FASHION TECH EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

FASHION TECH EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Another fashion month is behind us and while we didn’t see as much tech updates on the runway, the fashion tech crowd was as active as ever. We walked on water at Denmark’s first floating show, talked about smart retail at Avantex Paris and discussed how fashion can use technology to tap into the Transformation Economy at Digital Fashion Forum. And as we’re entering a full fall season, there’s much more to get excited about. Here are our top event picks in the coming months. What: Fashion Tech Week Where: Paris, France When: 12th – 20th October 2017 The rundown: The fifth edition of Fashion Tech Week will bring together industry experts and enthusiasts for a mix of events across the French capital, with an opening night that will include speakers from Lectra, Easysize and Amazon. Other highlights include a fashion tech pitch night, where 5 startups will present their ideas in from of an expert jury, Fashion tech expo, which will welcome 18 exhibitors presenting products and services across the categories Morphing fashion, High-tech fashion and Eco-citizen fashion and a hackathon. So, whether you’re an entrepreneur, designer or just curious about the industry, we’re sure you’ll find something that suits! Find out more here. What: Superhuman Summit Where: Vancouver, Canada When: 21st October 2017 The rundown: Superhuman Summit is a single day speaker-focused event presenting ideas on how to advance your human potential. A collection of expert speakers, musical performances, and lunchtime breakouts led by unique specialists will lead you to become more superhuman. This single-day showcase presents lessons, stories and practices from superhuman specialists that are rooted...
AWOW PUTS DENMARK ON THE FASHIONTECH MAP

AWOW PUTS DENMARK ON THE FASHIONTECH MAP

Danish design is known all around the world and the country has been a leader in the field for decades. In a natural step for Denmark’s progressive design thinking, we will soon see the city of Aarhus carving its spot in the fashiontech scene through Aarhus Walks on Water – a weekend of activities covering the intersection of fashion and technology, all of which are free to attend and open to the public. The event is a collaboration between Aarhus University, VIA University College, Headstart Fashion and the festival at Filmby Aarhus / Interactive Denmark, with the concept developed by professor Marianne Ping Huang, Lene Elsner and fashion designer Gitte Søgaard. This spring Aarhus Walks on Water staged an open call for designers to take part in the first fashion technology competition in Denmark. After careful consideration, eight international design teams were chosen, paired with regional fashion companies and tasked with the challenge to recreate four of the companies’ own styles with a fashiontech twist. The final pieces will be showcased at a spectacular floating runway on the city’s harbour. Aarhus Walks on Water is the first of its kind when it comes to collaboration between the fashion, business and educational partners. The big night will see the winning team leaving with a prize of €10,000 awarded by a team of international jury members including our own Kristina Dimitrova, Radr founder Preben Meyer and Elektro Couture fashion tech designer in residence Joanna Hir. By the looks of the initial designer sketches (see some of them below), it’s going to be one hell of a show!   Beyond the AWOW...
EVENT RECAP | FESTIVAL OF CURIOSITY

EVENT RECAP | FESTIVAL OF CURIOSITY

Two months after we had first met the designers shortlisted for Festival of Curiosity’s studio residency, it was time to shine. The Chocolate Factory had been transformed from their usual work space to a full blown runway and guests were taking their seats in excitement, probably just as much as the designers and models backstage. Through their residency, the creatives – Ally Nolan, Maureen Sellina Laverty, Rebecca Marsden, Danielle Jordan, Dearbhla O’Beirne and Roisin Pierce – explored how new technologies can be integrated into fashion design. Each of the designers presented their unique vision of fashion and technology, which is why the jury (including our own Kristina Dimitrova), had an incredible difficult task of choosing a single winner. After much debate and discussion, the Future Fashion Design prize was awarded to TCD Master student Ally Nolan for her piece The Queen of the Night. See below the magnificent pieces from all six designers and the inspiration behind them. Ally Nolan – The Queen of the Night (Overall Winner; Most Creative Use of Technology) Design inspired by 18th-century crinolines and 1950s Dior; The 800 petals are laser cut at different depths, making the neoprene fabric semi transparent. When they are back lit with LED lights the detail on each petal is illuminated. Topped with a sheer mesh black bodice and a beret composed of battery powered petals. Maureen Laverty – Where’s my Arm Hole / My Head’s Stuck (Best Design Process) Organic jersey garments that interact with each other through sensors made using conductive fabric and stitching. The integrated pressure and stretch sensors between the top garments change the intensity and...
FESTIVAL OF CURIOSITY BRINGS FASHIONTECH TO DUBLIN

FESTIVAL OF CURIOSITY BRINGS FASHIONTECH TO DUBLIN

If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen that back in May we met with a group of aspiring designers in Dublin for a day of talks, knowledge-exchange and overall good vibes. For these six girl bosses, the hangout actually marked the start of Festival of Curiosity’s Future Fashion competition. Since then, the designers have been working tirelessly on their vision of the future of fashion, which will culminate in a fusion of fashion and technology showcase later this month. Now in its fifth year, Festival of Curiosity is Dublin’s celebration of science, tech, art and design where the focus is cross-collaboration, learning and having fun along the way. This year saw the launch of the Curiosity Studio – a design and research residency programme – which for this year’s edition focuses on the exploration of fashion and technology. Six outstanding designers were chosen after a casting call to work in the studio on the theme of Illuminations, from Darkness to Light. During their residency the creatives received mentorship and guidance from a number of organisations and individuals including Make Fashion Canada, INTERLACED, The British Council in Ireland and CONNECT. It didn’t take long after meeting Ally Nolan, Maureen-Seline Laverty, Rebecca Marsden, Danielle Jordan, Dearbhla O’Beirne and Rosin Pierce to see that they weren’t just interested in creating just another illuminated dress. The way they want to approach fashion and technology looks at how it can improve people’s lives, contribute positively to the environment and empower women. Laverty, for example, started her career at Alexander McQueen and Savile Row but wanted to use her apparel construction techniques...
EVENT RECAP | WEAR IT BERLIN

EVENT RECAP | WEAR IT BERLIN

What does the future of fashion look like? How can technology on our body support our work environment? How do designers and technologists can work better together? These and many more questions arose at Wear It Festival in Berlin. Now in its third year, the event brought together 400 attendees, 40 speakers and 30 exhibitors to discuss the impact of technology on our industry. With more than 102 million wearables sold in 2016 alone and projections forecasting 220 million in 2020, it’s clear that this is not just a fad. That said, we have reached a time where the consumer is not wowed by yet another fitness tracker, however good-looking it might be. But that’s not to say data doesn’t have a role to play. ‘We have to recognise the importance of data in the fashion industry,’ said award winning serial entrepreneur and author Sabine Seymour upon debuting her new company Supa.ai. The startup aims to turn your garments into IoT devices by developing a system of connected workout garments paired with an app. By using artificial intelligence, Supa becomes your personal AI, growing with your moves, diet and condition. It analyses what you put in and suggests recommendations tailored to the individual. Elsewhere, we looked at how technology can evoke emotional in fashion. ‘Fashion’s killer app is emotion,’ said Amanda Parkes, Chief Innovation Officer at Fashion Tech Lab. The thought was echoed by FIA’s Matthew Drinkwater, who pointed to FIA’s collaboration with Richard Nicoll as an example where technology contributes to the aesthetic, rather than the function of the final product. Parkes also addressed the fast-fashion phenomenon and...
NEW TALENT SHINES AT GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

NEW TALENT SHINES AT GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

The 26th Graduate Fashion Week showcased some fantastic talent throughout the whole exhibition and the Gala catwalk. In current times, we question the importance of fashion and there was notably respectful reference to the recent tragic events by the chairman Mark Newton-Jones and also reminders about considerate design by judges such as Vivienne Westwood over the VT. Maybe the current socio-political backdrop is a real-life context fuelling greater creativity. The biggest trend seeming like a protest against the darkness, including literal slogans but also bold vibrant colours and big statement shapes which dominated the collections and the crossover cultural references. The diversity and mish mash of colours, prints, textures, silhouettes across menswear and womenswear felt dynamic and skillfully brave. Image: Bushra Burge This colourful cacophony across the catwalk was interspersed with one or two more classic and commercial collections and indeed Laura Capello, Bath Spa University, with her tailored pieces won the George – Catwalk to Store Award. Particularly exciting was the collection by Maddie Williams, Edinburgh College of Art which won the Catwalk Textiles Award. It was created from weaving plastic bags and was inspired by ‘Goddess-type figures who are here to serve as the antithesis of the Elitist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy and strike fear into the hearts of harmful Corporations’. This year there was a new Mothercare Childrenswear Award won by the heartwarmingly enthusiastic Catherine Watts, University of Salford. Finally the most coveted awards : Christopher Bailey Gold Award and the brand new The Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award in partnership with Swarovski Award celebrating innovation were both deservedly won by Halina North, Edinburgh College of Art....