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Alain Mikli

Alain Mikli - optician to the rich and famous

Mikli's designs helped to dispel the stigma of wearing glasses, making them so cool even people with 20/20 vision want them. Photo: May Tse

Eyewear designer Alain Mikli smiles at me from behind a pair of his signature frames in his store on Stanley Street in Central. "The thing that drives me is freedom," he says.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 4:48pm

In the frame for specs without lenses

In his 33 years of eyewear design, Alain Miklitarian of brand Alain Mikli is a man who has seen it all. But even he was intrigued by how the local fashionistas came to party wearing glasses without lenses, just the frame.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Obsession: Delfina Delettrez sunglasses

Up-and-coming jewellery designer Delfina Delettrez, daughter of fashion doyenne Sylvia Fendi, has designed her first sunglasses collection in collaboration with French eyewear designer Alain Mikli.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Obsession: Alain Mikli gold frames

Glasses are an investment, or so says French eyewear maker Alain Mikli. He has just released a series of limited edition frames that will set you back HK$78,000 a pair. Exclusively designed for men, each style has a solid-gold front (the gold is a combination of 18 carat pink and 14 carat yellow gold) and buffalo-horn temples. Each frame is handmade and there are three models to choose from.

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

5 great: purple accessories

Elegant yet edgy, this purple snakeskin purse features double chain link handles. Purse (HK$21,700) by Zagliani from On Pedder, Wheelock House, Central, tel: 2118 3489

Steal the show in this pair of staggeringly high purple heels with gold detailing on the platform. Heels (HK$8,450) from Versace, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1008

28 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

In the next issue of STYLE ...

We find out why Louis Vuitton's Paul Helbers is causing a fuss, and Alain Mikli shares the secrets of his very successful eyewear business.

If you want to make a big fashion statement this season then get your hands on a manbag which are back and bigger and better than ever. Plus, the hottest trends from the spring/summer runways.

Out March 14.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Sugar and spice

Raise the temperature with knock-out lingerie that's both naughty and nice.

Lifestyle cover: bra (HK$550), thong (HK$330) and garter belt (HK$390) by Elle Macpherson Intimates and gold heart handcuffs (HK$1,815) by Agent Provocateur, all from Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central. Glasses (HK$6,630) from Alain Mikli, Wellington Street, Central.

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Lateral thinking

French eyewear designer Alain Mikli has always had a strong celebrity following and for his latest range he has collaborated with US rapper Kanye West to create a style that is decidedly different. This year, the producer and singer asked Mikli to design futuristic frames for his newest music video, Stronger.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Eyewear award winners focus on thanking their lecturer

When the folks at Alain Mikli announced the results of their Studiomikli eyewear design competition on Monday, the happiest person in the room wasn't necessarily one of the winners.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Fresh ideas and an eye for design will win you an internship at MikliStudio

Eyewear genius Alain Mikli was back in town on Friday to promote a new Festival Walk store and a local eyewear design competition. At the ceremony, it was announced the winners would be flown to his MikliStudio in Paris for an internship with all expenses paid.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Celebrity guests not with the programme

Speaking of the Alain Mikli cocktails: the guests had us wondering just how desperate for attention some Hong Kong personalities are. It's common practice for companies to invite (and often pay) celebrities to show up at events. Last Friday was no exception, with several so-called stars and socialite types mugging for the cameras.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Out of frame

Alain Mikli is transporting his retro style to jewellery with his Bijoux collection for women. Featuring a range of belts, wristlets and rings (HK$940 to HK$2,480) handmade from materials such as cellulose acetate - a cotton-based natural material - metal and leather, each accessory is modelled on his funky frames.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The eyes have it

First there was Starck Eyes, a collaboration between Alain Mikli and Philippe Starck that began 10 years ago. Now, the designers have released the limited-edition ALUX collection in Hong Kong, making it the second market in the world to carry the line (it was launched in Taipei last month).

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Eye for Detail

The piece de resistance of any fashionista's wardrobe is a pair of bold designer sunglasses that accentuate the eyes.

Jackie O. inspired shades by Oliver Peoples from World of Vision $1,780

Wrap around shades by Etro from Lane Crawford $1,700

Classic resin shades by Paul Smith from World of Vision $2,280

3 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Frame & fortune

CONSIDERING THAT ALAIN Mikli has built an empire on vision, literally and metaphorically, it's somewhat ironic that he's struggling to keep his eyes open.

Having just arrived from Europe to launch his latest collection, PACT, the French eyewear designer can be forgiven for his lack of energy. Not that it lasted long.

31 Mar 2005 - 12:00am