Fashion and Technology Are Merging. And It’s Astounding.

TENTATIVE STEPS TOWARD MELDING FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY The arts and technology are beginning a courtship that may fundamentally affect the way we perceive both of them: in visual art, we have Google Deep Dream, creating hallucinatory vistas on par with the wackier end of Hieronymus Bosch or Alan Aldridge; in music, we have A.I composers; virtual reality offers an unprecedented and fully-immersive opportunity for filmmakers and writers alike. Fashion, however, is another kettle of fish because it is an art that is lived, occurring at all hours of the day. Additionally, the high…

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Where AI and fashion cross paths

In 2011, when IBM Watson first won Jeopardy!, the popular American quiz show, it was the triumph of Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the show’s human participants. Since then, Watson, a supercomputer with deep research capabilities and the power of cognition, has ventured into the fields of biotechnology, banking, communication, robotics and medicine. Now Mumbai-based fashion designers Falguni and Shane Peacock have collaborated with Watson, creating designs that were showcased at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai last week. Sriram Raghavan, director of IBM Research India, unpacks the process: “The way it works…

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Fashion and tech collide in this VR-friendly connected shirt

Virtual reality is inescapable here at Computex: You’re either stumbling into another Vive demo area or bumping into the occasional VR backpack. What’s often missing is a sense of true immersion, and a startup called Machina is trying to fix that. Co-founder Antonio Perdigon was nice enough to let me don one of his unreleased “OBE” connected shirts here at the show, and after a little playtime, I think the team might be on to something. That’s not actually a huge surprise: Machina is no stranger to the connected-clothing scene….

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What to Wear to Any Summer Job Interview, From Fashion to Finance

Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, May 2013 Apartment hunting in New York is especially brutal in June for the same reason every bar suddenly has a long line outside: the yearly flood of new graduates. More than one million bright-eyed 22-year-olds just picked up their college diplomas and are officially on the job hunt. If you’re one of them, we don’t doubt that your resume is spotless and you’ve nailed your elevator pitch. But what are you going to wear? College prepares you for a lot of things, but, after…

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Fashion is Decided by People’s Response, Says Sonam Kapoor

  A file photo of Sonam Kapoor. (Image: Instagram/ Sonam Kapoor) Mumbai: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, who has stepped into the business field along with her sister Rhea Kapoor to launch high street fashion brand Rheson, says a creative business like fashion is riskier as compared to a business of things for daily needs. “I think any creative business is more risk-taking because eventually, it is up to the consumer to like it. It is not like a product of daily need like bread or milk. Fashion is almost like…

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Future Lifestyle Fashion bets big on six ‘Power Brands’ for future growth

  New Delhi: New Delhi:Kishore Biyani-led Future Lifestyle Fashion (FLF) has identified six brands in its portfolio which will give the company next stage of growth and profitability, it said in investors presentation. The company is calling them Power Brands and they together are expected to constitute 65%-70% to own brand sales by financial year 2020. The brands on which the company will put more focus are denim brand Lee Cooper, men’s fashion brand John Miller, casual and sportswear brand Scullers, plus size unisex brand All, club wear brand Indigo…

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12 Mind-Blowing Facts That’ll (Hopefully) Change the Way You Think About Fashion

A few weeks ago, a broad circle of fashion insiders gathered in Copenhagen to discuss solutions to the environmental and ethical problems plaguing the apparel industry. The Copenhagen Fashion Summit brought designers — like Prabal Gurung and Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow — together with editors, production experts and various Corporate Social Responsibility types, many of whom spoke at special seminars and lectures on sustainability, ethical manufacturing and corporate responsibility. Meanwhile, the Boston Consulting Group and the Global Fashion Agenda debuted Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2017, the first-ever publication analyzing and critiquing…

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Kate! Naomi! Bella! The Best Runway Looks From Last Night’s Fashion for Relief Fundraiser

Last night, Naomi Campbell brought her annual Fashion for Relief runway show and fundraiser to the Cannes Film Festival. Per usual, the casting rivaled that of a major Paris Fashion Week show, with supers like Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, and Erin O’Connor walking alongside Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Maria Borges. Unlike a typical fashion show, of course, the models wore looks by a variety of designers—Versace, Alexander McQueen, and Azzedine Alaïa were just a few who donated dresses for the occasion, which raised funds for Save the Children. Clicking…

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Meet The Fashion Student: Greg Dugdale

With SCAD FASHWKND just days away, we chatted with seniors about their fashion inspirations. Here, meet Greg Dugdale. “I decided to go into fashion because I couldn’t stop creating,” Dugdale says. “Every weekend, from about fifth grade to now, I’ve work on something [that’s] art or fashion.”  Dugdale’s collection exudes a colorful, enthusiastic feel you might expect from a beloved kid’s book character (he’s a self-professed Amelia Bedelia fan, after all), but his intricate manufacturing is all art-school finesse. “The most common materials I work with are cotton and denim, but I love…

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Finally, Some More Intel On Alexa Chung’s Fashion Collection

Alexa Chung may have provided plenty of fashion inspiration for us with her own #OOTDs over the years, whether that involves overalls, frilly tops, or Mary Janes. She’s also paired up with plenty of fashion brands over the years, from creating collections with AG and Madewell, to consulting for the likes of Superga and Marks & Spencer. But soon, her very own collection, called Alexachung, also might charm its way into your closet. We first heard about Chung’s line in July, though details about the official drop date or aesthetic…

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