For too long, the challenge of making mobile technology as good-looking as it is functional was only met by the health and fitness market. But now, exciting technical developments are making it possible to package sophisticated gadgetry in beautifully designed clothes and accessories. A story that started with exclusive Google Glass frames by Diane von Furstenberg, and fashion heavyweights like Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour test-driving the Apple Watch, is really gathering momentum, thanks to some luxury hi-tech wizardry on the catwalks.
Opening Ceremony’s new smartwatch, the MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory), is a satisfyingly solid cuff that features a small screen for texts and notifications housed in snakeskin and semi-precious stones; it’s 3G, so you can leave your phone at home.
The revolution continues at Rebecca Minkoff, where models wore gold bracelets that connect to mobiles via Bluetooth, letting you
know when calls or texts come in, and studded cuffs that doubled
as chargers. Throw in the stunning Richard Nicoll dress made of LEDs that literally lit up the catwalk, underscoring how tech doesn’t just mean texting, and you have undeniable proof that wearable technology has found its fashion sense.