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Wearable technology – fashion couture?

When you think of fashion you typically envisage that dreamlike Dior dress or coveted Mulberry handbag, but fashion does not centralise around standard fabric anymore. No, with the development of technology it has grown and established itself in an entirely different market: that of wearable technology.

Making its mark on the London Fashion Week catwalk during Richard Nicoll’s show, wearable technology was thrust in to the spotlight and soon found sanctuary within the discussions of fashionistas and they fashion bible magazines alike.

Typically the technology and fashion industry could not be more dissimilar: with the fashionable elite and their high price tag garments, in stark comparison to the technology industry that typically are thought to be a far more casual and almost ‘wacky’ bunch.

But no longer are the two industries so far separated, nor dissimilar to each other. The combination of both technology and fashion means that there is now the possibility for one item to truly transition between seasons and years. For example, one brand has sought to launch a set of high heels that feature LED lighting and through a mobile app the colour of these lights can be adjusted to suit. No longer do you need to buy a pair of heels for every outfit, now just one pair can do the same job as 5 or 6!

For those of you who watched the previous season of The Apprentice you may also have seen the wearable task, where one of the items produced was a jacket that used solar panels to power light panels and chargers for your mobile phone. Whilst their prototype wasn’t the greastest piece of fashion yet, it did somewhat suggest and show just what is possible with wearable technology and where it could possibly take fashion in the future.

Whilst the motto fashion over function has long resonated true, it may now be that the two can seamlessly combine and offer the best of both worlds!

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