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Uniqlo HEATTECH technology

If you have, like me, been suffering from numerous colds thanks to this frost weather across the UK then you need to get your hands on some of Uniqlo’s HEATTECH technology.

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Much-loved high street brand Uniqlo has introduced a bit of winter warming Fashionology to this seasons range. HEATTECH is a line of heat-generating lightweight clothing that looks and feels amazing!

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The HEATTECH line has been fronted by some big names, including Charlize Theron and Britain’s own Orlando Bloom and is on my wish-list this Christmas. No need for ugly thermals and unflattering, puffed-up woolly jumpers this winter, Uniqlo has you covered.

The technology behind it is truly cutting-edge. The fabric used has been cultivated from tens of thousands of prototypes and cannot be made with any ordinary equipment.

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HEATTECH clothing generates heat by holding pockets of air between the fibres in layers that keep you warm. Not only that,  but it retains the heat it creates thanks to the specially designed hollow fibres.

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What’s more, the items are lightweight and actually shrink to fit your body, so they are non-restrictive and oh so comfortable!

HEATTECH fibres contain a special anti-bacterial agent that helps to minimize body odour and also contain amino acids that make the material soft and smooth against your skin. It is durable and apparently maintains its shape even after washing.

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They look great, keep you warm and B.O. free, what more could you ask for? You want to know the best part? Uniqlo has got an offer on HEATTECH clothing!

You can get two items priced at £9.99 for just £14.99 and any two products priced at £12.99 for just £19.99 up until midnight on Wednesday 22nd December!

For more details visit the Uniqlo website.

Fashionology’s pick of designer laptop cases

A laptop to a blogger is like a third arm; an awkwardly shaped arm you often find yourself dragging around in your favourite tote simply because that case it came in was hideously ugly, is seriously bulky and doesn’t go with your outfit!

So, Fashionology has scoped out the very best designer laptop cases so you can carry your notebook with pride!

Skull print laptop case, Alexander McQueen, NET-A-PORTER, £250

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Laptop jumble logo sleeve, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Harvey Nichols, £45 (available in more colours)

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Logo-embossed neoprene laptop case, Fendi, NET-A-PORTER, £255

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Crocodile laptop case, Nancy Gonzalez, NET-A-PORTER, £1,715

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Layla metallic zip laptop bag, Penelope & Parker, Selfridges, £195

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Daria patent-leather sleeve for MacBook, Mulberry, £350

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Pretty medium printed laptop case, Marc by Marc Jacobs, NET-A-PORTER, £60

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Mole-Cognac Scotchgrain laptop case, Mulberry, £550

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Check nylon laptop sleeve, Burberry, £215

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And last but not least, my favourite of the bunch…

Mariela printed laptop case, Diane Von Furstenberg, NET-A-PORTER, £100

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Which one would you most like under your arm?

Lily Allen dresses Samsung laptop for Lucy in Disguise

All I want for Christmas…is the new Samsung laptop that Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen have designed for their Vintage range Lucy in Disguise (LiD).

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Lily and her sister have teamed up with Samsung to revamp the SF310 notebook which will feature exclusively in Vintage store in Covent Garden, London.

The design is very Art Deco, featuring a repeated black and white LiD logo.

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Lily said of the collaboration:

“I’m so excited now the store is up and running and we made some great sales on the first day. These notebooks look great and really complement the Lucy in Disguise concept. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!”

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I right there with you Lily! These stylish laptops are only available at the Lucy in Disguise store (10-13 King Street, Covent Garden London, WC2E 8HN). Price has not been specified yet but the normal SF310 costs around £800, so expect it to be a little over that.

Via Pocket Lint

3D glasses are no longer embarrassing thanks to Gucci

It was only a matter of time before fashion designers started to ride the 3D wave! Oakley recently released some “optically correct” Real D glasses, but they weren’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea.

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However, Gucci has latched on to the fact that most 3D glasses are darn ugly, and has done something about it! These Gucci “optically correct” Real D frames, are styled with the same 80’s look as the rest of Gucci’s eyewear in its recent summer collection.

They have a high-tech multi-layer mirrored coating too, which prevents distortion when you check out your new look in the mirror.

They are available only from US stores in December – though looking cool in 3D will set you back a pretty penny…$225 to be exact.

Via Luxist

Fashionology has found a stylish cycling helmet!

A few months ago I wrote a post about stylish light-up bicycle jackets and since then I have been on a mission to find a fashionable helmet to complete the deal.

As more and more people jump on the cycling bandwagon, I am beginning to feel the urge to do so myself. But before I perch myself precariously on a Boris bike and peddle about the busy London streets, I want to make sure I am safe – a cracked skull is not a good look.

One problem…cycling helmets can be very ugly things, especially if like me you aren’t a ‘hat person’. But thankfully there may be a solution, thanks to the Swedish designers behind Hövding or Chieftain as it is also known.

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Hövding is a cycling helmet unlike any other on the market – for a start, its not really a helmet – it’s more of an airbag for your head. Hövding is effectively a collar that you wear around your neck which can cleverly be disguised as a scarf or snood and inside it holds a folded up airbag.

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In the event of an accident, this airbag will inflate into a cushioned hood around your head, shielding you from injury. Sounds strange I know, but if you take a look at this video you can see how it works.

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The airbag is made of durable nylon, to prevent bursting when in contact with concrete and inflates in an impressive 0.1 seconds. The collar is fitted with a tiny helium gas generator and is called into action by accelerometers and gyro-meters – which record the abnormal movement of a rider in an accident.

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This is such a great invention! The collars look great and mean that you can keep safe on the road without sporting a heavy and unattractive helmet!

The Chieftain can also tell the difference between small movements and a car hitting you at 20 miles an hour, to there is no risk of you inflating your head whilst you bend down to big up you bag.

HövdingThere is so much more technical genius behind the Hövding so if you would like to read more about it visit the Hövding website.

Via Wired

The Rainbow Winters collection – clothes that react to water and sunlight!

Just as the precarious British weather surprises us, changing from rain to shine and back again, young designers are catching us out with new and more ingenious creations every fashion week.

Amy Winters, British/Swedish designer and Central Saint Martin’s graduate, has  created a capsule spring summer 2011 collection that is inspired by the changing weather, and boy to we love it!

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Her label, Rainbow Winters, has just debuted its first ready-to-wear collection on the catwalks at London Fashion Week and here at Fashionology we are very taken with her designs.

Amy has created a collection of printed garments which change colour in reaction to sunlight and water. The Rainforest dress (below) features colour changing flowers (from white to purple) when in contact with sunlight.

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They then turn  fully coloured when in contact with both water and sunlight.

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The Petal dress (below) is a short-sleeved, cotton mini dress that has been printed with sun-reactive ink so that indoors it remains pink…

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…but once outside beings to change colour!

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The panels on this lightning printed taffeta skirt also changes colour in the sunlight.

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Rainbow winters also revealed a unique swimsuit that is printed with similar sun-reactive technology, changing the central panel into purple dots when you lounge in the sun.

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This collection is truly stunning and has us praying for lots of sunshine next season!

Via Rainbow Winters

Burberry embraces technology at LFW with ‘Retail Theatre’

At this year’s London Fashion, I said there would be some Fashionology surprises and Burberry has been on top of the game.

Special guests to Burberry stores this morning will be enjoyed live streaming coverage of the SS11 LFW show as part of the ‘Retail Theatre’ concept.

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Chrispother Bailey, Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer, said in a press release:

“Customers at the exclusive in-store digital events will experience the clothes, the music, the energy and the atmosphere in real time.”

The idea is that shoppers can watch the show on 3×3-meter HD screens in 25 stores, in 16 countries around the world. At the end of the fashion show, employees  handed out iPads on which the guests were able note of the products they would like to order in via the special Burberry iPad application.

The bonus – delivery arrives in just 7 weeks  which is months before the items will arrive in stores.

It looks like Burberry is one fashion house that is fully embracing the world of high-tech, high-fashion!