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When side by side, the words fashion and technology oft conjure images of barely wearable ensembles destined for Lady Gaga. But at the Museum at FIT’s latest exhibition, Fashion and Technology, which opened yesterday, co-curators Ariele Elia and Emma McClendon reveal that technology is a crucial part of our ordinary wares. Spanning 250 years of innovation, the show covers such everyday inventions as the washing machine, rayon, and the zipper. But that’s not to say it’s without sci-fi novelties. For instance, there are jazzy space race-era looks by the likes of Pierre Cardin and Emilio Pucci. Also on display are garments by André Courrèges, who, convinced that space would soon become a hot holiday destination, developed an entire intergalactic wardrobe, complete with a sleek PVC helmet and moon boots.
However, as Diane von Furstenberg notes in a video playing at the exhibition, “Things we thought would be sci-fi exist.” Case in point, von Furstenberg’s Spring ’13 collaboration with Google Glass. Of course, she’s not the only Internet-savvy designer. In 1996, Jean Paul Gaultier created a cyberspace-inspired jumpsuit (pictured above). And don’t even get us started on social media’s fashion influence. Remember the frenzy Burberry caused when it released its Spring ’12 collection on Twitter before it hit the runway?
Perhaps most high-tech is the exhibition’s tiny LilyPad Arduino circuit board, which, when sewn into clothing, is pretty much a wearable computer. “You first see things like wearable electronics in places like athletic wear and the military,” said McClendon, explaining that it’s only later that most designers realize tech-fashion’s artistic potential. A cutting-edge innovation that may take a little longer to catch on? Clothing “grown” from bacteria. Not sure if we’re ready for a “BioCouture” top just yet.
Fashion and Technology is on display at the Museum at FIT from December 4 to May 8.
“I’m kind of in love with it.” Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas was in New York yesterday, prepping the label’s new flagship at 855 Madison Avenue for its first shoppers, and he couldn’t hide his enthusiasm. The corner store, up the block from Tom Ford and across the street from Céline, was designed by the French architect Joseph Dirand, a man whose aesthetic is so in tune with Dundas’ own, he says, “I want him to do my flat.” But first things first: There’s a store in Shanghai to open at the end of this month, and others in the works, plus overhauls of the company’s 50 existing stores. “This is the first time the Pucci girl has a home,” Dundas explains. “It corresponds with the show, the showroom, the collection; it’s a reflection of the woman, and that is brand new.”
The boutique mimics Dundas’ successful approach to rebranding the heritage label—by playing with and breaking the rules. As with the clothes, there are reminders of Emilio’s trademark swirling and geometric prints, but they are modern interpretations, subtly done. Evoking the house’s famous Florentine palazzo, the terrazzo floor was laid in a graphic Pucci pattern that’s also echoed in the labyrinthine layout of the store’s rooms. Cabinets are made from unpolished purple-veined Breccia di Medici marble. “I think we depleted the stock for the moment,” Dundas joked. The marble’s colors informed the shop: the lilac couch that sits atop an aubergine silk carpet, the walls that are painted rich shades of cream and gray, and the changing rooms lined in pink velvet. The feminine, boudoir-ish feel is intentional, says Dundas. “I wanted it to feel like a place my girls would like to hang out.” His muse Amber Valletta is hanging out in the store windows, or at least larger-than-life-size artist’s renditions of her eye and lips are. The window display is more whimsical than Dundas’ Pucci is perhaps known for. Inside, though, the clothes give off serious heat. Just like Dundas and his girls like it.
Anya Ziourova has a killer sense of style. Case in point? The print-on-print outfit that Tommy Ton caught her sporting during Paris Couture week. Everything about this outfit, from the Russian editor’s embellished Emilio Pucci jacket to her crystal-encrusted Azzedine Alaïa heels, further proves that she knows the ins and outs of fashion-forward dressing. It’s hard to resist the desire to copy Ziourova’s look, so we’ve rounded up the essentials and now it’s up to you to take the reins.
From top left to right: Theyskens’ Theory tee, $100, available at www.shopbop.com; Gryphon Elle jacket, $595, available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com; Current/Elliott jeans, $188, available at www.revolveclothing.com; Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, $1,495, available at www.net-a-porter.com; Kotur clutch, $650, available at www.neimanmarcus.com.
Yves Saint Laurent first introduced his safari jacket in 1968, and since then, it’s become a classic that designers continue to reference season after season. For Resort, Altuzarra, Emilio Pucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo have all given the rugged staple an urban update. Others, including Derek Lam and Rebecca Minkoff, showed sportier versions cut from denim and ripstop fabric. Based on the utility jackets we’ve seen on street-style stars like Candice Lake and Ece Sukan, we’re betting on the safari topper as this summer’s layering answer to last year’s ubiquitous jean jacket.
After several seasons of stacking contrasting hues one atop another, designers are simplfying things for Fall with monochromatic looks in a Crayola box assortment of shades. Working with a uniform palette plays up subtle differences in texture and fabric. Alexander Wang, for example, hit on this season’s must-have color with a head-to-toe burgundy outfit that mixed slick quilted patent with distressed leather and nappy suede, while Olivier Rousteing and Peter Dundas brought velvet and fur into the picture, respectively, at Balmain and Emilio Pucci. As for the tonal trend’s street cred, most New Yorkers (and Paris Vogue editors, for that matter) are already well versed in the advantages of wearing head-to-toe black. But more adventurous dressers are embracing vibrant tones. See: Hanne Gaby Odiele (who else?) in her mint Acne cable-knit sweater and cropped pants, and another stylish gal who matched her bright red coat to her fiery tresses—or perhaps dyed her hair for the occasion.
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