We’re getting ready to attend Silmo – Mondial de l’Optique in Paris next week, which is the queen of all optical fairs, the most important event on the trade calendar where designers from luxury label to independent across the globe (and with out-of-this-world innovations every year, maybe even in the galaxy!) gather to strut their stuff.
There is always so much to see (pardon the pun) and everything is such a spectacle (oops, I did it again), and it’s always worth the 10-hour days traipsing down aisles, lanes and alleys, catching up with old friends, making new business partners for our stores The Lens Men and The Eye Site, and I always leave wishing I could take home with me most of the eyewear I’ve fallen in love with. You can definitely expect a full daily report on our home base eyeglasses.about.com, as well as on-the-go updates via Facebook and Twitter, so watch tune in to these spaces regularly and often.
In the meantime, because we couldn’t wait, we did some scouting and here’s what we’re thrilled to look out for:
Everybody do the Bellinger Bounce! Image © Bellinger
Leave it to the design-driven Danes to create their own acetate from cotton, acetone and alcohol, so that beautiful blends of color can be swirled and layered to produce these gorgeous plastic frames. Bellinger likens the process to that of old-fashioned candy-making – and that’s how you get eye candy.
Frost’s Burlesque (left) and Lolita (right) sunglasses embody the theatrical elegance the brand is known for. Image © Frost
What’s cool about Frost, a German brand, is that designer Marion Frost teases classical shapes with casual interpretations that add theatrical elegance to her bold pieces. She likens it to eyewear you’ve always wanted, but never knew existed.
There are two sides to every story on the Ginga. Image © Francis Klein
Francis Klein always puts on their best show on home ground – after all, their designs are conceived in the arrondissement that was the heart of the Belle Epoque. With different details on both sides of the same front, we’re reminded that style is multi-faceted, and should explore various aspects of our individual personalities.
Light + stainless steel + outsized x Bernhard Wilheim = Rosi. Image © Mykita
Mykita also has duality on their minds, as the boys from Berlin continue their collaboration with Bernhard Wilheim to introduce Rosi, described as a “schizophrenic sight” where one side represents au naturel and the other, “excessive make-up”.
Simplicity, minimalism and good design are the core of Jacob Kilsgaard and Henrik Bonnelycke’s philosophy. Image © Kilsgaard Eyewear
And finally, these aluminum-acetate combos from Kilsgaard Eyewear will lighten up the upcoming fall and winter seasons and make spirits bright through the shorter days and longer nights.
Oh boy. Where do we start? How about our guides to choosing frames for oval-shaped faces and square-shaped faces? While we never advocate limiting eyewear choices, this might just help you focus in on some choices instead of going crazy!