CHANEL and LUXOTTICA have done it again! Fall/winter 2012 showcases the most peculiar CHANEL boutique exclusive sunglasses since a long time! These shades have hardly been promoted as the only place you could see them till now was CHANEL’s website. They were not worn by any models on CHANEL’s fw12 pret-a-porter catwalk and the text describing them on CHANEL’s website totally lacks in information in regards of the construction and making of these beautiful sunglasses.
Lets begin with the first big innovation and technique that striked our eyes the minute we first saw these shades: the back of the frame as well as the back part of both temples is completely hand painted with what appears to be a color for acetate or maybe even CHANEL’s own nailpolish colors for the fw12 season. In fact, and this is the striking bit of information, each pair of these shades is unique due to the fact that each pair has been hand painted!
We do not know who came up with this idea and who decided for this type of painted pattern on the sunglasses. We are also not sure how to classify this type of painting. It appears to be a blend between puntinism, romantic painting and avant-garde search for the sublime through colors. It is, however, obvious that the contrast between excellent craftsmanship in acetate cut and build was meant to clash on purpose with the amateur paint job look. We have posted several close-up pictures so that you can see the intensity of the paint job on the acetate.
This is indeed a daring step forward for CHANEL and high end sunglasses in general as it brakes with the company’s over polished clean look and adds a huge dose of emotions and humanity into their products. These shades could not be more contrasting in themselves.
The skeleton build is shaped into crystal forms. Both frame and temples have the shape of assymetric crystals perfectly polished and smoothened on all edges. The crystal is a perfect example of natural mineralisation patterns. This “natural” perfection contrasts sublimly with the uneven paint brush strokes of a human hand! A clear contrast, if it weren’t for the fact that the “crystals” were also carved and made by human hands. What we have here is a poetic execution of contrasts, both delivered by humans in their attempt to strive towards the sublime! In fact, the fragile, quick paint strokes magically embed themselves within the strong crystal shapes.
The frame and temples are made of transparent acetate and have been painted with black, burgundy red/brown and rose colors. The paint job has been sealed with a coat of isolating liquid to prevent it’s peeling and chipping. This protective coat delivers an uneven finish touch to the paint job, creating a surface with tiny air bubbles and bumps which adds an organic look to the already perfect crystal cut shape. Each temple has a brushed silver metal double “C” logo attached to it and the CHANEL name as well as product and color numbers are printed in white on the inside extreme outter edge of the temples.
We are pretty sure this was an experiment on CHANEL’s behalf to deliver something new within their standards by adding a twist of emotions to their sunglasses. We believe they have fully achieved their goal! We wonder who’s idea was it exactly and which designer/artist at LUXOTTICA and or CHANEL is to be praised for this achievement. We are not sure if this effect and execution was really wanted by CHANEL as these shades have not been showcased on the runway.
Wether it be an experiment, a desired effect or just a mistake, these sunglasses deserve to be remembered and archived for future refference and study. They are misterious and attractive and inspire too many questions to be forgotten.
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