Everything you need to know about Kylie Minogue’s Specsavers collab

We caught up with Stig Hansen, Head of Supplier Development and Senior Category Manager at Specsavers to find out the brand’s latest designer collaboration with pop icon Kylie Minogue.

What was it like working with Kylie on the collection?

She was professional but very sweet and easy to work with. We just clicked from the beginning. After years of being a specs wearer, Kylie knew exactly what she wanted and what she didn’t want to include in her eyewear collection. She had clear ideas around the different shapes and colours she wanted these glasses to be and the end result has been really well received. Kylie has a great eye for style and this definitely shows in the frames within the Kylie Minogue Eyewear collection.

What was the inspiration behind the collection?

Kylie was inspired by different eras in time and the changes in style over the years. Each frame fits into one of three overarching themes – Modern Classics, Subtle Bling and Reinvented Vintage which shows differences in shape, colour and texture for each pair of glasses.

Modern Classics

This design theme is inspired by the understated elegance of everlasting styles known throughout fashion history. This saw us playing with vertical laminated acetate end tips in contrasting colours like black and blush, grey and marble.

Subtle Bling

Inspired by Kylie’s on stage outfits, the Subtle Bling collection is suitable for both day and night time wear. It features glasses with thin cut acetate styles in smoky grey and shiny black, with a tonal coloured Swarovski “rock” fabric inlaid on the side of the temples to provide an elegant edginess.

Reinvented Vintage

The glasses in this collection are inspired by the vintage scene and the ‘50s college look. The Reinvented Vintage design theme sees acetates in colours from marmalade tortoiseshell to ivory, champagne and blush crystal. It also features glasses with thin metals in gold and rose gold with leather details in  chocolate brown and bottle green.

The range is designed for classy and stylish women with a timeless, but elegant and understated look. We also wanted a range that filled a gap in our portfolio. The Kylie Minogue Eyewear collection is suitable for petite women. Kylie was a perfect match, as a lot of women aspire to her look and style and see her as a true global star.

When buying glasses, what style and frame should women look for to match their face shape?

When selecting frames, it is always ideal to choose a frame that will balance out your existing features. It also depends on where you are in your life journey of buying spectacles. If you are selecting glasses for the first time, you may not want to go for a bold extravagant pair of glasses, unless that is already your style. Specsavers cater for a variety of tastes and budgets and the 2 for 1 option allows you to select a bold pair along with a more classic option.

As a general rule: round face shapes should stay away from round frames, as this can accentuate the roundness in their face even more so. Instead, try angular styles with straight edges. Square face shapes should look for round frames with soft edges and steer clear of rectangular frames to avoid emphasising angular features. Oval faces can wear most glasses shapes and it’s a great opportunity to experiment with both round and angular frames.

Are there any telltale signs to look for if a pair isn’t the right fit for you? If so, what are they?

If your glasses are more than a few centimetres wider than your face, then they are too big for you. If your glasses are too big, they may slide down your nose. This will mean that instead of looking through the middle of your lens where your prescription lines up, you will be looking through the top of your lens, where your frame may impact your vision. If you wear glasses that are too small for your face shape, it will appear out of proportion and may not be comfortable to wear for long periods at a time.

Your glasses frame should follow the brow line and work with your existing prescription. Not all frames will suit every person’s specific prescription, so it is important to listen to your local optical dispenser who can guide you on your frame choice in store to help you find the perfect frame.

View MiNDFOOD STYLE’s favourite looks from Kylie’s collection below. Click here to find your nearest Specsavers and grab two pairs from $299.



Future beauty trends any beauty buff needs to know

Health first  

“We’re not saying anti-ageing any more,” says Tracy May-Harriott, international director of education for Elizabeth Arden Pro and Priori skincare explaining that no longer is your chronological age your skin age. “You need to look at your lifestyle: are you sleeping and eating well? Do you drink or smoke cigarettes? It all has an impact on skin ageing,” May-Harriott says. “You could in theory be using the same product as your grandmother because how everyone uses products is completely different. We don’t have age categories anymore, we focus on multi-functional products with synergistic blends of ingredients.” Leading Australia dermatologist and director of Brisbane Skin, Dr. Shobhan Manoharan agrees. “The market isn’t just about people in their 20s. Regardless of age it’s often the same building blocks: Vitamin As, Bs and Cs and AHAs. It’s about using various concentrations based on skin type and lifestyle.”

Faster, better, stronger
Faster, more powerful products will be the next big wave in skincare and they’re not far off according to Tom Mammone, Ph.D., Clinique’s vice president of skin physiology and pharmacology. “We’re designing products that work within days and even hours,” he says. Currently Mommone says they’ve managed to get the timeframe for seeing significant skincare benefits done to 12 weeks. “If we don’t see benefits within four weeks we probably won’t continue exploration – we’ll go back to the drawing board,” Mammone explains. “We know consumers want to see change. It’s about putting ingredients together so we can get these powerful, high potency, fast-working products. It’s really exciting.”

Selfie backlash

“Social media has influenced a number of things trend wise: heavier make-up, heavy eyebrows, heavy foundation,” says Will Malherbe, director of international education, artistry and communication for Smashbox. And while it may look good in a photograph or selfe, Malherbe explains it’s not a look that’s practical in real life. “There’s a real difference between what works on social media and what looks good in reality,” he says. But just like fashion, many beauty buffs are convinced make-up trends are cyclical and we should see more natural beauty looks return. “These girls are going to get older and they’ll need to adapt their look,” says ‎Senior Vice President, Global Product Development for Estée Lauder. “Things evolve. The people using social media they’ll have to evolve. It’ll be about how do I make myself look younger, not how do I look like someone else.”  

Real skin
As much as we love make-up, beauty buffs, young and old, are switching onto the fact that good make-up, starts with great skin. Heavy foundation may dominate social media but make-up experts believe that there’s a growing awareness that natural-looking flawless skin all starts with skincare. “Skincare has been growing significantly over the last year,” says Felix Nguyen, Manager of Education and Artistry Asia Pacific for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. “Women are realising that the key to beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin and that their dependency on their foundations doing everything has shifted to their skincare.” As a result, we’ll see more skincare that focuses on creating the perfect canvas and skin that looks just as good without foundation.

Words: Nicole Saunders