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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.
It’s a bird; it’s a plane, nope… It’s a drone! Over the past couple of years, our skies have been infiltrated by crafty little quadcopters. From Amazon testing out their delivery drones to creepy neighbours who hover outside your windows, these futuristic flying machines have taken to the sky. I was first introduced to drones when a friend showed me a racing video on YouTube, and I was instantly hooked. Since watching that video, I have managed to (almost) total two aircrafts. There is a lot to be desired when it comes to my flying skills. However, this does not stop me from enjoying others take flight—I mean, did you watch the Dubai World Racing!? In the future, I hope to be able to handle the hot hot quadcopter heat. In the meantime—while I work on my flight skills—here are some weird and wacky drones. If you can think of a way to use a drone, I guarantee someone has tried it out (or is planning to).
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.
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.
If you are anything like me, you have been holding on to Summer and cursing the day you see the first snowflake. Well, turns out I started cursing early (swearing like a sailor)! I have been forced out of my gladiator sandals and into something a little warmer. Forget feeling the sand between my toes it's all about the leaves now--just to be clear I am not running barefoot through the leaves. So I shall update my wardrobe and accept that it's time to layer up. This Fall I've decided to not only update my wardrobe but boost its functionality. Wearable tech is the hottest trend this season (and for the seasons ahead). So if you haven't checked out fashion tech before this is the time to do it. Here are some of my favourite stylish wearables for Fall.
It was believed that fashion and technology were industry opposites, but last week that thought wouldn’t have crossed your mind. Startup Fashion Week hit Toronto with Canadian designers and startups that prove that the fashion industry is changing. It takes a community to run a business in this industry, and this week-long program provides conferences, workshops, runway showcases, and guidance to help connect and accelerate entrepreneurs. No longer is the industry limited to the designers and their stylists, fashion tech startups are exploding onto the scene. After all the guest speakers and networking had completed it was time to go out with a bang. This exciting week of exhausting and exhilarating events concluded with the Future of Fashion Runway Showcase and closing party. This highly coveted affair featured a runway packed with fashion and tech, and the evening was--of course--coated in cocktails. Before the models hit the catwalk guests were invited to chat with some of the designers who were featured in the show. So with a Fireball Whisky cocktail in hand I fell in love with some new designs and tech toys! My first stop was with the Telus booth that was featuring the new Moto 360 2 smartwatch. Now as an avid Apple fan and a devoted cult follower of all things Mac I wasn’t sure why I even went over but I did (I blame the cocktails). Instead of shaking my head in disgust at my beloved Apple’s competitor my heart skipped a beat. These smartwatches fit on my wrist perfectly; it was like I was Cinderella and Moto was my glass slipper (not sure about the Prince Charming, but he was a really nice Telus Ambassador). As someone who has creepy childlike wrists, it was nice to see a watch that wasn’t overwhelming and bulky. The interface looked great, and all the features were there. It slightly hurts me to say this, but the smartwatch point goes to Motorola (for now). Have I added this to my Christmas list? You betcha! [caption id="attachment_170" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Moto 360 2 smartwatch Moto 360 2 smartwatch[/caption]