Alo x Brownbreath 2012 - “SEE THE FORESTS”
Korean bag label Brownbreath has joined Korean eyewear purveyor ALO to curate a special capsule collection for Spring 2012 titled, “SEE THE FORESTS.” The collection is rooted in a noble philosophy that prompts its audience to see the whole picture as opposed to solely focusing on the small and minuscule parts. The four-piece collection pairs elegantly styled eyewear and sunglasses options each with a custom-designed Brownbreath pouch and lens cleaning cloth.
Adam Kimmel - Welder Sunglasses
Kimmel is a New-York based designer, perhaps best known for his often unusual and elaborate presentations, and his collaborations with such iconic brands as Carhartt and Supreme. Each of his collections has a unique theme, and for the SS12 collection Adam was inspired by American west coat surf wear. Taking these classic silhouettes and reinterpreting them in luxury fabrics, with garments hand-tailored in Italy, Kimmel has created a highly refined yet natural-feeling collection entitled ‘Dark Surf’.
Designed by Adam Kimmel, and produced by French luxury eyewear brand Selima Optique, These high-grade acetate sunglasses are handmade in France, and feature polarised lenses, sturdy metal hinges and the unique rounded ‘Welder’ silhouette.
Ad from Germany, 2001
Beck x Oliver Peoples - ‘Double Helix’ Sunglasses
Pulling inspiration from his personal collection of vintage (mostly 80s, of course) sunglasses, singer/songwriter/unsung fashion hero Beck has teamed up with the folks at Oliver Peoples to produce a quirky, optically mesmerizing pair of sunglasses. The “Double Helix” frames feature grey gradient lenses and are made with a custom material that appears clear face to face, with vertical pink and yellow strips coming into view while turning to the side.
Han Kjøbenhavn - Paul Senior in Transparent Brown
Danish brand, Han Kjøbenhavn releases the ‘Paul Senoir’ sunglasses for the Spring/Summer 2012 season, available in transparent brown frames with smoke grey options. Kjøbenhavn’s designs rely on the ideals of function and simplicity which can be seen through its frames and lenses; all of which result in a handsome minimalist look.
Oscars 2012 - Eyewear from the Red Carpet
The Oscars have always been a big night for high-end fashion, but it looks like fashion eyewear is starting to gain some of the spotlight. It’s interesting to see that the thick-rimmed plastic frames are still very much in fashion. Here are some of our favorites from the night.
Skaga Eyewear - Spring/Summer 2012
The latest collection from Skaga gathers it’s inspiration from the skies with its “Space disco” design theme for the Spring/Summer 2012 (SS12). The feeling of minerals is evoked in the way the acetate has been worked, and glitter ball mirrors are reflected in the faceting on two men’s styles; mimicking galaxies and meteorites, the theme reappears throughout Skaga’s new style.
Probably not a brand best known for its sunglasses range, this latest collection features some classic shapes whilst also paying homage to Stussy frames of the past. Expect plenty of studded fronts and an embossed stussy logos on the arms.
Here we have an alternative to the ever-so popular clubmaster. The frames have that classic half-rim look with a rounder shape and the label’s Intrecciato detailing across the nose bridge.
The Eyewear trends to lookout for in 2012
This vintage look has re-emerged as a favorite in both optical and sunglasses. They are bold and usually come in full vibrant colours. These Franca sunglasses from Kate Spade are a perfect example available in multiple tones.
2. Quirky Shapes
These frames are usually restricted to the truly fashion forward, however with designers like Linda Farrow coming into prominence you may find this trend crossing the boundary of fashionistas to the main stream.
3. Round Glasses
These classic frames have been around for decades and have recently made a resurgence back into mainstream fashion. The look made famous by the likes of Elton John and John Lennon is now having a revamp with different hues and various patterns adding a modern touch to a classic.
These glasses have always been trendy for those people who wear them while cycling or running. But in 2012 this style of eyewear will become a favorite with most people and not just the sportier ones.