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50 Shades of Purple

Fashion eyewear is about so much more than coordinating your frames and your accessories. As tempted as you may be to stick to neutrals with eyeglasses, there’s a reason eyewear designers are focusing on bright colors these days. Vivid frames and even colored lenses are in, and right now there’s almost nothing hotter than purple glasses.
Lafont Audace eyeglasses

Purple designer eyewear is definitely in style, but you have to be an edgy, creative type to make it work. We’ll admit it helps when you’re talking about styles like LaFont Audace with its amazing cut-out design, but it’s not all dynamism and pizzazz in the world of purple glasses. For every vibrant royal purple eyeglass frame, there are less intense, but still striking frames in soft lavenders, rich reddish purples, and deep violets.

MYKITA Barbara eyeglasses

The thing that surprised us most about this exciting and rather daring fashion trend is that purple glasses simply cannot be pigeonholed. You’ll find purple popping up in every frame style and shape, in eyeglasses and sunglasses for men and for women, and in price ranges from the budget-friendly to the sky-high bracket. No matter who you are, there’s a pair of purple glasses that will make you look absolutely amazing.

Lafont Dame eyeglasses

It’s definitely a trend we love, and we’re looking forward to wearing our purple glasses well into the fall. But we’re also aware that no love affair lasts forever, so we want to know: What do you think the hottest color for eyeglasses and sunglasses will be in 2013?


The Hottest Vintage Style in Men’s Eyewear Fashion

Each season, we have another retro “it” look to love – and this fall it’s the brow-line silhouette. This style of designer glasses has peppered vintage-inspired fashion for quite some time, but it has been showing up everywhere lately in the news and on TV, spanning the decades from the 1960s (Zachary Quinto in American Horror Story: Asylum) to today (The League‘s Nick Kroll).

Recently, The New York Times’ T Style Magazine highlighted this frame type in its annual Men’s Fall Fashion issue. Here’s what contributor Alex Tudela had to say:

Like so many trappings of midcentury maniliness, brow line eyeglasses – the kind favored by Malcolm X – have landed in the hipster bargain bin. Leave it to Tom Ford to rescue them with [his] exquisite version made of gold-plated metal and water buffalo horn, the way they used to be in the 1960s. (The horn componenet even comes with a certificate of authenticity, along with a special cleansing cream.) The only thing that’s not midcentury about these limited-edition frames is the $2,950 price tag.

Yikes! While these Tom Ford eyeglasses are stunning, not everyone can afford such a high-priced item. At Vizio Optic, we have plenty of similar styles that are more budget-friendly and feature the same high quality you expect from well-known luxury brands. Here are some of our favorites:

MYKITA Ernest eyeglassesMYKITA Ernest eyeglasses

Lafont Constance eyeglassesLafont Constance eyeglasses – a more feminine option.

Ray Ban Clubmaster RB5154 eyeglasses

Ray-Ban Clubmaster RB5154 eyeglasses – These can be purchased by calling 866-411-9428 or emailing

Bonjour! Photos from Silmo 2012 in Paris

Vizio Optic just returned from an amazing week in Paris, where our owner, Dr. Galina Rabkin, attended Silmo Mondial de L’Optique! The international designer eyewear exhibition is one of the most anticipated events in the field each year, as designers unveil their new collections and do meet-and-greets with visitors, awards are given to the industry leaders, you can see the latest in eyewear fashion and technology, and – most importantly – you’re in PARIS!

If you follow us on Instagram (@vizio_optic) you got an exclusive look at Dr. Rabkin’s trip to Silmo 2012 throughout the week. Here is a recap of the week in photos!

Vizio Optic at Silmo 2012 with Roger EyewearDr. Rabkin and the mastermind creator of Roger Eyewear, Roger Hoppenbrouwers.

Behind the scenes at Silmo 2012 with LafontOriginal Lafont eyeglasses moldings used to make each frame. Each one weights 5 lbs!

Preview of Lafont eyewear's new collectionSneak preview of Lafont Eyewear‘s new Rendezvous collection!

Vizio Optic with Claire Goldsmith of Oliver Goldsmith sunglassesOur favorite pic! Dr. Rabkin with Claire Goldsmith of Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses. LOVE that backdrop!

Wissing EyewearA sneak preview of what will soon be available in our store and online – Wissing Eyewear. They look like literal eye candy with their fun colors and funky designs. What do you think?

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What Do Your Eyeglasses Say About You?

Have you ever met someone who was actually quite attractive and intelligent but ended up looking dowdy or awkward because their glasses were just wrong for them?

It’s not hard to find a pair of designer glasses that look great, but it’s also easy to forget that our glasses can impact how others perceive us. In other words, your glasses shouldn’t just look great – they should also match your face, fit your image, and maybe even say something special about who you are.

Lafont Darling eyeglasses

Eyeglasses can enhance or detract from your personality, depending on the style. Because the face is the first thing people look at, an accessory like glasses will say so much more about you than your shoes or most other accessories.They are just very visible and everyone looks at your face when they greet you or speak with you so you can’t avoid them noticing your glasses.

Just any pair of designer glasses that look great on our shelves may turn necessarily be a match for your face and may just not be exactly the style that you’re looking for. And the pair you overlooked? Those frames might just be you.

Lafont Denise eyeglasses

So before you shop, think about what personality traits you want your glasses to bring out. Do you consider yourself to be a fun and high-fashion personand you want the world to know that? Or are you looking for a conservative executive with a calculated image? Would you rather be seen as sophisticated or stylish, or both? Youthful or conservative? Retro and vintage or modern style? It’s up to you because there are glasses for every personality type.

Need some examples?

J.F. Rey Celui eyeglasses

For the creative type,  we think J.F. Rey Celui glasses are the ultimate in imaginative free expression.

LINDBERG Spirit Titanium 808 eyeglasses

To project that CEO image, nothing beats Lindberg Spirit Titanium rimless frames. Simple, yet sophisticated.

MYKITA David eyeglasses

MYKITA David eyeglasses, on the other hand, are the perfect frames for anyone who wants to project a no-nonsense image while also showing the world that they appreciate the finer things in life.

The statement-making doesn’t end there, though. There are designer eyeglasses that are perfect for parents, eyewear designed just for the student, frames for the fashion lover, and more. We love the versatility of our brands’ collections – no matter who you are or what you do, there are glasses that can help you professionally, describe your personality, coordinate with your clothes, and help you share yourself with the world.

When you buy glasses, do you choose frames that emphasize who you really are or frames that show who you want to be? Or just have several eyeglass frames and then choose one of them depending what you feel like that day.

Go Retro With the Lafont Reedition Collection

Lafont Reedition Eyewear

We’re excited to carry a special collection of frames from the Lafont Reedition Eyewear collection. This special line brings back the frame styles that made Lafont a Parisian landmark in the ’70s and ’80s, with vintage and retro eyewear looks in updated colors and the modern tech that makes Lafont glasses and sunglasses so awesome to wear. Five acetate and nine metal frames represent reinterpretations of classic shapes in neo-retro colors like tortoise, burgundy, black, and indigo.

Lafont Celimene eyeglasses

Lafont Reedition is the line to check out if you’ve been searching for a round, oval, cat’s eye, or octagonal frame that will make you look classically prep. Our favorite Lafont Reedition designs have to be the sexy Lafont Celimene and the nerd-cool Lafont Alibaba eyeglasses.

We can’t get enough of them, so of course we have to ask: Which Lafont Reedition frames do you like?

Achieve Elegance and Style with Lafont Eyewear from Paris

Lafont is a designer eyewear brand known worldwide for elegant details, incomparable use of shapes and colors, and superb craftsmanship. Lafont eyewear is the premier designer of glasses and sunglasses that blend luxury and high-tech innovation with a playful sensibility. More than just specs, Lafont provides an accessory akin to fine jewelry and designer handbags that can be coordinated with the day’s ensemble or serve as a fashion showpiece.

Lafont Audace eyeglassesA family-owned business, Lafont eyewear can trace its origins back almost 90 years to 1923, when patriarch Louis Lafont opened an optical shop in Paris. Husband-and-wife team Phillipe and Laurence Lafont carried on the company’s tradition of offering the world superb eyewear when they created the Lafont brand in 1972. It was Phillipe who suggested that Laurence design a few frames for the boutique, and her first small collection sold so well that in 1979, the couple devoted themselves full time to eyewear design.

Since then, son Thomas Lafont has joined the design team and released his own collections under the Lafont umbrella. And Lafont has continued to lead the pack in designer eyewear fashion, creating the trends instead of following them with original and smart lines of women’s, men’s, and children’s glasses and sunglasses that represent a true diversity of styles.

It is precisely that talent for range that has made Lafont one of the most celebrated eyewear brands in the fashion accessory industry. A pair of Lafont eyeglasses or sunglasses brings the eyes to life, framing them with impulsive colors, architectural construction, and surprising features like cutouts, flares at the brow, or clever inlays. This is where a lust for leopard prints, crystals, and even coral appears. And yet, as lightheartedand mischievous as Lafont frames can be, they are also an homage to long-established eyewear styles like the cat-eye silhouette and the half-rim frames of yesteryear.

Lafont Borgia eyeglasses

All Lafont eyewear is designed and manufactured in Paris using the highest quality materials (like rich acetates and pure metals) and the latest technological advancements, so a pair of the brand’s eyeglasses or sunglasses is guaranteed to be a lasting part of one’s wardrobe. Perhaps that is one piece of the magic of Lafont? Whether flashy or traditional, glasses and sunglasses by Lafont are rich, vibrant, warm, and utterly brilliant.

Today, Lafont eyewear is sold only in select authorized optical shops throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, including Vizio Optic in Brookline, MA. We hope you like Lafont as much as we do – it has several amazing collections, both elegant and fashionable for all ages.

Lafont Eyewear: Elegant Frames For a Sophisticated New You

Lafont eyewear was established in France early in the 1930s. The brand’s collections embody the arts and designs of Paris and provides a high-quality collection of eyeglasses and sunglasses for elegant and fun individuals. All of their products are beautifully handcrafted and carefully designed to fit your personality and style. Throughout the years, Lafont has earned a loyal following and many admirers from the public and the fashion world. Each season, you’ll find a brand new combination of bright colors, interesting textures, and eye-catching patterns.

Popular frames from the French brand include:

Lafont Celimene eyeglasses

Lafont Celimene Eyeglasses – From the Lafont Reedition vintage eyewear collection, Celimene features a cat-eye front rim in tortoise with blue accents.

Lafont Burlesque eyeglasses

Lafont Burlesque Eyeglasses – This frame, from the Paris collection, is a funky style that comes in beige with a purple lace pattern. It is a great choice for those looking for a chic and classic pair of glasses.

Lafont Mexico eyeglasses

Lafont Mexico Eyeglasses — Mexico is a semi-rimless frame featuring a tortoise-colored top rim. It is a great style for men, with the top line of the rectangular silhouette running straight across and flattering masculine features.

Lafont Kids eyeglasses

Lafont Kids Eyeglasses — These are colorful and stylsh frames for young kids. The children’s collection features fresh and colorful designs that kids love and are perfectly cut for small faces, including the above Ines and Isabelle styles.


Frame Yourself: Heart-shaped Faces

This week in Frame Yourself, we’re styling heart-shaped faces. Some of the most beautiful female celebrities in the world have this silhouette, which can be flattered with an expertly chosen pair of designer eyeglasses. Hearts typically feature a broad forehead, structured cheekbones, and a small chin that come together to form a “lovely” shape! Carrie Underwood (seen here) is an excellent example, as are Jennifer Love Hewitt, Reese Witherspoon, and Dakota Fanning.

Lafont Eames eyeglasses

In this photo, Jennifer Love Hewitt knows that bottom-heavy frames are the best for a heart-shaped face. Because the rims go lower than a typical pair of glasses, this larger style adds some width to the latter portion of her face. For a similar style to the one Love is wearing, try on a pair of Lafont Eames eyeglasses from the Issy & La collection.

Mosley Tribes Aviatrix sunglasses

Here is a shot of Reese Witherspoon in Mosley Tribes Aviatrix sunglasses in gold with polarized lenses. Shorter styles with rounded accents flatter heart-shaped faces by softening the look of a broad forehead and also helps create balance. This style comes in numerous colors and lens types, including gold and silver with polarized, mirror, or rosewood lenses.

Giorgio Armani 823 eyeglasses

Dakota Fanning is all grown up, and so is her style. Her eyeglasses are similar to Giorgio Armani 823 eyeglasses, which are round and retro, offering the same broadening illusion as the frames on Jennifer Love Hewitt. This style also features silver accents on each corner and the brand’s signature logo on the temples.


The top vintage-inspired glasses for 2012

With Pan Am’s rising popularity and the highly anticipated return of Mad Men next month, retro style has never been so prevalent. While the period dramas are set in the sixties, you can draw inspiration from both shows to join in on the trend that has been infiltrating international runways with the top vintage designer eyeglasses for 2012.

Lafont Alibaba eyeglasses

For a true throwback look, find a pair of glasses with totally round lenses and a minimalist frame. One of the most authentic models we’ve found is Lafont Alibaba eyeglasses. With minimal accoutrements, the tortoise frames are simple and old school, perfect for a hip vintage look.

Vue dc LEA eyeglasses

In true retro fashion, cat-eye shapes are the epitome of sixties specs. Vue dc LEA eyeglasses are an extreme look, with sharp angles that would compliment fierce femmes with softer angles in their facial features. The lenses have a rounded triangular look, with two silver dots accenting the outer rims.

MYKITA Ernest eyeglasses

Seen on Mad Men’s Harry Crane and on several characters in Pan Am, the combination of a plastic top rim over a metal frame is classic and makes for a great vintage appearance. MYKITA Ernest glasses are a great way to get this look, and bonus!, they have a conveniently modern touch with the screw-less hinge. Another excellent option for retro glasses is the optical version of Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses.

Lafont Trunk Show – Saturday, February 4

Lafont Trunk Show - February 4, 2012

We had almost eight weeks off to enjoy the holidays and settle into 2012, but it’s time to get back into our favorite monthly events – the trunk show! Vizio Optic will be hosting its first show of the year this Saturday, February 4, with Lafont eyewear!

The French designer is a major inspiration, as they are always coming up with creative and innovative designs for men and women. Our representative for Lafont, Kit Hamilton, will be at the event showcasing the entire collection of Lafont eyeglasses and sunglasses. She will also be working with the Vizio Optic team to personally assist customers in selecting the perfect frames and answering any questions.

Not only will you be able to check out new Lafont styles like Hit Parade and Hype eyeglasses, but Kit is bringing the whole lineup, giving Bostonians the rare chance to discover more about the brand in person. There’s nothing like getting your hands on a pair of designer eyeglasses – literally! While we have a vast selection online for you to choose from, being able to come in the store to touch and feel the frames is an exclusive and exciting opportunity.

As always, there will be special promotions during the trunk show, but you’ll have to come check out the event to learn more! Additionally, all visitors will have the chance to enter our raffle to win a free Lafont frame of their choice.

We hope to see you at our Brookline store this Saturday from 12 to 4 pm! Make sure to RSVP by clicking here.