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Merging Fashion and Technology At The Met’s Costume Institute Show

fashion and technology merge at met costume institute show

            Merging Fashion and Technology At The Met’s Costume Institute Show



The Costume institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC is home to over 35,000 costumes and accessories. Representing seven centuries of dress, since its reopening in 2014, there has been a large shift in their bi-annual exhibitions. More and more, the participating designers are producing technological garments, fusing together the elegance and style of fashion with the latest developments in technology.


This year, The Costume Institute presents its latest collection entitled Manus x Machina, a exploration of how fashion has evolved alongside the new inventions of technology. The exhibition space, a futurist temple of fashion, houses 160 pieces by top leading designers, spanning from early 20th century to present day. The inspiration came from looking closely at Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Dress from the Fall 1965 collection. Andrew Bolton, the curator at The Costume Institute, discovered that the dress was made almost entirely by machine. This revelation showed the progression and necessity of technology within the fashion industry, when once Haute Couture by very definition had always meant hand made.


The first piece visitors are greeted with is the stunning Wedding Ensemble by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Stealing the spotlight, the wedding dress is eclipsed by its ten foot, glittering train made from scuba knit and hand embroidered with glass, gold and crystals.


Following the grand opening, Israeli born designer Noa Raviv’s piece entitled dress certainly makes an impact. A monochrome, optical dress, Raviv employed the relatively unexplored technique of 3D printing to create his masterpiece. To give the illusive of transitioning from 2D to 3D, the printed polymer is attached at the hip and protrudes outwards from the garment. At a time when multiple consumer goods are being 3D printed, it’s about time the fashion industry really got creative with this technique. The 21st Century version of a tailored garment? A piece specifically printed for your body shape!


fashion and technology merge at met costume institute show


English fashion designer Gareth Pugh also makes his mark in the collection, designing a black tunic made entirely of drinking straws. Hand cut and sewn directly onto the mesh base, each straw is attached with metal hooks. The most amazing part of this piece is how attractive the material actually looks, catching the breeze as the piece is worn, straws fluttering elegantly like feathers.


fashion and technology merge at met costume institute show



The Hussein Chalayan piece, Floating Dress is made from sculpted fiberglass, resulting in an eye catching and delicate yet robotic silhouette. The piece is painted with gold pigment and and embellished with pearled paper and crystals. The futuristic garment is worn by stepping into a rear back panel and is entirely remote control operated. What’s more, the embellishes can be spring loaded and, by using the controller, be launched up into the air, swirling around the wearer.

fashion and technology merge at met costume institute show


Perhaps the most spectacular and talked about piece at the Met’s Costume Institute actually came from outside the exhibition. During the annual Gala, actress Claire Danes pulled out all the technology stops with her show stopping, red carpet dress. Her princess-esque, sky blue ball gown was hand crafted from organza and fiber optics, allowing the dress to illuminate in the dark. The dress featuring a seriously voluminous full skirt was ultimately a very fitting piece for the event.

fashion and technology merge at met costume institute show



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Unveiling The Riccardo Tisci x NikeLab Air Zoom Legend

The Riccardo Tisci x NikeLab Air Zoom Legend

                    Unveiling The Riccardo Tisci x NikeLab Air Zoom Legend

In 1990, the street style favorite the Nike Aqua Boot was born. A shoe specifically designed for water sports with a high arching silhouette. Over 25 years later, Riccardo Tisci, creative designer for Givenchy, decided the sole of the Aqua Boot was to be the base for his new collaboration with NikeLab. The foundation for the Air Zoom Legend established, the designers then followed with fusing the aesthetics of the iconic Nike design with all the style and elegance of a classic Chelsea boot.


The final product, available in two colorways, has first a more basketball inspired theme, including a black mesh upper and an eye popping rainbow heel design. The other colorway option has a more sophisticated look, featuring a grey floral pattern, embroidered on black for a tone on tone design, a woven jacquard upper and an all white midsole. The design of the RT x NikeLab Air Zoom Legend combines the iconic features of both the designers with the rubber heel and sole being on point with Nike designs and incorporating Tisci’s current obsession with Chelsea boots.

To finish the look and in true RT style, the shoe is finished with a leather lining, pull tabs and foot beds as well as a heel clip featuring the RT logo and Nike swoosh branding.


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Since the Givenchy designer started collaborating with sports giant Nike, the Air Zoom Legend, marking the fourth time the designers have collaborated, has been the most creative and interesting design yet. A truly head turning shoe, fusing together modern design, performance enhancing features as well as a little elegance. Tisci revealed the inspiration for the design was very much him, injecting all of his Tisci style into the shoe. A strong shoe with an experimental design, the heel is always the talking point.

A shroud move from the collaborators, they chose to revive the old Aqua due to its close link to the nineties, a symbol of youth culture and street style. With many other designers reliving the iconic decade, bringing back the choker necklace, platform shoes and even scrunchies, the pair could not have picked a better time to launch their new product. Styles like the Aqua were adopted by both sports fanatics as well as the street style conscious, allowing for both style and performance to shine through. Darryl Matthews, Senior Designer for NikeLab said of the Air Zoom Legend “The Shoe juxtaposes Rio’s lively beach life with inspiration from Brasilian modernist architecture and the formality of a gentrified Chelsea boot. The NikeLab Air Zoom Legend x RT was made possible through Ricccardo’s unique ability to fuse athletic geometries with sneaker aesthetics.”



Although nothing is confirmed yet, Tisci has a longstanding affection with the sportswear giant and is apparently open to working on other projects. Here’s hoping we see some more products from RT early in the new year!

The Riccardo Tisci x NikeLab Air Zoom Legend is available now, direct from the NikeLab store.



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Polarized Sunglasses

Why Polarized

A virtually invisible filter can be built into lenses to eliminate the amount of reflecting light that enters the eye. Polarized lenses not only reduce glare, they make images appear sharper and clearer, increasing visual clarity and comfort. Most polarized sunglasses provide UV protection which is important to maintaining healthy eye sight. Just as we put on sunscreen to protect our skin, it’s critical that we protect our eyes from UV rays too. Unlike traditional sunglasses, polarized sunglasses block out glare instead of dimming the entire field of vision. Traditional sunglasses may reduce glare, but they may also block out subtle details about the surroundings because of the dye used in tinting the lenses.

The Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses

If you want to see the difference polarization makes, simply go out on a sunny day and hold out two pairs of sunglasses (one polarized, one not) and compare the view through the lenses of each pair. You’ll see that the polarized sunglasses provide increased clarity, allowing you to see details better. The view will be somewhat darker through polarized lenses but the image will look less washed out.

Polarized Sunglasses at offers large selection of polarized sunglasses. Brands like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Ray Ban are available with polarized lenses. Get the benefit of polarized lenses and look fashionable in designer frames.

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Protect Your Eyes with Designer Eyewear

When you buy sunglasses, look for a style that looks good on you and is comfortable to wear. Different people have different preferences and choosing the right pair of shades will make you stand out in the crown, and provide ample protection for your eyes from UV radiation.

When buying glasses Look for 99 percent or 100 percent UV protection, to block most of harmful UV rays.

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The larger the lenses, the better protection they offer. Large lenses generally protect better because they hide more of the area around your eyes.

Although it may seem counter intuitive, darker isn’t automatically better. The darkness of the lens affects only the ability to filter out visible light. The protection from UV light is conferred by coatings applied to the lens.

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Yet shading is important in protecting you from glare — a different problem from UV light. For many people, very bright light causes an unpleasant sensation. It makes you squint, and it’s harder to see clearly.

Lenses come in different shades, for different situations. For example, dark lenses are best for a sunny day on the water, while lighter tints may be better choices for overcast days. These days, you can get “photochromic” lenses that change their shade depending on the amount of light. Indoors, they are clear. Outside in bright sun, they become a dark shade.

You want the frames to fit comfortably, with the lenses directly in front of your eyes. Frames should be leveled on your face, and one side should not be higher or lower than the other.

Polarized lenses add additional layer of glare reduction, it’s especially helpful when driving, playing sports, or spending time outdoors.