So, What Exactly Is The Fashion Of The Future? We Have The Answers

The bedroom is Gizmodo’s Home of the Future.
Photo: Noah Fowler/Courtesy of Gizmodo

Earlier this week, Gizmodo opened up Home of the Future, a rad pop-up installation that’s basically a super high-tech house straight outta The Jetsons that was built inside an old SoHo gym (go see it if you’re in NYC!). Because you can’t have a house without a closet, and you can’t have a closet without clothes, they hosted a panel called “Fashion of the Future,” uncovering what sort of technological advancements are happening in the fashion world and what we can expect to wear in the coming months/years/millennia.

Historically, the fancy designers who show at fashion week dictated—or, at the very least, predicted—what we’d be wearing the following season. But with wearable technology becoming increasingly important, runways are becoming decreasingly influential. It’s hard to care about the next “It” designer shoe when you can print your own Instagram shots on brand-new Adidas kicks.

The panel, and also a male model.
Photo: @gizmodo’s Instagram

So here’s what we learned from the geniuses who spoke on the panel: designer Asher Levine, Nooka founder Matthew Waldman, designer Natalia Allen, Isaora founder Ricky Hendry, and photographer Tim Richardson.

“You don’t need a coffee table book, you have an Instagram feed,” says Ricky Hendry, who designs for Edun in addition to running his own performance menswear line. “I think technology changes the fabric of society.”

Matthew Waldman, an artist who founded design company Nooka that makes, among other things, high-tech watches, agreed: “There will be a need for less things as technology advances. Books and magazines are antiquated as are stores. That’s why they’re all going out of business.”

“If you come to my studio downtown in Tribeca, you’d think it was a laboratory,” said designer-slash-tech-whiz Asher Levine, who’s been an object of affection/obsession here at MTV Style for forevs. Oh, did you think he was done? NOPE. Dude was on a roll. “We work with conventional materials like cotton and leather, but we incorporate silicone, urethane, and latex. We test different fabrications, not only for performance, but for aesthetic. It’s really exciting to take silicone and infuse it into different fabrics. We emboss leather like it’s no one’s business.”

In order to make this kind of experimentation happen on a mass level, though, bigger changes have to happen. Also? More $$$. “There needs to be some sort of infrastructure set up to be a communication liaison between these large companies that have capital and companies. Like, where I’m like, ’Hey guys, I have ideas! I can show you, but I need your money.’ But at the same time, you don’t really need money if you have passion,” he said.

“Everything is handmade. There’s a human involved in every process. To say that you buy a 3D printer and someone’s out of work is dumb. One thing people don’t grasp is the carbon footprint. When it’s made overseas and it needs to be shipped, that’s a carbon footprint. One of the benefits of using robots is that it can be made local,” said Matthew Waldman.

Contrary to what tech naysayers believe, more robots + better technology ≠ fewer jobs for humans like you. “It’s an evolution of a process. The process evolves. You’re going to have to learn new skills if you want to keep your job. That’s how it’s always been. People always make it seem like a new thing when it’s new technology, but it’s always been the case,” said Matthew.

“I have a feeling that in 20 years time, people are still going to be wearing the T-shirts and the jeans and everything we’re wearing now,” said photographer Tim Richardson, who’s shot for basically every fashion magazine you’ve read, ever, so dude knows style. “In the future with smart clothing, you’ll have a T-shirt that communicates your core temperatures. It’s still going to be a pair of jeans and a f****** white T-shirt, it’s just going to feel better.”

If only we could hit the fast-forward button. Why can’t the future be now?

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