It was one of the most tormented and photographed love stories between the “Divine” whose first meeting took place in 1957, during a party in Venice at the Danieli Hotel organized in honor of the artist by Elsa Maxwell. She was the most famous soprano in the world, the queen of magazines, an icon of style, and unparalleled talent. He was a tycoon who became a billionaire after the Second World War. Both were of Greek origin, both married, and both with an unmistakable look and style. After a sumptuous courtship, including visits to Paris, jewels, and furs, the two capitulated during a cruise aboard his yacht. Madly in love, they left their respective lovers and began a love story as powerful as it was disastrous, made of luxury and tears, gossip, and tragic epilogues.
The ten-year bond between the two was a whirlwind of betrayals, and arguments, mixed with a thirst for power and the progressive annihilation of the Divina, who began to suffer from aphonia and depression, culminating in the definitive crumbling after the sudden wedding between the shipowner and Jaqueline Kennedy. Those were years in which Callas and Onassis were at the center of social news not only for their tumultuous lives but for their style which is still timeless today.
Callas, after an early career in which she dressed as a matron, first became an interpreter of Biki’s style, made up of pencil skirts and waisted jackets, and then perfectly embodied the new look: cigarette trousers, white shirt, and tied scarf. to the neck. She had pure minimal elegance in stark contrast to her bold Mediterranean features and her brazenly anti-American diva, hidden behind her ever-present sunglasses.
The charm, exhibitionism, and narcissism of Aristotle Onassis was wrapped in elegant double-breasted suits, optical shirts, haute horlogerie, and his unmistakable glasses, characterized by elongated shapes, thick temples, and frames.
To the two interpreters of the modern Greek love tragedy, Bayria Eyewear dedicates the new collection, composed of seven new exclusive models, with 60s shapes and a sophisticated style. Three-dimensional acetate frames are made unique by the richness of characterizing details and textured décor. The acetate is shaped so that the frame appears to flow as if bent by the wind or smoothed by the water. Plates of different colors are superimposed on each other and then engraved to allow the underlying color to come out, without interrupting the continuity of the shape, or hand-worked by specialized craftsmen to take on natural geometric shapes that allow natural light to refract at various angles, creating kaleidoscopic effects.
Pantos models enriched with hand-chiseled faces, or with two-tone temples to be worn like the beloved bijoux that Maria Callas had made specifically for her debuts; hexagonal shapes in which the overlapping of multiple plates creates surprising color combinations; important frames in which the squared and bold front seems to flow inwards. And again, round shapes jagged by meticulous manual chiseling work and maxi diva glasses but with a contemporary mood given by the polygonal workmanship.
The color palette ranges from neutral beige, ocher gray, and tortoiseshell, to the allure of black up to the inevitable pastel havana, combined with yellow, plum or smoked lenses.
With this collection, Bayria wanted to pay homage to the search for perfection and the timeless elegance of the Greek soprano who enchanted the world and the man who made her lose her mind.
About Bayria Eyewear
Bayria, as the name of the city of Bari in ancient times. A city nicknamed “the gateway to the East”, where the Art Nouveau style mixes with oriental influences, interrupted by Baroque touches along with a cosmopolitan and underground style. These realities have always coexisted in Bari: avant-garde and tradition, research and style together with craftsmanship. It is precisely this mix of extremely connotating influences that the Bayria collection brings to eyewear. The series of glasses is a real tribute to the Apulian Art Noveau, in which Baroque and Oriental influences converge. Small characterizing details that are perfectly integrated into a contemporary language, with essential lines, in which traditional techniques and advanced technologies meet. The new and the old come together in a collection with a sophisticated taste.