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Flu Fighting (?) Suits

When I saw the announcement of a flu virus killing suit (PDF link) out of Japan I thought to myself: Finally! A techno fashion piece for guys. Take that Swine Flu! Upon further review, unfortunately, my enthusiasm was quickly dampered. These "Virus Clean Suits" by Haruyama Trading supposedly break down viruses when the titanium dioxide on their fabric reacts to light. That sounds good indeed until you realize:

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A Bra For Homeland Security

HP and Vivian Tam Spring 2010

Vivian Tam's newest HP collaboration hit the runway Saturday with a stylish gold little "clutch computer."  The newest photos are posted to HP's Flckr Photostream and you can watch her runway show on StyleCast. Don't foreget if you need a stylish computer to go with the saucy red shoes you've been dying to wear, pick up a red HP Mini from her 2009 collection online.

 

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Dos and Don'ts of Everyday Techno Fashion

I saw this post on Frisky about the NY Times article and noticed the comments about how bright my necklace is. I just had to let people know that I AGREE!

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times [Left] Photo from my iPhone [Right]

In the photo from the NY Times, it looks like I am wearing a super bright fantastic necklace, but in real life it just isn’t that intense. I make it brighter for events or PR, because well, it's pretty and the shadows casted are interesting.

For me, technology is about subtle hints and hues, not about a blinking ravers’ paradise on my body. Just because its electronic, doesn’t mean all rules of fashion should be thrown out. And, for those of us who love technology accents, we need to recognize that the fashion world is not comfortable with wearable light shows, unless they are on the runway. To help demonstrate this idea I have put together a short list of a glamour girls dos and don’ts with electronic clothing and accessories for everyday wear - stress on the word “everyday.” 

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Fashion Camp NYC 2009

Alison will be at Fashion Camp in NYC this weekend, September 12th and 13th.

Fashioncamp is an event where fashion-lovers from all over the fashion-map come together to talk about the future of fashion in a relaxed environment. It follows the format of a “barcamp”, a popular event in the tech community where people get together to share what they think is cool and to network. Find out more and get FREE tickets here.

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Conductive Body Paint makes sweet music

WTF Moments in Fashion Tech History: Solar Vest Edition

There is no need to waste words to describe the solar vest in the image above. It's rather, well, aesthetically challenged, and was roundly ridiculed by many bloggers. Allow me to quote Jaymi of TreeHugger.com to fulfill the snark quota:

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"NotCot" discovers what's inside vibrating mascara

Jean Awe of NOTCOT has unearthed the tiny little vibrating motors inside Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara.

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How to get what you want: E-Textile Style

"How to Get What You Want" is an AMAZING site documenting Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson's e-textile explorations for the past few years.

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DIY LED Necklace by Diana Eng