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.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.