Eyewear: Anne et Valentin
These Anne et Valentin frames lend a smart and elegant look to sartorially-inclined individuals like Paul Duffour, who we snapped on the streets of Paris. Paul works in commercial real estate and wanted something simple yet “colourful,” without going over the top. These round, tortoiseshell frames fit the bill. Though they have a traditionally round lens shape, we like the slimmer profile, which extends from the rims to the temples. A straighter nose bridge adds to the modern, streamlined look. Paired with his vest and suit combo, the look is updated “professional cool” at its finest.
Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
Eric is an architect in Paris and we spotted him wearing these Oliver Peoples “Riley” frames, known for their vintage look and touch of “Old Hollywood” glamour. This is one of the original frames in the Oliver Peoples catalogue, and it was inspired by 1960s fashion, mixed with a contemporary colour palette and clean aesthetic. The frames feature rounded contouring, pin detailing and a classic keyhole bridge. Need further proof of the Riley’s Hollywood connections? These glasses are a favourite of Steven Spielberg’s, and were worn by Justin Timberlake in the film, “Bad Teacher.”
We had been in contact with Laura Nicholson for over a year when our paths finally crossed in Paris. We were excited to photograph the creator of Larke Optics, which we first wrote about in November 2013. Laura’s pair of Larke Optics frames is similar to the “Olson” – an oversized acetate frame with chunky rims and distinctive brow-line. The frames stay true to brand’s signature aesthetic: simple, uncluttered style, with a focus on hand-craftsmanship and a hand-polished finish. We hope to be seeing a lot more of Laura – and Larke Optics in the years to come!
Eyewear: Stella McCartney
We snapped Azzurra in Paris wearing these dramatic cat-eye sunglasses from Stella McCartney. This “SM4053” model features an exaggerated shape, with oversized lenses and peaked brows. The cat-eye look is influenced by vintage styles from the 1950s and 60s, yet the exposed screws and metal detailing add a modern, fashion-forward look. These frames are made in Italy with acetate derived from natural sources, combining cellulose (which is renewable and biodegradable) with plasticizers derived from citric acid, a natural substance obtained through sugar fermentation. The eco-friendly process is in line with Stella McCartney’s brand philosophy, offering something that’s as stylish as it is responsible.
Eyewear: Eyevan 7285
We photographed Chika wearing these Eyevan 7285 glasses outside of Colette in Paris. These super round frames are entirely handmade in Japan, from initial design to manufacturing, and they were inspired by vintage clip-on sunglasses. This model is “Style 306” from Eyevan’s collection, and features a tortoiseshell print with “antique gold” detailing. The arms, meantime, are inspired by the ancient technique of “cloisonné” (a type of decorative enamelwork where pieces of metal are inlayed to form a pattern).
A lifelong glasses-wearer, Chika always looks for unique styles when picking out a pair of frames. These ones were more of a traditional shape, but she loved all the little details that made up the overall design.
Eyewear: Dzmitry Samal
Irina’s oversized scarf caught our attention at first, but it was her amazing Dzmitry Samal sunglasses that really drew us in. Inspired by computer graphics and 80s nostalgia, these frames feature a pixelated effect that harks back to games like Pac Man and Tetris. Handmade in France, these frames are made from acetate and then painted in a light brown colour, with matching brown lenses. The neutral colour-way helps to tone down the over-the-top silhouette, making these shades easier to wear than you’d think. The look is retro yet futuristic at the same time, sure to inspire lots of fashion flashbacks – and new lookers as well!