The Australian-based brand is boldly going into negative space with the new Karen Walker Metals collection for 2016.
“We altered our focus this season with new styles that expose their intrinsic architecture and create a sense of illusion, almost as if the frames float on the face,” says Karen Walker.
In a stellar colour palette of Metallic Blue, Gold and Silver, the collection introduces a new aviator shape, Jaques, with a teardrop shaped lens and reworks classic lens shapes ‘Simone’ from Supser Duper Strength, ‘Marguerite’ from Number One and ‘Emmanuel’ from Moon Disco. Reflecting the full metal attitude of the new frames, lens options include a heavy metal mirror in silver or blue alongside the classic G15 green lens.
London-based director/photographer Barnaby Roper, who worked with Karen Walker and Parris Goebel on the Superstars collaboration, returned to shoot the images, which are a modern exploration of Man Ray’s solarisation methods featuring UK model Hazel Townsend. The new collection also sharpens focus on materials with high quality Zeiss lenses, Monel metal finish and air-cushioned nose pads used in all frames.
Shop the collection here.