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New Attitudes: neutrals vs naturals

Gone are the days when neutral colours meant traditional hues, and may have lacked distinction or notable fashion assets. Nowadays, relaxed, flexible style guidelines enable a wide variety of colours to be classified as “neutral.” For spectacle wearers this is an opportunity to experiment with some delicious “new neutrals” to transform your autumn fashion aura – with stylish eloquence.

An exotic shape – in a splendid shade called Tea Camo (above) – distinguishes Innski, with its exaggerated round form by l.a. Eyeworks. Handcrafted in Italy, the acetate design claims its own distinctive, desirable eyewear personality! www.laeyeworks.com

Nucleus kelp by Karmoie
Nucleus kelp by Karmoie

Kirsten and Lars Iversen believe in positive contributions to society. For each Karmoie frame sold, the Norwegian based design duo donate a pair of corrective glasses to developing countries. Their graceful eyewear designs include Nucleus in kelp acetate with contrasting kelp/oak temples. www.karmoie.com

Lorna by SALT. Optics
Lorna by SALT. Optics

Nature’s natural beauty crystallises the inspiration for SALT. Optics designs by Californian David Rose. Lorna is from the latest collection that will be featured at SILMO next month. The refined contrast between the oyster frame, and inner temple colouration, enhance this elegant design. www.saltoptics.com

Georg model number T008
Georg model number T008

Crystal frames are a flashback to vintage and the newest interpretations are a striking unification of contemporary and retro. The Austrian label Neubau includes Georg model number T008, with sheer transparency and streamlined features. www.neubau-eyewear.com JG

 

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Styles, Rodriguez and Kritikos in Vera Wang

Vera Wang’s beautiful sunglasses collection pinpoints classical elegance, contemporary detailing and strong shapes that ensure exceptional desirability, and  – quite naturally – an excellent celebrity following. Cue Gemma Styles, Krystal Rodriguez, and Aimee Kritikos, influencers with edgy fashion credentials and the ability to mix street style and high-end fashion quite effortlessly.

Osa by Vera Wang
Osa by Vera Wang

In the group pictured, Styles (pictured left) wears Wang’s new model Osa, a design that combines the fashionista circular eye shape with a chic interpretation of the double bridge.

Hesse by Vera Wang
Hesse by Vera Wang

Friends Aimee Kritikos (above, centre) and Krystal Rodriguez (above, far right) wear Hesse, a strong, solid oversize black acetate flattop with discreet logo engraving and Lido, the dazzling new zyl cat eye style of the collection, bejewelled on front and sides.

Lido by Vera Wang
Lido by Vera Wang

World-renowned fashion designer Vera Wang is known for exquisite taste and a modern approach to feminine glamour and beauty. Her new eyewear releases, translated from the fashion collection, show an exciting twist on current trends and a taste for the dramatic with exotic flourishes of embellishment completing the picture. Find more details on the full collection including models Hesse, Lido and Osa at www.verawang.com / www.kenmarkoptical.com CN

Photo (top) by kind permission of Kenmark Optical

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Double bridge designs

Eyewear designs with a double bridge bring new interest and excitement to frames. Frequently linked to vintage, the latest interpretations  combine echoes of retro, with a thoroughly contemporary mood. There are stylish and smart sunglasses and optical designs from which to choose. Among our favourites is the dynamic Calabar (above) with blue lenses by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R in Rome – its dramatic shape is further enhanced with a stainless steel double-bridge and pince-nez for superb comfort. www.lgrworld.com

Yashi by Sven Götti - Götti Switzerland
Yashi by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

A swashbuckling aviator design by Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland highlights Yashi, in ultra- light titanium. The sleek frame also features Götti’s patented Spin & Stow folding technique for easy care and frame safety. www.gotti.ch

Style 9185 by Jono Hennessy
Style 9185 by Jono Hennessy

Reflecting on the 1970’s inspired this cool frame in tortoiseshell acetate by Jono Hennessy in Australia. The stainless steel double bridge and temple detailing provide an unexpected twist to the distinctive design. www.jonohennessy.com

Style JF2752 by JF Rey
Style JF2752 by JF Rey

JF Rey in France captures vintage and contemporary styling with JF2752 – a striking frame in pewter, featuring an expressive round shape and slit temples. www.jfrey.fr JG

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Die Brillenmesse Stuttgart

Porsche and Mercedes-Benz draw auto fans from around the world to the historical city of Stuttgart. Acclaimed botanical gardens and a rich cultural legacy are among numerous reasons to visit Germany’s sixth largest city. For eyewear enthusiasts, a visit to Die Brillenmesse – held at prestigious Motor World and chock-a-block with fabulous vintage autos – is postively another reason to be in Stuttgart on October 15th and 16th.

Die Brillenmesse enables visitors to view beautiful eyewear from international, independent labels. Award winning designer Adrian Marwitz will present his refined collection – crafted in titanium – that unites high tech implements with traditional spectacle production. The Loving Strangers collection includes streamlined designs for men and women. In the above photo – he wears Lover 9 in loving grey, and his companion wears Lover 7 in loving Bordeaux. www.adrianmarwitz.com

Lupita by Orgreen
Lupita by Orgreen

Danish state-of-the art craftsmanship is expressed in Orgreen’s innovative designs. Among the frames being presented in Stuttgart is Lupita – a striking shape in matt aqua titanium with sandblasted gold sides. Unique and chic! www.orgreenoptics.com

San Diego by Blackfin
San Diego by Blackfin

Italian artisan detailing is found in all Blackfin designs, and San Diego for men displays a distinctive personality with its large, angular lenses and bold double bridge. Super sophisticated in a sleek grey/black combo. www.blackfin.eu

Denali by You Mawo
Denali by You Mawo

The Denali frame by You Mawo derives its inspiration from the seven mountain summits. The North American Mountain was originally called Mount McKinley. However, last year, the name of the mountain was changed as a tribute to the original settlers – and now proudly called – Denali. The ultra light You Mawo frame that pays homage to this natural mountainous wonder is composed with polyamide and weighs only fourteen grams. You Mawo is an innovative German brand and one to watch. www.youmawo.com For more details on the Stuttgart show with the exciting roster of independent labels, visit www.diebrillenmesse.de JG

 

 

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Jeff Goldblum stars in Independence Day – and SALT.

Extraterrestrial technology and fantasy unite as Jeff Goldblum portrays the satellite engineer – David Levinson – in the sequel to the classic film Independence Day, originally released in 1996. In the 20th Century Fox production, Goldblum, reflecting a futuristic and commanding presence in his handsome specs – Mitch by SALT. Optics. – springs into action to save the planet from alien invaders.

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Extraterrestrial Adventures – 20th Century Fox

The sleek acetate frame in smokey grey features contemporary shaping with distinctive nose details. Handcrafted in Japan, the frame is constructed to exacting standards in luminous high quality acetate.

 

MITCH - by SALT. Optics featured in INDEPENDENCE DAY
MITCH – by SALT. Optics featured in INDEPENDENCE DAY

A distinguished frame for men – whether battling aliens – or other earthly adventures. www.saltoptics.com JG

Götti

Exceptional Eyewear in Zurich

Throughout history, memorable events have occurred during the month of October. It is the birth month of composers Verdi, and Liszt, and pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St. Helena, Eleanor Roosevelt was born during this month, and the first film “talkie” opened in New York in the 1920’s. For eyewear enthusiasts, October dates to remember for 2016 are Sunday and Monday – 2rd and 3rd October. This year’s Hall of Frames is particularly noteworthy as the event will be held in a new and spacious venue – Stage One Events and Convention Centre in Zurich. Conveniently located near the centre of Zurich, the setting features many amenities – and an inviting, welcoming atmosphere to showcase some of the most exclusive and exciting international eyewear labels.

Participants include Götti Switzerland who will present their elegant selections, including Titanium designs featuring the patented “Spin & Stow” collection – the unique way to easily fold frames, and then safely tuck in a bag or pocket. Sleek and refined is Tajo (above) in a beautiful panto shape. www.gotti.ch

Minor 205 by ROLF SPECTACLES
Minor 205 by ROLF SPECTACLES

Nature, forests, woods, and classic cars are inspirations for the ROLF team, creating their artisan frames in the beautiful surroundings of the Austrian Tyrol. The latest addition to the Excellence Collection is a frame with class and luxury – the Minor 205 in walnut and burl impressively crafted to emphasise the retro charm of the shape. The design is inspired by the classic car – The Morris Minor – which was built by the UK company Morris Motors in Britain from 1928 to 1934. www.rolf-spectacles.com

 

HAPTER - MO2M from The Icons Line
HAPTER – MO2M from The Icons Line

HAPTER in Italy will be in Zurich to present the TXT001 (Icons Line) plus an innovative concept that is to be launched this autumn. The Icons Line includes MO2M (above) a prescription frame in Clear Military Green with a handsome Steel Blue Bridge. A smart colour contrast is available in sunglasses with Steel Blue, and the bridge in clear Military Green. www.hapter.it

Taylor by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear
Taylor by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear

Claire Goldsmith has eyewear DNA in her veins, with a heritage that has forged remarkable and memorable designs worn by international clients and celebrities. Claire is creating her own eyewear identity and history with her superb collection of optical frames. Taylor is a chic combo in tortoiseshell and aqua acetate, highlighted with a gold nose piece www.clairegoldsmith.com

Linda by Neubau Eyewear
Linda by Neubau Eyewear

With its Austrian heritage and dedication to quality, Neubau beautifully – and proficiently – creates eyewear with impressive results. Linda is an exceptional frame in lightweight polymer in Psychedelic Tortoise, which resonates a stylish respect to the classic cat eye shape. www.neubau-eyewear.com Additional information on Hall of Frames Zurich at www.hallofframes.ch JG

 

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Victoria Beckham AW16

The British designer and style icon Victoria Beckham who has made her mark at the top of the competitive echelons of international fashion, brings a new line of versatile sunglasses and spectacles for AW16 – designed to fit into the everyday and yet luxurious in terms of craftsmanship and materials. An interesting mix of one-off shapes and colours, some brights but a predominance of classical naturals, dark amber and glossy greens, add to a line that has become known for its timelessly elegant silhouettes that fit perfectly into the VB wardrobe.

The uniting theme amongst the materials used in both the sun and optical ranges this season is texture. Creamy, marble-like surfaces, perforated leather brow bars, and acetate that mimics scales all feature, bringing a tonal and tactile complexity to the collection. Heavily influenced by the interior of the brand’s flagship Dover Street store and its colour palette, multiple layers of rich acetate are combined on fun styles such as the Layered Cat and Layered Kitten, creating vivid slices of contrasting colours.

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Interior: the Victoria Beckham store, Dover St, London

In response to the popularity of the mirrored lenses, the classic Supra Round style has been given a shot of shimmering colour with a selection of mirrors (by Zeiss) previously seen on the aviators – Desert Rose, Sky, and Dune amongst them.

Unlike many fashion brands, Beckham produces her own collection independently without any licensing agreement, taking control herself of overseeing the designs, and adhering to strict guidelines for quality production and cutting edge technology – producing exclusively in Italy. In a statement for Eyestylist.com, Beckham said:

“During the six years since we launched the eyewear collection, I think we’ve managed to create a very desirable and distinctive brand. In line with this growth, I felt that the natural next step was to bring the manufacturing process in house – working with a number of specialised local workshops in Italy. As of last spring, this move means we now have even more control over all aspects of the development process, and can source our own exclusive materials. Producing the collection in house also means we can take full advantage of the expertise of the studios we work with in the Valdobbiadene region – nurturing the artisanal techniques they use to make the glasses. For me it’s important to keep that connection to craftsmanship alive, and to have a truly handmade product. That’s what makes it special for me.”

Victoria Beckham, 36 Dover Street, London W1 www.victoriabeckham.com CN

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Celebrating 1985 JF Rey

1985 – François Mitterand is President of France; Margaret Thatcher is Britain’s Prime Minister; and in America, Ronald Reagan holds the title as President. There was economic prosperity, creative freedom, daring and crazy chic…not to mention legendary figures with amazing artistic creativity like Serge Gainsbourg, Karl Lagerfeld, David Bowie, Prince, Madonna and many more. “Anything was possible,” says Jean-François Rey of the Marseilles based company bearing his name, “and every eccentricity was allowed. Young people were free, with a certain lightness to their lives. Nightlife and the legendary Parisian clubs…electrified the creative world.”

KINO - 1985 - JF Rey
KINO – 1985 – JF Rey

To celebrate JF Rey’s thirty years of creativity, Rey and his wife Joëlle, Creative Director of the company, (top image) have reissued the most emblematic frames of the 1980’s, faithfully respecting the original designs. Taking risks and daring creative challenges, JF Rey developed into a global success story, with original designs that combine technical  innovation with artisan expertise.

KINO - New version with sophisticated vintage spirit
KINO – New version with sophisticated vintage spirit

The new releases include optical and sunglass designs that exude the vintage spirit of the 1980’s, perfectly balanced with touches of modernism. The retro codes of the frames are preserved, and then updated with current comfort and technical advances.

VIBRATION - double bridge detailing 1985 JF Rey
VIBRATION – double bridge detailing 1985 JF Rey

Congratulations from Eyestylist to JF Rey, Joëlle and the team on this momentous occasion! For more details on the exclusive 1985 Jean-François Rey Limited Edition collection, visit www.jfrey.fr JG

SUPERB - nostalgic 1980's by JF Rey
SUPER8 – nostalgic 1980’s by JF Rey

 

 

Twitt by Face à Face Paris

Summery sunnies

The joys of summer are celebrated in literature, prose and music. Eyewear designers take part too, with gorgeous sunglasses that reflect beauty and imagination. Whether on the beach, in the countryside or on city streets, brighten your wardrobe and spirits with spectacular sunglasses. Tropical tones of luscious, luminous turquoise acetate with a dab of sunshine yellow accent at the temples, ensure that Twitt (above) by Face à Face is a memorable summer statement. The exaggerated silhouette is glamorous, confident and alluring. www.faceaface-paris.com

Star by Karmoie
Star by Karmoie

Understated chic from Norway is expressed in Karmoie’s elegant design – Star. Streamlined features with contemporary shaping highlight the frame with its subtle two-tone colouration.www.karmoie.com

PJS Spitfire 031 Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid
PJS Spitfire 031 Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid

Free-spirited and timeless, PJS Spitfire 031 is a handsome design with Polarised anti-reflection lenses. The new Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid collection is handcrafted in Japan, and includes contemporary, stylish designs for men and women. www.coppeandsid.it

Janina by Ic! berlin
Janina by Ic! berlin

Ic! berlin’s latest collection is inspired by forces of nature – from the Arctic Ocean to the Mojave Desert. Colour contrasts combine in Janina – tofu stainless steel with mirrored lenses in bronze yellow dust. Click on www.ic-berlin.de for additional innovative sunglasses from the German brand. JG

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Style and flair: optical designs for women

The latest optical creations by international designers achieve a desirable harmony of classy shapes, unique colourations, and varied materials. Whether your preferences are for retro or super modern shapes, bright colours or subtle shades, there is great variety with welcoming appeal for every type of lifestyle: professional, sport life and casual wear.

Australian Colin Redmond is a former automobile designer, and when he sketched the Shear Scallop frames (Kaspi above from the collection), he said: “I really wanted to create something polar opposite to contemporary popular trends, something fun and fresh. I needed inspiration from somewhere unique, and used my two year-old son’s crayon scribbles, tracing over his ‘art’. To recognise his contribution, I named the frame after him – Kaspi – For Caspian.” Intriguing angles and curves highlight the interesting shape, and the colours are optimistic, confident and curious. Handcrafted in France. www.niloca.com

Fatima ic! berlin
Fatima ic! berlin

ic! berlin’s Crew Collection is a splendid assortment of designs reflecting the interests and passions of the company’s “crew” (employees). Fatima wears Fatima R – her optical choice in chic pewter. The ic! berlin sales rep loves music by Adele, boxing and confesses that her guilty pleasure is Tiramisu. See all the new shapes and colours from The Crew Collection at www.ic-berlin.de

Shaba by L.G.R
Shaba by L.G.R

Refined cat-eye shapes are a continuing favourite with women, and among the most enchanting is Shaba by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R. The elegant silhouette with its heightened cat-eye detail is chic and contemporary. Shaba and all L.G.R eyewear is masterfully handcrafted in Italy. www.lgrworld.com

Cosmo 19 by Benner Eyewear
Cosmo 19 by Benner Eyewear

German designer Daniel Benner enjoys combining aspects of vintage with modern touches. Cosmo 19 unites classic design with a difference – the panto lens is playfully updated with “open” parts for an airy shape. Temple detail is artfully expressed and duo-colours in black and red stainless steel are striking elements of this design.www.benner-eyewear.com

Orchidea
Orchidea

Contrasting colour combinations emphasise the beauty of Orchidea from the Flowers Collection by Res/Rei. Multi-colourations on the top part of the frame further enhance the handcrafted Italian design by Oliviero Zanon. More on the beautiful Flower Collection at www.resrei.com

V384 by Vera Wang
V384 by Vera Wang

Vera Wang’s impeccable taste and her modern approach to fashion translate effortlessly into her latest optical designs. V384 features a sensual, yet subtle cat-eye shape, and the colours are beautiful – shown in Midnight with mixed colour temples, and additional colours include Amethyst, black and brown. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

 

 

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Stunning styles for les petites faces

Finding the perfect frame fit – like the perfect shoe – needn’t be a challenge…if you know where to look! Eyewear creators enhance their collections with beautiful frames that compliment smaller faces – with original and creative designs; contemporary materials; and extraordinary colours. Among our favourite selections is Mlle+41 (above) –  an innovative design by theo in Belgium. The dramatic shape gives the appearance of a larger frame, but is scaled to fit and flatter smaller faces, and the distinctive finish is a mix of shiny and brushed acetate. www.theo.be

Blakey by l.a. Eyeworks
Blakey by l.a. Eyeworks

Bright and cheerful is Blakey in HD acetate by l.a. Eyeworks in a zingy colour christened Red Hen. The frame is created with a 44mm eye size – but radiates a big presence. The neatly tailored edges and end-tip details add to the luminosity of the design. www.laeyeworks.com

Tantot by Lafont Paris
Tantot by Lafont Paris

Shimmering turquoise acetate highlights Tantot by Lafont Paris. The uncluttered, contemporary shape is comfortable and lightweight, and an excellent silhouette for smaller faces. Check out more designs at www.lafont.com

D14 by Tom Stevens Stevens Eyewear
D14 by Tom Stevens Stevens Eyewear

Stainless steel and Polyamide unite in a 3D laser design – D14 – by Tom Stevens at Stevens Eyewear in The Netherlands. The sleek frame in a smart duo of navy blue and a matt grey trim is crafted in the Tom Stevens atelier, where traditional spectacle making combines with the latest technology. www.stevenseyewear.com

PMO35 by J.F. Rey
PMO35 by J.F. Rey

This glamorous frame – PMO35 by J.F. Rey – is especially adapted for women with small faces. Animal print acetate is teamed with a stainless steel brow trim in gold and bronze, and an echo of Art Deco. Feminine and chic! www.jfrey.fr JG

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Trendwatch: moving forward…

No longer are there one or two key sunglass trends in a season. This year, the choice in shapes, dimensions and colour combinations by independent designers extends down a very creative path. The much loved classic round designs have been joined by squares, octagons, multi-sided lenses and slightly rarer triangular eye shapes, as illustrated in Smoke & Mirrors Sodapop sunglasses (5) where a small modified triangle is superimposed on a pearlescent white “main” frame. www.smokexmirrors.com

Hybrid designs – two shapes in one – are also a good example of what’s new and trending.

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Peter & May Walk – S#32 – Cloud Cuckoo Land

The innovative French label Peter & May Walk have created some wonderful catwalk designs with this concept in mind – model Cloud Cuckoo Land is a favourite with its round outer eye shape in a two-tone colour display and cute, flirtatious cat eye lens within. More details at : www.peterandmaywalk.com

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Fakoshima 08/02/06 – multicolour with crystal

Fakoshima, the conceptual Russian brand best known for its eye-popping sunglasses, has launched Struktur, a Bauhaus inspired collection of optical frames with sharp lines, subdued colours, and an architectural approach to the shapes and their defining details. Style 08/02/06 mixes the form of a cat eye with a flat top: it’s a gutsy design that converts the more feminine upswept shaping into a design that provides a unique statement for both men and women. www.fakoshima.com CN