Earlier this year when we discussed what the designer eyewear trends would be for 2013, we never though round frames would blow up as much as they did! Circular lenses have been making their way down the catwalk all over the world, appearing on today’s top fashion bloggers, and gracing the pages of our favorite style bibles. And which brand has been at the center of all the attention? One of our favorites, MYKITA eyeglasses and sunglasses, furthering its global popularity and solidifying its place as the go-to designer for high-end and high-quality accessories.

MYKITA Bibi eyeglasses JNC Germany June 2013

In the June 2013 issue of Germany’s J’N'C magazine, the model wears a pair of MYKITA Bibi eyeglasses, a bold style that is perfect for those who like a unique look. Perfectly round lenses are encased within a titanium opal frame, separated by a complementary gold bridge. The arms are gold as well, attached to the front with the brand’s interlocking hinges that eliminate the use of screws. This makes the frame super flexible and strong! Bibi is also available in Coral Red with gold accents and Black with silver accents.

MYKITA Yolanda sunglasses - LOfficial France June 2013

In last month’s edition of L’Officiel in France, this chic model dons a pair of MYKITA Yolanda sunglasses, which perfectly flatter her features with their round frame and center-set arms, which create balance throughout her look. She is wearing the frame in Black, but these MYKITA sunglasses are also available in Tobago, Chocolate Chips, Taupe, and Blue Pearl.

What are your favorite round styles for this season?

 

Our favorite celebrities know a thing or two about great style, they have virtually instant access to some of the most sought-after brands in the world. One in particular, a Danish brand celebrated globally for its innovations in the eyewear industry and intelligent designs, is a go-to designer for many stylish stars. LINDBERG eyewear has long been a top choice, worn by Robert Deniro, Tyra Banks and many more.

Kate Bosworth and Mads Mikkelson wearing Lindberg eyeglasses

Above, actress Kate Bosworth wears a pair of LINDBERG Horn 1822 eyeglasses, a small round frame that perfectly complements are square face shape. The dark brown rims look beautiful with her auburn hair, an unexpected change from her usual platinum blonde locks. Its arms are made with titanium, attached to the front via a screw-less hinge.

In the black and white photo, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen models a pair of LINDBERG 1235 eyeglasses, a great geometric shape that flatters his already angular face. The structured rectangular design features many straight lines, giving it a particularly masculine silhouette.

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A closer look at the 1235 frame reveals its dark brown color that is deep but doesn’t provide as harsh a contrast as would a black frame, flattering the model’s skin tone. We can see the titanium arms, also featuring the innovative hinge technology – this material is used primarily for its feather-light weight and extreme flexbility, which in turn adds to its overall strength. If the Danish know one thing, it’s incredibly smart design, and we’re sure our celeb friends with the best style would agree!

What’s your favorite LINDBERG frame?

 

Okay, okay, we’ve highlighted this one before, but we can’t help but share when one of our favorite frames is available in a new color! It’s like when you find the perfect pair of jeans, you have to have them in multiple washes to go with your every outfit – we need MYKITA Franz sunglasses in every color! Our love affair began when we first saw Sarah Jessica Parker wear her gold Franz shades in the Sex and the City 2 movie and continued as they kept releasing them in black, silver, and more recently a bold cobalt blue. Today, we bring you a new color combo:

Mykita Franz sunglasses in blue velvet with green flash lenses

Alex is wearing Franz in Blue Velvet with Green Flash lenses. This style is flattering for both men and women, with mirror lenses that are right on trend this summer. We love the navy blue titanium frame, which features the brand’s screw-less hinge – this increases the frame’s flexibility and strength and also allows for simple repairs. The hinge is made of interlocking pieces, so arms snap right back on if they happen to fall off in an accident.

MYKITA Franz sunglasses

Franz is part of a collaboration between MYKITA and Bernard Willhelm, a German fashion designer, that started as limited edition, but has risen to such great popularity that the brand keeps rolling out new colors. We won’t complain! This frame is also available in a bright orange with metallic orange lenses to match. Interested? This specific color is not yet on our website, but you can email us at sales@viziooptic.com for more info on how to purchase this frame.

What do you think of the new color? Would you wear it?

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Beauty, makeup and skincare event in boston for girls who wear glassesPhoto: Flickr

Attention beauty lovers! Clear your schedules for the evening of July 24, when we’ll be hosting a special event to learn new makeup and skincare tricks, with professional tips and advice from licensed aesthetician and makeup artist Barbara Campbell.

We’re already in the middle of wedding season and we’re sure you have plenty of fun summer events coming up on the calendar, so Barbara will be demonstrating various techniques to help you look your best no matter what the occasion. Have you seen something interesting in a magazine lately? Has your favorite celeb been nailing her red carpet makeup looks? Need recommendations for the perfect eye-brightening products? Bring photos, ask as many questions as you want, let our special guest work her magic, and learn something new and fresh to add to your beauty routine.

Barbara will also go over how to show off your eyes in the best way while wearing your glasses, so bring your frames and let her offer advice specifically tailored to your prescription. She will also show you great ways to transition makeup between eyeglasses and contacts.

This event is totally free and open to you and your friends whether you wear glasses or not – the more the merrier! We ask that every attendee RSVP here. There will be wine, cheese and fruit to snack on throughout the night, so grab your girlfriends and head over to Vizio Optic on Wednesday, July 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM!

 

 

Vizio Optic #1 Optical Shop in Brookline - Reader's Choice by Wicked Local news

We are so excited to announce that Vizio Optic has won the Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Award for #1 Optical Shop in Brookline!

This is our second year in a row earning this title from Wicked Local! It’s all thanks to you, our readers, customers, and friends who keep coming back to us time and again. Our team is proud to be recognized within the local community by the Reader’s Choice Awards and are grateful to those who share their wonderful experiences in their reviews to let others know about our shop. Your kind words make our service much more meaningful.

Vizio Optic would also like to congratulate Coolidge Corner Opticians and Lenscrafters in Brookline for their honorable mentions. We are thrilled to be in the company of other local businesses highly regarded for their excellence in the optical world.

Did you know in addition to our selection of unique designer eyewear, we also offer eye exams? Our optometrists – owner Dr. Galina Rabkin and Dr. Mary-Ann Zappala – provide thorough optical exams to diagnose and monitor your eye health. If you are in the area and would like to make an appointment, please call us at 617-734-7171.

In January and February, Wicked Local published ballots in their newspapers and online for readers to vote on their favorite local businesses in more than 75 categories. Readers from the Greater Boston area cast their votes, and results were calculated by an independent firm and provided to Wicked Local.

 

Many people like to say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but we like to think that your eyeglasses offer the real clues to your personality. Whether you’re going for a professional look or a way to show off your bold and bright style, there is definitely something for you at Vizio Optic. There’s no time like the present to find the best way to express yourselves, so when Mr. and Mrs. Derek Schmidt came in looking for some designer glasses to do just that, we were excited to help them start fresh together with a whole new look.

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses and Chanel 3233Q eyeglasses

Derek is wearing a pair of Prodesign eyeglasses in style 6604. This rectangular frame flatters his face shape and helps keep his look balanced, and the tortoise coloring of the frame is classic and forever in style. This particular model is made with multiple  materials, including acetate to create the glossy front rims, and stainless steel along the temples for strength. Its silicone nose pads let the frame sit comfortably as well.

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses, accented with two silver squares in each corner, are also available in black, black-to-clear gradient, and light brown.

CHANEL 3233Q eyeglasses

Mrs. Schmidt chose a pair of CHANEL 3233Q eyeglasses, a vibrant frame that stands out beautifully on her. The oval acetate frame is colored in bold blue, with matching calfskin temples embellished with the signature CC logo in white. The 3233Q model comes in red, solid black, black with white temples, and tortoise with solid brown temples.

What do you think? Don’t they look great?

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Vue dc eyeglasses

Let’s take a moment to appreciate some art today, shall we? Introducing Eye DC eyeglasses, frames from a French brand that are innovative, creative, weird and wonderful. Their collections involve a lot of intricate metalwork and double-front frames that give you a truly unique appearance. Above is a photo we posted on Instagram showing three new styles available at Vizio Optic (are you following us?).

Beginning with innovation, take a look at the frame on the left side, style V845. This model has a thin bottom rim and a dramatically flared brow, and also features a triple-hinged temple unlike anything you’ve ever seen on a pair of designer glasses. The thoughtful design shows just how creative Eye DC can be.

At the bottom, the acetate frame (style E211) uses a classic rectangular silhouette and pumps up the color with a blast of red, which becomes bold and intense as soon as the light hits the transparent plastic. The little bit of flare along the brow’s edges give the E211 a slight retro feel.

Our personal favorite, the round frame at the top (style V789) is where the marvelous metalwork begins. Two laser-cut front rims are layered to create a fantastic illusion of depth. This is the perfect frame for those who appreciate a true work of art and don’t mind being the center of attention.

Eye DC eyewear is currently only available in our Brookline store and will be online in the future. You may, however, purchase these frames via phone by calling 866-411-9428.

Note: To avoid any confusion, Eye DC glasses are unrelated to their fellow French brand Vue dc.

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Prodesign biodegradable eyeglasses

These days, most companies are trying to find a way to go green in some aspect. Whether it’s going paperless, cleaning up manufacturing processes or other methods, we commend businesses on making their environmental impact a priority – and now, the concerns are moving into the eyewear industry. Last year, we showed you some great Studio FB eyeglasses that were made of 20 perecent wood fibers. This year, we are happy to bring you biodegradable eyeglasses from ProDesign Eyewear made of 80 percent cotton.

The Danish brand has turned their focus to sustainable development, creating new designer eyeglasses with biodegradable acetate material, their production requiring a gentle process. Comparing some frames to the beautiful and heavy wood of a cigar box, ProDesign explains its inspiration is drawn from “the desire to create a high fashion, stylish and intelligent look, designed for the urban, environmentally conscious female and male. [The natural look is] a trend that contains artsy, heavy retro shapes with depth and weight, but in a highly clean and classic way.”

Frames are available in light and dark earthy shades to create a “dynamic forest look.”

Prodesign biodegradable eyeglasses

Prodesign biodegradable glasses

Want to know more about ProDesign’s biodegradable eyewear collection? Feel free to leave us a comment below or email our team at customerservice@viziooptic.com. We’re happy to answer your questions about this cool new line and hope you can spread the word! Sustainable development is important, and we want everyone to know what a wonderful idea ProDesign has come up with this year!

 

Oliver Goldsmith was a true artist and a magnificent observer, taking in all that he saw and letting it fuel his work. His designer sunglasses were inspired by the most beautiful things around him – especially beautiful faces and places. As for faces, we’ve all seen his frames adorned by and for Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and more, but he also created frames that were odes to his home of London.

Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses

Above, one of our customers wears Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses, which was designed in 1979 and named after a street in the capital city where his favorite pub, the Berwick arms, was located. Back in the ’80s when the brand was an official outfitter for the Royal Family, this particular pair was given to Prince Charles. His then wife, Princess Diana, decided to enjoy them herself and was famously seen wearing them  on the cover of Tatler magazine in 1985, creating a surge in its popularity.

Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses in electric tortoise

The color our friend is wearing is Electric Tortoise, which features a tortoise frame complemented by blue details throughout, most prominently on the stripes that detail the bridge and brow. Berwick is also available in black and white, crystal sapphire, black quartz, white quartz, and black raspberry. We love the distinctively retro design with its plastic aviator silhouette and keyhole bridge. The blue is complementary and looks fantastic when hit by the sun.

Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses have been worn by many icons over the years and each have an intriguing story behind their creation. Head over to VizioOptic.com to explore our selection of ICONS shades and pick up a pair of your own!

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Staying on top of trends is a favorite hobby of ours, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics. A true classic never goes out of style and the one hit we see year after year is a pair of iconic Ray Ban sunglasses. The iconic Wayfarer has been one of the American brand’s defining looks for decades, reinventing the frame year after year with different colors, patterns and various takes on the original silhouette. “Effortlessly cool” are probably the two most-often used words to describe this week’s frame, chosen by our friend Massaoud.

Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses

Above, Massaoud wears a pair of Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses in color 902, tortoise, which fit perfectly with his personality and sense of style. Tortoise is a classic pattern that is flattering on pretty much everyone. The New Wayfarer is a modified version of the original silhouette, with a shorter lens to fit smaller faces. The rectangular lens edges are slightly more curved for a softer look as well.

Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses

As with most of Ray Ban’s Icons collection, this frame is available in multiple colors. In addition to tortoise, the New Wayfarer comes in black, light blue rubber, black rubber, and brown gradient. There are also several sizes to choose from so you can enjoy a pair of designer sunglasses no matter how small or large your proportions are.

To explore our collection of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses both new and old, visit VizioOptic.com. Let us know which color is your favorite!

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