The collection, dubbed Alpha Lyrae, includes eight dresses with heavily architectural silhouettes whose spacey blue glow comes courtesy of electroluminescent textiles. And while comments on stories about the line show that, thus far, some folks are balking, tittering or otherwise virtually rolling their eyes at the gimmicky nature of the dresses, light-up fashion with a seriously geeky twist has been popping up on runways where Fashion (with a capital F) normally rules. Case in point: The LED-adorned hats of master milliner Philip Treacy and Moritz Waldemeyer during the most recent installment of London Fashion Week.
Sure, it’s fair to wonder whether the average woman would consider light-up frocks practical or even desirable (will it look equally as good in the daylight, will the glow turn the garment embarrassingly sheer?), it’s also completely within the realm of style possibilities to view light as the next dimension in fashion, an intriguing addition to a toolbox of possibilities that has until now only housed pattern, texture, shape and color.
Perhaps just as intriguing is the origins of the line itself. Intel and Vice make for unusual collaborators – one of the old-guard tech industry, the other of the in-your-face and experimental. It’s yet another example of Intel making a serious effort to reach alternative pockets of the tech-enabled generation (another recent one was the Personal Cloud collaboration with Portland’s Fashionxt).
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