Fashion, technology and shoes that may change everything

Trend spotting can be a powerful tool to help you find breakthrough ideas. This episode looks at the intersection of fashion and technology, and a trend in technology that could disrupt the entire fashion industry.

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Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.



Swiftwear Shoes

The latest in bendable, wearable, waterproof HD displays, mixed with the mobile technology to power it all from your phone or tablet. Enjoy waterproof protection – so you can put them right in the washing machine. High quality soles resist damage and are ready to meet the challenge of the street.



Ralph Lauren Testing Fitness Tracking Shirt at U.S. Open

Wearable tech and fashion are about to collide on one of the world’s most-watched tennis courts. At this year’s U.S. Open, the tennis-watching world will get its first glimpse of the Polo Tech smart shirt, new wearable technology brought to you by one of the world’s leading fashion designers: Ralph Lauren. The compression shirt, which will be worn by ball boys during the tournament, features biometric technology from OMSignal and the signature design of Ralph Lauren. Put it on and it reads activity (steps, how long you’re active), breathing and heart rate and delivers it all in real-time to your Bluetooth-connected smartphone.



A designer will grow Alexander McQueen’s skin in a lab to use for leather bags and jackets

Alexander McQueen, the celebrated fashion designer who committed suicide in 2010, liked to provoke. His 2001 asylum-themed collection, for example, culminated with a fleshy, nude woman reclining in a glass cube, breathing through tubes connected to a face mask as large live moths fluttered around her. So it’s reasonable to think he would have approved of a new project based, literally, on his life. Tina Gorjanc, who is just finishing the material futures program at McQueen’s alma mater, London’s famous fashion school Central Saint Martins, is working on a project that will use McQueen’s DNA to grow skin, which she plans to tan and turn into leather jackets and bags.



Diane von Furstenberg Designs for Google Glass

Von Furstenberg made headlines when she incorporated Google Glass into her spring 2013 runway show: The models, hair and makeup artists, von Furstenberg herself, and even Google co-founder Sergey Brin in the front row, were all wearing Glass. Tomorrow, when von Furstenberg presents her 2015 resort collection, she will also unveil a collaboration with Google Glass, “DVF | Made for Glass,” a collection of frames (sunglasses and prescription) for the wearable tech glasses with the nerdy rep. It marks the first time Glass has partnered with a fashion label, and von Furstenberg’s sleek polarized shades and thick-framed prescriptive lenses might just give Glass the injection of cool it needs.


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