Design & Inspiration

Men and Their Glasses

Tom Davies – TD Tom Davies, London, England

29th February 2012 “When designing men’s eyewear, there are obvious differences in size. Women are buying more masculine styles, but through my couture service, they are applying some basics to make them fit better. When I design for men, I think about the stability of the frame. I find that (no surprises) men treat their frames badly and certain constructions are just not suitable for men. In terms of shape, men go for flatter tops and more geometric lines. Anything that squares up the jaw and make us look more rugged is great. I would say that quality is now important to men, more than before. Overall, we are still miles behind women when it comes to brands and fashion, but it gets closer each year.

Masterful Elegance by Tom Davies

Interest in vintage depends on the man and the country. Overall, I’d say that the preference for vintage is stronger in women, but that seems mainly because men are still buying metal frames – vintage is more often about engineered design. In my collection, titanium styles are building momentum. My favourite men’s wear designer is Paul Smith – for his details and quality.” www.tdtomdavies.com JG

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Stray Series, Graz

28th December 2011 Graz announced the release of this range yesterday. It’s said to feature a combination of various materials and finishes….designer Mulcahy is releasing the first 3 versions this week, but promises more to come. Shapes are stupendous in this line…a square, a hexagon favourite of ours and a lemon shape. www.grazmulcahy.com CN

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Baby R01

Zoobug

29th November 2011 If there is a little girl on your holiday gift list, here is an ideal present for a future fashionista – colourful sunglasses from Zoobug. Created by eye surgeon Dr. Julie Le, she is very aware about eye care for youngsters, and she has an instinctive feel for what appeals to the young set. The Mini frames (above) feature UV 400 polycarbonate shatterproof lenses, and rubber tips ensure that the frames stay put on little faces. Children will love the variety of cheerful colours! Available in London at Harrods and Marie Chantal, and at www.littlefashiongallery.com / www.zoobug.com   JG

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More Beautiful Blues

8O8O Emmanuelle Khanh

8th November 2011 As a long-term fan and wearer of Emmanuelle Khan eyewear, I’m delighted at the enthusiastic response to the renaissance of the brand. Khanh’s statement frames, with signature oversized shapes, in brilliantly glossy acetate, are once again enchanting wearers with updated concepts and details. These beautiful sunglasses (above) are from the latest collection, and very uplifting for winter wear. The shape is so flattering; the fit and comfort superb. Available at Profumeria in Rome, and Viola, 25 Connaught Street, London W2 www.emmanuellekhanhparis.com JG

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Trend watch: new florals for 2012

Greek designer Mary Katrantzou (www.marykatranzou.com) showed at London Fashion Week and walked away with some well-earned rave reviews for her head-to-toe floral creations, which are so imaginative and intricate.

To my delight there are some terrific new print designs coming up in eyewear too…and some eyewear designers have taken painstaking steps to create techniques for doing this which are really impressive. One example of a statement print frame for women, using florals and animal prints through the range, is this sweet shape below from Australia’s Jono Hennessy. Watch this space for our selection of the stand-out fabric styles in the months ahead….www.jonohennesy.com CN

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Image above: Mary Katrantzou London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012. Source: www.londonfashionweek.com Credit: catwalking.com

Fabric Frames by Jono Hennessy