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Is Wearable Technology Actually Fashionable?

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and designers Diane Von Furstenberg and Yvan Mispelaere walk the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

It’s been one year since Diane Von Furstenberg sent Google Glass down the runway. Since then, they've been featured in Vogue, worn by multiple fashion editors, and plugged by the Times' Styles section. Meanwhile, Samsung just released a smartwatch, and apparently Jawbone is sending sleep- and calorie-tracking wristbands to editors and buyers. (Says Vanity Fair’s Punch Hutton: “I don’t want to know.”) This Fashion Week, the Cut wonders whether wearable gadgets will ever be acceptable — or even covetable — accessories, in the realm of Prada peeptoes or a Cartier bracelet.

Responses from fashion show attendees were mixed: Vogue’s Hamish Bowles proposed that a teal ostrich band, similar to the one on his own Boucheron, would greatly improve his chances of wearing a smartwatch, while T’s Deborah Needleman noted the sorry aesthetic of Google glass. “They could not be uglier,” she said. “It’s like, the worst kind of German architect nerd glasses.” We agree, but it didn't stop Marie Claire’s intrepid Nina Garcia from wearing them all week. Click ahead to find out who still uses a BlackBerry, who obsessively tracks their REM via Jawbone (what?), and who thinks Google Glass is already “very three seasons ago.”

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