FashionTech is taking it to the next level

Fashion and technology continue to collide, and it is only getting better! Check out these five companies bringing form, function, and fashiontech to the next level right now!

1. Hyperface is a revolutionary camouflage that disrupts and distracts facial recognition software algorithms. It is anti-surveillance face paints and clothing. As groundbreaking and potentially useful facial recognition is, many people are concerned about tracking and intrusion of privacy. Hyperface is created by by Berlin-based artist and technologist Adam Harvey, who is creating guerilla printing patterns for clothing that are capable of confusing the software. The patterns look like facial features, such as eyes, mouths, and more, and are designed to cause AI headaches and confuse the algorithms enough to not be able to specifically identify the wearer. It is set to launch in Spring 2017 and can be seen here.

2. Skinners Technologies have created barefoot running socks that are neither socks nor shoes! They are anti-odor, durable, washable, and ready for any adventure. These ultra-tough socks are made with antibacterial yarn with pure silver in it, have toe protection, a comfortable knit fit, anti-abrasive polymer and waterproof underside, and are double layered. They are very durable and are better for active running than actually being barefoot, providing protection and comfort. Skinners socks are made to be extremely small, so that you can toss them into pockets or bags and have them with you while you’re on the go. Some customers are saying they barely wear shoes anymore! Get them here.

 

3. AirDye has created a sustainable fabric dying process that doesn’t use water, and is turning traditional dying process on its side. The AirDye process uses air instead of water, resulting in zero water waste and very little pollution, uses significantly less energy that water-dying, and creates some really interesting possibilities. You could print one piece of fabric with a different color on each side, or a color on one side and a print on the other, anything you can think of! With clean water still a luxury in many places in the world, this technology could change the way some countries dye and make clothing. Check out more here.

4. I Am Not A Virgin clothing company is trying to make the world a better place and reverse the planet’s health with how they make clothes. Humans throw away 200 billion plastic bottles a year, that sit in landfills, our oceans, and take on average 450 YEARS to decompose completely. Some types of plastic can take far longer. IANAV clothing recycles plastic bottles with polyester and then blends it with cotton to create eco-friendly and comfortable clothing. They are trying to become even more eco-friendly by creating their own yarn with PET and rice husks instead of cotton! This company is really bringing new technology and a sustainable mission to fashion! See their clothing line here.

5. The Left Shoe Company is a London-based shoe company using amazing technology to make sure your shoes are perfect for you. They use a state of the art 3D scanner to take a perfect picture of each foot, getting the most accurate measurement possible. They then create handmade, made-to-measure shoes perfect for you! Luxurious, unimaginable comfort tailor-made for you. Order a pair here.

 

Would you buy made to order shoes or wear special barefoot running socks? Do you have any fashiontech now? Tell me about your experience!



 

Levi’s and Google connected smart jacket will come out this fall and cost around $350

This fall, your jacket may be as smart as your phone.

Designed by Levi's and Google ATAP, the interactive trucker jacket uses high-tech conductive fabric to connect to a smartphone. With the brush of a sleeve, users can pause or skip a song or use Google maps without the hassle of getting a phone out.

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Levi’s global product innovation head Paul Dillinger and ATAP’s Project Jacquard lead Ivan Poupyrev announced the product’s revised release date and price onstage at SXSW over the weekend. The jacket, which uses conductive fabric to transform into a connected device, is set to hit stores this fall at $350 a pop.

The product is called a Commuter Trucker Jacket and is designed for people who are on the move and don't have time to stop and check their phone or watch. The denim piece allows you to start your music, get the time, answer calls, and more.

The product was first announced at the Google I/O developer conference in May last year, writes The Verge.  
 

Met Gala: Intersection of tech and style

Beyoncé wears a latex-like gown by Givenchy. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Beyoncé wears a latex-like gown by Givenchy.

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Equivalent of the Oscar’s red carpet, the Met Gala brings together an invite-only list of dressed-up celebs, bigwigs and this year-- tech. The theme of the gala, which benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, was “Manus x Machina, Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

It was a start-studded, LED night that bought style and tech together in haute couture-level drama with Silicon Valley-level uniforms (the event was co-hosted by Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive). From robotic arms to Tomaguchis to dresses made entirely of recycled plastic bottles, "tech" meant slapping on metallics, with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift shimmering in bright, futuristic ensembles. The red carpet proves just how extravagantly fashion and tech can come together. 

Maybe the next dress you buy will have  a power button. For now, fashion’s innovations are mostly happening behind the seams. Click ahead to see the looks.

1) Karolina Kurkova

Model Karolina Kurkova was wearing a dress designed by Marchesa and IBM's Watson team. The "cognitive dress" was covered in LED lights that changed colors based on what people tweeted about the two brands throughout the night, according to Wired.

2) Claire Daines

Claire Daines wore a Zac Posen dress that appeared at first as a simple, classic white gown -- the likes of which Grace Kelly might have worn 60 years ago -- but was actually filled with fiber optics that illuminated it in a multitude of shades.

3) Allison Williams

Actress Williams' gown was adorned with 3D-printed white flowers, designed by Peter Pilotto.

4) Emma Watson

Watson went eco-friendly with an outfit made from recycled materials aka garbage-- literally. The off-the-shoulder look, designed by Calvin Klein, was made from recycled plastic bottles for a project that the designer, along with the consulting firm Eco-Age, called the Green Carpet Challenge, reported the Telegraph.