Philippe Lafont, president of Lunettes Lafont, is the new chairman of Silmo, the big French optical fair. He will work with the former chairman, Guy Charlot, who continues to run the Silmo Association, which organizes training sessions for opticians and collective stands at foreign shows in India, Brazil and other countries. Philippe Lafont stands for one of the best-known French labels of designer eyewear. The son of an optician in Paris, he launched it along with his late wife in 1972. He is now aided by his two sons, Thomas and Mathieu. Lafont has been an exhibitor at Silmo since 1981.