Fashionable frames for summer

Karen Walker led the charge. Kate Sylvester and Zambesi have also been producing covetable frames for many years.

Now two more New Zealand designers have joined the fray – Andrea Moore, and I Love Ugly.

Moore’s range hits stores on December 1. Manufactured from Italian-made acetate, the frames have incredible depth of shine because each pair is tumbled in olive oil for two weeks. The frames also have 24 carat gold-coated hinges.

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In keeping with Moore’s style the range is classic in tones of nude, black, tortoiseshell and crystal. Frames include 70s-inspired ‘Jet Set’.

Meanwhile Kate Sylvester has just released her latest sunglasses collection. A standout style in the collection is ‘Camille’ which mixes metal and plastic. A modern use of colour is also prominent throughout the range. Each frame is also named after a literary character. Camille comes from the Alexandre Dumas book of the same name, and Anna from Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries. The campaign features model Holly-Rose Emery, who is one of MiNDFOOD Style’s cover stories (check out the new magazine on sale now).

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Menswear label I Love Ugly has also chosen eyewear as the next extension of their range with three styles – ‘Obi’, ‘Alistair’ and ‘Oliver’. The custom-made sunglasses feature I Love Ugly quotes, and are available now.

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Cutting edge contemporary jewellery

The works of contemporary artists from around the world have been brought together for a special exhibition which explores the connection between art, design and contemporary jewellery making.

Intimately Connected, now showing at .M Contemporary art gallery, Sydney, aims to educate and engage visitors with the contemporary making process.

“Jewellery art is often used as a form of self-expression and can draw attention to sexuality, enhance beauty, signify wealth and status, project power – but wearing a work of art can also have an emotional meaning,” says Michelle Paterson, director and founder of .M Contemporary.

The wearable objects explore contemporary ideas and themes through the theatrical use of colour, unexpected scale, texture, decorative details and striking sculptural elements.

Works by British contemporary artist Zoe Robertson (pictured below) and Olga and Rok of Slovania (top image) feature in the exhibition.

Robertson’s open-minded approach to challenging the boundaries of jewellery is the motivation behind her practise. Her work is known for its bold colours, striking patterns and tactile surfaces.

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Slovenian jewellery designer Olga Kosica and graphic designer Rok Marinsek are the creative pair behind the Ljubljana-based jewellery label olgafacesrok. Inspired by contemporary art, sculpture, painting and nature, their work is often created by combining materials, techniques and the latest technologies such as 3D printing.

Intimately Connected is showing at .M Contemporary art gallery, Sydney until October 26.