Specsavers Young Innovator Design Competition

Specsavers Young Innovator Design Competition | Meet our top 5 finalists

Here at Specsavers, we’ve always been a big fan of supporting local designers. 

What better way to cultivate emerging talent than to call out for students and recent graduates from across Australia and New Zealand to submit designs for a new cutting-edge eyewear collection.

As the official partner of the Student Collections runway at Melbourne Fashion Week, three winners of our Young Innovators Design Competition will be announced on 1 Sept.

These students will have an opportunity to have their designs created to sit alongside collections from iconic Australian designers such as Alex Perry and Carla Zampatti and international style icons, such as Marc Jacobs and HUGO.

Meet our top 5 below – three of these five will see their designs come to life in store in 2020.

Meet Adele Easton | Swinburne | Melbourne | “Beauvoir”

Adele’s design concepts present some unique and innovative shapes and are inspired by the work of various artists and powerful women throughout history.

Adele Easton

The collection name is inspired by Simone De Beauvoir, a French writer and philosopher who influenced the independence of women. Additionally, broken up into French, “beau” and “voir” translates to “beautiful vision” and we love it.

Adele Easton

Meet Sam Holmes | University of Technology | Sydney | “Spoke Eyewear”

Sam's glasses design concept tells a story about expressing your style through your eyewear and using it to stand out from the crowd.

A modern nod to old school classics, Sam's eyewear designs reference Steve McQueen's spec style and all the best parts of the 70s.

Sam Holmes

Sam’s design concept is unisex and offers styles that can take the wearer from the boardroom to the beach

Sam Holmes

Meet Pearson Bulmer | University of Technology | Sydney | "Memphis"

Pearson is a recent graduate from the Industrial Design stream. His collection is a homage to bold forms of retro and minimalism. Designed to be an optical or sunglass frame, his design concept includes pops of pastel colour and offers something for those who can’t get enough of the clear translucent frame trend.

Pearson Butler

Bold. Youthful. Sophisticated. Pearson’s eyewear designs are born in the 80’s matured in the present. The collection is versatile yet distinct – a symbol of individuality and quiet confidence.

Pearson Butler

Meet Beth Peele | Kangan Institute | Melbourne | “Malleable Metal”

A modern twist on a classic look that is versatile and sophisticated. Beth’s eyewear design concept has been created for the modern woman on the move.

Bethany Peele

Inspired by light reflections, Beth’s glasses designs feature flecks of gold inlaid within crystal-clear acetate, juxtaposed against black titanium metal.

The collection sparkles with femininity and elegance and has an undeniable edge that leaves you wanting more.

Bethany Peele

Meet Ryley Wilson | RMIT | Melbourne | “New Heritage”

Ryley has looked closely at eyewear and fashion trends, along with global colour hues to ensure her glasses design concept will stay relevant for years to come.

Ryley Wilson

Inspired by her love of the arts, it’s fitting that Ryley’s designs pay homage to opera glasses, classical literature and glasses worn by Monet.

Ryley Wilson

Head down to Melbourne Town Hall from 28 Aug to 5 Sept to see our top 5 Young Innovators Design concepts up close and personal. While you’re there, vote on your favourite student who will be awarded People’s Choice award and receive $1,000!