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August 1 2014

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Fashion Over Function: Why Wearable Tech Is the Worst

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Google GlassNews broke yesterday morning that Google has enlisted Luxottica—the company that crafts eyewear for such brands as Prada, Ray-Ban, Chanel, Versace, and beyond—to make Google Glass less hideous. That’s all good and fine—at least the Internet giant is placing an appropriate amount of importance on aesthetics. But I have to be honest: I am deeply tired of hearing about, writing about, and thinking about wearable tech. I have no desire to be hooked up to a device all day. The nonstop e-mail-induced vibrating of my iPhone already gives me heart palpitations, and I don’t need my rings, bracelets, and specs incessantly nagging me, too.

Considering Apple’s recent hires—Saint Laurent’s former CEO of special projects Paul Deneve and Burberry’s former CEO Angela Ahrendts—and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s partnership with Intel, wearable tech is no doubt about to explode. And it has the potential to generate big business among Millennials who are lost without their tablets, smartphones, and various other gadgets. I’m just not interested in participating in this particular big bang.

That’s not to say that wearable tech isn’t impressive from, well, you know, a tech standpoint. I find it mind-boggling that a Nike Fuel Band has the capacity to track your steps and calories burned, and then spit that information out into the World Wide Web. However, I’m unsure why the world (or the NSA, for that matter) needs to know your, or my, workout routine. Nor do I enjoy being bombarded on Facebook by everyone’s “humble brags” about how many miles they ran today. I’ve unfriended people for less. But I digress.

As someone who has dedicated my life to fashion, I refuse to compromise on the appearance of a garment or accessory. I’d much prefer to spend my wages on a decadent pair of low-tech vintage sunnies than on a mediocre style with Wi-Fi.

Furthermore, when is enough tech enough? Despite the fact that it doubles as my career, fashion is my escape—and I think a lot of people feel that way. When I slip on a new dress or place my favorite hat upon my head, I get butterflies in my stomach. All my troubles dissolve (if only for an instant), and it’s as though I’ve been transported to my own personal sartorial oasis. Why on earth would I trade in those moments of bliss for a flashing frock with 4G capabilities?

And what’s so great about being connected all the time, anyway? Forever burned in my mind is an election party I attended in 2012. The invitees were educated, opinionated, entertaining, and dynamic, but for a good portion of the evening, I had to check their Twitter feeds in order to get their thoughts on the polls. What could have been a riveting few hours of discussion was diminished to a silent, nonstop tweet-fest. While I sat there with my iPhone tucked in my handbag (my mother always told me that it was rude to stare at one’s phone in social situations because it makes your company feel as though they’re not important), mumbling to myself, all I could think was, What a waste. Can you imagine how much worse this will become if we’re not required to take the extra step of reaching into our pockets to tweet, Instagram, e-mail, Facebook, etc.? If the Internet is latched onto our wrists or eyes, will we even speak to each other anymore?

Perhaps I’m a Luddite. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I’d prefer to be stuck in the last century than to look and live like some kind of Star Trekkian android.

Even so, I wish nothing but the best of luck to Google and Luxottica in making high-fashion face computers.

Photo: Indigitalimages.com

Fifteen Seconds of Filtered Film

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Earlier today Facebook-owned snap-happy service Instagram (which at present has a cool 130 million users, receives one billion likes a day, and hosts over 16 billion photos) debuted video. Similar to its popularized photo functionality, Instagram Video offers thirteen filters, still-frame thumbnail options, and fifteen seconds of recording (unlike Twitter’s competing service, Vine, which stops the clock at six). We took the new feature for a test-drive today, and though we can’t shake the shaky hand, Instagram claims it will improve our faulty fingers with Cinema stabilization.

So, what does this mean for fashion? Well, for one, there will be even more real-time (and personal) access to moving runway looks. Burberry, for example, took its 850 thousand followers behind the scenes, sharing moving moments from its recent menswear show (above). With Couture on the horizon and September sneaking up, we’re eager to see how showgoers will use the new video app to bring fashion-watchers as-it-happens action. Those of us viewing the runways from the office will also look forward to instantly seeing garments in motion. (Let’s be serious, stills rarely do Couture justice.) However, we generally prefer our fashion unfiltered.

It’s A Good Day To Friend Mark Zuckerberg, And More of the Day’s Top Stories

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It’s probably been a pretty happy birthday for Mark Zuckerberg (pictured), Facebook’s baby-faced CEO, who turned 28 this week: The company’s initial public offering today is targeted to raise $16.4 billion and be the third largest in financial history. (The initial share price is $38.) Could a trade-up from his much-maligned hoodies be next? [WWD]

Zuckerberg isn’t the only guy smiling: U2 front man Bono is reaping the rewards of Facebook’s IPO as well. Through his private equity firm, Elevation Partners, Bono owns 2.3 percent of Facebook. This morning’s offering will earn a reported $1.5 billion and make the man the world’s richest rocker—a title he takes over from Sir Paul McCartney. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is getting a shot of street culture thanks to KAWS, who has been tapped to create his own balloon. The artist (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) plans to inflate his Companion character, who originally made his debut last summer when he was positioned at the entrance of the Standard hotel in New York. [NYT]

Sixties fashion icon Peggy Moffitt is still rocking her signature look—five-point haircut included—and she shows it off in a Phil Pinto-directed film shot at her Los Angeles home. The model and muse, who worked closely with designer Rudi Gernreich and photographer William Claxton (her husband), reminisces about her favorite fashion memories. [NOWNESS]

 

 

 

Photo: James Devaney / Getty Images

 

Asprey’s New Accessorizer; ODLR Live And Online; The New Designer Sweatshirt?; And More…

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Asprey named Bruce Hoeksema, founder and designer of the Rome-based VBH accessories line, as its new creative director. [WWD]

Consider your lunch break spoken for: Oscar de la Renta live-streams his new Resort collection today at 1 p.m. EST. [Oscar de la Renta]

And in slightly lower-tier (but no less exclusive) fashion: A company-only Facebook hooded sweatshirt (as seen on CEO Mark Zuckerberg) is currently listed on eBay, drawing RTW-level bids from techie die-hards. Current price: $4,050. Sorta makes the designer gray-sweatshirt trend seem more cost-effective, no? [eBay via Racked]

The cashmere buck stops here. Marcia Patmos and Tina Lutz, founders and designers of Lutz & Patmos, are disbanding their namesake label. Patmos will debut her own line, M. Patmos, for pre-spring and take over creative direction of the duo’s sportswear collection, Leroy & Perry; Lutz will focus on design and brand consulting. [WWD]

Unconfirmed (but intriguing): another mass fashion collab in the works for Viktor & Rolf? [Fashionologie]

Photo: Alex J. Berliner / BEImages

Calvin. Meisel. Envelope. Pushed.

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Calvin Klein’s saucy (and banned) new Steven Meisel commercial sells jeans, flesh. Tops not available. WWD has the video. Make sure your boss isn’t around when you watch!

Put another point up for the tents. Narciso Rodriguez returns to Bryant Park . The move from West Chelsea is sweet music to the ears of editors now banned from using car services. The D to 42nd Street is only $2, ladies.

Fashion Politics: Obama keeps it casual. And by that we mean ties, mostly jackets, and no jeans. So, really not so much casual.

Facebook Politics: Is unfriending someone really as easy as clicking a button? Actually, yes.

Too good to be sure recession prices may be the wave of the future, because designers know we’re on to them and we won’t be tricked into buying overpriced luxury goods ever again. At least not for a year.