For Spring/Summer 2013, Max Mara presents an eyewear capsule collection with an elegant, timeless style. Continue reading
Optitalia Group, a major player in the eyewear sector, presented to the top Gulf optical dealers and members of the press, the latest Spring /Summer 2013 Sunglasses and Frames collections by Safilo.
On Friday February 1st, during a special presentation at the Park Hyatt Hotel –Dubai, Optitalia Group guests enjoyed the celebration and the launch of the collections of the best brands in the fashion world such as Dior, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Boss, Boss Orange, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Pierre Cardin, Oxydo and the very hot Carrera sunglasses.
The guests enjoyed the Arabic theme night with belly dancers and Arabic singer who entertained the crowd while the latest trend evolution in the eyewear sector was revealed.
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The Delhi Eyewear Event, hosted by the Sterling Group happened with a great fanfare which included the who’s who of the optical fraternity in New Delhi at The Lalit hotel on Barakhamba Road from January 29-February1, 2013. Continue reading
Sightsavers in association with Dr RP Center for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi has jointly launched the second phase of the Vision Delhi programme in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri locality on 19th February, 2013. Sightsavers is an international development organization working in the realm of eye care.
Marking the launch of the programme in East Delhi, Ms Sujaya Krishnan, Joint Secretary and Head of National Program for Control of Blindness, Ministry of Health, Government of India, inaugurated the Primary Eye Care Centre (PEC) at the AIIMS Rotary Eye Hospital in the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Krishnan called for greater convergence of initiatives in accelerating the eye care programmes meant for different sections of the urban population. The first phase of the project had a successful launch in South Delhi last year.
‘‘ aims to reach one million people from various slum clusters of East and West Delhi through 5 PEC clinics that will work on a daily basis. It is hoped that by the end of the project, about 90,000 people will be screened for any eye health related issues, of which nearly 60,000 people will be refracted. This project aims to extend quality cataract surgeries to 4500 people above the age of 40 in a period of 3 years.
Speaking on the occasion, Elizabeth Kurian, CEO, Sightsavers India, said, “By virtue of partnering with RPC, which is the apex body at the national level, we have ensured that the project elements are sustained beyond the project life and scaling up of such interventions in other cities where similar needs exist.”
The new Paul Smith collection focuses on strong shapes from the ’20s and ’50s. Oversized, rounded black frames look to the elegant style of Audrey Hepburn, while vintage inspired brow-bar frames in tortoise shell and dark oak take inspiration from the Gatsby period of the late 1920s.
The colours are warm and more neutral for this 2013 collection, thus helping to create a gentle, elegant aesthetic. This season, the signature quote is both optimistic and upbeat. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ is paired with a sun-shaped plaque inlaid on the inside temple of the frames, providing the hidden twist that Paul Smith always exudes.
Safilo Group and Bobbi Brown announced their worldwide licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of optical frames and sunglass collections.
The agreement between the eyewear major and the cosmetics company owned by Estee Lauder and founded by the makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, will run until December 31, 2018, with the first collection of optical frames and sunglasses launching in Spring 2014.
“I am excited to embark on this new journey with Safilo,” said Bobbi Brown, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. “As a makeup artist, I believe that my beauty expertise will translate naturally into eyewear, identifying the best silhouettes and colours for a woman’s face shape, skin tone, and lifestyle. This is a new, innovative approach to interpreting eyewear.”
“We are very pleased to announce this new partnership with Bobbi Brown, a makeup industry maverick who believes that beauty isn’t about looking perfect, but about celebrating a woman’s individuality,” said Roberto Vedovotto, CEO of the Safilo Group. “We want to replicate the huge success Estee Lauder is
having with this brand by translating into her new eyewear collection a modern but classical feel designed to enhance a woman’s own innate beauty.”
The Association of Eye Bank of Asia (AEBA) presented its inaugural award for ‘Pioneering contributions to eye banking in Asia’ to Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder-Chair of L V Prasad Eye Institute.
Dr Rao developed the first international standard eye bank in Asia at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad in 1989. The Ramayamma International Eye Bank at LVPEI is now one of the biggest eye banks in the world and LVPEI in Hyderabad reportedly performs the highest number of corneal transplants from any single centre in the world. In addition to service, the Ramayamma International Eye Bank is also one of the major training centres for eye banking personnel and research in the world.
Dr Rao was a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America, and had played a major role in the creation of the Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI) where he was also the former President. Through its activities, EBAI stimulated the development of a world class eye banking network in India, and helped in the development of many eye banks in Asia.
Mumbai-based Sterling Group, a leading eyewear distributor in India, will be introducing several new brands in the country.
These include various Marchon brands like Valentino, Bebe, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Chloe, Michael Kors and Nike. Of these, Nike is the first sports eyewear brand that Sterling is adding to its list.
Sterling is also strengthening its kids eyewear portfolio with the addition of Warner Bros eyewear, which include eyewear based on famous cartoon characters like Tweety, Tom and Jerry amongst others. Sterling’s portfolio already includes kids eyewear from Marvel and Disney.
“The next year is going to be a very exciting one for us, with the additional of such reputed new brands in our portfolio,” said Ketan Parikh, Managing Director of Sterling Group. “We are confident that the growing Indian market will accept these brands gladly and we hope to set new milestones for our company in 2013.”
The company will also held a four-day optician meet at The Lalit at Connaught Place in New Delhi, between 29th January to 1st February, 2013. The company had invited leading opticians from all over the country to this event where they were shown the latest Spring Summer 2013 collections from its various brands.
Mumbai-based Shailaja Optical Industries has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute Daniel Hechter’s eyewear in India. Daniel Hechter is a fashion brand based in Paris. The brand blends French savoir faire with sporty elegance to create eyewear styles that convey urban chic.
It was in 1962 that French designer Daniel Hechter made a foray into the fashion world and the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. The collection from the brand includes a mix of oversized sunglasses, half rim optical designs as well as colourful acetate frames in interesting shapes.
Mumbai’s SNDT University’s students of Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology visited The Macherji Nowrojee (MN) Banajee Industrial Blind Home in the city on 20th October, 2012. The 14 students were accompanied by Yogita Rajgandhi, Principal of Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry.
Jeevan, the co-ordinator at the institution assisted the group and showed them to the various sections where the visually impaired students learn life-skills like weaving, making of objects made from canes and sewing. They were also given a tour of the computer coaching section too. The tour was wrapped up with some dance where the students of SNDT University and MN Bawajee Industrial Blind Home jointly participated in.
Mumbai-based OptiVision has introduced Elizabeth Arden Eyewear in India, making the brand’s stylish eyewear available for the discerning and elegant woman.
Beginning as a skin care company over a century ago, Elizabeth Arden soon expanded into beauty products and eyewear. Its eyewear collections are designed and manufactured by Eyewear Designs.
9 second-year and third-year students from Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry visited Essilor’s Mumbai facility on 7th September, 2012. They were accompanied by their principal, Yogita Rajgandhi.
The students got an opportunity to understand how lenses are manufactured and how different types of surfacing treatments are applied on lenses. They interacted with the division heads of different processes at the facility, who informed them about the newer developments in different domains of lens technology.