SEE BENJAMIN JOHN HALL’S HI-TECH SHOE COLLECTION IN LONDON

SEE BENJAMIN JOHN HALL’S HI-TECH SHOE COLLECTION IN LONDON

Avant-garde international award winning footwear designer Benjamin John Hall is bringing back his newest work to London. Laboratory 12 is an experimental seven-piece collection of highly functional footwear involving 3-D printed components and embedded technology combined with artisanal shoemaking. With the help of his collaborators, Nanda Khaorapapong, Richard Beckett and Martyn Carter, from the fields of wearable computing, material science and 3-D printing, the shoes are operated wirelessly from afar to perform tasks such as detecting radiation, recording sound, releasing a gas and even remote ignition. The technology is covert and skilfully embedded inside each of the shoe’s designs, resulting in a complex yet seamless marriage of hand-made shoemaking and advanced technologies. How far should or would our government go to secure its best interests? Laboratory 12 takes its name from the secret poison laboratory of the KGB and was inspired primarily by the high profile assassination of Alexander Livinenko, who in 2006 was poisoned with the radioactive material Polonium. This led to the question: How far should or would our government go to secure its best interests? ‘We did deeper analysis of covert operational techniques used by security services to manipulate and control certain individuals. Many of the shoes were inspired by or reference these techniques,’ shared with us Hall. Each of the seven pairs of shoes highlights a specific notion or concept unearthed through extensive research into documented tactics used by various security agencies worldwide. For example, the Zersetzung platform sandals house a mechanism that can be activated by sending a text message to a defined phone number: the letter ‘x’ sets off an atomiser emanating a...
MANUS X MACHINA: THE NOTEWORTHY MET GALA OUTFITS

MANUS X MACHINA: THE NOTEWORTHY MET GALA OUTFITS

Ah, the first Monday in May. The time when anyone who’s anyone in the fashion and entertainment come together to celebrate the theme of the New York’s MET exhibition. And what a more suitable theme for 2016 than Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of technology? Sponsored by tech giant Apple and with the support of Conde Nast, the Manus x Machina exhibition explores how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. Featured designers include Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Pierre Cardin, Hussein Chalayan, Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Iris van Herpen, Mary Katrantzou, Issey Miyake, Prada, Gareth Pugh, threeASFOUR, Yohji Yamamoto, and many others. So, how did celebs interpret ‘fashion in an age of technology’? Like a lot of silver, it seems. Metalics ran through the outfit choices of those who dressed according to the theme. Which is okay, but it can get tiresome after a while. Bearing in mind this is THE party of the year, we’d expect nothing less than THE spectacle of the year. That said, there were a few noteworthy gowns and some incredible accessory pieces throughout the night. Here are our favourite picks that go beyond the gimmick in celebration of this year’s MET theme.   Claire Danes in Zac Posen Without a doubt, the belle of the ball was Homeland actress Claire Danes who outshone others on the red carpet by a mile. Her secret? American designer Zac Posen, who designed a Cinderella-like baby-blue gown that glowed in the dark thanks to 30 mini-battery packs sewn into layers of fibre optic woven organza....
EVENT REPORT | FASHTECH SUMMIT 2016

EVENT REPORT | FASHTECH SUMMIT 2016

Over the course of two days last week, Studio Spaces in London gathered more than 300 leaders in fashion, retail, beauty and technology for the first FashTech London Summit. The dynamic agenda, consisting of panel debates, keynote talks and a workshop, included topics authentic to the fashion industry. From luxury retail to e-commerce and new payment options, attendees heard from speakers at the forefront of change and the innovators leading the future of commerce. As official media partners, we bring you the key takeaways from the summit. Virtual & Augmented Reality – from catwalks to real shopping experiences Discussing some of the trends within fashion for 2016 and beyond, many speakers highlighted virtual reality as one to watch. While we’re still at very early stages when it comes to VR and the technology is mainly used to drum up a brand’s PR, there’s a real possibility for virtual reality to revolutionlise the retail space. Henry Stuart, chief executive at Visualise, suggested that retailers could use such technology to create better shopping experiences. What’s more, he spoke about the idea of using VR to shop for products in virtual outlets exclusively for our virtual worlds. However, before the above comes true we need to make the headsets look good and fit enough for people to wear them outside their homes. “You shouldn’t be embarrassed to wear VR headsets in public”, said Stuart. The same goes for AR (augmented reality) – “Because of the speedy rise and fall of Google Glass, augmented reality is famously unfashionable but it’s one of the technologies that will come back in a big way”. Look...
INTERLACED: HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING FASHION

INTERLACED: HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING FASHION

If smart garments, environmentally reactive dresses and digital skins sound like a far-fetched future of fashion to some, technology’s role for the changing face of the industry today is undeniable. From the rise (and rise) of fashion bloggers, to decoding data for better customer experiences and the democratization of the catwalks, we looked at the way technology has already impacted fashion. The panel, chaired by INTERLACED’s Kristina Dimitrova, included Villy Devlioti (Account Manager, CULT LDN), Anton Dvorakovsky (Founder & Editor, Style Division), and Ivailo Jordanov (Founder & Head of Product, Styloko). The panel kicked off discussing the role of style bloggers in the fashion world. While years ago fashion weeks were only accessible for the selected few media and industry buyers, now an influx of bloggers are taking the front row seats, opening the catwalks for their readers and even becoming brands in their own right. On the other hand, the fashion blogging field has become so saturated that some have declared it dying. “I remember when the first blogging wave started 10 years ago, with Style Rockie – the 11-year old, who suddenly opened all the doors around the globe to join highly exclusively fashion shows,” said Villy Devlioti, explaining that this whole digital wave has brought democratisation to the fashion world. She also referred to Burberry’s use of Periscope as an example of how brands are actively choosing to open their shows to the world. “It’s not only about keeping exclusivity but also broadcasting to your niche and opening up to new demographics. I think we’re going to see both fashion bloggers and brands diversify in terms...
INTERLACED: RETAIL CHANNELS FOR FASHIONTECH

INTERLACED: RETAIL CHANNELS FOR FASHIONTECH

Price and distribution are one of the main challenges for mass adoption and awareness of the notion of fashiontech. It’s difficult for the average consumer to find these types of products online unless they’re specifically searching for them and if they’re sold in brick and mortar stores, the price increases significantly. At INTERLACED 2015, we discussed how to get the balance between online and offline right, successful retail channels and winning strategies to attract consumer interest. The panel, chaired by INTERLACED’s Kristina Dimitrova, included Sabrina Faramarzi (Trend Researcher, Portland Design), Saverio Romeo (Principal Analyst, Beecham Research), Jennytha Raj (Founder & CEO, Teqtique) and Miranda Davis (Creative Producer, MIMIRA) The session started by discussing if, as outlined by a report from Vista Retail Support, wearable tech will become an integral part of retail in the next 2-5 years. This doesn’t refer to people expecting to see wearables sold in stores but to use them to navigate around retail spaces. “We can use this technology to engage with customers and facilitate better experiences,” said Saverio Romeo, giving as example Virgin Atlantic’s use of Google Glass to deliver the industry’s most high tech and personalised customer service yet. Certainly, such technological evolution has an effect on consumption. “While consumers are more informed now than ever before this also applies for the retailers, which can give them much more refined understanding of the consumption behavior of the individual,” said Romeo. “This can in turn guide anything, from store design, marketing, and promotion strategies.” While consumers are more informed now than ever before this also applies for the retailers, which can give them much...