Where’d you get those Googles?

Google has sold interactive glasses for $1500 (only) during its annual software conference in San Francisco to first adaptors. If all goes well, a less expensive version of the glasses is expected to go on sale for consumers in early 2014. While wearing these glasses, directions to a destination or a text message from a friend may appear directly before your eyes. Conversing with friends in a video chat, take a photo without taking out a camera, phone or even buy a few things online as you walk around. JUST DON’T DRIVE DOING IT.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer of Google’s Project Glass, talks about the design of the Google Glass during the keynote at Google’s annual developer conference

The Grass is Always Greener: Biocouture

An innovative approach to textile technology is unfolding with this technique that harnesses nature’s forces.
“BioCouture is a research project harnessing nature to propose a radical future fashion vision. We are investigating the use of microbial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. Our ultimate goal is to literally grow a dress in a vat of liquid…The material is nearest in feel to a vegetable leather and, like your vegetable peelings, it can be safely composted when you no longer want it.”

Suzanne Lee is Director of the project and a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is collaborating with scientists to unite design with cutting edge bio and nano-technologies.

BioCouture is investigating the use of microbes to grow a textile biomaterial. Certain bacteria will spin microfibrils of pure cellulose during fermentation which form a dense layer that can be harvested and dried. To a sugary green tea solution they add a mixed culture of bacterial cellulose, yeasts and other microorganisms to produce a flexible cellulose mat. The bacteria feed on the sugar and spin fine threads of cellulose. As these start to stick together they form a skin on the liquids surface. After two to three weeks, when it is approximately 1.5cm thick, they remove the cellulose skin from the growth bath. They can then either use it wet to mold onto a 3D form, like a dress shape, or dry it flat and then cut and sew it into a garment.
Lee is the author of ‘Fashioning The Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe’ published by Thames & Hudson.http://www.biocouture.co.uk/

Dream On: Cartier L’odyssee

In what surely has to be one of the most beautiful shorts ever, CARTIER unleashes its world on film to mesmerizing effect. Two years in the making, it somehow combines the panoramic directing of Scorcese’s “Hugo” and Narnia fantasy amongst other darker sources. Relax and loose yourself.

Arrivederci YSL: Stefano Pilati’s Last Collection

Although I’m not one to post fashion shows (as there are many other sources) I thought it was fitting to show Stefano Pilati’s last show before the return of Hedi Slimane to YSL (albeit for the first time for women).
The show is IMMACULATE and definitely the best from the house under his watch. From the stunning makeup to the sinuous chainmail dresses and vertiginous metallic heel shoes. It’ll be interesting to see how this is topped next season…

Chain mail dress_YSL F/W 2012

Rick Owens + Michele Lamy Unplugged

I’ve always admired free spirits as the ultimate expression of life. Perhaps because I feel the conservative constraints imposed on everyone rather acutely. Take for example the incredible fusion of Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, locked in creatively and otherwise. A fascinating look at their dynamics and of course, their incredible works.
I have included some stills as I was not able to insert this video from “Another Mag” but have this link here:
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Daphne Guiness: Life as Stage…F.I.T. Exhibit

The Honorable Daphne Suzanne Diana Joan Guinness was born in 1967, the daughter of brewery heir, Jonathan Guinness, Lord Moyne, and French beauty, Suzanne Lisney. Her paternal grandmother was Diana Mitford, one of the legendary Mitford sisters. In 1987, at the age of nineteen, Daphne married Spyros Niarchos. After her divorce in 1999, Daphne resumed her maiden name, and over the past decade has emerged on the world’s stage an extraordinary fashion creature.
If anyone has the ultimate wardrobe, it is Ms. Guiness. She obtained ALL of Isabella Blow’s pieces and also has pieces by the late, great Alexander McQueen. The high priestess of high (very high) fashion.
Daphne Guinness
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 16 through January 7, 2012

D+ROPOP Robotic Mannequin. Be very afraid, Kate Moss.

Apart from being made almost entirely made of recycled corrugated cardboard and hence cheap to produce and eco-friendly, the D+ropop is incredibly elegant and will perform a host of new and existing modeling tasks very cost-effectively. At an all-up price of around USD$5500, the D+ropop will work 24/7, won’t throw tantrums, get involved in scandals and damage your brand, or be perpetually late. D+ropop can obviously be customized, painted and re-purposed in many ways, though if there’s a weakness we can see, it’s that the whole model including eight lightweight motors weighs just 6kg, and may fray around the edges a bit if worked hard as a storefront mannequin.
I can see robots playing a significant role in displaying clothes, and how they might hang and “fall” on a human. Like most Japanese robotic companies, it’s difficult to determine an exact cost of ownership for a robot at present, and all of them offer some form of rental – the best I could ascertain regarding D+ropop was that it can be rented for around US$1800 a week.
D+ropop - the eager robotic mannequinD+ropop - the eager robotic mannequin


Last night we experienced the launch of HOUSE OF ORGANZA where designer Lyall Hakaraia and stylist Kim Howells have joined forces to lead London’s most fabulous fashion pack to take the canvas of the white organza and create a unique piece in their own discipline. The diaphanous material was going to briefly adorn the actual structure of Vogue Fabrics itself had it not been for the charming weather London is experiencing but the halls of Vogue Fabric in Dalston, where the House of Organza is based, are covered with the fabric instead.

The Designers included in the collaboration are…

On the link between fashion and architecture, Hakaraia says “Fashion and architecture have a great deal in common – fashion can often be ephemeral and superficial, using soft, fluid materials; whereas architecture is considered monumental and permanent, using strong, rigid materials. Regardless of difference in size, scale and materials, the point of origin for both fashion design and architecture is the human body, both practices protect and shelter us, while providing a means to express our identities whether personal, political, religious or cultural.”

The pieces made by the designers for House of Organza were shot by Mari Sarai and styled by Kim Howells and will form the basis of the exhibition that is open at Vogue Fabric, 66 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB. A short fashion film also accompanies this exhibition directed by the talented duo – Dylan Byrne and Ben Strebel of Bogstandard and Dazed Digital are exclusively showing it here.

HOUSE OF ORGANZA is situated at 66 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB until Sunday 6pm

Silica nanoparticles make wool even better

By Darren QuickThe silica nanoparticle coating changes the surface of the wool to make it more water abso...

Already regarded as a “wonder fabric” for its lightness, softness, warmth even when wet, and other qualities, scientists from China say they have been able to improve on the natural properties of wool. They say their discovery could give wool a “brain,” placing it among other “smart” fabrics that shake off wrinkles, shrinkage and “breathe” to release perspiration.

Wool’s natural water-repellency also acts as a barrier to enhanced features such as anti-wrinkle, anti-shrinkage finishing and dyeing. This property also hinders its ability to absorb moisture and makes wool garments feel sweaty.

Although scientists have developed treatments that make wool more hydrophilic, or water-absorbing, they may not last long, may damage the fabric, and are not environmentally-friendly.

By coating the wool with an ultrathin silica layer the scientists found they were able to make the wool more water-absorbing without the problems associated with existing treatments. The coating is made from silica nanoparticles 1/50,000th the width of a human hair. The particles altered both the surface roughness and surface energy of the fiber and endowed the wool fabrics with excellent water absorption. The new layer does not affect wool’s color or texture and can withstand dry cleaning, the scientists note.

The study, “Fabricating Superhydrophilic Wool Fabrics,” detailing the scientists’ research appears in ACS’ bi-weekly journal, Langmuir.


RAW Natural Beauty put out a video to remind potential customers that women consume quite a bit of lipstick in their lifetimes. Seven pounds on average, in fact! or 933.33333333333 tubes.  Would you like some salad with that, madame?

RAW – Natural Beauty – GLOW.com


Zegna Sport's new eco-friendly jacket powers your handheld devices

With winter fast approaching, it’s time to think about appropriate protective clothing. The Ecotech Solar Jacket, a new clothing piece from Zegna Sport, ticks all the right boxes for winter gear. Made almost entirely from recycled plastic, it is not only environmentally friendly but also solar-powers your MP3, keeps you protected from the elements and has Italian good-looks to boot.

This unique jacket features a detachable solar cell system located in each of the sleeves. Once the sun’s energy is harnessed, it is fed to washable internal leads connected to a rechargeable battery device – also detachable – which is located in the inside pocket. Then it’s ready to power your portable communication device or MP3 player.

The material of the Ecotech jacket will help protect you from the wind and rain, and the solar cells on the sleeve also serve to power a heating system located inside the collar, guaranteeing comfort and warmth. And, as the external fabric, linings, paddings and breathable membrane are all made from 100% regenerated plastics, you’ll not only be wearing an Italian-designed jacket, you’ll be carrying a clear conscience as well.

The battery requires about five hours of direct sunlight to fully recharge and is normally contained in an inner pocket but can also be placed in a separate neoprene case. After charging, it can be used to power your mobile communication device, MP3 player or camera. As the solar panel sleeves and battery are detachable, they can also be charged even when you’re not wearing the jacket. The adapter sets (provided) ensure compatibility with most mobile communication brands.

This is not the first time Zegna Sport has dabbled in integrating technology and clothing, the Zegna Sport Bluetooth iJacket boasted a device in the sleeve to control a cell phone and iPod, and featured a bluetooth interface and microphone embedded in the jacket collar.

No word on pricing yet – what would you expect to pay for a multi-functional, eco-friendly, Italian-designed winter jacket? See video footage of the making of Zegna Sport’s Ecotech Solar Jacket below.

Via Inhabitat

Zegna Sport making of Ecotech Solar-JKT