Futuristic clothing isn’t so far away, considering Monday's debut of “Impact!” an exhibition of wearables that are meant to reduce stress, adjust to changing weather conditions and expedite spending without swiping a credit card.In step with its non-silo approach to education, The New School's Parsons School of Design is spotlighting how students in fashion, product, lighting and strategic design, as well as management concepts collaborated on these special projects.Part of The Seaport Culture District's Downtown Design Festival, which opened Monday, “Impact!” showcases the work of Parsons students. Running through June 10 the multifaceted show is located at 117 Beekman Street, near Titanic Memorial Park. It celebrates the mash-up of different disciplines including designers, artists, scholars and technologists to highlight how they collaborate to work toward social change. With major brands such as Ralph Lauren and Fossil delving deeper into wearables, and Top Shop's recent launch of Top Pitch, a sourcing program for innovative products and smart prototypes, the demand for technology-focused designers is only increasing.Another element of “Impact” will be “Intel in Tech and Fashion,” a collection of wearable prototypes equipped with the Intel Curie module that reflect the wearer’s heath and self-expression. One team of students created four styles of jackets that consumers are recommended after completing an online personality tests. Each style is equipped with e-ink screens, which display the wearer’s interests, providing a makeshift personality profile.Another team developed shape-changing garments, targeted at young urban professionals and students whose over-scheduled lives don’t allow time for any quick wardrobe changes.Their project was inspired by the cuttlefish, which changes its shape and color depending on needs. Using traditional couture smocking techniques, the students sewed shape memory alloy wires into a draped dress with a slit skirt. The end result is two-garments-in-one that can change shape based on preprogrammed data that defines the wearer’s schedule for that day. (The Brooklyn-based label Chromat was the first fashion company to use the Intel Curie module for transformative purposes. The company’s Adrenaline dress extends the wearer’s sensory system to create a fight-or-flight mode that allows the garment to form an imposing shape.)For "Impact!," a third team of Parsons students dreamt up Tempus, clothing designed with sensors that learn the user’s physiological and behavioral patterns. With the help of an AI app, that information is used to help the Tempus-wearer relax, by triggering sensors that will massage different areas of the wearer’s body.By using the Intel Curie, which relies on a button-sized battery, Intel aims to show how new smaller forms of sensors can be woven into fabrics. Students were challenged to consider such questions as, "How can we get beyond LEDs as the output? Is the response of the garment more subtle and felt only by the wearer, but with no visible sign?" "How can electronics be integrated into clothing so that it can be washed, charged and then safely disposed of?" "Are the most interesting forms of micro-movements your body within your clothing, the movement of a person in a car, or the movement of a crowd in a street?"With the help of Tide laundry detergent, “Design For Care” features an assortment of garments that examines how consumers launder, repair, alter and wear clothing. The fourth element of “Impact!” is Local Studio, Made in New York — an assortment of items manufactured and sourced in New York.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle