DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: KAREN TOPACIO

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: KAREN TOPACIO

Karen is a Filipino-Australian fashion designer based in Paris. After graduating from a BA in Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, she continued her studies at La Trobe College of Art and Design in Melbourne. And pursued with a Design and Creation course at Esmod Paris. In 2013 she won a full scholarship at IFA Paris to continue her studies at a Post-Graduate level. Having lived in four different countries, Karen often draws inspiration from contrasting cultures and relationships of all kinds. Her graduating show in January 2015 defined her signature style – innovative, crisp yet fun and playful. While trying to understand the intimate relation of technology and the body, Karen played with the juxtaposition of unusual shapes and deconstructed silhouettes; the interaction between supple fabrics and flexible wood, eventually creating a collection where art, fashion and technology collide in perfect harmony. Far from working solely on new variations of colors or silhouettes, Karen continually seeks to integrate innovation into the clothes she imagines, be it in the form of new materials or in design. Thus, for her collection, she incorporated wooden elements, relaxed by specific laser cuts adding a third dimension to the garments. She recently won the E-Fashion Awards, where she presented a collection designed thanks to an interactive recording motion software, developed specifically for this collection, to generate random volumes that serve as basis for the design of the collection. To keep up with her projects, or to order her very first collection head to her website, follow her on Facebook & Twitter. If you want to find out more about the future of fashion join us at #INTERLACED2015 on 3rd September. Tickets are on...
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: FORMBYTIME

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: FORMBYTIME

Among the established fashion tech pioneers who will take part in INTERLACED 2015, we are extremely excited to welcome a range of emerging companies and fresh talents who are not afraid to experiment, push their boundaries and redefine fashion. FORMBYTIME is one of them. THE COMPANY FORMBYTIME was established in 2013 in Vienna by Leonhard Peschta and his father Michael Peschta. The family heritage is steeped in the jewellery making tradition and now spans three generations of jewellers. Leonhard’s grandfather Karl Peschta set up his own studio in the 1930s after having studied under the guidance of Josef Hoffman, one of the founders of Wiener Werkstätte. His son Michael took over the family business in 1980 and continued it with a commitment to careful craftsmanship. With FORMBYTIME Leonhard and Michael Peschta pursue to develop jewellery objects that combine traditional workmanship with the ideas and concepts of contemporary art. A Media Arts graduate with a vast experience in building machines within an artistic context, Leonhard’s approach to jewellery design is informed by his fascination with mechanics and the aesthetics of automate movement.   THE COLLECTION The electromechanical pieces can change their form, capturing the aesthetics of motion and allowing the wearer to interact with the jewellery. They are made of precious metals and are connected to the wearer’s mobile device via Bluetooth. The jewellery objects represent the attempt to expand the idea of jewellery by incorporating the possibility of movement. The collection unites technical sophistication with minimalistic aesthetic elegance. Each piece is designed and produced in the family’s jewellery atelier in Vienna. The first collection is available in platinum- or...
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLE DIVISION

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLE DIVISION

It’s not easy to define Anton Dvorakovsky. Working in digital marketing for luxury fashion and travel brands while also running Style Division – lifestyle, fashion, photography and tech blog – pretty much describes our idea of work hard, play hard. You can spot him at the craziest festivals one day and at a VR demo the next. Trust us, he’s got the best stories to tell! Through Style Division, Anton brings his readers the latest style trends, street photography and technology related to fashion and retail. Functioning as a standalone site for over 2 years, Style Division has been involved in a number of projects with brands such as Zara, Hard Graft, flydubai, Alexander McQueen and Logitech, to name a few. Before #INTERLACED2015, where Anton will join as a speaker and official blogger, we caught up with him for a short interview.  How do you define fashion tech? Anton: It’s the partnership of two important disciplines – fashion and technology. Even though they stand on opposite ends of the spectrum (fashion is cool and hip whilst technology might be seen as geeky) over the last couple of years both have progressed and intertwined in ways nobody could have imagined. What excites you about this emerging industry?  Anton: The fast nature of fashion is complemented perfectly by the development of new and emerging technologies. A few years ago it was simply impossible to create an accessory with sensors and beacons for a reasonable price and yet in 2015 it’s not uncommon to see wearables on people’s wrists. The adoption and understanding of technologies among the public is also growing quickly. You’re no longer...
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLOKO

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLOKO

Named a game-changer in online shopping, Styloko has been making waves in the fashion industry since in launched in 2010 in the UK and more recently in the US too (launched in 2014). And while online shopping sites sure aren’t a new thing, we drill down into what makes Styloko stand out in the market, earning recognition as one of the best fashion and beauty websites and 8/10 votes in a road test of the best fashion apps and websites. The platform connects shoppers to the products they love fast with tools that understand what they’re looking for, visual-search recognition technology and shoppable editorial content. Once logged in, users can personalise Styloko to suit their style, follow favorite brands to stay up to date, and save items they love in your WantList which sends notifications when they go on sale. The WantList app by Styloko uses our Visual Discovery technology to show users the items that are both more expensive — ‘luxe’ — or less expensive — ‘less’ — for items similar by color, pattern, and shape. Using Tinder-like interface, shoppers can Swipe left to dismiss the product or swipe right to save it in their WantList (which immediately syncs with desktop). Keeping abreast all sorts of innovation in the fashion and technology space, Styloko wants to be where their customers are before any other retailer, which is why they’ve brought the Styloko shopping experience to your wrist via the Apple Watch. Now, who wants to swipe right for dresses instead of guys? *raises hand* Styloko wants to inspire and keep their community of fashionistas (more than 91k on Facebook...
BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: EMILY FASHION

BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: EMILY FASHION

Another day, another fabulous blogger who’s excited about the merge of fashion and technology. Straight off her CuteCirtuit fittings for #INTERLACED2015, Emily shares views on fashion tech.  How do you define fashion tech? Emily: I would define fashion tech as a new and upcoming movement that connects the two most influential parts of our life – fashion and technology. What excites you about this emerging industry?  Emily: The thing that excites me the most about this industry is that it has such a big target audience. Both young and older generations have interest in fashion as it’s something essential for every one of us. We also have unstoppable in technology because we’re so dependent on it nowadays. I believe it is an industry that can appeal to everyone, there are no boundaries within this market. How do you think technology is changing fashion?  Emily: It is definitely changing fashion in a way people couldn’t have imagined. If you think about watches, they are a major part for an outfit looking whole, most people have a go-to watch that they wear on a daily basis, and this is a prime example of wearable technology. The way wearable technology is evolving is incredible, you can now have so much more than this. These ideas were unimaginable before. Think about how much this can evolve in the next few years! What is your dream fashion tech product / wearable?  Emily: I would say my dream fashion tech product would be a pair of high heels that could act as a phone. I am always accidentally leaving my phone somewhere on nights out as...