London Fashion Week: Innovative Wearable Technology Trends
As the biggest names in fashion converge in London for fashion week, we’ve got our eyes on the runway for the latest in wearable tech. With self-tying trainers, LED-adaptable jewellery, and the debut of the world’s first belt-with-an-app, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for wearable technology. But what will appear on the catwalk?
SCOTLAND CAN DEFINITELY ADD “WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY” TO ITS LIST OF INVENTIONS
The idea of wearable tech isn’t a new concept. You probably won’t be surprised to find (or think that it’s a massive leap for us to suggest) that it started in our homeland of Scotland, with the invention of the kilt. Yes. It did. Waterproof and fire-resistant, this most fashionable item of menswear also protected wearers from the harsh Scottish weather by transforming into a shelter.
It was in the 1920s, however, where people legitimately started to combine tech products and garments. Pictures have surfaced of a young man - apparently called H. Day - wearing headphones with his radio attached to the inside of his top hat. Suave and savvy!
WORKING TOGETHER, HAND IN ROBOTIC HAND
Flash forward and the relationship between fashion and technology has come on a long way. The marriage of these two industries allows for infinite possibilities. In fact, wearable tech has become more prevalent at London, New York, and Parish Fashion Weeks – with whole shows solely dedicated to the category.
Previous years have seen models walking the runway with visual projections showcasing their stress levels on the wall beside them, via biofeedback being sent from fashion accessories. Chanel even had two robot-dressed models to open a show, before showcasing their flashing LED handbags.
Chanel models - Credit:© EPA
But wearable tech isn’t all about flashing lights and biometric data. Fashion-led inventions inspired by NASA technology are now hitting stores. Oros Apparel has taken NASA’s 1930’s invention Aerogel – which is used to insulate space shuttles - and created a breakthrough material called SOLARCORE. Not only is it one of the lightest solids on earth, it’s also an unrivalled insulator, which makes it great for winter-wear.
We’re not sure what to expect on the runway this year, but with the advent of 3D printing, we’re anticipating big things. The potential to blend and create different textiles is exciting and will bring tech to the forefront of the fashion industry – and we cannot wait to see what the future of tech-fashion holds!
London Fashion week kicked off yesterday and finishes up on Tuesday.