I was invited to the launch of the new Jean Paul Gaultier eyewear range produced by Alain Mikli at the Mikli store, a stone’s throw from the Garibaldi metro stop, in Milano’s Corso Como. A young and vibrant part of the city where dance clubs and bars line the street together with boutiques and designer stores like Carlo Pignatelli and Alessandro Oteri, this is the ideal location to showcase a range of eyewear which unsettles tradition and turns frames and shades into objects of desire.
French style meets Italian creativity in this trendy collection of sunglasses and frames for prescription specs. Colours are wild and racy in blues and reds with frame shapes spanning a variety from cat’s eye to big and over-dramatised to just plain unconventional. Made entirely by hand, each piece has unique and unusual qualities that make it stand out from the competition.
You will also find innovative eyewear by the French designer, Phillipe Starck in the Mikli store. What makes this collection so special is that each frame is incredibly flexible minimising damage and breakage. The arms of each pair can be easily replaced by simply sliding off the old and sliding on the new.