The killer collaboration between fashion and tech stretches far beyond supermodels on smartphones. In honor of New York Fashion Week this week, we're celebrating some of our favorite tech-outfitted items, from LED-adorned dresses to the most fabulous geek-toe shoes around. Some will cost you a pretty penny, while others exist only in movies, but they're all fun to gawk at. Which is your favorite?
Calling all space cadets and astronomy enthusiasts! There's a clothing line for you: ShadowPlayNYC, an Etsy shop where fashion and nebulae collide in glamorous ways. Based in Brooklyn, a team of two spaced-obsessed designers use a combination of actual NASA images and self-made prints to create unique fabrics and one-of-a-kind pieces. Even cooler is their eco-friendly stance toward protecting this planet; aside from carefully hand-making each garment and sourcing all supplies locally, ShawdowPlayNYC uses organic fabrics and employs a waste-saving production technique that leaves next to nothing for the landfill.
Take a look at the cosmic collection that includes moonwalking scarves and extraplanetary skirts.
It's not as practical as an iPhone, but this new release from ultimate shoe designer Christian Louboutin may be the perfect sky-high pump. Formally titled the Lady Peep Geek Embroidered Pump ($1,695), this shoe unites the best of high tech with high fashion in its microchip-inspired embroidery, beading, and the signature red sole.
Forgo the standard florals of beach style, and hit sunny Summer days with playful beach gear fit for geeks. Whether you're a diehard Trekkie (ahem, Trekker) or a total technology nut, we've rounded up the must-have picks to help you prepare. Planning to hit the pool to stay cool during these dog days? Grab your retro-inspired radio and R2-D2 water bottle to carry you through beach season.
Everything old is new again, especially when it comes to the Batman of yesteryear. DC Comics has teamed up with the UK fashion label Lazy Oaf in honor of The Dark Knight Rises. The duo's vintage Batman prints and silhouettes make for a retro line that even non-Batman fans will covet, offering a very different look from the usual Caped Crusader costume.
With the release of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises we found jewelry across the web that makes us fan girl chic for in honor of our favorite superhero. Lucky for us, the simple aesthetic of the Caped Crusader makes for some surprisingly pretty designs. Since we were often caught channeling Batgirl on the playground, you can bet we'll take any excuse to get in the bat spirit, whether or not there's a movie in theaters. Check out the irresistible bat jewels.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.
Traditionally, the bride and groom share gifts to celebrate their marriage — and for those of you who plan to marry a fellow geek, we've gathered some original, thoughtful present ideas to help you check off one more to-do. Here are 10 creative options for your geeky groom, whether he's a lifelong gaming nerd or an enthusiastic amateur photographer:
- Signed paraphernalia: Whether it's a movie poster for a film he's seen a hundred times (ahem, Star Wars) or the jacket of a book by his favorite author (Douglas Adams perhaps?), a signed item can make for a personal, unexpected gift he may not think to buy himself.
- High-tech fitness gear: If your groom likes to stay fit, give the Nike+ Fuelband ($149) to help him monitor his fitness. Even better? He'll love the competitive challenge that comes from the system's gamelike point system.
- Photography software: The latest Photoshop package might not seem like the most romantic gift option, but it's a product he'll use again and again. Plus what better way to ensure the most gorgeous honeymoon photos?
- Computer accessories: From cool wireless equipment to handy photo printers, new computer tools are a practical idea for a groom that's always glued to his laptop.
Keep reading for more creative gift ideas for the groom.
Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space, turns 60 today! In her postastronaut career, she's continued to dedicate herself to science, investigating both the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia accidents, writing five science books for children, and founding Sally Ride Science, an organization helping women pursue tech- and science-related careers. To celebrate her birthday — and our love of astronauts in general — we've gathered 10 astronaut tees to flaunt our gravity-defying interest in space.
It's tempting to steer clear of venturing outside during torrential Spring and Summer showers, but these geeky umbrellas should help protect you from getting soaked. We've covered umbrellas with cool LED lights, lightsabers, and color-changing graphics to name a few — so are you ready to stop avoiding the rain?
It seems like everyone is gearing up for the release of Marvel's The Avengers on Friday — even the fashion world. To kick off Australian Fashion Week on Monday, Australian label Romance Was Born partnered up with Marvel Comics to create a Spring/Summer 2013 collection based on The Avengers. The 25 looks were inspired by the graphics of comic-book artist Jack Kirby and evoke comic sentiment through zigzags, halftone patterns, dazzling colors, and shoutouts to superhero costumes, like arm cuffs, leotards, and tight bodysuits. Click through to be amazed by the marvelous looks.