Eyewear: Yohji Yamamoto
We spotted Cristina in Paris, wearing these amazing architectural sunglasses from Yohji Yamamoto’s spring/summer 2015 collection. Hand-crafted from pure acetate, these frames feature a unique, pentagonal-like shape, with built-in nose pads and a double, metallic bridge. We love the interplay between the starkness of the black frame, and the metallic silver arch. Monochrome lenses extend the Yamamoto signature: minimalist yet avant-garde.
Kerin Rose Gold is the creative mind behind the New York-based eyewear line, A-Morir. With years of design experience behind her – Kerin’s worked regularly with everyone from Lady Gaga to Johnny Weir – Kerin’s now applying her signature rock-and-roll aesthetic to eyewear.
We spotted Kerin in these serious cat-eye frames from her luxurious A-Morir collection, made from premium Italian Mazzucchelli acetate by artisans in Turkey. These bold, dramatic frames draw inspiration from music and haute couture fashion, and wouldn’t look out of place in an editorial photoshoot or on-stage. The frames are entirely constructed by hand and finished with custom Swarovski crystals. Kerin told us she likes glasses that have an unique design aesthetic. Says the orange-haired designer: “I look for glasses that sparkle!”
Eyewear: Garrett Leight
We snapped Noe at a Garrett Leight party in Paris wearing the brand’s popular “Wilson” frame. This vintage-inspired look features a stainless steel metal frame and rounded lenses, with authentic windsor rims and contrast gold detailing. Noe chose a pair in matte black, with “matte, spotted tortoise” arms. It’s a delicate, lightweight silhouette that’s great for guys (or gals) with smaller face shapes or a longer face profile. “It wears the face,” is how Noe described this pair, which perfectly compliments not only Noe’s facial structure, but his cuffed shirt and shorts combo too.
Eyewear: Warby Parker
Photographer Phil Oh is used to shooting stylish subjects through his blog, Street Peeper, but we turned the lenses on him in Paris to check out his Warby Parker glasses. Phil has been wearing these “Beckett” frames for years, and they’ve become a calling card of sorts for him, along with his black camera slung over his shoulders or around his neck.
Bookish yet casual, they are Warby Parker’s take on the classic square shape, and feature a wide profile along with temple arms that taper at the ends. Though this frame is available in a number of prints and colours, Phil chose the “Jet Black Matte” because he wanted something simpler. “I wear so much colour in my outfits and I don’t like to clash,” he says. “I rarely wear anything black so these glasses work great.”
Yellow glasses are hard to pull off, but Christoph makes it look easy, in these vintage frames purchased from Ottica Degani in Milan. The eyewear store was founded in 1945 and is known for their selection of vintage frames. Christoph bought these rounded frames from the store’s 80-year-old shopkeeper. She sold Christoph these glasses telling him they made him look like Johnny Depp!
Eyewear: Theo Eyewear
We spotted fellow eyewear lover Jeroen first when we visited Antwerp and ran into him again in Paris. He’s one half of Belgian eyewear site Eyeful and we photographed him wearing vintage Theo frames, from the Belgian-company’s 1989 collaboration with Conrad David Bolssens, an Antwerp fashion designer. (Rumour has it, Theo made these frames specifically for Conrad’s fashion school graduation collection, after he contacted the brand for ideas).
Jeroen found this frame in the basement of the Theo headquarters, during a visit many years ago. Due to his smaller pupillary distance (PD), Jeroen is usually quite picky when it comes to finding frames that fit his eyes. These ones fit perfectly. The unique pattern helps too, with a combination of black and brown layering and gold dots on the sides. Truly a one-of-a-kind pair!