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Technology meets fashion with DVF for Glass

The time has arrived… after waiting almost a year and a half  (since DVF’s Spring 2013 show at New York Fashion Week) today DVF Made for Glass collection is out!

DVF Made for Glass collection offers 5 frames and 8 shades designed specifically for women (for men they have the original Titanium Collection).

Today I would like to share with you my top 5 favorites.

And if you’ll like to get your Glass, you can buy them in Net-a-Porter or Glass‘ website.

So, which one’s your favorite?

xx, 

Alejandra García

 

Matte Java

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Aviator Sea Emerald

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Navigator Orchid Mist

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Navigator Rose Gold Flash

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Matte Ice

 

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Photo Credit: http://glassalmanac.com/first-look-13-diane-von-furstenberg-google-glass-frames-now-sale/4562/

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My Short Experience – Glass

Hello Followers,

I’m writing this short post just because last week I had the opportunity to try on Google’s Glass for the first time, here’s the whole story… Thursday night I was having dinner with my family at Whole Foods and suddenly I saw this guy wearing some unique glasses with a bright light on it, it reminded me of something I had seen before. I realized he was wearing Glass. Since I’ve been following and have written about Project Glass and Wearable Technology for some time ago, I saw this as an opportunity to finally test my assumptions on these devices. My brothers and I approached the guy wearing Google’s Glass and had the chance to try his glasses. From what I recall its main feature was to let you capture your everyday life and help you make some tasks in a more efficient way. So there I was, with this glasses on watching somebody else’s life. Here’s what I experienced..

When I first put them on, I had a little bit of difficulty trying to see what was on the screen. I guess this happened because it was my first time using them and didn’t know I had to focus my attention to the right eye. Then I saw this small screen floating in front of me with the time on it. Then the guy told me to make the swipe gesture on the right of the glasses to be able to watch some pictures he captured. It was so cool. He said that although Glass has wi-fi it needs to be connected (wire-less) to your iPhone to be able to work. He also told us that he wears it everywhere: while he driving, riding his bicycle, walking, running, etc. and that till now he has had no problem with it.

I really enjoyed wearing Glass for some minutes but I’m not quite sure if I will like to wear them everyday since I really had time trying to focus on the small screen. Maybe if the screen wasn’t that small it’ll be nicer. But the experience is just as I imagined it: amazing. And there’s no doubt I’ll buy them when they come out to the market.

Have you tried Glass? What was your experience? Or what’s your opinion about it?

Xx,

Alejandra Garcia

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The Techie-Fashionista Series – Part I

*Dale scroll para encontrar la versión en español.

Hello,

I’ve been wanting to write about the following topic some time ago and somehow I finally did and here it is. This post is part of the Wearable Computing series called The Techie-Fashionista Series. I hope you enjoy it and let me know your point of view on the comments section.

From what I recall I’ve always dreamed about working in the fashion industry. When I was a little girl I remember wanting to be a fashion designer, have my own brand and attend the world’s top Fashion Weeks. But as I grew up there were some decisions to be made, starting with my college degree. Although I wanted to study fashion, my parents told me it would be better if I study a “more-structured” career. So I ended up in marketing, a career I don’t regret studying. Throughout the years I somehow kept in touch with fashion. I became a magazine-freak, it was my way to feel closer to what I always liked, to my passion – Fashion. But as I kept reading magazines and as I kept up with the fashion world, I realized that the ‘new’ trends were kind of a modified version of ‘past’ trends. So, I started asking myself: What will be the next big trend? What will revolutionize the fashion industry?

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Iris Van Herpen Collection

Time passed and I started working at a web design-and-development company. There, I was introduced to a new world, a world I never thought I would end working in but that somehow I was so curious about –the technology world. Someway I ended up asking myself about fashion and technology. I knew that not so long ago there was a merge between these two concepts but I had no idea what was their main goal or vision. I became so curious about this; I wanted to know how would the two industries merge. Who will be the first to seek for help? How will they collaborate?

I started to do some research and ended up reading about 3D printingcyborgs, wearable technology and arduinos. For me, wearable technology was a complete new techie concept but as I read more about it, I realized I’ve worn this kind of technology some time ago. The thing was that I had no idea it was called after that name. From Nike+’s FuelBand to Google’s Glass and Apple’s iWatch, wearable technology has been present since the creation of the first wristwatch, back in the 1800s. But what is “wearable technology” and how will this impact/disrupt/change the fashion industry?

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iWatch, Google Glass and FuelBand.

Webopedia states that wearable technology, also known as wearable computing is a “category of technology devices that can be worn by a consumer and often includes tracking information …” It is the technology that can be worn by people and that helps them manage life’s everyday tasks in a more efficient way.

On the other hand, there’s fashion. Which is a mean of communication, a way of saying who you are, a way of “determining identity and experience” just like Thorogood says. But when we talk about wearable technology I do believe fashion has been left behind and lets face it “techonolgy alone cannot convince us to strap a computer to our face.” just as Liat Clark says on Why wearable tech need fashion to survive and to thrive, but fashion can.

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Illuminated necklace made with solar panels. Ecofriends and wearable technology.

So there’s Katy Perry’s K-Gown for the MET Gala 2012, Lady Gaga’s crazy-style and clothing, Nicole Scherzinger’s Twitter dress, and Dita Von Teese’s 3D-printed dress that dictates self-determination, style and self-experience. But how will fashion and technology integrate? When will this be mainstreamed? When will we be able to see these great ideas on Fashion Week? Will there be a Techie-Fashion Week? There are so many questions to answer, that’s why I’ve decided to make this series.

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Katy Perry at the MET Gala 2012 wearing the K-Gown by Cute Circuit.

I do believe that with wearable technology we’ll be able to dictate our own style depending on how we feel, where we are and what we want to communicate to others. ¿Isn’t this what fashion does for us? Well now imagine that, but in a more efficient way, without the need to change clothes or even buying more.

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Dita Von Teese wearing a 3D-printed dress.

How do you imagine the fashion world with technology on it? Will technology seek fashion (as Google’s Glass did with DVF’s fashion show)? Or fashion’s innovation need, will make them seek for technology’s help?

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Nicole Scherzinger wearing the Twitter dress. Tweets were shown on the dress in real time. 

xx,

Alejandra García

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Hola,

He querido escribir sobre el siguiente tema desde hace un tiempo atrás, hasta que por fin empecé y aquí está. Esta es la primera parte de la series llamada Techie-Fashionista. Espero les guste y me encantaría saber su opinión en la sección de comentarios.

Desde que tengo memoria siempre he soñado con trabajar en la industria de la moda. Cuando estaba chiquita recuerdo que soñaba con ser una diseñadora de modas, tener mi propia marca y asistir a los Fashion Weeks más importantes del mundo. Pero mientras crecía había decisiones que tomar, empezando con la carrera que tenía que estudiar en la universidad. A pesar de que yo quería estudiar modas, mis papás me dijeron que si estudiaba una carrera “más estructurada” sería mejor. Así que terminé estudiando marketing, una carrera que amo y de la cual no me arrepiento haber estudiado. Pero de alguna manera a través del tiempo seguía en contacto con la moda. Me hice fan de las revistas de moda ya que de alguna forma era mi manera de sentir que estaba cerca de lo que siempre me había gustado, de mi pasión – de la moda. Pero entre más las leía y entre más trataba de estar actualizada con el mundo de la moda, me di cuenta que las ‘nuevas’ tendencias eran digamos que una versión modificada de las tendencias ‘pasadas’. Así que empecé a preguntarme, ¿Qué será la siguiente mega tendencia? ¿Qué revolucionará la industria de la moda?

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Iris Van Herpen Collection

El tiempo pasó y empecé a trabajar en una empresa de desarrollo y diseño web. Ahí me introdujeron a un mundo nuevo. Un mundo en el que nunca pensé que terminaría pero que de alguna manera sentía mucha curiosidad, el mundo de la tecnología. Fue así como empecé a preguntarme acerca de la moda y la tecnología. Sabía que hace algún tiempo (no muy lejano) había habido una colaboración entre las dos industrias pero lo que no sabía era sobre el principal objetivo y visión de esto. Era tan grande mi curiosidad sobre este tema, que surgieron todavía más y más preguntas. ¿Cómo se iban a integrar estas dos industrias? ¿Quién iba a ser el primero en pedirle ayuda al otro? ¿De que forma iban a colaborar?

Me intrigó tanto este tema que comencé a hacer un poco de investigación y terminé leyendo sobre 3D-printing, cyborgs, wearable technology y arduinos. Para mi, el término wearable technology o mejor dicho tecnología portable o tecnología usable era un concepto nuevo y muy techie pero entre más leía sobre esto me di cuenta que he usado este tipo de tecnología desde hace tiempo. Sin embargo, no tenía la menor idea de que era conocido por este nombre. Desde el FuelBand de Nike+, el Glass de Google y el iWatch de Apple, el concepto de wearable technolgy o tecnología portátil había existido desde la creación del reloj de pulsera en 1800 y algo. Pero, ¿qué es wearable technology  y cómo va a impactar/cambiar la industria de la moda?

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iWatch, Google Glass, NikeFuel.

 

Según Webopedia la tecnología usable también conocida como wearable computing (computadoras usables) es “la categoría de aparatos tecnológicos que pueden ser usados por el consumidor y que por lo general incluyen el rastreo de información…”. Tal como su nombre lo dice, es la tecnología que puede ser utilizada por las personas y que de alguna manera lo ayudan a realizar tareas del día-a-día de una manera más eficiente.

Por el otro lado, está la moda. Ésta es un medio de comunicación, es una manera de decir lo que eres, es la manera de “determinar la identidad y la experiencia” tal como dice Thorogood. Pero cuando hablamos de wearable technology en realidad creo que la moda se ha olvidado un poco, se ha quedado atrás. Y tenemos que aceptarlo, “la tecnología por sí sola no puede convencernos de colgarnos una computadora en nuestra cara.” tal como lo dice Lisa Clark en Why wearble tech need fashion to survive and to thrive  pero la moda sí puede lograr esto.

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Collar hecho con paneles solares. EcoFashion and Wearable Technology

Es así como tenemos el K-Gown, el vestido que usó Katy Perry para el MET Gala en el 2012, el estilo y ropa loca de Lady Gaga, asi como el vestido Twitter de Nicole Scherzinger y el vestido 3D-printed de Dita Von Teese,  de alguna manera con esto ellas dictan autodeterminación, estilo y experiencia propia. Pero ¿cómo se integrará la moda con la tecnología? ¿Cuándo será un producto comercializable, “mainstream“? ¿Cuándo podremos ver estas grandes ideas en los Fashion Weeks? ¿Habrá algún día un Fashion Week exclusivamente para este tipo de tecnología? Son tantas las preguntas que faltan por contestar, que por esto he decidido llevarlo por partes.

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Katy Perry at the MET Gala 2012 wearing the K-Gown by Cute Circuit

 

Lo que sí creo es que con la tecnología usable vamos a ser capaces de dictar nuestro propio estilo dependiendo de cómo nos sintamos, del lugar en el que estemos y de lo que queremos comunicar a los demás. Muchos se preguntarán ¿no es eso lo que hace la moda ahorita? Pero ahora imagínatelo de una manera mucho más eficiente, sin tener que cambiar de ropa ni comprar más.

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Dita Von Teese wearing a 3D-printed dress.

¿Cómo te imaginas el mundo de la moda con la tecnología? ¿Crees que la tecnología busque a la moda (tal como lo hice Google Glass para la pasarela de DVF)? O ¿crees que la necesidad de innovar en el mundo de la moda hará que éstos busquen a la tecnología por ayuda?

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Nicole Scherzinger trae puesto el vestido Twitter. Los mensajes de Twitter se mostraban en el vestido en tiempo real.

 

xx,

Alejandra García