Fashion and tech are now a forceful double act, inextricably linked in today’s digital consumer mindset, especially as the market for wearables gathers pace. So what will our wardrobes look like in 10 years? That was the question Grazia asked to celebrate its tenth anniversary, as part of the magazine’s #Grazia10 retrospective exhibition earlier this month.
The ‘Future Closet’ installation was curated by The Future Laboratory and was on display as part of the Grazia10 event at London’s Getty Images Gallery, showcasing a range of innovative fashion, tech and luxury brands.
‘We’ve seen some compelling new collaborations between technology and fashion brands who have developed devices that hide their high-tech interiors behind elegant facades,’ LS:N Global visual editor Hannah Robinson comments. ‘On the catwalk, fashion is embracing radical transparency, ethical luxury and co-opting state-of-the-art technical materials to add a sense of enchantment to apparel.’
Members of LS:N Global, Cute Circuit and London College of Fashion held a panel discussion last week to discuss what the future closet will look like and the brands to watch for future fashion innovations. Watch highlights here: Grazia10 Future of Fashion discussion
The Retail Planner verdict: Wearables are the future fashion opportunity that retailers need to watch. While innovation is slow and form or aesthetic appeal catches up with function, the principal of connected garments will be worth waiting for.