Burningman Fashion is Actually Couture Fashion Tech

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San Francisco, CA - Most people say that there’s no real fashion in San Francisco. However, I disagree. I have been participating in some “Prepare for the Playa” popup stores where the top festival fashion brands Sell to the Burningman crowd. 

What I have come to notice is that these brands are very high quality and their clothing is made to withstand the 5 days of intense fun on the Playa in a big way, making them very high quality. Festival goers have no patience when paying top dollar for a unique brand for it to fall apart. 

I noticed that the beautiful coats, the apocalyptic A-line outfits, the sparkling flip sequence are all made to not leave a trace after the Burningman principals. 

Many of the costumes are so well thought out and unique that one could consider them couture in the sense that they are custom made designs and one of a kind pieces. 

There seems to be two styles:

Hippy fringe items after Mad Max meets Peru, and techno light up wear that meets the dreams of anyone right out of BladeRunner.

there are also the Steampunkers and the Cirque de Soleil fire twirling entertainers, but they will be outnumbered this year with the iRobot concept that is the theme.

its why our chokers and bracelets are selling so well. They fit into every design style. They fit women and men and they light up the night.

this August 11th marks the final big sale we are participating in with Beyond the Fence, a curated popup store lead by Tamo for the last 12 years. If you are in San Francisco don’t miss it. You will find the coolest underground high quality brands. 

Mine of them being 360Fashion Network x Ledpulse Chokers and Bracelets!

http://www.360fashion.tv/illuminatedjewelry


Anina Net 360Fashion Network Launch Products in Target Open House

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San Francisco - Today is a momentous day. The model blogger is launching her products powered by 360Fashion Network in Target Open House. It's been a long road and hard work bringing #fashiontech to the forefront. When I started creating wearable tech, smart fashion, fashion tech, iot clothing, VR, AR, and producing my 360Fashion & Tech events - the fashion industry did not want to participate. They often said "who would download an app?" and "No one wants to ruin their image by selling online!" and "Virtual clothing? No one will try on digital shirts!" and the kicker: "I don't want technology in my accessories - I don't want to be tracked!"

Ummmm...do you carry your phone on you? You are already being tracked.

Times have changed since I started over 10 years ago building fashion tech solutions. Now, 3D Printing is becoming standard and trendy for it's look and feel for futuristic fashion lovers. Smart rings, smart watches, smart clothing is becoming more beautiful. Power is an issue and it's going into our handbags for sure.

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So I am super proud to announce ALL our fashion technology products have been accepted into the Target Open House store and we are launching them today in a big event: http://futurejewelrysf.splashthat.com

Today we are on the front page of WWD and we have been picked up by YAHOO.

WWD: https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/target-shines-a-spotlight-on-fashion-tech-1202764219/

YAHOO: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/target-shines-spotlight-fashion-tech-165900434.html

 

What are we launching?

360Fashion Network Re charging wallets

360Fashion Network Smart Safety Ring

360Fashion Network iLLUMINATED JEWELRY with patented Ledpulse module

360Fash Tech "Totwoo Love" Kit

Stay Tuned! This is just the start #makersgonnamake #fashiontech #wearables #iot #smartfashion


PRESS: Page Online Sneak Peek at Qi Suit Powered by Intel Curie

 

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Berlin, Germany - PRESS: Page-Online.de have given everyone a sneak peek at our upcoming launch with ROMASTER: The Qi Suit made with the 360Fash Tech "Gesture" Kit. 

The Qi Suit was a particularly challenging creation because of the obstacles we needed to overcome in order to create this incredibly tailored suit by Master Li - the Golden Scissors award winning tailor who recently died, with my work with him as his last great living legacy on this earth. Although I could not speak a single word with Master Li, we had another way to communicate that transcended language: we had the language of innovation. 

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The main obstacle to this project was TIME. We only had 45 Days to complete this project and then launch it at Intel Developer Conference in Shenzhen May 13th, 2016. The second most prominent obstacle was CULTURE & LANGUAGE. The third most difficult obstacle was TECHNOLOGY.

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TIME

With only 45 days to complete the project for the Intel Developer Conference 2016, we worked 45 days straight with very long hours up to 2:00AM the next day. We had to figure out the parts, order the parts, test the parts, and then build the LED patterns. Lack of sleep is not a good thing for a team because it leads to short tempers and not clear thinking. Some days we just had to roll up our sleeves and drink a lot of black tea.

CULTURE & LANGUAGE

With the whole team of 10 people speaking Chinese, I found myself challenged with only translation to help me explain and communicate how to execute the project. We had to revert to a lot of diagrams, and twice I had to pull in my friends who just for their kindness came in and solved the problems late at night. Also in using online project management software, the fashion team had no VPN's and were not able to follow the project in a "modern" way. The engineering team often did not get the whole specifications translated and thus we had mistakes that we had to re-do and would lose time. In these situations it is extremely important to be professional and to put your nose to the grindstone and not give up. To be flexible and willing to give up something but also to go back and re-do, including things that may have been lost in translation. #NeverNeverNeverGiveUp

TECHNOLOGY

Currently there are a lot of LEDs out there and we had to make quick decisions on what type we were going to sew into the suit. We made several tests and in the end forgot about LED Strips because it would be prone to fail on the weakest points: the soldering joints at the end of the strips. Flexible LED boards that we cut were too hard and would be extremely uncomfortable for the wearer. The final test, and ultimate choice were the LEDs in shapes on boards. This allowed us to create a poetic pattern, but had big enough holes on the back for us to solder them together with insulated thread.

Stay tuned for more of this epic story and the launch!


Frankfurt Style Awards Sponsorship 360Fash Tech Kits 2016

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Frankfurt, Germany - SEPTEMBER 23RD - In my mission to empower fashion designers with good technology, I've decided to sponsor the Frankfurt Style Awards with our 360Fash Tech "Solar Bag" Kit and LED Ribbons. I love that the solar panels are flexible crystalline and 22.9% efficient - the highest efficiency that I have seen in the world. I really want to see what a fashion designer can create with this kit that charges a phone.

The Frankfurt Style Awards are unique because they bring together over 500 schools across Germany to showcase their vision of the future:

"The TOP60 fashion designer of tomorrow are presenting their unique designs in an world premiere. This year the partner country China is in our spotlight. Join us when we clear the stage for the FRANKfurtstyleaward 2016, showcasing a glamorous fashion show and Gala in the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on September 23rd , with a jubilant award ceremony, Chinese show acts, an amazing vocal artist, after show party und many more cultural highlights!"

If you are in Frankfurt and attending the Gala event, we will have a creative space where you can see several of the products made with our technology and meet our local team from International Designers Network.

Part of why I was really interested in this sponsorship with the Frankfurt Style Awards is because our team could reach out to 500 schools and show them how our kits can be used as a tool to teach their students integration and design with wearable computing. With minimal knowledge the fashion teachers can bring electronics into their classrooms with step by step instructions and support. It's really important that the next generation designers have the skills needed to approach the hyper-connected world we are moving into.

In the period from 26 August to 19 September all fashion enthusiasts may enjoy voting on line. On the Facebook page of Frankfurt Style Award you can click through the gallery of finalists and vote by a "Like" for his favorites. The three designs with the most "likes" are nominated for the Public Choice Award. Then on the evening gala on 23 September at the Alte Oper Frankfurt the audience will applaud the winner Frankfurt Style Award and he/she will receive a 360Fash Tech Prize!

After that, and with their new solar powered designs, the new creations will be showcased in the Shanghai during Shanghai Fashion Week 2016.


CRI Radio & TV Interviews Anina Net in Beijing, China about 360Fashion Network

Ever wonder what it is that I am doing in China all this time? Well, here's your chance to see it. CRI Radio followed me around during our 3D Festival rampup and you get to see me building the robotic dress, talking about fashion and tech, and executing the 3D Festival exhibition. It's pretty go-go-go and at the same time it's pretty much fun. It is certainly not easy, but in the world where we get to choose what we want to do, I am following my passion.


Photoshop oh photoshop you are my friend

I used to feel that photoshop was not good in photos, but recently I've changed my tune slightly. You see, often these days photographers don't know how to really make light, so photoshop is their lighting tool. Who wants bad light? It would make anyone look ugly. Light is the key in a great photo to evoke emotions and paint the beauty of a person on film (or digital film). Just like Polaroid film or today's Instagram app, it softens the harsh lack of good light meters in mobile camera's. I think in some cases it makes the photo as we see it with our eye. Not in all cases of course, a lot of it is like oil painting to bring out the fantasy. Yet thank gosh for that magic photoshop cream--it certainly makes me feel beautiful and good about myself image....or that fabulous Instagram app.

Photoshop oh photoshop you are my friend

Photoshop oh photoshop you are my friend


Shooting Chique in Meili Style

It's always a great feeling when a client contacts you saying that you have been recommended for the job. Meili recently has put together a team of people who are performing top level work. Finding a stylist in Beijing is a challenge with an international eye so it was a great pleasure to work with Meili (http://www.meilistyle.com) and see her bring up the brand to a new level. It was also great to finally work with Chique. It's also great when a client tells you that they will be happy to use you again. All in all a perfect day!

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Meeting Lisa Haydon and Sonny Caberwel two Indian top models at DLD Conference

The world is getting bigger and more global thanks to Burda Publishing and the stylish DLD Conference. This year they invited two top models from India to speak about the ever changing and emerging fashion market. Sonny has started a purely western India based online ecommerce store for his brand SherSing with massive success as is only possible in countries such as India, China, Russia, and maybe the USA because of the size of the markets populations. Sonny has teamed up with Lisa for the women's line and both are catering to the new Indian international customers. They say they are able to compete on price and quality by harnessing India's manufacturing market plus the insight into their own international experiences. Being an Internet company in an emerging market is not easy as they need triple protection (T1 line, cable, dual up, and 3G) just in case someone plows into one of their connection as they can't afford to wait two weeks for someone to come and fix it. Being in a market such as India requires hands on micromanagement so the two stay rooted in Bombay and Mumbai with only short trips to NYC. They will keep their international style for the brand but always have a twist to on the inside of Indian culture to remind them of their roots as they jet into the global future. Go model power!

Meeting Lisa Haydon and Sonny Caberwel two Indian top models at DLD Conference

Meeting Lisa Haydon and Sonny Caberwel two Indian top models at DLD Conference