10th May 2015Aroun Ducroux, Parisian founder of Lotho, the boutique luxury eyewear label, has created a new company, L&G Eyewear, with a new brand launch for the UK market. Glints is based in London and designed as a direct to customer brand, available exclusively to buy online. Designed by Coco Tsuji, the 16 acetate optical styles are made in Japan, have a strong style statement and a choice of colours and well crafted designs with appeal for a young, fashion-driven crowd. Pictured above: Coco Tsuji wearing Lotho spectacles (www.lotho.fr).
Coco Tsuji told Eyestylist: “Glints is a young dynamic eyewear brand, multicultural, passionate, offbeat and original. We want this new concept to appeal to a mixed audience in the UK, those who appreciate vintage shapes and a nice twist on colours and details, and the story of the making. We also look forward to getting to know the customer directly.”
Glints’ debut collection will be available in the UK by June 2015 and will be retailed online and through a showroom space in Soho, managed by an optician. For a retail price of £135, customers will receive a handmade Japanese frame complete with lenses by Hoya. The website will also offer home try-on for those who want to try out different shapes before committing. For more details pre-launch, sign up for news at www.glints.londonPhotography by Eyestylist.com CN
Lucia Pasin launched her stunning new collection in Milan – frames that are colourful and inspiring. Luxurious flowers blossom on cellulose acetate – an ecological raw material – with creative textures, powerful shapes, and fresh characteristics. Rose Flowers+Geometry Veruschka highlights care for details, and Pasin’s intuitive understanding for designs that are elegant, feminine and strong. “My frames are indeed for a woman who knows the pleasure of ornament,” says the Italian designer. More details at www.lupastudio.itJG
The acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is a source of inspiration for Spectacle Eyeworks in Canada. Frida (above) comes with five different colours of Brow pieces, originally inspired by Kahlo’s quote: “Nothing is absolute, everything changes, everything moves, everything revolutionizes…” Frida represents agility and change with the varied colour “brow pieces.” www.spec-eyeworks.comJG
The German designer has launched his latest collection featuring streamlined, sleek frames in sophisticated colours. “The idea was to design a simple frame with a modern shape, and very high quality,” says Marwitz, “sometimes it is enough to make a good frame with less details.” The new Cazual range in fine titanium is clean and classical, and available in deep purple (above) olive green, pewter grey and rich chocolate. www.adrianmarwitz.comJG
1st April 2015 A special chapter in French fashion history is highlighted with the intuitive creations of Jeanne Lanvin, now on display in the Palais Galliera. Curated in close collaboration with Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Maison Lanvin, the exhibition honours the oldest French fashion house still in business. In 1889, the twenty-two year old designer Jeanne Lanvin opened her first shop in Paris, and launched her long career that demonstrated her artistry in materials, embroidery, topstitches, twists, spirols, and cut-outs – all the virtuosity of the couturière’s craft. For the period, Jeanne Lanvin was very entrepreneurial, opening shops in Deauville, Cannes, Biarritz, and Le Touquet, as well as abroad in Barcelona and Buenos-Aires.
Her voracious curiosity inspired her to create unusual fabrics, patterns and exclusive colours. Her favourite colour – blue – was inspired by the intense blue in frescoes by Fra Angelico, and marvelous shades of blue were always magnificently presented in her collections (top photo). Her lifelong muse was her daughter Marguerite, who was born in 1897. Mme Lanvin’s dresses flattered the female form, and often she mixed fabrics – silk crêpe with silk tulle, or silk velvet with silvered metal sequin embroidery – with stunning results. She loved embroidery and beads, and used generous amounts in her designs.
When Jeanne Lanvin introduced her perfume Arpège – from the musical term arpeggio – the name was a tribute to the pianistic skills of her daughter, and for Marguerite’s 30th birthday, Jeanne dedicated her legendary perfume to her beloved daughter.
Jeanne Lanvin is the first Paris exhibition devoted to this discreet, visionary designer, and features more than one-hundred models from the amazing collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage. Alber Elbaz said: “I think we have managed to create an exhibition around the dream of fashion. What I am hoping for is to hear people say ‘I love Jeanne Lanvin'”. Through 23 August 2015. www.palaisgalliera.paris.frJG