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Interview: PING Hoodie Designer Jennifer Darmour

I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Darmour of Electricfoxy.com at SXSW and the Smart Fabrics Conference this year. She is the beauty and brains behind electricfoxy.com, a site that investigates the aesthetics and influence of garments that have electronics built directly into them.

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Tim Gunn's Fashion Critique of Female Comic Book Heroes

[Image from ComicMix.]

For all those with short attention spans, (like me), and want to get right to the Gunn - hang in there. I am going to try to make a point - I promise it will be short. If you just can't wait to see Tim Gunn, the video is after the break!

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Jimmy Choo Zap Shoe

[Photos from Jimmy Choo S/S Ad Campaign]

Following Rodarte's soft glowing heels for the season, the infamous shoe designer Jimmy Choo created the ZAP shoe, which flashes electric pink light at every step. The DAPHNE handbag keeps in step with neon leather and leopard print pony.

With a luxury price tag of 2,500 USD, this ain't just a pair of kids twinkling kicks!

Via: Fashioning Technology

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VIDEO: What Will the Fashion Industry Look Like in 2025?

According to the Forum of the Future, (FOTF) "The global fashion industry generates over a trillion dollars a year. So what we wear - and how it's made and sold - can have a huge positive impact on our society and environment."

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Is Augmented Reality Fashion's Next Great Technology Superstar?

(Above: one of Spiral Magazine's Animated Avatars by Designers Reed + Rader)

Augmented Reality or AR is a term for for "a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) virtual computer-generated imagery - creating a mixed reality."

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Saying goodbye to my hero, Lee Alexander McQueen

"Everything has an end. The cycle of life is a positive thing because it gives room for new things to come." - McQueen

It has been almost two weeks since I learned about Alexander McQueen's tragic suicide. When it happened, I didn't want to blog about it because it felt too personal and deeply depressing. For me, iHeartSwitch is about moving forward with technology in a positive light, not mourning the past. But sometimes, you have to acknowledge and share your pain in order to move past it. I am lucky enough to have a venue to do that and I know many of you were also deeply shocked and hurt by his passing as well, so you won’t mind if I get a little personal.

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Rodarte's Glowing Heels Steal the Show

It's Fashion Week 2010 and the signature cool and futuristic cozy style of Rodarte hit the runway with beautiful glowing heels. Come back at 6:00 P.M. EST and I'll show you how to make your own little lighted darlings. Images from HighSnobette and theFrisky

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You've Come a Long Way, Barbie

What you are looking at here is the cover of Tricks with Makeup, a pamphlet published by Ladies' Home Journal circa 1940s. What would be the wisdom you may find within?

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STELLA "Klight" Dress with Stretchable Electronics

The "Klight" dress is designed by Mareike Michel, a fashion design student at the University of Applied Science in Berlin, Germany. What makes this demure LBD so special is the stretchable PCB. For those who don't know, a PCB stands for "printed circuit board" and they are the boards that hold and connect the main components of a computerized system like you find inside your cellphone, computer, and other electronic devices (see below). They are very hard and inflexible and usually difficult to integrate into fabric unless your looking for something with real rigidity. However, with a STELLA, we are looking at a possible future with washable and comfortable interactive fashion and interior design. 

A common PCB (Left) is found in most all electronic devices today. The Knight dress with the stretchable PCB (on the right) was developed in cooperation with scientists from Fraunhofer IZM and TU Berlin as part of the European research project STELLA (STretchable ELectronics for Large Area Applications).

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Luxury Mobile Phones for the Rock-n-Roll Lifestyle

Yet another luxury phone is coming to market. The Italian fashion house Versace plans to introduce its first in a line of mobile phones to the public in May. The phone will cost around $5,000 and according to their press release, will be crafted to the client’s expectations with the highest quality of materials such as leather. (ZDNet) Designed in collaboration with with ModeLabs, who creates tailor-made handsets for brands like Tag Haur and Dior, Versace follows in the heels of luxury branded mobile phones from Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Armani.

Luxury phones, such as these, are in high demand in Asia, Russia, and the Middle East, but honestly this launch just feels like hype. I guess if you have billions of dollars it makes sense to have a phone that represents your status and lifestyle, but I think telecom companies and manufacturers can do better than flashing up the exterior with leather and ice.

Of all the luxury phones on the market so far, Prada and LG win the golden ticket.

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