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Cutler and Gross Spring/Summer 2015 Collection Takes Inspiration from Sgt Pepper

We’ve just arrived home after an amazing few days at SLIMO – the annual eyewear trade show in Paris for exhibitors and enthusiasts alike. While we saw a number of cool, forward-thinking brands at the show, few kept our attention like Cutler and Gross. Their new collection for spring/summer 2015 was so consistent in its concept, styling and execution that we couldn’t wait to share some images with you.

For spring, Cutler and Gross took inspiration from its British roots – specifically, the cast of characters from the Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover, by British artist Peter Blake. The metal and acetate frames in the collection play off a 60s motif, that combine the unflappable, laidback cool of Bob Dylan with the sophistication of Marlene Dietrich. With geometric shapes, sharp lines and playful details, the new frames are as colourful and diverse as the characters on the album cover themselves.

Cutler and Gross - 1162

Cutler and Gross – 1162

We love the “1162,” which elevates the cat-eye shape with luxury metal detailing and contrasting colour combinations. This “Northern Lights” colourway features a translucent acetate that gives off a novel take on traditional black and white. The black corners perfectly accent and frame the eyes. These glasses are primed to be a show stopper with bold, graphic lines, and a sultry, feline-esque aesthetic.

Cutler and Gross - 1136

Cutler and Gross – 1136

A modern take on the classic 1960s round shape, the “1136″ frame (a.k.a. the “Eclipse”) is vibrant, sexy and original. The Eclipse is created from the finest Italian acetate and framed with a precision milled metal halo. This “Angel Pearl” colourway is fitted with 18ct Rose Gold Lenses. The look is romantic and delicate, yet confident and assured.

Cutler and Gross - 1170

Cutler and Gross – 1170

For men, we like the subtlety of the new “1170″ model, inspired by Oscar Wilde. Lightweight with a slim profile, there’s a calm poetic essence to these frames, which are especially captivating in this “Persian Blue” colourway. It’s a more interesting and advanced take on traditional tortoiseshell, while retaining its wearability. The look is smart and savvy, with modern, artistic influences.

Cutler and Gross - 1166

Cutler and Gross – 1166

Guys looking for a slightly more adventurous style will appreciate the sporty yet sophisticated vibe of the “1166.” The flat-top frame is given a makeover with a slightly curved brow-line and Wayfarer-style lenses. We like this “Aviator Blue” shade, which is a fresh take on a neutral colour. It’s perfect if you’re looking for an alternative to brown or black, without going over the top.

Cutler and Gross - 1155

Cutler and Gross – 1155

Our last favourite pair: the “1155,” which ups the ante with octagonal-shaped lenses that call to mind 1960s psychedelic glamour and a revolutionary spirit (not to mention John Lennon’s signature specs). Made from high-quality metal, the frames feature polarized mirrored lenses and engraved markings. Don’t let the unusual shape fool you – this could be a popular unisex style for spring, working as a new classic that channels the ease of black sunglasses with a cool, retro-inspired design.

To see all the styles in the Cutler and Gross Spring/Summer 2015 collection, visit CutlerandGross.com.

Lisa Loeb Celebrates “Stay” With New Collection of Glasses

If we had to name some of our eyewear icons, Lisa Loeb would certainly make the list. Known for her offbeat yet self-assured brand of cool, Loeb won us over more than two decades ago with her catchy songs and indelible lyrics that were at once melancholic and whimsical. The same feeling applied to her personal style: a little different, slightly playful and always topped off with a great pair of glasses.

Perhaps her most celebrated song was “Stay (I Missed You).” Released as part of the Reality Bites soundtrack, the song’s video memorably featured Loeb in a New York City apartment, wearing a simple dress and, famously, a pair of cat-eye specs. Now, 20 years after “Stay” hit #1 on the Billboard charts, Loeb is releasing a new collection of glasses inspired by those very frames that she wore in the video.

Lisa Loeb Eyewear - "Stay" in Tortoise

Lisa Loeb Eyewear – “Stay” in Tortoise

While the original frames were vintage, the new collection (part of her Lisa Loeb Eyewear Line) is made from high-quality plastic with crystal clear lenses. A slight cat-eye and thick temples accent the almond-shaped frames. The frames are available in three colors, including a traditional tortoise (above) that’s reminiscent of the pair she wore. The “Cobalt” color, meantime, features black and blue brushstrokes, while the “Black/Tortoise” colourway features a polished, matte black exterior with tortoiseshell undertones. The glasses are available now and retail for $182.

Lisa Loeb Eyewear - "Stay" in Cobalt

Lisa Loeb Eyewear – “Stay” in Cobalt

Lisa Loeb Eyewear - "Stay" in Black/Tortoise

Lisa Loeb Eyewear – “Stay” in Black/Tortoise

As for the song that made her famous – and inspired these glasses: Loeb says she will never get tired of hearing it on the radio, or playing it for fans. “As a music fan, I love seeing my favourite musicians play the songs that I know them for,” she says, “and I think ‘Stay’ is one of those songs for me as a musician – one that people connect to.”

“It reminds me of the time period in which I wrote it when I was starting out in NYC after playing music all through college,” she continues. “It reminds me of how the success of the song has taken me all over the world and enabled me to continue to be creative and make music and do other projects, as well as reinforcing my appreciation of where I started and where I’m going. I have so much freedom, thanks to the success of that song.”

For more information about Lisa and the new “Stay” collection, visit LisaLoebEyewear.com. And, for old times sake, here’s the video that started it all…