Diane von Furstenberg presented her spring collection yesterday — but pretty much all anybody is talking about are the weird little glasses that several of the models sported. The glasses are a new product which Google has awkwardly named Glass, singular. Company co-founder Sergey Brin was on hand (he even took a bow on the runway with von Furstenberg and her creative director, Yvan Mispelaere) to explain the glasses, which take the form of a kind of headset with a small glass rectangle that hangs over the user's right eye. That glass can record and play back video and photos, display text messages, and do other things that sound distracting and/or dangerous. (Friends don't let friends glass and drive!) The glasses will cost around $1500 when they hit stores. "The goal is to really connect you to digital life without really taking you away from real life," says Brin. [WWD]
This weekend on Naomi Campbell's to-do list: join Twitter, open the Zac Posen show. [@NaomiCampbell]
In other news of dramatic casting, Alexander Wang had Liberty Ross in his show. "To be honest I was totally terrified," said Ross afterwards. In case you hadn't noticed, Ross's film director husband just cheated on her with that girl from Panic Room, cuing a Category 5 paparazzi storm. "I hadn't actually been out of my house for seven weeks so I was really anxious. But it felt amazing." [The Cut]
Let us all now ponder Hedi Slimane's first ad for Yves Saint Laurent — or as he's rebranding the house's luxury line, Saint Laurent Paris — and what it means. There is no clothing in it. [WWD]
This here is the front page of the French daily Libération. The story is about luxury tycoon Bernard Arnault, and the headline translates more or less to "Piss off, you rich asshole." Arnault's recent petition for Belgian citizenship has drawn ire in France as a tax dodge as the country considers a new tax structure for the ultrarich — though the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy head says he will retain his French citizenship and claims he will remain a resident of France for tax purposes whether or not he is granted a Belgian passport. Some of France's most high-profile citizens, like singer Johnny Hallyday, are famous tax dodgers, maintaining residency in countries like Monaco or Switzerland, and this is a sore point for the French electorate. President François Hollande yesterday suggested that Arnault's citizenship application was unpatriotic. The headline is a play on the French insult "pauvre con" (literally, "poor asshole," but figuratively something more like "goddamn asshole"), and an allusion to former president Nicolas Sarkozy's famous insult to a member of the public who didn't want to shake his hand ("Casse toi, alors, pauvre con"). Arnault has announced he is suing Libération for "public insult." [WWD]
As we saw for ourselves on Saturday, Lena Dunham debuted a new haircut at the Rachel Antonoff presentation, which she attended (Dunham is pictured here with Antonoff and her brother Jack, a musician whom Dunham is dating). Shooting had wrapped on season two of Dunham's Girls the night before, and she cut it herself the next morning. Dunham says she was inspired by Carey Mulligan. [Fashionista]
"Accessories are like vitamins to fashion — as such, you should use them liberally," says Anna Dello Russo. That doesn't really...make...sense, but here are some images from her H&M collection anyway. [WWD]
Here are the covers Christian Lacroix designed for Tank. [The Cut]
Mindy Kaling: a fashion week must-follow. Also, Aziz Ansari. Fashion needs more people who can laugh at themselves. [@MindyKaling]
- Joanna Coles on her plans for Cosmopolitan: "I'd like to slightly broaden its reach." [Fashionista]
- Iman says one time ("uhh...late '70s?") she almost missed a runway show because she was out partying. She said she lived her fashion week nightmare, "leaving Studio 54 at 6am, getting home, taking a quick shower, and getting to the show late. I just made it to the final exit." [Fashionista]
- Sui He is now a face of Shiseido. [WWD]
- The Tracy Reese dress that Michelle Obama wore at the Democratic National Convention was custom, but the designer is rushing the design into production. Reese — who showed her spring collection yesterday — says it should be available in 8-12 weeks. [Fashionista]
- Nary Manivong and Ally Hilfiger (daughter of Tommy) have shut down their emerging label, NAHM. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with designer Michelle Ochs. Michelle, do you have a pre-fashion show ritual for good luck?
"I have a nervous stomach, so I eat McDonald's before every show. I don't know why, but it's the only thing that calms me down ... It's so weird though, I woke up today, and I wasn't hungry. That's the first time that has ever happened before a show. But, I felt like I would jinx everything if I didn't have McDonald's. So, I stopped and had a cheeseburger and McNuggets."