Words Alessandra Albarello
Glasses are transformed, turning into the crossroads of harmonious encounters between irregular shapes, imperfect geometries and different chromatic density levels. A place where to shade new visions of design and fashion but also for a new lifestyle
Layers, overlays, sedimentations, transmigrations of colour and light... Fashion and design trends are also reflected in glasses whose surface is changeable, fluid and becomes an alchemical place with chromatic and material variations. With contaminations. While in the case of garments it is the light and enveloping fabrics that redesign and reveal the body, for these accessories it is above all the acetate that leads magical metamorphoses.
As in the case of Karen Walker's Bloom Doom sunglasses in semi-transparent acetate (in the opening photo), where the large square rims are decorated and softened by a contrasting embossed multi-layered pattern, for a glamorous touch... It is instead the overlapping and fusion of two different silhouettes that creates to a third shape, thereby defining the aesthetic and three-dimensional quality of the Lamina model of the Main Collection by Kartell Eyewear. On the other hand, Kartell's initial idea behind the eyewear project stems from the concept of "One + One = Three".
With interplays of light, colours and transparencies, the eyewear deliberately refers to the company's most iconic design products and its production technologies. The Gucci GG1242S sunglasses seem to have come out of an artist's studio or a tailor's atelier, with an irregular shape featuring unusual cuts and rounded corners combined with a perfectly balanced colour palette. Three colours: a transparent shade at the top of the frame, solid colour for the bottom and for the temples with the classic metal interlocking G logo, while an intense central purple band runs across the front, becoming a graphic connection between the two sections...
Kelinse Eyewear, mod. Lorence
Lightbird, mod. Ambassador LB082
Gucci, mod. GG1242S
Givenchy, mod. GV40033U – G180
Kartell Eyewear, Main Collection, mod. Lamina
There is also (and above all) a visual connection with the archival codes and signature details of the brand that has made and is still making the history of fashion, freely and unconventionally combining vintage allure with an edgy design. Givenchy's GV40033U - G180 glasses instead focus on absolute monochrome. They were launched at the latest A/W 2022 shows of the Parisian fashion house, whose creative director is Matthew M. Williams. A pure exercise in unconventional but functional luxury for the sporty unisex wraparound model. In injected material with unique tone-on-tone lenses, it has a structure that creates differences in height and depth, highlighting the eyes by using slight hints of colour. The model’s name, available in three colours including lilac, is inspired by the temperature of 180°C, the melting point of its thermoplastic material.
Design is once again the fil rouge for Kelinse, a brand from Italy's Liguria region that draws inspiration from the bold traits and colours of the Memphis Group by Ettore Sottsass, now part of a collective visual memory and sign culture. Texture and colour thus become the absolute protagonists of Lorence's frame, creating liquid, elusive and yet very characteristic effects. The confluence of two transparent colours also illuminates and lightens the minimalist and rigorous Ambassador LB082 model by Lightbird. Yellow and grey blend harmoniously, reaffirming the strength and personality of the frame for men's eyeglasses that has a QR code on the temples attributable to Light Nest's website. A symbol of belonging to a real community and perfectly in line with the concept and spirit of confluences.
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