How Often Are You Wearing Technology?

It's the future.

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These days, technology is inseparable from modern life. It’s impossible to go a day without using some piece of technology, whether your smart phone alarm clock wakes you up in the morning or you read a book on your tablet on the way to work. But there is more to tech than just gadgets, even the fashion world is adapting. 

Inspired by Back To The Future 2, Nike recently released a self-lacing sneaker to celebrate the date that Marty and Doc travel to. But not all wearable tech is so directly inspired by sci-fi, some of it is actually, well, wearable, like Hermès and Apple’s collaboration on a selection of stylish Apple Watch straps, or Kate Spade and Everpurse’s leather purses which charge your phone. Plus there are more subtle ways in which technology influences the clothes we wear, too. 

The most futuristic examples are surely found in the collections of Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, whose signature style features experimental fabrics which have been 3D printed to create strange but beautiful clothing. Chromat also use 3D printing to create their architecture-inspired, fetish-style pieces which have been worn by everyone from Taylor Swift (in Bad Blood) and Kendall Jenner, to Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. Even Uniqlo’s HeatTech and AIRism ranges use cutting edge technology to design fabrics which retain heat, or cool you down.