CES 2016-A Fashion Tech Perspective

After an amazing week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, here is our fashion observations.

Fashion Tech

Wearables dominated the scene at CES. We saw both increased span of functionality, more fashionable looks compared to past years and a trend moving from the wrist towards many kinds of accessories and clothing.

Activity tracking and fitness, heath monitoring and biometrics were where functionality focused. We also saw life alert and posture correction in a few.

Sleep and activity tracking bands, smart watches, smart bracelets got prettier looks. Fossil displayed their smartwatches  and analog watches with smart functions; Swarovski their activity tracking jewelry collection, MisFit and WiseWear unveiled their stylish activity tracking bands which are candidates to become our new favorite bangles. Besides fitness and biometric tracking, SMS, voice call, emails, WiseWear smart bracelets ‘Socialite collection’ provides Life Alert functionality and will be available at Neiman Marcus and other retailers in a month.

Functionality is the main focus for fitness tights, smart sneakers, smart socks and smart bra.

Nick Verreos hosted 2016 FashionWare fashion show at CES, featuring dresses that are not only smart but also pretty!

Samsung unveiled HumanFit,  smart fashion accessories and clothing which included a clutch that can charge your device with solar panels, activity monitoring belt, NFC enabled bio-smart shirt and golf clothes that can monitor weather conditions and UV exposure.

We demoed new version of Pureple at Pureple booth in Eureka Park. New update code named Pureple Friends introduces Pureple Community Circles which takes crowd sourced outfit suggestions to next level. You will be able to build your circle where you can share your closet with them and give or get outfit suggestions as well as a customized feed of outfit inspirations. You will continue to be able to share your closet with all Pureple community or keep it private. You will also have the option to share all your items, not just the ones added from web. We also unveiled a virtual stylist with smarter outfit suggestions. Stay tuned for the next update!

The trend on connected wearables moving beyond the wrist excites us that in a few years, it will be easier, almost natural to create your virtual wardrobe and manage it automatically. We are also excited about the virtual dressing room to allow you to see clothing on you. A great journey ahead!

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What to Pack for the Trip

If you are heading to CES or a tradeshow in similar lines, here is our experience when it comes to packing.

The four day trade show is the biggest in the tech industry bringing the biggest players and latest products together. While the assumed dress code is business casual, we saw everything between typical tech office attire (ok maybe not sweatpants and flip flops) to suits. It is a good idea to be prepared for a few formal gatherings while still keeping comfortable. The most critical item to pack is, by far, the shoes. It’s a huge show spanning 2 miles of floor space and 3200 exhibitors where visitors and exhibitors spend most of the day on foot and long are those days. It is often that an impromptu plan for the evening comes up.  Considering these, packing comfort shoes with dressy looks is a smart choice. We survived the show with our Cole Haan pumps and Gentle Souls wedges and boots. In case you need an emergency pair during show, there is a Cole Haan store in The Grand Canal Shoppes in Venetian and many others nearby.

The weather is Vegas in January is colder than LA where we are based, and warmer than Seattle. While we needed a warm coat, maybe also a hat or scarf in the evening, we ended up not using our sweaters. We were glad that we packed in layers and enough for all days as there were no time to deal with dry cleaning.

Many visitors preferred taking pictures and recording brief videos when visiting booths. Press presence was also notable as the tech world across the globe had their eyes on Vegas this week. Cameras were everywhere, whether from press or amateurs and we ended up on formal/informal interviews several times. Dressing camera ready is a good idea.

We certainly were impressed with how stylish our visitors were. Blazers for both ladies and gentleman were a favorite we spotted. So were dresses in winter fabrics and naturals, dressy jeans, blouses, linen tees and colorful scarves. Did tech have some style!

Note to STEAM parents:

Rogue Making offers wearable making kits and workshops for birthdays or similar events for the little scientists. We were happy to be able to offer our 7 year old daughter an opportunity to explore both engineering and fashion at the same time.



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