Closing Paris Fashion Week, Chanel once again has fulfilled Lagerfeld’s goal: spark massive attention and invade both the runway and social media. For many years on now, the shows offered by Chanel were voyages where Karl Lagerfeld was able to bring the audience in the corners of his mind. After the airport, the data center, off we go to… the Moon. Entering the show, a rocket throned in the middle of the set, waiting to take the audience on-board.
Last Wednesday, in the Conciergerie de Paris (once a palace, then a Revolutionary court and the prison of Marie-Antoinette), I had the chance to attend the breathtaking couture show of Chinese designer Guo Pei. A 30-minutes long performance with two tech-infused dresses, using fluorescent material and LEDs. The designer, who was brought to the spotlight when Rihanna wore her iconic elaborately embroidered, fur-trimmed yellow dress at the 2015 MET Gala, is an invited member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, since January 2016.
Today, I had the chance to attend my first Iris van Herpen show! Her shows are not-to-miss rendez-vous, as the pioneering Dutch designer has accustomed us to mastering associations between traditional craft and technology. For every show, she researches and finds new ways to to craft fascinating materials. Since 2007, she has been surprising us: be it hand-inflamed stainless steel wire or live performance of a dress 3D printing and weaving on the show, every collection is a new step into her rich and futuristic creative universe. And today’s show made no exception to the rule.
Last September, during the Paris Fashion Week, Yoshiyuki Miyamae presented his latest Spring-Summer 2017 collection for the ISSEY MIYAKE brand, baptized Microcosm. Taking inspiration directly from nature, this show was like a tale about the encounter between a conceptualized vision of fashion and technology. Through a singular perception which transcend garments and a unique take-on the bet of wearable tech, we had the privilege to learn a lot more backstage, some minutes after the show, close to two figures we really appreciate : the creator himself and Rem D. Koolhaas, creator of the shoe brand United Nude, which we interviewed in part 2 of this exclusive series, to be released next Monday.
Blockchain, the word is everywhere. This new type of database, mainly used in the finance sector because of its safety features, can also be used in many ways. In the fashion industry, it has been a way to address the issues regarding traceability and transparency, which have become real preoccupations since the rise of fast fashion, as explained in our previous article.
As the Fashion Week season is now over, we took a step back to give our opinion about how tech invaded the runway this time. We cannot help but noticing the power of virtual reality, which was highly valuated by designers. Bunch of brands established partnership with technical brands such as Intel or Samsung in order to improve their VR-skills. Tool for fashion democratization, VR was also an instrument to boost sales. Indeed, VR and the « see now – buy now » system were quite intertwined.
We have chosen for you our very favorite pieces of tech raging on the runway.
Paris Fashion Week is almost over and once again Chanel has sparked massive attention with Kaiser Karl’s brand new idea. After the supermarket, the casino or the airport, it is Chanel’s digital fashion show that is raging. In order to wow people for the spring-summer 2017 show, Chanel has chosen to turn the Grand Palais into a data storage center of sorts with giant computer processors forming aisles through the space.
This season, New York Fashion Week will see the runway debut of KITH. The streetwear collective, established in 2011 by Ronnie Fieg, now has multiple IRL stores and its own men, women and children lines, what better timing than now for a fashion week debut?
Couture Week is over and yet again designers offered us their share of surprises. There was newness, impressment, disillusion but also tech. Here is our selection of the moments when technology merrily appeared on the catwalks.
As every season, we’re waiting for the Godess of innovative fashion to showcase her latest creations. This season, Iris van Herpen returns to Couture, as she’s been focusing on Ready-to-Wear for a three years now. As expected, this season’s theme, Cymatics (the study of visible sound vibrations) mixes Haute Couture traditional savoir-faire with cutting edge technologies.