From the Vanguard Collection by Jacques Marie Mage, Hortense is named after the stepdaughter of Emperor Napoleon 1, Queen consort of Holland. Made in Italy, with proportions and a finish that are impeccably thought out, this luxurious wide rectangular design is created in 10mm block black and clear cellulose acetate with custom double laminated and thermoformed temple construction and a superb walnut wood insert. A 6 base mineral glass lens completes the picture of quality and attention to detail. Find out more about the Los Angeles based label at www.jacquesmariemage.com CN
Sinistre by RockOptika is a favourite style in this swish new line designed in the UK and made in France. Designer Tom Herrington offers a quirky take on artisan styling, with precise details, and painstaking attention to fit and technical details such as pantoscopic tilt. The result? Something we’d love to wear! www.rockoptika.com CN
A brand new titanium design from Austrian luxury eyewear company, Silhouette. The state-of-the-art features include the screw-less lens and snap hinges, and the weight of the frame is just 4.4 grams. Clean minimal aesthetics offer a superb choice for workwear, with classic colours that include silver black, gold and black, grey tobacco and jeans blue. Silhouette’s metal frames are created in a patented high-tech titanium that is super light, flexible and easy-to-wear. www.silhouette.com CN
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
Unique colour palettes are a hallmark at Lafont. Whether solid colours, bi-colours, or a melodious melange – as seen in Renata – the Lafont colour spectrum stands out in the best possible way. Renata is a colour triptych in a gradient handmade metal-coated frame, with a stylish leopard print trim. Crafted in France. When in Paris, be sure to visit Lafont’s charming boutiques. Check out www.lafont.com for store locations. JG
Rigards x Ziggy Chen
Influenced by East Asian calligraphy and the Lunar calendar, Rigards RG0061 is a collaborative design with Shanghai-based designer Ziggy Chen. Hand-carved bevels, typical of this artisan horn label, give a graceful three-dimensional handmade finish, referencing the fluid brushtrokes of Oriental penmanship. Parts of the frame are also hand-polished for a silky smooth effect similar to the surface of a writer’s inkstones. As always, Rigards focuses on unique artisan style and quality in eyewear produced out of solid genuine horn pieces. Choose from bespoke European or Asian fit for maximum comfort. Rigards optical and sunglass designs are now available in London at Specstacular Opticians, www.specstacular.london www.rigards.com CN
Paola Costantini at Pollipo’ is passionate about handcrafted eyewear and accessories. Her sun styles include contemporary designs in elegant forms, and graceful colours. N. 595 in Cool Baby Blue acetate in a flattering sun shape with a distinctive silver nosepiece, is a perfect accent for summer fashions. The beautifully handmade Pollipo’ case is natural leather with a brushed Fuchsia finish. www.pollipocchiali.it JG
The German designer has launched his latest collection featuring streamlined, sleek frames in sophisticated colours. “The idea was to design a simple frame with a modern shape, and very high quality,” says Marwitz, “sometimes it is enough to make a good frame with less details.” The new Cazual range in fine titanium is clean and classical, and available in deep purple (above) olive green, pewter grey and rich chocolate. www.adrianmarwitz.com JG
Vera Wang Eyewear
Vera Wang’s Serova is a fresh smart women’s sunglass style that will suit many faces. A classic acetate front is paired with neat studded temples. Lenses are CR-39 – the softly marbled green frame works perfectly with a rich purple tint, in tune with Spring tones and minimal colour palettes. www.kenmarkoptical.com / www.verawang.com CN
rapp Eyewear continues to produce creative avant-garde frame designs. A family business, led by Shilo Rapp, trained as a goldsmith, the frames have a unique handmade look and feature materials like titanium and Italian acetate – always with a distinctive finish. Francine caught our eye: the style is like all of Rapp’s designs made in the brand’s own production workshop in Toronto. The acetate material has a subtle striated pattern. The shape also boasts a fantastic bevelling effect which gives it lots of character.
African beauty and mystery influence L.G.R.’s Sahara sunglasses. The bold character of the design is characterised with superb quality cellulose acetate in Havana brown that extends to the temples, and a black stainless steel lower rim and nose bridge. Tempered mineral glass lenses are an important feature in sunglasses, and the Blue High Definition lenses in Sahara are exceptionally fine quality. For more L.G.R. eyewear excitement, visit their new website at www.lgrworld.com JG
Lucas de Stael, Paris
Stratus is an award-winning frame series from young French designer, Lucas de Stael. An innovator who has a love for unusual eyewear materials, this is the first collection featuring these three particular materials together: stone, stainless steel and leather. It’s a combination we recognise as daring and exciting, and the execution is precise. The contrasts in the materials will work perfectly for those who desire a unique timeless design that pushes boundaries. Overtones of art deco offer an unexpected twist to the design. www.lucasdestael.com CN
Line Art Opera
Semi-rimless frames are enjoying a welcome renaissance, with chic variations. Among the most elegant for women is a super slim Titanium design by Line Art Opera, and lyrical temples illuminated with shimmering Swarovski crystals. Inspired by the harmony and beauty of music, the designs have subtle luxury and supreme comfort. XL2005 is available in three gorgeous colours – Rich Burgundy (above), Cocoa and Gold. www.charmant.com JG
A signature trend this season is semi-rimless frames with innovative interpretations. Coppe and Sid’s new collection has desirable, statement styles with vivid colour including Charlotte (above). The acetate frames are “enriched” by a nylon string inserted in the lower or upper part of the rim. Classic yet updated shapes, a cosmopolitan approach to design, and Italian craftsmanship ensure fine quality, and Coppe+Sid’s signature Lapis Lazuli stone is deftly tucked into the end-pieces. For more C+S collection news visit www.coppeandsid.com JG
Eighteen carat rolled gold and luminous acetate are among the highlights in the latest Savile Row Collection to be presented at the Paris fashion eyewear fair Silmo. The new designs have an intriguing history. Max is a tribute to the forefather of Savile Row – Max Wiseman. Shapes are inspired by National Health Service frames for the 1940’s and 50’s. The designs are made exclusively at Algha Works factory in London, and compiled entirely from tooling that lay hidden in factory archives. Details that single out Max as a distinctive design include the nose bridge that extends to the temples, and the perfectly round shape. www.algha.com JG
Opera Collection by Charmant
Inspired by the opulence and passion of the opera, XL2049 features seven-lined temple filaments that represent musical sound waves. Created in lightweight and luxurious Excellence Titan, the delicately crafted temples express a melodic synthesis of design and technology.A frame that captures the emotion and joy of an operatic performance! Colours include a soft café au lait (featured) plus gold and pink. www.charmant.com JG
Italian elements of history, art, literature and centuries of artisan craftsmanship merge creatively in Res/Rei frames. Claudia is a powerful eyewear interpretation in acetate and metal. The upper part of the frame is sculpted with smooth flow in tortoiseshell acetate, and contrasted with fine metal in soft turquoise. Designer Oliviero Zanon creates eyewear with distinctive poignancy. www.resrei.com JG
The handsome retro Stanley frame in the Original Penguin men’s collection is suave and up-to-the-minute in rifle green. The addition of the tiny stripes in the nose rests is a splendid touch to reflect an element of the Original Penguin apparel collection from which the details are inspired. Upbeat, stylish and elegant to wear. Also available in matt black, bold cherry tomato and vintage indigo. www.kenmarkoptical.com CN
RVS by V.
Super light and as colorful as ever, the Titanium Collection by Turkish label RVS by V. now features seven statement frames, in three different colourways – as sunglasses or glasses. The designs have a rubber-effect matte finish typical of the brand’s attention to detail and much featured in its acetate line. The ‘Amethyst’, in Black/Gold brings together a trendy split colour front – a look for the season – and small fluo details at the temple tips for a modern, edgy look. Now available worldwide and soon online at rvsbyv.com. CN
Luscious plum tones abound in collections this season – they are rich, luminous and flattering to wear. London brand Finest Seven features stunning sunglasses – style 06 Plum – with voluminous, slightly angled shaping, and a slick keyhole bridge. High quality acetate glistens beautifully and coordinates stylishly with spring and summer clothing colourations. www.finestseven.com JG
RVS by V.
RVS by V. designer, Vidal Erkohen has a way with statement colour and surprising colour combos. Model Ze is an RVS by V. classic, first launched in 2007, and now re-released in this playful combination of dark tortoise with trendy citrus lime. Ze is only available in this particular colour combination in a batch of 40 pieces, and to keep it even more special, the colour combo will not be repeated again! Rare shades from a specialist based in Turkey. www.rvsbyv.com CN
Volte Face Paris
Designer Fabienne Coudray-Meisel combines trend-led colourful patterned acetate – tortoise and stripes – with clear translucent colour – in model Blink from the Volte Face Collection. A line that showcases French quality design and an innovative presentation of colours and materials, the Volte Face collection is available through J.F. Rey stockists and at J.F.Rey Soho (www.jfreysoho.com) in New York.
J.F.Rey Soho, 448 West Broadway New York, NY 10012
Sleek and refined, Song combines timeless design with beautiful hand finishing, a trademark of this Italian artisan label. One of five new retro-inspired models, Song is available as an optical style or as a sunglass fitted with Zeiss G15 lenses in green – the narrow double bridge is elegant either way. 100% handmade in Italy. www.lgr-sunglasses.com CN
Peter & May Walk
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!
Find the frames at www.peterandmaywalk.com CN
Pure buffalo horn at Finest Seven is interpreted with glamorous sunglasses in light coloured horn – hallmarked with 5-micron gold plated temples. Made in France, each carefully handcrafted design is unique. The voluminous square shape features superb quality Zeiss lenses. A Collector’s item – with only one-hundred pieces per colour model. www.finestseven.com JG
Looking for interesting well-made frames featuring wood? Our fifth choice for Autumn in wood is this layered wood/aluminium design by W-Eye that we also spied in Paris. Italian creativity combine with technical accomplishment to create designs that have a unique character and a lovely natural feel. I admired Dianthus in the new W-Eye H collection which is available in three woods and three colours. Strong aesthetics, a new practical closing hinge design (just introduced), and a great shape for those who like a crafted frame in innovative materials. W-Eye has also added mother-of-pearl into its creations. More on this coming soon. www.w-eye.it CN
Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti at Hapter, who will unveil their latest collection in Paris at the end of this month, have kindly given us a preview. Hapter designs are a very tactile experience – crafted using legendary Cerruti materials, and the frames have a pleasant illusion between what the eyes see and the hands touch. The wide surface of the frame (above) is inspired by military eyewear, and the sharp angles of the low bridge area make a powerful statement. In addition to the elegant blue shown, the frame is available pewter, olive and chocolate. www.hapter.it JG
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