The new Coco Song Eyewear collection from Area98, brims with Asian delights. Fronts modelled in alluring feline shapes, or more formally squared, are embellished with precious gemstone details and motifs in gold, almost as if these frames were tiaras belonging to an ancient, all-powerful Empress of the Qin Dynasty.
Iconic symbols of the world’s oldest civilisation have been retained, such as the dragon and the symbol of long life, here embellished and re-fashioned in an iconography of elegant opulence. Hard stones such as lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye, malachite and turquoises decorate the sidepieces of these frames in whose acetate precious silks, dried plants and rare birds’ feathers are enclosed. Each frame thus appears a unique masterpiece, able to enhance even the proud gaze of a personage who never deigned to ask to have a wish granted.
BEST DAY owes its unusual brilliance to tiny dried sprigs; together with the bright colours of silk and enamelled metal accents on temples and tips, they give this acetate frame a regal character.
The undisputed strength of this line lies doubtlessly in its details, such as the fine chasing that ornaments the sidepieces hinges and temple tips or the precious stone droplets gracing the sidepieces of HEART STONE, highlighted by their fret-patterned crafting.
That ultimate symbol of power, the Imperial Dragon, becomes a key feature in the RIGHT GLORY frames, uncoiling its sinuous length along the former’s sidepiece, or glowering like a protective guardian from the latter’s front.