Mysterious and pragmatic
Words Alessandra Albarello
An enigmatic look is glimpsed through lenses in unusual colours such as red and yellow. Glasses that reflect a different point of view and immediately convey our personality. Strong and creative. But also optimistic...
There is something enigmatic about wearing glasses with coloured lenses, especially red and yellow ones. It is a choice that reflects the personality of the wearer and the perspective from which they decide to observe reality (Immanuel Kant docet), and which also has a powerful impact on the people they interact with. Glasses, which often hide the eyes, in this case enhance them, illuminate them, transform them, thus creating a paradox. Especially when the choices become bold, like those of painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who for years has been wearing glasses with coloured lenses – mostly yellow – paired with his famously eccentric pyjamas.
But when these lenses are combined with black frames, the contrasting effect is even more enigmatic and intriguing. As is the case with the model by Tom Ford (in the opening photo), which features a thick acetate frame almost sculpted to the face – a bold reinterpretation of the aviator shape – and large red lenses revealing the eyes. Amplifying our perception of the world around us, drawing all the energy from it through one of our most important senses and using a filter that immediately reveals us to others: this is what the Dunhill DU0033S glasses offer. Their square shape with the historic brand’s iconic details and the metal-core temples are combined with yellow lenses. A more muted yellow characterises the lenses of Gucci’s 1950s-inspired GG1365S frame, which is small but has balanced proportions and clean lines, while Thierry Lasry’s Autocracy frame plays with a more prominent front thickness and red lenses. With this acetate model, the cult French brand graphically emphasises the eyes, circumscribing them within the distinct perimeter of the rims and making them the absolute protagonist of the face. The same goes for Victimy, also by Thierry Lasry, which features a rectangular shape and a futuristic retro-look. The interpretation of colours and how they affect behaviour and moods has been the subject of some serious studies. One need only think of the in-depth analyses of the substance, composition and influence of colours carried out by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Rudolf Steiner... Not to mention the fact that colour therapy, applied to different fields, is still a topical subject – colour and light being indispensable elements in ensuring our quality of life.
As indispensable as the glasses by Delarge – a Spanish brand founded during the pandemic with the creative flair of designer, stylist and influencer Blanca Miró and Olivia Alvarez – have become for many VIP. The “Geometric Twist” collection stems from their reflections on art, fashion, design and architecture, in the exploration of the links that exist between different and complementary worlds and of the value of heritage that continually emerges in all contemporary forms of expression. It is a limited edition collection, sustainably produced in a small family workshop in Greece, with great attention to detail and a passion for quality. And the choice to create perfect harmony between geometry and colour is certainly no coincidence. At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, Blanca and Olivia wanted to convey a message of joy, positivity and optimism by proposing simple, reassuring shapes, but combining them with bright colours to create a striking contrast. Just like the Unoval model, with its round rims and red lenses, and Zontal, available in black acetate with yellow lenses. Because, as Blanca Miró stated in an interview: “The secret of a successful outfit lies in the accessories”. Especially when you choose glasses that allow you to immediately immerse yourself in different emotional and meteorological realities (even the sky is magically transformed...), thus also stimulating your creativity. Was it not while wearing a pair of glasses with coloured lenses that John Lennon composed “Imagine”?
Dunhill, mod. DU0033S
Gucci, mod. GG1365S
Thierry Lasry, mod. Victimy
Thierry Lasry, mod. Autocracy
Delarge, mod. Zontal
Delarge, mod. Unoval
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