Time for an “editorial takeover” with an eyewear designer for this one. —James J. Spina
Growing up in France, my love for rock cultivated at a young age listening to such greats as the Beatles and the Stones, a BIG influence to me even when it came time to name my sons… Jude and Jagger.
When I started collaborating with John Varvatos, I continued with this inspiration and was actually privileged meeting some of rock’s icons including… Glenn Hughes. I could hear why John was such a big fan of Glenn’s first band Trapeze. Glenn’s career remains stellar with a Hall of Fame stint in Deep Purple, numerous famed collaborations and a powerful solo career.
I recently fitted Glenn for his new world tour but little did I know it would result in securing the new CD cover as well. We discussed designing a style that would resonate with the new direction of his sound as well as emulating iconic style details of classic rock ’n’ roll. We chose the Varvatos Renwick V799, and as soon as he tried it on, we both knew this was HIS frame. As a nod to his signature stage look, we tinted the lenses purple, exclusively for the CD cover.
The rest will be rock ’n’ roll history.
— Nicolas Roseillier, De Rigo Rem
Allow us to once again recall one of our most R ’n’ R focused stories with John Varvatos as featured designer. Our “guest editor” Nico, pictured here, was a key player in our day-in-the-life feature on John. —JJS