The innovative Kemp by Grey Ant is another gem by Grant Krajecki and codesigner Natalie Levy. Creators of the original concept of cut-off lenses, this time the duo have worked on a totally new concept that exposes the riveted hinge on the exterior of the frame as a decorative feature. It’s a simple, luxurious statement that elevates a classic look into something ingenious and very desirable. Made in Japan, and featuring Zeiss sun lenses, these elegant sunnies are now available at www.greyant.com. CN
Artisanal excellence illuminates the supremely elegant Adrina by Shane Baum. Named after a remote Greek beach, the wafer-thin aviator design features a gold plated titanium crossbar, and Japanese Windsor rim detail. Superb detailing includes intricate multi-dimensional laser etching applied to the titanium, and Japanese cotton-based acetate temples. Adrina Deep Blue Sea is plated in 12k or 18k gold, and the lenses are treated with trade marked Diamond Cast anti-scratch coating. Pure Luxury! www.leisure-society.com JG
A focus on Fashionista Eye Candy for this May edition? My first thought was of Anna-Karin Karlsson and the delightful styles such as ‘Coco and the Row’ or ‘Black Horse’ which express a whole new inimitable language in creative sunglass design. And then we found another nine designs that sum up the mood this Summer for those who want creative design and beautifully made shades…from cateyes to aviators, pastels to neons, this is eye candy that we take our Eyestylist hats off to!
Eyestylist has always been a big fan of ‘Alice Goes to Cannes’ by Anna-Karin Karlsson, (see the first of these here: http://www.eyestylist.com/2011/05/introducing-anna-karin-karlsson/) and this, the latest version, (above) has to be a winner for the summer ahead. Produced in pink with gold glitter, this little bombshell fits perfectly with the sweet pastel trend whilst having a bold blocked shocking pink on the inside for that extra little something. Ms Karlsson’s powerful collection for this year continues to thrill the fashion world around the globe. It’s an exciting story that is still unfolding. www.annakarinkarlsson.com CN
True Parisian chic! This is a new line that really does offer some exciting colour and unusual shapes and details. As well as classic monochromes, I love the acidic brights in this 60s inspired collection in which designer Alain Mikli has played a role. This style combines a lovely retro canary yellow, paired with bright white, with a super curvaceous shape. The Courrèges revival is not just in eyewear; on this website you will find a variety of luxe items including perfumes and a wonderful metal-covered limited edition monograph by Erik Orsenna. www.courreges.com CN
I first saw these sunglasses in Paris, in a showroom on Place des Vosges last year…..it was an amazingly sunny day, music playing, and the Reiz frames were looking pretty exciting…Surya is one of a collection using graduated colour in an inspired way…the styles in the range, men’s and women’s alike, echo just what the small but fabulous German Reiz brand is all about…individuality, simplicity, serious style, and 100% quality…it is a super idea if you don’t know what to get for your statement piece this season! www.reiz.net CN
The beauty and variety of nature’s greens is a dominant trend this season in both fashion and eyewear – as demonstrated in Emmanuelle Khanh’s translucent emerald acetate design. The elegant shape is classic EK – big and bold with stylish grace. A touch of white on the temples embellishes the summer-ish feel – this frame cannot wait to be on the beach! www.emmanuellekhanhparis.com JG
“It’s fab!” said Clodagh – and it truly is – we love this deliciously flirtatious butterfly shape and the shimmering acetate Rose colour – one of this summer’s fashionable highlights. Experimental and exciting eyewear is the foundation of Pierre Cariven’s designed-and-made-in France creations. The frames are expertly crafted and feel great to wear. Vintage concept – modern interpretation – Zoç Rose is a summer stunner from Pierre Eyewear. www.pierre-eyewear.com JG
Vintage and rock ‘n roll are the perfect partners, and Varvatos captures it so well in this crystal and black acetate frame – with a square shape that is beloved of retro wearers. The award-winning designer is a passionate music lover, so Varvatos has inserted his signature guitar pick hinge on the temple – a unique touch – and a design that merges vintage and current trends most effectively. www.johnvarvatos.com In the UK, go to www.eyerespect.com JG
Gold & Wood
Precious wood is beautifully polished and wedded with ebony in this supremely elegant design. Gold and Wood is acknowledged for their harmoniously balanced volume and sculpture in the creation of a frame. This style features temples that are luxuriously highlighted with inserts of varying coloured woods. Elegance is measured in the finest details — achieved here with Gold and Wood’s exacting standards. More details at www.gold-and-wood.com JG
Exclusive, luxurious, revolutionary and glamourous are just a few words to describe the Sama Eyewear Collection from California. We viewed the latest – and beautiful – collection at MIDO. Designer Shelia Vance combines classicism and modernity in her eyewear. Rouge is a fine example of style, grace, technology and quality fusing harmoniously and fashionably. Hand laminated Japanese plastic with three-dimensional laser-cutting, shapes the unique temple design. Mini turquoise Swarovski crystals twinkle on the sides, which are gently curved for an additional distinctive accent. The frames are available in Europe at Optik Wagner in Saint Moritz www.optik-wagner.ch and Les Plus belles lunettes du Monde in Paris. www. lesplusbelleslunettesdumonde.com Additional details at www.samaeyewear.net JG
This is a good-looking metal style (a look we think is getting hotter and hotter for this summer) from a brand that I am pleased to have discovered recently. The New Zealand born designer Jesse Stevens who now lives in London is dedicated to excellence. The brand name Finest Seven holds at its core that there are seven key elements in eyewear production, and sets out to incorporate the very best of these elements in every single design. Features of the Zero 2 which also comes in 24kt gold or 14k gold, are a five layered hinge for durability and strength, Zeiss lenses, metal pad arms and silicon nose pads. The frames are made in Italy by hand and come with handcrafted cases from Spain. Top notch design. CN
Casablanca is part of the luxury sunglass line by L.G.R., the Italian company created by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone. Ruscone inherited a collection of sunglasses dating back to the 1930s from his grandfather, and was inspired by his find to the point where he decided to start his own eyewear label.
The colour I have picked out here is hazelnut with a grey gradient photochromic lens which for me offers elegant styling for the changing season and dress code further into summer (50’s/70’s glamour, bare ankles and legs, tanned skinned). This is a lovely, soft combination, and the neutral frame tone promises to be very pretty on the right faces. It also comes in many other colour choices, my next favourite being ivory with blue gradient lens; another interesting yet easy combination is black with pale violet. The models in this collection are handmade in Italy, and hand-finished with features such as flex hinges. L.G.R.’s founder is passionate about artisanal quality and the production of real, timeless objects. This model is simple yet stylish, and the absence of branding allows the frame to speak for itself. L.G.R. is only to be found in very exclusive fashion boutiques such as Colette (www.colette.fr) and Matches (www.matchesfashion.com) and a few select opticians (see the L.G.R. website for details). CN
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.
This has got an interesting look that offers a bit of quirkiness but it’s still quite easy to wear. It’s handmade in acetate and comes in a variety of colours, of which this one and the taupe are very classy. The upper part of the frame is shaped like “a pair of pointy eyebrows” while the rest of the frame is more simple and light in its design, making them fun and wearable at the same time. Priced at 195 euros on the website. Hyde’s was launched in 2010 and resides in Sweden. www.ehydes.com CN