We recently chatted about what we were psyched to see at Silicon Valley Fashion Week?. And now, it turns out that the intentional question mark was eerily spot-on: The first major, tech-focused fashion week raised a lot more questions than it gave answers. Will it return every year? What exactly are drum pants? And where was my ticket? No seriously, give a blogger a call next time!
Even though I had to watch from afar, I was still able to learn from SVFW?. Here are the good, the oddly controversial, and the just downright wacky.
1. Drones can replace modelsWe have to say that drones carrying clothes draped on hangers won the show. A little creepy? Sure. But look how shiny — and no body shaming!
2. We need swanky bike helmetsTorch Apparel showed off their genius line of bike helmets with built-in lighting options. They'll not only make you feel like a safe biker but also kinda like an astronaut, which is far out.
3. Women can be viewed as sexual objects on any runwayThis was a big deal. Mashable published an article calling out SVFW? for featuring a burlesque show with scantily-clad women while a band full of (mostly) men played behind them. The crowd had mixed emotions, but Mashable later released a follow-up post stating that the sponsor never intended for it to be taken poorly, that, "the message that this sends (in our humble opinion) is that Treat Social actually supports the empowerment of females in all careers — be it in tech, fashion, or the arts." The sponsor went on to say that they would've taken that portion out of the show if they'd known it would be offensive. Do better next time?
4. Heart-syncing is preciousSensoree sent their "fashion-tech duet" down the runway to show exactly what the weird white hoodies could do: They were part of a "game" to match each other's heartbeats. According to Sensoree's website, "When the hearts synchronize, a red and white swirl travels around the hood to show they have won the game — their hearts beat as one." Isn't that precious? We think it's precious. (Also, anyone else getting Bjork-vibes here?)
5. Women are ruling fashion — at least tech fashion
We mentioned watching out for Tenaya Hurst, creator of Rogue Making, earlier this week. As predicted, she owned the stage with her army of ladies wearing rad LED glasses (she's in the center of the photo above). Can we get a pair of those?