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.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye