Monthly Archives: July 2010

Amsterdam Fashion Week: Iris van Herpen 3D couture

It is that time of year again – my favourite time, bar Christmas – when designers around the world begin to show their Spring/Summer collections for the year to come.

This month was Amsterdam International Fashion Week 2010, where much to my excitement, Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen unveiled a Fashionology inspired couture collection.

Iris van Herpen

This mesmerising collection preview, named “Crystallisation”, is inspired by this very process; the transformation of water into crystal.

In order to create her stunning 3D pieces, Iris van Herpen collaborated with 3D product design company .MGX by Materialise,  along with architect Daniel Wright.

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Models came down the catwalk in Ecco leather latticed dresses, cocooned in rippled-leather shoulder pads.

Iris van Herpen

Some of the most beautiful pieces featured almost wing-like creations made to look like splashes of water, solidified into crystal.

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen

The full “Crystallisation” collection will be shown at London Fashion Week this September. You can watch the show yourself on YouTube, just click here.

Via ftape

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Oscar de la Renta iPad clutch

Oscar de la Renta has won the competition for most stylish iPad case so far, in my eyes anyway! I want an iPad now just so I can carry it around in this baby!

oscar de la renta ipad clutch

The limited edition Mosaico iPad Clutch is made from embroidered lambskin and is available in four colours including this delightful yellow! You can purchase it from oscardelarenta.com for $29o (£190).

Discovering the Rhyme & Reason: an interview with Mary Huang

A few weeks ago I came across the beautiful works of designer Mary Huang, a lady who is taking the idea of Fashionology and running with it! She is the creator of Rhyme & Reason, a captivating range of illuminated knitwear and dresses (shown in the picture below) and I decided to contact her to find out more.

Where did you get the idea for Rhyme & Reason?

I have a lot of different interests in design, technology, fashion, costume design, and I wanted to combine them into one thing. Combining fashion and electronics in a beautiful and wearable way just seemed to make sense.

Did you start the label yourself or do you have a team behind you?

I’m just starting right now, so it’s basically just me. I do have friends I collaborate with projects on.

Your pieces have a technical function (the Rhyme & Reason scarf can double as a lamp) as well a fashionable edge; do you think that “wearable technology” is the future of fashion?

Wearable technology as implying the inclusion of electronics into clothing is only one aspect of the possibilities of combining fashion design and technology. It certainly opens up possibilities for what we can achieve in fashion.

We can create fashion that changes contexts, responds to sensors and data and that is networked to mobile communication; there is a huge variety of ideas and many people are doing interesting work exploring these things.

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I don’t think “wearable technology” is the future of fashion in the sense that in the future everyone will be wearing shirts with embedded sensors. I think that wearable technology definitely contributes towards interesting innovations in fashion.

The irony is that, as the design and technologies are increasingly refined, the goal is seamlessness between tech and the fashion and thus, there will be no distinction of work being “wearable tech”… it will simply just be fashion.

What is the latest project that you have been working on?

Recently I worked with fellow designer Jennifer Kay on an experimental design for wearable wind-power generation called Dandelion (below).

I am currently doing a series of 7 lighted pieces for a collaboration with the Indelible Dance Company. The dance performance will be about the Big Bang and the formation of the cosmos and will be at the end of September in Brooklyn, NY.

I also have sound reactive modules for the LED dresses in development which I’m looking forward to because the experience of wearing them is really engaging.

Where can we purchase your pieces and what sort of prices can we expect?

The lighted dresses are all individually made, bespoke pieces right now, so they range between $1200 and $2500.

I’m working on ready-to-wear, so to speak, although it will be different in a way from how ready-to-wear is usually done and would be integrated in a web store.

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With thanks to Mary Huang

Elle’s Solar Powered bags now on sale!

Ok everyone the solar powered bags from Elle’s Portable Light Project are not up for auction!

elle_solar powered handbag

Nine unique handbags will be up on eBay from now until 15th July 2010 and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to portablelight.org.

For more information visit this page.

Bulbo: the device that lights up your handbag

Hooray, finally a solution for us ladies with huge handbags that seem to swallow everything you pack inside them!

Don’t you just hate getting to your front door after a long night, quivering slightly on your six inch heels, desperate to find your darn keys in the dark? Well, Italian designer Nicole Osella feels your pain and has come up with a clever solution, the Bulbo.

Bulbo

The Bulbo is a strip of LED lights that attach to almost any bag thanks to its ergonmic design. The silicon bulb clips it to the edge of the bag and the light scatter strip lies at the base of your handbag. It is a self-charging device which gets its battery juice from a sphere that hangs outside of the bag (its quite small and just looks like a bag charm) and harnesses the kinetic energy with back and forth movement.

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I want one – it is the perfect adversary to the black hole at the bottom of my bag!

Via Ubergizmo

D&G loves the iPad

Of late, fashion labels have really started tapping into the latest technology trends what with Gucci and Chanel releasing iPhone apps and Burberry streaming a 3D catwalk show. Everyone is raving about the iPad, I know that Net-a-Porter had just released one but no one has been more excited about its uses, it seems, than D&G.

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It currently has a D&G Fashion Channel available on iTunes and live-streamed its 2010 shows on Android phones and iPhones but thinks went further during the 20th anniversary menswear show that took place in Milan last month.

Coating the walls in the Palazzo Marino, Milan’s 16th-century city hall, were 28 iPads displaying images that celebrated two decades of Dolce & Gabbana for Men (above).

There was also a video-sculpture made of approximately 100 monitors of various sizes that showed images of Dolce & Gabbana menswear fashion shows from 1990 to 2010.  It was the perfect combination of fashion and its history portrayed on the most of technologies.
wall of screens

The digital theme did not stop there however, as in the nearby Piazza della Scala, an installation made up of  four large multimedia cubes which comprised of nine million luminous LEDs, broadcasted images of life in Milan , of Dolce & Gabbana’s menswear collections and of the events inside the Palazzo Marino in a loop.

The top off this very fashionable digital event, guests were given postcards containing QR codes that led to extra info that could be downloaded to smartphones!

What is more, D&G has also brought out a line of iPad cases – see an example below…

Via Wired