Oversize and ultrafeminine, the styles channel the progressive attitude and vivid geometric shapes of 1970s eyewear while incorporating signature AHLEM innovations: smooth edges, raw and diamond cuts, and a contemporary palette of black, turtle, and soft pastels. With a throughline of streamlined chic, the Summer 2022 frames reflect the qualities of the AHLEM woman—sophisticated, fearless, original—and equip her with confidence and polish as she emerges from hibernation.
The 70s share a corresponding social climate with our present moment, defined by shifting power dynamics and a sense of radical possibility for women. Finding parallels between the two eras, the Summer 2022 acetate collection evolves 1970s eyewear’s maximalist visual language with a disciplined modernist sensibility. Working from immediacy rather than nostalgia, these are expressive, spirited styles for women unafraid to go bold in the context of everyday life.
Intelligent design is a potent force that resonates in unexpected ways. It has the power to lift mood and enhance the experience. Recognizing this, AHLEM offers handmade, small-batch eyewear designed to elevate lives through beauty and function. Informed by designer Ahlem Manai-Platt’s lifelong encounters with art, architecture, and culture, AHLEM interprets classic shapes through a cosmopolitan, minimalist lens.