Oprah Winfrey’s speech makes a mark at Golden Globes; so does her eyewear!



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It was not just Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech that made waves at the 2018 Golden Globes award recently; it was also her choice of eyewear that sent the makers – Sospiri eyewear trending on social media. Her glasses, a pair of stylish black horn-rims from the Sospiri Collection framed her face perfectly. She looked every bit her graceful and classy self with powerful personal style.

She was there at the Golden Globes to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award, making her the first woman of color to receive the honorary nod. She delivered such an inspiring speech that the room erupted into an applause and gave her a standing ovation. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak the truth to the power of those men,” said Winfrey. “But their time is up. Their time is up.”

Marcolin Group and Rivoli Group sign a joint venture in the Middle East

Eyezone Blog-Giovanni Zoppas, CEO Marcolin Group


Marcolin Group, a worldwide leading eyewear company, announced today to have signed a joint venture agreement with Rivoli Group, one of the largest luxury retailers in the Middle East area.

The JV, named Marcolin Middle East, is 51% owned by Marcolin Group and its headquarters will be based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It will distribute the eyewear collections of the Marcolin’s brand portfolio: Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Ermenegildo Zegna, Montblanc, Roberto Cavalli, Tod’s, Emilio Pucci, Swarovski, Dsquared2, Diesel, Just Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Timberland, Guess, Gant, Harley-Davidson, Marciano, Skechers and Web. Read more

Yateem Eye Center and Day Care Surgery Opens in Khalifa City

UAE’s most advanced eye care center – Yateem Eye Center and Day Care Surgery – was launched on April 16th in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi by His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development.

The Yateem Eye Center and Day Care Surgery, is a highly-specialized health care center with world-class facilities and a team of medical professionals with strong clinical expertise.

The launch marks a major milestone in the healthcare sector of UAE. With an ever increasing usage of digital devices, the dry environmental conditions, increasing prevalence of diabetes and health complications; vision related complications are on the rise.

The Yateem brand has been synonymous with high quality eye care in GCC since 1910. The Yateem Eye Center, is the brainchild of UAE’s leading optical expert; Nasser A Yateem. As the Vice Chairman of Yateem Opticians retail optical chain, he identified the need for a specialty eye care center in UAE to meet the needs of the growing population in the region.

The Eye Center is one of the largest specialty centers in UAE and caters to patients from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Residents of UAE can now experience the latest in diagnostic/therapeutic technologies by skilled professionals, under one roof. The facility also houses a family medicine clinic, a dedicated pharmacy and optical retail unit.

Amélie Morel elected President of Silmo

Amélie Morel, President, Silmo Paris

The Board of Directors of the Silmo Association, the founding proprietor of the Silmo Paris Exhibition, has unanimously elected Amélie Morel as the new Silmo Paris president.

Communications Director for the Morel company which has embodied the know-how of the French eyewear industry for more than 130 years, Amélie Morel will take the helm of this major optics and eyewear event which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The 4th generation to manage the family business alongside her brothers Jérôme and Francis, Amélie Morel received a resounding vote of confidence from the association’s Board to continue the work of promoting both the Silmo Exhibition and the industry, previously carried out by Philippe Lafont who passed away suddenly in March.

For the past 50 years, Silmo Paris has been carving out a niche as the flagship trade fair for all optics and eyewear professionals. Under the impetus of successive presidents, Silmo has developed tools and promotional platforms to support the profession: Silmo d’Or awards, Silmo Academy, Trends Forum etc. True to its dynamic and innovative DNA, the blueprint for serving the needs of the profession, Silmo Paris will continue this momentum. At its head will be an ambassador for the French eyewear sector who combines a fresh approach with an extensive knowledge of both communications and the French and international eyewear markets.

Backed by a committed, close-knit team, Silmo Paris will work hard to complete all the projects initiated, in particular:

  • celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading optics and eyewear exhibition;
  • delivering constructive innovations to ensure the exhibition remains at the cutting edge of market developments;
  • meeting the expectations of exhibitors and visitors even more effectively in terms of business, socialising, creativity, training and innovation.

At the close of the Board meeting, Amélie Morel gave a statement: “This nomination represents an honour for the Morel family, and for me in particular. It is a demanding task, one that Philippe fulfilled with outstanding devotion and professionalism. The confidence and support expressed by all Board members will enable me to continue on the path initiated by Guy Charlot and ensure that Silmo Paris maintains its position at the forefront of the major international optics and eyewear exhibitions.”