Vizio Optic is honored to once again be named the optical of choice in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2014. This is the seventh time and third consecutive year Vizio Optic has won this prestigious award.

Every year the editors at Boston Magazine, with the help of an online readers’ poll, chronicle the best this city has to offer and we appreciate the recognition of not only our vast selection of designer eyewear, but also our amazing staff.

Thank you so much Boston Magazine! We can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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Best of Boston Party 2014

 

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A little while back we showed you some of the available styles of Face a Face Bocca glasses, a collection of various styles from the French brand that all have a unique detail that’ll put a little spring in your step, literally! Each frame has a pair of legs as its arms, which have stiletto heels decorating the end. What started out as a novel creation has turned into a full collection of little legs, and now with a variety of shoes that may even rival your own closet. Take a look at some of the new styles, some of which recently debuted at the Silmo optical exhibition in Paris.

Face a Face Little Bocca

Face a Face Little Bocca eyeglasses are for kids, with legs that feature tube socks and purple sneakers. Children will love this quirky style – it’s different from anything they’ve probably ever seen, and their friends will get a “kick” out of it too!

Face a Face Bocca Smoking 2

The Smoking2 is a new version of the original Smoking1 style, which traded in the red hot stilettos for a pair of smoking shoes and tuxedo pants. The first edition was black with white socks and black shoes, and this new version gets a colorful update with its transparent pink and purple design.

Face a Face Bocca Sixties

This new frame, known as Bocca Sixties, is one of our new favorite pairs of Face a Face glasses. We didn’t think they could get any cuter,  then they debuted the patterned capris and pink flats. Does the outfit come with the glasses?

Face a Face Bocca Rock

And if you missed it, these are the originals, a sexy collection of voluptuous legs and hot heels. There are optical versions as well as sun, and you can see the blue version here.

 

This week we debuted a new brand on in our online shop, with 15 new styles available that add to our expanding collection of innovative designer eyewear from German brands. That’s right, yet another eyeglasses company out in Europe has caught our eye, and it sure keeps us entranced with its crazy silhouettes and funky color combinations. Check it out:

Wissing 2653 eyeglasses

Wissing eyewear has some amazing styles that you’ve never seen before, like the above Wissing 2653 eyeglasses. This asymmetrical frame comes in navy blue, with a slim plastic frame, a bridge that is both straight and arched, and, oh yeah, one square lens and one circular lens. If you take a look at local fashion blogger HollyDolly’s blog, you’ll see her wearing this exact pair on her visit to Vizio last year.

Wissing 2340 eyeglasses

In this pair of Wissing 2340 eyeglasses, have pronounced rectangular lenses separated by a center-set bridge with an arch in the middle, decorated in red, blue, yellow, orange and purple stripes. This bold frame is by no means for the fashion timid. It’s the perfect style for someone who wants to stand out from the rest and be their own person!

Wissing 2635 eyeglasses

In the  more “subdued” part of the collection is this pair of Wissing 2635 eyeglasses, wish a nice, classic silhouette colored in beautifully with various shades of purple stripes. While this is on the softer side of the brand’s offerings, it’s still a great standout piece that’ll separate you from the crowd.

Are you brave enough to wear bright specs like these? Check out the collection on our site and let us know which frames you’d be bold enough to wear in the comments!

 

Lafont Lin eyeglasses

Our friend Laurence picked out a perfect pair of designer glasses. The color, the shape, everything about this frame looks fabulous on her! We love how the purple complements the shade of her hair with its red undertones, while the rectangular silhouette fits nicely with her angular features. The slight curves of the brow line are what gives this frame a nice balance as well.

Lafont Lin eyeglasses

The pair Laurence chose are Lafont Lin eyeglasses in color 744. What we really like about this color is that it’s dark, but not your typical dark pair of specs. Rather than going the typical route of black or brown, Lin gives you that same artsy/intelligent look in a whole new way. Did you notice the little design on the inner arm, too? Others might not see the pattern unless they look closely, but that’s why we like details like this, it feels like a personal touch only known to you and the designer.

lafont lin eyeglasses

Lin is also available in several other colors, including black with a brown inside pattern, navy blue with a pink inside pattern, brown with a green inside pattern, orange leopard print, and a black and pink pattern. The silhouette is a classic, with its rectangular lenses and top-set arms, so we’re leaning towards the more exciting colors to give the timeless shape a modern boost. What do you think, do you prefer classic colors or patterns and prints?

 

If your desire for the perfect pair of designer glasses that embody your love for art and creativity has yet to be satiated, look no further than J.F. Rey’s Pixel collection, a line of totally bold and innovative frames that get their inspiration directly from the world of graphic arts. The two-tone styles are treated with a unique photoengraving technique, according to the French brand, that results in a “rich, polished finish that fuses color gradations and pictorial asymmetrical patterns directly into the stainless steel.”

JF Rey 2431 eyeglasses

This frame features upturned rectangular lenses surrounded by a turquoise and green patterned frame, which dips in the center for an angular look, or more of a futuristic cat-eye silhouette. Two-tone frames are typically move in a vertical gradient, and that’s why we love this pair of JF Rey 2431 eyeglasses. The colors move horizontally and invert along the way, something we’ve never seen before! And this photo doesn’t even do the bright colors justice, so check out the frame in action below:

JF Rey 2431 eyeglasses

Aren’t they fantastic? This photo is from a past SILMO event, and she is positively glowing! This frame stands out so beautifully against her dark features and really emphasizes a love and appreciation for art. The 2431 is certainly not a style for the timid. We recommend this pair of JF Rey glasses to anyone who wants a great way to stand up and shout “This is me!” (of course, without all the shouting :P ).

 

It’s finally here! Our Fall 2013 Lookbook has arrived and we are so excited to share it with you. As we mentioned in our preview, we worked with five of Boston’s best fashion bloggers to bring you the hottest eyewear and sunwear styles of the season. It was a great way to be involved with our local community and we can’t wait to do it again!

Below, you’ll see Etnia and Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, Woow eyeglasses and many other designer styles, starring Holly of HollyDolly, Lindsey of L’s Fashion Dish, Kelsey of Tickle Me Pink, Lei Ann of Lei Ann…Off Duty and Kristen of The Boston Fashionista. We found some great spots around Brookline Village for the shoot, and thankfully it happened to be a beautiful day outside!


Photographed by Stephanie Peterson
Lookbook by Kristen Ciccolini

Many of these styles have several more colors available than are shown in the Lookbook. To see more, click the shopping cart button for the frame you’re interested in, and you will see the other colors available on the product page.

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

 

To emphasize our point in the last blog post that just because a frame is within a men’s or women’s collection, it doesn’t mean it only flatters men or women, we present you with this photo of Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe wearing a pair of Robert Marc 677 sunglasse – from the women’s collection!

Daniel Radcliffe in Robert Marc 677 sunglasses

Now that the actor has hung up the cape and wand for good, he’s looking pretty stylish these days, especially with his choice of accessories. With such dark features, the lightness of the Vintage Crystal acetate frame adds contrast that really makes the sunglasses stand out. The complementary tortoise pattern along the arms rounds out the whole look as well.

Robert Marc 677 sunglasses

This frame has a great retro look, with its rounded grey lenses and wide keyhole bridge. The arms feature the brand’s signature hinge design as well, with the silver strip around the temple and a silver dot accent on each side. The 677 is also available in Vintage Tortoise with gray lenses, Matte Tortoise with brown lenses, Amber with gray lenses and tortoise arms, and Clear Gray with gray lenses and black arms.

So that settles it – don’t be afraid to peruse the men’s section if you’re a lady, and vice versa. You just might find the most flattering style for you!

Photo shared by Robert Marc on Facebook

 

We had a beautiful first day of fall in New England this weekend – a warm, sunny day with a crisp breeze, hot enough to wear our summer clothes but with reminders that the cooler weather is fast approaching. Many people don’t think they have to wear sunglasses when it’s cold out because the sun is not as strong (that’s why you’re cold, right?). Wrong! The sun may not be warming you up, but it sure is reflecting a lot of light, especially when the snow starts to fall, so it’s time to stock up on your fall designer eyewear!

Robert Marc 657 sunglasses

Our friend Jennifer found her perfect pair for fall, a Matte Vintage Tortoise pair of Robert 657 sunglasses in color 186. The frame is from the men’s collection, which has more structured features than the women’s line with its rectangular silhouette and minimal curves. This type of frame is flattering on faces with soft features by adding angles. (Which brings up a good point, just because a frame is in a men’s or women’s collection, that doesn’t mean it only looks good on a man or woman!)

Robert Marc 657 eyeglasses

We think Jennifer looks fantastic, and she picked out a timeless pair of Robert Marc sunglasses that will be stylish for many years to come. The tortoise pattern is a classic look, with details in the hinge that make the designer instantly recognizable. The 657 is also available in Nero, Tortoise, Amber, Matte Ashwood, and Vintage Crystal.

 

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Transition lenses, or the lenses that darken when you’re in the sun, are enhanced with a photochromic treatment that allows them to become tinted when in contact with ultraviolet light. You may have seen this style of lens before – on friends or even on some famous faces, such as celebrity chef Robert Irvine. But how does it actually work?

The photochromic molecule used in the lens treatment has two asymmetrical halves connected by a central carbon atom, which remains clear when you are indoors. When the molecule comes into contact with ultraviolet light from the sun, the carbon bond is broken, allowing each half of the molecule to rotate and be on the same plane. This is how the lens becomes tinted.

These lenses are not to be used in place of proper polarized sunglasses if spending extended time outdoors. Yes, the lenses to tint to help block UV light, but it is important that you stay safe in longer periods in the sun with stronger eyewear.

Photochromic lenses can be fitted into just about any frame, so if you’d like to keep your current glasses and switch to transition lenses, or add them to your brand new pair of designer glasses, you can!

If you have any questions about transition lenses, please comment below! We are happy to help.

Source: Transitions Lenses
Photo: Flickr

 

What an honor it was to have Thomas Lafont at Vizio Optic on Monday! He and the Lafont family came together to celebrate the North American debut of their Fall/Winter Rendezvous eyewear collection, featuring a stunning range of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses colored in wildlife-inspired patterns, silhouettes harkening back to mod fashion and much more.

Above, Galina stands with the Lafont family after a successful trunk show at our Brookline store. Our visitors got to explore the entire line of Lafont eyewear, permanent frames along with the brand new selection, and be styled by members of the Lafont team. Representatives from all over North America came to enjoy the event and work with customers as well, an exclusive opportunity for our community!

Rendezvous brings the designer’s brilliant and bright wildlife-inspired prints to its metal frames, with all of the same passion and detail found in the acetate collection. The range also features an homage to 1950s Paris, with mod shapes and engravings that truly have a mid-century appeal.

Lafont Madeleine Eyeglasses

Lafont Madeleine eyeglasses come in gold, blue, taille, green and the above red, with a striped pattern throughout its laser-cut frame. The rectangular silhouette flares slightly along the brows, which extend to top-set arms that feature the same exotic design.

Lafont Mayfair Eyeglasses

Lafont Mayfair Eyeglasses is also laser-cut with a pattern of swirls along the outer edges, while blue and purple leopard print color the rest of the frame. Mayfair is also offered in gold, orange and pink.

These and more were on display at Vizio Optic on Monday. If you missed the event, take a look at the photos below for a recap of the fun evening.

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