KBL eyewear inspirations

Influential and progressive designs permeate the latest collection at KBL Eyewear with timeless elegance, graceful silhouettes, and trendy layering. The designs for men and women highlight the frames – crafted in Japan  – in beautiful quality materials, and subtle, sophisticated colourations. Echoing modernity and detailing, the newest collection campaign was photographed at the Philharmonie de Paris – the innovative concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel. The unique basket weave design of the building reflects the KBL concept – eyewear with originality and flair. Eiffel – the sleek sun style (top image worn by the male model) unites titanium and acetate in a contemporary shape, with slender temples. Champs-Elysées (on the woman) is luxuriously enhanced with layered acetate on titanium.

The Lancaster (left) and The Grant by KBL Eyewear

Optical designs by KBL flourish with minimalist concepts in titanium and stylish spirit. The Lancaster (above left) is a full titanium frame with a double bridge – both discreet and distinctive. The Grant (above right) also in titanium – sports a Windsor rim, in the tradition of fine heritage eyewear. Discover the entire KBL collection 6th-9th October at SILMO Paris! JG

Photos: Elisa Teichtmeister; Styling: Pur Styl – Jasmin Teichtmeister; Photographed at Philharmonie de Paris

Designer Domiciles: Claire Goldsmith London UK

Eyestylist.com begins an engaging new series today – Designer Domiciles – which will feature delightful conversations with international creators about where they reside, and their passion and enchantment for their neighbourhood and region. And what a great way to kick-off this series than with Claire Goldsmith – Director Oliver Goldsmith – London! 

City where you were born: I’m a proud Londoner born and bred.

If you could live elsewhere…it would be: I would have to say, somewhere with better weather! Somewhere warmer! The weather is literally the only thing I would change about London if I could. If only it could be 9 months of summer and 3 months of winter. So I think I might want to live in New Zealand as the climate there is just about perfect for me.

What intrigues you most about London: I love London for its layers that have come about through hundreds of years of history. I love the idea that 200-400 years ago the streets I walk everyday were so different. I love the grime and the “secret London” that lies behind the frontage. London is a fascinating city with an incredible history wherever you go in it.

A fascinating London street you love: So…a little known fact – London has some amazing hidden alleyways often housing some of the most traditional and lovely little drinking establishments. These tiny old pubs literally transport you back in time. If you are lucky enough to stumble across one of these alleyways, you will never forget it. Here are a couple not to miss if you come here: – Newman Passage, Fitzrovia – is one of my favourites!  – Bull Inn Court, Covent Garden – Lamb’s Conduit Passage, Holborn – Ely Court, Farringdon – Wine Office Court, City of London – Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden.

Newman Passage Fitzrovia London

Your favourite London restaurant – and why? There are so many good restaurants it’s almost impossible to choose one! But I would have to say if I have to choose just one, it would be The River Cafe – a West London classic where you can sit outside on the river. It has a super casual vibe to it, but it’s a Michelin star restaurant. It’s so relaxed and comfortable and always without fail, you eat phenomenal food. It’s a total favourite.

Another city that holds a fascination for you…and why: I think I would have to say Tokyo. I went a couple of times for work but never for pleasure. I would really love to spend some time there just exploring it a bit more. That goes for cities in Japan generally.

Music that inspires you: I used to listen to albums of artists I liked. Now I listen to music I like. Spotify has changed the way we listen to music. I tend to play Spotify playlists on radio and listen to music I would not normally listen to, or even know about. As  result I now like quite a broad spectrum of music. Spotify has opened up my music tastes a lot!

A book that influenced you: The Handmaid’s Tale – a story of a future I hope to never see. I studied it at A-Level (18) and never forgot it. And have just finished watching the TV adaptation of it and it was incredible! Dare I say it – possibly even better than the book itself. When does that ever happen…

The River Cafe – West London – “A total favourite – phenomenal food!”

Your personal style – describe in three items: Trainers. Black tapered trousers. Coats.

The most photogenic location in London: London is photogenic. It’s hard to take a bad picture of her!

Three objects that mean the most to you: The watch my dad gave me on my 21st birthday, but sadly never quite got to give it to me himself. The bracelet my grandmother left to me that I always loved, because she literally never took it off in all the time I knew her. My “Grisly box” where I keep the teeth that have fallen out of my kid’s mouths, because I am a gross mum who loves their grisly little milk teeth!

Who really inspires you: Usually it’s other women running businesses and managing their families effectively!

Claire will be presenting the new collection of Oliver Goldsmith and Claire Goldsmith at SILMO Paris in October. www.olivergoldsmith.com JG

SILMO celebrates!

Eyewear creatives owe much to the international trade fair, SILMO, which takes place every year in Paris. Founded in the Jura, the traditional spectacle-making region of France, today the French show has grown into an international platform for designers and creators in eyewear, with fairs in Sydney, Istanbul and (shortly) Bangkok as well as Paris where the fair also boasts a strong alliance with the fashion industry via Premiere Classe, the Parisian fashion accessories fair.

Taking place in early October, the 50th edition of SILMO promises a large selection of exhibitors as well as celebrations, special events and what promises to be a memorable SILMO d’Or awards ceremony. As the climate of expansion in the independent sector continues, a significant number of newcomers are listed as exhibiting. They include Komorebi (Belgium), Stealer (Korea) and optician, Joseph Haver (Israel) who launches a brilliant eponymous sunglasses edition (image: above, new campaign by Joseph Haver).

Ørgreen Optics: a mood of innovation

Independent eyewear leaders returning to the annual event include: Ørgreen Optics. The Danish brand will showcase seven bold, yet elegant male and female titanium styles – photographed in a campaign by Philip Messmann. The shapes range from round vintage looking styles to contemporary square college inspired silhouettes. The colour combinations include timeless black, varying shades of brown, and stylish tones of blue and red.

Expect to find further impressive innovations at the Ørgreen stand this year – visit www.orgreenoptics.com and http://www.eyestylist.com/2017/04/orgreen-optics-20-years-tribute-future/ for additional information and our 2017 interview with Henrik Ørgreen.

Audrey (1963) in black plum from OG Sunglasses

Claire Goldsmith (UK) brings the iconic OG Sunglasses collection with new colour proposals and new lens details. “The Introduction of 2-base lenses into the Icons collection is giving some of these classics a completely fresh look. Combined with some luscious new acetate from Mazzuchelli some OG icons got a facelift!” Also showing is the new CG Optical Collection. www.olivergoldsmith.com / www.clairegoldsmith.com

Transparent trends: Vera Wang V507 – produced by Kenmark

US eyewear producers Kenmark return annually to Paris with their designer eyewear collections, Vera Wang and Zac Posen. Vera Wang’s fashionista sunglasses line will be available to view with the new ophthalmics, designed with superb references to directional trends and bold shapes in captivating acetate colours. www.kenmarkeyewear.com

Rigards: Sterling Silver Collection

Designer Ti Kwa of Rigards always delivers innovation and expertise in his exceptional artisan eyewear: the Sterling Silver Collection will be one of the highlights at the Rigards stand at SILMO, an expression of precise, luxurious design that is rare, exotic and always surprising. View more details about Rigards at www.rigards.com

SILMO Paris 2017 takes place from 6th to 9th October at Paris Nord Villepinte. For more information visit: www.silmoparis.com Further Previews will be available on Eyestylist in the coming weeks. CN

Eye-catching discoveries in Zurich!

Visitors to the autumn edition of Hall of Frames Zurich have the opportunity to explore new, expressive and exciting visual horizons. The two-day event – 15th and 16th October – will showcase independent designers and brands, with exceptional collections of beautiful frames. (Top image: Dante-S by Götti Switzerland)

Reunion by L.G.R

Among the designers exhibiting are Götti Switzerland, Adrian Marwitz; Blackfin: Face à Face Paris; Miamai Eyewear; Neubau Eyewear; L.G.R; Didier Voirol; Johann von Coisern, Orgreen, and more! Over fifty brands will introduce their latest styles in a new, remarkable and architecturally impressive location.

Umwelt Arena in Spreitenbach (UMWELTARENA/Alesandro Della Bella)

The Umweltarena (Environmental Centre) in Spreitenbach – less than thirty minutes from central Zurich, is a fascinating ecological centre – an ideal location when sustainability has become a global challenge. The optics sector is aware of the need to care for resources, and increasingly, frames are being crafted in sustainable materials.

Manu in Glorious Gold by Neubau Eyewear

In addition to fabulous frames, visitors are invited to participate in the “Think Tank” sessions, given by experienced professionals, and include short talks on topics relevant to optician’s needs and interests.

Visalia 68 by Entourage of 7

Save the dates! 15th and 16th October – and discover innovative eyewear that exudes style and statement design, plus enjoy visiting the fascinating, dynamic Umweltarena ecological centre.

Yummi by Face à Face Paris in vibrant red

www.hallofframes.ch www.umweltarena.ch JG Entourage of 7 image: Marc Gysin Photography www.marcgysin.com Model: Tina Thommen by www.aqua-models.com Jewellery: Bucherer Lucerne

Seeoo Monaleon: tradition and technology

Striking new creations with design inspiration infused with the contemporary, technical excellence of IC! Berlin, will be presented at SILMO Paris in October. Experience and capture the imagination of individualistic and passionate frame wearers with minimalistic styling; durability; comfort; and special characteristics. The beauty of durable, stainless steel – in which the frames are crafted – is further enhanced with a patented, screwless spring hinge. Top image: Left Mona sun; right Leon sun

Luxurious crafting in teak and rose gold

Family history plays an important role in the creation of SEEOO. Gerald Lasnik, founder and CEO, discovered hidden treasures in his Austrian grandfather’s attic, including a pair of reading glasses. Lasnik was so delighted with this vintage find, he wanted to bring this eyewear back to life…with a modern, reinterpretation of a distinctly unique – and legendary classic.

Left: Mona optical: Right: Leon optical by SEEOO MONALEON

The result is SEEOO MONALEON – a progressive and harmonising concept – complimented by traditional and evocative styling. Expressed with modern flair and avant-garde high tech innovation, the collaboration with Ic! Berlin and the sleek SEEOO MONALEON designs will be treasured by many creative and enthusiastic eyewear consumers. www.seeoo.at JG 

Eyewear individuality for back to school

School checklist: backpack; pens and pencils; notebooks and binders; and most importantly – eyewear with punch and personality! From tiny tots to teenagers, this season’s selections abound with appealing frames in sturdy materials, beautiful colours and streamlined shapes, ideal for little faces. Ophus (above) by LINDBERG is crafted in hypoallergenic titanium that is lightweight, strong and flexible, with superb fit and comfort. www.lindberg.com

Merci by LAFONT Paris

Sophisticated colourations highlight Merci by Lafont Paris. The charming butterfly shape is ideal for young girls from 4-7 years old, and the frame features Lafont’s exclusive spring hinge. www.lafont.com

Lord by OG Mini Icons

Summer holidays may be over, but Indian Summer weekends can be a delightful time for outdoor adventures – and strong sunshine. Protect vulnerable eyes with chic sun specs from Olivier Goldsmith Mini Icons. Lord was originally created for Michael Caine; the Mini Lord is a faithful replica for children in Fresh Mint. www.oliviergoldsmith.com

Papillon by JF Rey Kid & Teens

Children respond positively to colour, and will find Papillon by JF Rey an enchanting design with its melange of different acetates in rich hues. A delightful detail is the little butterfly that is inserted in the temples. www.jfrey.fr

The Mungarutal Jr by Original Penguin Junior

Trendy, hip styling is the hallmark of The Mungarutal Jr by Original Penguin Junior. A retro mood is embraced with the round shape in crystal acetate.http://www.kenmarkeyewear.com

Aloha by Lafont Paris

Lafont Paris has just launched their first sunglasses for youngsters – fun styles infused with Lafont’s long history of quality, fit, superb colours and shapes in frames for children. Aloha shown in vivd red – autumn’s hottest colour – is also available in Ocean Blue and Tortoiseshell. www.lafont.com JG

Eyewear accessories: fashion & function

Creative eyewear accessories – chains, cases and cleaning cloths – bring flair, as well as practical care, to looking after your glasses. Striking chains are the raison être  at Frame Chain in London. Designers Annie and Vanessa create stunning chains that are trendy, supremely stylish, and crafted in beautiful materials. Drop Pearl (above) features a brass chain plated with 24 Caret gold, and is hand strung with luscious fresh water pearls…the tiny jewel a must-have this autumn. When not in use for eyewear, the chain is a chic necklace. www.framechain.co.uk

“Night Office” lens cloth by Kirk & Kirk

Lens cloths have come into their own with stylish, intriguing designs to clean your glasses. “Night Office” by Kirk & Kirk portrays an artistic ambience in vivid colours. www.kirkandkirk.com

BR5 by Mona Moore in Vintage beads

A teenage adventure trip to London was inspiration for Austrian designer Mona Moore, when she discovered “a shop that was a little wonderland, with all kinds of beautiful beads in rare, unusual colours. I wanted to take everything with me. The beads are great quality, as they never lost colour over all these years.” Style BR5 unites pink and crystal beads in various sizes. Explore more at www.monamoore.at

SALT. Optics celebrates the sea in their eyewear cloth

Nature and the preservation of the planet is the core of SALT. Optics philosophy. Their new cleaning cloths reflect this with beautiful renditions of nature’s beauty and bounty. The sea scene is featured here – discover additional images highlighting nature from the California brand at www.saltoptics.com

Limited Edition eyeglass cases by Kirk & Kirk

Colour is always a special highlight at Kirk & Kirk with unique impact in their eyewear designs. The same principle applies to their sleek eyeglass cases – Limited Edition designs in powerful colourations – and easy to find in a tote or computer bag. www.kirkandkirk.com

l.a. Eyeworks signature cloth by Huntley Muir

In l.a. Eyeworks signature series of artist-designed cleaning cloths, visual innovators – artists, illustrators, graphic designers – are commissioned to explore the cleaning cloth as a space for art- making. The latest design is from London-based artist duo Huntley Muir (Su Huntley and Donna Muir) who experiment across an impressive spectrum of mediums. Their groundbreaking and deeply influential style depicts an ecstatic world of fleeting fragments from the urban landscape, free-wheeling wordplay, radical shifts in scale, and a visual wit laced with anarchy. www.laeyeworks.com JG

Future combinations: eyewear styling

Pairings in eyewear are increasingly complex and, for future seasons, colourful and bright. For the wearer, the mix of colours or materials should flatter and enhance features without overpowering the face – it’s an art of harmony and balance, where the interplay of texture and colour can be subtle and harmonious, or bold and striking.

JF Rey – the French design house – is creative in combination work and their Destruct line clearly illustrates the opportunity to play both with colour, material and volume on the frame. The concept focuses on the cutting of the acetate to uncover the metal below the surface. “The metal unfolds and redraws the aesthetics of the frame, creating a new graphic balance,” explains the designer. Find out more at www.jfrey.fr

Model Viggo – a smart men’s design by Face à Face  – combines classic colours of tortoise and bright blue, in a popular mix that is easy on many complexions. In the photo, the frame is fitted with the newly released Transitions lenses, Style Colours, in their bright blue tone – Sapphire – personalising the colour combinations of the design, and enhancing the points in blue on the bridge and temple when at their most intense tone in the sun. A stunning combination! www.faceaface-paris.com / www.stylecolours.co.uk

Floral inspired: Magnolia by RES/REI

Colour combinations at the innovative Italian artisan design label RES/REI are often inspired by nature. Magnolia, from the Flowers Collection, is an example of the label’s  new custom designed acetates which feature a geometric use of three different colours on the front face – a magical re-interpretation of the petals of exotic flowers. www.resrei.com CN

Trends: Crystal clear (now and into Autumn)

While crystal colorations often get more attention in the warmer months in the sunglasses lines, next season, the transparent effect will linger on as a mood for the winter months. Some of the transparent frames have a tinge of pink or grey, while others offer an edgy see-through effect that can look very modern, even if the crystal tone first appeared decades ago.

The shapes of the crystal frames vary enormously with classic and unconventional proposals coexisting. Berenford, from Switzerland, has a nice square interpretation with a 1960s reference – Francoise (Absinthe) in their L’Avventura Edition – is made from vintage Mazzucchelli acetate. The frame is inspired by style icon Francoise Hardy, the French singer, and is fitted with Zeiss sun lenses for excellent UV protection. www.berenford.com

Kiani by SALT. Optics

SALT. Optics often features crystal with a very chic polished finish. For next season, their Kiani frame combines a shape with retro details such as a key hole bridge and a very clean, transparent acetate material with a gentle hint of grey. www.saltoptics.com

 

Arthur Arbesser for Silhouette

The lightweight simplicity of the Arbesser sunglasses, a collaboration with Silhouette Eyewear, is further enhanced in the crystal version, teamed with gold temples. The beautifully shaped lightweight frame and circular lens – pictured here in a graduated green – are the perfect finishing touch for the luxury looks in the new season collections. Find more sun styles at www.silhouette.com CN

 

Celebrate sunnies!

Summertime is at its peak – a sunny occasion for rest, relaxation, fun and fashion! Make the most of summer escapades with sunglasses that combine tradition and trends, with a dash of adventure and spirit. Negus (above) is crafted in Italy in sanded metal alloy with mineral glass lenses from L.G.R’s splendid sun collection. View the beautiful sun selections for men and women by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at www.lgrworld.com

Black Moon by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Star light…star bright…for Anna-Karin Karlsson glamour enriches all seasons. Black Moon in luxurious acetate sparkles with Swarovski star-shaped crystals in a dramatic cat-eye – the definitive summer eye shape. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

RG0091 – RIGARDS Sterling Silver Collection Photography: @iammikeallen for @1010optics

The latest collection from RIGARDS by Ti Kwa highlights the exquisite beauty  of fine sterling silver. The Sterling Silver collection – including RG0091 (above) is available with custom finishing options – polished; textured; matte; oxidized; or a unique chiselled surface…all lovingly handcrafted. www.rigards.com

Justin from The Sunglass Collection by Kirk & Kirk

Kirk & Kirk’s Sunglass Collection is handmade in France in lightweight – yet extremely durable acrylic; a Kirk & Kirk speciality. Justin – worn in the above photo by actor and model Martin Mednikarov – is a chic blend of contemporary styling and elegant, natural Earth colouration. www.kirkandkirk.com

Bocca Joy 1 by Face à Face Paris

The Bocca Collection by Face à Face Paris is such fun and so cheerful! Bocca Joy 1 is all that – plus. Emerald green acetate meets long, curvy legs in textured colours for a distinctive summer signature. www.faceaface-paris.comJG

neubau in Berlin with Hien Le

neubau eyewear from Austria has teamed up again with Hien Le, as part of the designer’s S/S 2018 catwalk show in Berlin. The sunglass models, scheduled for release in Autumn, include the new Eugen, Ruben, Carla and Fabio, which seamlessly blend with the designer’s mens’ and womenswear looks on the runway.

Stylish and eco-friendly, neubau sunglasses are made from the plant based material “natural PX”,  and boast an acetate look, while being very light and resistant. The material is very pleasant to wear, and the variety of surface finishes are interesting and unique, with matt effects – which are particularly on trend – and ‘linear’ textures coming into the range for Autumn.

Hien Le’s S/S 2018 collection is a homage to dance in general and explores specific synergies between bodies and materials that compliment and support each other in seemingly fragile movements. The classic silhouettes and pleats in fabrics such as light silks, cottons and linen are reminiscent of dance costumes. Nuances of greige, rosé, sky-blue and accents of saffron yellow mirror the subtlety of the body movements. For more details: www.neubau-eyewear.comwww.hien-le.com / CN

SALT. + North Sails = sailing style

Sailors and yachting enthusiasts particularly embrace this time of year when they can be on the water. SALT. Optics and North Sails  – the American lifestyle brand – have established an exciting collaboration that makes life on the water even more exhilarating – and safer. North Sails founder – Lowell North is an accomplished sailor – winning a Gold Medal in the 1968 Olympics, plus Gold Medals in the Sailing World Championships, so he understands the need for performance and safety on the sea.

The Lowell by SALT. + North Sails

SALT. Optics are eyewear specialists committed to technology, craftsmanship and exceptional performance – complimented by a love of Nature’s natural beauty. Aesthetics; lenses that adapt to water; secure, long-lasing fit; and durability highlight the frames. Sleek minimalist styling is resplendent in the designs –  the Lowell and the VMG. Mazzucchelli acetate highlights the Lowell, and Japanese Titanium silhouettes the VMG.

SALT. + North Sails – and exciting collaboration Photo © Ricardo Pinto

The lenses on both designs spotlight contrast lenses that are best for water; a hydrophobic lens coating; and an inner flash-mirror coating. Ships ahoy! www.saltoptics.com www.northsails.com JG