Men’s eyewear trends: the total effect

The charm of current trends in eyewear and the effect of ground-breaking technological advancements is nowhere more evident than in the men’s eclectic eyewear collections. Gone are the ordinary shapes and lack lustre colours, replaced by specs styles with beautiful  finishes, colour enhancements, tiny embellishments or special details to catch the eye.

Materials are a particular mode of expression for this new direction, whether traditional (with a new colour proposal) or more avantgarde or complex in how the final result is achieved.

Above: Illustrating an acute attention to details to create an effect: Original Penguin’s the Moocher, which has the look of a suspended lens, with a coloured frame and crystal inner eye rim. www.kenmarkeyewear.com

Carter Bond 9256

For luxury, acetate model 9256 by the Australian eyewear brand Carter Bond, designed by Jono Hennessy, concentrates on a superb tonal range: colours in the latest WONDERLUST collection emerge from a naturally deep base of woodland and camouflage torts. Softer shades blend together into a range that has been designed “to work with their tonal partners and textural contrasts.” www.carterbond.com

Tavat: “Kafée Racer”

Kafée Racer, a new capsule collection from Tavat Eyewear, is the result of a design competition run at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California. The winning student, Miguel Harry, went on to collaborate on a statement piece with the brand, inspired by the world of Café Racing, striving to produce eyewear with the functional and aesthetic elements of the classic motorcycles. Tavat saw this piece at a perfect addition to the collection, which focuses on combining form with function and designing technical eyewear with purpose. www.tavat-eyewear.com

Round vinyl sunglasses from the Vinylize collection

The beautiful originality of the vinyl frames in Tipton’s Vinylize collection comes from their texture and striped coloration, as well as their understated shapes. The frames are produced in Budapest, and hand finished with quality features such as resistant 3 barrel hinges. For further details visit www.vinylize.com

Hendrix by Claire Goldsmith

With a camo colour theme, and expertly finished bevelling which lends a sculptured effect to temples, Claire Goldsmith’s model Hendrix is a bold chic statement in her latest collection that pays attention to classic highlights – such as the tiny traditional double rivets at the temples – with a heritage that includes the most eloquent of celebrity endorsements for this type of chunky acetate design, notably the British actor Michael Caine. www.olivergoldsmith.com CN

Rhapsody in blues

Certain blue tones are like a rhapsody – expressive and effusive. Blue hues are harmoniously connected with the sea and sky: plus depth, stability, loyalty, faith, confidence and wisdom. French artist Yves Klein registered his own blue – International Klein Blue – and in 1957 he declared: “The whole world is blue”, and created a Klein Blue Globe. Eyewear designers fall under the beautiful blue spell as well with stunning, uniquely crafted frames that frequently reference the magic and variety of the colour. Chic frame designs by Plein Les Mirettes include Hybride 3 (top image) in lively blue acetate with metal details. www.plein-les-mirettes.fr

SOBA by theo

Theo was inspired by Japan – the culture, beauty and yes…the noodles. Oodles of noodles are everywhere in Japan, and theo captured the fluent noodle shapes in five masterful stainless steel frames – including SOBA – in brilliant blue – and other amazing colours. www.theo.be

FADO by l.a. Eyeworks

Titanium is the sleek material in l.a. Eyeworks symmetrically sculpted design in Bic blue. The elegant shape is further enhanced with finely crafted detailing on the frame front. www.laeyeworks.com

JUSTIN by Kirk & Kirk

A glorious shade of Ocean Blue in acrylic highlights Justin from Kirk & Kirk. The shape is bold and streamlined, with subtle intricate detailing. www.kirkandkirk.com

DELANY by Zac Posen

Zac Posen’s men collection includes designs that reflect old-world style, while utilising contemporary, custom materials, hardware and hinges. A handsome oval shape  – linear and lightweight – highlights Delany in Midnight Blue. www.kenmarkeyewear.com JG

 

Optimum opticals

Beautiful colours, alluring materials, and imaginative shapes characterise optical frames with optimum style chic. Creative concepts enhance the latest frames from international designers, confirming that eyewear is an elite accessory not only for corrective sight, but fashion flair. Danish brand Orgreen Optics features a sleek panto-silhouette – Vitus – in a mix of titanium and beta-titanium in seven lovely colourations, including 801 shown above. Nathaneal Wenger at Hall of Frames Zurich describes Vitus as: “My absolute favourite design and it works well with men too.” Orgreen Optics is among the artisan independent brands that will be presenting at Hall of Frames Zurich on 07-08 October at Papeiersaal. More news on the 10th anniversary celebrations for HOF soon on Eyestylist.com! www.orgreenoptics.com www.hallofframes.ch

Americano by Oliviero Zanon for Res/Rei The Cocktails Collection

Oliviero Zanon for Res/Rei highlights streamlined designs in The Cocktails Collection – ultra-light construction in elegant feminine shapes. Americano explores refreshing, delicate colourations in stunning acetate combinations from Mazzucchelli – handcrafted in Italy. www.resrei.com

Jacques by KBL Eyewear

A cheerful burgundy/cherry acetate design – Jacques – by KBL Eyewear is crafted in a timeless shape, with pure lines and aesthetic simplicity. Explore www.kbleyewear.eu for more optical and sunglass styles.

Gold metal chain by Frame Chain

Never misplace or lose your glasses again! Frame Chain has the ideal solution with graceful chains in metal (above) delicate pearls, or desirable combinations. Discover the ingenious designs by Annie and Vanessa, co-founders of Frame Chain at www.framechain.co.uk

Sol Sol Ito Switzerland

Sol Sol Ito is the exclusive Swiss brand with frame designs that maximise visual impact. Acetate and metal combine in a subtle pastel blue frame with the brands innovative twin-steel sides. Visit www.solsolito.com for more elegant designs.

Grant by Zac Posen

Acclaimed fashion designer Zac Posen brings his couture technique to eyewear with commanding masculine eye shapes. A retro-inspired square shape in Forest Green with custom metal detailing on the temples combines with enduring tortoiseshell. www.kenmarkeyewear.com JG

Mission accomplished: ic! berlin x Austrian Space Forum (OeWF)

ic! berlin frames have been trialled in a rigorous series of Mars field simulations and experiments in the Omani desert, run by the Austrian Space Forum.

The AMADEE-18 Mars Analogue Mission studied equipment, procedures and work flows under the extreme ‘Martian-like’ conditions of the deserts of Dhofar, the largest governorate in the Sultanate of Oman. Above: photo taken during the AMADEE- 18 Mars Analogue Mission

Alley-Oop by ic! berlin – tested by analogue astronaut Stefan Dobrovolny, MD

During the simulations the analogue astronauts from the OeWF wore 45-kilogram robotic spacesuits equipped with their own power supply, communication systems and a variety of sensors. They also tested ic! berlin sunglasses – selected to protect their eyes from the desert sun and provide a lightweight technical solution for the face.

Analogue Astronaut Carmen Kohler, wears model Layup by ic! berlin

With an average weight of around 20 grams, ic! berlin’s advanced rubberized sunglasses combine features such as comfort and state-of-the-art UV protection with a reliable and robust construction, resilient screwless hinge and high-performance materials. The frames tested during the field work feature extremely flexible and lightweight 0.5mm spring stainless steel with a rubber polyurethane-based thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-U) coating which is scratch and heat resistant. More details: www.ic-berlin.de CN

Sun-sational sunnies!

Welcome summer – free from winter doldrums, and with eager anticipation of leisurely, sun-drenched days – now is the time to enjoy fabulous sunglasses. Eyewear designers cater to style/trend setters, with sunglass selections in alluring materials, shapes and colours to complement your easy-going, laid-back days. Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R adores the Italian Rivera, and is influenced by the natural beauty of Capri for his sun specs that glow with the colours of the island. (Top image: Reunion – design purity, elegance and chic in Cappuccino from the L.G.R Capri Collection) www.lgrworld.com

RIGARDS RG0104CU “Mad Scientist” in copper

Copper is an unexpected component for eyewear, and in Ti Kwa’s talented vision it is a wonderful standout in his new collection for RIGARDS. RG0104CU – codenamed “Mad Scientist” – as it was designed in homage to the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic horror Frankenstein – is full of character with individual hand texturing adding an organic dimension to the frames. www.rigards.com

Rise in Bark acetate by Karmoie

The open green spaces of Norway inspire Karmoie’s beautiful design by Kirsten and Lars Iversen. They embrace summer with voluminous sunglasses in a sleek round shape. Rise in Bark is lovingly crafted in fine quality acetate with meticulous details. www.karmoie.com

Sun style variety by Plein Les Mirettes

Plein Les Mirettes in France entices with rich colourations for their impressive and dazzling variety of sun styles. Left to right: Diva 6 in exclusive colouration for PLM by Mazzucchelli; Fantasque 7 in vivid tones; Re Belle 9 in mustard – a seasonal favourite; Diva 7 in specific Mazzucchelli colours for PLM. Visit www.plein-les-mirettes.fr for additional glamorous colours and styles.

Elverfeld from the Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen

The exclusive Signature Collection at Fleye Copenhagen includes the sophisticated and oh so cool – Elverfeld – that combines solid and transparent layered acetate in beautiful colour combinations. Explore www.fleye.dk for additional sunglass creativity from the Danish brand.

Jimmy 9010S form the Jean-François Rey 1985 Collection

Sunshine is always a dynamic, enlightening inspiration for Marseille-based JF Rey. Jimmy 9010S is the latest innovative model in the Jean-François Rey 1985 collection – a powerful design in striking colours with a splendidly curved double-bridge. www. jfrey.fr JG

Here comes the sun

The arrival of spring and summer is abundant with thoughts of holidays, sun, warmth, and perhaps a leisurely escape. Time to celebrate and seek adventure, fun, and self-reflection to either new destinations  – or revisit favourite havens that have become very special. Whatever your preferences, greet the sunny season with that most glamorous of accessories – sunglasses. A particularly alluring design is Jono Hennessy’s stunning leopard print acetate frame (Top image 8402) with a gorgeous voluminous shape. www.jonohennessy.com

Ella – 3D Götti Dimension – by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

The numerous possibilities with 3D printing highlight the elegant geometric and topographical structures in the latest 3D Götti Dimension sunglasses, including Ella in sleek deep-dark blue wth a semi-matt finish. www.gotti.ch

Peggy Purple Poppies by Lucia Pasin Lu.Pa Studio

The artistic flair of Lucia Pasin at Lu.Pa Studio in Italy radiates in her vivid design – Peggy Purple Poppies – influenced by Peggy Guggenheim, collector and supporter of modern art. http://www.lupa-studio.myshopify.com

Petra in acrylic by Kirk & Kirk

Petra by Kirk and Kirk shimmers in charismatic luminous green acrylic with a sculpted retro-inspired shape. www.kirkandkirk.com JG

Tim Van Steenbergen + theo = Compositions

With the introduction of Compositions by Tim Van Steenbergen + theo – optics and art fuse naturally – and with exceptional distinction – into stunning, dramatic sunglasses. The Belgian duo frequently collaborates on eyewear, and the latest collection includes a third Belgian – the accomplished post-war artist, Guy Van Den Branden. Top image: Composition 1957 TVS + theo

Royal Blue distinction Composition 1958 TVS + theo

Van Steenbergen is an admirer and collector of Van Den Branden’s paintings. The artist’s geometrical abstractions focus on composition, rhythm, form and colour…the same characteristics that highlight Van Steenbergen’s visionary insights. So it was an instinctive progression that Tim pay homage to the artist’s work.

Racy Red Composition 1961 TVS + theo

There are six Compositions sunglass designs in the collection – offering an exciting harmony in titanium and acetate. The array of colours are amazing – from vivid and shiny – to mysterious darker hues – for a total of eight specialised theo-colours.

Dazzle in Composition 1963 TVS + theo

The interplay of material and colour, further enhanced with the arcs and lines that criss-cross the frames, transform recognisable shapes. The outcome is a unique ‘constructivist’ sunglass collection with highly individual composites – resulting in beautiful and impressive eyewear. Explore more at www.theo.be JG

TVS + theo Composition 1965

Sunnies that sizzle!

Sunny days forecast! From picnics to promenades, sun worshiping to surfing, tennis to trekking, summer is the season that offers innumerable activities to enjoy. Enhance these pleasures with sunglasses that provide style chic and protection from ultra-violet rays. The sun spec selection is diverse in shape, colour, material and fashion savvy – as seen in L.G.R’s elegant design Orchid in Limoncello (above) from the enchanting L.G.R Capri Collection. www.lgrworld.com

Jono Hennessy Limited Edition Botanical

Dynamic colours and glamorous acetate proportions fuse in Jono Hennessy’s 8400 Limited Edition Botanical frames. www.jonohennessy.com

Pettibone by SALT. Optics

A voluminous shape finely crafted excels in Pettibone in Antique Rose with gradient lenses by SALT. Optics.  Photographed by Clement Jolin in the California desert for the striking SALT.”Day in the Desert” campaign. https://saltoptics.com/blogs/news/blog-post-one

The Moon by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Charm and allure characterise The Moon by Anna-Karin Karlsson with genuine akoya pearls and zirconia crystals. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Zoobug sunnies are available for babies to 12-year olds.

Zoobug’s delightful Regent’s Park campaign featuring children’s sun designs combines fashion savvy children love, and high-performing quality lenses with 100% UV protection. www.zoobug.com

Transitions Style Colour lenses in Vanni frame

Beautiful Sapphire Blue Transitions Style Colour lenses highlight a colourful Vanni frame. www.stylecolours.co.uk www.vanniocchiali.com JG

 

 

Tech trend: Ørgreen’s Quantum 2.0

Ørgreen is preparing the launch of its second Quantum collection, a high-tech minimal eyewear range that unites state-of-the-art eyewear materials and a unique hinge design (see https://www.eyestylist.com/2017/09/silmo-2017-one-week-go/ ) – the subject of much curiosity in the world of optics.

Consisting of 12 designs for men and women, the second Collection extends what the brand describes as “the preoccupation with contemporary urban identity, characterized by constant movement, freedom, and self-determination” with focus on the extra matte Polyamide fronts paired with titanium, and a new range of hues with a distinct yet understated direction.

Ørgreen Quantum 2.11 for women, with a deep lens shape

Eyestylist asked Head of Design Tobias Wandrup to comment on what differentiates a frame with this level of technicality and state-of-the-art construction: “Quantum perfectly represents the minimal and functional DNA of the Ørgreen designs. And it’s in the DNA of this brand to continuously research and implement ways to increment the minimalistic aesthetic and the functionality of the frames. In that sense, Quantum is the Ørgreen state of the art.”

Ørgreen Quantum 2.12, the butterfly look with a sleek design

“Innovation is more and more a key factor for consumers, and brands are following this trend using innovative material, applying new technologies. It is of course a matter of balance. The brand needs to be able to do that without losing the aesthetic appeal – or compromising their design statement.”

For those who have not yet seen the product close up, as well as nice clean proportions typical of the label, the frames feature a minute spherical hinge which connects the titanium temple to the polyamide front, eliminating common eyewear components such as screws and bolts, and producing a finely honed minimal focus that fits perfectly with the Danish design aesthetic. Comfort, of course, is at the top of the agenda, and with high-performance materials like titanium and polyamide in combination, you can feel secure that the frame will wear well and stand the test of time. Find out more about eyewear innovations and the latest collections by Ørgreen Optics at www.orgreenoptics.com CN

Vive sunglasses!

Summer and sunglasses are synonymous and this season’s presentations offer stunning choices in materials, styles and colours. Tinted lenses bring additional zip to sun specs in glamorous, unexpected shades. Cat-eye shapes; graphic and angular frames; round shapes in mini and oversized designs; plus aviators – a perennial favourite – feature in varied selections. It’s time to celebrate summer with beautiful, distinctive sun specs from international designers.

Götti Switzerland has accumulated numerous awards for their innovative designs. The latest accolade is Frame of the Year 2018 for the elegant rimless model DC05, from the Götti Perspective collection (top image). “For me, rimless glasses are the most prestigious discipline in the design of glasses,” says designer and owner Sven Götti, “and achieving the technical requirements with so few materials took over eight years of development.” The captivating shape with tinted lenses is constructed without soldering or screws. Explore more Götti technical innovations at www.gotti.ch

Norma from The Diva Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei

Drama, beauty, intrigue – Opera has it all, and is the influence for the striking designs in the Diva Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei. The Divas are glamorous sunglasses with haute-couture touches in Mazzucchelli acetate. Norma has round, expressive shaping, further enhanced with tonal colour explorations. www.resrei.com

Lobster from The Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen

The Danish smorrebrod concept – delicious layering on sandwiches – inspires a distinctive Limited Edition sunglass design from The Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen – Lobster. Sculptural shaping, meticulously handcrafted in beta-titanium, ensures a slim, very light, and extremely comfortable frame. Fun and playful! www.fleye.dk

Seine by KBL Eyewear

Summer days on the river in Paris inspire KBL with Seine – a contemporary, sleek sunglass design in Tortoiseshell acetate and gold metal. Seine reflects a refined, timeless design that embraces new technology. www.kbleyewear.com

LINDBERG model 8412

LINDBERG’S latest sunglass designs for men are debonair, slim line and expertly crafted in the finest materials. Model 8412 highlights an architectural sensibility with a double bridge. All LINDBERG sunglasses are suitable for prescription lenses. www.lindberg.com

The Garden by Anna-Karin Karlsson

The Girl in the Garden Collection by Anna-Karin Karlsson includes luxurious sunglasses in 24K gold-plated titanium, totally handcrafted. Japanese titanium artists individually sculpt the lush flowers that embellish The Garden. www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Anna-Karin Karlsson Jewellery treasures

Bold and beautiful, dash and daring characterise the eyewear designs of Anna-Karin Karlsson. Now the prolific Swedish designer has launched a jewellery collection – abundant with AKK’s inimitable, imaginative dreams steeped in strength and statement. “There is so much half-hearted stuff out there,” said the designer, “and I wanted to create something that was strong, graphic, beautiful and enduring.” Top image: Anna-Karin Karlsson

Rose Noir Necklace by Anna-Karin Karlsson

The Anna-Karin Fashion Jewellery Collection includes necklaces, bracelets, and earrings of distinction. Flowers are a particular inspiration for Karlsson – and she enlarges on this theme with the Rose Noir Necklace crafted in resin and 24k gold plated metal. The sculpted design sits elegantly and comfortably on the neck.

Bug Cuff Bracelet by AKK

Karlsson has a delightful sense of humour that she portrays in her eyewear – and the jewellery as well. She is curious and fascinated with life, the environment, and animals. A wide cuff bracelet in plated white gold is enhanced with a handpainted colourful bug.

Chain mania by AKK

The timelessness of gold chains is elegantly interpreted by Karlsson in 24k gold plated links that can be worn with variety. Currently, Anna-Karin Karlsson’s Fashion Jewellery Collection is available in Russia, France, Portugal, Sweden and South Africa. With her prodigious talent, it is intriguing to contemplate what Anna-Karin’s next exciting quest may be…www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Accessory assets

Beautiful eyewear merits accessories that are crafted with imagination, skill and expertise to further enhance the enjoyment of wearing frames. Designer’s creative efforts provide stylish ways to make the most of protecting eyewear. With headquarters nestled in the Austrian countryside, two entrepreneurs developed Eyeshaker – the efficient, sanitary, and simple method of keeping lenses spotless. The Eyeshaker kit is equipped with a tube shaker, cleaning liquid, and a micro-fibre cloth. The method is easy to use, and quickly eliminates dirt, make-up, smears, and sand (a summer hazard!). The ideal way to ensure frames lead a long, clear-vision life. Discover more about Eyeshaker at www.eyeshaker.at

ANY DI Little Style Allrounder

Munich designer Anne Dickhardt at Any Di has the ideal pouch in which to carry and protect frames – the Little Style Allrounder. Frames and smart phones, plus business cards, money, and transport passes can conveniently slip into the pockets with snap buttons, and an inner middle zippered pocket. The sleek, chic design can be carried, worn on the hip with a gold chain, or as a wristlet with a leather loop. Explore more of Any Di’s world at www.any-di.com

Art & Eyewear: Kirk & Kirk/ Ray Richardson Collaboration

Humble cleaning cloths have reached art status with innovative, imaginative and original designs. An exciting collaboration unites Kirk & Kirk with Ray Richardson – a London artist and long-time friend of Jason Kirk. Jason noted: “Collaborating with friends, brands, illustrators and artists feels like such a natural and obvious avenue for Kirk & Kirk to explore. We get to work with people who share our values and vision, and our audience benefits from unique and original collaborations.” Richardson’s muse and inspiration – Brian the Bull Terrier – is celebrated on the micro-fibre lens cloth titled “Ye Olde English.” The Limited Edition lens cloth can be purchased directly from the Extra Specials section on the Kirk & Kirk website: www.kirkandkirk.com

Drop Pearl by Frame Chain

Pearls symbolise beauty, elegance, and timelessness, which are gracefully expressed in Frame Chain’s Drop Pearl design. Fresh Water pearls in varied sizes are expertly hand-strung on a gold chain. Visit www.framechain.co.uk to discover more of Frame Chain unique designs.

Butti eyewear case in red

Beautiful cases by Butti combine luxurious leather and aesthetically pleasing designs to stylishly protect frames. Finest quality leathers are sourced in Italy for the unique styles that are lined in pure silk. The cases are crafted in Great Britain and include designs for men and women that are elegant, chic and so useful. www.butti.co.uk

Mauve link chain by Emmanuelle Khanh

Emmanuelle Khanh was a pioneer in eyewear design, and her legacy lives on with Eva Gaumé capturing the spirit of the iconic designer. The latest accessory designs include a lovely, contemporary link chain – delicate in mauve (featured above) or sophisticated in black. “Chaînettes Bijoux” are emblematic of Emmanuelle Khanh’s fashion and function creed. www.ek.fr JG

Artisanal eyewear jewellery: Anneleen Bertels

Wear the Eyes SS18 – An Artisanal Eyewear Collection designed by Belgian fashion designer Anneleen Bertels for Liselore Frowijn ‘MEXICO’ SS18 collection. Handcrafted in collaboration with Eline De Winter and Vincent Verstrepen.

The SS18 “Wear the eyes”- collection by Anneleen Bertels in collaboration with Eline De Winter and Vincent Verstrepen is the search for the functionality of ‘viewing’ and the luxury of admiring eyewear as a custom-made piece of jewelry or fine art. Shaped in an entirely handcrafted manner, the designs are executed with close attention to detail and are exclusively available as a limited couture edition.

Catwalk: Liselore Frowijn MEXICO SS18

‘Wear the eyes’ is an architectural game of raw and refined metal drawings for the eyes with fractions of colours, inspired by the 3-dimensional shapes of swimming goggles and the sharpness of sports eyewear. The aim, according to Bertels, was to push the limit of what eyewear can and could be.

Close-up: eyewear design by Anneleen Bertels

The artisan’s expertise is reflected by the way the lenses are placed on the frames, referencing ancient and traditional ways of setting stones and diamonds on jewelry. “These frames are shaped out of the idea that we should experience and feel our surroundings more consciously through the objects we are in touch with on a daily basis,” explains the designer. Anneleen aims to reach out for objects that have the power to create effective experiences and make us want to invest more in a tactile and emotional relationship and interaction with these objects over time.

Catwalk: Liselore Frowijn MEXICO SS18

For this collection, Anneleen Bertels collaborated with and called upon the expertise of jewelry designers and makers Vincent Verstrepen en Eline De Winter, who assisted her throughout the whole design process with their knowledge and insights. They crafted the eyewear in their atelier with extreme precision. All the coloured lenses were provided by Zeiss. The designs are available exclusively from the designer via www.anneleenbertels.be. CN

Monochrome mood

For those who love a throwback, the new wave of monochrome in fashion and home decor, with a nod to the 60s (and a hint of the 90s), comes with a modern flavour and directional elegance, whatever the context. In the accessory world, the trend is easy-to-wear and instantly on point, and designers – from specialists in eyewear to milliners and home furnishing creatives – are having fun with the mix, as a “fresh” redefined statement or classic combo. Above: AnifInChains, Athens, produce coloured chains including marble effects and black&white styles – for details: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnifInChains   

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Hathaway by Claire Goldsmith

On the face, black and white or black and crystal provides a touch of drama and individuality, and an interesting alternative to all over black. Claire Goldsmith’s model Hathaway, a luxurious example, features a front in a thin black with crystal acetate, and a silhouette inspired by the cat eye with a deep, square form. More two-tone designs including Dalton (in Matte Slate & Storm) are featured in the CG line by the great-granddaughter of iconic designer Oliver Goldsmith: details at www.olivergoldsmith.com

CM 10 by Vue DC

Also combined on the front, the monochrome mix makes a statement in Vue DC’s CM 10, with the black along the brow and crystal outlining the eyes. The frame is handmade in France and stands out for its artisan finishing and artsy, charismatic silhouette. Find more inspiration at  www.vuedc.fr CN

Feminine for S/S18: 4 unique designs

Spring offers a fresh start and an opportune moment to update spectacles and sunglasses. On our radar for women are statement titanium and acetate designs with a clear identity and absolute precision in details, colours and flattering feminine shaping.

Falvin Eyewear’s model Orbit – from the Black Crystal Collection – exemplifies luxury sophistication in a Danish design concept where the handcrafted titanium frames come with precious platings of palladium, rose gold and 24 carat gold. Rendered in a subtle two-tone colour scheme, the frame is modern and fashion-forward and perfectly suited to everyday wear, with the kind of comfort and barely-there feel that ensures a pleasurable experience through long periods. www.falvineyewear.com

Cosmos by Lafont Paris

The sweet model Cosmos by Lafont Paris, an acetate design with a tri-colour combination, is a classical example of the cat’s eye shape with a playful femininity in pretty, fashionable pastels (colour way Cosmos 3100) of pink crystal and teal with bright blue temples. www.lafont.com

Model Bise: ic! berlin ‘silk’ collection

Delicate colours and a very narrow shaping create the feminine touch in model Bise by ic! berlin, part of the super fine silk collection – free from “unnecessary branding or ornament”. These designs have a new 3.5mm screwless hinge –  a progressive frame feature that offers excellent slimline aesthetics and long-lasting comfort. The two tone front is a fun new look in a season of bolder eyewear statements and colour. www.ic-berlin.de

Tyche + Iset Eyewear: effortless femininity in model Casablanca

Morganne Leigh initially began Tyche + Iset Eyewear as a portfolio piece in order to attain graphic design jobs after college. Always a sunglasses enthusiast, Morganne decided to try her hand at product design after studying jewelry design. In order to stand apart for her debut collection (Autumn 2014), she chose to utilize her handwritten signature of “Los Angeles” across the top of the frame, laser etched into the acetate and rubbed with gold oil. Another exclusive detail, which is her brand’s signature, is the gold music note charm on every model’s temple tip. Casablanca (pictured above), is available in an elegant acetate in chestnut (brown multi) with almond brown lenses, magenta (magenta ombré to clear) with grey lenses, and slate (black ombré to clear) with a blue-grey lens. Find out more about the designer at www.tycheandiset.com CN

L.G.R Heritage Edition

Heritage is an intricate component in everything that Luca Gnecchi Ruscone creates. As he celebrates the 10th anniversary of L.G.R, the Italian designer has launched The Heritage Limited Edition, that beautifully and elegantly reinterprets four iconic models of the distinguished brand: Asmara, Casablanca, Keren and Reunion. (Top image: Luca Gnecchi Ruscone)

Casablanca – Heritage Limited Edition by L.G.R

The L.G.R legacy is rooted in the warehouse discovery of his beloved grandfather – Raffaello Bini – in Asmara in the capital city of Eritrea. Luca came across lenses, sunglasses and cameras that his grandfather used to import. The depth and scope of these vintage treasures influenced Luca to create his own eyewear label. Ten years on, the L.G.R brand is renowned internationally for frames individually handcrafted in Italy by skilled artisans, in the finest quality hand-polished materials.

L.G.R 10th Anniversary – Asmara – iconic design

The new models reflect Luca’s innate appreciation of quality  and homage to Raffaello Bini. The frames are crafted in matt acetate and equipped with polarised tempered mineral glass lenses, with the flaps in cellulose acetate. Small and sophisticated apertures on the side flaps are characterised by the lines of the three-light window in Luca’s grandfather’s store – Ottica Bini in the suburbs of Asmara. The four different designs are packaged in a smart leather box, or if purchased separately, presented in an exclusive, customised box and canvas case.

L.G.R Heritage Limited Edition – Keren

The L.G.R brand has established an international following in selected stores, and Luca recently opened a superbly stylish boutique on Corso Garibaldi in Milan. His individualistic, authentic, beautiful, ingenious designs are favourites with global clients, celebrities, and fashion-conscious wearers who appreciate top quality, cosmopolitan eyewear. Happy Anniversary L.G.R! www.lgrworld.com JG

Crystal clear

Spring into the season with frames flourishing in crystal clear designs by leading eyewear creators. Luminous tranquillity, an aura of calm and serenity like a beautiful sea or lake, highlights crystal frames that are cool, clear and comfortable. Certain frames have the slightest tint, or temples accented with a flourish of bright colour. Clear acetate frames were particularly fashionable in the 1950’s, usually with cat-eye shaping. Nowadays, technology and beautiful quality acetate – ensure crystal acetate frames are chic and contemporary. The latest designs are a refreshing accent to spring/summer fashions. Sahin from the Götti Switzerland Collection (above) radiates a lustrous glow in acetate with a soft blush and stainless steel temples. www.gotti.ch

CAP by Lafont Paris

Thomas Lafont at Lafont expresses – and impresses – with a crystal design – CAP – in a timeless shape and a flash of colour on the temples. www.lafont.com

PIKE by l.a. Eyeworks

A tawny glow highlights PIKE from l.a. Eyeworks. A bold, fabulous square shape blends retro with modern techniques. www.laeyeworks.com

SMART by Karmoie

Crystal designs in sunny styles are flattering and SMART by Karmoie in Norway and a “smart” choice for summer holidays. The distinctive, round shape is also ideal for small faces. www.karmoie.com

Fantastique VIII by Plein Les Mirettes

Plein Les Mirettes bring a sculptural grace to clear acetate with Fantastique VIII, in a design that shimmers in the light. www.plein-les-mirettes.fr

Sol Sol Ito 010

Sol Sol Ito 010 is distinctly distinguished with its straight bridge, round eye shape, and dashing bright red temples. www.solsolito.com JG

Oak: desirable design

In the design world, oak provides an inimitable surface texture, desirable natural colour tones and opportunity for innovation in form and detail.

A tribute to the great master of chair design, Hans J. Wegner, whose anniversary takes place in early April, a unique edition of the Wishbone Chair is produced in ancient oak.

The Danish architect is considered a pioneering furniture designer of the twentieth century. As a driving force behind ‘Danish Modern’, he helped change the general public’s view of furniture in the 1950s and 1960s. His passion for designing chairs, more than 500 of them, is recognised worldwide and reflected in his title ‘the Master of the Chair’.

The oak edition of the chair is available on April 2-3rd, 2018 exclusively, and features a brass plate engraved with Wegner’s signature and a certificate of authenticity.

“Hans J. Wegner has left a unique cultural heritage that continues to inspire. His furniture has the potential to be challenged and reimagined in new materials. This is what we have done with the new Ancient Oak variant, which will be of particular interest to collectors and Wegner enthusiasts,” explains Knud Erik Hansen from Carl Hansen & Son.

The special-edition Wishbone Chair can be purchased from authorized Carl Hansen & Son dealers and flagship stores. Details at www.carlhansen.com

ROLF Spectacles: the handcrafted Sprite and Star models

At ROLF Spectacles, the leader in handcrafted wood eyewear, who subscribe to the same high craftsmanship standards in wood design, the circular SPRITE and STAR models from the EVOLVED collection are for lovers of pure minimalist glasses. Made from Smoked Oak, Maple Smoked Oak, and Smoked Oak Walnut and handcrafted in the Austrian Tyrol with outstanding precision through each step of production, the grain of the natural material and the subtle nuances of the colours are immediately visible. Moreover, these artisan frames offer exceptional comfort thanks to the natural finish of the oak and a multi-directional screwless, metal-free Flexlock hinge. Find out about ROLF Spectacles stockists at www.rolf-spectacles.com CN

Tony Gross, Cutler & Gross, 1939-2018

Tony Gross, co-founder of British eyewear brand Cutler & Gross has died, aged 78. Gross was an advocate of fashionable, trendsetting eyewear design that attracted fashion circles and celebrities including Elton John, Princess Diana and Grace Jones.

The Cutler & Gross label was started in London in 1969 by partners Tony and Graham, who met at optometry school in London in the ’60s. The entrepreneurial duo opened their first store in Knightsbridge in 1971, stocking handmade bespoke frames, designed, unlike most at the time, as a fashion accessory.

“Tony truly believed in the transcendence of spectacles from unattractive, government-funded pieces of eye science to a genuine fashion accessory infused with sex appeal and glamour.” Extract from Forty Years of Vision and Style, 2009.

“I still have vivid memories of meeting Tony at Optometry College in London,” says Graham Cutler. “We were looking for something to occupy ourselves at lunchtimes, and Tony suggested poker. So he taught me how to play and groups of us would play each day for money. He had been a professional player before going to College, so was very successful! We also discovered that we had met a lot of the same people in our earlier rambles around Soho.

Modern style: Cutler & Gross model 1277 – from the 2018 collection

“After college our friendship continued, and we ended up working for the same group of Optometrists in London, and often working together. We started talking about opening our own practice, where we would each be able to work just six months of the year. Obviously that plan didn’t work out!”

Marie Wilkinson, Design Director for over 30 years at Cutler & Gross said: “He was, without question, a pioneer, turning eyewear into the genuine fashion accessory infused with sex appeal and glamour that we know today. The first three decades of the brand’s existence had much to do with Tony’s formidable social appetite and his ability to mix just as easily with Royalty and music stars, as with his wonderful friends that filled the Cutler & Gross stores. Tony’s enthusiasm and taste were undeniably infectious, and coupled with his skill as an Optometrist, drew huge cross-sections of people to the brand. His spirit continues to give Cutler & Gross its unique and much loved personality to this day. He will be sorely missed.” Portrait (top) by Dennis Rolfe / www.cutlerandgross.com  CN

Inspired influences

Ideas, concepts, and influences spring from many sources – nature, music, art, fashion, architecture, and much more. The latest eyewear collections demonstrate how designers draw upon a wide variety of familiar sources to create frames that are innovative and distinctive. Cuddly little koala bears – Australia’s favourite fauna – decorate unique Limited Edition sunglasses by Jono Hennessy.

Inspired by the Australian native – KOALA sunglasses by Jono Hennessy

Hennessy and the family love their country, and decided to celebrate the Australian natives with their fluffy ears and amazing nose. KOALA sunglasses are fitted with quality CR39 brown gradient lenses. Visit www.jonohennessy.com for more super sunnies.

VIVACE

The elegance and charm of music highlights designs from the VIVACE Collection that includes XL2116, in a contemporary silhouette with sleek understatement.

Vivace by Line Art Charmant is inspired by the world of music –

Fluidity and smooth design features are crafted in flexible Excellence Titanium, and the frame features temples with delicate colour ingredients that harmonise with subtle contrasts. For additional styles inspired by the world of music in the Line Art Collection explore www.charmant.com

Orchid from The Capri Collection by L.G.R

The landscape, colours, and natural beauty of The Isle of Capri inspires Luca Gnecchi Ruscone’s delightfully chic Capri Collection. The newest rendition is Orchid – a glamorous cat-eye in Matt Limoncello with gradient green lenses. The Capri Collection captures the atmosphere, beauty and colours of the Italian Rivera reflected in Luca’s graceful designs. www.lgrworld.com

Amaranto from The Flowers Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei

The rich tones and blossoming beauty of nature influences frames in Oliviero Zanon’s Flowers Collection for Res/Rei. The frames are handmade in a variety of acetates – fusing and overlapping to create designs that express flower petals and delicacy. Amaranto is the latest interpretation in The Flowers Collection that projects feminine flair. www.resrei.com

Ray from The Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk

A clear, tranquil, aquamarine sea comes to mind with Kirk & Kirk’s beautifully transparent design – Ray from the Kaleidoscope Collection – in lightweight, durable Acrylic. The bold shape adds lustre and allure to a design characterised with smooth, modernised elegance. www.kirkandkirk.com JG

OG Decades: Iconic

The iconic British brand Oliver Goldsmith has launched a superb collection of sunglasses – OG Decades – to celebrate their 90th anniversary. An amazing eyewear journey that began in the “Roaring 20’s” has overcome numerous international crises – including a World War – achieving an enamoured and engaging history that continues to captivate global customers. (Top image: 1930 OG Decades)

Roaring 20’s: 1920 OG Decades

Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Michael Caine and Lady Gaga are just a few of the spectacle wearers who have created style legacies wearing Oliver Goldsmith. Nowadays, fashion world luminaries, royalty, rock stars and movie stars embrace the striking, timeless designs.

Swinging Sixties: 1960 OG Decades

The collection includes ten different frames that transcend the lifestyle and fashion highlights of each decade, with every design meticulously investigated.

New century: 2000 OG Decades

If travels take you to London, include on your itinerary a visit to the stunning OG Store.LDN, in Notting Hill, just off Portobello Road. Here you can connect to the history and heritage of the Goldsmith family, as well as seeing the current collections, and admiring the influential designs that are recognised as historic and timeless. Visit www.olivergoldsmith.com for further details on all the collections at Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses, and Claire Goldsmith Optical. JG

Colour stories: diverse or unexpected

Bolder. More unusual. Statement-making tones and eccentric combinations. In colour, the direction for 2018 offers an ever widening choice of looks and colour combinations in frame design, tied to the fashion collections, as well as a general desire for self-expression, unique choices and an upbeat, fun and positive focus on exploring and experimenting with new ideas.

Lens colours are particularly playful. ic! berlin’s capsule collection TWOTWO comprises layer upon layer of colour and texture in shapes inspired by the mod movement of 1960s London. The limited edition frame froufrou features oversized circular lenses capped with contrasting sheetmetal inlays. Above: Claudia wears Froufrou in black with orange lens, by ic! berlin – www.ic-berlin.de

ARC BF822 by Blackfin – metallic red

Blackfin, the Italian brand of titanium eyewear has added new colours for model ARC in a limited editionThis sunglass has been presented in a special limited edition of just 499 pieces in each of the three colour combinations. With its front in pure titanium and patented Swordfish beta-titanium temples, ARC is available in opaque black/metallic grey with silver mirrored lenses, metallic tropical blue with blue mirrored graduated-tint lenses and metallic red with bright red mirrored lenses (above). The arch, a structural support element, lends an original connotation to the frame, as the name implies. But the arch can also be seen as the span of a bridge, in this case embracing the lenses and enclosing them in the single piece of metal. www.blackfin.eu

S.Vranjes Eyewear – Vidice in orange with tortoise

Colours that have traditionally been popular in eyewear are appearing in combination with less common choices. Independent designers are particularly creative in this area, proposing, with specialist materials, the classical appeal of a tortoise or Havana acetate with a bright pop of acidic colour, in one single frame. Model Vidice is an artisan design from Stephane Vranjes, an artist and optical store owner living in the South of France. His handmade designs are linked with the medium of photography, and play with colour and individual material mixes. http://eyewear-stephane-vranjes.tumblr.com

Ulrikke by FLEYE

At Fleye Copenhagen, new releases focus on summery colours with inspiration coming from traditional Danish smørrebrød featuring foods such as butternut squash, lobster and tangerine. Model Ulrikke offers refined lines and subtle colour schemes, pictured here with the finest golden temples. Find out more about this trendsetting Danish brand at www.fleye.dk CN

Anna-Karin Karlsson x Halpern: Glam duo

Among the glamorous collaborations at London Fashion Week was Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson, and New York born, London based, Michael Halpern. Both designers are noted for the luxurious tone of their respective eyewear and fashion models. Karlsson adorns her exotic frames with diamantes, enamelled flowers, and fresh water pearls; while Halpern enjoys working in sultry velvet and satin, adding sequin and feathers for movie-star status. Indeed, Marion Cotillad wears his exclusive designs.

Anna-Karin Karlsson x Halpern – lavish fashion and eyewear

“I am thrilled to work with super-talented Halpern,” said Anna-Karin, “as we both share a love for over-the-top glamour juxtaposed with classic shapes. For this collaboration I have created designs that intensify Halpern’s sense of hyper femininity and flow, and eyewear with strong, sharp, asymmetrical lines.”

Streamlined and lithe – Anna-Karin Karlsson x Halpern

The sunglasses featured in the catwalk show are handcrafted in titanium by Japanese eyewear artisans, who carved each piece of garniture by hand, with the lenses hand tinted and hand cut. The lavish avant-garde designs are executed only through handcrafted and exclusive materials, and represent the Anna-Karin Karlsson trademark for amazingly individual eyewear expressions. www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Welcome Spring with winning eyewear style

Spring is on the horizon – a time of renewal, hope and awareness. For fashion enthusiasts it’s also time to update wardrobes and awaken to the prospect of emerging trends in clothing, accessories, and of course, eyewear! This coming weekend all eyes will be focused on Milan, which includes the unveiling of glamorous, refreshing eyewear. Here are stunning, dynamic designs that warrant inclusion in your spring outlook. Oliver Goldsmith presents The Decades Collection – a beautiful, contemporary rendition of influential styles that symbolise the history of Oliver Goldsmith during the past ninety years. www.olivergoldsmith.com (Top image: 1970 from The Decades Collection)

Corgi by l.a. Eyeworks

Buoyant colour is on display at l.a. Eyeworks as the California brand debuts their Spring 2018 collection, which includes Corgi in aluminium and titanium in burnt orange and brown velvet. www.laeyeworks.com

Polly by Kirk & Kirk

The stunning SPECTRUM collection by Kirk & Kirk features shapes with a touch of retro influence in smashing colours – including Polly – in the British brands statement material – acrylic. www.kirkandkirk.com

Japanese influence by Sol Sol Ito

Sol Sol Ito photographed their latest campaign in Japan – a city loved by Sol Sol Ito designers Sandra Kaufmann and Monika Fink – with designs in layered acetate in ravishing shapes. www.solsolito.com

Tobruk by L.G.R

If adventure is on your spring/summer wish list, don’t leave home without Luca Gnecchi Ruscone’s Tobruk military-inspired design, reminiscent of the Cyrenaican port on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast. www.lgrworld.com

 

BACONE by Res/Rei

The sophisticated Philosophers Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei presents new styles that include the beautifully transparent Bacone in luminous tones of grey and milky white acetates, with a slender double bridge, and owl-shaped lenses – ideal for Philosophers! www.resrei.com

Roca by FLEYE Copenhagen Signature Collection

Part two of FLEYE Copenhagen’s Smorrebrod campaign unfolds with imaginative shapes in colourations and layering that reflects the delicious Danish food culture. Roca is from the distinguished FLEYE Signature Collection. www.fleye.dk

Rigards RG0100CU in Copper

RIGARDS has launched fabulous new creations in Copper, a splendid addition to the variety of unusual materials that RIGARDS incorporate into frames. RG0100CU is inimitably cool in a sleek sunglass silhouette. www.rigards.com

Watch Out! by WOOW Eyewear

The new WOOW frames are…Wow! A stylishly different interpretation of the Windsor rim in thin metal is highlighted in Watch Out! in vivid colours. www.wooweyewear.com JG

Double-bridge frames – a timeless classic

Frames with a double-bridge are long time favourites for spectacle wearers – bonafide classics.  What is new however, is the diverse double-bridge designs enjoying even more recognition with chic interpretations in a variety of materials, and they are crafted into sleek shapes with double-bridges that make a difference. Götti’s new Perspective designs (above) with sculptural shapes are aesthetically beautiful; minimalist creations in superb quality Sandvik stainless steel, elegantly lightweight, and produced in Götti’s own premises in Switzerland.www.gotti.ch

Style 5006-003 by Miamai Eyewear Germany

Miamai Eyewear in Germany has expanded their collection with new designs in stainless steel.The collection is made with exacting German precision, as seen in style 5006-003, which is immaculately streamlined with two-tone colourations for a stylish statement.www.miamai-eyewear.de

Manu by Neubau

Sunglasses with a double-bridge possess a special glamour in stainless steel with a silky rose matte finish and a generous round shape. Manu by Neubau fuses retro and contemporary elements for a luxurious look. www.neubau-eyewear.com

Calvino by l.a. Eyeworks

L.a. Eyeworks highlight a flirtatious double-bridge in matt black titanium, crafted in Japan. The purity in Calvino is embellished with a unique take on the double-bridge concept – connecting timeless characteristics with trendy charm. www.laeyeworks.com

SH2005 by Jean-François Rey

The SoHo Collection is the latest frame excitement from Jean-François Rey, with a “double-double-bridge” as the lens shape also sports a “double-bridge” in style SH2005. Made in France in stainless steel, the rich colouration with the brushed finish is a special JF Rey process. www.jfrey.fr

The Cross by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Anna-Karin Karlsson takes an unusual view of the double-bridge with a mini-version on her splendid cat-eye design in metal, with a smooth, pearly finish on the frame front. The Cross is from the sumptuous optical collection by the Swedish designer. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Resin by Salt.Optics

Industrial flair and vintage touches unite in SALT. Optics frame Resin. The intriguing grooved lines are achieved with layering and are customised, resulting in a fresh, clean detail on the Brushed Honey Gold titanium design. www.saltoptics.com  JG

Karmoie dedicated to eyecare programmes

Improving lives with better vision

Geographically, Norway and Fiji would seem to have nothing in common, yet they are intricately linked with eye care projects. When Kirsten and Lars Iversen started their eyewear company – Karmoie – in 2010, their goal was to create a brand that was also committed to sustainability and social issues. This visionary perspective connected Karmoie to Eyejusters, and now the Norwegian brand donates corrective glasses to people around the world. The project had great appeal to Kirsten and Lars, with the realisation that there are approximately 700 million people who live without the glasses that they truly need. These circumstances can result in poorer education; restricted work; lost opportunities; and an estimated global economic loss of over £200 billion per year. (Top image: Lars and Kirsten Iversen)

Lars on the Island of Cicia with a woman in her new glasses

The association with Eyejusters has enabled Kirsten and Lars to work on projects in Morocco and Uganda, plus travelling to South Sudan and Fiji to see first hand how the clinics work. They have discovered the experience to be inspirational; invigorating; heart-warming; and emotionally rewarding as well. “We have interesting stories,” related Kirsten, “like when we were on one of the smallest islands in Fiji, and met a woman who had broken her glasses irreparably a few years ago. She hadn’t been able to see an optometrist and get new glasses, so she tried to manage without. To see the emotion on her face when she could see again with glasses was really moving.

Kirsten on Fiji Island of Cikobia explaining how to do the eye test

“On Cicia in Fiji, we worked with teenagers, and one girl wanted glasses, but didn’t need them. She tried to fool us during the eye test! She was hanging around the compound, so we asked her to help us out as an interpreter. She was smart, kind and graceful, and the patients responded really well to having one of their own be such an active part of the eye care team. We were able to shift her desire for her own pair of glasses, into an interest for eye care and performing vision tests.” Kirsten and Lars noted that in South Sudan and Fiji, the logistics, infrastructure and access are the main challenges. The Eyejusters system is easy to teach, and that has motivated local aid workers to pursue more eye care training.

Lars making a delivery on Cikobia

“To Lars and I, gratitude and giving back go together. Honestly, knowing how blessed you are without wanting to show generosity in return feels shallow. We wanted giving back to be an intrinsic part of our product, rather than dependent on our financial success. We donate one pair of corrective glasses for every pair of Karmoie frames or sunglasses we sell. Creating your own company and starting up can at times, be quite exhausting. The fact that we can feel good about what we do, and how we give back is invaluable when it comes to motivating us to push through when it gets tough.”

Handcrafted minimalism by Karmoie

Karmoie designs are created in Norway – in an Oslo atelier – inspired by beautiful, crisp, Nordic nature and Scandinavian minimalism. Karmoie was awarded the Butterfly Mark, a prestigious acknowledgement powered by Positive Luxury, for their commitment to protect the planet’s resources. www.karmoie.com  JG

Spiritual Renaissance by Blackfin

“Sometimes you need to get away from it all to make peace with reality”

Looking beyond. Always. This is Blackfin’s inspirational vision for life and eyewear. Now they take a new path: the search for the self, and looking at the world in new ways with open eyes  – in their new campaign – Spiritual Renaissance. Blackfin then expresses these discoveries with unique eyewear creations. To capture a natural backdrop that reflects the inner journey, the Italian brand chose the contrasting topography of Lanzarote – both magnificent and magical – with its ragged cliffs, lava rocks, desert wilderness and rolling ocean waves. (Top image: Brighton – Spiritual Renaissance by Blackfin)

Marrowstone by Blackfin

Blackfin embarked on this campaign as a way to look into its company values; with the refusal to reject all that is standardised; striving for excellence; and never accepting conventional definitions. The frame designs – stunningly photographed by Giovanni De Sandre – visually illustrate the raw, rugged beauty of Lanzarote. The natural setting with its prolific extremes is effortlessly and simply transformed into eyewear that is totally streamlined, and unrestricted from all that is superfluous. Crafted from the purest titanium in Blackfin’s studios, the frames are superbly lightweight, yet strong and durable – just one of the attributes of premium, quality titanium. Sunglasses and optical styles demonstrate the versatility of titanium, with dramatic frame shapes that portray quiet luxury and sophistication.

Silverdale from Blackfin’s Spiritual Renaissance Collection

Nicola Del Din,, CEO of Blackfin stated: “In 2018, keeping faith with our pay-off  ‘Looking beyond. Always’ we want to look beyond from a more inner, almost spiritual point of view. In recent years, the world has forgotten many essential ethical values, which it is trying to rediscover with considerable difficulty…in some cases, in a completely unnatural way. Blackfin has never lost those values, nor has it ever betrayed them. With the new campaign, we want to emphasise the importance of a general return to the true essence of things.” www.blackfin.eu JG

 

London’s 100% Optical: trending design

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

Perret Schaad for Silhouette

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

Austin by Andy Wolf

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

Butti Eyewear Cases, made in the UK

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”. 

Next year, 100% Optical will take place on 12th to 14th January 2019. For further details visit www.100percentoptical.com CN