DVF gives Google Glass wider appeal through fashionable design
By Caitlyn Bohannon
June 9, 2014
At first glance, Google Glass seemed too futuristic for everyday use, but a partnership between Google and U.S. fashion label Diane von Furstenberg might give the product the stylish appeal it needs to be marketable and desirable.
Premiering on June 23, styles will include five new frames and eight new shades.
The partnership is merging the cutting-edge wearable technology of Google and the fashion world and opening the doors for other partnerships for Google with even higher end or affordable designers to make Google Glass a fashion accessory as well as a high-end piece of technology, said Danielle McCormick, senior director of marketing at Skava, San Francisco.
Diane von Furstenberg was unable to comment before press deadline.
Furst wins the race
DVF is a known supporter of the Google Glass as staff members and models wore them during the labels spring/summer 2013 collection runway show at New York Fashion Week.
The brand was the first to provide footage from the perspective of a runway participant rather than from a camera looking onto the runway, which showed the usefulness of Googles product.
Googles video of the world through the eyes of DVF via Google Glass
The convenience of Glass has long been established, but adding DVF-inspired physical frames lend the product a much-needed makeover.
DVF Google Glass are available in prescription or shade
Upon celebrating the 40th anniversary ofthe designer’srenowned wrap dress, DVF used the edge of pursuing a more fashionable Google Glass as a marketing strategy. To make any anniversary significant, it is often necessary to go the extra step and start something new to maintain relevance among consumers.
Brands can learn from DVFs collaboration with Google and can recognize that something that is normally unflattering, such as tech products, do have the possibility to be glamorous and attractive.
DVFs version will be available to consumers on Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter for mens styles. Prices of these styles will vary between $1,620 and $1,725.
Making wearables wearable
Without public support, wearable technology will have a hard time getting off the ground.
With some of the first entries in the wearables category failing to set the world on fire, the next round of devices should feature a stronger fashion sense.
The well-to-do, early-adopters which wearables are targeted at are not just interested in technology for technologys sake but desires items with the elusive cool factor. A lack of style is part of the reason why some early entries, such as Google Glass, have not caught on and could explain Apples $3-million deal for Beats as a stepping stone toward the development of a smart headphone with cache (see story).
The goal of wearable technology is to enhance human life, and a stylish facelift will encourage those interested to adopt the movement. Furthermore, studies have shown that wearables can lead to more healthy lifestyles.
A study by mobile engagement provider Mobiquity Inc. has found that 55 percent of todays mobile health application users plan to introduce wearable devices to their health monitoring over the next few years.
Specifically, more than half said they will use pedometers, with 48 percent interested in wristbands and 45 percent favoring smart watches. A total of 63 percent surveyed said they will use wearable devices on a daily basis, and 73 percent of respondents attributed their good health to tracking nutrition and fitness goals on mobile (see story).
Brands with the appeal of DVF should consider similar partnerships as wearables become more widely used.
It is a clever move from a marketing perspective to drive brand awareness for both Diane Von Fusterberg and Google as they are trying to make Google Glass more of an object of desire, said Ms. McCormick.
Caitlyn Bohannon, editorial assistant for Mobile Marketer, New York