PARIS, Apr 28, 2009 / FW/ — As announced last March, German designer Bernhard Willhelm is collaborating with Mykita, the couturiers of ultra-light glasses frames to create limited edition sunglasses models that are handmade at the MYKITA workshop in Berlin.
Expected to be available in stores in June 2009, the Bernhard Willhelm Limited Edition Mykita sunglasses are available in both men and women’s styles.
To accompany his ski outfits, three mirrored sunglasses models. The result is a trio of aviator-style sheet-metal frames: FRANZ, SEPP and LUKE.
All models are available in colors matching those of the clothing collection: blue, white and gold.
The FRANZ model was inspired by and named after legendary downhill champion Franz Klammer. The expensive but Spartan design is a conscious reference to the inadequacies of past manufacturing methods.
SEPP is a drop-shaped frame featuring a rather rugged-looking parallel bridge. Its styling harks back to the rudimentary industrial frame-punching techniques of the 1970s.
Last but not least, LUKE is the oversize version of MYKITA’s best-selling model – a sophisticated frame with timeless appeal. The models with a blue finish (applied by hand) are combined with mirrored blue lenses, while the white frames come with positively dazzling red mirror lenses.
The real head-turner is the all-gold variety, with lenses and frames together resulting in a glistering nugget-like effect out on the ski run. All three frames are contrasted with silver hinges.
Two new styles of metal sunglasses, one round, one square were designed together.
From the idea of 70’s style floor length dresses came the inspiration for JANIS. JANIS is a typical 70’s perfectly round and oversized shape, to be worn as Miss Joplin used to do it, slightly low on the nose.
USCHI is the square friend, and an easy to wear and flattering shape. Together JANIS & USCHI form a perfectly contrasting pair.
Both models are available in three versions: gold with brown gradient lenses, gold with gold-mirrored lenses and silver with grey gradient lenses. All three executions feature contrasting hinges: gold features silver hinges and vice versa.