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Top Eyewear Trends for 2013

It’s that time of year when our minds are focused on new beginnings, and while we have a pile of resolutions to get moving on, our biggest focus is watching the top eyewear trends for 2013! From retro floral designs and odd shapes to extreme cat eyes and oversized round lenses, this year’s hottest looks are about standing out and being your bold, bad self. Check out our top picks, inspired by this season’s runway themes.


Face a Face Reina 2 c.025 sunglasses
Face a Face Reina 2 c.499 sunglasses

A theme of nature ran throughout the spring runway shows at New York Fashion Week, from the daisies on Prada and Mulberry’s dresses and handbags to the pops of floral colors on Raf Simons’ first collection for Christian Dior. The inherently retro look is made fresh by the flowers that signal new life, like our favorite Face a Face Reina 2 sunglasses in two neutral shades. Both feature glossy black front rims, with the 025 accented by a silver bloom and white arms, and the 499 with gold.


Roger Linda eyeglasses
Roger Bola eyeglasses

Unconventional silhouettes are everywhere this season. From the catwalks of Fendi, Versace, and Marni and on the models for Prabal Gurung and Alberta Ferretti, 2013 is definitely not a year for the fashion timid. Let your freak flag fly and embrace the multi-faceted and multi-colored styles of the season from Roger Eyewear. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, Roger Linda eyeglasses have egg-shaped lenses surrounded by a gray and black rim, with an exaggerated arc in the center that helps give this look its unique appearance. Another great choice from the Dutch brand is a pair of Roger Bola eyeglasses, a two-toned rectangular style with a delightfully capricious shape.


Oliver Goldsmith Orbison sunglasses
Oliver Goldsmith Orbison sunglasses

A little bit of feline flair in your look can boost your confidence and style, thanks to its sensual shape that has its own brand of sex appeal. Models strutted their stuff at Erdem, Jason Wu, and Alice + Olivia’s spring shows wearing oversized cat-eye sunglasses in styles everywhere from sleek and classic to otherwordly and futuristic. We think Oliver Goldsmith Orbison sunglasses are a great choice for the exaggerated look, which also works well with the oddly shaped trend. It can be difficult to find frames that blend popular looks without becoming overwhelming, but the English designer does it expertly.


MYKITA Teiti sunglasses
Oliver Goldsmith Casper sunglasses

Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander, and Holly Fulton are just a few of the many designer who donned their models with round sunglasses for the spring. We’re not talking round-“ish” – this trend is all about making a statement. Perfectly circular silhouettes like a pair of MYKITA Teiti sunglasses do the trick, which let you see the world through rose-colored lenses all season long. Want to go even brighter? Oliver Goldsmith Casper sunglasses in Claret have a transparent frame that shines bright in the sun.

What are your favorite looks of the season? Let us know in the comments below!

Why We Love Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses

As one of the only high end optical stores that carry Oliver Goldsmith in Boston, we are a huge fan of brand’s retro designer sunglasses that have become pretty iconic in the fashion world. Inspired by the beautiful people of Hollywood and the even more stunning sites in England, the sunwear collection features frames that have been and are sure to be popular for decades to come.

 Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses

For example, the most popular Oliver Goldsmith vintage sunglasses are the Manhattan, a design worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly GoLightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’sCreated just a year before, Hepburn helped this style skyrocket to fame and it has stayed in the top picks of the world’s favorite fashionistas ever since. Above are the iconic frames in a more modern color – caramel split. They are also available in black, dark tortoiseshell, grape, and ink.

Oliver Goldsmith Berkwick sunglasses

Another pair of Oliver Goldsmith retro sunglasses we love is the Berwick, named in 1979 after the designer’s favorite pub in London. This frame became an icon when Princess Diana borrowed the Berwick from Prince Charles and wore it on the cover of Tatler Magazine in 1985. This cool plastic aviator style has a striped detail right in the center, and is available in black and white, crystal sapphire, electric tortoise, milky blues, white raspberry, and matte black.

Oliver Goldsmith Bude sunglasses

As if you needed another reason to love retro Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, here’s one more – the Bude. Designed in 1959, Bude was inspired by the designer’s favorite area near the British seaside town of Cornwall. Its exaggerated curves mimic the ocean waves and have a sensual, feminine quality that is bold and exciting.

Vizio Optic Holiday Gift Guide: Men’s Sunglasses

No matter which man in your life you’re shopping for, Vizio Optic has a style for your every need! Designer sunglasses are always a great choice – they’re stylish, they’re versatile, and they are a year-round necessity. Here are our top picks for men’s sunglasses that’ll make your dad, husband, brother, son, or best friend feel cool and on trend:

For your dad:

Mosley Tribes Aviatrix G Polarized sunglasses

Whether your father cares about fashion or not, Mosley Tribes Aviatrix sunglasses are a cool and classic style. The aviator is a timeless design, with the rectangular shape harkening back to the Sixties – think Don Draper of Mad Men. The Aviatrix comes in gold with polarized lenses for extra protection in the sun.

For your husband:

LINDBERG 8555 sunglasses

Your husband will look stylish and sexy in a pair of LINDBERG 8555 sunglasses, a silver aviator made with the latest innovations in the eyewear industry. The titanium frame is ultra lightweight, and its screw-less design makes it a strong, low-maintenance accessory. Polarized teardrop-shaped lenses keep him protected against the sun.

For your brother:

Maui Jim Ho'okipa sunglasses

If your brother’s a sporty guy, or someone who just enjoys spending plenty of time outdoors, he’ll love Maui Jim Ho’okipa sunglasses. The semi-rimless frame features neutral gray lenses and a small black rim, with a rectangular shape that keeps the look casual.

For your son:

Oliver Goldsmith MINI Glyn sunglasses

Oliver Goldsmith MINI Glyn sunglasses in Sailor Boy protect your sun from harmful ultraviolet rays in the prime of his eyes’ development, and keeps him looking pretty trendy as well. The vintage inspired frame for kids features a chunky plastic aviator shape with a trapezoidal double bridge in blue, attached to white arms accented with red stripes and silver dots.

For your best friend:

Persol 0649 sunglasses

Do you want to get on your best friend’s REALLY good side? Give him a pair of Persol 0649 sunglasses, loved by the hottest Hollywood stars like Jay-Z and Zac Efron. Teardrop shaped lenses come in brown, surrounded by Havana plastic with a keyhole bridge and the brand’s signature arrow motif on the hinges.

Vizio Optic Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies Sunglasses

Most people don’t know this, but even in the cool weather of winter, you still need to protect your eyes! Fresh snow can reflect the sun more strongly than you think, thus the holiday season is the perfect time to give your loved ones the gift of safety AND style! Here are our picks for designer sunglasses your mom, wife, sister, daughter, and best friend will love!

For your mom:

Face a Face Divas 3 sunglasses

Face a Face Divas 3 sunglasses help her look fashionable and fun, with a curvy rectangular silhouette in purple that flatters and gives her youthful flair. She’ll also stand out among the rest with the complementary white arms, embellished with the brand’s signature silver dot on each temple.

For your wife:

Beausoleil S753 sunglasses

Beausoleil S753 sunglasses are elegant and chic, letting your lady feel glamorous like a Tinseltown starlet. This semi-rimless style in tortoise would be ordinary, but its silver accent along the brow-line takes it up a fabulous notch and gives it that extra shine that will make her beautiful.

For your sister:

MYKITA Ornella sunglasses

Everyone wants to be the most fashionable family member, and with your discerning tastes, you and your sister can be the dream team of kindred style. MYKITA Ornella sunglasses are oversized and totally retro, with its large round frame that demands attention. The tortoise pattern and gradient brown lenses keep the rest of the look classic, beautifully pairing a bold fashion statement with a little subtlety.

For your daughter:

Ray Ban Junior Wayfarer sunglasses

Kids sunglasses are all about protection, but you might as well give her some style guidance, too! Ray Ban 9035s Junior Wayfarer sunglasses introduce her to a whole new world of cool, with its iconic style and bold color that will have her being the envy of the neighborhood.

For your best friend:

Oliver Goldsmith Lord sunglasses

You can’t go wrong with a pair of Oliver Goldsmith Lord sunglasses. A classic brand worn by the Hollywood elite in decades of yore, this style has a vintage-inspired look from the Sixties. It is in the Icons collection for good reason! This style has been popular ever since its debut, with a rectangular shape accented by flared corners and a two-toned Caramel Split design. Two silver dots accent the front corners and temples.

Vizio Optic’s Greatest Hits: The Top-Selling Designer Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

Every great musical artist has an extensive catalog from which their greatest hits are drawn from, put into a commemorative collection that honors their best work. Everyone should be afforded the same opportunity, and at Vizio Optic, our vast selection of designer eyewear is a breeding ground for massively popular styles! Take a look at some of our top five Greatest Hits:

ProDesign 4359 c.6531 eyeglasses

5. Prodesign 4359 c.6531 eyeglasses – Keeping in line with the sophistication and sleek design expected of Danish designers, Prodesign’s 4359 style is contemporary and versatile. With a masculine straight-top silhouette, this semi-rimless frame features gunmetal titanium with a matte black inlay on the arms and ear tips, perfect for emanating a suave and professional vibe.

Mosley Tribes Aviatrix 56 (S) Polarized Sunglasses

4. Mosley Tribes Aviatrix 56 (S) Polarized Sunglasses – These modern aviators feature a rectangular butterfly-shaped silhouette, perfectly sized for small to medium faces. Its frame is made of silver titanium, surrounding gray polarized lenses for the ultimate protection from the sun. Equally as popular is the same Aviatrix style in Gold Amber with photochromic lenses, meaning they subtly darken when in contact with ultraviolet rays. Take a look at them here.

Mosley Tribes Hagen G Polarized Sunglasses

3. Mosley Tribes Hagen G Polarized Sunglasses – Our third most-popular frame is a softened version of the aviator, with teardrop-shaped lenses that are more rounded on the bottoms than the original silhouette. Framed by glossy gold titanium, this style features java-colored polarized lenses, a thin double bridge with a straight top and curved bottom, and white accents on the ear tips.

 Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan c.Dark Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

2. Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan c. Dark Tortoiseshell sunglasses – When it comes to film icons, lasting impressions aren’t solely at the hands of the actors. Their accessories are equally as important, as evidenced with the famed frames from the beloved Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn. It is an immensely popular style all over the world thanks to the fashion icon behind the oversized, glamorous lenses, and each frame is handmade in England so you can enjoy the highest quality with your Old Hollywood shades.

MYKITA & Bernard Willhelm Franz c.Gold sunglasses

1. MYKITA & Bernard Willhelm Franz c.Gold sunglasses – Making its way to being an icon of the 2000s is the result of a collaborations between MYKITA and Bernard Willhelm. The stunning, glossy gold Franz aviators are our number one most popular frame, thanks in part to their prominence in Sex and the City 2. Everyone’s favorite fashion inspiration, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, wore them on the promotional poster for the film and helped them skyrocket to fame. Because of the high demand, this limited edition style has had an extended release and was recently made available in multiple colors.

Those are our greatest hits! Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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?

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram! We love to interact with you on all channels possible, and Instagram is our new favorite way to show you photos from our everyday operations 🙂

Beware of the Sun This Fall!

So the weather’s getting cooler and the sun’s strength is weakening, so that means you don’t need to wear sunglasses this season, right? WRONG!

Just because you’ve got your peacoat and boots on doesn’t mean you have to forego the shades. Exposure to the sun can be damaging no matter what time of the year, especially if you haven’t yet reached your mid-20s, when the human eyes become fully developed. And besides, Fall is the most fashionable season of the year – why pass up a chance to show off your chic style?

Here’s a look at the hottest designer sunglasses styles for Fall 2012:

Face a Face Brune 2 sunglasses

Face a Face Brune 2 sunglasses are oversized and luxurious, looking every bit as glamorous as a celebrity on her way to her next red carpet event. Large lenses not only give off a hot diva vibe, but they cover more surface area and provide more protection from ultraviolet rays. Nothing’s more fashionable than being safe in the sun! Brune 2 comes in black with a modern cat-eye silhouette and recessed silver trim. The arms come in a complementary white.

 MYKITA Emmadora sunglasses

MYKITA Emmadora sunglasses are a favorite of ours at Vizio Optic. The lenses are big and surrounded by a bold amethyst frame, which comes in transparent plastic so that when light shines through, the jewel-toned shade becomes illuminated and emphasized. Emmadora also feature’s the brand’s interlocking hinge, which is a screw-less design that keeps things light and easily repairable.

Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses

Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses will always be in style. This classic frame is as glam as it is timeless, made popular in the 1950s thanks to Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hepburn’s Holly Golightly has become a fashion icon, and these oversized shades are perpetually flying off the shelves. Get yours in tortoise, black, or caramel split.

Are you on Instagram?

Fashion is our number one love, but photography is a close second! We love connecting with you on all different platforms and Instagram lets us bring you beautiful photos of the designer eyewear and sunwear Vizio Optic has in store. Follow us at @vizio_optic! Here is a preview of what you’ll find on our feed:

Alex in Etnia Barcelona eyeglasses

Hilary in Etnia Barcelona eyeglasses

CHANEL eyeglasses and sunglasses

Ray Ban London Wayfarer sunglasses Series

Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan, Audrey, and Y-Not sunglasses

Frame Yourself: Oval Face Shapes

Choosing the perfect pair of designer glasses requires you to consider several things, including your favorite colors, which shapes will look good on you, what materials you want, and what embellishments you enjoy (or would rather avoid). There are so many options out there that it can be difficult to narrow down your choices, but keeping one thing in mind can make a world of a difference: your face shape! Knowing what looks good on your face shape makes the hunt for eyeglasses and sunglasses much simpler, which is why throughout the next few weeks we will highlight popular face shapes and show you examples of what will look great on you! This week, we’ll talk about oval faces:

Those with oval faces typically have even features, meaning you want to find a frame that maintains this balance instead of throwing it all in one direction.

Oliver Goldsmith Kendal sunglasses are a great choice for those with oval faces, and trendy, too! Geometric styles are very popular right now, and flatter oval faces by adding sharper angles that complement your soft features.  This style is available in Coulis Sandwich (above), Black Truffle, and Electric Tortoise.


Keep in mind the size of your face as well. Is your oval face petite as well? Stick to frames that are moderately sized, you don’t want to overpower your small features with an enormous frame. However, oversized, nerdy glasses are pretty popular recently, and while the large frames may be a bit overwhelming, you can still make the style work for you with a frame like Studio FB W10 eyeglasses, with their rectangular silhouette and chunky black frame that is totally geek-chic. As a bonus, this brand uses wood fibers in its glasses that results in a super natural-looking matte finish, going along with with the organic trend of the summer season.


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Focus On: Oliver Goldsmith Sophia Sunglasses

We love retro style at Vizio Optic, and Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses are the epitome of cool, vintage-inspired fashion. Perfect for any season, the London brand’s glamorous frames are sexy and timeless. Take Oliver Goldsmith Sophia sunglasses, for instance, from the OG Icons collection.

Oliver Goldsmith Sophia sunglasses

This beautiful pair of designer sunglasses was created in 1958, inspired by the legendary actress Sophia Loren. She was one of Goldsmith’s favorites and, as per usual with his favorite people and places, he produced a flawless frame to evoke her style and grace. The popularity and iconic status of this model is due in part to another Old Hollywood actress – Grace Kelly – who donned these cat-eye sunglasses in the early sixties.

Oliver Goldsmith Sophia sunglasses

These stunning Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses have a chunky plastic front rim in black, with gray ovular lenses and a thick bridge inside the feline silhouette. The upper corners are accented with two silver dots, a signature look from the brand. For a little mod flair, there are ivory-colored arms that are slightly translucent and complement the front very nicely.

Oliver Goldsmith Sophia sunglasses are also available in Black Aqua, Electric Tortoise, Gray Raspberry, Leopard, and Matt Black. Visit our website to see additional colors and the rest of the OG Icons collection today!