Australia is a benchmark for marvellous flora and fauna – and Jono Hennessy discovers endless inspiration in all that the country’s natural resources have to offer. Butterfly wings with their amazing colourations influenced the latest optical design – Modgraff 8440.
Mazzucchelli acetate and metal combine in a light weight design with soft, flattering contours in the Limited Edition frame. Visit www.jonohennessy.com for more new releases from the family-owned label. JG
Vinylize extends their ranges this season with a new musical connection. The Official Vinylize x AC/DC collection is a special edition of “collectible” optical frames and sunglasses, with fronts laminated with the 22 x multi-platinum “Back in Black”, AC/DC’s seventh studio album and sixth international release, produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, which has gone down in history as one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The frames have the distinctive hand-finished nuances typical of the Budapest brand, with names inspired by the tracks on the album. Model Noise is linked to the final track on Back in Black – “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”, an anthem that captures the feeling of the time.
Three optical frames and three sunglasses (with polarised lenses) are available in the limited collection, each in three sizes. Find out more about handmade vinyl designs by Zach Tipton at www.vinylize.comCN
Modern architecture characterises the Spring/Summer 2018 sunglass designs from Ørgreen Optics with function, fashion and flair represented in the elegant frames. Classic shapes with daring accents and colourations highlight sun specs for men and women. The capsule collection pays homage to two of the grand masters of modern architecture – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. The frames unite a trio of architectural elements, new technology and industrial design effects. Sunglasses for this fresh look at sun wear are available in monochrome tones, and bold, multi-coloured combinations. Discover more Ørgreen news at www.orgreenoptics.comJG
Nowadays, exceptional materials and unique combinations inspire intriguing eyewear designs, as seen in the handsome collection for men – JF Rey CARBONWOOD. The frames feature fine materials, style, creativity, and technical excellence. Slim layers of carbon fibres unite with natural wood tones in contemporary shapes. Combinations include intense black carbon silhouetted with wood, or bi-material variations with bright colour contrasts. Discover more versions of sleek JF Rey CARBONWOOD designs at www.jfrey.frJG
Japanese designer Masahiro Maruyama has a fresh, artistic approach to frame design. The erase collection, the latest series proposed by the young designer and a terrific example of his innovative style, applies the process of drawing and ‘erasing’, removing pieces of the frames and questioning the understanding of perfection.
Each frame is individually shaped by a skilled craftsman by filing the entire surface. This makes it possible to create a well-balanced combination of rim, endpiece, thickness of temple, and shape of nose pad for an excellent feel and fit. Intensive polishing allows for the very smooth finish and beautiful luster.
All Maruyama’s designs are produced in the eyewear region of Fukui, in Kawada ward, Sabae city. According to the designer, here, “the fine craftsmanship and quality goes without saying.” For more information about Maruyama, one of the most talked about Japanese young designers in original eyewear this season, visit www.masahiromaruyama.comCN
Contemporary, sleek and sculpted shapes characterise the striking sunglass collection for Spring/Summer 2018 by Blackfin. Designed and produced in Italy, Blackfin frames are crafted in the finest quality titanium, with the latest technical innovations. Sunset Reef is two-dimensional with a bas-relief on the front, for a highly original effect with a dual colour scheme. The frame shape is an expressive mix of retro with futuristic direction. Discover more beautiful designs by Blackfin at www.blackfin.eu JG
The Lasnik team, known for their clever and practical specs cleaning product (Eyeshaker) have launched a high-quality men’s jacket, designed with an eyewear pocket and other special features.
The Omniment jacket is made from loden, a classic, warm fabric, produced in South Tyrol, and the details around the head and face feature soft alcantara from the utmost comfort in cold weather.
“We wanted to create a good looking jacket where you can store your glasses comfortably,” explains Patrick Volk. “The idea is to have them showing in a pocket, and not completely hidden away.”
The special front pocket is lined and designed to ensure the glasses can not fall out. Under the arms, a high-tech ventilation system brings added comfort in different temperatures. The jacket converts into a backpack so you can move around with it easily when not wearing it. For more details : www.lasnikeyeworks.com / www.eyeshaker.comCN
Fancy an indulgent spoonful of Tiramisu? Most indulgences when connected to cuisine come with massive amounts of calories. Here is an exception: theo’s delicious rendition of Tiramisu – layered like the famous dessert – and totally without calories! Theo loves layers, and the new Desserts Collection explores provocative colourations in acetate that makes the most of layers and the play of light.
Desserts was designed by Patrick Hoet with four different, individualistic models that are inspired – layer by layer – of celebrated desserts, including Tiramisu (top photo) Parfait, Mille-feuille and Trifle. Visit www.theo.be for more details on the Desserts Collection – and all theo’s inspirational designs. JG
Fun, stylish, distinctive: The Bocca series from Face à Face Paris is always imaginative and engaging. The latest interpretation is Bocca Walk 2 – in vivid Cherry Red with contrasting colourations on the inner temples. A gold metal nose bridge adds a touch of sparkle.
Nearly six years ago, Pascal Jaulent at Face à Face had a whimsical idea for frame temples expressed in legs – dancing, prancing, and curvy legs with fashionista shoes to complete the concept. Frame connoisseurs loved them instantly – and now the Bocca models are eagerly anticipated for their unique styling – debonair and dazzling. A collector’s treasure! www.faceaface-paris.com JG
Collectible, chic, and a perfectly charming design piece to wear on the face. Cinematiq is a new collection created by Tipton Eyeworks in Budapest, which brings a completely ingenious twist to eyewear. The temples ‘frame’ 16 or 35 mm ‘vintage’ film, using a special process of lamination that designer Zachary Tipton has spent years perfecting. The very first experiments with the original footage led to an introductory small limited edition collection, which premiered in 2006, and is known for having caught the eye of Elton John.
Today, the new Cinematiq Eyewear collection highlights the original 16 mm footage of two Asian action movies, Shogun’sShadow (1989) and Fists of the Double K (1973). Both films have an abundance of outdoor scenes with natural lighting making them a perfectly visible focal point with the naked eye.
The selected scenes that appear in the eyewear are different for each pair of glasses, increasing the unique aspect of every style. The glasses come with their own ‘movie ticket’ so you can view the curated movies featured in your design, and each frame shape is inspired by characters in iconic films.
Cinematiq is produced by Tipton Eyeworks, makers of Vinylize, artisan producers of eyewear made from vinyl records in Hungary. Stockists of Cinematiq include Special Eyes Optical (Australia), Santa Fe Optical (USA) and Optik Birmingham (USA). For the latest information on the collection visit www.cinematiqeyewear.com / www.vinylize.comCN
Jono Hennessy is as passionate about Australia as he is about eyewear. His latest collection is influenced by the huge variety of flowers native to Australia, as well as native bush flowers from the desert. Modgraff 8418 is a slim, delicate acetate design with ivory crystals, and the contemporary shape enhances the relaxed elegance. Modgraff 8418 is available in four beautiful colour combinations – featured above. Visit www.jonohennessy.com for additional designs from the newest releases. JG
Contemporary travel opportunities bring the sunshine much closer during long, grey, cold winters. Vera Wang ensures you are sunshine ready with a striking new collection of Winter Luxe Sun Styles. There are five beautiful sunglass designs, with diversified shapes and lovely colours. Particularly outstanding is Farah in glossy acetate, and especially geared to a holiday mind-set in soft Apricot, with Gradient Peach Mirror Lenses, and a voluminous shape. The intricate temple detailing is a process that is a modern take on an icicle pattern. Small, hand-cut metal pieces are adorned with hand-applied Swarovski crystals for shimmery sparkle. Farah is also available in Black with Grey lenses, and a delicious Mint Green with Gradient Moss lenses. Luxurious, fresh and dramatically chic! www.kenmarkeyewear.comJG
An elegant new collection – Jean-François Rey Le Cuir – is highlighted with beautiful natural leathers from select tanneries in Tuscany. The Marseille based brand – sold internationally – has launched frames with new shapes that are streamlined and stylish. The chic interplay of materials – as seen above in style JF2785 – is similar to a fine collage. Superb colourations in quality leather, plus vintage details, embellish the refined shapes. Explore more of the Jean-François Rey Le Cuir – and the JF Rey universe at www.jfrey.frJG
FLEYE Copenhagen excels in the creation of layered frames that are distinctive, as well as expressing significant fashion flair. ULLI is the latest design in FLEYE’s collection of elegantly layered frames, constructed from twenty-three layers of carbon fibre, and one delicately slim layer of wood. Then the wooden surface is tinted in beautiful, flattering tones which include ULLI 4715 (above) in Haute Red and Semi Matte Graphite. Additional colour combinations are Teal Wood with Shiny Rose Gold; Light Rose Wood and Semi-Matte Graphite; and a chic Olympian Blue with Matte Charcoal. Discover more stylish designs from FLEYE Copenhagen at www.fleye.dk JG
Emmanuel Andrivet and Guillaume Boisson have been working in eyewear production for 20 years. Experience and interest in the creative opportunities in design has led them to launch their own company in Luxembourg – GameofFrame, with their own luxury “3d” printed eyewear brand – Impressio.
For the start of the year, the luxury collection offers 21 models (15 are opticals and six sunglasses, fitted with quality Zeiss or Divel lenses). Model 202 offered our first look at the styles – the frame features gold or palladium. Technical specifications include a beta titanium temple and a titanium W nose and – notably – a weight of just 14 grams. Their unique concept is to explore a fusion of high technology and attentive craftsmanship, by means of complex 3D CAD modelling, new generation 3D additive manufacturing and stamped titanium – a first mix of these particular design concepts and materials in luxury eyewear.
The traditional care and attention in the detail and finish of the styles (particularly the interesting “textured” surfaces) is made possible in the workshops in Luxembourg where the frames are hand assembled. “The focus is placed on three key principles,” say the founders. “It’s all about lightness – quality – and – accuracy.”
Announced in October 2017, the collection was first previewed in Silmo, Paris last autumn and is now available through Meyrowitz in Paris, the luxury optician near Place Vendôme. This month, the Impressio founders Emmanuel and Guillaume will show their new models at Opti-Munich 2018 – the international trade fair in Germany. Find them in the Opti Boxes / Hall 1. For further information about the brand visit www.impressio-paris.com CN
Flawless lightweight lines, unique shaping, and fresh bright colours make an impression in JF Rey’s FINE CONCEPT designs. The elegant metal frames are fluid and impeccably crafted, with minimalist aesthetics. The flowing lines of the frames are graceful; with style and character. In FINE CONCEPT by JF Rey, there are five different designs (above:JF2762), and five beautiful colours. Based in sunny Marseille France, JF Rey specialises in unique, original frame designs in vivid colours and quality materials. Visit www.jfrey.fr for more adventurous eyewear. JG
Light-adaptive lenses have taken a new stylish direction thanks to Transitions Optical, who continue to innovate in this specialist area.
The Fashion Chrome collection – just launched ready for SS18 – has a striking mirrored effect combined with Transitions’ XTRActive lens technology – which protects the eyes from the brightest sun and harsh artificial light. It also allows the lenses to darken behind the windscreen of a car.
The lenses have an adaptive tint that reacts to UV and visible light, intensifying when the wearer moves outside. When indoors, the lens has a chic light mirrored tint, which turns into a full mirrored sunglass outdoors, allowing the wearer to have the right tint at the right time. Available in six fashion-forward colour options from Red Sunrise to Sea Green, the new Fashion Chrome lenses provide a tonal range that is striking, unique and fresh – representing an outstanding new opportunity to complement stylish designer eyewear.
Transitions Optical was founded in 1990. In 1991, it became the first company to commercialize and manufacture plastic photochromic lenses.
Controvesy and conservatism are no strangers to leopard print. The trend started to be fashionable with Joan Crawford, the glamorous Hollywood movie star, and nowadays, actress Cate Blanchett and model Kate Moss are “spotted” in leopard prints. In Western culture, leopard prints are a symbol of power and wealth. They are a favourite from royalty to rock stars, and politicians. While politicians may not concur on many subjects, two UK politicians do agree on leopard print as a fashion statement. Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, is known for her fondness for leopard print shoes, while Labour MP Angela Rayner was photographed recently in a leopard print top. The magnificently sleek animal inspires designers of fashion, accessories, home decor, and eyewear.
Jono Hennessy’s latest collection includes a tribute to the species with a beautiful Mazzuchelli Italian acetate frame that replicates the leopard’s amazing spots. Like a leopard, JH 8376 is a bold and strong design – a contemporary shape, with a soft, sculptural flow, and a subtle retro hint on the temples. Jono Hennessy frames are crafted with spectacle making traditions that ensure beauty, fine fit, comfort and durability.
The Australian brand Jono Hennessy was founded in 1925 and remains a family business to this day. Based in Sydney, Jono Hennessy is passionate about his city and country. Frame inspiration is frequently derived from his surroundings in a city with innovative architecture, including the Sydney Opera House; and the Australian outback, with its diverse animals, plants, trees and colours. Plus there is the allure of sea, sun and surf – another strong influence for him. Eyewear is in Jono Hennessy’s DNA: as a child he watched his father when fitting custom-made frames for clients, and perform eye tests. Jono’s early experiences are now entrenched into third generation quality frame making. Discover more frame adventure – both optical and sunglass designs – at www.jonohennessy.com JG
Launched last month at the Paris fair SILMO, Non Stop City is a bold “night” sunglasses collection – and perhaps the ultimate “clubbing” accessory, by the young Barcelona start-up, Lool Eyewear.
Inspired by club culture, urban living and streetwear fashion, the futuristic frame designs are fitted with NSC SYSTEM photochromatic lenses. The glasses are able to adapt to changes of light, darkening during the day and lightening at night, while a luminescent ‘neon-like’ line profiles the lens.
Designed by Aris Rubio, these made-in-Barcelona “nocturnal” glasses are specially designed for style conscious “non stop urban dwellers”, clubbers and “night owls”, with the lightweight construction, comfort and slimline proportions of the brand’s mainline collection which is influenced by architectural concepts and retrofuturism.
Lool Eyewear launched their first steel eyewear collections at SILMO in 2016 and have received a warm reception from the design, fashion and eyewear worlds for their technical precision and commitment to innovative ideas and top-notch production. For Lool’s new projects, visit www.looleyewear.com. CN
Sculptured silhouettes, unique colourations, and beautiful Mazzucchelli acetate blend harmoniously in the latest Res/Rei designs. Oliviero Zanon appreciates the professional use and logic of fine acetate, and frequently researches Mazzucchelli vintage acetate. Incorporating contemporary styling, and often bespoke acetate made exclusively for Res/Rei, further enhances the designs. Streamlined with artisan Italian handcrafting, Erica suggests retro hints united with timeless form. Discover more Res/Rei designs – both optical and sunglasses – at www.resrei.com JG
Behind the luxurious design of this ‘jewellery’ frame are many steps of creativity and expertise, carried out in one of Europe’s most advanced eyewear production facilities. From the Elegance Collection by Silhouette Eyewear, the Crystal Diva frame features a unique crystal applique design: the Swarovski crystals are applied by hand to create an exquisitely detailed focal point on the temples – and a sparkling effect for a special occasion.
The Crystal Diva range comes in a stylish dusky rose metal finish, complete with luxe rose gold temples.
Founded in 1964, Silhouette Eyewear produces all its collections in Linz in Austria. The company was one of the first to present eyewear as a fashion accessory and has become renowned for its technical know-how and minimal eyewear concepts. More information at www.silhouette.comCN
Vera Wang’s latest luxurious optical frames are a stylish mix of shapes and colourations. Full acetates, plus metal and acetate combinations are accented with Swarovski crystals in square, round and baguette cuttings. Kora was inspired by Vera’s catwalk fashions – her philosophy a modern approach to glamour and beauty. The enduring appeal of Tortoiseshell highlights Kora – shown (left to right) in Tortoise, Heather Tortoise, and Blush Tortoise. Kora is also available in Jet Black acetate. Discover more Vera Wang Luxe designs at www.kenmarkeyewear.comJG
The pince-nez was a popular glasses style in the 19th century (and earlier), free from temples and traditionally produced in metal wire, buffalo horn or acetate. The classy modern interpretation by Seeoo – the entrepreneurial Austrian brand – is a very practical slim size (not much larger than a credit card) with a cool, modern design by optician and designer/innovator Gerald Lasnik. The design – which is handmade in Austria and features Mazzucchelli acetate in gorgeous colours combined with a narrow metal bridge – has been awarded two prestigious Red Dot Design awards. For this season, the ‘Classic’ design is available in a range of colours including red, black and orange with different flat case designs, including some produced in colourful leathers and the following powers: +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00.
Eyestylist Preview 2018 ….. SIENS EYE CODE in Milan has announced the official launch for 2018 of their brilliant Light Transmutation project which we have recently experienced. The project explores chromotherapy via sunglasses designed to expand and transform the wearer’s vision through “coloured” light. The seven colours are those of the 7 chakras, each offering different therapeutic benefits corresponding to different parts of the body – red, for example, activates the circulatory and nervous systems connected to the heart.
In the frame design, the transparent coloured ring surrounds a dark UV protective sun lens; the same colour reappears on the temple in a striking ‘wing’ design which represents the beneficial and therapeutic effects of the lens whilst giving the frame a cool futuristic look.
Chromotherapy, also referred to as colour therapy, is an ancient alternative medicinal method. The Siens team – headed up by designers Roberto and Stefano Russo – are known for their experimental approach to eyewear and a consistent exploration into different materials, technologies, design disciplines and conceptual ideas. This is the latest project in a collection that also offers innovative technical solutions in the form of a patented hinge, lens assembling system and packaging integrated with the glasses in their first series, Creatures (launched in 2016). Find out more about SIENS at the website: www.sienseyecode.com CN
Masquerade is a one-off RVS design by Vidal Erkohen – striking, uniquely shaped and bursting with vintage feeling, yet there is something of a contemporary ethnic elegance in this little piece of art. The front comprises two 6 sided shapes in exotic acetate – colours include tortoise or black; the eye shapes are joined at the centre creating the feel of a “flat” mask, further enhanced by coloured zero base lenses – a look of the moment and a continuing trend.
Attention to detail is a feature at this colourful label now based out of NYC and adored by celebrities. In this style, pieces of the acetate material are inlayed at the end of very fine metal temples, highlighting attention to detail as well as the Japanese craftsmanship which has brought an excellent new perspective to all the styles in this range. Shop for the Limited Edition Masquerade online at www.rvseyewear.comCN
Slim, sleek and subtle – Nigel by SALT. Optics is presented in a beautiful new colour – Ash Blue – an earthy marbled pattern in a softened square shape. Quality acetate is crafted with a thin profile, and features an extended, gently curved frame front. Nigel is just one of the key styles in SALT.’S stunning new collection to be shown at SILMO Paris this weekend. www.saltoptics.comJG
The Japanese brand Padma Image is 5 years old, and following celebrations, they have released several new styles including the cutely named Migi Migi (‘migi’ means right hand side in Japanese). This small authentic artisan label offers a wonderful balance of workmanship and playful design, often using asymmetry but delicately or without overemphasising the peculiarities of the shaping. While the brand has not yet reached Europe, designer Yuuki Hasui says he has set his sights on expanding in the not too distant future! More information is available at http://padma-image.petit.cc/ Padma Image exhibits at the Tokyo show Site: http://sites.jp.net For more Padma Image reviews at Eyestylist, visit www.eyestylist.com/2014/11/rotary-no-50/CN
‘Cognac expresses avant-garde and boldness’ says Julien Couture, co-founder and creative director of the emerging label Lunetterie Générale from Canada. The frame, pictured above in Tortoise with a gold clip and mustard lenses, is an example of the quality focus in the collection which is produced in Fukui, Japan, well-known as a centre of traditional expertise and precision in eyewear production. Each frame undergoes 48 stages of manufacture from start to finish, coordinated by several specialist craftsmen.