Sunglasses of the Month


♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Sunglasses of the Month February 2015 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


New Dolce and Gabbana Basalto Collection

How Dolce and Gabbana Created
Sunglasses from the Earth’s Mantle



Really it all started 500,000 years ago.  From under the earth’s surface fiery, 1000 degree Basalt lava erupts and cools. Today, that perpetual process dominates the Sicilian skyline in the majestic form of Mount Etna, Europe's largest vocano.

And now this is a place where geology meets fashion head on.  A force of nature and a force of fashion combine.

Because those fields of volcanic Basalt rock around Europe’s most active volcano have inspired the fashion house of Dolce and Gabbana and it’s newest collection, Basalto.

The result? Sunglasses featuring temples made from this smouldering, dark volcanic rock.

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Dolce and Gabbana 4241 Basalto

Basalt rock is found as abundantly on the moon, under the Earth’s surface bubbling up in lava form as it is on construction sites. But not on sunglasses, until now. 

A little slab of this fine grained igneous rock is worked into the temples of a sophisticated thick-cut square aviator.

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phase 1

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Basalt rock is heated beyond its melting point
of 1400 degrees, to the correct thickness
that a ‘yarn’ can be created

phase 2

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The resulting liquid is ‘yarned’
into one continuous filament

phase 3

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Wetting the fibres with resin brings back
the Basalt’s beautiful dark colour

phase 4

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7 layers of the fibres are pressed together
in a temple mould creating a rough temple.
The rough temple is then cut with water

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Sunglasses of the month 2015 Dolce and Gabbana Basalto Collection

A force of nature: new Basalto collection from Dolce and Gabbana



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Dolce and Gabbana 2133 Basalto

Angles, angles and angles plus a little volcanic rock go into the 2133. This modern sunglass also features the classic Dolce and Gabbana 'Sicilian hinge' - here you'll find a stylish curve at the edge of the temples.

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Dolce and Gabbana 4210 Basalto

As well as Basalt the 4210 has Dolce and Gabbana's ‘iconic’ Sicilian hinge - the curves at the temple break. But what's special about the 4210 is the really slim modern masculine take on the wayfarer looks.

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