SILHOUETTE X ARTHUR ARBESSER
Collab of the Issue
We have already shown the collaboration between SILHOUETTE and Austrian fashion designer Arthur Arbesser on the pages of this magazine. But we never gave you the inside story ON how the brand worked with the Italy-based designer on creating exclusive eyewear in characteristic SILHOUETTE lightness and high-end quality. The gorgeous Special Edition model surprises with unexpected lens color combinations; probably the first frameless pair of shades to implement two colors in one lens. We found out the how and why in our meeting with the 34-year-old designer at his Milan studio, where we was deeply engaged in his process (featuring Absolut vodka and Vibram FiveFingers). Here’s what Arthur had to say before jet-setting off to Paris.
Because that’s how my parents named me. It’s 100% my real name.
Because fashion design has always been a dream of mine. I ended up coming into it via opera and the theater, where I first realized the tremendous power behind a costume and clothing in general.
Since I spent seven years working in the design team at Giorgio Armani right after graduating and before going independent. So I kind of got “stuck” in my new home town.
Because I studied women’s wear in London and exclusively worked on designing women’s fashion at Armani. But with Arthur Arbesser I would also welcome the chance to work on men’s fashion – and finally design some things for myself.
Because glasses are small, yet extremely effective accessories – and immensely important. That was the attraction.
…work with SILHOUETTE?
Because SILHOUETTE, much like myself, hail from Austria – so that was a beautiful combination. SILHOUETTE also stands for utmost quality, unbeatable in terms of technology. Working with such know-how was really appealing to me.
…design and color?
Because strong colors, simple and geometric lines, plus graphical prints really reflect my personal fashion DNA. And it also informed this collaboration. But I was also inspired by the shape of Arthur Miller’s glasses and the color combination of glasses from the Vienna’s Workshop art collective around the year 1900.