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...
ILLUMINATING THE RUNWAY WITH FIREFLY

ILLUMINATING THE RUNWAY WITH FIREFLY

One of the main challenges in fashion tech, especially when we talk about clothing, is washability. Even though there have been improvements in the area, garments with embedded technology are still difficult to take care of or specialised equipment. But that is set to change soon. MAS Holdings, an apparel technology company that works with major global brands in intimate apparel and sportswear, has unveiled a new sub-brand that embeds illumination into flexible fabrics and is completely washable. Firefly, as the new venture is called, is patented technology solution that can illuminate fashion, accessories, safety wear, and kids wear, among other products.   The solution mimicks bio-motion to light up on demand safely and effectively. Products integrating the Firefly illumination technology can stay lit for up to four hours. The LED lights can be activated as easy as pressing a button and recharged easily with a USB. This offers designers freedom to be more creative and expressive without worrying about special garment treatment. What’s more, Firefly is an opportunity for creative to innovate while also manufacture affordably and quickly through MAS’s globally integrated supply chain. “We have meticulously evolved over the years into high performance sports and swimwear towards the convergence of fashion, lifestyle and technology,“ says Nathan Sivagananathan, Chief Growth Officer at MAS. “Firefly, our groundbreaking illumination technology is merely scratching the surface. We are determined to continue cultivating change while enhancing the necessary and creating the unexpected.” Firefly is off to a flying start (pun intended). The company was selected as a CES® 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Fitness, Sports and Biotech product category. We can’t wait...
WESTFIELD & LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION TEAM UP TO BRING EMERGING TALENT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

WESTFIELD & LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION TEAM UP TO BRING EMERGING TALENT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

High-end retail destination Westfield has announced an exciting partnership with London College of Fashion’s Innovation Agency which aims to create a showcase platform for London and UK based artists, designers and creative talent. The feature artist series will see a number of creatives taking over a dedicated space within Westfield’s Village, with the first of those being the highly talented designer Martine Jarlgaard. Having presented her collection during last season’s London Fashion Week in mixed reality by using Microsoft’s HoloLens, Jarlgaard is exhibiting her physical pieces for the first time in Westfield. What’s more, all products featured can be purchased online. Staying true to her futuristic vision, Jarlgaard has recreated the holographic effect of her show by inviting the viewer to interact with the display via a mirrored image whilst catching a glimpse of the actual collection behind. The sculptural silhouettes on display come from a hybridization of dressy nostalgia, understated decadence and a relaxed, futuristic language of simplicity. ‘The fashion I envision isn’t fashion as we know it,’ said the designer in an official statement. ‘The partnership between FIA, Westfield and Martine Jarlgaard London is a window of a more interactive, exploratory future where consumers are drawn towards experiences, ethics, authenticity and vision which goes beyond aesthetics. Collaborating with FIA and Westfield is a privilege, as we share a vision of challenging status quo of a system which is at its breaking point, and pushing innovation of the way we consume, interact and experience.’ Throughout 2017 more LCF supported designers and artists will feature in key spaces across both Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, giving emerging talent...
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...
HOW TOMMY HILFIGER DOES SEE-NOW-BUY-NOW

HOW TOMMY HILFIGER DOES SEE-NOW-BUY-NOW

For his second collection with It girl Gigi Hadid, Tommy Hilfiger ditched the snowy streets of New York for the sunny Venice Beach in LA. Amongst celebs and industry heavyweights, the designer presented his AW17 line, bringing sporty vibes and beach spirit to the runway. This also marked the second collection Hilfiger is showcasing as see-now-buy-now, meaning as soon as the last model walked off Tommyland the 70s vibe t-shirts, skirts & dresses were available to buy in store and online. As this showed the company’s ongoing commitment to the runway-to-retail approach, we look back to see how the label shifted its entire operating model. Back in December Avery Baker, Tommy Hilfiger’s chief brand officer, gave a talk at Business of Fashion’s VOICES, discussing the challenges, processes and key learnings while creating the #TommyNow model. Baker advised brands to think entrepreneurial and embrace the risk, explaining that when the label announced it was going to do a see-now-buy-now show, no one had the process in place. But the fashion house quickly jumped on its feet and started collaborating across different departments more than ever before. Recognise that ideas can come from anywhere when there’s trust across teams and silos are eliminated. One of the key success factors was also bringing retail partners early on. Baker shared that it took the company a mere 6 weeks to get the products from the factory to the shop floors, which wouldn’t have been possible if retailers weren’t on board. And of course, we can’t ignore the Gigi factor. ‘She represents the new woman that demands social immediacy,’ said Baker, explaining that when...
BETWEEN THE LINES WITH IRIS VAN HERPEN

BETWEEN THE LINES WITH IRIS VAN HERPEN

We’ll admit it. When it comes to couture, innovation and impeccable craftsmanship, Paris has an unfair advantage. No, we’re not talking about the Diors and Chanels of the industry. The ace in Paris Fashion Week’s calendar is, in fact, Dutch, and goes by the name of Iris van Herpen. The McQueen protégé and darling of the couture universe, whose work is always an exploration of man and the machines. Her continuous focus on transformation through technology shone during her couture runway show during Paris Fashion Week yesterday too. Dubbed Between the Lines, the collection included fragile looking dresses made using materials and techniques such as polyurethane and injection molding, expandable laser-cut mylar and 3-D handcasting. Focus of the show was the exploration of the imperfections of systems and structures in both the physical and digital worlds, with one of the highlights being a 3D printed dress that ‘comes alive’ (read: creates a mesmerising optical illusion) when the wearer breathes. Another show-stopper was a silk tulle dress covered in transparent ‘water drops’, perhaps a nod tog one of Van Herpen’s previous creations – The Water Dress. Breathing makes this #dress come alive, details are being finalized for the new #irisvanherpen #couture show, which will be shown this Monday. A video posted by Iris van Herpen Official (@irisvanherpen) on Jan 21, 2017 at 5:59am PST For another season, Van Herpen has taught the Parisian cluster of designers (and beyond) a memorable lesson in haute tech couture. Want to partner with us on an upcoming event or invite us to speak? Get in touch at info@interlaced.co To keep up-to-date with our activities and...
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