Parsons students at work on an Intel-supported project.
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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)