I’ve just bought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera to satisfy my old school Polaroid cravings. (Alas the Impossible Project’s new-style Polaroid film wasn’t working for me.) The white bordered credit card-sized photos are perfect for personal keepsakes and the camera is a fun addition to parties, weddings and family events.
But let’s face it, it’s not always convenient to lug a camera around. So for the iPhone generation, Printic is a cute take on the Polaroid format. Install the app on your iPhone/Android phone, set up a profile, then select images to get them printed remotely. Continue reading
My in-box is flooded with emails about the new iPad Air, which you can buy now on JohnLewis.com
I currently have an iPad 2 which I use at home and an iPad Mini for out and about – there’s no doubt that the iPad is a revolutionary piece of kit. Of course, I have now decided that what would really change my life is an iPad Mini Air. Which obviously does not exist. Ahhh, first world problems eh?! But seriously, I hardly ever need to take my laptop out of the office these days. Smart phones, tablets and phablets do all I need with the help of an app or two (hello Evernote).
You can buy the new iPad Air at John Lewis with two years guarantee, but do it quickly because I can see that half of the stock is sold out already…
Guest report: Techno Sports-luxe – a triangulated trend where streetstyle and high fashion dovetail with a sports vibe
A NEW COLUMN: ‘ASK ALISON’ BY DRG CONTRIBUTOR, ALISON BISHOP
Sports-luxe is back into the fashionista psyche, judging by the recent round of SS14 catwalks, but this time around it’s infused with a tech-enhanced performance.
In London, Stella McCartney showcased her new performance-fabrics focused range for Adidas ‘to inspire women to get their sweat on’. From spinning to aerial yoga, the collection integrated sustainable textiles and lightweight breathable outerwear into a more dynamic offer. Continue reading
While there has been a lot of buzz around the M&S ad campaign and its infamous pink coat, there are other less shouty things going on in the store. Fabric innovation has always been a core M&S property and its lingerie department has been busy incorporating a whole bunch of solutions-based tech and design into its offer.
Such as its Hi Heel™ tights. No, not tights that have heels – that would be preposterous – but hosiery to wear with high heels. These tights (that come in a variety across sheers and opaques, £6-£15) have an integrated foam cushion to cup the ball of the foot, promising pain relief to fashionistas running around in 5-inch Loubs all day. Continue reading
Eek, I’m way behind on my exhibition reports. OK, if you have any interest in the future of product and fashion design, or even art, then scrap all weekend plans and get thee to Shad Thames. For this weekend is the last weekend for the wonderful eye-opener that is The Future Is Here at The Design Museum. Continue reading
SO this is the DVF shoppable Google Hangout. It happened in the middle of last night hosted live by Diane Von Furstenberg and Lucky Magazine’s Eva Chen and attended by six fashion fans, plus beauty vlogger Michelle Phan. It’s similar to the hangout that Donatella Versace did for Versus, in that is has a host interviewing a designer about the collection. But this one’s different because it’s shoppable. So kind of like QVC?
It’s very detailed, with Diane giving quite a lot of background and information to the collection. But aside from talking about the collection, the Hangoutees (what do you call Hangout members? Hangouters? Hanger-outers?) ask Diane about being an entrepreneur, style confidence and dealing with haters. If you’ve even seen DVF give a talk, you’ll know this is highly watchable.
If you’re not on Google Plus, it’s quite easy to join up. (And if you do, please do follow my page at Plus.google.com/+Disneyrollergirl) If you’re interested, read my Google Plus post here to find out how it all works and what the deal is with Google Hangouts.
So what did the smartphone companies do for London Fashion Week? Apple introduced its new iPhone 5s by working with Burberry Prorsum on social media coverage using its iSight camera.
Like this photo from the Burberry beauty booth for example:
— Burberry (@Burberry) September 16, 2013
Yep, that’s me being tweeted from backstage at Burberry – no biggie.
Meanwhile, Samsung sponsored the BFC press lounge and worked with Nicholas Kirkwood on an exclusive case for the Galaxy Note 3. Continue reading
Sophisticated, clean-cut pieces in an electric colour palette and tessellated prints at Preen – accompanied by David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Forbidden Colours. And look at that neon light installation…
Looking forward to London Fashion Week? Here’s something I hope will grab you. On Friday 13th September, I’ll be hosting a live make-up lesson on Google Hangout with Max Factor to help launch its Whipped Crème foundation. In the morning I’ll be tweeting up a storm backstage at Felder Felder, then post-show, snatching the make-up from the hands of Max Factor make-up artist Mel Arter and delivering them to Max Factor make-up artist Caroline Barnes at our Google Hangout*. We will be joined by P&G’s Dr Sarah Vickery, Felder Felder’s Isabelle Domier and hopefully…you. Continue reading
I’ve been reusing my 10-year-old Hervé Chapelier canvas tote a lot this summer so was interested to see it also got a mention in US Vogue recently.
Along with the Longchamp Le Pliage, it’s a fine example of high quality, enduring design that does a job without making a song and dance about it. It’s a great product on its own but it could also do with a well-chosen collab or two to introduce it to a new audience – well that certainly hasn’t done Longchamp any harm.
And can we talk about the website? I can think of a million ways to bring the site of this made-in-France 90s favourite bang up-to-date with rich content and engaging stories, not to mention better functionality. Call me please, team Chapelier…