FASHION and technology don’t appear mutually exclusive. One is aesthetic; the other functional. Yet this surface incompatibility belies untold commercial potential. Hot on the trend radar for 2013 are ‘wearables’ or wearable technology — garments that do more than simply look good. Shoes that detect wireless connections, tracksuit bottoms that tell you how far you’ve been running, social networking t-shirts and textiles with memory storing fibre are just some of the 3.0 gadgetry on the rise. If it sounds like you’ve entered a style tardis; think again. This isn’t a glimpse into the future. It’s happening right now.
THE LAUNCH of Oscar de la Renta’s new bridal fragrance in New York last month was a modest affair, unremarkable even, in that the scent was predictably lovely, the bottle predictably elegant and the Perrier-Jouët champagne predictably moreish, at least for the handful who indulged.