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Eyewear exhibitors launch spring/summer styles at Mido

New styles were launched by Cutler and Gross, Komono and Safilo in Milan last month

18 Mar 2019 by Andrew McClean

Exhibitors showcased new eyewear collections during Mido last month (23–25 February). OT rounds up some of the launches from the Milan trade show.

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Cutler and Gross launched its first eyewear collection from fashion designer Paul Smith, which combines metal and acetate frames.

Frames in the range are named after streets in London. Styles are available in two sizes and in colour options that are inspired by classic Paul Smith colours.

Cutler and Gross also launched its spring/summer 2019 collection, which includes the introduction of four new frames inspired by the eyewear company’s archive.
Style director at Cutler and Gross, Marie Wilkinson, explained: “Each design in the new collection takes inspiration, in some way, from our 50-year archive. We wanted to build upon that, using the most sophisticated technologies, refined materials and exclusive design features, to introduce our most thoroughly engineered, elevated collection to date, that we feel is truly looking to the future.”

Cutler and Gross Paul Smith frame
‘PSOP003V1-03’ from Cutler and Gross’ Paul Smith collection

Fleye Copenhagen’s spring/summer 2019 collection introduces the second part of its Flora Danica campaign. The collection is inspired by photographs of flowers that have been placed underwater and distorted by bubbles.

Head of design at Fleye Copenhagen, Annette Estø, said: “By blowing air bubbles in the water tank we were causing a fascinating optical distortion of the flowers which gave inspiration for new acetate patterns, titanium laser engravings and overall shapes.” 

Fleye Copenhagen bubbles
Underwater flowers from Fleye Copenhagen’s photography series that inspired its new collection
Komono also showcased its spring/summer 2019 range of spectacles, the Gravity collection, which includes laser-cut metal frames in colour options such as electric blue (pictured) and neon pink. 

Other launches from the company included its Luminous range of sunglasses, which founder and managing director at Komono, Anton Janssens, told OT is “made up of thinner frames and oily and rainbow coloured lenses. It has one colour pulled all the way through it – matte copper steel.”

Komono Eddie frame
Komono’s ‘Eddie’ in electric blue from the Gravity collection

Safilo launched new spectacles in its spring/summer 2019 collection for men and women. Men’s styles include ‘Registro 01,’ which the company said features “unique techno-aesthetic features.”

Frames for women include ‘Linea 03,’ which are designed to reflect the elegance of the brand with subtle touches of colour, Safilo explained.

Safarro exhibited its new spring/summer capsule collection of women’s spectacles and sunglasses. It includes three metal and two acetate models that are handmade in the brand’s own Italian factory.

Le Kevin launched unisex spectacle holders that are made from leather and available in 40 colour options. The handcrafted rings offer an alternative to keeping spectacles on your head or in a shirt pocket.
Kenzo Thelios
Thélios and Kenzo’s ‘KZ40010’

Thélios introduced eyewear collections from Berluti, Celine and Kenzo during Mido.

Berluti’s launches included six sunglass styles that are inspired by the traditional process for colouring leather.

The Celine by Hedi Slimane collection features men’s and women’s frames, including a butterfly-shaped sunglass style with crystals and a micro-stud decoration on the front of the frame.

Models by Kenzo include ‘KZ40010’ (pictured), which the company said is “a dichotomy of its sport-tech and luxury soul.” It is available in matte white, shiny milky rose or matt black and blue.

Image credit: Getty/Tullio M Puglia

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