basic cloth such as knit, wool, cotton and skins can be pushed so that it transforms into something completely other.”
Alaïa’s experimentation and creativity with fabric is splendidly evident, and “completely other”, when translated into designs that embrace and celebrate a woman’s body. This retrospective is a sequel to the original presentation at The Groninger Museum in 1997-1998, that highlighted Alaïa’s early designs. The Tunisian-born Alaïa is one of fashion’s most important couturiers, and the exhibition is a fitting tribute to his extraordinary talents. Until 6 May 2012 www.groningermuseum.nl JG
Theo and Tim Van Steenbergen celebrate their fourth collaboration with a Spanish-themed Limited Edition, an ode to Spanish patron saints. Spain and its rich history are the inspiration for this strong, bold design, and the name is a tribute to the patron saint of Barcelona – Mercé. Think of Toreadors, and the beautifully decorated jackets, the passion of Bizet’s Carmen – lively Spanish spirit is interpreted into this stunning acetate and metal design. The frame shape is definitely diva, with its broad form and colour contrast. Olé! www.theo.beJG
Bottega Veneta is the venerable Italian brand that makes gorgeous bags with intricate leather weaving. The sunglasses are gorgeous too — the new collection for 2012 includes these lovely acetate sunglasses with elegantly sculptured, voluminous temples. The design is highlighted with a rounded shape that is flattering and glamorous. Details are unique and individual – a motif on the metal core inside the temples, plus five pins on the temples, and a small butterfly on the inside tips. Irresistible! www.bottegaveneta.comJG