Game changers: Silmo specs showing real innovation

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The breadth and scope of the designs on show at Silmo showed that eyewear design and engineering have been ratcheted up a notch. Simon Jones looks at the highlights

Development in eyewear manufacturing ability has afforded designers the opportunity to experiment with construction and material combinations like never before.

Trends at this year’s Silmo were not about colours or shapes, but forms. How many different materials could be combined, how much could be milled away and how much engineering can be included. Regular acetate frames looked a little bit old hat when compared to what some brands had on offer. It is fairly safe to assume, however, that some of this engineering and design will filter into the more cost-friendly segment of the eyewear market over the next couple of years.

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