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.
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.
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.
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.