Sunglasses for a heatwave

As temperatures soar, sunglasses with quality UV protection are the most important fashion accessory of all

With the current heatwave affecting countries across Europe, including the UK where temperatures could hit up to 43 degrees C for the first time ever early this week, an all time record, sunglasses with high-quality UV protection are an essential item for all age groups.

For the ultimate combination of chic style and high quality UV protection, look for classic and iconic brands that have a reputation for design and technical sun lenses. The Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses collection, available at opticians and online at www.olivergoldmith.com, have some of the most iconic oversized frames with trendy square, round, aviator and oval shapes fitted with premium grade UVA/UVB sun lenses.  Above: sunglasses in a heatwave – a selection of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses in chic acetate

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Colorado 58 by SALT. Optics – a new classic titanium sunglass from the Californian brand

At SALT. Optics, the sunglasses collection is well known for its tasteful and timeless look with a palette of colours inspired by the land and the sea. Their lenses – such as those above featured in the model Colorado 58, are described as superior CR39 and have special coatings such as anti-reflective, hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to reduce glare, repel dirt and water and diffuse harmful rays to ensure good optical clarity and performance – the ideal for everyday wear. www.saltoptics.com

The oversized Pakalana by Maui Jim: a cool shape with high-tech sun lenses featuring PolarizedPlus2® lens technology

Popular with opticians as a recommended and reliable form of quality UV protection is the brand Maui Jim, which, born on the beaches of the island of Maui in the Central Pacific, were designed to protect eyes from the very harsh rays of the island’s sun. Maui Jim is known for its patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology that eliminates 99.9% of glare, blocks 100% of harmful UV, and absorbs harmful HEV (blue light), while enhancing colour, clarity, and detail. Maui Jim sunglasses have also earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin. The collection, which is known for its sports-inspired designs has been expanded in 2022 and includes some strong oversized shapes and timeless acetate designs. Find out more about the Maui Jim sunglasses at www.mauijim.com

Götti Switzerland: light, super slim titanium

Two new streamlined designs announced

The Swiss eyewear brand consistently pushes the envelope of titanium eyewear design. Inspired by classics, two new frames called ‘Alesi’ and ‘Aloya’ bridge the gap between retro style and contemporary finesse, in extraordinarily narrow titanium presented with a refined and restrained colour palette. Natural tones and gold varieties are favoured, sometimes in combination with other colours such as brown, champagne and purple. Above: model Aloya by Götti Switzerland – the palette proposed has an autumnal feel

Aloya by Götti Switzerland: a slightly oversized front and extremely slim temples

Minute details, such as a finely grooved surface for the outer rims, are a reminder of the precision and workmanship of the Götti manufacture, while the design of the nosepads and end tips appear discreet and minimal.

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The look of the two designs is in line with the current timeless focus in luxury eyewear. Titanium is favoured by Götti Switzerland for its aesthetic properties which “complement the wearer’s individuality” as well as offering unrivalled comfort as a frame material. The two frames are already available at selected opticians in Europe and the US. To find out more, visit www.gotti.ch 

Trends: Relax into summer colours

Last minute inspiration to elevate your style

The sunny season is upon us, and UV protective sunglasses – with quality lenses – should be top of mind. For style and colour, the season is unconventional and eclectic, offering a broad spectrum of eyewear shapes and influences (in particular the 1990s- and 2000s-inspired), in alluring colours which offset classics and soft and soothing multi-colored combinations – tones of fuchsia, raspberry, and bright orange, alongside a broad palette of natural greens and sky and ocean blues which bring a boost of energy and stylish fun. Above: Night 2 by FACE A FACE – a charismatic matching of bright tones, www.faceaface-paris.com

Marni sunglasses: the Cumulus Cloud

In its collaboration collection with RSF (RetroSuperFuture) the model Cumulus Cloud captures the quirky essence of the Italian fashion brand. Inspired by pop culture, with its bold colours, streamlined shapes and shiny plastic materials, Cumulus Cloud is distinguished by an oversized silhouette and a rounded design with broad lenses encased within octagonal rings and set within a cool wraparound acetate structure. The style is pictured in a bright orange acetate with black detailing and purple ‘pop’ lenses. www.retrosuperfuture.com

Market by Erker’s 1879: oversized in a bold aqua inspired hue

‘Spiramint’ is a completely new colour added in the handcrafted summer collection at Erker’s 1879. The glam square shaped model Market is pictured in the tone, which is set off with a contrasting and elegant dark-toned lens. www.erkers1879.com

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Keaton by Paradigm – in colour “sky”

Model Keaton, in colour “sky” in the Paradigm collection is a smart example of the trendy ‘sea and sky’ tones available in eyewear for the season. This cool, easy rectangular design is a tribute to the actress, Diane Keaton. www.paradigmeyewear.com

Izipizi – bio-based Summer Capsule ‘Sweet Sunset’ – G in tone-on-tone ‘green bay’

A universal model from the French brand Izipizi, the fresh green colours are particularly sought after this season, especially with the trendy tone-on-tone effect that makes this look so modern. The colour ‘green bay’ is described by Izipizi as “a soft pastel green, refreshing like mint lemonade on a ver hot day”. www.izipizi.comWritten by Clodagh Norton – all rights reserved

Erker’s 1879: summer modes

Stylish STL Flag collection, by the heritage brand from Saint Louis

An impressive 21 new styles have been added to the Erker’s 1879 STL Flag range, in acetate and surgical stainless steel, with a multitude of colour combinations. The brand’s ability to reproduce a refined vintage aesthetic, in frames which are crafted for long-term use, comes through in striking design work and a leaning towards classical, minimal shapes. Above: the Paige sunglasses combine a barely-there lightweight construction with a high bridge and polarized lenses, created for everyday wear

Erker’s 1879: long-lasting, functional and flattering

Each frame goes through a 48-step manufacturing process involving handcrafting and hand polishing to create a smooth and silky finish. Fitted with authentic rivets and hinges, the styles also feature a gold emblem on the temple tips signifying the piece of history the frame was inspired by. Some frames have an engraving of “1879” on the inside of the right hinge, and all sunglasses include a light etching of the Erker’s 1879 brand name on the lens.

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Every detail counts: Erker’s 1879 select high-quality acetate materials, including the classical tone “Tokyo tortoise” and a soft and subtle “matte demi”

A family business since 1879, the Erkers take inspiration from the generations that came before, looking into the past to build the future. Building upon the actions of their ancestors, the family’s history remains at the forefront of each new design. With a heritage that dates back an incredible 143 years in St. Louis, Erker’s latest STL Flag collection represents a further tribute to the city that started its special world of optics. To see the new STL Flag styles, visit Erker’s 1879 at www.erkers1879.com For more about Erker’s 1879 at Eyestylist, visit https://www.eyestylist.com/2021/05/crystal-eyewear-classic-erkers-1879/

Hot collab: Motel a Miio x Andy Wolf Capsule

Summery vibes in “Paraiso” sunglasses + ceramics edition – an unexpected creative ‘coming together’

The eyewear brand Andy Wolf and the tableware label Motel a Miio have joined forces to launch a new mini collection called Paraiso, which consists of two ceramic pieces paired with two sunglasses in matching colours.

The ceramics pieces by Motel a Miio have a very dynamic shape, resembling the sinuosity of waves and water. The design is minimalistic, with the shades of light blue, pink and white evoking the calming colours of sunny beaches and relaxing landscapes. The sunglasses – Adam and Alba – conceived with Andy Wolf, offer summery tonalities – pink, gold and sand brown – ideal for a tanned complexion gifted by the rays of summer days. The shapes echo those of the ceramics: one of the models is rounder, resembling again the movement of waves, while the other is more square.

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Deliberately placed facets give the sunglasses depth and 3-dimensionality – Adam has a subtle, slightly slanted inner facet all around the lens, reminiscent of the edge of a tablet. The model Alba (pictured below), in contrast, has a deep facet and a material thickness of 10 mm acetate, making it the “ideal” partner of the deep ceramic vase.

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Promotional videos for the pieces confirm the “nature-inspired’ vision, as two tanned models wander freely on an idyllic beach. The creations, given their minimalistic style and essential aesthetic, are very versatile: the plate and vase would fit with any  setting and would immediately imbue a relaxing feeling in the surroundings, while the sunglasses are in tune with all genders and face shapes, in simple colours that feel luminous and modern. The sunglasses are produced in a limited edition of just 500 pieces per colour and style. Find out more at Motel a Miio – www.motelamiio.com  and Andy Wolf – www.andy-wolf.com

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