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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.

Updated Icon: Shanghai Tang Round Sunglasses

If you’ve ever watched a Wong Kar Wai movie and never felt inspired by the decadence of the cast’s 1960s Asian-inspired wardrobe, we know you’re lying. This season, Shanghai Tang brings back the forgotten vision of Chinese chic with three new colour combinations of its iconic retro Chinese round frames sunglasses.

The Hong Kong-based company also celebrated the launch of its latest eyewear collection with a Pre-Summer cocktail party, an extravaganza which saw the attendance of celebrities such as Korean actor Jin Goo of Descendants of the Sun fame.

Read more about the collection and the launch party at L’OfficielSingapore.com now.

Exclusive: Fendi Sunglasses Capsule Collection


Fendi brings a new sunglasses capsule collection to the world, with the help of its archives. Featuring elements from the past, the brand brings the forth the iconic fur seen in the collections. With names such as Kinky Fur and Slicky Fur, the collection provides a fashionable solution to shield your eyes. The collaborative effort between the luxury Italian label and Thierry Lasry will hit stores later this month.

For more information on the Sunglasses Capsule Collection by Fendi, click here.

Dior, Rihanna Collaborate on Sunglasses

The names Rihanna and Dior might not seem like much of a match but the latest collaboration between the two speaks otherwise. For her second collaborative project with the French House, the Grammy Award-winning singer designed (from scratch, no less) a series of very futuristic looking sunglasses.

Inspired by the visor of Star Trek’s La Forge, the collection sees the frame in six color variations, including silver, pink, blue, green, red and a 24k gold-plated version. This may be the first time Dior has given its ambassador an opportunity to partake in the design process, but Rihanna is more than qualified. She released her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection at New York Fashion Week in Febuary, and has since worked with Manolo Blahnik on a range of denim-centric footwear.

“We are very pleased to partner for the second time with Rihanna,” said Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano. “She is an artist, an entertainer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a style icon for today’s generation.”

Read more about the collection on L’Officiel.com now.

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.

6 Designer Sunglasses for Spring/Summer 2016

With the summer sun upon us, intense light is a further burden to those of us already braving the heat. Spring/Summer 2016 eyewear collections have elegant and innovative designer shades on offer, allowing one to stay fashionable and comfortable, without having to squint all day long.

Offering up a big dollop of high-glitz glamor, Jimmy Choo’s Vivy shades feature round nude colored or gloss black acetate frames with Swarovski crystals as decoration. As an added plus, the jewels are fully detachable, allowing you to adapt your style for any scenario.

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Vivy by Jimmy Choo

With the geek chic aesthetic brought back into vogue by the likes of brands like Gucci, Tom Ford has decided to tap into that with the Greta model. These shades sport thick geometric frames in retro inspired colors such as ‘transparent pink’ and ‘honey/brown’.

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Fendi takes a leap into the future with its Eye Shine collection, yet still holding within it a bit of the retro vibe. Ingeniously featuring a ‘frame within a frame’, these round glasses have a 1970s color scheme of golden yellows and turquoise blues, but have a cat’s-eye silhouette.

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Eye Shine collection by Fendi

On the other side of the spectrum, Moncler went all the way back to the 1950s with a stylized range of butterfly shaped lenses in pastel colors like taupes, corals, and mint greens. All perfect for a laid back feminine vibe.

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Moncler Spring/Summer 2016

The ultra-modern Chanel went for style blended with technology by having a flat-mirrored eye-mask/visor like design engraved with laser padding. This Plein Soleil 2016 line uses colors subtly based on acetate to allow for slipping back and forth from black to blue on a solar cat’s eye, or from black to white on an oval optic.

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Chanel Eyewear Spring/Summer 2016

Finally, we take a look at Cartier. Popularly known as aviators, the Panthére de Cartier features the Maison’s emblematic panther making an unexpected appearance in the lens. The three-dimensional jeweled panther is completed in gold or platinum with black lacquer, much like most of the eyewear. Choose between a golden flash or graduated grey lenses with silver toned reflections for a sleek and polished look under the sun.

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The Panthére de Cartier

Images courtesy of the brands.

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Bono to launch sunglasses with Revo

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Eyewear brand Revo has announced that U2 frontman Bono has designed a capsule collection for the brand that will launch in the fall.

Bono, who was diagnosed with glaucoma 20 years ago, is partnering with the brand on an initiative called “Buy Vision, Give Sight,” intended to improve access to eyecare in under-resourced communities.

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As part of the partnership, Revo is to donate $10 from the sale of every pair of Revo sunglasses to the initiative, up to a total of $10 million.

The singer has reportedly been exclusively wearing Revo sunglasses on U2’s Innocence + Experience tour, and his capsule collection will include five styles and lenses in various colors.

It will be available at Revo.com, Sunglass Hut and other specialty, optical and sporting goods stores around the world.

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WATCH: Anna Cleveland Models Fendi Sunglasses

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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

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Eyeglasses convert to sunglasses upon command

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A new type of eyeglass lens that rapidly darkens when you want it to, is soon to become a reality, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US.

There are considerable limitations to the transitional, or photochromic lenses currently on the market, which fail to darken inside cars or under baseball caps. Furthermore many brands let the harmful rays seep through.

It also takes time for them to clear up when the sun disappears, which poses inherent safety implications.

A small electrical charge adds the magic touch to the Georgia Tech research team’s new development, which switches from clear to dark and back again in seconds, enabling the capacity for fine color tuning.

Any color in the entire range of hues in which sunglasses are commercially available is possible, according to the researchers, who say their method could be easily applied for retail versions.

Their paper was published in the journal American Chemical Society Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Fendi reveals new shades with rising star Kiesza

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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:

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See Concept x Colette

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The brand known for its trendy reading glasses has teamed up once more with the famous Parisian concept store to launch an exclusive pair of sunglasses in Colette’s signature shade of blue.

Designed for fashionistas over 40, or for anyone whose eyes could use a boost, the LetmeSee Sun line now includes a pair of shades in the distinctive bright blue color that represents the Parisian showroom.

Launched just in time for summer, the sunglasses are perfect for reading in the sun, whether on the beach or poolside.

The LetmeSee Sun line includes sunglasses with correction ranging from +1 to +3, as well as in a +0 version for those with perfect vision. The new sunglasses will be available from Colette as of June 2.

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.

Lacoste launches eye-catching sunglasses

LACOSTE is launching a bright, glow-in-the-dark edition of its Lacoste L714s aviator-style sunglasses. These special edition sunglasses are outfitted in a rainbow of bright colors: yellow and orange or blue, green and purple.

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The neon frames are made of a special plastic that absorbs sunlight and artificial light in the day. The result: trendy glow-in-the-dark frames at night.

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Lacoste also equipped these new glasses with mirrored lenses, another of the season’s top trends. The next-generation Lacoste L714s sunglasses will be available from June at €115 (around $160).

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

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

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

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

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‘Dior Audacieuse’ sunglasses

Christian Dior has created a new video celebrating its latest accessories, the avant-garde ‘Audacieuse’ sunglasses which debuted in the Fall-Winter 2013 ready-to-wear show.

Dior has released a new one-minute long video showing off the butterfly-inspired shape of the ‘Dior Audacieuse’ design.

In the film the model wears the glasses with a simple Dior bustier top and the makeup look from the Fall-Winter 2013 show: metallic lilac cat-eye liner around the eyes, solid brows, and a pale pink pout.

The glasses’ shape is inspired by a butterfly form with asymmetrical forked temples, gold and black metal frames and white sections at the temple. They’re functional too, with 100% UV protection provided by the gray lenses. The Audacieuse sunglasses sell for €360 in Christian Dior boutiques.

Ray-Ban offers Aviator shades in solid 18K gold

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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).

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Pharrell Williams x Moncler Sunglasses Collection

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Rapper Pharrell Williams is teaming up with Italian-owned luxury company Moncler to create a new line of sunglasses. The glasses feature one-piece titanium frames and nylon lenses.

“He represents the very best of all that is contemporary, creative and international, the same characteristics that underpin the entire Moncler project and the Moncler Lunettes collection,” Moncler’s chairman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini told WWD.

The collection will see the light in Paris on September 26, during the opening of the new Moncler flagship store at 7 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

It’s not the first collaboration between the musician and the brand. Back in 2009, Williams created a line of jackets for the French-founded, and now Italian-owned winterwear specialist.

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Rag & Bone x Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses

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For Spring/Summer 2013, rag & bone has collaborated with world-leading eyewear brand Oakley to create limited edition sunglasses in their iconic Frogskin style.

Last year, Oakley and Rag & Bone created a special version of the M-Frame sunglasses for the label’s Spring-Summer 2013 womenswear show at New York Fashion Week.

Rag & Bone’s managing partners, British duo Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are enthusiastic about the collaboration:

“I’ve been wearing Oakleys forever and have always been in love with their Frogskins. They are one of the greatest inventions in eyewear ever, so it was really exciting to have the opportunity to work with Oakley – first on the women’s runway show and now on this special collaboration,” said Wainwright.

The glasses either come in all black ($125) or a digital camo print ($150), lifted from the Spring-Summer 2013 menswear collection. “We wanted to create styles that guys and girls alike would love to wear. We chose to create one classic pair and a fun print one,” added Neville.

The two styles are available exclusively in Rag & Bone’s retail stores in the US and online.

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