Design & Inspiration

Molin Milla

Colour trends: Tricks with colour

Observations in colour: graduated colour effects add a tiny touch of magic / blue & green tints and shades are varied and sophisticated for 2021 / high saturation colours and very light crystals are dramatic in combination

As the colour palette diversifies dramatically and nuances of tones are widely explored in independent eyewear with undeniable sophistication and precision, so too are we seeing frames with new intensities of colour, unexpected complementary shades and contrasts in transparencies that are modern and flattering, designed to enhance the natural tones of the skin. Graduated, ‘ombre’ or gradient effects in high-quality acetates such as those by Mazzucchelli have long been a feature of high level independent collections but today there has been a greater rethinking in how colours can be combined to produce a statement or individual style and design that looks beautiful and unique when worn on the face. Above: minimal design, gentle graduation in one of the most trendy colours of the SS21 season: the Milla by Gotti Switzerland in an organic forest green which fades to a luminous crystal –

An eye for creative colour: FACE A FACE Bocca Pixel4 demonstrates the nuances of creative colour combinations and gradient effects

The Bocca Pixel4 has several variations featuring gradient colour, deeper at the top with an aqueous and fluid finish in the lower section. This frame is produced by the French company FACE A FACE and comes from an iconic line called BOCCA inspired by the arts and – in the case of Pixel4 – the shape is based on the graphic signature style of the artist M. C. Escher.

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Hybride by Lafont Paris: an exquisite example of mixing colour and pattern – the gentle green rim fades to a a very light pink tinted crystal – offset by a touch of the signature Lafont terrazzo pattern

From the SS21 Lafont Paris collection, model Hybride is an example of an acetate frame created through a collage of different translucent tones and patterns creating a dramatic and eye-catching finish. The fade effect has a chic and glamorous look that subtly references a vintage-like quality typical of the most feminine luxury frame styles of the 1960s and early 70s. To see more frames by Lafont Paris visit

Spring exclusive: RES/REI Pearls collection

Unique pearl decoration – an icon of style and elegance – on every frame

In their latest release for Spring, Italian label RES/REI is inspired by the timeless elegance of the pearl necklace, a much-loved accessory evoking femininity and charm. Admired for its aesthetic value and its delicate spherical shape, the pearl decoration is the main influence in this tasteful feminine glasses line, appearing on the temples of the light and delicate styles.

Like little sculptures, the four models are characterized by surprising shapes and volumes, and a complex, highly studied colour selection: the colour of the frame front contrasts with the sophisticated chromatic combinations of the elements which make up the temple while the decorative details provide further tonal variation and delicate finesse. Above: RES/REI Pearls Collection launched for Spring 2021

Model Pearl by RES/REI; this frame is offered in 4 artistic combinations of grey (pictured), pink, and red or brown havana

The diaphanous Pearl model in the line has a soft, graceful shape with an organic feel, fusing with a touch of colour in each of the four variations, combining exquisite Mazzucchelli acetates with the dainty jewellery detail.

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Model Oyster by RES/REI pictured in a rich purple tone – cat eye

A classic and timeless cat eye shape, model Oyster is a versatile shape with a sculpted look. The frame is available in four exciting and glamorous combinations of purple, brown, blue or green havana.

About RES/REI: The Italian company is a specialist in handmade glasses and sunglasses, with an artisan philosophy, dedication to research and innovation, as well as a passion for specialist materials and authentic Italian craftsmanship. Founded in 2011 by Oliviero Zanon, the label has become one of Italy’s most prestigious independent eyewear makers committed to handmade production and ultra-fine design. Find out more by visiting the website at

Thomas Lafont

Behind the scenes with Thomas Lafont: SS2021 collection

The creative director/designer says that the 2021 Lafont Paris collection was crafted under extraordinary circumstances which prompted him to explore new perspectives.

Thomas Lafont, chief creative director and designer of the eponymous Parisian family-owned eyewear house, has taken his creative path into new realms in the last 12 months, as lockdowns and disruption required brand new ways to work and develop ideas. The designer told us that while it had been difficult to navigate this new environment initially, particularly when it came to introducing the collection to opticians, he had learnt to develop new ways to preserve the rhythm of his creative style.

“I am lucky that I was able to continue to work from my Paris studio even if I was by myself,” Thomas Lafont told Eyestylist. “In fact with no travel during this period, and not even the usual disturbances of everyday life that we encounter in more normal circumstances, I actually had more time to work on the collection. For me it represented an opportunity to do something different. Looking back it was quite a delicate and precise design concept – partly influenced by new forms of communication online and the inevitability of less feedback from outside in this unusual time – but in a way I experienced more freedom. It was very helpful for us through these last months that we have such a strong relationship and understanding with our manufacturing partner in the Jura here in France. We are also lucky that with lockdown our team adapted from one day to the next, this was impressive.”

New designs for SS2021: Harmonie by Lafont Paris – a fusion of stunning colours and patterns and a modern interpretation of Lafont’s signature ‘lace effect’ with flowers etched in metal – an innovative decoration that was dear to Thomas’ mother Laurence Lafont : Thomas looks for new ways to use it to express the classic charm and elegance of the signature style

The lack of trade fairs or any opportunity to provide an intimate ‘window’ on the image and mood of the Lafont world also prompted something new.  Thomas explains: “Since last April, I have used social media, and particularly Instagram, to express myself. Everything I used to do in terms of creative expression for the shows is now something I have developed through digital. This is interesting. It’s like a new tool of expression for who we are. It has definitely opened my mind. It’s very cool and I’ve found it surprisingly creative.”

Work in progress with new colours and new styles / Lafont Paris

For SS21, the  resulting frames are characterised by intriguing colorations and delicate shapes, and styles that are accessible, easy-to-wear with beautiful quality and bright and colorful design features. “I have worked on the shapes, always playing with colour,” says Thomas. “People want artistic design products from Lafont that are easy to fall in love with and a little bit different – unique style and passion are important too.”

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Harriet by Lafont Paris: total elegance in a feather effect acetate


Heritiere by Lafont Paris: the model showcases the new ‘terrazzo’ pattern in the collection

Highlights in the line include an outstanding feather effect acetate and a ‘terrazzo’ pattern across several models, two details we asked Thomas to tell us more about. “What I like is the balance between the material and the way we see it. The ‘terrazzo’ has a natural look, and quite a special irregularity, and what was nice was to play on the shiny effects contrasting with the opaque. The light tones such as light pink are still really working together with a touch of black, it’s like the best natural tortoiseshell where you can have small black details next to little spots of brown. With the feather effect I was looking for sophistication and a really impressive 3d effect. The superimposed colour has an artistic feel. As a designer I don’t like to be limited in what I do! Not at all! I am always looking for a way to go out and away from limitations and constraints.”

The new collection is now available to view online at – for more details about the company in Paris read about our visit to Lafont HQ at Clodagh Norton spoke to Matthieu and Thomas Lafont on Zoom in early 2021. All rights reserved

Statement style – BLACKFIN turns up the volume

Bold interpretations in titanium at the Italian independent label

Large proportions, graphic styling, statement style, colours which express energy, strength and personality. The Italian label Blackfin has a range of new styles in its Aura, One and Razor lines. Produced in Blackfin’s signature titanium, the material that forms the basis of the Blackfin design aesthetic, the graphic forms express the season’s focus on confident, oversized constructions inspired by iconic shapes and redefined with modern lines and attention to technical practicalities such as lightweight comfort and ease of wear. Above: the new sunglasses and optical frames were shot on location in the Venice lagoon, Northern Italy

Statement style – Saint Lazar by Blackfin: a combination frame with large circular shape – striking for angular/square face shapes

The statement Saint Lazar frame in the Aura range offers a fine ultra-flexible beta titanium structure defined by the addition of acetate rims which line the upper section – the distinctive mark of the Aura collection. The frame is available in white with crystal acetate (above) as well as bright multi colored variations which include pink with a gradient burgundy and red with transparent purple.

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Satement style – Multi-sided frames continue to appear in eyewear collections in 2021: Danzica by Blackfin in pure titanium

For something different in pure titanium, the hexagonal Danzica frame is the type of design that will flatter round or oval faces – it’s an exciting shape to wear. In this case, the colour palette unites tones of many varieties, from the more classically oriented brown and gold to blue and pink or red/magenta. See all the magnificent colour combinations available by visiting the Blackfin website at

Mood-changers: Spring stripes are a new staple

Hairline, nautical, pencil or pin? Graphic stripes are always current, enhancing frame tones, adding surprise or brightening spirits.  A recurring theme for creative eyewear, this season a myriad of fresh new stripes with beautiful artistic colorations and amazing individuality add pattern and movement, colour and depth.

Above: from FACE A FACE, Bocca Pixies 1 – a sophisticated horizontal needle stripe effect on the Bocca Pixies, combined with the exciting Escher-inspired edging – creates a delicate feel of movement across the frame front – the transparent striped amber coloration is fresh, chic and subtly bohemian:

Kola by l.a.Eyeworks – unique mismatching – timeless tortoise has a different look when paired with playful horizontal stripes

For men and women, smarter, bolder glasses are the confidence boost that some have just discovered in our new world of working from home. An exciting colour combination, a mix and match design, or different striking styles of stripey acetate are therefore fresh and bold for Spring – and bring polish to a look. For men, and a cool new way to wear your stripes, l.a.Eyeworks’ model Kola balances timeless tortoise with a hint at horizontals  – like a tailored suit enlivened by a pin-stripe shirt. The frame is defined by a strong angular shape with smart tailored edges. Find out more:

Girl 8025T by Lafont Paris – combining solid black and light and ‘airy’ striped crystal

Dipping into an archive of historic frames, the Girl 8025T at French design house Lafont comes from a tradition of exploring fabric and texture with special effect in sparkly crystal acetate paired with a defining black upper rim. The lightness of the stripey pattern gives it a glistening sheen that is feminine and luxurious and eye-catching when worn.

The square-shaped Erika by Tree Spectacles from the Stripes Capsule: artistic and uniquely styled, the frame combines chic transparent crystal and a delicate stripey top in soft yellow, grey and black

At Tree a new capsule highlights vertical stripe detailing on the upper rims. The three new models in this series are characterised by a lightweight chic design with minimal lines and the characteristic decorative flourish which is modern and different. For more on this range visit