Fashion

06.03.14

Net-a-Porter to Sell Google Glass; Suzy Menkes Talks Fashion Criticism in First 'Vogue' Column

And a new study defends 'dumb' blondes.

Net-a-Porter to Sell Google Glass: Continuing the push to make its awkward, 'smart' glasses more fashionable, Google has confirmed a partnership with Net-a-Porter and its menswear site, Mr. Porter, making the online luxury sites the first third-party retailers to sell Google Glass. Following the product's runway debut at Diane von Furstenberg's Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show, Net-a-Porter will carry an edited selection of the designer's styles, while Mr. Porter will keep things simple with a selection of three Titanium frames. The exclusive packages, which include glass, a frame and shade, a mono earbud, and a case, will launch June 23. [Net-a-Porter Press Release]

Suzy Menkes Talks Fashion Criticism in First Vogue Column: In her debut column for Vogue, Suzy Menkes—who recently made the jump to the glossy from her long-held tenure at the International Herald Tribune—tackled the “ugly face of fashion criticism,” particularly on social media. “If there is something mean to be said in 140 characters, there is always someone ready to dish the dirt about the ill-fitting haute frock or the wobbly super-high heels,” she wrote, while “a nice comment about how pretty a star looks is as rare as a high carat diamond.” In discussing this #trending problem, the international Vogue editor vowed for “no bitching” criticism on her part as she takes on her new role.  [Vogue UK]

New Study Defends 'Dumb' Blondes: Finally, there is scientific proof to defend those “dumb blonde” jokes. Based on new research from Stanford University, being blonde is an extremely unique mutation—expressed as an “A” instead of a “G” within the wildly complex human genome sequence. It’s appearance, however, is unrelated to any other traits. Therefore, hair color has nothing to do with IQ (the chemicals however, we cannot comment on). “This is a great biological example of how traits can be controlled, and what a superficial difference blond hair color really is,” lead researcher David Kingsley told National Geographic. [The Cut]