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Fashion Tech Tag

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.
I used to think wearable cameras were only for ripped Australian surfers trying to capture the view from their board, but it turns out there is more to these devices than dudes from down under! GoPros are incredible cameras and can generally take a beating (although I don't suggest testing their limits), but last year at a We Are Wearables event I was introduced to a different type of wearable camera, with a very different purpose in mind. What if you could capture your everyday? Not your trek up Everest or a dive with great whites, but the moments that make up your life. Wearable cameras--like Narrative, MeCam, and iOn--are great tools that allow you to take people on a journey through a unique perspective. As a content creator, I jumped at the chance to film content that could capture real moments. I bought a couple of different cameras and strapped them to friends, family, and even co-workers in an attempt to become the next Scorsese. The footage I was returned was a mixture of epic and utterly nauseating! So, to help you out on your journey I have highlighted five things I wish I'd known about wearable cameras.
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.
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.