If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of Statement Sunglasses and you’ve got some cash to spare, then look no further than Swedish designer, Anna-Karin Karlsson. Coming across the designer via Fariza Ahmadova’s blog Blesque, I was curious to find out more.
Firstly, looking through Karlsson’s collection I was impressed by the unusual shapes and designs which aren’t short on theatrics. They’re dramatic, show-stopping creations that command attention, although some styles, (the Coco’s in particular), are a little more on the conservative side, depending on the colour/pattern you opt for. There are around 15 styles on offer, and at least one pair to suit every mood or occasion with rather fanciful names; When Trouble Came to Town, Mourning for Miss Blow, Coco on the Run and Cocoa goes to Canne.
My favourites (above): Isola Ella.
So where does the level of high drama come from? It turns out that Karlsson’s one of these highly ambitious, urgently creative types. She graduated from an acting school in her late teens, and ended up working for one of the most highly regarded opticians in London. Having learnt and honed her skills from the best, from there, she dispensed and designed bespoke eyewear for royalty and the likes of Saville Row gents, whose penchant for custom tailoring could only be matched by a pair of Karlsson’s one-off designs.
If that’s not enough, she’s also a singer (she’s been known to make music by night), and has been signed to independent music labels (albeit under a pseudonym to keep her creative projects as separate entities). But what remains clear and unique to her, is that her performance background shines through in her collection(s), proving that one’s past inevitably influences one’s future.
If you’re keen to incorporate some luxe ‘animal chic’ into your accessories collection, then the leopard draped Rose et la Mer’s (above) might be just up your alley.
Whilst Anna Karin Karlsson’s bespoke client list is likely to be extremely exclusive, it’s nice to know that it’s possible (with quite a bit of scrimping and saving), to invest in a piece of Karlsson magic, with prices ranging from around 400-600 Euro. Whilst that’s a little on the pricey side, for now I’m more than happy to admire from a distance. I can only imagine that wearing a pair of Karlsson’s would be akin to walking around with a piece of artwork attached to your face (in a good way), because hers is an aesthetic which traverses fashion into art rather succinctly.
Above: Coming a close 2nd- (black and gold) Mourning for Miss Blow// When Trouble Came to Town
Below: Coco and the Row//After the Rain
Photography:Jesper and Mathias for Anna-Karin Karlsson
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