February is here — and either you’ve been on a roll with your New Year’s resolution fitness goals, or you’ve fallen off the bandwagon just like the rest of us. Unless you’re working as professional supermodels like the Hadid sisters, some of us need the extra help to get us on track. Cue in the next trend in athleisure wear to help aid you: smart clothes.
The latest to hit wearable tech expands beyond your typical arm candy. Many products moved away from the wrist and onto, for example, the chest, the shoe, the sock, the belt, the shirt and even to the underwear. While they’re flicking off sweat, this new category in apparel can monitor things like breathing rate, heart rate, calories burned and more. Some even keep tabs on your form, alerting in real time you when you need an adjustment. Check out our top three notable round ups.
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When it comes to leggings, we all know what the original intention of leggings was made for — which is gym wear, and is a whole lot easier to pull off than chic wear. But for a die-hard aficionado for all things comfortable and stretchy, the challenge is an embraced one. While we don’t encourage them for all occasions, a few styling tricks can elevate the everyday staple to a more polished look. Here, we show you three amazingly chic outfits you can rock for a day on the run or a casual night out — with the luxury of comfort being your little secret without sacrificing any style at all.
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Often times than not, the quest for originality in designer eyewear can seem to be daunting. Simple tweaks in standard shapes whether it’s oval, wayfarer, and aviator tends to all blend into one at the end of trying on numerous pairs. But what really differentiates one brand from the rest? Los Angeles-based designer Jerome Mage of Jacques Marie Mage eyewear sought out to disrupt the eyewear design game with his latest collection which, “breaks from the banality of retroactive fads and imitative fashion.”
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Quality over quantity comes to mind when it comes to the philosophy behind the Jacques Marie Mage brand. What he does is special and with beyond good intent. The eyewear line results in a micro-produced high quality product, with limited quantity focusing on bringing subtle opulent details to the forefront. From the exquisite crafted Japanese acetate that’s built with a special concealed hinge, custom hardware rivets, gold hardware, and distinctive frame shapes – the luxury brand is worth the splurgy investment that you will be throwing down for it.
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The world of smart wearables has brought fashion and tech in the kind of coupling we are into in our ever connected world today. It sounds futuristic and cool, a commixture of two sleek worlds that once had nothing to do with each other — but speed up to the present and you’ll find they’re now fully aligned. Everything from fashion shopping sites with their own apps to wearables, including smartwatches and fitness trackers, are the advancement of fashion-tech. Even 94 year old fashion accessory icon Iris Apfel, has welcomed tech in her life with a recent collaboration with wearables line Wise Wear.
When approaching the right smart tech jewelry for you, design is the first to consider. It should go without saying that function without design, is just not “fashion-tech.” Second should be what functions are the most important to you. The premise of wearable technology is to get you the information you need, when you need it, without you having to dig for your phone through the black hole that you call your purse.
The best look is a look of engagement people, and not the one where you’re constantly gazing at your phone in the presence of good company. That’s where smart rings come into play. Today we spotlight the super powers of the smart ring, which would seem like a match-made in heaven— but of course not all are created equally.
Tyler, The Creator followed in the footsteps of Kanye West last night when he presented his first fashion show in Los Angeles as part of an event organized by MADE, which explores the intersection between style and music.
Tyler, who is known for his colorful style, offbeat sense of humor, and razor sharp lyrics, made his debut as fashion designer with his line Golf Wang in Los Angeles Last Saturday. “You shouldn’t expect anything because then you’ll be disappointed,” However, expectations ran pretty high among the legions of fans waiting in line for the doors to open. “Tyler is going to walk down the runway with an alligator,” said one. “I heard it’s going to be a cheetah,” countered another. “I’m sure it’s going to be an experience,” said singer Janelle Monáe from an eclectic front row that included former Disney stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse, hip hop artist YG, and model Kendall Jenner. “I’m looking forward to it.”
The heat is on and it’s that time again when those feelings of hating everything in your closet start to reappear. When buying for your summer wardrobe, it’s best to think about what’s airy and easy to throw on. One pieces and dresses are the jam. Throw it on and instant outfit, boom. We’re talking about pieces that can get some major rotation action in your every day styling. On your radar should be a summer sandal, good basic tops for easy pairings, shorts, and skirts to take you in and out of the office. With our list of new summer fresh duds to get, we guarantee a bunch of OOooo’s and ahhh’s and where did you get that from your best girl buds that keeps you the best dressed in the group. Trust.
Father’s day is fast approaching on June 19th, and for some (like me) it’s that dreadful time for us girls to give gifts to that of the opposite sex, especially when it comes to our dads! It’s daunting, and there’s a lot to sift through — whether that’s something techy, barbecue-y, or when it comes to adding a little something special to their personal style. Dads come in all sorts of shapes and personas these days, and there’s some good news to that as there’s a multitude of cool unexpected things that are sure to tickle his fancy. We’ve found cool art books, fun accessories from SSENSE’s epic 70% off sale, as well as some good old gadgety sifts through Brookstone’s.
What can we say about Gucci’s new Cruise 2017 release? Just when we thought creative director, Alessandro Michele couldn’t possibly up the ante on the last successful collection, he just gave it to us and then some. This collection was a hybrid of crazy cat lady with a bit of old school punk Vivienne Westwood circa 1980s. Personal style according to Gucci is similar in the inexplicable extravagance it espouses, which seems to make no sense and so much of it all at once.
Enigmatic creative director Michele, put together a fashion show that was a juxtaposition of texture and color. The nerd-chic and vintage-vibes left attendees awestruck. When describing the Westminster Abby fashion show – a first for the industry, Mary Katrantzou said, “It embarrassingly was her first time ever visiting the Westminster Abby.” Michele had been inspired to hold the show there after having a conversation in the Gucci offices one evening. After achieving this vision, his colleague said he should do it at Buckingham palace, and at this point we wouldn’t be surprised if he is given the opportunity to make that happen in the future.
There are a multitude of apps that blend the world of technology and fashion seamlessly. Another one to step into the ring, is Armarium —a new luxury clothing loan app, will finally allow you to kiss the question, “when will I ever wear this again?” goodbye and makes your rounds in couture, runway and the latest accessories without so much as a worry to what use you need to make of them come midnight. First world probs.
Comprised of an elite team of fashion insiders, Armarium was officially launched in April 2016 through an invite-only mobile app, e-commerce platform and a New York City showroom. The program includes not only the ability to borrow pieces from their expertly curated lineup of couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories, but also, the option of hiring one of a number of professional stylists to assist with your day-of dressing needs. Dubbed the Style Brigade, some of the talent on Armarium’s retainer includes: Meredith Melling, Valerie Boster, Siobhan Bonnouvrier, Karla Martinez de Salas and Shiona Turini. Because Armarium doesn’t just send you clothes—it provides the look, too, if you want it.
Courrèges introduces self-heating outerwear.
The heat is on, literally.
We know we’re on the brink of breaking into summer officially, but we still can’t help thinking what’s next in outerwear. During Paris Fashion week back in March, French fashion house Courrèges kicked it up a notch by introducing three coats with self-heating technology. The three color ways came in black, blush pink, and in a houndstooth pattern. For their sophomore collection for Courrèges, design duo Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer introduced these three tailored winter coats, each with an integrated heating system that’s activated by the push of a button, and can be charged with an iPhone cable, according to The New York Times.
“We started to think about the future of fashion, because design needs to work hand in hand with technology if we want fashion to evolve,” Vaillant told luxury e-comm site SSENSE in an interview. “The way we make clothes needs to evolve if we want more comfort and well-being. This transition is possible if technology responds to our primary needs: well-being and comfort.”