We couldn’t help but notice Evgenia’s super colorful and geometric VAVA shades when we took in the Carven show at the Grand Palais in Paris. Calling to mind Lego blocks and computer graphics, these “WL002” sunglasses unite technology and fashion in a bold and memorable way.
These exaggerated square frames are molded from Mazzucchelli bioPlastic cellulose acetate, that is 100% recyclable. Aluminum hinges make them super lightweight. The vibrant yellow color adds an attention-grabbing touch. 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 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
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!
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?
Eyewear: Garrett Leight
We photographed Eddie at the opening of the Maison Kitsuné store in Paris, where he was sporting these vintage-inspired “Wilson” frames from Garrett Leight. The frames are a contemporary take on the classic “Windsor” design – named after the town in England where this round, wire-rimmed style was first popularized. The iconic look has been seen on everyone from Ernest Hemingway to John Lennon.
Garrett Leight’s version is made from a stainless steel metal frame, with acetate temples and gold-engraved metal arms and bridge. We love the unique combination of tortoiseshell, with a “bourbon tortoise” on the front, and a “matte spotted tortoise” on the sides. It’s an antique design that still feel relevant and wearable today.
Michal Lojewski is a Parisian designer whose work focuses on the interplay between black and white. It was only fitting then, that he bought these off-white “Johann” frames from Mykita. Michal liked the shape of these super round frames, which are inspired by the circular specs from the 1930s. Made from a thin yet durable stainless steel, they look equally as good – and fashion forward – in 2015. A wide, key-hole bridge, and Mykita’s signature hinges complete the look. (Also note how perfectly the bridge and nose pads rest on Michal’s nose)
You’ll see a lot of clear or translucent frames in the marketplace, but you don’t see this plaster-like shade too often. It’s not as stark as a pair of crisp white frames, but not as crazy as you’d think either. Paired with his hooded trench and sneakers, Michal makes these glasses look smart and mischievous at the same time.
We spotted Paper Magazine Editorial Director (and The Spectacled alum) Mickey Boardman in these bright blue Burberry frames after the Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week. Made from acetate, these frames were originally sunglasses, before Mickey popped in his prescription lenses. The unisex frames feature a classic square-shaped silhouette, with the Burberry logo printed on the temples. But it’s the metallic blue hue which make these specs stand out, perfectly framing Mickey’s blue eyes. The eyewear fan told us he gravitates toward bigger glasses because they make a bold statement. In his words, “Smaller glasses are wimpy.”
Eyewear: Eyevan 7285
EYEVAN 7285 is a Japanese-based company originally known for producing dust protective glasses. Founded in 1911 as the Yamamoto Optical Lens Manufacturing Co., they launched their first, original eyewear collection in 1972. We spotted Benjamin in Paris, wearing EYEVAN’s 305 style. This style is based off the classic P3 shape with rounded lenses and a moderate, arched bridge. Made from acetate, the fine details include a nose pad made in the same colour as the frame, and a spoon-shaped temple-end. A single metal pin connects the front of the frame with the temples – a design element first introduced by EYEVAN in 1985.
Seen on Benjamin in a black and gold colourway, the frames are at once youthful and intelligent. Adds Benjamin: “I like the way these frames look hot against my skin!”