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Traversing Decades of Inspiration for our Spring 2020 Collection

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Structural sunglasses and opticals that embrace the history of fashion and architecture.

The architectural elements of eyewear attempt to work with the features of each and every wearer. It’s a partnership of form and function. As with buildings, frames must service all the people using them. For their Spring 2020 collection, Oliver Peoples channels the ethos behind several architectural wonders around the world, from LA’s iconic Sunset Tower Hotel to the ‘70s modernist masterpiece in Brussels, Fosbury & Sons Boitsfort. In homage to the former, Oliver Peoples has developed their latest custom filigree corewire—an ode to the structure’s Art Deco design. Inside the latter, the brand photographed this collection’s exquisite campaign imagery, knitting together certain pieces and their bold ‘70s influence. With optical and sunglass additions, in acetate and titanium frames, these latest releases embody an entire world of inspiration, built up over decades.

La Mercerie tables

The windows of Fosbury & Sons mirror the design of the reverse beveled acetate of Leidy.

Leidy in Bright Navy acetate and a new lens color for this season, Soft Yellow Gradient Mirror.

It would take a trip into the ‘70s to live in the inspiration behind the Leidy and Nella sunglasses. These ultra-feminine, oversized acetate frames epitomize that era’s allure. Invoking two classic shapes, these frames receive a pop of depth and dimension thanks to a new structural development: reverse beveled acetate. Similar to the Siddie and Brison, the Leidy and Nella come in seasonal acetate colors; Sephia Smoke and Jacaranda Gradient for the former and Navy Smoke and Merlot Smoke for the latter. A shift in acetate thickness bolsters these rich, custom colors. Both also come complete with captivating new lens color options, Soft Pink Gradient Mirror and Soft Yellow Gradient Mirror.

Designed for the modern man and woman, Brisdon and Siddie.

The Rassine frame in Gold + Olive Gradient

Brisdon is an optical inspired by the bold acetate styles of the 1960s.

A gaze in the direction of either the Siddie or Brisdon optical glasses opens a window to the past. These rounded-edge statement frames, with fronts that wrap around to the temple, bridge ‘60s glamour with modern silhouettes sought out by women and men today.
For the Siddie, two new custom acetate colors—Jacaranda Gradient and Navy Smoke—offer enshrined wisps of elegance. With the Brisdon, and the new custom acetate color Sepia Smoke, geometries ensconce waves of variation.

Rickson eyeglasses

The backdrop for our collection shoot, Fosbury & Sons in Brussels, Belgium.

With the Casson sunglasses, OIiver Peoples looked to the inventive architecture of ‘80s fashion. Made in Japan, from premium titanium, this distinctive design pairs a high endpiece with a low bridge.
In addition to this, the soft rounded lens shape benefits from both classic and patterned acetate hues, specifically along the “stepped” windsor rim, where the titanium eyewire is visible from the front view.

Carles is a Made in Japan titanium optical designed for the minimalist.

The Rassine frame in Gold + Olive Gradient

A refined titanium sunglass, Casson features a “stepped” windsor rim.

Also made in Japan from premium titanium, the Carles’ optical design embraces minimalism, a movement that manifests through all of the aforementioned decades. Vintage nuances are notable here, in contrast to the modern, squared lens shape—further emphasized by the ultra-thin eyewire and beta-titanium temples.
Embracing the attributes of items of the future, they’re lightweight and feature a saddle bridge with a second “swing” piece to offer optimal fitting for most bridges. Each an architectural wonder, the Carles, Casson, Leidy, Nella, Siddie and Brison offer a global, geometric outlook but always honor Oliver Peoples’ roots in California.

Words: David Graver

Photos: Thibault De Schepper

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