Bocca Tatoo 1

Face à Face Paris

Fun, glamour and lively colours all combine in Bocca Tatoo 1 from Face à Face Paris. A curvy, sensuous cat-eye shape in quality acetate, the Bocca range started as a one-off at Face à Face, and has become among the most successful of their designs. The striking colour mix of orange, navy and cream, with the seductive sides, add to its many charms. www.faceaface-paris.com JG

Pond

l.a. Eyeworks

Colour has always been a hallmark of l.a. Eyeworks frame design. As the California company, with its international following, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, the colour palette is even more invigorating and expressive. Pond in Fancy Green Blue sports a wonderfully textured frame front and sides, with a slim strip of purple for unexpected accent. Superior detailing on the temples adds further distinction. www.laeyeworks.com JG

Renata

Lafont Paris

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

James 19 and James 16

Theo Belgium

Brand-new colours, brand-new styles from theo – vibrant purple fluo and orange fluo in two exhilarating designs – James 16 and James 19. James 16 has a subtle cat eye design, while James 19 displays hints of vintage with a round shape. Two innovative frames with trendy detailing…totally theo. www.theo.be JG

Nassau

Theo Belgium

Theo is among the masters in creating bold, exciting frames. The Antwerp based company loves their hometown, and honour it with designs that pay tribute to the distinctive bridges in this major world port. The Nassau Bridge is the oldest, built in 1867 and is a protected monument. To immortalize this bridge, Theo has created Nassau – a robust, rectangular frame with a stainless steel core enveloped in acetate. Strong and dynamic! www.theo.be  JG

03 Royal Blue

Finest Seven

Voluminous graphic lines shape this statement frame by Finest Seven. Designer Jesse Stevens captures retro authenticity with precise modernity in this distinctive creation. Beautiful Royal Blue superior quality acetate is accented with gold trim across the brow line that extends to the temple sides. www.finestseven.com JG

Sunny

Zoobug

Zoobug always creates the most stylish sunnies for children. Sunny in Amber is certain to appeal to young fashionistas with its voluminous shape and a hint of 1960’s retro flair. Children’s vulnerable eyes are safely protected with polarized brown tinted lenses that coordinate smartly with the lovely amber acetate. Cool, sophisticated and a must-have for 6-12 year olds. www.zoobug.com JG

 

Ellington

A-Morir by Kerin Rose

A-Morir has had some fantastic press for S/S 2012, as the decorative elements of the sunglasses look exquisite with details in fabrics, appliques and the season’s florals. This style, Ellington, is not one that has been seen as much as some of Kerin Rose’s other creations, but it’s one that I adore. The ultimate in jewellery embellishment on sunwear with a couture approach, the design is perfectly in tune with trends in jewellery that for now continue to shout loudly, promoting sparkle and statement. A look with gems that should have its entry in eyewear history. www.a-morir.com CN

 

Jordaens

Theo

So totally Theo – Jordaens is a new release that is part of the Antwerp painter’s eyewear collection created by the Belgium company. Acetate and metal meet in this sculptured, curvy design with an exaggerated temple demonstrating true Theo style. Tortoise and amber colouration highlight the frame shape, and the rust-resistant steel core is enveloped in acetate. Theo’s patented flex system keeps the temples flexible, and insures a great fit. Jordaens is a harmonious blend of retro and modernity. www.theo.be  JG

Rose et La Mer

Anna-Karin Karlsson

I introduced one of of Anna’s designs in May, and I can’t resist showing this one too. Anna was first attracted to sunglasses when she tried on a style by iconic eyewear creator, Christian Roth. Anna has worked for some time designing bespoke luxury frames for a list of private clients including a few celebrity ones. ‘Rose et La Mer’ has caught the imagination of fashion editors with its super luxury design and asymmetrical lounging leopard. It’s a style based on fantasy, fun and humour! At eyestylist.com we look forward to seeing how Anna follows this imaginative style. It seems like there is a rush on at The Optical Wardrobe (www.theopticalwardobe.com) to buy these and they cost SEK 4500 which is about £435. CN www.annakarinkarlsson.com

 

Bubbly

Thierry Lasry

Some of you may have noticed that I am a bit of a fan of this label. There is something a bit cheeky about the model Bubbly. Whilst this wonderful vintage-look bug shape would not suit me personally I do think is a great look if you can get away with it. Teamed with this on-trend transparent shocking pink, it’s even better! If you don’t know about Thierry Lasry and you like statement luxury, take a look at www.thierrylasry.com. His clever take on vintage is fun and very creative. Quality of course is paramount and you can always guarantee you are getting the very best acetate, produced by leading Italian producers Mazzucchelli. The brand is available at Liberty (London), and some fine boutiques across the world including Storm in Copenhagen and Galeries Lafayette, Berlin.   CN

Toluca

l.a. Eyeworks

The epitomy of eccentric eyewear, I am very delighted to be able to present l.a. eyeworks’ fabulous Toluca sunglass. This chic cat, a must-have shape this summer, comes in a very lush striped acetate, a colour referred to as “Blue Purple Friends”. A typical feature of the plastic frames by this company, Toluca features clever milling (the technique used to cut away layers of the acetate material) to give a contoured brow and a decidedly flirtatious design. A frame to make heads turn “from Hollywood to St. Tropez”. Also available  in some other imaginatively named colour choices: “wine and grapes”, “nut butter”, and a real stunner for the ladies, “girly pinks”. www.laeyeworks.com CN

Leonard 3

Illesteva

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

CR 14253

Christian Roth

This expressive frame with its dramatic, geometric shape is also known as Full Volume, and it’s easy to understand why! The king of Op Art, Victor Vasarely, a Hungarian-French artist, recognised for his optical illusion art and sculpture, was the inspiration for this superb design by Christian Roth and Eric Domege.  As a wearer of ophthalmic frames, I especially like the beautiful flow of handmade black acetate, which is then given additional depth with double sided laminated black on crystal, providing a three dimensional effect.  It’s an elegant frame, exuding refinement and beauty.  A must for devotées of chic eyewear! It’s also available in delicious colours of purple on blue, honey on beige, and Havana on transparent green. www.christian-roth.com JG

Henry

Pierre Eyewear

Summer is the season to relish wearing colours that relate to nature – the luscious blue of the sky, the white froth of an ocean wave, the green variations of gardens and trees.  Pierre Eyewear translates some of nature’s bounty into a stylish white acetate design, highlighted with tones of aqua and turquoise.  The rectangle shape is graceful and easy to wear. Handmade in France, and always produced to his exacting standards, Pierre believes that eyewear should be fun, as well as functional. Available at Optique des Entrepreneurs in Paris. www.pierre-eyewear.com JG

Patty – the P-series

Grotesque Frame KG

I first discovered Grotesque eyewear at SILMO several years ago, and thought what a creative collection. A short while later, I was choosing glasses at one of my favourite Parisian boutiques – Les Créateurs d’Opta in Montmartre. Optician Annette Hoffmann showed me a Grotesque design that was a “must have” , and I still enjoying wear it. The newest designs include the P-series, with Patty shown above. Transparent acetate is engraved with patterns on the frame front, achieved with superfine CNC-milling tools.  The frame captures light beautifully.  It’s available  in four candy colours – including the glossy pink featured – plus black. Grotesque recently opened their unique shop in Germany, housed in two sea containers  (Eyestylist 5 May 2011). Grotesque frames are also available at Créateurs d’Opta www.opta-createurs.com and Auerbach & Steele in London www.auerbach-steele.com.  For more information, see www.grotesque-frame.com JG