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DVF introduces Google Glass to NYFW catwalk

Models took to Diane von Furstenberg’s New York Fashion Week catwalk yesterday wearing augmented reality eyewear supplied by Google.

Google Glass, as the technology is known, lets users interact with the digital world through what looks like a cyborg cross between glasses and headgear, with a small square of glass functioning as a screen over the right eye.

Although still in early stages, it’s designed to offer a variety of smartphone capabilities, including effortless viewing of messages, taking pictures and recording video.

“It’s been under development for over two years now, and the goal is to really connect you to digital life without really taking you away from real life,” Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, told WWD. In a statement from Google he added that beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology.

But it’s the idea of sharing that DVF particularly wanted to tap into. “Are you ready to see the DVF runway show from an entirely new perspective?” she teased over social media along with the #dvfthroughglass hashtag ahead of its start.

What that referred to was not only the fact the Google Glass eyewear would be taking to the catwalks, but also that she and team had been using it to record footage from their own viewpoints throughout. The result will be documented in a short film called “DVF through Glass” due for release this Thursday on the designer’s  Google+ page and Google’s YouTube channel.

“For the past week, we’ve been using Glass to capture the DVF creative process from entirely new perspectives. Soon you’ll get a glimpse into what it’s like to design, prepare and experience the DVF show at New York Fashion Week through Diane’s eyes and a few other views,” reads the statement.

A series of images were also posted during the show of the device in action (shown below), including it being worn by Brin with DVF herself (as above).

Although introduced as Project Glass in April, this is the first time it has been experimented with in a commercial capacity, especially within the fashion industry. Reports suggest a launch could be expected as early as 2013, with a retail price in the region of $1,500. DVF’s versions were colour-coordinated with her new spring/summer 2013 collection.

[Images via DVF, Mashable, WGSN and WWD]


By Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur is Editor-in-Chief of Current Daily, the leading news source for fashion, retail and innovation, and the co-host of its weekly Innovators podcast. She otherwise serves as Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Current Global, a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion luxury and retail. By background she is an award-winning business journalist and consultant, contributing to titles including Wired, Forbes and Business of Fashion.

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