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Sequined Solar Cells for Power Hungry Fashionistas

 

With the advancement of a new micro solar cell, sequined dresses of the future may not just indicate a fashionista on the loose, but instead, an environmentally conscious go-getter with a fully charged cell phone.

The scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, makers of all things sci-fi, have created tiny snow-flake looking solar cells (pictured below) for possible applications in textiles and clothing. These cells are being designed to be less expensive and have greater electronic efficiencies than the current cells on the market. The micro cells require cutting edge manufacturing techniques to ensure quality. Even so, their miniscule size makes it so that there is a minimal loss of power production if one were to be damaged. Compare this to today’s large rectangular solar panels, where if one goes down, the whole unit has a huge loss in power production. Instead with these new cells if one went down it would just be a small percentage of the overall grid.

This is defiantly a technology to watch. I see a future of sparkling rooftops, glittering light poles, and fashionable sequined shrugs. What do you see? What would you make with solar powered sequins? Leave a comment and let us know.

Source: Inhabitat

Dress image from stellarmagazine

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Rihanna Shows off her Laser Shoulder Pads at the 2009 AMA's

What goes with an outfit made out of white leather straps? Laser shooting shoulder pads, of course!

If you missed Rihanna's performance of "Wait Your Turn" at the 2009 AMA's you can see the video on YouTube.

Photo via: SingersRoom

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Twitter Stockings!

It has finally happened, the Twitter invasion has spread to our bodies, specifically, it has circulated to our legs with Gabby and Tal's Twitter stockings. Each pair has the cute Twitter bird logo and the words "Follow Me" printed down the leg. Donning this legwear is sure to invite strangers to actually follow you. If this is something that doesn't bother you, and as long as they are not creeps, seize the moment to turnaround and give them your Twitter handle. You'll have hundreds of new followers in no time!

Each stocking is made by hand and are sold at their Etsy shop for $18. They sell out quick,  get your order in now for the Holidays. 

 

Via: styleguru

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The road to collaborative fashion design

Tonight at 6.30 PM EST Benedikta and Nora of BurdaStyle.com are giving a talk in the “Networked Design” Series at Parsons, organized by the ASS Graphic Design department. The talk will be on “The road to collaborative fashion design." Don't miss it! If your not able to pass by? Watch the live stream of the event.

Find out more information here

BurdaStyle is a stylish open source community website with free fashion patterns, examples, and contests for people who sew. There is a very supportive member community and for inspiration be sure to see the member uploaded photos.

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Reflective Lace for Stylish Cyclists and Road Warriors

You can look good and be safe with Reflective Lace by Elena Corchero of Lost Values. This is lace "for the fashion conscious cyclist who wants to be seen as well as noticed!"

Like it? You can purchase this lovely safety notion at her online store for £22.00. 

Via: Craftzine

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McQueen's 2010 Under Water Fashion Odyssey

 

Photo via: coutorture

"Although there was nothing to show McQueen breaking out from his set design mold, the way he's embracing new computer technologies and the drama of the moving image puts him at the leading edge of change."

- Sarah Mower of Style.com

Alexander McQueen's Spring 2010 show was BEAUTIFUL! Mind you, I never have too many bad things to say about McQueen barring the Fall 2009 clown hubcap look, but I do think this season was exceptionally inspirational. The wild snake like video imagery, alien and insect digital prints, and the use of the camera as part of the stage and backdrop made the technology an integral part of the performance. The moving video cameras, which caught the audience as well as the clothes and models, kept my focus and told my eyes where to look next. This heightened experience from the cameras allowed detailed imagery of the clothing to be displayed upon the huge LED screen backdrop and made the cameras seem like characters themselves. 

Photos of the Spring 2010 Collection are gathered from www.style.com, www.kanyeuniversecity.com, nymag.com, www.style.com, and F&Art

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Project Runway becomes Wii Game

 

'Project Runway' will become a Wii game. "Atari Inc. is developing a video game based on the popular reality TV
fashion competition. The game, set for release next year, will cast players as aspiring fashion designers tasked with creating designs and outfitting models. 

Gamers will then be able to showcase their virtual fashions while walking down a catwalk using the Wii Balance Board controller. "

A major video gaming company working with fashion is not necessarily news; there are many games with fashion design such as Sims and Second Life and who doesn't love Sorority Life on Facebook? However, taking on the fashion powerhouse that is Project Runway is something altogether different. I look forward to seeing this project unfold, more to come...

- Via Associated Press and Project Rungay on Facebook

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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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