S H A D O W S
Guitar heroes are forever
When Tim Van Steenbergen designed his latest collection of sunglasses for theo, he went back to his younger days. Days that were filled with big guitar sounds. Tim took inspiration from the sublime Fenders played by his musical heroes and together with theo designer Serge Bracké, came up with six intense models. The fact that the collection was a genuine collaboration with theo is clearly in evidence in the colours. theo big boss Wim Somers chose a palette of ‘shadow colours’, such as white, grey, black and dark blue, and dubbed them the ‘Shadows’, after his per- sonal guitar heroes.
The advent of grunge took many a teenager by storm, and it was no different for Tim. You could have he- roes again, guitar heroes, and what could possibly appeal more to the imagination of a creative, growing teen. But grunge was so much more than a musical genre. It became a true movement, which even found its way onto the catwalk. Tim wouldn’t be Tim if he didn’t offer his own utterly original interpretation of the trend, focusing on the guitars themselves. He was fascinated by the elegant shapes and the different materials used.
Iconic guitars & teenage idols
The shapes of these sunglasses are offbeat, but the Shadows have plenty of glamour. They are big, dark
and distinctive. Tim carefully studied various types of guitars. Each is made up of different shapes and lines, which he has captured in 6 highly diverse frames, with flaring on the temples in a different colour for example – a reference to Fender – or ‘superimposing’ different materials, like on a Les Paul guitar. The detail in the ear tip refers to a guitar pick.
Grunge also gave rise to its own cult figures, with Kurt Cobain certainly the most legendary. He was the embodiment of grunge with his lumberjack shirts and torn jeans. Shortly before his death, photographer Jesse Frohman was commissioned by the Sunday Observer to photograph Nirvana. Kurt turned up on set in a pair of white sunglasses. It became one of the most iconic images of him. This image was the inspira- tion for Shadow 4, not surprisingly, a cat-eye model.
The colour palette was intentionally kept subdued. The dark colours emphasise the shape, and that was
the underlying idea. Four of the glasses are made entirely of acetate, while 2 models combine acetate with metal. And just like it takes a light source to cast a shadow, the sun is the key to bringing out the ultimate beauty of these frames. They come into their own under the play of light in the transparent and matte acetate.
There are 75 sets of 6 models available. Each set comes in a stylish black presentation box. The lucky
owner receives the glasses in a sleeve – which protects them and can also be used as a cleaning cloth – wrapped in a golden case. Each pair is also accompanied by a vintage-style pendant, made from the same acetate as the frames, in the shape of a guitar pick.
theo & ZEISS
For theo, quality is the highest priority and that’s not just a slogan. For this collection as well, theo has kept eye protection in mind, once again working together with ZEISS. The rock hard coating and the 5- layer anti-reflective treatment make these ZEISS lenses strong as steel and scratch resistant, at the same time as providing optimal eye protection. The Z-symbol on the glass guarantees the authenticity of the product and the renowned ZEISS quality. Model Shadow 2 comes with polarised lenses.
for more information please visit theo’s website.