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Illesteva Spring 2013


Label: Illesteva by Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske

Need to know: Silberman and Ske’s handcrafted eyewear earned the designers a spot among the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. And, after viewing their Spring collection, it’s easy to see why. The design duo set a roaring scene at its twenties-inspired presentation. Walking in, guests were treated to a trio of swing dancers spinning to the beats of sultry singer Dida and her live brass band, each member of which was sporting Illesteva shades or specs. Three “cigarette girls” held boxes filled with glasses from the new collection. Illesteva’s Spring looks included fan favorites like their round acetate titanium shades in matte rose, lavender, or black, as well as bamboo and horn looks and an animal-print range, which offered retro shapes in leopard, cheetah, tiger, and zebra. The most interesting pair came in the form of a clear, geometric frame with round John Lennon lenses and a strip of leopard running across the top. To play off their motto, “We’ll protect you, rain or shine,” the pair also debuted their first umbrellas, with intricate gold-plated handles, this season.

They Say: “The concept for our presentation is a night out in the Roaring Twenties at a speakeasy during Prohibition. We did it because we think people in the twenties would have worn our collection, just as people in 20 years could wear it. What we’re doing isn’t trendy, it’s timeless and it’s going to be good forever.”

Where to find it:, Barneys New York, Opening Ceremony, Colette, Browns, and other select retailers.

Photo: Courtesy of Illesteva

On Our Radar: Illesteva’s Safari Collection


At last, the slew of rainy days seems to be behind us in New York and a beach weekend lies ahead. If, like me, you broke your favorite pair of shades having too much fun in the sun, New York eyewear label and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Illesteva has debuted a sleek new Safari collection to fill the void. The animal-print frames, debuting exclusively here on, are offered in many of the brand’s new-classic styles—my favorite is the rounded Leonard 2 Safari. The collection ($260 for each style) is available now on

Claire’s Here


Eyewear label Illesteva has garnered a strong following of devoted fans (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Alexa Chung among them) of its handmade, unisex frames since the New York-based label launched in 2009. Recently, the duo behind the sunnies, Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske, decided to make something especially for their lady clientele—introducing Illesteva’s first-ever female-specific frames. To kick things off, they focused on the cat-eye frame, available in four colorways, including tortoise and cream. “They fit in great with the Spring collection, and we always wanted to add a cat-eye frame; it just took a few seasons to design the right one,” the designers tell We have the first look at the Claire ($220), above. The full range is now available on

Photo: Courtesy of Illesteva

Alice Dellal Is Reportedly The New Face Of Chanel, China Drives The Luxury Menswear Market, Dasha Zhukova X Illesteva, And More…


Alice Dellal, the drummer in the band Thrush Metal, is reportedly the next face of Chanel. In the past, Karl Lagerfeld has cast the likes of Blake Lively, Jerry Hall, and Lily Allen in his handbag campaigns. [WWD]

A new study by Consultancy Bain & Co. reveals that the luxury menswear market is growing twice as fast as the luxury womenswear sector. The shift is being driven by China, which is the world’s biggest luxury goods market in terms of growth. [Vogue U.K.]

Dasha Zhukova has designed a limited-edition frame for eyewear brand Illesteva. The sunglasses benefit Restoring Vision, “which has helped supply glasses to more than 1.3 million people in need since 2003.” [WWD]

To celebrate Pringle of Scotland’s debut on, Tilda Swinton sat down with the brand’s creative director, Alistair Carr, to talk about the inspiration behind his first pre-fall collection for the label. The video is exclusively on today. [Dazed Digital]

Photo: Stephane Feugere

Crybaby Has Something To Smile About


“After discussing the idea of opening a store, we had the same vision of combining fine art, fashion, and design in a cohesive and highly curated space,” says Crybaby Presents co-founder Lisa Ziven. “We didn’t think this idea existed in L.A. and felt that it needed to,” adds her partner Dakota Solt.

Thus, the two L.A.-based RISD graduates solved the problem by creating Crybaby Presents, a space for artists and designers to display and sell their work. For their first exhibition, Holy Smoke, debuting in L.A. tomorrow night, the duo called on artists Leo Fitzpatrick, Glen Baldridge, Adam Marnie, and Kevin Zucker to create limited-edition pieces. “Adam Marnie created a sculptural installation for the space,” Ziven says. Wearable art from labels like Illesteva and Katie Gallagher, and the duo’s own clothing line will also be on display (and for sale) in the space. “We reached out to many of our RISD peers and other young, up-and-coming artists that we think are extremely talented and influential,” Ziven says of how they assembled the contributing artists and designers. All of the items in the current installation will be available online later this month, when Crybaby launches its e-commerce site.

This installation ends December 1, but “Crybaby Presents will continue to have exhibitions seasonally, curating each show around fine art, fashion, and other forms of design.”

Crybaby Presents, open October 15 to December 1, 171 South La Brea Ave, Hollywood.

Photo: Courtesy of Crybaby Presents