Diane von Furstenberg: An Eye to the Future
Diane von Furstenberg’s show always offers a front row filled with heavy hitters and a collection filled with explosive color. And this season definitely didn’t disappoint. Several of Google’s high-tech “augmented reality” glasses came down the runway on the models, giving the much anticipated Glass by Google product its official first spin. Sergey Brin, Google’s cofounder and the head of Google X, its division for innovative projects, sat in the front row with his own pair of the glasses, grinning the entire time.
Several models came down the runway wearing them, each coordinated with the color of her outfit: red glasses over an orange dress, turquoise on turquoise, and so on. Von Furstenberg and her creative director, Yvan Mispelaere, appeared for their final bow each wearing the glasses. Brin popped up from his seat and walked down the runway with them. According to representatives backstage, each of the glasses—on Brin, DVF, and the models—was recording footage that will be edited into a short video highlighting a variety of different perspectives. According to Brin, the idea came up at a conference with von Furstenberg. “I had a prototype of these that I was testing, and she loved them,” he told The Daily Beast backstage. “For me, it’s about style and comfort—and that’s what her clothes really symbolize.” Brin says the glasses will hit the market next year, and a price point hasn’t yet been announced. (Google has taken early orders for its Explorer Edition, which will retail for $1,500, but Brin says the mainstream customer glasses will retail for less than that.)