Monthly Archives: April 2010

Lady Gaga, Queen of Fashionology

Ok, so a few weeks ago I named Hussein Chalayan as the King of fashionology and now it’s time to announce the Queen. The crown goes to Lady Gaga.

This girl is a lot more involved in the technology industry than people may realise. She is the creative Director for Polaroid, has her own Beats by Dre headphones and even more recently released a Bluetooth head set with her picture on it (see below).

To top that she even sings about telephones and video phones, I think she is closet gadget geek!

Gaga is more famous, however, for her very bold fashion statements, and of late, they have been taking more of a Fashionology shape. Back in March when she appeared on the Jonathan Ross show she wore a telephone on her head – crazy but it worked, as do most of Gaga’s ensembles.

But the dress that really had the wow factor, the one that is possibly my favourite is ‘The Living Dress’ that she debuted at the Echo Arena in Liverpool earlier this year. She announced via Twitter that she would be debuting the latest creation from the Haus of Gaga, one inspired by our very own Fashionology King’s shape shifting dresses.

The Living Dress, was a beautiful and extravagant, iridescent creation which mechanically parted at the front to reveal her legs. It featured moving wings and a headpiece that made Gaga look almost angelic as she sang “I’m So Happy I Could Die.”

We eagerly await more Fashionology exhibitions from our Queen Gaga!

Living dress image credit: Luke

Bluetooth headset via Engadget

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The Louis Vuitton iPad case

After the initial hype of the iPad surpassed it was only a matter of time before the weird and wonderful accessories started pouring in. This, however, is one of the more wonderful…

The geniuses at Louis Vuitton have cashed in on the iPad fame by introducing two classic sleeves in two of the labels signature prints; the signature Monogram and the monochrome Damier Graphite.

They stand as the first iPad covers designed by a major label, though I am sure we will have many more to come.

It is a simple lightweight protective sleeve that will keep your iPad from harm should you foolishly drop it, and is a gadget accessory you will be proud to carry around.

The Louis Vuitton iPad cases will retail at £240, but unfortunately won’t be available until 2011.

Via GQ

Vogue embraces the beauty of technology

This month Vogue, aka the fashion bible, is featuring a major female figure of the tech world and in doing so has given me hope that Fashionology is reaching the top of the fashion food chain.

Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg is the subject of an in-depth profile in US Vogue’s May edition – the one with Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover – it is definitely my favourite issue yet!

In the article Sandberg gives readers a sneaky peek into the world of Facebook, working with Mark Zuckerberg and an insight into how Facebook can take over web advertising!

This interview with a woman in the tech world follows one by Glamour, a fellow Condé Nast glossy, which featured Google executive Marissa Mayer as a visionary, last November.

Fashionology is not just about the gadgets, it’s about the merging of fashion and tech in all senses, and this united front between Vogue and Sandberg not only shows how fashionable the tech industry can be, but may even promote such careers to the underrepresented female population in this sector.

Image via Vogue

Fashionology for London commuters – the Oyster Card Wallet

Ok, here is one for the boys, a wallet that is  cool and it must be said, a rather useful gadget! Don’t you hate it when you are waiting for a bus and the Oyster scanner makes the dreaded “you’ve got no money it this” noise and off you plod very red-faced.

Well, no more! David Bruno & Tom Seymour, a London based creative team, have come up with a solution. Introducing the Oyster Card Wallet!

The wallet is fitted with an Oyster reading device that lights up to show you the amount of money on your card…genius! No more embarrassing incidents at the gates, with you holding everyone up.

The duo have been in talks with TfL and want to go back with a petition of support to make this idea happen. So if you like it, and want one one day, please help their cause by clicking ‘like’ on this link. Let’s get this campaign on the road and maybe they’ll make some girly ones too!

Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria team up to promote LG Fashion phones

LG has launched a fashion orientated campaign for its latest touch powered mobile phones, and the subjects of this stylish campaign? None other than Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria.

The brunette beauties have been filmed and photographed playing around with the new Lotus Elite and Rumor Touch for the LG ads.

We’ve seen design phones before, the Dolce & Gabbana Motorola, and LG’s previous fashion venture with Prada and now LG has done it again with these new fashion-based phones.

Check out the Facebook fan page for more details and competitions.

Ping, the clothing that connects you to Facebook!

Ping is a social networking phenomenon that allows you connect to your Facebook account wirelessly through your clothes!

The Ping garment, a sporty yet feminine hoody, was created by Electricfoxy a company that:

“Investigates garments that have electronics built directly into them resulting in a new aesthetic of form and behaviour that becomes a core part of our expression, our identity, and our individuality.”

The Ping prototype was built on an Arduino Lilypad platform and uses a range of flexible sensors and conductive threads, that would survive general wear and tear and a tumble in the wash, and the wireless capabilities were built using Lylipad Xbee.

So how does it work exactly? Well the garment senses your movements, whether you lift your hood, bend, tie a bow, zip or button up, and then pings your friends automatically. For example, if you put the hood up and then down, this will generate a communication to Facebook; the Facebook application is customisable so you can alter the message and receiver for each action.

If you get a message back, you will feel a tapping sensation on the shoulder of the garment (not for the easily frightened I feel). It doesn’t stop there; you can create your own language with this thing, in the form of tapping rhythms! Super cool!

Via Engadget

Source and images from Electricfoxy

Light up heels from Chanel, Rodarte and Jimmy Choo

There is a new fashionology craze circulating the footwear sector lately – light up shoes. Do you remember those oh-so-cool trainers you begged your parents to buy you when you were younger, the ones that lit up when you jumped? Well now some of the biggest names in fashion are having a go.

First it was Chanel; Lagerfeld obviously had a “light bulb moment” and decided to use that as inspiration for his S/S 2010 footwear line. The sequined goat sandals with a functioning bulb heel will have you lighting up the pavement like MJ in his Billie Jean music video.

Image via Chanel

Next are Rodarte’s Illuminated Heels designed by Nicholas Kirkwood, a London based shoe designer, for the labels A/W collection, 2010/2011. These gorgeous multi-textured stilettos, shown at New York Fashion Week, are fitted with small LED lights that glow through the dripped-wax effect heel.

Images via designboom

Last, but by no means least, is one of the footwear titans, Jimmy Choo. These black patent-leather and suede, open-toe Zappa sandals have a five inch high neon-yellow heel and a one inch neon-pink platform which lights up. It is powered by a non-chargeable battery imbedded in the shoe, which lasts for approximately 100 hours of continuous use.

Image via Net-a-porter

Talk about being light on your feet!