Tech talking points may not be the normal starting place for a runway review, but then again, Madame Diane Von Furstenberg is no ordinary woman. Today saw a first in the tech-crushing world of fashion, the debut of Google Glass on the runway. What is Google Glass? You might ask? If you were thinking that it could be the long-rumored rather creepily invasive virtual reality “wearable glasses” technology from the Silicon Valley giant, you would be right. For the past week, DVF has been capturing the process of creating her collection and staging her show, and yes, that included popping them over the peepers of her models as she sent them down the runway of Lincoln Center. The fruits of the glamorous guinea pigs (a press release from DVF stated that “Glass is still in its early stages and we’re excited about how it will evolve”) will be revealed to the world on Thursday via Google’s Youtube channel.
The Pajama suit at Diane Von Furstenberg S/S13
Diane Von Furstenberg’s colourful dresses make their SS/13 debut
Digital pyrotechnics aside, there was a runway show too. The collection was entitled “Palazzo” and ticked each of the DVF boxes in just the right order. Punchy prints, plenty of separates and bunches of draped and gathered fabric–it was all there. Although, surprisingly, palazzo pants were missing in action. Diane’s girl for Spring 2013 had “the polish of a princess and the heart of a gypsy,” and evidence of her nomadic lifestyle were palpable in the mash up of ethnic references that were all reigned in and harmonized by the DVF-treatment (kaftan-inspired embellished necklines from scorching Morocco, snazzy sequined saris from sensuous India and so on and so forth). But perhaps by next season, if Mrs. Von Furstenberg and Google co-founder (and this afternoon co-FROWer) Mr. Sergey Brin have their way, the DVF fashion gypsy won’t have to pack her bag to go anywhere on the physical map, she’ll just Google it with her glasses.