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Fashion

The future is shaped by the community who foster it, and last week I was proud and honoured to be a part of a community dedicated to shaping the future of fashion. I may not be a designer, a fashion house, a tech startup or a VC, but I am a someone who wants to see emerging designers and fashion-tech startups take on this intense and often challenging industry. Last week Startup Fashion Week (SFW) kicked off for the third time and once again I was thrilled to be there. The highly successful five-day event provides a platform for emerging designers and fashion-tech startups to increase visibility through networking events, conferences, and a prestigious runway show. For those who felt a sense of loss when Toronto Fashion Week announced it’s downfall, SFW became not just the remedy but a solution for championing the success of the Canadian fashion (and tech) industry.
The Toronto International Film Festival isn’t just a celebration of film, but an endurance sport that rivals Iron Man and Tough Mudder. If you want a relaxing night of cinematic delight, TIFF isn’t for you. Get your war paint ready, put on those comfy shoes; this film fest is the Mt. Everest of entertainment (but when you survive, it will all be worth it). Whether you're a TIFF marathon champion or festival freshman here’s a list of survival gear to help you make it to the finish line.
Many were left heartbroken by the news of Toronto Fashion Week’s demise last Thursday. But all is not lost. The bi-annual event which highlights the best and most innovative designers, hosts parties galore, and features oh-so-fabulous streets style will hopefully be re-thought, and come back with a vengeance that only Canadians possess. But there is one event that escaped the chopping block in the fashion world, and I was thrilled to see the press release land in my inbox. Startup Fashion Week is back! As the world’s only fashion week to focus on fashion, business, and technology, it is a rare and AMAZING series of events, shows and workshops. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Future of Fashion Runway Showcase, and I was blown away by the designers and the tech startups involved—I am still obsessed with MAISON CYMA.
Having a scientist for a father meant that my childhood was injected with some pretty interesting memories. From electrified potato clocks and Van de Graaf generators to Tesla coils and what I vaguely remember as a nitrogen laser, my childhood may not have been as normal as I had once thought. Looking back on my years as a mad scientist’s assistant, I wish that everyone could experience the rush of seeing lightning shoot across their house or watching a solar eclipse through a pinhole projector. It’s the feeling when every cell in your body is electrified—not literally, well once, but it was an accident—and you behold the magic you have created and unleashed into the world. There is nothing like it. There are many who chase this moment. They are the Makers. They are a community of people; young, old, professional, hobbyist, it really doesn’t matter. Their main objective is to create. If you are looking to join this community, I would suggest checking out Maker Festival in Toronto. It’s a month long celebration from June 15th-July 17. The festival includes the Maker Extravaganza where over 100 makers will come together to show off their creations, and over 80 satellite events across Toronto including workshops, meetups, speakers and hackathons.
The first Monday in May is a sacred night to those who worship the fashion gods, and this year was no different. The MET Gala, which is one of the most coveted fashion events of the year partnered with Apple and injected life into an evening of art. The gala, which marks the grand opening of the annual fashion exhibit celebrated fashion in an age of technology. For me, this red carpet event is more thrilling than the Oscars. It is where attendees can really explore fashion as a form of art, rather than just sporting your every day ballgown (well, who doesn't have an everyday ballgown?). On this carpet, you can push the limits, pull out all the stops, and leave gossip sites saying, "WTF was that?" This year did not disappoint. From over-the-suit droid armour to dresses controlled by computers the carpet was home to designs that went to incredible lengths for their craft.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend... Wait, no! It's Spanx, definitely Spanx. On second thought let's go with wearable tech! (The #FutureIsNow ladies). Over the past year and a half, I have spent more cash on one of these categories (don't worry it's not the elasticated underwear). I have handed over my pennies in favour of technology that promised to help keep track of my hectic and sometimes unhealthy lifestyle. From fitness trackers to wearable cameras a common theme among my growing collection has become apparent--plastic, plastic, and more plastic. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with plastic but now and again I feel like my wearables look like yet another accessory for Mattel's material girl. Then something miraculous happened--well maybe not miraculous--but it was finally a step in the right direction... WiseWear! The smart bracelet, dubbed Socialite, was introduced as an alternative to that sweaty piece of rubber that many of us sport around our wrist. The luxurious wearable is more than a step counter and security device; it is downright delectable. Finally, a device that's practical and posh, perfect for anyone who likes a little function with their fashion.
It's more than just fun new gadgets and a haven for nerds, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a peek into the future. In 1970, the VCR debuted and changed the way we watched television. It allowed viewers to time-shift their content, record it and watch it later. When 1996 rolled around the DVD shook the market once again. Every year we are invited to check out the next batch of innovative ideas that could impact how we go about our everyday lives. This year there were over 700 wearables on the showroom floor, proving that wearable technology is the future (whether you like it or not). Virtual reality also continued to be a large part of the event, but I have chosen to save that for another day--I have a couple of playdates set up with a variety of HMDs (head mounted displays) coming up! From major players like Intel and Samsung to a surge of startups showing off prototypes, CES 2016 had innovative tech that had people talking. Check out some of my favourite gadgets and devices from this year's consumer electronics show.
Christmas is right around the corner, and I can already taste the excessive amount of food and drink that I will be consuming. But before I'm able to get eyeball deep in turkey I've got to finishing my holiday shopping. Yes, I have left it to the last minute. Yes, I do this every year. So here is my gift to you, Wet Haute Tech's Ultimate Gift Guide for 2015. It's a curated collection of gifts for everyone on your list. I hope this helps you finish (or start) your holiday shopping.
From ring cameras to bagpipe flamethrowers the gadgets of James Bond have always been something of pure fantasy. But with today’s fast moving technology and the wearable tech boom, Q’s gadgets seem to be finding their way into our everyday lives. Maybe not the bagpipe flamethrower, but hey, a girl can dream. If you are anything like me, you fantasize about the day you will have your very own Q, who can supply you with the best toys tech can offer. I don’t know if that day will ever come, so I have taken to just hanging out at Best Buy on weekends. So to help you on your journey of reaching '00' status I have highlighted gadgets you should consider grabbing if you are serious about your spy career (or if you just want to play with some fun tech).
For many it can seem impossible but self love is one of the most important relationships you will have in your life.  It’s not an affair or a one night stand, but something you will always have to work on (unless you’re Kanye, he loves himself, and probably a little too much). If you are in need of a reminder to accept your weirdness or to adore your curves I have a couple of suggestions for you. In the absence of Kanye teaching Learn to  Love Thyself workshops there are other avenues that you can try. I have never been one for affirmations, but according to a recent article in Wired, Serena Williams has found them quite useful. Now, I suggest these on the basis that they help trigger positivity and not that you will gain the ability to win Wimbledon. Although, if you do win, I expect you to credit this blog post! Now, rather than stuffing scrolls that resemble inspiring fortune cookies into your pockets I recommend checking out the 30 Days Self Love app. By using the app you are committing to telling yourself  “I love you” daily, out loud, and on video. You can choose to share your videos or keep them private. This has worked for many, so it might just work for you—let me know if you try it out.