Premiere classe

A fresh look at creativity!

Since 2016, the organisers of SILMO PARIS and PREMIÈRE CLASSE join forces to award and support a new vision of eyewear creativity from the “fashion accessoryviewpoint. And so, at each edition of the World Optical Fair, a PREMIÈRE CLASSE prize is awarded during the famous SILMO d’OR awards ceremony.

“The SILMO PARIS array is global, and it covers all product categories. The frames segment is the most extensive, of course, with a nearly exhaustive range of all the styles currently on the market. For nearly 30 years, the SILMO D’OR awards have been promoting this diversity by recognising the design and technical dimensions of the products”, states Amélie Morel, Chairwoman of SILMO PARIS.

“This partnership with WSN Développement, organiser of the PREMIÈRE CLASSE fashion accessory trade fair, builds a bridge between the two spheres and sheds additional light on creativity in eyewear. A panel of fashion professionals – independent from the SILMO D’OR juries – chooses an original product created by a unique eyewear designer, strictly from a fashion viewpoint,” adds the Chairwoman.

For Sylvie Pourrat, Director of WSN Développement Fashion and Accessories: “PREMIÈRE CLASSE presents the upcoming trends and up-and-coming designers of leather goods, shoes, jewellery, and so on. The designers and accessories are selected for the creativity, originality and style, separately from the brands. Glasses are, of course, a part of this original, creative fashion world. That is why it appears essential to incorporate them more into this special prize. It is associated with the SILMO D’OR event, which gives a perspective of the most stimulating aspects in terms of style. The names of the winning designers since 2016 also demonstrate the very encouraging diversity of stylistic viewpoints.”

Who will be honoured with the 2023 PREMIERE CLASSE prize? To find out, join us at SILMO Paris from 29 September to 2 October at Paris Nord Villepinte!

Winners of previous editions:

  • 2016 PRIDE EYEWEAR with « 305 BL »
  • 2017 FLEYE COPENHAGEN with « FoxL »
  • 2018 THIERRY LASRY with « Shorty »
  • 2019 LIGHTBIRD with « Planet »
  • 2020 TARIAN with « Sky Bar »
  • 2021 HISTOIRE DE VOIR with « Fil S8 »
  • 2022 PARASITE DESIGN with « Karma »