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: SHOES BY BRYAN

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: SHOES BY BRYAN

Until we first et Bryan Oknyansky back in January, we had no idea that 3D printing, footwear and comfort can go hand in hand. Sure, we had seen the incredible designs of Francis Bitonti and United Nude, but while these pieces were created mostly with the aim to travel from exhibition to exhibition in mind, Bryan’s designs are done with his customer in mind: fashion-forward women. Bryan is an international award-winning product architect known for inventing pioneering products that have taken him around the world as a lecturer and speaker. With 15 years of experience in the architecture, product and footwear design industries, Bryan specializes in using the latest robotic manufacturing technologies like 3D printing to reinvent the world around us, one product at a time. Bryan founded Shoes By Bryan in 2012 – a London-based fashion and technology startup pioneering mass-market 3D printed footwear unique to every single foot in the world while also looking, and feeling, great. Alongside running his growing design practice, Bryan is an innovation consultant to multiple design industries, directs an independent CAD training program and is a Visiting Lecturer at Regent’s University London School of Fashion and Design. His architectural background helps his progressive thinking and innovative designs and while he realises the challenges for 3D printing to become widely adopted in the fashion industry, he’s one of the innovators shaping its future. Back in May Bryan took part in our panel at Digital Shoreditch on the past, present and future of fashion and technology, raising fundamental challenges and opportunities in this emerging industry so needless to say that we just had to invite him back for...
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...
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: ALEXIS WALSH

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: ALEXIS WALSH

We first got in touch with quickly rising fashion designer Alexis Walsh for a comment in one of our editorial pieces on 3D printing & fashion and we have been falling in love with her work again and again. So much so, that we’re bringing her magnificent sculptural creations on the runway on 3rd September! Alexis Walsh is an artist and designer based in New York City. Concentrating on wearable design with an integration of sculptural forms, she utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to fabrication. The majority of Alexis’s work focuses on the notion of using the human body as canvas. Through unconventional materials such as metal and plastic, and the exploration of technologies including 3D printing, Alexis transcends the traditional modes of fashion to push the boundaries of wearable art. All of her garments are sewn entirely by hand, utilising methods of couture design technique. For her most recent collection, the LYSIS COLLECTION, Walsh drew inspiration from virulent formations and deterioration to develop a body of work that consists of shapes that mimic the growth of viral structures while blending organic shapes with rigid structural silhouettes. To make these geometrically-complex shapes real, Walsh combined both traditional garment manufacturing techniques as well as CAD modeling and additive manufacturing to bring her vision to life. The LYSIS COLLECTION was recently featured in Kaltbult magazine and she counts as one of her fans a relatively known singer called Lady Gaga. Do we need to say more? If you want to find out more about the future of fashion join us at #INTERLACED2015 on 3rd September. Tickets are on sale now. To keep up-to-date with our activities and upcoming events, follow us on Twitter or Facebook or sign up for our...