The View From Paris
Published on October 22, 2014
This past September I attended Silmo, a critical international optical industry trade show held in Paris, France. The event features innovations in frame design and fabrication. The most gratifying aspect of my experience at Silmo was the realization that Josephson Opticians is already a purveyor of the majority of the industry's exceptional product. We have secured and maintained relationships with truly innovative and influential designers and distributors. I value these relationships more having seen how many concepts and designs are copied to varying degrees of quality. It only makes sense to identify the true innovations and to associate with the companies investing in the research and development advancing the trends in eyewear design. Anne et Valentin, Bevel, Lindberg, Matsuda , Mykita and Sama are examples of the brands leading the industry forward in respect to advancements in fabrication. Their designers encourage our feedback and assessment of the direction their styles are heading. Almost a month since making purchases at Silmo, some of the merchandise has already arrived at our shops. Here are examples of new releases: [caption id="attachment_2015" align="aligncenter" width="622"] 13th-century detailing on the doors of Sainte-Chapelle, Île de la Cité, Paris[/caption] Chrome Hearts offers examples of matte finishes applied to titanium accented by gold vermeil on sterling silver. Exceptional detailing with lacquer is evident on the acetate sunglass, below. [caption id="attachment_2016" align="aligncenter" width="479"] 20th-century furniture in the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris[/caption] Lindberg featured green as a new colour in the N.O.W. collection's translucent composite material and matte copper finishes on titanium components of it's rimless Spirit collection. [caption id="attachment_2017" align="aligncenter" width="622"] Exterior of the home of the late, great, Serge Gainsbourg, Rue de Verneuil, Paris[/caption] Thin, refined metals featuring delicate filigree are making a resurgence. Oliver Peoples and Matsuda offer handsome options. [caption id="attachment_2018" align="aligncenter" width="622"] Contemporary fashion exhibited in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris[/caption] As an alternative to opaque black, Sama offers a palette of warm and neutral acetate colours such as vintage rose, matte beige and taupe. The trend towards thinner acetate fronts combined with metal temples is exemplified by this frame by Oliver Peoples. Shades of grey and crystal acetates remain strong features of many collections. Alain Mikli offers impactful frames featuring a depth of colour and dimension achieved by laminating contrasting sheets of acetate. The gravitas associated with a thick, opaque frame seems passé when one considers the 'lighter' appearance of these alternatives.