1. Spanish fashion designer, Manel Torres has developed the world’s first spray-on clothing that can be work, washed and worn again. The spray consists of short fibers that are mixed into a solvent, allowing it to be sprayed from a can or high-pressure spray gun. The fibers are mixed with polymers that bind them together to form a fabric. The texture. of the fabric can be varied by using wool, linen or acrylic fibers. 

     
     
  2. This collection, named after the Greek word for transformation “entropya” appeals to me because of its very abstract and organic feel. These pieces are just another example of 3D printings influence on manufacturing and design. Florence-based, AmniosyA used Dynamic fluid simulation as a part of  the design process behind her new collection. In this particular case, AmniosyA wanted to capture spontaneous change and disorder and manifest it in a set of jewelry.  

     
  3. A Revolution for Small Designers

    This year New York based fashion designer Kimberly Ovits decided to take her jewelry designs to the next level when partnering with Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace community. Together Ovits and Shapeways pioneered a fluid, organic jewelry collection that molds to your body like armor. Ovits, who was featured in Elle Magazine for her 3D printed line, sees great potential in this new medium. For small yet established designers like herself, 3D printing changes the existing design and manufacturing process. For Ovits, this medium grants her the ability to do things she could not do before because of timing and volume. 

     
  4. I recently came across the innovative fashion designer Elena Corchero. Corchero is unique in that she has separated herself from other designers who are also working to merge the world of fashion and technology. Designers like Hussein Chalayan, Ying Gao and Theia who are widely known for their intricate and beautifully crafted designs have focused their careers on bringing technology integrated fashion to the runway. While I admit that these designs are divine, most of them are extremely impractical. Corchero, who runs her own e-commerce site called lost values, has taken a different approach integrating fashion and technology. And although the technology is pretty basic and the designs are rather simplistic, it is the concept of being able to actually purchase these functional items online that makes me wonder if technology is the future of fashion. Some of her products include reflective bowties, beanie hats and lace that can be stitched into any garment. 

    (Source: lostvalues.bigcartel.com)

     
  5. In our contemporary world fashion is synonymous with style, dress, adornment, decoration and clothing. However, what most people don’t realize is that as a communication medium, fashion has unlimited potential. For instance, Electric Foxy’s Ping is a garment that connects to your Facebook account wirelessly and from anywhere. It allows you to stay connected to your friends simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear. For example, a sensor is integrated into the hood allowing the natural gesture of lifting the hood and putting it back down to communicate to Facebook. Lifting up the hood automatically sends a message and updates your status. Putting the hood back down sends another message. A Facebook application allows you to customize your messages, assign them to groups of friends and even manage many different types of messages based on where you are, who you’re pinging, or what your mood is. While this project is still in the works, Cute Circuit, another brand that focuses solely on developing wearable technology, dressed musician, Nicole Scherzinger in their Haute Couture Twitter Dress. This elegant chiffon black gown featured 2,000 LEDs, thousands of hematite Swarovski Elements, and a real-time procession of tweets that lit up with extraordinary animation and moved around her body. 

     
  6. As if Vivienne Westwood wasn’t already a creative genius, she managed to take her innovation to the next level with her storefront that features domestic abuse mannequins. There is nothing in the world that I appreciate more than when fashion or art are used as a platform to help a greater cause.  In this case, Westwood used her wildly popular clothing brand to raise awareness about domestic violence. As seen above, in a photograph taken of the window display of her flagship store in Milan, Westwood drew attention to the cause in a highly unusual way. Where as most designers would opt to donate a portion of their proceeds from a specific line or piece to benefit the cause, Westwood thought of a way to not only involve her customers, but to also spread the message to everyday people walking on the streets of Milan.  In her window display, she accurately depicts the statistics, 1 out of 3 women are victims of domestic violence in Italy. Vivienne Westwood wouldn’t be where she is right now if she just mounted the facts on a poster. Instead, she went ahead and gave one of the three mannequins in the store window a black eye and a bunch of bruises. Although this may not be the most complimenting for her clothing, it did draw an enormous amount of attention to the issue of domestic violence, not only in Italy, but also around the globe,  in a way that is both clever and straight to the point. 

     
  7. These creative wine boxes designed by Sofia Blomberg are absolutely genius! These handbag inspired wine coolers can be given credit for turning a product such as wine in a box into something a little less frat like and a lot more stylish, however, I applaud Blomberg for turning this products rather mundane packaging into something completely functional. She did a great job transforming the ordinary wine in a box, a product sold in local drug stores and super markets into something practical and appealing to a higher clientele. From the size to the shape, the dainty handle, and the detailed checkered design, Blomberg did everything in her power to ensure that any girl would sport one of these in either of the available colors. 

     

  8. Kinky Boots

    ‘Kinky Boots’ was unlike any other Broadway show I’ve ever seen. Usually I find myself turned off by musicals, but this show was so much more than a musical. Aside from the storyline, which I must admit was quite interesting, I was most drawn to the incredible costume design. In a story where a factory owner and a drag performer combine efforts to save a dying shoe business by catering to the needs of drag queens, it can only be expected that the characters ensembles reflect this quirky duo. In many ways the outrageous and impractical outfits worn on stage add another layer to this provocative, yet fun and joyful musical. 

     

  9. A Digital Age, a Digital Dressing Room

    'Nuevo', a virtual dressing room, created by Taiwanese company, Vismile, reminds me very much of a scene in the movie Clueless, when the main character Claire goes through a virtual catolog of her closet on her computer and picks out her outfit by trying outfits on her virtual self, as she is seen on the computer screen. It is amazing that it took more than 15 years for someone to repurpose Claire’s virtual closet. According to an article from PSFK.com ‘Nuevo’ uses motion sensors and cameras to take the hassle out of trying on new clothes. The system captures high-resolution scans of the shopper in order to superimpose different items of clothing onto their body in real-time.

    (Source: psfk.com)

     
  10. Not so long ago 3-D printing was nothign more than an idea. An idea epitomized by the type of futuristic hightech gadgets used in the Spy Kid movies. Since the invention of 3-D in recent years, there has been alot of talk about the implications of 3-D printing. What I find most interesting is the way this new device will challenge copyright laws going forward. If anyone can reproduce any object in the comfort of their home at a low cost why would they go out and purchase the same object. These new possiblities create a huge issue for companies, who until recently had complete ownership over the products and designs they manufacture.  Joshua Harris’s clothes printer provides a perfect example of how brands are going to have to adapt to new technologies in order to succeed.  Rather than pushing retailers and companies out of the manufacturing proccess, Harris’s 3-D clothing printer offers a solution for designers and brands, enabling them to sell cartridges of material so that users can print out the seasons hottest items from their favorite brands.