eyewear: Dzmitry Samal
notes: We couldn’t help but notice Evgenia’s super colorful and geometric Dzmitry Samal shades when we took in the Carven show at the Grand Palais in Paris. Calling to mind Lego blocks and computer graphics, these sunglasses unite technology and fashion in a bold and memorable way.
Born in Belarus but now based in France, Samal began his career as a car designer. His love for design soon manifested itself in a collection of glasses that combine both retro and futuristic influences. Handmade in France, these exaggerated square frames are molded from acetate, then painted a vibrant yellow. The look is architecturally aggressive, yet soft and playful at the same time. Paired with her sweater and plaid shirt combo, Evgenia’s quite literally got the geek-chic look down!
We have our paws up and tongues out for New Zealand designer Karen Walker‘s new sunglasses collection for spring/summer 2015.
This season, Karen Walker’s bold acetate sunglasses were modeled by Instagram celebrity Toast the Dog (with the very funny human parent @thefatjewish). Toast rocks some amazing two-tone frames, while showing other top models a thing or two about hitting a signature pose (hers would be with her tongue out, of course). The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was a perfect fit for the campaign, Walker explains. “We were after a model for this campaign who could fit with our caramel-y color palette and also someone whose hair would work with our three wind machines hitting her from every angle to create a slightly ’70s vibe,” says Walker. “Toast ticked every one of those boxes.”
The fun frames have a color palette that has us craving summer weather. Here are the styles from the new collection, photographed by Tom Schirmacher, that have our tails wagging.
notes: We photographed Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed in these Illesteva sunglasses during Paris Fashion Week last fall (The New York Times photographed him the same day for a feature in their Sunday Styles section). For Imran, who was born in Canada but has lived in South Africa, Australia and, most recently, the UK, his choice of eyewear reflects his love for design as much as his diverse travels. These Illesteva frames hit the mark on both counts.
Dubbed the “Leonard,” these rounded frames are a signature silhouette for Illesteva, and combine a retro-inspired shape with a cosmopolitan flair. Designed in New York and handmade in Italy, the acetate frames are luxurious yet casual and urban at the same time. We love the “matte tortoise” colorway, that almost looks like animal print. The matte finish tones down the look, making the sunglasses an easy pair to wear every day. The frames are finished off with a classic keyhole bridge, slightly wider temples and metal rivet detailing at the corners. Smart and fun, they’re the perfect pair for Imran, no matter what he’s wearing, or where he’s headed to next.
eyewear: Thierry Lasry
notes: Katerina is from Moscow and has a big collection of sunglasses. Her current faves: these Thierry Lasry Peroxxxy shades in a “Vintage Mozaik” motif. Handmade in France, these frames are made from vintage deadstock acetates that, when pieced together, form a rare and vibrant pattern. The solid black temples are a surprisingly subtle twist to the otherwise bold look. The “Peroxxxy” style features a wider, curvier shape, with thick nose bridge and a slight cat eye. It’s one to add to Katerina’s collection – or any of our eyewear collections for that matter!
notes: Jordan wanted a pair of sunglasses with a “classic shape,” yet different from the typical brands you see every day. Enter these “Teddy Boy” shades from UK-based Spitfire. Part of Spitfire’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection, these round frames are given a contemporary twist with narrow arms and exposed metal hinges. Green lenses complete the classic-yet-different look. Made from two different finishes of acetete (shiny in the front and smooth matte on the sides), these sunglasses also feature a wider, curved nose bridge and double rivet detailing on the temples. Think Jordan found the right pair for what he wanted?