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Me and my glasses

Contamination of styles

Creative director at De Rigo, Enrico Furlan, on how frame design has changed and the return of metal as “a great protagonist”

11 Dec 2018 by Andrew McClean

How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own? 

A lot. Over the years, I have collected a lot of styles that I have designed. I also have hundreds of vintage pieces that are always, for me, a source of great inspiration.

Do you have a favourite pair?

My favourite style can change around every three months because I am always informed with styles just released and they usually become my top picks. At the moment, my favourite is Police ‘SPL725 Hunger 2’ – a style that combines the metal’s lightness with a dynamic, plastic structure.

Who would you pick as your style icon and why?

Definitely David Beckham. He knows how to mix a casual style with a contemporary elegance, keeping his identity with every occasion. For years he has embodied the Police man’s spirit. In regard to new generations, I really like Lewis Hamilton and Prince Harry’s style.

How long have you worn spectacles for, and what prompted you to go for your first sight test? 

I have worn spectacles since 1995 when I realised that I was not able to follow university courses from the back row.

Can you describe your first pair of spectacles?

A black acetate style, a little bit bold. They were purchased from a small shop in my town.

Do you wear contact lenses? 

I wear contact lenses during sports activities and my free time.

“I like to think that eyewear can become an important accessory for the wearer – an accessory that can enhance and make people more fascinating”

What eyewear trends are exciting you at the moment?

An exciting trend for me at the moment is the elaborated metal eyewear. It’s a trend taken from the ‘80s and made famous by our house brand, Police.

What’s the most important thing to consider when designing eyewear?

I like to think that eyewear can become an important accessory for the wearer – an accessory that can enhance and make people more fascinating.

How has frame design changed during your time in the profession?

Frame design changes constantly. We have moved from very small shapes to oversized shapes whether for sunglasses or optical. Regarding material, we have gone from lots of metal to almost its total disappearance. I like this aspect of the contamination of styles and the return of metal as a great protagonist.

In your new role of creative director, what is your vision for De Rigo?

My vision as De Rigo’s creative director is to valorise the brands that compose its entire portfolio, with an important focus on the house brands, which is an important heritage for De Rigo, and interpreting the spirit of the licensed brands in the correct way.

What are your top tips for choosing the best pair of frames?

Choose a pair of frames that make you feel fascinated and which allow you to be different. Pick a pair of frames that are comfortable and can be combined with multiple looks.

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