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....
WIN TICKETS TO WEAR IT BERLIN 2017 WITH INTERLACED

WIN TICKETS TO WEAR IT BERLIN 2017 WITH INTERLACED

Berlin has quickly established itself as one of the biggest European fashion tech hubs, alongside London, Paris and Amsterdam. From our friends at Elektrocouture nurturing creative and engineering talent, to the inspiring Hannah Roericht establishing a fashion tech division at H+K Strategies, Germany is paying serious attention to the developments in the area and their implications for businesses. Things are just as good on the events front. The city regularly hosts conferences, hackathons and meetups for enthusiasts and professionals in the industry, with one of the most anticipated being Wear It festival. So, needless to say we’re incredibly excited to have partnered with Wear It for this year’s edition! Read on to see how you can win tickets to one of the biggest fashion tech events in June. The third edition of Wear It, taking place on 8th and 9th June 2017, will explore the potential of wearable electronics with focus on new product development and the most forward-thinking concepts in the field of fashion and technology. Attendees will learn from the successful companies and meet the most important influencers within fashion, art, technology, politics and culture. Key topics for the festival are Interdisciplinary Collaborations, Redefining Value Chains and The Final Revolution. The event will include workshops on how to create your own wearable, startup expo as well as talks and panels with experts in the field. On that note, don’t miss our own Kristina Dimitrova, who will be on the Wear It stage on 9th June, talking about how technologies like augmented, virtual and mixed reality can enhance storytelling and bring immersive experiences in the fashion world and...
SAVE THE DATE! AN EVENING WITH CATH KIDSTON

SAVE THE DATE! AN EVENING WITH CATH KIDSTON

It’s been too long since our last event in London but the wait is over! We’re extremely excited to announce we have teamed up with The Budding Entrepreneur Club for a very special night with the one and only Cath Kidston on 7th June 2017. The Budding Entrepreneur Club is an application and invitation only entrepreneurs community for the most ambitious, entrepreneurial individuals in the UK. The TBE Club runs monthly events with industry leaders with the aim of helping startups and founders grow. It also provides its members with access to a prestigious entrepreneurial network, exclusive workshops and discounted partner services. Cath Kidston doesn’t need an introduction. From humble beginnings to a global multichannel brand, the brand has become The Home of Modern Vintage. Since opening its first store in 1993, the fashion and lifestyle company has been brightening up fashionistas’ lives with unique, colourful and witty prints and fresh take on design. Now in over 200 stores, 16+ different countries and online, Cath Kidston’s bestselling range spans across bags, accessories, fashion, homeware, and things for the kids. We are proud to have Cath herself for a candid conversation on how she turned an idea into a global business. Come be inspired by one of UK’s most loved designers and businesswomen and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs under the stunning new CitizenM’s roof. Head to our Eventbrite page or Facebook event to learn how to attend. We can’t wait to see you there! — Want to partner with us for an event or invite us to speak? Get in touch at info@interlaced.co To keep up-to-date with our activities and...