Cult eyewear designer Karen Walker has teamed up with New Zealand-born musician Connan Mockasin as the face of the brand’s first men’s sunglasses collection, titled ‘Monumental’. The eyewear line is bold and geometric with thick rims and strong colors. The campaign was shot by Derek Henderson and took influence from the feathered headwear of ‘monumental’ men such as Lord Nelson and Julius Caesar, with Connan Mockasin wearing the new collection with a little ornithological assistance.
What I like about Connan’s style—his music, his ideas, his concepts, his own look—is that he doesn’t just run with the pack and run with the trends. He’s a modern icon, and he’s actually better than an icon.
Kiwi-born Connan Mockasin resides in Los Angeles with Japan’s first Playboy Playmate Hiromi Oshima, where he’s putting the finishing touches on his third solo album. Also in progress is a five-part dramatic series titled Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn, a fictional tale of a music teacher, Mr Bostyn (played by Mockasin himself), and his star pupil J.Dobsyn.
Pictures: Derek Henderson