This adorable cat eye is from Red Optical in The Netherlands. They specialise in children’s eyewear, and the designs have great appeal – because Red Optical knows that kids follow fashion trends too! Los Angeles allows youngsters to feel very grown up, with the exaggerated cat eye design in classic tortoise Mazzuchelli acetate. The beautiful shaping and fine quality are crafts that Red Optical ensures feature in all their designs. www.redoptical.com JG
Designer Jeremy Tarian searched for two years to find a particular acetate colour to include in his collections. The Silmo D’Or winner achieved his goal with acetate that looks like horn, created exclusively for Tarian. The variance in the colourations and shadings give De Beauce a classic dignity and beauty. www.jeremytarian.com JG
Linda Farrow Collaboration
Cat eyes are still a leading shape in sunwear and this slim and very pretty one catches my imagination, with its special silver-coloured stud work on a thick curved scalloped ridge. This is a piece by Linda Farrow for Agent Provocateur, London’s luxury lingerie emporium.
The frame comes in 6 colours of which three are brights, such as the matt pink pictured here and two are pastels (dark blush or champagne with gold); there is also a more restrained black for a different style of event or a nice trans-seasonal choice. Available online at www.lindafarrow.com CN
Claire Goldsmith / CG Legacy
From the great granddaughter of legendary British label Oliver Goldsmith, Carters from the CG Legacy collection is a clean, good-looking sunglass style that just oozes quality and craftsmanship. Made in Italy, this is a bold shape for men or women – and its deep eye and chunky form is said to make it one of the most popular in the collection. Colours range from classic black to grey on blue sky, a clever two-tone pairing that is one of several distinctive signature touches by this young British designer. One classic to please many! www.clairegoldsmith.com CN
Paulino Spectacles, Portugal
Designer Ramiro Paulino grew up in an optical atmosphere in Portugal, and nowadays he endeavours to continue the tradition of fine spectacle making that is the family legacy. A fine example is Bernardo – acetate sunglasses with a glossy sheen, totally handmade. The elegant two-tone bronze/copper colouring gives the frame a quietly sophisticated appearance. www.paulinospectacles.com JG
Silmo D’Or winner Jeremy Tarian has just launched stunning new men’s frames, including this distinguished design – Newsstand. The bold, strong shape and beautiful tortoise acetate marquetry effect is highlighted with a bevelled bridge in crystal acetate. Contrasting both light and dark tones adds to the individuality of the frame. www.jeremytarian.com JG
RVS by V.
Vidal Erkohen of RVS by V. is a colourist and loves the bolder colour stories and the unexpected results of pairing bright tones….I recently saw one of his new yellow sunnies but I also like this fluo-like colour. Made in Turkey, the RVS by V. sunnies are custom made and therefore you can choose a big colourful statement mirror lens to go with the frame colours of your choice. The signature matt finish gives an added potency to the colours available. Find out more at www.rvsbyv.com CN
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.com JG
Designed for men or women, Cygnus is an aviator by the young Italian label Feb 31st which produces trendy frames in wood. The frames are made up of 13 wood layers laminated together, and colour options are endless; you can even have lots of different coloured layers combined to create an exciting multicoloured effect. At present, the growth of wood labels is noticeable in the eyewear world and Feb31st is doing much to create a youthful natural collection that revisits the qualities of wood such as softness and lightness, while exploring its potential in colour. www.feb31st.it CN
If autumn or winter holidays to warm locations are on your agenda, Pierre Eyewear has festive frames to enjoy wearing for sunny expeditions. Shiny white polka dots on blue acetate, and the retro shape, definitely add zip and flair for under-the-sun activities. Ludo is just one of a stunning new range that Pierre Eyewear will unveil at Silmo. www.pierre-eyewear.com JG
Elegance, refinement and luxury epitomize this beautiful design from Leisure Society. Precious materials – an 18K gold frame and buffalo horn temple inserts – create an exceptional eyewear concept that is graceful, and exudes subtle, charismatic chic with its lovely matt and gloss two-tone effect. Titanium and acetate accentuate the side pieces. The colours are luxurious as well — Gold/tortoise (above) plus silver/black and silver/smoke. Further details at www.leisure-society.com JG
Tortoise Trends by l.a. eyeworks
Tortoise is an all-time favourite, and it’s lovely to see that it is enjoying a fashionable renaissance. l.a. eyeworks has done a marvellous interpretation of tortoise with Big Wheel – an epic play of marble against tortoise. There is a feeling of volume in the design, yet a minimalist aura prevails as well. The high quality acetate ensures a frame of fantastic quality and beauty. www.laeyeworks.com JG
For anyone who loves an aviator and hasn’t got a new one for the Summer, here’s a super choice. The refined Windsor-rim Goodwin is from the American label Salt Optics, a brand that we would love to see more of in Europe. Inspired by the 1920s and 30s, this strong shape has been given a lovely interpretation, using gold titanium combined with a white acetate rim. The brown gradient polarized lenses ensure tip-top protection from harmful UV rays. Handmade in Japan. www.saltoptics.com CN
Glam, chic and style all convene in this sleek design from Boucheron, the renowned French jewellers fabled for their amazing creations since 1858. The sunglass collection combines the artistry of old-world craftsmanship with modern techniques. Ma Jolie is feminine and elegant, with its graceful shape in luxurious black acetate, defined with delicate crystals on the temples. Definitely jewellery for the eyes!
This is an unusual frame by Burberry, featuring hand-stitched leather cord through the acetate frame and temples. The design is inspired by the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear and accessories collections. The whipstitch detail comes in contrasting colours, such as the yellow and brown on tortoise pictured here. A statement piece, the attention to detail and desire to highlight the brand’s heritage is well represented here. The sunglasses are available from www.burberry.com, priced in the UK at £279.00. CN
Orgreen celebrates their 15th Anniversary this year – plus they have been nominated by the Danish Fashion Awards in two categories. They are also jubilant about the re-launch this stunning frame in Beta Titanium. It’s very 1950’s, with a coquettish cat eye shape, and a charmingly sly cut-out curve. The golden finish, enhanced with black, gives the frame an even more feline feel. It’s also available in sultry electric blue. www.orgreen.dk JG
Mileage by Alain Mikli
We haven’t yet reviewed many Mikli styles here, so we were pleased to get news on this new aviator collection, Mileage, which reworks and revamps the classic shape. Mikli’s idea is to work on a concept like that of denim jeans, which come in all shapes and styles to suit absolutely everyone….Mileage has therefore been created as a collection based on the classic aviator shape, but offering all sorts of interpretations with 8 styles in 50 colours, and both sun and optical versions. The style pictured – Silverstone – has a circular opening at the bridge which gives its unique appearance. This is the style that particularly stood out for me; it also comes in a version with 24 karat gold plated lenses (model Sakhir). www.mikli.com CN
Yachting has all the characteristics of Gatsby days – romantic ports, sunny beaches, and dashing skippers on their yachts. Frédéric Beausoleil has included sophisticated details on this handsome, strong design that include the cut-out on the bridge, and fine ridging on the nosepiece and temples. In addition to this knockout black and chrome colouration (above), Yachting is also available in tortoise and gold. More details at www.beausoleil.fr JG
Cabrio Eyewear – Hoet Concept
We first featured Cabrio in February this year and it’s an enduring range with an intriguing use of materials that deserves lots of attention! This model, the Coccinelle, the latest edition in the line, is based around the rimless lens, which is curvaceous and enveloping to fully shade the eyes. The frame itself, like those of the whole range is made of a laminated plastic which is creased, folded or manipulated by hand to create a distinctive lightweight sunglass with a sporty design. Two versions available in three colours, the Coccinelle is out in stores from February. Stockists in the UK include 36 Opticians www.36opticians.co.uk and Schuller Opticians www.schulleropticians.com. For more details go to www.cabrio-eyewear.eu CN
Music is a passion for Greek-American lifestyle and eyewear designer Varvatos – and especially rock ‘n roll. His love of music inspired him to create these statement sunglasses, complete with a guitar pick. The bold shape is masterfully crafted in black and tortoiseshell polished acetate, with the removable pick on the side. A Limited Edition creation with only 200 frames, these are genuine collectors items. www.eyerespect.com www.johnvarvatos.com JG
Paul Smith Spectacles
Kismine is inspired by style icons of 1960s London (a very, very trendy decade this season). It is an oversized (but not too big) rounded feminine design in acetate, offered in four colours of which this one is the most flashy…but I like the boldness and the graduated effect that we will be seeing a lot more of. For every daywear in the months ahead (sunglasses are actually a must-have in the winter by the way!) it’s a top style. www.paulsmithspectacles.com CN
This stunning design by Shane Baum is a classic 1970’s shape in sleek gold plated titanium across the top and temples, and tortoise acetate. Then the wearer is spoilt for choice, with a selection of either diamonds, sapphires, or tigers eye nestled into the temple. With its 70’s demeanour, Ivy League sophistication, and superb shape, these exquisite sunglasses possess an equally exquisite fit. Baum Vision’s eyewear crafting is truly couture, like handcrafted clothes from master designers. www.baumvision.com JG
Karen Walker Eyewear
New Zealand’s Karen Walker is known for original, effortless, unpretentious styling. Her eyewear is perhaps best know in the US and Australia, but we know some savvy European stockists which include the optical stores Les Plus Belles Lunettes, Paris and Blink Optics in Ionnina, Greece. Bunny like several designs in this colourful collection is a statement style with intriguing over-the-top shape.
When I saw this frame at MIDO, I marked in my notes ‘great style’ – it really is! Handmade in Japan, the frame also has an intriguing provenance. Designers Shelia and Ross Vance were inspired by the beauty and mystique of ancient Egyptian culture and design. The soft, oversized shape of Gossip is in layered acetate exclusive to Sama. The temples, in titanium, represent a “Breast Plate” worn by a queen of the sun, and constructed with state of the art laser cutting. Another special feature is the reversed plating, with the outside and inside of the temples in different colours. It’s a dashing, glamorous frame, and especially beautiful in this deep, intense aubergine shade. www.samaeyewear.net JG
On first glimpse this looks like a horn style, but it’s actually a lovely acetate style with the look and patterning of buffalo! Handmade in Italy, the shape is a version of the brand’s already iconic Leonard style, with the undersides cut out. Illesteva was founded in 2009 by Daniel Silberman and born-and-raised New Yorker Jus Ske. The designers strive to push normal boundaries of design by exploring fresh shapes and materials like bamboo, titanium and natural horn. A name that is already much favoured by the fashion elite, the brand is now in London at Matches, Browns and Liberty, and at Box in St Tropez, France. The online shop at www.illesteva.com shows the full collection. CN
Prizes – a Silmo D’Or in 2010 – and plaudits are well deserved for Rolf Spectacles. The Tyrolean based brand has chosen a centuries old environmental material – Bamboo – for this beautiful, green and sustainable frame. Clodagh and I are both fans of the emphasis on Bamboo this season. The material has the ability to withstand pressure with its natural strength, making it very effective for eyewear. Rolf Spectacles uses an intricate process that is required to achieve the smooth elegant surface on the frame. The wonderful texture of the bamboo and the gentle curved shape ensures a distinctive character. Each Rolf frame is handmade, and can be equipped with buffalo horn temple tips. Rolf Spectacles is a young, creative firm – definitely one to watch in eyewear. www.rolf-spectacles.com JG
This is a limited sunglass style, the result of a collaboration between US eyewear company KBL and the very chic vintage inspired swimwear brand, Pret-a-Surf. It’s a modern take on the classic cat (as you know, one of my favourite shapes), in a flash red which is a tone that appears in the swimwear prints. Featuring strong, light NXT polarized lenses, which offer comfort and protection, the design delivers functionality without compromising on quirky statement styling. I am told it hits the stores early May…for more information visit www.kbleyewear.com and www.pretasurf.com CN.
Nowadays, youngsters are very fashion aware – they know what they like – and don’t – from a young age. German optical company, ic! berlin knows how to tap into what kids want, and what they are comfortable wearing. These really cool sunglasses, in chrome with trendy green lenses, and cut out nose piece and temples, are sure to be a hit with style conscious youngsters. The frames are lightweight, yet robust, and can cope with wear and tear. Fur further details, visit www.ic-berlin.de JG