Leave it to Diane von Furstenburg to bring a little levity to New York Fashion Week. Her models actually smile and flirt with the crowd at her shows.
The CFDA president and captain of industry sent an eye-popping array of modern bohemian wear down her Spring 2013 runway, and most of it was drenched in dialed up hues and whimsical adornment. The idea here was '60s exoticism; it turned up in the form of floaty caftans, drapey harem pants, and sarong-wrapped dresses — silhouettes that call to mind the billowing shapes of places like Marrakech or Jaipur. In fact, it was the designer's early travels to those cities that formed the starting point of the collection. "With the polish of a princess and the heart of a gypsy, she is an aristocratic dreamer…" the show notes explained.
She may be an aristocratic dreamer, but she's also got one eye on innovation — literally. This season the designer partnered with Google Glass to film a behind the scenes video of her runway show and thus models came down the catwalk sporting techy-looking Google camera glasses. It was quite a sight to behold, especially when Von Furstenberg herself took her final bow decked out in them as well.