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Last minute beauties for summer

Sunwear makes an audacious statement

As the warmer season gets underway, a pair (or two) of fine new-season statement sunglasses is a fashion essential. The choice is infinite, with bold shapes, block-colours, and vintage-style details offering a particularly eye-catching take on what has become a season of variety and fresh upbeat design in the independent eyewear collections. Above: Metronome Japan’s B-titanium model World Ride in the ‘Kiss the Future” collection. The cat’s eye model has a suspended lens which gives the frame its eye-catching definition. https://metronome-eyewear.com/

VAVA Eyewear: model BL0028 in white

VAVA’s BL0028 makes a fresh take on the cat’s eye with an aerodynamic stylised design that fuses futuristic with a glamorous distinction. Inspired by an aeroplane’s tail, its construction is modeled on a ‘cropped delta contour’, which offered exceptional stability during flight. The frame’s bold white colour and sharp lines capture a cool and impactful look. The style is also available in black, matt black, red and matt crystal. www.vavaeyewear.com

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FACE A FACE – model SPLIT1

For those with a love of glamorous colour and form, FACE a FACE propose radical cut out designs for the summer – inspired by the art of Deconstruction. The lenses look as if they have been cut away at the sides. Find beautiful artistic colours in this line which range from milky blue against granita temples with quartz flashes, to crystal peach sliced through with electric yellow. www.faceaface-paris.com

Flanna by EOE Eyewear in a marble / matt pine wood coloration

Flanna is part of a series of new models by the eco label EOE. These styles are produced in sustainably produced acetate (wood pulp and cellulose) and combine a hand carved appearance with individualistic colours such as the trendy blush and ivory “marble” effect combo above. Find out more about the styles at www.eoe-eyewear.com

Eco-friendly eyewear: Estiara Milano

Exclusive and eco-friendly in Amanite®

With the special aesthetic of the material and its particular and unique patterns and colours, Estiara Milano – a glasses brand first created in the 1950s – is achieving special recognition for the eco-friendly 100% recyclable qualities of their colorful material called Amanite®, produced by Sintetica Srl.

The material (originating in liquid form) is a thermoplastic polymer developed for Estiara by Sintetica Srl. Possessing various qualities including being eco-friendly, non toxic, hypoallergenic and 100% recyclable, it is also very light and heat resistant, meaning that the sides or temples of the glasses do not require a metal core. The style of the finish of these designs is luxurious with the added benefit that each frame is completely unique in its patterning, depth of tone and balance of colours which replicate – with sophistication and creativity, the natural effects of materials like mother of pearl, marble or horn. Above: an example of the bold colorations of the frames and the variety of colour and colour intensity – flared Square HORN15 by Estiara Milano in Amanite® with Zeiss sun lenses

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Close up of the material which is patterned with varied ombre colorations and striated finishes – model Onassis by Estiara Milano

About : Sintetica Srl was first created in the early 50s in Milan by Dr. Guitart Delisau, a Spanish chemist; in a few years the business becomes a leader in the production of acrylic sheets. In time, the company has focused its efforts on quality, innovation and service.

Antonio Carlos Guitart, the current CEO, took over the company in 1995 and embraced his father’s entire project. Motivated by a passion for beauty, he resumed his father’s ambitious goal of creating an innovative material specifically developed for eyewear.  Find out more  about this Italian label today at www.estiara.it

Summer vibes with OG Icons

An array of artisan designs are releasing at Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses, including one model originally designed and worn by Audrey Hepburn

Just in, and just in time for the sunny spell! Oliver Goldsmith’s OG Icons collection has six new enticing designs for summer, oozing with the refined and glamorous spirit of the Goldsmith Icons – and its extraordinarily rich history. The OG Icons recreate the brand’s most historic and famous sunglasses worn by a host of celebrities in film, tv and fashion. Above: HEP is one of the new releases: the frame was originally designed for and worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s. Recommended for women with smaller faces who wish to find a comfortable oversized frame with a beautiful timeless elegance, its oval shape is versatile while the colours include very cool nude tones of champagne and pink champagne or classic dark tortoise. The bevelled sculptural quality of this design and its neat vintage key hole bridge are special features.

A layered look: Ego at Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses – designed in 1971. 40 years on, in gorgeous tone-on-tone blush colours

Multi-sided geometric shapes in eyewear are a delightful, alternative shape this season; model Ego is a 1970s variation with a shapely architectural construction that layers a modified hexagon on top of a more squarish shape. If vintage colour is your thing, then this frame delivers with its stylish combinations of black with leopard and tortoise and sand while trendy nude tones of winterfell or pink champagne are feminine, chic and seasonally light.

The good-looking Kendal  sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses were first released in the 1970s – today, they represent the epitome of chic for men in a geometric shape with a linear top line and incredibly refined colours

The 1970s saw a new generation of creative eyewear shapes emerge for men. The Kendal at Oliver Goldsmith is representative of that look with its abstract angles and confident large shape, well adapted to the tastes of the design oriented modern man.

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All six styles in this new OG release – available for pre-order – are handmade by artisans in Italy. The frames are made from cotton acetate and are fitted with premium, optical grade sun lenses. See the frames online at www.olivergoldsmith.com

 

Independent eyewear: classic shapes revived

Square, round, browline or aviator inspired…these four shapes are more slick than ever

The evolution of the classic glasses styles is something of a wonder for 2021. Even where the colours are minimal, delicate and pared down, the designs express a contemporary attitude and showcase an incredible range of materials, with details atuned to modern design enthusiasts.

The square shape is traditionally recommended for round and oval faces, and its versatile, so many of us can carry it off. In crystal tones, the style has a special charm, reminiscent of a look that has been much loved, and easy and flattering for hair colourings and varied tones of skin.

Round glasses are most often suggested for rectangular or square shaped faces but these rules can easily be broken, and the material and thickness of the design can really transform the style and how it looks on different faces. Meanwhile aviator glasses with a square or rectangular eye shape usually flatter oblong and rectangular faces; the double bridge typically has the effect of widening the face and creating a bold statement style. The traditional 1950s browline design (with a heavier line over the top of the front) can be suited to an oblong, oval or diamond shaped face; its expressive statement styling and generally quite large construction is popular with men who seek out vintage style glasses. Above: Nirvan Javan’s London collection – model 09-16 – a classically inspired square shape in a clear crystal acetate, www.nirvanjavan.com

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Pismo by l.a. eyeworks: custom acetate components give this incredible round style its totally unique character

l.a. eyeworks interpreted the classic round  in titanium this season: handmade in Japan, their Pismo design has a confident, intellectual air with its perfectly circular eye shape; custom acetate components on bridge and temples ensure that this frame gets noticed wherever it pops up! www.laeyeworks.com

Fresno by Blackfin: a streamlined aviator inspired design from the Razor line by the Italian label

Model Fresno is a roomy, square men’s aviator style with the classic double bridge – clearly vintage inspired with a three-dimensional sculpted nosepiece. The colours lend a stylistic integrity to the look, with modern muted tones of gunmetal, army green/silver and brown/silver or combinations with a flash of brighter colour on the inner surface such as blue/red and black/blue. www.blackfin.eu

Suave and sophisticated: Adrian by Fleye Copenhagen

A traditional browline shape, the combination frame ‘Adrian’ at Fleye has a refined contemporary design – resulting from some very attractive advanced materials. Made from carbon wood and titanium, the colours of dark blue, dark red, dark wood or carbon pattern exemplify this Danish company’s capabilities in special and spectacular finishes. The tiny rivets add to the aesthetic of the construction as well as the robust, and durable quality of the frame. Find out more at https://fleye.dk

Sustainable, natural and award-winning: Rolf Spectacles’ Substance

The eco-friendly Substance collection by Rolf Spectacles has won the prestigious EUROPEAN GREEN AWARD Gold Trophy

With its consistent leaning toward sustainable design and 100% natural materials including wood, buffalo horn and stone since its creation in 2009, and a hugely endearing, intuitive ‘slow fashion’ philosophy built on time-honored handcrafting techniques and artisan design, Rolf Spectacles has quietly achieved numerous awards and accolades for its elegant, timeless frame design. Their most recent  – the EUROPEAN GREEN AWARD Gold Trophy, is perhaps the culmination of their journey in eyewear and how much they have achieved so far – in a landscape where questions over sustainable “authenticity” and transparency in fashion and eyewear have become increasingly relevant.

Sustainable eyewear by ROLF Spectacles – the substance collection is plant-based

Their winning entry – the Substance collection – launched in 2020 – is plant based and eco-friendly, produced locally in Austria in an environmentally respectful way from a raw material – beans from the Euphorbiaceae family – that regrow quickly and easily. Created with minimum waste 3D printing technology, these contemporary frames are also free from screws and other parts thanks to the brand’s signature Flexlock hinge. This technical detail – a feature in other collections by Rolf – ensures the frames have qualities of robustness, durability and easy maintenance as well as delivering on design. The hinge can also be printed at the same time as the frame using 3D printing technology, meaning Rolf can make its new glasses all in one go – keeping the number of external suppliers to a minimum. In addition to the high performance of the screwless and patent-pending Flexlock hinge, glasses wearers benefit from the flexible, natural, skin-friendly properties of the plant-based frame.

In powdered form, not only does the natural material of the Substance collection meet all technical requirements, it boasts impressive sustainability credentials – down to the last detail. The plants are grown in tropical climates without any kind of genetic engineering; they don’t compete with food crops; and they can grow very tall at speed.

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Details of the eco-friendly “bean” frames which have a soft finish that is very comfortable on the skin

The Rolf team told Eyestylist that they expect this collection to have increasing success in their local markets such as Austria, Germany and Switzerland, where consumers have a strong and increasing interest in and desire to buy sustainable products that are traceable and natural as well as produced locally in an environmentally friendly way.

The EUROPEAN GREEN AWARD (an initiative by the European Institute of Applied Sustainability) brings national and international recognition for special sustainable achievements of companies as well as individuals and honors – via an international jury of experts  – green products, projects, events, hotels, marketing and change makers who have done excellent work for sustainable development in Europe. Find out more about the award-winning Substance collection at www.rolf-spectacles.com This article was written by Clodagh Norton – all rights reserved.