Thursday, 11 September 2014

Do you loose your sunglasses all the time?

Whenever I tell someone they should invest in a good pair of quality sunglasses I get the same reply "what's the point? I'll end up loosing them anyway...". My opinion is that the market is awash with terrible, cheap sunglasses so people don't look after them and leave them everywhere; they can just buy another pair for a tenner anyway. But I treasure my vintage frames so much (obsessively?) I don't think I ever lost a pair.

So when I saw Pop-Eye's sunglasses I thought, "why do I take myself and my sunglasses so seriously...the solution is to just wear cardboard ones" ;-)

Pop-Eye

Pop-Eye

Pop-Eye

Pop-Eye

Pop-Eye


PopEye are not the only cardboard frames, Papp Up (I know, both brands must have been thinking popcorn, pop art, Popeye when looking for a name...) also do some in a really nifty construction.

I know my friends will ask "what happens when it reins?"



Papp Up 

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Modern Silhouettes

When Silhouette launched the avant-garde Futura in 1974 the impact was huge. There hadn't been anything like it before, they looked like the future had arrived...but the frames where made in (the very traditional material) acetate, so the innovation was in the look, and a very strong one at that! But not the technology.




Fast forward 40 years and today's Futura re-design still makes a strong aesthetic statement but this time materials and craft have caught up with the changes in technology; the frames are made of SPX+, a lightweight, super flexible polyamide...I wonder if they will under my snowboard helmet?




At the same time of writing this post I was musing over Noa Raviv's 3D printed dresses and thought they have so much in common with the Futura, and that's not just the aesthetic. Technology plays a big part in the beauty of both designs.









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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Workshops in kitchens and cow sheds

Piave is a historic company in North East Italy (and one I designed for a long time ago when I lived in Italy). The company started producing eyewear in the 50s in the small town town of Segusino. At the time a lot of the manufacturing happened inside peoples homes; kitchens and cow sheds were converted into workshops to accomodate for the frames handmade production. This is what outsourcing meant at the time.

In the 70s Piave embraced new technology and started making cellulose propionate injection frames, this allowed for beautifully hand-painted or stencilled patterns and decor. The temples have a metal core so they can still be adjusted to fit, comfortably, pretty much anyone.

Sadly Piave no longer exists as a company but luckily a fare amount of the old archive has been salvaged. Find out more at Modern Vintage London, a project very near and dear to me.

80s vintage Piave


80s vintage Piave


80s vintage Piave

80s vintage Piave

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Goodbye Summer...

I have been meaning to post Antonio Lopez' illustrations al Summer but then time went so quickly and now it's almost the end of it. So here is to balmy afternoons, shorts, wide 70s sunglasses, sorbets and bicycle rides...

illustration by Antonio Lopez

sunglasses by Marni



These are my favourite Piave light tinted vintage sunglasses from my latest project, Modern Vintage.

original vintage Piave sunglasses

original vintage Piave sunglasses

original vintage Piave sunglasses

original vintage Piave sunglasses





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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Eyes on Film

still from Hors d'oeuvre 



Check out Monica Menez's highly erotic (and ironic) fashion sorts. I like the vintage glasses. Watch them all here.


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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Rudie Boys and Girls at Somerset House

If you think that fashion is an attitude and you haven't been yet you can't miss "Return of the Rudeboy". Somerset House's latest exhibition exploring the style, swagger and significance of the 21st century Rudeboy. Created by Photographer and Film maker Dean Chalkley and Creative Director Harris Elliott, the depiction reveals a collective of sharply dressed individuals whom embody the essence of this important and rarely documented subculture. This is a journey through it's aesthetic codes, music, sartorial strut and history from it's early days to the 21st Century.

"Originating from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1950s, Rudeboy or Rudie came to represent the young rebels who wore distinctively sharp sartorial styles such as Mohair suits, thin ties and round or squared-out sunglasses.  The style was closely connected to the music movements of the time; their initial inspiration derived from American Jazz and R&B musicians as well as some notorious gangsters.  As is prevalent in the Rudeboy culture, the origins were appropriated and then twisted. The Rudeboy has travelled through time since then and evolved; in the 1980s, Two-Tone brought it right back into the frame.  Today’s young men and women have adopted the swagger and adapted the essence of the original Rudeboy, but for a 21st century generation."

You will find portraits of top travelling tailors Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh, from creative collective Art Comes First, DJ Don Letts and even Bob Marley, pretty much unrecognisable as a Rudie (see if you can spot him ;-)






















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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Late, Modern and Censored

Maria Vittoria Backhaus - Fotoromanzootto - Roma 1963


I just got an email about LateAndModern Gallery about their latest project. The body of work focuses on a number of "unexpected" photographs, from the 60s to the 90s, by some of Italy's major fashion photographers; Maria Vittoria Backhaus, Alfa Castaldi (husband of the late Anna Piaggi), Gian Paolo Barbieri, Giovanni Gastel and others.
The images represent the authors personal feelings, his cultural roots and sensitivity, focusing on photography rather than fashion or style. Furthermore these selected works have, for some reason, been censored or refused by publishers.

My favourite works are Alfa Castaldi's Cubism portfolio; his research on a possible photo-cubist technique.

http://www.lateandmodern.com/


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Monday, 30 June 2014

Peackocks in a digital jungle

What makes London unique is the space given to young talent's experimentation in a city famed for its history and tradition of mens fashion. The push and pull between young and heritage is what gives this city it's energy.

As always fashion shows are a platform for street-styling and this year's Collection:Men showed how comfortable men are in being fashionable. Suits where more a choice than a necessity and there was definitively a sense of belonging to a tribe of very elegant people.

Men turned their finely tailored back to sensible and practical dressing and migrated back to the suit, but what strikes me was the individuality, I was expecting a regiment of East London hipsters in utility jackets and lavish facial hair instead there where Rudeboys, 21st century zen minimalists and men in (shiny red!) finely cut suits. A far cry from the type of man I see on the morning commute at Clapham Junction station but I hope men across London will start following fashion a bit more and add a touch of individuality to their office look, the easiest way is through accessories, maybe a slightly off centre pair of socks (my friends at Oybo do a fine job at that), a pair of well designed and crafted eyewear or even jewelery.

One of Collection:Men's shiny stars is A Sauvage and a couple of weeks ago Eyerespect, who you may remember from my recent post on their collaboration with Top Man, invited me to the latest London Collection:Men exhibition and to see the sunglasses they made for the A Sauvage show.

Adrien Sauvage showed a mix of photorealistic digital jungle prints. African-inspired collage and vintage postage stamps prints by Matthew Craven, bomber jackets, T-shirts and skinny suits. All with a strong pair of acetate sunglasses to complete the look.



























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