The fashion industry serves as both a barometer for society’s wants and desires as well as a change agent in and of itself, combining individual expression with a broader framework for style and popular aesthetics. Even if you have little interest in fashion, you’re nonetheless making a statement with the clothes you wear.
And in today’s connected world, technology plays an increasingly important role in how fashion is conveyed and perceived. The following are just a few examples of products that aim to satisfy consumers’ passion for both technology and fashion.
The Fret Pendant Necklace—a Tory Burch/Fitbit collaboration—is a versatile, stylish stainless steel necklace for all occasions that can measure steps taken, distance traveled, and perhaps most importantly—calories burned.
Ying Gao’s connected dress combines high fashion with visual effects: by using eye tracking technology with photo-luminescent threaded fabric, the garments can change their displays based on viewers’ eye movements.
CuteCircuit has developed a combined handbag and visual display: white LEDs shine through a acrylic mirror exterior to display social messages, tweets in real-time, or your own custom text.
The Unseen’s Lauren Bowker has created a whole set of pieces that are both functional accessories and works of arts. For example, the Unseen Scarf changes colors according to temperature, light conditions, and the wearer’s movements.
Fossil’s Q Dreamer Activity Tracker is a connected bracelet that doubles as an activity tracker (e.g., counting steps and calories burned) and notification device for reminders and social updates.
The June Bracelet by Netatme continuously measures UV exposure levels and lets the wearer know when they should apply sunscreen via an accompanying iOS app.
Ringly syncs to your mobile device via Bluetooth and alerts you of phone calls, messages, or customized notifications for different apps (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) through vibrations and a subtle light on the side of the ring.
The Mini-Clutch Speaker by Stellé Audio has a built-in speakerphone for hand-free calls and music. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth or aux-in jack and can charge any USB device.
The LG Watch Urbane displays real-time feeds from apps like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram—all in a classic men’s wristwatch form factor. Each piece is crafted in stainless steel with a gold or silver finish and can be customized to your liking: the 22mm leather straps can be replaced and complete watch faces can be swapped with a quick swipe.
In short, technology is increasingly taking center stage on the runway, with designers constantly seeking out opportunities to merge high fashion with hi-tech. As these 9 accessories serve to illustrate, today and tomorrow’s fashion items will allow us to stay connected at all times, make our daily lives a lot easier, and encourage us to be healthier and take care of ourselves better—all while staying stylishly hip.