Our wearable tech, fashion tech (including smart textiles, wearables and soft robotics) and smart cities future is something I spend a great deal of time thinking about. How will fashion designers influence the wearable tech sector?
How much power does one dress have? Image credit Justin Lambert The dress - a symbol of woman - oppression, femininity, frivolity
Farid Bin Karim is the first student to graduate from the MSc Wearable Futures degree and has created a body of written work entitled "Couturier and the Art of Survival: a Technologist's Guide". This work is the result of Farid's ambitious attempt to explore the appetite within the 'closed-shop' of couture for current and future technologies.
The industry is changing, slowly, and at last consumers are starting to demand change - especially through glorious campaigns like #FashRev and #WhoMadeYourClothes. Really the only way to change the big bad industry is to talk through our purses. If we all start to consume more ethically, and less, then big businesses will have to take notice.
With the end of Fair Fashion Month, our ethical fashion campaign with Fairphone came the judging for A Sustainable World 2016 - our annual Art competition which attracts applicants from across the world. I was honoured to be joined on the judging panel by my current collaborator from across the pond, renowned vegan artist Dana Ellyn, and London's King of conceptual art Duggie Fields.
With flamboyant designs from Maison Martin Margiela to Jean Paul Gaultier's gothic collection and Dior's white gowns, the most respected couture houses in the business once again pulled out all the stops, expertly hand-crafting every intricate detail for a truly spectacular haute couture week.
I am so fortunate to love the work that I do. And, sometimes, it is possible to improve the lives of others through my work. Do let me tell you about some of my recent projects...
Valentino Garavani, known to most simply as 'Valentino', is one of the world's last great living couturiers. The legendary fashion designer has dressed everyone from Jackie Onassis to Princess Marie Chantal of Greece and Julia Roberts.
The ethos of Joseph's work harks back to a period before celebrity as we know it. Before the cover star of Vogue was a talking point in itself, the magazine covers were illustrated - no faces, famous or otherwise, graced the front page.
London's Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) is marking the unveiling of its refurbished fashion galleries on 19 May with the exhibition 'Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950'.
There was one piece in particular that set my heart beating: it was an exquisite diamond and white gold lace cuff, set with 1409 white diamonds - 30.58 carats in total. The price was RR 7 million. I will have to ask Arkady when he's in a good mood!
Economic forecasts might be on the gloomy side right now but couture is booming. Despite eye-watering price tags - not that
In around October, I, like most women, get excited about my winter boot purchase, my new Marc Jacobs coat, the gloves, hats and even ear muffs I am going to get to drape all over myself. Unlike most of you though I also go to my garage and get out my car's 'winter shoes'.
Another season, another round of hand-crafted, high-octane haute couture to feast your eyes on - and the spring 2012 shows
If there's one lady who has been stealing the limelight at couture in Paris this week, it's Cameron Diaz.
The world's most famous fashion editors, supermodels and movie stars flocked to Paris yesterday afternoon which could only
Jessica Chastain and Cameron Diaz, who appears to have cleared her entire diary for the couture shows in Paris this week
Imagine that Lady Gaga or Daphne Guinness or Anna Dello Russo played football, this would be EXACTLY the shoes that they
Jessica Chastain spent the last twelve months exploding onto our radars with an array of fabulous fashion and even more fabulous
At last night's Golden Globes we saw Hollywood glamour at its best, and guess what? There wasn't a fake strip lash, tattooed brow or hair extension in sight. Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman all chose to play down their classic coutures and enhance their natural beauty with nude make up, healthy skin and tousled shiny locks.