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  1. Wearable Tech: Fashion That Looks Good and Reads Your Mind
    From Google Glass to health-tracking wristbands, it’s no secret wearable tech is on the rise. But just how far can technology enthusiasts and fashion designers see into the future?
  2. Pay Attention to These 8 Emerging Tech Hubs
    The world is well versed in the global innovation boom, but have you heard of what’s going on in Cyprus, Sweden or North Carolina?
  3. Poshmark’s Founder: Why Mobile Is Eating His Industry
    Manish Chandra, CEO of Poshmark, made a big bet on mobile when he launched his used-clothing e-commerce service.
  4. Nadella on Finding a ‘New Formula’ for Innovation at Microsoft
    One of the toughest tasks on new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s to-do list is figuring out how to shake Microsoft out of its innovation trap.

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  1. WhatsApp: Facebook Acquires Messaging Service in $19bn Deal
    Massive purchase is Facebook’s largest ever and comes after Google reportedly made $1bn offer for the company last year.
  2. eBay brings virtual fitting room into living rooms with PhiSix buy
    E-commerce company eBay Inc. has purchased virtual fitting room creator PhiSix Fashion Labs, giving its clothing shoppers the option to try on clothes before buying.
  3. 4 Startup Tech Trends to Look for in 2014
    2014 is off to a great start, and these four tech trends look to be a major component in the direction of startup tech companies this year.
  4. Innovation: first Porter call
    Running IT for a company built on quality and innovation would be enough pressure to turn many a CIO away.

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  1. Wearable Tech Fashion Show
    Fashion Week is over, but  Social Media Week is here!
  2. Startup Launches a Fashion-Friendly Google Glass Alternative
    Boston-based Laforge Optical has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for Icis, a line of “fashion-friendly” prescription eyewear that includes a display with a user’s smartphone notifications in their field of vision.
  3. British Fashion Struts its Stuff on the International Catwalk
    Barbara Wilson, fashion specialist at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), has worked with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Orla Kiely. She reveals her favorite designer from London Fashion Week and explains how UKTI can help UK designers sell their wares abroad.
  4. Google Launches Fund to Help Later-Stage Startups
    Google launched a new equity fund on Wednesday designed to help later-stage startups just as they reach their critical growth phase.

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As London Fashion Week draws to a close, we took a moment to check out some of the tech that made the headlines for us.

Livestreaming enables us to watch the shows anywhere we choose, or in the case of Topshop through a shop window. This season Topshop made this illusion come to life, collaborating with 3D agency Inition to create a virtual front row in the windows of their flagship store on Oxford street. Five Topshop fans had the opportunity to wear Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets & headphones, giving them a front row ticket to watch the vibrant A/W14  collection walk down the runway sitting in the window of Topshop.

Next up, Fyodor Golan’s collaboration with Nokia, his collection consisted of a piece that still has us reminiscing about his show: a £68,000 skirt that was made up of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. Whatever happened to the classic pencil skirt? Golan has clearly tossed that trend out the window. The bell-shaped mini-skirt was broadcasting snaps of colored visuals, which looking like butterfly wings that were beating away.

Milan Fashion Pitch finalists Wowcracy made their mark, with their online fashion platform that enables you to purchase high quality fashion before it lands on the market.  They  pre-sold a new collection live from LFW, launching Milan based designer, Flavia La Rocca’s A/W14 collection on the opening day of LFW.  Flavia La Rocca’s collection is a combination of sustainable materials and exquisite design,  made available to buy through Wowcracy  before hitting the stores in Autumn.

And finally, the “Twitter Mirror” made a debut at LFW, with Matthew Williamson giving it some serious showtime. The “mirror” was set-up like a photo booth backstage for celebrities, models, make-up artists, and a whole lot more to snap their selfies. All could be spied upon Matthew Williamson’s Twitter feed and under the ever evolving  #OhMW.

Reported by Anisa Sojka

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  1. Marty McFly’s Self-Tying Laces a Reality of the Not-Too-Distant Future
    Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield has whipped up excitement with his revelation that trainers with self-tying laces, like those worn by Michael J. Fox in Back To The Future II, will be unveiled in 2015
  2. Israeli Start-Ups Make Online Shopping Easier
    Apps that bring together fashion and technology are the focus of a competitive pitch night on Google’s Tel Aviv campus.

  3. Cuff Blends Jewelry With a Wearable Alert System
    For some fashionistas wearables can be clunky and don’t aesthetically combine well with the other jewelry that women and men may have on their wrists such as bracelets, or a watch but Cuff is hoping to change this.
  4. Siemens Closes New $100M Fund For Innovation in Manufacturing Tech
    The venture arm of European engineering company Siemens, Siemens Venture Capital, has launched a new $100 million “Industry of the Future” fund for early-stage startups, the firm announced today.

startup-villlage-body_5-1With Fashion Week behind us, it’s time for SXSW! One of the cool additions this year was a wearable tech component added to SXSW accelerator competition presented by Oracle.

Our CEO, Liz Bacelar participated as a judge, and we are eager to share the finalists with you. Selected pitching companies were pulled from a pool of over 500 applicants applying for a chance to shine at Startup Village:

  1. Bionym – A wearable device that authenticates users through their unique cardiac rhythm, and communicates identity wirelessly for seamless and dynamic interaction with technology.

  2. Fashion Discovery Labs – Enables everyone to “Discover Fashion Instantly” in the real world through Google Glass, which aims to enrich the online and retail shopping experience.

  3. Jon Lou – A lifestyle brand for people who love fashion, love technology, and think it’s about time the two of them met for a drink.

  4. Kiwi Wearable Technologies – Builds products which help wearers enjoy happier and healthier lives.

  5. Mighty Cast – Connects physical objects to the cloud through its patent-pending technology and proprietary platform.

  6. Pauline van Dongen – A fashion designer working closely with companies in the field of science and innovation. She aims to merge fashion and technology.

  7. People+ – An innovative, curated business directory of professionals and companies.

  8. Skully Helmets – Pioneering augmented reality solutions for the head protection industry.

A complete list of all 2014 SXSW Accelerator finalists can be found here.

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  1. Fendi Partners With Google to Livestream Runway Show
    Fendi and Google have teamed up to create a new catwalk experience and are installing cameras on drones, powered by Parrot.
  2. What Happens When Data Geeks Run a Fashion Label?
    Business intelligence and data analytics are not words you usually hear uttered at a fashion label. But for Andrew Wolf and Gonçalo Reis, founders of Singapore-based fashion company Lift12, these terms are bread and butter.
  3. Photos Become Ads With New Technology
    A new technology starting to catch the attention of publishers, especially outside the United States, could further feed the debate over native advertising by turning any visual element on a web page, including editorial photographs and videos, into advertisements.
  4. U.S. Speed Skaters Struggle: Are High-Tech Suits to Blame?
    The U.S. speed skating team is desperately trying to make sense of its miserable performance during the first week of the Winter Olympics – and much of the speculation has turned to a new high-tech skin suit.

Lyst Loves Mary Katranzou

On the first day of London Fashion Week, Lyst announced a new partnership with top iconic British fashion designer, Mary Katrantzou. Lyst are exclusively retailing a selection of the brand’s limited edition Spring 2014 resort collection, these pieces are only available on Lyst.com in the USA.

Launching on Valentine’s Day at the start of LFW, the collection comprises of ten garments, including the iconic Lanta & Nevis dresses.  It is hugely exciting to see two innovative brands coming together, but also importantly marks Lyst’s first exclusive retail partnership (a sign of things to come).

This partnership comes shortly after Lyst announced an impressive $14 million round of investment and the launch of Mary Katrantzou’s own ecommerce site, back in November 2013. The collaboration is likely to give the designer a much further reach in the states and it is an exciting new proposition from the Lyst team.

Check out the cute Instagram video and spread the love #Lyst Loves Mary Katranzou.

Reported by Anisa Sojka

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  1. Why This Year Will Be Huge For Wearable Tech
    Shipments of smart wearable bands – currently a relatively small sector in the technology industry – are set to grow by mammoth proportions this year, according to independent analyst Canalys.
  2. Nokia designs ‘smart skirt’ for London Fashion Week
    Technology is in for fall, right? Nokia’s new skirt is made from 35 Nokia Lumina 1520 smartphones and changes with the model’s movements. It debuts at London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday.
  3. The 10 Best Startup Websites
    When it comes to startups, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of new ones every year here are some that caught our eye.
  4. Marigay McKee Is the New Master of Saks Fifth Avenue
    When Marigay McKee needed to recharge between top gigs at Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue, where she recently took over as president, she did something unusual: She climbed more than 17,000 feet, to Mount Everest’s base camp.

 

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  1. The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Style                                                                                                                         From big data to sustainability, these companies are moving the fashion industry forward.
  2. A Mini-Skirt Controlled By Your iPhone: Wearable Tech Lights Up NYFW                                                                                         The future of fashion may be closer then we think, as CuteCircuit presented their wearable tech collection for fall 2014 at New York Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear collection defined innovation in the interactive fashion, as models on the runway controlled the clothing with their iPhones.
  3. London Fashion Week Arrives                                                                                                                                                        London Fashion Week has arrived – a five-day extravaganza known for producing some of the world’s most exciting and dynamic fashion talents.
  4. U.S. Tech Startups: An Endangered Species?                                                                                                                                          A steady decline in start-up rates within the technology sector, one that briefly reversed course with the dot-com boom in the late 90s, resumed at the turn of the century and is now plummeting faster than ever, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Kauffman Foundation, a research organization.
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