By Michael Oxman
High-end designer Diane von Furstenberg has partnered with Google Inc. to launch a line of couture frames for the smart glasses to hang on.
Von Furstenberg– creator of the famous easy-to-put-on wrap dresses — helped redesign $1,500 computerized eyewear into glasses that looks a lot more like something you’d find at Sunglass Hut.
Critics of Google Glass have complained that the original version is far from stylish. Potential buyers they have voiced that until Oakley, Ray-Ban, Armani or the like give it a makeover, they have no intention of buying a pair.
Net-A-Porter.com, a Women’s fashion retailer, is offering the limited collection in an $1,800 package that include Glass (in black, green, brown, plum, or white), a frame, a mono ear bud and a case. The site’s men-focused companion, MrPorter.com, is selling a $1,650-package with slightly different frame varieties that might appeal more to a masculine market. The frames can also handle prescription lenses.
Google Glass allows users to do online searches, use maps, take photos and record videos, in addition to running a growing number of apps. These programs are run via a combination of voice commands and taps on the frame. As of Monday, Google opened up sales to the United Kingdom, where a pair can be purchased for £1,000, or about $1,700.