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...
THE UNSEEN CREATES COLOUR-CHANGING HAIR DYE

THE UNSEEN CREATES COLOUR-CHANGING HAIR DYE

What if we could create materials that respond to our individual needs, helping us to live better lives? What if there was clothing that could think for itself, or bandages that could tell us when they need to be changed? These are questions that Lauren Bowker, material scientist and founder of THE UNSEEN, wants to tackle. Her studio, which has previously made colour-, environment- and mood-changing couture pieces, has just unveiled its latest breakthrough: colour-changing hair dye. Yes, you read correctly! Just in time for London Fashion Week, THE UNSEEN launched its first hair dye, which changes colours based on the temperature of the environment and you. Change in temperature triggers a reaction that produces a molecule with a slightly different absorption of light, and thus a different colour. FIRE is inspired by occult glamour – a spell cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wishes them to see. The application of the dye is currently semi-permanent lasting over a few washes and the brand is currently looking for commercial partners to help take the innovation to market.   Bowker and her team are confident there will be no damage to the scalp, and no significant effect on the hair fibres themselves (no more than typical semi permanent dyes, that is). That said, the studio is working on optimising the recipe and assessing its toxicology before the product is commercialised. So far, THE UNSEEN have coloured a number of successful samples both on and off the body, in various colours for various seasons and bodily temperatures. These include blue outdoors and blonde indoors, and a black to red dye which...
TUMBLR & PARAMOUNT PICTURES TO HOST A FASHION TECH EVENT AT PARIS FASHION WEEK

TUMBLR & PARAMOUNT PICTURES TO HOST A FASHION TECH EVENT AT PARIS FASHION WEEK

To celebrate the release of ‘The Ghost in the Shell’ movie, Tumblr and Paramount Pictures are collaborating on an event to explore the future relationship between technology, fashion, and humans. ‘Prototype’ will take place on March 7th during Paris Fashion Week, where the latest wearable technology will be showcased. This is a theme that prevails heavily in the film. The exhibition will feature creations from designers using technological advances to innovate the world of fashion, with garments that react to adrenaline, display video content, adjust the temperature of the wearer or change shape when they sense different sounds.  Curated by Tumblr, the event will also feature a headline performance from Viktoria Modesta, the ‘Bionic Pop Star’ and face of Channel 4’s Born Risky disability initiative. Following the event, Tumblr will showcase highlights and original content from it online from March 10th. Among the exhibitors are some of our fashion tech favourites. Chromat, for example, will be showcasing its Adrenaline Dress, which mimics the body’s ‘fight or flight’ reaction and changes shape to empower the wearer. CuteCircuit, the London-based fashion tech studio, will display its latest pieces and EMEL+ARIS will present its Smart Coat, which uses Far Infrared technology to allow the wearer’s whole body to feel warm. On the accessories front, Wise Wear, which we shared the stage with at BDYHAX in January, will present its smart accessories collection, while shoe designer Silvia Fado will showcase her Kinetic Traces collection of Hydraulic Heels which use springs, rubber balls and pneumatic hydraulics to absorb shock. The event will be held during Paris Fashion Week on March 7, 2017 from 6-9pm...
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY AGENCY HOLITION LAUNCHES STUDENT UX COMPETITION

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY AGENCY HOLITION LAUNCHES STUDENT UX COMPETITION

Don’t get us wrong, we love technology. But just because we can now digitise pretty much anything these days, doesn’t mean we should. As Jonathan Chippindale, CEO of creative technology agency Holition told us at INTERLACED 2015, “technology has to be genuinely and obviously useful, otherwise it becomes a gimmick.” Holition, which regularly aligns itself with the art, fashion, creative and technology industries, and helps its clients bring technology into their businesses in a useful way, is now launching its first student UX competition in a bid to discover and mentor the next wave of innovative thinkers. UXSprints asks entrants to think what does the future feel like? and provide an answer through their design solution. Students are invited to consider innovative ways to improve the interaction between people and digital devices thereby enhancing the user experience. By exploring the empathy between the human body, design, science and the senses, is it possible to trigger ongoing shifts in the way space is perceived and experienced? The competition is open to students from multiple disciplines currently enrolled in higher education and the overall winning project will receive a £5000 prize fund plus a 4-8-week studio residency wit Holition, which will enable them to produce and showcase a prototype to press and industry in a dedicated exhibition. Some of the many benefits on offer to finalists include introductions to industry experts, mentoring & coaching programmes, media exposure and access to technology labs, among other perks. Those of you eager to tackle the challenge and work alongside leading creative technologists, designers and scientists, put those brains to work. Entry deadline is 10...
EVENT REPORT | FASHION TECH AT BDYHAX 2017

EVENT REPORT | FASHION TECH AT BDYHAX 2017

New year, new ambitions to push forward the notion of fashion tech. And what a better place to start than the buzzing Austin? At the end of January, we packed our bags and headed to sunny Texas for BDYHAX and a weekend of future focused talks and activities. As an official partner of the conference, we kicked off the extravaganza with Put Together – our fully-fledged fashion tech catwalk show. Put Together opened with “Waiting for Earthquakes”, a performance by cyborg artist Moon Ribas, who senses earthquakes worldwide with the assistance of an implant in her arm, and was hosted by none other than bionic actress Angel Giuffria (yes, you’ve seen here in The Hunger Games!). Our gorgeous models strutted down the runway in futuristic garments from designers and technologies all across the globe. From Sensoree’s mood-sensing sweater to Erica Gray’s AR embedded garments and Galina Mihaleva’s high tech couture dresses, Put Together showed attendees what the future of fashion looks like. After the show, models and designers mingled with the crowd to answer questions and take (lots and lots of) pictures. And if that wasn’t enough, our Kristina Dimitrova took part in not one but two panel discussions during the BDYHAX weekend. At Fashion Tech: Now and Next, we were joined by Val Vacante (Collbasco & Clausette), Jerry Wilmink (Wisewear), Kevin Reinis (Quantum Interface), Derek Armstrong (Mabus Tech) and Rawad Al-awar (Whear) to discuss current trends and key players in fashion tech. We also talked about the challenges of creating a startup, the risk associated with unprotected ideas as well as the importance of executions over ideas. Our...
BEN SHERMAN LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE SEE NOW BUY NOW COLLECTION AT LONDON FASHION WEEK MEN’S

BEN SHERMAN LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE SEE NOW BUY NOW COLLECTION AT LONDON FASHION WEEK MEN’S

Yesterday’s rainy and cold evening didn’t stop industry heavyweights, journalists and style influencers from waiting eagerly to take their seats at the Ben Sherman A/W17 show – the finale of Day 1 from London Fashion Week’s Men. There couldn’t’ have been a more perfect venue for the show than the unique Vinyl Factory in Soho – part record shop, part gallery space symbolic with its collaborations with artist, designers and musicians. Under the beats of rock and indie tracks, the iconic British brand launched it’s A/W17 collection ‘Spirit of the Mod’ with a nod to its heritage. Taking creative inspiration from British music legends from John Lennon to Paul Weller, the collection took form in the shape of three themes: The Future Mod, The Working Class Hero and The Modern Dandy. The Future Mod takes inspiration from British sport influences and combines with sharp tailoring resulting in a ‘sartorial sport’ look. The Working Class Hero utilises vintage military surplus garments over classic tailored suits, while The Modern Dandy sees plush fabrics and textures set against a backdrop of reworked ginghams. In line with the recent changes in the fashion calendar and shifts in how the industry operates, selected pieces from the collection were launched with a See Now Buy Now twist, meaning they were immediately available to buy after the show in Ben Sherman’s Carnaby Street store and online. The seven selected pieces – The Army Parka, MA1 Satin Bomber, Military Harrington, Ventile Army Shirt, Modern Overshirt, Raw Denim Selvedge Jean and Gingham Blocked Shirt – were only created in number of 20, with each piece individually numbered from...