News that Apple (AAPL) has hired Paul Deneve, the former head of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, to work on unspecified “special projects” sent tongues wagging across the tech industry this week.
But the move makes perfect sense as Apple, Google (GOOG) and others gear up to introduce all manner of wearable computing devices, from watches and wristbands to glasses and earrings.
It takes some industrial design smarts and a bit of knowledge of consumer tastes to build an appealing laptop. But high-end fashion accessories? That’s a whole new level of cool.
Google is rumored to be partnering with hip online eyeglass maker Warby Parker to spiff up its Google Glass frames. Initial reaction to Glass ranged from “cheesy” to “nothing if not ugly.” "Saturday Night Live" even took a shot with a head-jerking parody review by Fred Armisen.
“How you design a laptop is probably not at all how you would go about designing a pair of connected glasses or a wristwatch,” says Ben Arnold, an analyst atRead More »from Fashionistas May Be Flocking to Tech