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top picks 0431 magazine covers including British and Italian Vogue. Cutler and Gross also produces its own editorial-like campaigns shot by photographer Platon and has a number of designer collaborations under its belt with fashion designers including Erdem, Victoria Beckham and Bella Freud. “I approach these in the same way as if I was seeing a private client,” Wilkinson explains. “I love discovering the individual DNA of the brands we collaborate with.” Most recently, Wilkinson worked with London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic to launch a S/S17 range. Inspired by archival styles from the 1980s, the collection features contrasting retro colourways such as Pink Havana and Cinnamon Brown on oversized, geometric frames. Film, too, is another field the brand has close ties with, and famous on-screen faces that have worn Cutler and Gross glasses include Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal, Julia Roberts in Notting Hill and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor. “Working with Matthew Vaughn and Arianne Phillips on the Kingsman films was a career highlight,” adds Wilkinson. And the label’s celebrity followers don’t end there. “Elton John, Rihanna and Michelle Obama are all fans,” she tells me proudly, “but we have only had to close the shop for Madonna.” As for these famous faces’ star quality, it’s all down to that all-important accessory. “The right sunglasses on the right person can turn heads and turn you into a star. As the world’s most recognised people demonstrate, they are nobody without their sunglasses,” she asserts. If instant star quality isn’t tempting enough, Wilkinson stresses that the right shades comes with additional health benefits. “Sunglasses are an important accessory from a health standpoint as they prevent ultraviolet light from getting into your eyes, onto the lids and the surrounding skin,” she explains. I wear them all year round.” As to what she thinks we should be wearing this year, Wilkinson predicts vivid colours, acetates that “are bold both in weight and texture, and mixed with fine metal bridges for refined combination frames”. Its vintage styles might be a far cry from your standard aviators, but few labels put other frames in the shade quite like Cutler and Gross. 6 Church Street, NW8, cutlerandgross.com

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“Mr Gross sought the man who made frames for Aristotle Onassis in the 1960s and the machine designed to satisfy Onassis’ particular demands. It was later used to make this style in the 1980s.”

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“Gingham is synonymous with Comme des Garçons, so this iconic style was screen-printed exclusively for its Homme Plus collection. I received a personal appreciation from Rei Kawakubo.”

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“This is the first Cutler and Gross frame I ever owned and I have worn it continuously since. I love the way the star pins lend extra glamour to the kitten upsweep.”

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“This style was inspired by 1960s record producer Joe Meek, who was never without his iconic wrap-around sunglasses. A double thickness of acetate had to be milled out to create it.”

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“Inspired by Piet Mondrian’s graphic art, two tiny rectangles of acetate were carefully removed and replaced with vivid red and yellow rectangles to create a Cubist landscape.” 29

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