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Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Eyewear

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Eyewear: Woven Luxury

Anyone worth their luxury handbags would recognise Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato weave in a heartbeat. This season, fans of the classic design can rejoice – the Italian luxury goods house has extended the iconic motif to an extensive range of eyewear that includes sunglasses and prescription glasses.

Set to arrive in three distinct collections, the eyewear range is an extension of Tomas Maier’s polished, unfussy ready-to-wear collection for fall. The Light Intrecciato Profile sees the Intrecciato detail subtly applied to both unisex and feminine frame shapes, finished with tonal or contrasting color nuances and two iconic rivets on the temples. The Intrecciato Eyes range is the boldest iteration within the series, defined by an eyebrow metal insert with the engraved motif that runs along the unisex browline frame. The Intrecciato Rim optical unisex style might see the woven motif engraved throughout, but the resulting look remains light and versatile.

Available in matte or semi-matte finishes, the Intrecciato eyewear range sees a colour palette of black, brown and Havana, with accents of blues, greens and pinks for good measure. Expect the best in quality – the Italian label only uses premium Italian acetate and Japanese titanium in its manufacturing, and each pair is hand-crafted by expert artisans that hail from both countries.

Find out more about the eyewear series and view the styles on L’Officiel.com.

Focus: Bulgari Spring/Summer 2016

Classic Bulgari favorites get a modern and luxurious refresh this season. The line is expectedly timeless, elegant, and painstakingly crafted to the standards that the house’s jewels have become known for. The spotlight, however, falls on a majestic limited-edition piece that incorporates an intriguing blend of time, tradition and textures.

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Modern luxury dictates discretion of voice and a considered restraint from vulgar flaunting – this isn’t the logo-manic ’90s any more. The Bulgari-Bulgari line of bags keeps this in mind with an engraved enameled logo that falls neatly into the front sleeve, half hidden by leather – almost careless, but with precision of thought and design, surely. The bags come minimally detailed, bar the gently contrasting perspicio (latin for “see-through”) strip running horizontally across the fronts. We love these bags for the distinguished way they embody luxury without ever yelling for attention.

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If bags are where the details whisper, then eyewear is where they come out in force. The frames of the Giardini Italiani sunglasses from Bulgari feature lush detailing along the outer corners and temples. The latter feature hand-set Austrian crystals, framed in geometric floral and trellis patterns, and mother-of-pearl enamel interspersed among them. Another perennial Bulgari classic, the Parentesi – which finds its inspirations from San Petrini blocks typical of Roman alleyways – manifests itself as an abstract speckled pattern on the Parentesi sunglasses’ acetate bodies.

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The classic Serpenti was first derived from jewellery then transposed to watches. The scales on the elegant hand-crafted enamel snake’s head clasp on the flap is individually and laboriously enameled to achieve the desired colour, then blown numerous times before being set. Helming the clasp on its sides are hardy onyx studs, framed in gold, then nestled into the leather. The Serpenti Scaglie tote ups the ante and glamour with a statement handle: scale-like ornamentation resembles tiny flowers on the precipice of bloom, forming double handles.

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The crowning glory to the accessories lineup is the limited-edition Serpenti Forever bag. The lavish bag is crafted from python skin and painted in jewel tones inspired by a 1968 necklace – the same one Keira Knightley wore to the Oscars in 2006 – from the Bulgari archives. The skin is printed and hand-polished, creating a textural harmony and contrast between the rough scales and the painterly effects. Each bag requires three months to create, and there are only 68 of these beauties in the world.

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This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Chanel eyewear courts online shoppers

Luxury maison Chanel made its eyewear collection available online in the US from November 4, as the brand continues its push into e-commerce.

The legendary French firm also plans to add accessories into the mix and extend the online shopping option to various countries, Women’s Wear Daily reports.

This is significant because despite selling its beauty and fragrance lines online for years, Chanel has yet to make its fashion collections available to e-shoppers.

According to WWD, putting its eyewear designs online means that clients will have access to the entire collection, which comprises 500 different styles.

To shop the collection, click here.

Devi Kroell

Devi Kroell to launch luxe eyewear brand for Dax Gabler

Devi Kroell

Designer Devi Kroell returns to fashion after a three-year hiatus, launching a luxury eyewear collection under the label Dax Gabler.

She says the first glasses, which appeared at Barneys New York and on her website with little fanfare over the summer, are a test, according to Women’s Wear Daily, who spotted the story.

They were popular in a trunk show seies she hosted in fashion hotspots including Portofino, Italy, the Spanish island of Ibiza, Mykonos, Greece, and Saint-Tropez, France.

Frames range in price from $475 to $550.

Kroell is reportedly preparing to introduce her resort offerings next month.

Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab

Elie Saab to launch eyewear in 2017

Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab

Lebanese fashion designer  is set to unveil a collection of eyewear after signing a deal with Italian eyewear company Safilo Group.

Safilo also produces and distributes eyewear for brands including Dior, Marc Jacobs and Céline. To be manufactured in Italy and Japan, Elie Saab’s eyewear collection will be available in Elie Saab boutiques and speciality eyewear shops when it launches in January 2017.

Chanel Eyewear spring summer 2015

Chanel reveals eyewear campaign with Kristen Stewart

Chanel Eyewear spring summer 2015

 presents the Spring Summer 2015 Eyewear ad campaign starring Kristen Stewart and shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

For the new campaign, the American actress was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld in black and white wearing a variety of spectacles and sunglasses and holding a camera of her own.

Chanel Eyewear spring 2015

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign shoot:

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Burberry “The Gabardine Collection”

Burberry Gabardine Collection ss15

Burberry has launched its campaign for the Spring/Summer 2015 eyewear collection “The Gabardine Collection.”

Starring Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn and shot in London by Mario Testino, the campaign sees the 2 supermodels accessorizing their shades with the Burberry classic — trench coats — with a contemporary twist.

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Comprising sunglasses and optical frames for women, the collection was inspired by the British fashion house’s gabardine fabric, a lightweight cloth which was first invented by the company’s founder Thomas Burberry in 1879 and is used on the brand’s heritage trench coats.

The material’s twill structure and soft drape features are referenced in the latest designs, which come with polished metal and acetate frames.

Burberry Gabardine Collection

The color palette features signature gradient honey, gradient nude, natural horn effect, oxblood and classic black and tortoise. Styles include square, cat-eye, round or butterfly shapes.

The collection also includes a limited edition pair of shades.

Featuring an oversize round frame with an 18K gold-plated draped gabardine temple, just 100 models will be produced.

The Gabardine Collection is available from Burberry stores worldwide.

Anna Cleveland

WATCH: Anna Cleveland Models Fendi Sunglasses

Anna Cleveland

Fendi cast Anna Cleveland to star in a video to launch the Spring/Summer 2015 sunglasses collection in collaboration with Thierry Lasry.

Switching in and out of wigs, costumes, and characters, Cleveland plays a real woman of mystery.

The capsule collection is inspired both by Rome’s Dolce Vita period and a series of archived Fendi designs from the 1980s and 1990s, handpicked by Silvia Venturini Fendi and Lasry.

Read the whole story @ L’Officiel Singapore

Gigi Hadid

Tom Ford Fall/​Winter 2014 Eyewear Campaign

Gigi Hadid

‘s brand never lacks flair and it has gathered two new fashion talents for its Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Eyewear campaign.

On one side is Gigi Hadid, 19, the face of the brand’s fragrance, Velvet Orchid, who is making her way into the fashion world as she also appears in Guess ads. On the men’s side is Patrick Schwarzenegger, 20, the son of the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who has posed for Hudson Jeans.

The brand is putting the emphasis on youthfulness for this fall’s campaign.

Schwarzenegger is wearing a jacket and a charcoal grey turtleneck and is looking quite serious while Hadid embodies the eccentricity of youth, hair blowing in the wind, wearing a printed coat and huge glasses.

Fendi reveals new shades with rising star Kiesza

Fendi Color Block sunglasses

The Italian luxury brand has teased details of a new eyewear campaign starring up-and-coming Canadian singer Kiesza.

Kiesza was the star guest at a  party in Cannes that celebrated the ‘secret’ Fendi video that will appear in June, starring the pop star and showing off the Fendi Color Block Sunglasses collection for Summer 2014.

Kiesza wearing Fendi Color Block sunglasses

Directed by Ruth Hogben, the video sees Kiesza dancing along New York City skylines in an explosion of color that references the colored and transparent acetate layers in the Fendi Color Block eyewear.

Check out this film released by Fendi which mixes footage from the film with scenes from the glamorous Cannes event:

Lady Gaga Versace Eyewear campaign

Lady Gaga for Versace Eyewear Spring 2014 Campaign

Lady Gaga Versace Eyewear campaign

After posing in the Italian brand’s apparel and accessories, Lady Gaga is looking glamorous in Versace shades. The design house has revealed the first images of its latest eyewear campaign featuring its star spokesmodel.

The decor is the same as in Versace’s latest handbag and ready-to-wear campaigns. Posing on a couch, Lady Gaga looks both glamorous and sexy.

Shot by the fashion photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the singer wears an especially racy black dress with a plunging neckline, a bare midriff and a skirt with a high split.

Of course, Lady Gaga is also wearing a pair of sunglasses from the Italian brand’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection.

Featuring a matte black frame accented with gold, the new shades are as eccentric as the curvaceous blonde seen wearing them.

Chanel summer 2014 eyewear collection

Alice Dellal for Chanel Spring Summer 2014 eyewear

Chanel summer 2014 eyewear collection

Alice Dellal has been shot by Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld for a new Spring-Summer 2014 campaign.

The 26-year-old Brazilian-born UK-based model appears lounging around, “part rebel, part blossoming young girl” according to the label.

The decontracté look went as far as the decor, which was designed to look like a student’s bedroom (albeit the kind of student who can slip an inside-out Chanel cardigan over her shoulders).

Dellal has previously modeled as the face of Spanish fast-fashion label Mango and lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. She was also picked out by Lagerfeld in 2012 as the face of the Chanel ‘Boy’ line of bags and clutches.

Chanel summer 2014 eyewear

Gucci eyewear campaign

James Franco directs for Gucci

James Franco has directed a new ad for GUCCI, showing off the company’s latest sunglasses for Spring-Summer 2014.

Franco is currently the face of the Italian brand’s eyewear, produced by Safilo, and has also previously appeared in campaigns for Gucci’s men’s fragrances and the made-to-measure tailoring.

Titled “Techno Color Sunglasses,” the film stars the actor himself alongside stunning Italian model Natalia Bonifacci, and was shot at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.

The film shows Franco and Bonifacci canoodling in a series of luxuriously shot moments including a sunny swimming pool and ends with the couple disappearing in a retro sports car.

Dolce & Gabbana Mosaico Limited Edition Sunglasses

Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses Mosaico Collection

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana unveiled a new limited collection of sunglasses – Dolce & Gabbana Mosaico Collection.

Dolce and Gabbana Mosaico sunglasses

Using the ancient Roman technique of micro mosaic or filato minute mosaic, the gold metal frame and temples are covered by precious mosaic decors.

Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses Mosaico

Watch the behind-the-scenes video to see how the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses Mosaico Collection comes to life.

Thierry Lasry campaign

Fendi and Thierry Lasry to launch eyewear line

Thierry Lasry campaign

Fendi and Thierry Lasry have announced a new eyewear capsule collection  for Spring 2015, the first time that the Italian company has collaborated with an external designer on its accessories.

Pietro Beccari, chairman and CEO of Fendi, was excited about the link-up with Lasry, telling WWD that he is “one of the most creative and coolest eyewear designers of the moment.”

In fact it was a sense of shared values (savoir faire, innovation, tradition and experimentation, which are at the core of Fendi’s DNA) which helped build the relationship between the two companies, he added.

Thierry Lasry launched his namesake brand in 2006 and manufactures his handmade designs in France, but this upcoming capsule collection will be produced by Fendi’s eyewear partner Safilo.

Lasry’s designs can be found in upmarket stores around the world including Colette, Opening Ceremony and Bergdorf Goodman.

Ray-Ban offers Aviator shades in solid 18K gold

Ray-Ban  Aviator Solid Gold

Ray-Ban‘s legendary Aviator sunglasses will soon be available in an exceptionally luxurious edition, with frames made from solid 18-karat gold.

Launched in 1937, Ray-Ban’s Aviator frames were initially designed for US Air Force pilots, who wore them for maximum protection from the sun’s rays on high altitude flights. Today, the brand’s Aviator model is an iconic accessory worn by men and women alike.

Ray-Ban has presented a number of variations on the original design over the years, using different materials and colors. This November the brand will launch Aviators with a solid 18-karat gold frame. The polarized G-15 crystal lenses are also of exceptionally high quality.

Only 1,200 pairs of these exclusive and luxurious sunglasses will be produced. The model will be available from November at the price of €2,800 (around $3800).

Aviator Solid Gold

Claudia Schiffer eyewear collection

Claudia Schiffer to launch eyewear collection

Claudia Schiffer eyewear collection

German eyewear maker Rodenstock has teamed up with the world-famous supermodel to launch a new collection of frames and lenses, slated to hit the market in 2014.

Like many of her fellow supermodels — including Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Naomi Campbell — Claudia Schiffer has pursued a side career off of the runways in the role of fashion designer.

The German supermodel founded her eponymous fashion line in 2010, and has presented a number of ready-to-wear collections since. Now the famous blonde is taking on a new challenge, announcing the launch of her very first eyewear collection, in partnership with Rodenstock.

The “Claudia Schiffer by Rodenstock” line will be unveiled at the Opti trade show, which takes place in Munich January 10-12.

Viktor and Rolf glasses

Viktor & Rolf to launch European eyewear

Viktor and Rolf

Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf are well known for their matching black spectacles, so it was only a matter of time before they got in the eyewear game themselves.

With spectacles designed under their name previously only available in Japan, the brand has now announced the release of a line of glasses called Viktor & Rolf Vision, which will hit Europe next year.

The collection will feature around 25 different men’s and women’s styles which reflect the brand’s off-kilter glamour as well as Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s own favorite squared-off black style.

Produced in the Jura region by French eyewear manufacturer Paget (which also makes frames for Inès de la Fressange), the frames in the Viktor & Rolf Vision collection will range in price from €185 to €240.

This is the first time fans of the brand will be able to get their hands on Viktor & Rolf eyewear outside of Asia. The designers have a prior licensing agreement with Japanese manufacturer Murai, which has marketed Viktor & Rolf eyewear in Japan since 2003.