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Virtual Dressing Room Store In Japan

This micro pop-up store is just 7 meters (about 23ft) in size but you can try on a multitude of outfits and share pictures of yourself in your new virtual duds on social networks. Urban Research, a fast-growing and popular fashion, home and lifestyle retailer, launched an experiment in Tokyo’s Parco Ikebukuro  called ‘Wearable Clothing by Urban Research.

 pic: Fashion Snap

Customers to simply stand in front of one of two 60-inch screens, select clothing items they want to try on and see themselves dressed in the products within seconds. Customers’ movements are represented fluidly on the screen in 3D. Customers can also use an integrated iPad to take pictures of themselves and share them with friends on social networks or add the item to your basket and use the QR code it prints to access the brand’s online store and complete your purchase of the item.

pic: Ryutsuu

Urban Research plans to install six virtual fitting room vendors in 2014 and to have around 100 units in operation by 2020, including overseas.


H/T: BOF, Japan Trends


Pharrell Williams & G-Star Creates Jeans From Ocean Trash (video)

Are we seeing a trend here? Musicians partnering with companies to create up-cycled and re-purposed goods for the good of the environment. On Monday we just posted about and his 3-D printer that makes products from plastic bottles. And today we have Pharrell and his ocean trash denim line, G-Star Raw For The Oceans. Check it out...

RAW FOR THE OCEANS is a G-Star collaboration with Bionic Yarn, owned by Pharrell Williams, and the Vortex Project. Together we will make a sustainable collection from recycled ocean plastic.


Trending: More Butterflies, Now In Luxury Fashion

In the past several months, we have posted about a global art collaboration using butterflies as well as an artist who uses butterflies in street art. Now we're seeing butterflies in luxury fashion. There is something to the butterfly effect, it seems to be spreading! 

Italian fashion brand Valentino is blending butterflies together to create a brand new camouflage.The “Camubutterfly” line is part of the pre-fall 2014 collection and features multi-colored butterflies printed on clothing, handbags and shoes.

 H/T: Luxury Daily 


Gaze Activated Dresses (video)

Designed by Ying Gao, these dresses made of photoluminescent thread and eye tracking technology is activated by spectators' gaze. A photograph is said to be “spoiled” by blinking eyes – here however, the concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro (clarity/obscurity) is achieved through an unfixed gaze.

(no)where(now)here : 2 gaze-activated dresses by ying gao from ying gao on Vimeo.


Chromosonic: Color Changing Fabric Responds to Sound (video)

Budapest based textile designer, Judit Eszter Karpati decided to try an experiment that would bring digital technology to textile design. She says, "My main interest in textile design is the dynamically changing surfaces, structures, integrating interactive technologies into textiles. In my works I’m looking for new ways of interaction between human and textile." Her creations can change the fashion world forever! 

Chromosonic is a fabric that can change its color based on its surroundings by using the Arduino open-source platform. The textile is first covered in silkscreen, then a special dye is applied that changes with temperature. Wires have been woven into the fabric and they heated up by sound- causing the fabric to change color. 


Expanding Our Minds...One Knot At A Time

Sometimes we are taught things at an early age and they become a part of our daily routine with little thought. Even the most innovative or creative person has certain things that are often left as is. For example, how do you tie your shoes? How long have you been doing it the same way? Are you a sock, sock, shoe, shoe person or a sock, shoe, sock, shoe? 

How do you tie your necktie? The Windsor or the Half Windsor are the two most-used necktie knots, pretty much the standard and chances are, you are taught how to do it once, then forever continue to use the exact same method for the remainder of your life. But what if you learned that there are a lot more creative ways to knot that tie?

It began in 1999 when two mathematicians, Thomas Yink and Yong Mao, examined the actions involved in tying a necktie and calculated that there were 85 different ways to do so. However more recently, mathematician Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a small team of mathematicians has trumped their research realizing they had left out some possibilities. They have found that there are actually 177,147 ways to tie a necktie. I wish there was an image for each one of these ties, but their research report is more mathematical equations and computations than visual. 

But this brings me to think... as you go about your day, think about the other possibilities that are looming behind the seemingly mundane everyday tasks. You just might discover that creativity lives all around us. There could be a new innovation or invention in your future. 

(By the way, the image above is The Eldride necktie knot.)




Brandalism: The Influence of Graffiti in Fashion

Portland based design, Antonio Brasko, has created a unique project called Brandalism. Brandalism is a study on the influence of street art and graffiti in the fashion world. Through the use of brand marks, iconic colors, and spray cans, Brandalism seeks to reintroduce the ideology of vandalism, branding and fashion from an experimental design perspective. These are available as photographic prints on canvas or limited edition, signed spray cans. 

To see the whole collection, please visit The Seventh Letter


Say It With Designer Emoticons

Emoticons, emojis, those fun little quirky graphics are all a great way of adding some oomph to a text or a post. Now, you can say it with Karl. Karl Lagerfeld's most recent collection isn't on a runway, but on an app called emotiKARL. He has created a set of black and white emoticons that, well, really represent him.  

Or choose to say it with Harper's Bazaar

I think we're definitely on to something. Everyone loves to text and use emoticons! We'll keep an eye out for the next designer launch.