>> Yesterday, the one day winter sun in London – so few and far between in amidst the ridiculous amounts of rain – was cheering. Even better when I had got wind of Craig and Karl’s range for Le Specs, making me even more determined that sunnies all year round should be mandatory, when such shades are available. NY-LON duo Craig Redman and Karl Maier‘s and easy-on-the-eye, 21st century take on pop aesthetic is beginning to prove lucrative when it comes to product collaboration. Their MCM collections showcased distinctive elements of their illustration that worked a treat when you had heavily lidded eyes staring back at you from a clutch or a backpack. This latest collaboration with Le Specs is equally desirable. In a 15 piece collection, with styles called “Houdini”, “Hi Brow” and “Lost Weekend”, the duo gets to carry on their fixation with their eyes, incorporating motifs like a key, in a play of metaphoric imagery. Add their signature use of stripes, polka dots, an unxpected squiggle or two and a pretty pastel palette and you have yourself a pretty delicious looking set of shades that will be going into stores like colette in Paris, I.T. in Hong Kong, Five Storey and Creatures of Comfort in New York and more importantly for the rest of us, Net-a-Porter in February. Snatches of sun in the early morning, winter sun accompanied by bitingly cold winds, sweltering heat sun, hell, even the super bright lights of my living room (have not installed a dimmer switch yet) – I’ll take all the light out there for an opportunity to sport any of these Craig and Karl x Le Specs specimens.
January 15, 2014