Fashion & Technology

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The wearable tech market is new but is expected to become a billion dollar industry. Tech companies are teaming with fashion designers to create wearable tech clothing. See here

The Navigate Jacket and its companion app (photo: Wearable Experiments)

The Navigate Jacket is a urban high-tech garment . It uses integrated LED lighting and haptic feedback to help users find their destination. The companion app stores locations and uploads the directions to the jacket with a built in GPS. The directions are then visualized via lights on the sleeves (indicating distance to the next turn and current stage of the journey) as well as through vibrations tailored into the fabric that alert users when to turn and in which direction.

 

 

eBay has teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to create a bracelet that will charge your iPhone 4/4S and transfer data from one device to another. The online retail giant has enlisted the talents of five designers: Mara Hoffman, Michael Bastian, Milly, Rachel Zoe and Shipley & Halmos.

Each bracelet also comes with an Apple adapter for the iPhone 5 and is compatible with iPods, Android smartphones and BlackBerry devices that use a micro USB connector. While it might seem pretty similar in nature to the upcoming iWatch, there are no official connections. eBay-CFDA-fasionable-wearable-tech-2

 

 

Google’s Mystery Barge Has New Home

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Google has little to say about the barge. The barge was ordered to move from San Francisco. Its new home is now located in the California Delta (Stockton). the speculation goes on with reports such that the vessel might be turned into a party boat where Google executives could schmooze with government leaders and important customers. Others theorized the barge would be a floating data center to help run Google services — a concept the company has patented. Google seems to be having fun with all the speculation. Who knows they may have it floating to keep the guessing game going.

Black Fashion Designers The Best of The Best

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   He designs shoes

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    She Designs Clothing

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   He designs clothing & millinery

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Jeffrey Banks was a go-getter from a young age, working in the top ranks of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein before establishing his own namesake firm in 1978 at the age of 25. Banks brought a masculine element of glamor from the ’20s and ’30s of Hollywood to his contemporary clothing.

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   The twin are known for their bags

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       Dresses & Outerwear

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  Received The Coty Award 

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Scott Barrie was one of the first designers to represent African-Americans on the international fashion platform.

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  Menswear Designer known for Her Bomber jackets

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  Men & Women’s Wear

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    Menswear

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   Ready To Wear & Haute Couture

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   Sportswear

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   Urbanwear

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      Shoes

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     Mens Suits

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Harajuku In Japan

 

In Harajuku,  Tokyo  fashion walks are common. They dress up suck lollipops and pose walk and maybe a little baby talk.

Harajuku has become world famous as Japan’s center of street fashion. This square mile area is jam-packed with boutiques, fashion malls and chains. Every single day of the year, tens of thousands of people come here to shop, hang out, and see what the latest trends are. The area was originally a small village inhabited by low level samurai. Harajuku’s start as a center of fashion and youth culture came after WWII. US Army barracks, called Washington Heights, were built here. Shops that catered to the military families followed. This attracted young people curious about Western culture.

In 1978, the Laforet fashion mall was opened. It quickly became Harajuku’s main attraction. Harajuku had now become the place for fashion businesses to be. It changed from being a place, into being a concept. Harajuku stood for energy, change, newness. Trends come and go at quickly in Harajuku. Decora, Goth-Loli, Cyber-Punk, Mori Girl, the list is endless.

Harajuku fashion photos

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Books Soon Becoming Movies

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

  Everything is perfect; diseases have been eradicated, everyone is equal, and society is under control. Each person is assigned a position by the Community, and 12-year-old Jonas has been picked as the “Receiver of Memories.” Only “The Giver” knows the truth of the past, and he must now pass that information down to Jonas. This book has often been described as the first YA dystopian novel (in correlation with the current trend) and it shows that a utopian society has its downsides, like a lack of personal freedom. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep make this a highly anticipated movie, and there’s Taylor Swift.

 

 

 The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

 Based on a true WWII story, museum curators, art historians, and others, collectively called the Monuments Men, risked their lives to save pieces of art that the Nazis planned to destroy. This book is a fascinating story about a rare WWII topic and shows how important it is to cherish artwork. As for the movie, the film features a kick-ass cast and it will be exciting to see everything unfold on the big screen.

 

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What it’s about: In a dystopian Chicago, society is split into five factions based on personality type (Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Candor). When Tris Prior finds out she doesn’t quite fit into any one faction, she’s declared Divergent, a dangerous revelation she must keep secret in order to survive. Once the Choosing Ceremony begins, Tris must decide to either join her family or follow her own path. 

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  It’s Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary when Amy mysteriously disappears. Nick is oddly evasive and evidence is slowly going against him, but did he really kill his wife? Gillian Flynn’s novel is packed with suspense, twists, and plenty of emotions. 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This true story follows Louis Zamperini, a track star from the ’30s and a participant in the Berlin Olympics. Zamperini became an airman in WWII and in May of 1943, his plane went down, leaving him adrift in the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a raft. Facing starvation, dangerous waters, and a situation in which he is taken prisoner by Japanese forces. The film is directed by Angelina Jolie.

Serena by Ron Rash

 

 The book is a thrilling story about newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton on their journey to create a timber empire and ruthlessly kill all who fall out of favor. George fathered an illegitimate child, and when Serena discovers that she cannot bear children, she sets out to kill the son George fathered without her.

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

What it’s about: Libby Day was 7 when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in an event known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She testified that the person responsible for the cruel acts was in fact her 15-year-old brother, Ben. Fast-forward about 25 years and Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with solving notorious crimes. They believe Ben was wrongly accused, and she is eventually sucked into the investigation to uncover the twisted truth. Christina Hendricks plays Charlize Theron’s mom.

 This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

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What it’s about: Judd Foxman’s father just died, and on top of that, his wife Jen had an affair with his boss, which recently became painfully public. Judd is forced to sit Shiva and spend seven days and nights with the dysfunctional Foxman clan, facing confrontation and dealing with old grudges. The book is hilarious and the movie features Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he remembers is his name. His memory is blank, and he’s surrounded by a group of boys in a place called the Glade, a large space entrapped by tall, stone walls. Every 30 days another boy is delivered, but when a girl named Teresa appears in the lift the next morning, her presence is almost as unexpected as the message she delivers. Once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. 

 The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

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 What it’s about: When tragedy pushes Hassan and his family out of India, they eat their way around the world, settling in Lumière, a small town in the French Alps. The family opens an Indian restaurant that becomes wildly popular among the residents, infuriating their French rival Madame Mallory. After she wages a culinary war with the family, Mallory finally agrees to mentor Hassan, leading him to Paris and the launch of his own restaurant. Also produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

Intel Teaming Up With Fashion Designers

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Intel Corp. disclosed that it is teaming with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony around the wearable tech field. The project will launch with a collaboration between Intel and Opening Ceremony: a smart bracelet designed by the influential downtown retailer that will be available at Barneys. 

Yahoo To Drop omg Brand

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Yahoo is dropping “omg!” as the name of its celebrity-news site — the company’s biggest entertainment property and one of the Internet’s top destinations — replacing the Valley-speak-tinged name with “Yahoo Celebrity” in an apparent bid to widen the audience.

The change also means that CBS TV Distribution’s entertainment newsmagazine “omg! Insider,” which had teamed with Yahoo to coordinate their celebrity coverage one year ago, will return to its original name, “The Insider.” The name changes will take effect on Monday, Jan. 6.

Yahoo omg! had 32.4 million unique monthly visitors in November 2013, down from 36.2 million in June, according to comScore. Still, that means the site for November had a broader reach than Gawker Media, Disney Online and Condé Nast Digital.

Though CBS Television Distribution’s “The Insider” will return to its original brand name, the newsmag will continue to team with Yahoo for celeb news, Variety has confirmed. “Insider” initially blended the “omg!” brand into coverage in a bid to distinguish its program in a sea of competitor newsmags, including sibling show “E.T.” But the syndie series failed to see a true lift in ratings after the “omg!” rebranding.

Yahoo downplayed the decision to drop “omg!” as a straightforward rebrand. “It’s just a name change — there’s nothing changing about the site,” a rep for the Internet company said. The partnership with CBS Television Distribution remains unchanged, she added.

Yahoo simply wanted to make the name “more reflective of the content on the website,” the rep said. According to Yahoo, the decision was made by a team and not a single exec. The Internet media company launched omg! in June 2007.

Fashion’s Favorite Retailers 2013

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Nordstrom Inc. maintained its rank as the nation’s favorite fashion retailer followed by  Kohl’s Corp. and Macy’s Inc. trailing behind in second and third. The famous department store received top grades in a survey made by 6,821 U.S. and Canadian consumers with categories including in-store experience, return policy, and customer service. It also ranked fourth for its loyalty program and fifth for its merchandise selection. 

 J.C. Penney and TJ Maxx both moved up to fourth and fifth ranks, since the last study in March. Old Navy moved up two notches to sixth, Marshalls five spots to seventh and Walmart Stores Inc. to eighth. Ross Stores Inc. and Target Corp. remained in the same ninth and 10th slots.

The responses to the study are strictly based on consumer preferences and unrelated to financial performances of the retailers.

 

The Return By Karl Lagerfeld Featuring Geraldine Chaplin


December 1953, Coco Chanel began her incredible return to center stage. The designer reopens her Haute Couture house after fifteen years of absence. The collection is welcomed by the French press with an icy silence. Only the American media supports the looks that define the rebirth of Chanel’s style. “The Return” retraces this determining period, that shaped the legend of the designer of rue Cambon forever.

“The Return,” imagined, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld, features Geraldine Chaplin in the role of Gabrielle Chanel, Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arielle Dombasle, Kati Nescher, Vincent Darré and Sam McKnight.

Color For The Year 2014

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In a press release Pantone said the color of the year for 2014 will be a shade of particularly vibrant violet dubbed “radiant orchid” — following 2013’s hallmark hue, which was emerald, taking over from 2012’s “tangerine tango.”  Pantone describes the bold tone as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.” Generations of artists certainly agree — depictions of purple orchids abound in art history, from Barbara Hepworth’s “Orchid”  and Paul Wonner’s “‘Dutch’ Still Life with Orchids, Postcard View of Paris, and ‘Death of Marat’” 1983, to Martin Johnson Heade’s “Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds” 1871, at bottom

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(Top image: Barbara Hepworth, “Orchid,” 1970. Tate. © Bowness, Hepworth Estate. Second image: Paul Wonner, “‘Dutch’ Still Life with Orchids, Postcard View of Paris, and “Death of Marat,’” 1983. George A. Hearn Fund, 1983, Metropolitan Museum. Third image: Martin Johnson Heade, “Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds,” 1871. Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, National Gallery of Art.)

Pantone Color Of The Year 2014

Google & Apple Battle

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Google says it will beat Apple in the race to turn the smartphone and other devices into intelligent, voice-controlled personal assistants.

The rival technology giants are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in their competing services, Google Now and Siri, and the field is expected to be a major battleground for their mobile operating systems, Android and iOS.

Both Conglomerates have teams of engineers working to crack the problems of making machines understand complex spoken questions and answer them in natural sentences. Google’s goal is to create a service comparable to the computer of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek. 

Google Now aims to anticipate what people will want from their smartphone by reading their calendar and emails, and analysing their location. On an overseas trip it will serve up flight information based on booking confirmation emails.

Google Glass, the company’s wearable device, is among the first of a new generation of mobile technology it hopes will get people to talk to its services. Google Now will also target smart watches, cars and the living room, allowing people to ask the television questions.

Apple has apparently recognised Google’s advantage. This month it paid a huge sum to acquire Topsy, a start-up focused on finding patterns in the 500m tweets posted on Twitter every day.