New York Fashion Week spring-summer 2013: Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg, Council of Fashion Designers of America president and grande dame of New York Fashion Week, showed her collection on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Center, and tried to bring fashion a little more into the future while she was at it by collaborating with Google to launch “Glass by Google” glasses on the runway.
During her runway lap, Von Furstenberg and Google co-founder Sergey Brin modeled the futuristic eyewear, filming the scene from their own point of view. It was quite a kick seeing her in the slightly cyborg-looking wearable technology, even if no one in the crowd was quite sure what it is supposed to do. (Eventually, the technology could be embedded in optical lenses and function as a hands-free smartphone and digital camera.) And who knows? At the rate fashion moves, we could all be wearing Google Glass by next season. On Thursday, you will be able to preview the technology at www.google.com+DVF.
The inspiration: Globe trotting to exotic locales. Colors, silhouettes and ornamentation inspired by la dolce vita in Rome, the gardens of Marrakesh and the deserts of Jaipur.
The look: Gypsy princess with a whiff of “I Dream of Jeannie” humor. Palazzo pants, draped jumpsuits, tailored crepe jackets and vests with contrasting color borders, tunics with beaded collars, pearl-encrusted T-shirt, flowing caftans worn with slim silk faille trousers, dresses wrapped like saris, sandals with chunky chain ankle straps, silver ball or leather curlicue decoration. Rich color palette of coral, lime, green and violet.
The scene: A who’s who of the fashion and media industries including Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The verdict: A fresh take on the boho look. Just fun enough without being costumey or kitsch. Tapped into the emerging trend of bedouin-inspired layering for spring. And kudos to DVF for always keeping technology in the fashion discussion. (She is obsessed with her iPad, and even designed a special handbag a couple of years ago to carry it.)
Bottom photo: Looks from the Diane von Furstenberg spring-summer 2013 collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.