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....
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: FASHION OF THE FUTURE WITH CUTECIRCUIT

INTERLACED: FASHION OF THE FUTURE WITH CUTECIRCUIT

In the fashion tech universe, CuteCircuit don’t need an introduction. The design duo, consisting of Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz are one of the pioneers in combine microelectronics and fashion design to create the fashion of the future, today. At INTERLACED 2015, Ryan Genz walked us through a decade of the studio’s work. One of Ryan and Francesca’s first designs is The Hug Shirt, which actually predates CuteCircuit. “We had just heard about research on wearable electronics and started interviewing people and asking them what do they desire. Some of them said they missed their friends. So we thought, there’s something in that,” said Genz. “A lot of time when people miss someone, they mostly miss the physical contact. So if you can send a text or a voice message, why can’t you send a hug to somebody? And that’s how The Hug Shirt was created.” It’s a physical interface that when hugged by the wearer records the hug into his or her clothing. The embrace becomes a data message in the wearer’s phone, which they can send to anyone in the world. “If the person who receives the hug is also wearing their hug shirt, they would physically feel the hug they receive,” explained Ryan. “It’s a physical sensation from start to finish.” After showing it at Wired Next Fest in 2006, The Hug Shirt was included in Times Best Inventions of the Year and drove 3 million people to CuteCircuit’s website who wanted to buy it within a month. Francesca and Ryan had two. The Galaxy Dress Following the success of The Hug Shirt, the duo were...
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK A/W16 RECAP

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK A/W16 RECAP

A beautiful mess. That’s exactly what springs to mind when trying to describe the start of Autumn/Winter16 fashion month. From labels redefining the fashion calendar as we know it, to brands slowly becoming more open towards tech, the industry has never been more ripe for disruption. SEE NOW, BUY NOW STRATEGY The first breaking news around New York Fashion Week actually came from British giant Burberry. The company announced that, in a move to make its shows more relevant to global and always-on consumers, will be moving to a See now, buy now strategy. From September 2016, Burberry will consolidate its four calendar into two seasonless shows, featuring both menswear and womenswear collections. Instead of Spring/Summer and Autmun/Winter, the shows will be named the February and September based on the month they’re presented. What’s more, the collections will be available to purchase in-store and online immediately after each show and all marketing materials and advertising campaigns will reflect the strategy accordingly. The move comes in a bid to significantly shorten the traditional gap between runway shows and retail availability. This makes sense in the age of constant social media feeds, instant Snapchat stories from the runways and live-streamed catwalk shows. Back in December 2015, CFDA president Dianne von Furstenberg announced that she and her fellow board members have appointed consultancy company Boston Consultung Group to evaluate the effects on the industry if the fashion shows are turned into consumer-facing events. A major drive for this is all the social media hype, she told WWD. After the announcement from Burberry, designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Rebecca Minkoff and Thakoon made similar...
FASHION & TECHNOLOGY AT NYFW

FASHION & TECHNOLOGY AT NYFW

As NYFW is coming to an end for another season we look at some of the technologically-enhanced designs and accessories that paraded the catwalks. Coding on top of the agenda With our lives becoming more and more connected, no wonder the importance of coding is significantly rising. And fashion seems keen to put in on top of the agenda too in order to get young girls and teens interested. Couple of months ago, supermodel – cookie maker and (recently) vlogger – Karlie Kloss launched the Kode with Karlie scholarship with the Flatiron School. The scholarship gave 21 young women the resources to become leaders in technology. As Karlie puts it ‘Code is the language of the future and it’s crucial that young women have a voice and a stake of what the future looks like”. This September, all sorts of fashion and technology giants have made this a priority. Google, fashion heavyweight Zac Posen and wearable technology designer & coder Maddy Maxey from The Crated combined forces for Google’s ‘Made with Code’ project. The collaboration saw the birth of an LED dress, coded by Maxey and debuted as part of the ZAC – Zac Posen Spring 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week. The collaboration aims to encourage young women to get into coding and show that it can go way beyond the screen. Naturally, the LED dress was modelled by high-fashion model, tech-lover and Posen’s close friend Coco Rocha. New beauty & fashion standards Chromat‘s designer Becca McCharen is somewhat an expert in breaking fashion laws and setting new standards for beauty and designs. This is the reason...