100% Optical 2019: The Highlights.

100% Optical 2019 Excel London

100% Optical 2019 was brilliant. For those that aren’t familiar, it is the UK’s biggest optical trade show. It takes place at London’s Excel every January and this year saw over 9000 visitors and more than 200 exhibitors. I was there as an official media partner, as a speaker and as an AOP awards judge.

100% Optical 2019: Fashion Show

Eyewear is the main focus of the exhibition. The catwalk shows are always eagerly awaited and this year it was presented by DJ and model Annaliese Dayes.

100% Optical 2019 catwalk

100% Optical 2019 catwalk

100% Optical 2019 catwalk

100% Optical 2019 catwalk

100% Optical 2019 catwalk

100% Optical Eyewear

Dunelm Optical celebrated its 50th anniversary with the biggest stand at the show. The highlight for me was meeting the gentleman that is world-renowned fashion designer Paul Costelloe, who has a range of  eyewear.

100% Optical 2019 Paul Costello Dunelm

100% Optical 2019 Paul Costello Dunelm

100% Optical 2019 mirror men

Carrera, one of Safilo’s brands caught Ian’s attention with its VR race track simulator.

100% Optical 2019 Carrera virtual reality race car

However, it was Safilo’s licensed brands Jimmy Choo, Fendi and MaxMara that caught mine.

100% Optical 2019 Safilo Jimmy Choo sunglasses

100% Optical 2019 Safilo Jimmy Choo sunglasses

100% Optical 2019 Safilo Jimmy Choo Fendi sunglasses

Mondottica invited me to their stand to show me their eyewear and to take some photographs. I swooped down on this grey leopard print Sandro frame immediately.

100% Optical 2019 Mondottica Sandro grey leopard frames

100% Optical 2019 Mondottica Sandro grey leopard frames

Independent eyewear designers exhibiting at 100% Optical included Francis Klein (below), Anne et Valentin, Lio, Bird and Feb31st.

100% Optical 2019 Francis Klein frames

100% Optical 2019 Francis Klein frames

Ian was impressed with You Mawo’s innovative 3D printed eyewear. Here his face is being scanned so the frame is a perfect fit.

100% Optical 2019 Francis Klein frames

I’ve mentioned Italian brand Feb31st a few times now. It was lovely to meet Stefano, the owner and to catch up with the UK distributor Jason Robinson. Ian and I designed a bespoke piece of eyewear each which I’ll write about in more detail when we have taken delivery.

100% Optical 2019 Feb31st

100% Optical 2019 Feb31st

100% Optical 2019 Feb31st heart shaped glasses

100% Optical 2019 Feb31st 100% Optical 2019 Feb31st

One of my roles for Optometry Today was to choose some standout eyewear and present to camera. My favourites included designs from Face a Face, Jimmy Choo and Lulu Guiness.

100% Optical 2019 Elizabeth Yeowart What Lizzy Loves Filming For Optometry Today

100% Optical 2019 Elizabeth Yeowart What Lizzy Loves Filming For Optometry Today

100% Optical 2019 Elizabeth Yeowart What Lizzy Loves Filming For Optometry Today

Jimmy Choo

100% Optical 2019 Elizabeth Yeowart What Lizzy Loves Filming For Optometry Today

Lulu Guinness

100% Optical also signalled the end of the very first Eyewear Week. Although it had a soft launch, the campaign gathered momentum and I think it will see huge success next year.

100% Optical eyewear week

100% Optical 2019: The Equipment Hub

More than 20 suppliers exhibited including Topcon, Optos, Zeiss, Heidelberg Engineering and Essilor. It is always interesting to see new pieces of kit. I was very impressed with AOS Anterior. This is ocular surface and image enhancement software distributed by Bondeye. It uses AI (Automated Intelligence) to analyse any digital image from any device including a smartphone.

100% Optical AOS by Bondeye

100% Optical 2019: Presentations and CET

The vast choice of free education and CET, (continuing education and training) is a huge part of 100% Optical. In fact, a lot of visitors go for that alone. I presented about fashion and eyewear trends on both the Saturday and the Sunday.

100% Optical 2019 Elizabeth Yeowart Wjat Lizzy Loves fashion and eyewear style talk

100% Optical 2019 Elizabeth Yeowart Wjat Lizzy Loves fashion and eyewear style talk

100% Optical 2019 Elizabeth Yeowart Wjat Lizzy Loves fashion and eyewear style talk

I only had time to attend one lecture, a very enlightening talk about myopia and hypermetropia control. My fellow Aston University alumni, Dr Nicola Logan and Dr Ian Beasley presented it.

100% Optical 2019 CET talk myopia hyperopia control

100% Optical 2019, The Aftershow Party

Once the doors close at 6pm on the Saturday, the after show party starts.  Everyone lets their hair down and has a few well-deserved drinks. This provides some very welcome downtime and an excellent opportunity for networking of the more informal variety. This year the gorgeous models and dancers treated us to flash mob dance routines.

100% Optical 2019 after show party

 

100% Optical 2019 after show party

100% Optical 2019: The AOP Awards

The AOP awards took place on Sunday 13th January. I was a judge in the frame category for the second year running. I always enjoy formal events. Comedian Jo Caulfield presented the awards and gave her own hilarious take on her profession. She was excellent.

100% Optical 2019 AOP awards

100% Optical 2019 AOP awards

100% Optical 2019 AOP awards

100% Optical 2019 AOP awards

100% Optical 2019 AOP awards

100% Optical 2019 AOP awards

100% Optical 2019 AOP awards

100% Optical 2020

100% Optical 2019 Excel London

2020 will be a big year for the optical profession. 100% Optical will be bigger and better still and will take place 25-27th January. It’s already in my diary.

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8 Comments

  1. MichelleTyler
    January 23, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    Oh wow what an exciting event Liz! You really give us a fabulous tour inside the fashion of eyewear. I love so many of these styles, it’s killer. Especially as I’m about to buy new specs, arrrgh what to choose!
    How gorgeous is Paul Costello? Lucky you 😉

    • elizabeth
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you Michelle. 100% Optical is the highlight of the UK optical calendar. Such a brilliant event. And yes, so many divine frames to choose from. I can’t wait to see what you’ll choose next. And as for Paul Costelloe? He was an absolute gentleman. Warm, friendly and something of a legend xxx

  2. January 23, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    Oh I really enjoyed this Liz! I love all the sparkly eyewear! There are some fantastic brands I’ve never heard of before.

    You looked just amazing; I love how well your red dress went with the stage background! And that black dress, wowza. I bet you and Ian had a blast. I feel like a proud auntie seeing you shine in your eyewear universe. xxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 7:25 pm

      There was so much fabulous eyewear Lisa with ALL the sparkle and dazzle. I was in heaven!
      And thank you- we had a brilliant time and yes, I did blend into the background in my red dress!!! xxxxxx

  3. January 24, 2019 / 6:32 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us. What a fabulous, fun and grand occasion it was. Such stunning eyewear. – now I need to look out for these frames hitting the shops. Loved the heart shape frames – they took me back to the 60’s when mum had a pair of sun glasses with the same frames. And finally your dresses look fabulous – I especially loved your evening dress – you are 1 sexy lady. I look forward to your next post.

    • elizabeth
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 7:24 pm

      It was such a brilliant weekend. I loved every moment. And thank you for the lovely compliment too! xxx

  4. January 24, 2019 / 9:49 pm

    Ugh SO much to comment on here, Liz!! From being so proud of you and all that you’ve achieved (giving a talk, wowser!), to meeting PC (what a dude, love that fact he wore Converse) to just how stunning you looked in ALL your outfits and ALL the glasses.

    You’re one very clever lady who deserves everything you’ve got going on right now. SO PROUDDDDDDDDDDDDD 😀

    Catherine x

    • elizabeth
      Author
      January 29, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Oh Catherine. What can I say but thank you! It’s been a wonderful year, truly life-changing. It’s been lovely to share so much of it with you and the other girls via our Whatsapp chat! xxxxx

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