Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Mykita&Moncler's new video release

As I am now counting the days before I board the flight that will take me back to my beloved Alps for Christmas (I know, there are still many days ahead!) I am starting to savor early morning rises, big hi-cal breakfasts, freezing cold wind battering the cue to the lifts and then...looking down at immaculate slopes you take the plunge! From city streets to mountain peaks...


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Sunday, 28 October 2012

For your eyes only...Mylon by Mykita

artwork by Eyespectacle
When I think about Mykita & Moncler's colaboration the first thing that springs to mind is Roger Moore on skis flying down mountain slopes chased by the villains, James Bond in perfect Cold War style!

For the past 60 years Moncler is been in the business of defining the look of performance-wear from the mountain-top all the way back home to the city, like Moncler, Mykita has done the same by combining technological innovation and craftsmanship. Whilst in Paris at the eyewear fair this month, I had the opportunity to find out a little bit more about Mykita's Mylon eyewear, this is based on the technology they have been working on for a few years now, which is also the material used for the Moncler sunglasses. This process is called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) or more commonly known as 3D printing and the material used is polyamide, which is also used to make nylon stockings, you can find out more about how SLS works over here or here.

Though 3D printing may not be something that most people are familiar with it is in fact taking the worlds of fashion and design by storm! Thanks to technology, whether it's social media or manufacturing, we are witnessing radical changes in the way we experience the things we wear as well as the way these things are made. The shift is now from standard, mass-produced products (and eyewear) to personalisation, with people designing and making (printing) their own stuff.
Though it may take a few years before we'll be able press a button and a few minutes later a pair of sunglasses is printed in our own living room, we are already changing the way we look at 3D printed objects; that typical grainy texture and the solid colours generally associated to 3D printed objects are becoming aesthetically more pleasing, we realize their beauty lies in the fact that we have been involved in the process of making them and that there is a personal connection with these objects.

Though we may not have been involved in the manufacturing of Mylon eyewear (maybe this is the next step for Mykita?) we appreciate that these frames can be individually adjusted to fit our head, but the most appealing thing about Mylon is that it represents the future, one in which we will wear something truly unique, designed and made personally for each one of us.

This is how it all starts: the raw material...

photo by Eyespectacle
Halfway through the process
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And here is the final result, with all the components

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Monday, 22 October 2012

My lazy weekend...

I had the weekend to myself, so I went to Tique Booty in Brixton as I knew they just "found" a whole lot of vintage Vogue and I couldn't wait to get my mitts on them! Here they are, stack upon stack of 80's fashion inspiration...eyeshadow and blush, cigarette ads (seems like a million years since these where banned from magazines!), Ladi Di, pink corduroi blazers (ok, this was my mum's 80's look), very young Andie MacDowell and Stephanie Seymour, the smell (+hazy imagery) of Anaïs Anaïs and L'Air du Temp perfumes...


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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Berlin dreaming

artwork by Eyespectacle
This is my friend Rein, in knitwear by me and frames by Kuboraum, a new eyewear brand "dreamed in Berlin and handmade in Italy". Kuboraum means cubic(kubo)room(raum) and is strongly influenced by architecture and art, like many of the (highly conceptual) creations that come from Berlin these days.

The thing I like about Kuboraum is that it's not for the faint of heart, the shapes are geometric, chunky and faceted...perfect if your features are minute and you have lots of personality, just like Rein!

Here are some more pictures from the new Kuboraum range I saw in Paris at the beginning of the month...

photo by Eyespectacle


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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Colour blocking the sun...Anne et Valentin

collage by Eyespectacle - Frames by Anne et Valentin
Anne et Valentin have been playing with form (geometric!) and colour (bold! my favorite...) for over fifteen years and the collection I saw at SILMO, the Parisian eyewear fair, a couple of weeks back was true testament to what they stand for: frames for the confident!

This year the fair was free of big multinationals and their endless portfolio of licenses. Instead the smaller, more interesting, independent brands (the ones I like to write about on Eyespectacle!) were prominent. SILMO reached out to all those that support true personality and style. Standing for leaders in design and fashion, and not the sheep, Anne et Valentin are true veterans of this aesthetic and I can see how they have inspired, throughout the years, many designers present.

I loved the frames as well as the graphic backdrop of the display which reminds me of those ruled notepads I used at at school for my geometry class, or Tron...how 80's!!!


photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle


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Friday, 12 October 2012

Very feminine...no seriously!

Sometimes we take ourselves and life very seriously, quite rightly so! I have started watching the news in the morning, over breakfast (why?!? you may ask...) and trust me there isn't much in the box to inspire a cheerful beginning of the day! So I have started looking for things that put a smile on my face, like a 10 minutes break from the seriousness of life, here are my top 5...smile!



sketch by Eyespectacle - Super Kawaii eyes
Meadham Kirchoff
Celine SS13

Jeremy Scott

picture by Eyespectacle - Frame Face à Face

picture by Eyespectacle - Frame Face à Face





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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Remembering "A face is like a work of art. It deserves a great frame"

When my love for eyewear started in 1996 with my first job in this industry l.a. Eyeworks was one of the most eccentric and inspiring brands a young designer like me looked at for inspiration, this meant lots of "ooooh", "wow" and "bellissimi!" wheneve I came across any of their frames, then they had this amazing advertising campaign were famous (and a little more obscure, to me at least) celebrities were photographed by Greg Gorman in their frames, way before this practice became mainstream, now of course this is all about what people wear on the street. So, last week, whilst at the eyewear fair in Paris I met with Brent Zerger from l.a.Eyeworks who posed for my camera and also showed me these (very tactile!) embossed metal frames, they were inspired by The Flying Wallendas, a 1940's circus act famous for performing on a highwire without a safety net. This reminded me how some things, even without any apparent connection, can inspire some great designs, but do you want to know what is even nicer? fantasizing about these curious connections ;-)

picture by Eyespectacle - The Flying Wallendas frames by l.a.Eyeworks

The Flying Wallendas



picture by Eyespectacle - Brent from l.a.Eyeworks








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Sunday, 7 October 2012

In conversation with...Anna-Karin Karlsson


I met up with Anna-Karin on Friday at Paris's biggest eyewear fair, SILMO. Having met her previously a few months back, in Milan, I couldn't stop wondring what her new creations wold look like, during the Eurostar journey from London to Paris! For the very few (I am sure!) of you who don't already know her, Anna-Karin Karlsson  is the soul and creative force behind the gorgeous sunglasses designed under her own name. Living in Sweden, she composes music occasionally adding her own vocals. Her love for eyewear turned professional when she got a job for one of the most renowned opticians in London, immediately after her degree in acting and art.

When you meet Anna-Karin you do really appreciate how much she is in-tune with her work as well as with the person she is talking to. Looking you in the eye and paying the utmost attention, she is soulful and free spirited, this and her love of music and art can clearly been seen in her work. Here is what inspires her:

Eyespectacle: - I know you have a past in stage acting and music, as well as gracing people's faces with wonderful eyewear, how much has that influenced your designs? 
Anna-Karin Karlsson: - Art in all forms is the foundation of my being and  what I chose to do with my creativity will always have its own point of view, may it be a sunglass or may it be a painting.

E: -Your designs are like a breath of glamorous air in the world of frames, something not quite like anything we have seen before. When you first got involved with eyewear you worked for an optician in Bond Street, on bespoke projects based on traditional craft, how has this influence your work? Was it easy to breack the mould and create something as new as your designs?
AKK: - I'm very much in tune with the traditional skills and ways and I feel safe to experiment with the new. I don't find many things in life difficult, you just have to see your life as the one constant love affair with the beautiful.

E: - Tell us about your music, do you sing?AKK: - I've been in bands since like forever as a singer and song writer and now I'm writing film music when possible.

E: - If you could soundtrack your work what would that be?AKK: - Gnossienne 1




E: - What do you listen to when you are looking for inspiration?  
AKK: - All from UK underground to classical, last year I listened to alot of Lana Del Rey she is an exceptional writer.

As a designer I always try to imagine the kind of "person" that will be wearing your creations, how this "person" will wear them, how they move, their voice, etc. However what sets Anna-Karin apart from many a designer is that she is also very good at giving that "person" a surrounding; the sound, the weather, the light, in short: her place in the world. Trust me it's an enchanting one!

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle, jewellery worn by Anna-Karin and her team!

photo by Eyespectacle, jewellery (and silver glitter nails!) worn by Anna-Karin and her team!



 
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