Words Alessandra Albarello
Spectacles with double side lenses are increasingly in fashion because they offer a very personal, bold and contemporary aesthetic. And to think that they already existed in the 1800s...
You know, everything returns sooner or later. For fashion and accessories, we continually draw on an archive of the past by transferring decorative, constructive and functional details into contemporary creations. An example? The double side lens first appeared in the 19th century in the famous Richardson spectacles but also in the protective models used by workers in factories... Time then transforms everything, decontextualising these elements and inserting them into a future landscape. Sophisticated and decisive architectures are thus created, such as the model SPP096 by Philipp Plein by De Rigo Vision, which evokes the exclusive and exaggerated world of luxury with the rock derivation of the German designer. It has a generous shape that allows no compromise. Made of metal, it features a single lens, temples that reveal the brand's lettering and end pieces with titanium inserts.
Balmain, too, proposes a bold, daring and special shape: the Wonder Boy model takes the iconography of the courageous French designer and then goes beyond it, enriching it with new suggestions and transforming it into something else, thanks to the vision connected to the future fashion scenarios imagined by creative director Olivier Rousteing. There are various inspirations from the heritage adapted to a contemporary spirit and style: the Labyrinth motif, the iconic interweaving of Pierre Balmain's initials, renewed and re-proposed on the occasion of the double birthday for the 75th anniversary of the Maison and for the first ten years since Olivier Rousteing's first catwalk show, but also the evocative and precious charm of Egyptian treasures and North African landscapes, the main themes of the new collections.
Everything is then mixed through the warm, sensual and diffused light of rose gold... In the wrap-around goggles, the lens even extends to the temple tips, creating a continuum with the front, as in the Bottega Veneta BV1275S where the iconic three-dimensional ribbons, the perfect visual synthesis of the company's leather-weaving expertise, stand out on the side lenses, while in the sporty model SBM205 by Blumarine by De Rigo Vision, the absolute star of the fashion show with its clean, metallic profile, the smoked or silver mirrored lenses feature the monogram logo. Also coming straight from the catwalks of the F/W 2023 women's fashion shows is Givenchy's futuristic Giv Cut Metal model (in the opening photo) where the G once again becomes a structural and decorative element, a graphic divertissement that makes these four-lens glasses extremely aerodynamic. Ultra-light and elusive, thanks to their thin polished metal frame, they are available in black, gold and palladium versions.
Definitely masculine, the model Dunhill's DU0054S, on the other hand, relies on the significant thickness of the acetate, with metal temples that echo the brand's familiar and immediately recognisable lexicon thanks to the Rollagas lighter pattern and the Custom lock hinge, a detail that immediately brings to mind the Lock Bag's characteristic clasp. So four lenses to have double vision, double protection or simply to amaze? It's up to you to decide…
Philipp Plein by de Rigo Vision, model SPP096S
Balmain, Wonder Boy model
Blumarine by de Rigo Vision, model SBM205
Dunhill, model DU0054S
Bottega Veneta, model BV1275S
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