Friday, 12 June 2015

Between the folds

Sometimes the beauty of eyewear is elevated by an unusual angle, like with these foldable Van Buren by GLCO.
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Monday, 25 May 2015


Here is great testament to what it actually takes to break a pair of handmade sunglasses. I like the fact OAMC actually show how they EVENTUALLY break.

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Red Hot Right Now!

Alfred Kerbs is one of those brands who like to share their inspiration, not just the one behind the product itself but also what inspires the look, I am talking beyond the moodboards and down to the very essence of what makes each one of us unique; genes, and specifically the one that gives 0.6% of the population their unique aesthetic beauty. Red hot hair.

Avant-garde for an eyewear brand is also their advertising campaign. Shot like a fashion editorial, where not all models are wearing sunglasses. More of these, please!

photo ed van der elsken

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Ourhouse of Termite

I blame it on my gannet-like curiosity, I am intrigued by what lead to a compelling design and I appreciate it more when I take a peak behind the curtain. Termite's colour palette this season was so strong I had to know what had influenced it.

The designers looked at Max Bill' geometric paintings and the Bauhaus for inspiration, when designing their latest collection, “OURHOUSE”. Another strong influence came from the sculptor John Chamberlain who worked a mix of texture from compressed metals and plastics.

Like with the best designers the inspiration isn't obvious, you appreciate how it's been transformed, into something contemporary and new.

Termite's code has always been a balance between the ‘industrialised’ and the warm and tactile; mixed materials, metal bolts and hinges with birch wood, so looking at Modernism just made this collection even stronger.

The collection combined tinted crystal acetates as well as marble for an eclectic feel, showing a confident sense of colour and pattern combinations.

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Friday, 6 March 2015

Wind Trace Forgotten

Gentle Monster define their collections as luxury experiments, rich in narrative. The dark hart of this Korean brand's 2015 collection, called 'Wind Trace Forgotten', talks of lost memories, nature's cycle of death and rebirth and forgotten pirate flag motifs.

The hand-embroidery applied to each shield of "Black Bart" and "Black Sam" is inspired by the 17th Century's Golden Age of Piracy and the practice of collecting ensigns as a lucky charm.

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Monday, 16 February 2015


I am into new materials and craft these days, one I came across some time ago is Bois2. Made with recycled wood and acetate, the wood powder comes from timber factories and the frames are completely recyclable.

The inclusions in the material create beautiful patterns and they remind me of these Botanica creations by Formafantasma.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Graceful Marble

I am addicted to Nowness. Every morning when I switch on my computer I have to watch a new video. You can see famous architects and artists showing you around the intimacy of their homes, Marina Abramović on getting old...and marble quarries (of course!).

This particular video, shows a quarry boss as he guides his men through the extraction process, using a silent language of gesture and sign. He can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.

I see similarities with Mykita / Damir Doma's marble collection, the tension between light and incredibly heavy; these beautiful patterns look like they should way a ton!

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Personal Handwriting

Finding a totally new approach to eyewear design is rare, yet I was not surprised to find it in a Japanese designer; Tokyo's Masahiro Maruyama does just that, with essential simplicity. He creates beautiful incomplete forms, based on the outline of his hand sketches. I bow.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Retirement Renaissance

This year Selfridges decided to turn their "Bright Young Things" project on its head and showcase "Bright Old Things" instead. The idea was to do away with an outdated idea of age and present 14 men and women who followed a new vocation in later life.

Selfridges collaborated with illustrator and photographer Todd Selby to show and illustrated creative in they'r space. One of them is Robert Roope of Black Eyewear; a former optician, now designer.

Photo - Todd Selby

Robert sees "timeless style in eyewear as styling that embraces the fundamental structures of the face; it is styling that creates resonance and harmony with our face structure . It can be elusive, but we recognise it when we see it. It fits somehow; it belongs to the long history of the face."

Illustration - Todd Selby

Black Eyewear

We see career paths skewed towards the young, fashion brands are poised on celebrating youth yet Celine's recent advertising campaign has possibly made us realise that no one now young will look as cool as 80 year old writer Joan Didion. Old age is cool!

I know who is inspiring my future old age style, who inspires yours?

photo - The Sartorialist

photo - The Sartorialist

gallerist Rossana Orlandi

photo - The Sartorialist

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Surrealist Fashion - Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin -Vogue Paris May 1970

If you are in London and you are into fashion photography, then there is an exhibition you must see. Guy Bourdin: Image maker; from Man Ray’s protégé to artist in his own right, the exhibition covers 40 years of his career.

Bourdin's work took the basic function of the fashion photograph -to sell clothing, beauty and accessories- and made it into something rich and strange, he did this by establishing the idea that the product is secondary to the image.

What I like about his approach is that he preferred to shoot lesser products, like make-up and accessories (the fringes of fashion), to turn this into something rich and strange, he even managed to add hitchcockian suspense to his Charles Jourdan adverts.

Hurry, exhibition ends on the 15th of March!

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