- since 1984 -
CHRISTIAN ROTH AND ERIC DOMÈGE have created a visionary EYEWEAR BRAND that defines trends and sets fashion standards
Live. Love. Laugh. Thrive. Protect. Survive. Mantras for the 21st Century. Words that inspire the enduring nature of Christian Roth. More chic than cool, more fun than fad, more sexy than sassy, more design than “designer”. If eyes are the windows into our soul, then our choice of eyewear must surely reveal the truth that lies within. “I received a pair of Ray-bans at age 15 and this defining moment set in motion a passion for eyewear that would change my life forever. Later, I set out to find a serious frame to wear during my graduation year but was faced with limited choices and lackluster designs. This is when I vowed to build a company that not only created the object of my desire, but an object desired by many.” Christian Roth (Read more about us…)
CLARA DASSIE & DANIEL BUREN
Photo by Paul Dramard
Clara, student and model,
was not born in 1986 when Daniel Buren,
a conceptual artist of the 70’s created
a 3,000 m² sculpture “Colonnes de Buren”
in the great courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris
where this picture was taken last weekend.
Our muse is wearing Christian Roth titanium sunglasses– 4 Your Eyes Only vol. 2 – in hazel brown.
WE LOVE PARIS IN THE SPRING TIME
Photo by Paul Dramard
“Every time I look down on the timeless town
Whether blue or gray be her skies,
Whether loud be her cheers,
Or whether soft be her tears,
More and more do I realize that…
I love Paris in the spring time” Ella Fitzgerald
Earth Day 2013 is every day
‘LE POINT VERT’
BY GENEVIEVE CLAISSE,
KEEPS REMINDING US
AND OUR GREEN PLANET.
ERIC WILL COOK A
SPECIAL EARTH DAY MEAL!
SO MANY IMPORTANT MOMENTS
In Clodagh Norton’s Eyewear blog Eyestylist from London and Paris
CHRISTIAN ROTH AND ERIC DOMÈGE
A NEW STORY, ROOTED IN THE PAST, AT CHRISTIAN ROTH EYEWEAR
8th April 2013 I first started following Christian Roth when I got my first job in optical publishing back in 1999. In the ’80s and ’90s, this independent label had already played an impressive role in establishing sunglasses as a key accessory in the fashion arena, and their glamorous shades were worn by everyone who was anyone in fashion and music…memorably, because of the extraordinary images that ensued, Kate Moss, Agyness Dean, Lenny Kravitz, and many, many more.
PAST: Series A, Christian Roth / 1980s
PAST: Optical Affairs / Christian Roth, the early years – signed by Warhol
“Our first overnight success was with Series A (left), our rimless frame in acetate and metal, designed so you could customise the lens shape with the colour of the frame. It was something very different back then, so that it became an overnight success and went straight on the cover of WWD. At that time, we were seeing our frames on all kinds of influential people from different walks of life, from Andy Warhol to Diana Ross, but it wasn’t endorsement, they were genuinely buying our frames and wanting to wear them because they loved them. It was incredible. It is our privilege to have lived in NYC in that period when celebrity culture was not such an issue.
“In the early 90s we joined the CFDA, thanks to Anna Wintour and Candy Pratts Price (the US Vogue team) who wanted the best eyewear designers on board as part of the Association; that was another important moment. (Read more “So many important moments” Designer-of-the-Month on eyestylist.com) by Clodagh Norton. Thank you!
DARING IS AN ART!
IN ROCK’N ROTH
AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION
Cannes April 4, 2013: Célia Citterio, photo by her sister Margot
p.s. Célia is the granddaughter “par alliance” of Eric’s young sister Catherine.
JUICY J IN ‘SHOW OUT’ STARRING CHRISTIAN ROTH SUNNIES
‘The Times They Are A-Changin’
Juicy J is wearing Christian Roth sunglasses in his new Video Show Out which is also directed by him. Special Thanks to Juicy J for picking one of our favorite satin gold designs which looks perfect on him, and so suitable to be worn on his private jet. The Fun and witty script puts you instantly in a ‘fast lane’ party spirit. Brilliant performances by Juicy J., Big Sean and Young Jeezy. Almost 5 million viewers on U-Tube until today within 2 weeks. Bravo and Congratulations!!!
Serge Gainsbourg wrote a famous song for Brigitte Bardot in 1967, but interpreted years later by his wife Jane Birkin ‘Je t’aime…moi non plus,’ the song was rated ‘R’ because it culminates in orgasm sounds by Birkin: mostly because of this, it was banned from radio in most European countries and not played by many radio stations in the U.S. because it was deemed too risqué. And Jane’s performance was denounced by the Vatican. I myself remember well, my parents cared and did not want me to own or even listen to this record (of course, I could not resist!) The change of time is always fascinating as people’s opinions – in popular culture – evolve.
Last night, we took the time to read the lyrics of the ‘Show Out’ performance because we could not understand all acoustically. Now, we do… and yes it is an evidence, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ …and that was in 1964 by Bob Dylan!
THE HILTON BROTHERS
Part 2: Sean
Chris and Paul a.k.a. The Hilton Brothers always bring the Unexpected, Fun and a Scene. They took us to the eatery O-B House where we indulged ourselves with their famous pancakes, made with love by Chef Aaron Johnson. And guess what happened when Sean, the ‘Michelangelesque’ Maître d’ (and dog rescuer) met the two über talented artists? A series of candid pictures revealing a new face. Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg photographed Sean with and without Christian’s favorite -T-Aviator- in Teal… et Voila! We present today’s face of Christian Roth Eyewear. Thank you Christopher, Paul and Sean.
THE HILTON BROTHERS
Part 1: Andy Dandy
Our friends Chris and Paul a.k.a. The Hilton Brothers, two prolific photographers became a Manhattan studio jammed with works in progress of every variety. And while their work as individuals is remarkable, when Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg link up, the overlap is magic. The Hilton Brothers collaboration, ANDY DANDY, is a portfolio that combines images from Makos “Altered Image” portraits of Andy Warhol with images from Solberg’s “Bloom” series of crisp, mesmerizing still lives of flowers. The pairing create a provocative dialogue on themes of beauty and self-image. The photographs of Andy Warhol in “Andy Dandy” are the result of a 1981 collaboration between Makos and Warhol. Andy had said, “I’m not trying to look beautiful like Elizabeth Taylor, I’m trying to show what it feels like to be beautiful like Elizabeth Taylor.” Last week end we joined Chris and Paul in Fort Lauderdale for their show called TENOUTSIDE, an outdoor exhibition of ten billboard- sized diptychs mounted in a collaboration with the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, North Beach Village and John O’Connor’s Tropic Magazine. Their lecture at the Museum became a Two Men Show, Chris and Paul worked the room as true entertainers! The audience, among them Marta Hallett, Glenn Albin, Louis Canales, Greg Kendall, Hal Philipps and Laura Miller loved them. The Hilton Brothers bring art, culture and style to North Bay Village!
THE NOMINEES ARE…
“2013 CFDA Fashion Awards”
An event always marked in our calendar we hate to miss, but not this year: The day the nominees & special honorees for the CFDA Awards are announced during a cocktail reception for members only! This year at the new CFDA headquarters on Bleecker Street in NYC, hosted by Diane von Fürstenberg and Nadja Swarovski. The fabulous space intimately filled with the movers, shakers and talents of American fashion & accessories. Met the adorable Olsen twin sisters, Michael Bastian and Alexander Wang both nominees, and as Diane von Fürstenberg mentioned to me she never saw so many eyewear designers at her party! Blake Kuwahara, Shane Baum and Patty Perreira – also members – were present. The stylish guests sipped on Veuve Clicquot before the announcements. Congratulations to all Nominees & Honorees!!! The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on June 3 and will be underwritten by Swarovski for the 12th time.
Visionaries’ Extraordinary Eyewear
Minimalist Cool to Maximalist Fun!
With our newest optical acetate prodigies,
we want to re-affirm our commitment
to a vision of modernism
combining high tech and classicism.
Each frame is meticulously handcrafted,
no less than 3 different acetate colors
and countless steps
in the making of “Block-On 2013″
In the Italian Dolomites next to the jet-setters’ favorite ski resort of the 1960′s, Cortina d’Ampezzo, nestles a small factory, known for its superb craftsmanship and famous for being the highest altitude eyewear factory in the world. This is where the Christian Roth capsule collection, entitled “BLOCK-ON 2013” is made with love in rich, colorful and elegantly stylish acetate materials, inspired by the artist Julio Le Parc and his vision ‘to obtain optical results’.
The manufacturing process, a technique hereto unseen, is a long and extremely meticulous craft. The play with colors, materials and shapes is unlimited and makes each combination One-of-a-Kind. Exclusively available on Christian Roth POP-UP SHOP online.
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MARIE CLAIRE UK SELECTED THE ICONIC CHRISTIAN ROTH TITANIUM WRAP-AROUND FOR THEIR FEBRUARY ISSUE FASHION COVER FEATURING TOP MODEL MILAGROS, STYLED BY SARAH CHRISTIE AND PHOTO BY DANIEL GABBAY.
Thank you to our wonderful friends and muses Fiona Louppe West and Erin Newberg to pose in an unsual “mise-en-scene”… The muses were not looking at the photographer, but rather at the mirror, and so themselves. This Series “REFLECTION 2013″ was a fun encounter, in the largest sense, inspired by the vanity which inhabits each of us. Photo by Eric Domege.
(Erin’s hair by Mark Williamson@Femme Coiffure and Fiona’s by Duber@Oribe)
Lisa Lovatt-Smith was introduced to us through our friend Marcus von Ackermann, and her story and cause instantly touched our hearts. Lisa, a successful author and publisher, had an extravagant life working as the editor at Vogue Magazine and living all over Europe. In 2002, Lisa and her daughter volunteered at an orphanage in Ghana and her life took a drastic and significant turn. She quit her job and moved her entire life to Ghana to start an organization to help children at risk of abandonment, providing them with opportunities and secure futures within their own families and communities. Just imagine more people like her! The world would definitely be a better place for children in need.
To show our support, part of the proceeds from all the Christian Roth collections and RARE Vintage sold through this site will go to OrphanAid Africa.
News (Last But Not Least)
Photo by Patrick McMullan
Every December we auto-arrive to our favorite city of Miami for the most chic week: Art Basel. Year after year, one of our top choices for a glamorous party is the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MoCA) exhibit opening, a partnership with Vanity Fair magazine. This past year, we attended the annual reception for Bill Viola’s show entitled “Liber Insularum”. Celebrity packed, attendees included Bruce Weber, Christian Slater, Tracy Emin and W magazines’s Editor Stefano Tonchi. At the extravaganza, we met with our muse and best friend Erin Newberg, a Society Princess who is known for her philanthropic efforts. Our “It Girl” socialized with basically the entire party and was also filming a segment for Miami Pop, a blog founded by Jerry Powers, the visionary behind Ocean Drive Magazine. She was decked out in a vintage Leonard Paris one-piece leopard jumpsuit paired with handmade earrings from Caracas. The word “wow” was an understatement. It caused heads to turn—including us! This is when we both decided to ask Erin to pose “Cover Ready” for the all new christian-roth.com.