Grand Ballon, Tumbler, Tulipe

DOC Fashion Collection by Mondelliani Glasses

New entries in the DOC series by Italian artisan label Mondelliani, Grand Ballon, Tumbler and Tulipe feature in colours Pinot Grigio, Blanc de Noir and Cabernet. The wine references also extend to the elegant shapes of this fine-tuned trio, inspired by classical wine glasses, sinuous and elegant in form and silhouette. Pretty reflective Carl Zeiss lenses are flat and tinted, in line with luxury eyewear trends, for an old-fashioned aesthetic. Handmade in Italy. Find Mondelliani glasses at leading optical stores including Auerbach & Steele, London and Noble Optik, Munich. www.mondelliani.it CN

Rendez-vous

Lafont Paris

Colour is always a highlight in Lafont eyewear collections, and the latest designs feature geometric decorative mosaic pieces in bursts of colour on the frame front. Rendez-vous is a smart colour triptych on acetate, with a nod to vintage with extended temples. The details are subtle and refined, and Rendez-vous is certain to add dash to spring wardrobes. www.lafont.com JG

Johanna Braitbart

Accessories with Parisian Chic and Flair

1st March 2015 Tucked away on a petit “rue” in the Parisian Marais district, is a charming oasis for accessories. Johanna Braitbart designs marvellous selections of hats, headbands, jewellery, and distinctive scarves and bags. Eyestylist discovered her captivating designs in the prestigious Parisian stores Franck et Fils www.francketfils.fr, and also in chic Le Bon Marché www.lebonmarche.com

 

Accessory Selection by Johanna Braitbart
Accessory Selection by Johanna Braitbart

The fabrics in which she crafts her designs are elegant and luxurious – Braitbart has a special knack for sourcing unusual materials. “Many of my fabrics are found in France,” she says, pointing to elegant silks, satin, wools, laces, beads and feathers, “and I also find materials in Germany and leathers in Italy.” Her travels also result in gorgeous finds from New York and Marrakech.

Très Chic! Parisian hat style by Johanna Braitbart
Très Chic! Parisian hat style by Johanna Braitbart

“I’m inspired by vintage – always – geometric shapes, and gentlemen farmer style. I also like L’école de Vienne, Sarah Moon photography, and sculpture. Many of the influences from the past are new ideas for now.” Braitbart says that trends “include lots of light colours – like macaroons – pink, yellow, green, blue and green. Then there are bright tones of electric blue and red, plus florals, polka dots and stripes. We offer a bespoke accessory service, and you cannot find that easily in Paris any more. People want special accessories.”

Handcrafted in Paris in Johanna Braitbart’s Atelier

 

Le Marais is a  must-see when in Paris – and so is Johanna Braitbart’s chic boutique for  unique, handcrafted accessories. You’ll discover wearable treasures with long lasting memories. 26, rue des Blancs Manteau 75004 Paris www.johannabraitbart.com JG

Obsession

Lafont Paris

This very elegant frame masterfully mixes a retro spirit with haute technology. Stainless steel is superbly crafted in Obsession by Lafont Paris, and softened with gentle tri-colour aqua tones. A special handmade gradient coating adds to the beauty, style and sophistication of the design. Click on www.lafont.com for more information on their new collection. JG

Isola Ella

Anna Karin Karlsson, Sweden

In the vast beautiful land of Sweden that Anna-Karin Karlsson calls home, the designer excels in creating romantic, revolutionary eyewear. Isola Ella radiates innovation and imagination. Bright turquoise acetate is accented with black and gold in an extravagant cat-eye shape. The intricate gold filigree is a special patented process. Stunning! www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Strada del Sole Limited Edition

This is one of my favourite aviators right now. It’s a Limited Edition of just 100 models, by the Swiss based Strada del Sole. Each of the frames is numbered, and they come in three colours, red, white and blue. There is an aviator version for men (pictured) and a panto style for women. Find this Swiss company’s newly launched website at www.stradadelsole.ch Keep an eye on it! CN

Silverstone

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

 

Vincent 167

Orgreen

Colour is a dominant theme throughout opththalmic collections this season, and this unusual combination from Danish company Orgreen is so effective. The artisanal spirit of the frame features a graduated colour scheme of black, taupe, and turquoise, in a stylish flat top design – another prominent trend. The contemporary design assures this is a great choice for a variety of face shapes. www.orgreen.dk JG

Alice

Anne et Valentin

When I saw these frames, the song ‘Alice Blue Gown’ from the famed Broadway musical Irene came to mind. The above frame could be ‘Alice Blue Frame’, sure to capture the approving eye of the wearer and admirers. Anne et Valentin’s choice of stunning blue and black acetate with an unusual frame shape, and extended temple details, adds to the uniqueness of the design. www.anneetvalentin.com JG

3808

Blue Magic Eye

Unusual colour combinations are a feature in Spring collections, and one of my personal choices is this tri-colour design from Blue Magic Eye. Deep aubergine is the key colour, enhanced with lovely soft lilac, and turquoise temple tips. The frame shape in smooth acetate fuses a touch of retro with modern concepts. In a short period of time, design duo Guya Montermini and Ciro Tugnoli have established themselves as a dynamic force in creative eyewear style. www.bluemagiceye.com JG

Chartwell 02

C.W. Dixey & Son

International Royalty to British Prime Ministers have worn C.W. Dixey & Son eyewear since 1777. The Chartwell Collection (named after Winston Churchill’s country retreat in England) has recently been re-launched, including an exact replica of the frame (above) which Churchill wore, particularly when giving speeches. The dots on the temple tips were created uniquely for the great man, and enabled him to distinguish his various frames for reading, painting, even card playing. Expertly crafted in luxurious black acetate, the frame continues to be favoured by eyewear connoisseurs. Available in Paris at Les Plus Belles Lunettes du Monde. www.lesplusbelleslunettesdumonde.com www.cwdixeyandson.com JG

Aviator (817)

Chopard

The exquisite world of Chopard includes dazzling jewels, luxurious watches, beautiful pens and sublime eyewear. The independent, Swiss family owned firm has been creating magnificent collectibles since 1860. In recent years, frames were added, and the result are designs that inextricably link eyewear with aspects of couture jewellery. This particularly sporty-chic frame for men features a dashing aviator shape in gold-plated metal, with a tyre-tread motif on both the bridge and the temple. The crafted precision utilised in Chopard jewellery and watches is applied to the frames. The results are stunning. If your aspirations to be a Formula One victor remain only in your dreams, with these glasses, you can still look the part! JG www.chopard.com

Katya

Götti Switzerland

Separating me from acetate requires a really amazing frame.  Sven Götti did it! The moment I tried on the Katya sunglasses, I realised the enjoyment to be found in wearing titanium. This is a feel-good frame – the high square shape is extremely graceful, and the lenses are a delicate shade of violet. An additional asset is the magical “Spin & Stow” temple, with its fully integrated hinge that can spin. A simple movement to revolve the temples, and the sunglasses become extremely flat and readily slide into a case or your pocket (see our January reviews, where we feature model Larry, we are both fans!). These frames are so enjoyable to wear, that getting accustomed to a new lens prescription was achieved without problem. Götti frames are available at the sleek, chic Lucerne boutique Götti & Niederer www.gotti-niederer.ch and in Barcelona at Soler Centre Visual www.solercentrevisual.com JG

Götti Switzerland www.gotti.ch

Cinquante+1

Theo

A round model that is, as they say themselves, totally in keeping with Theo tradition. It has a keyhole nose and decorative rivets in the shape of three little balls, filled with epoxy resin. This model comes from a line called VinGtage by this exciting Belgian eyewear design company, which is inspired by the past but created in a modern way, using high quality titanium in stunning flashy colours such as fuchsia, turquoise and bright green. The titanium is very light to wear, although the design looks quite heavy or chunky – it’s a clever trick! Comfort is also at the top of the list here, and so the sidepieces are flexible and easy to adjust for that all-important perfect fit. CN

www.theo.be

Special Edition TF5174

Tom Ford

Tom Ford has released a Limited Edition of four frames for men, which are based on vintage designs with a minimal yet highly functional  execution. The TF5174 comes in black acetate (or havana), features metal details which perfectly enhance the overall design. A high-set nose is curved slightly to echo the frame’s 30s inspiration. A ‘T’ symbol on the temple is a discreet reminder that this is a Tom Ford design. This a sophisticated frame for the smart male eyewear connoisseur, anyone who’s wearing it I’d love to see how it looks?….Available in the UK at Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. CN

www.tomford.com

Reverse 1

Kata

The US label Kata has created a group of frames called Reverse…which is based on the idea of turning the hinge of a frame inside out. By exposing the connection between the titanium and acetate on an inverted hinge, an ordinary design element has been turned into something extraordinary. The Reverse concept appears for two groups of frames; a vintage inspired one, from where we highlight model Reverse 1, this minimal metal style. And a more contemporary series of frames featuring modern rectangles and a semi-rimless design with top bar. Kata Eyewear is a luxury sunglass and spectacle brand from the US, produced by a company called Legacie in the US. In Europe, Kata can be found at the following opticians: in Germany, Private Eye, e.K., Wiesbaden; in Austria, Optik Hopffer, Innsbruck (www.optik-hopffer.at) and in Herisau, Switzerland, try Wuersch Optik. …….CN

www.kataeyewear.com