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Futuristic Fashion: 3 Must Know Fashion Tech Brands

The Unseen by Selfridges

Unfortunately, we tend to think of bulky watches and T.V screen like T-shirts when we hear the words Fashion Technology. Aside from the growing popularity in Fitbits and the occasional celebrity stepping out in a light up dress, wearable technology has a long way to go before it resembles anything we would actually pull out of our closets. In order to truly integrate fashion technology into our everyday lives, the fashion really needs to produce as much must have qualities and anticipation as the next Vetements collection.

We should all be wearing smart clothing by now and slowly but surely, we will get there. For now, here are 3 brands to look out for in the not so distant future who are breaking barriers and aiming to produce wearable fashion tech for everyday use.

 

Levi’s Commuter x Jacquard

 

Levi’s Commuter x Jacquard
Levi’s Commuter x Jacquard

The king of denim, Levi Strauss has joined forces with the king of the internet, Google, to produce a jean jacket with added technology, aimed at urban cyclists. Not only does this jacket look high fashion but is also a suitable problem solver. Designed with a conductive yarn, woven into the fabric of the left hand cuff, the jacket allows the wearer to change music tracks and choose to answer or block calls, all with a simple tap of a swift swipe. Another useful feature of the Levi Commuter x Jacquard jacket is the option to access directions and navigation which is delivered to the cyclist through voice commands. We can see this jacket being equally useful for other forms of transport including the electric unicycle which is growing in popularity with commuters in mainland Europe. There is nothing that screams technology about this piece, no flashing screens or exposed wires here, which is exactly why it should succeed. After the year long collaboration between the two companies, they settled on a jacket as their first product and hope to expand the technology into a full range of wearable technology pieces. The Levi

 

The Unseen by Selfridges

 

The Unseen by Selfridges
The Unseen by Selfridges

Aiming to combine science with art, design and performance, The Unseen by Selfridges is a collection of products designed to alter their colors when placed in certain environments or when engaged in user interaction. Founded by self named material alchemist Lauren Bowker, the collection of luxury accessories includes a backpack, satchel bag, scarf, two phone covers and chunky bracelets. Each piece responds to elements such as air pressure, touch, wind and sunlight, seeing colors changing from black in the Winter to red in the Spring and blue in the Summer. The fact that these products are ever changing color is truly refreshing, allowing for a change in look from season to season without splashing extra cash or discarding a perfectly good accessory simply because blue is the new red.

 

Thesis Couture

 

Thesis Couture
The Unseen by Selfridges

We’ve all heard the myths of how to make high heels comfortable, tape your toes together they said, use gel insoles they said. As much as these helpful (or unhelpful) tips can ease the pain to a slight degree, nothing yet has truly made wearing high heels a walk in the park. Enter Thesis Couture. The company claims to have produced the world’s first high performance pair of stilettos, putting function at the forefront of their design. Thesis Couture has managed to incorporate ultimate comfort in their four inch heels by hiring experts from diverse fields onto their team. Included in the design, production and research stages are an orthopedic surgeon, a rocket scientist, an Italian shoemaker and a mechanical engineer, to ensure the shoes live up to expectation. The technology is down to a ballistic-grade polymer in the heel, designed to stop aches in the arches as well as a raised platform to allow the shoes to feel an inch lower. The verdict? Comfortable stilettos, are every woman’s dream!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.