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On Greenery

The subject of green is all around us and summers overgrown foliage is a reminder.  I think the news should offer a daily update on green each day.  A bit of verbiage on how green evolves beautifully and lovingly along with our weather, coast to coast, sea to shining sea  would evoke a smile from me every morning.  I would surely turn the news on anxious for the update.

As summer days wind down and I get a bit melancholy I close my eyes and take in the smell of the hue known as green.  The lush fresh smell of plant life fills my senses on the days where humidity is dominant just after a cooling rain.   Oh the smell of lawn just cut, that to me is summer and in my mind’s eye its green. I find this so comforting in a time of uncertainty. This familiar color with all its attributes truly grounds me.  I stop to wonder why a bit more deeply as August roots itself and September whispers “I’m coming”.

With a focus on Pantone’s Greenery to start conversation I invite you to think of all the good things that exist and revive us year after year no matter what the headlines say.   I remind you look around, open your eyes to the diversity of green and it’s acceptance in our  urban environment,  rural landscapes and beach style land fronts.   Revel  in the open-mindedness of where it lands in our deep forest floors glowing and bright or our hot roof top garden planters puffed up in bluer shades of succulents laced with traces of red and orange and reflect on its resilience.  It always comes back, its brave and its timeless. It keeps showing up, even though like Kermit the Frog would say, “it’s not easy being green”.  I admire green.   Fact is that this color represents hope and change.

When the weather is magnificent with roaring skies and bursts of lighting and wicked winds blow our precious gardens and fences  all around accompanied by bashing high tides…..just a bit of time and the green glows again.   Spring sings it open with the first buds of future leaves on trees and new grasses peaking through the lawns dull landscape. Summer embraces it and it thrives in a steroid infused like fashion simply because of moisture and heat. I invite you to gaze over the green apples at your market with a new perspective, stare deeply into the shapes and colors of  squashes and brush your hand upon the herbs in your garden noticing all the amazing shades this wondrous hue holds.  Remember green is morphing as time rolls to survive.  It keeps its promises and reminds us that a new season is upon us and it will emerge again and again.

The color Greenery by Pantone  is a cheery one though considering green’s vast possibilities.  This happy and cheerful color is sure to lighten your mood and so I think everyone should own something in this hue or one of the varieties taking it into winter, spring to follow and pairing once again into summer too.  Green teaches us about perseverance and working things out. Just look how it works with all the colors on your farmers market stand.  It glows proudly with the purples of radishes and beets, it stands sportively with the yellow hues and it freely waves its leafy hands on all our delicious root veggies.  Don’t hide from it, let it shine and keep believing in its power to come back each year a little tweaked perhaps but always strong and grounded.   Green is honest. Green is good.  Green is loyal.

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Fashion Incentives for Technology – AKA FIT?

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Is anyone surprised to see new technology being implanted into our fibers, textiles, clothing and accessories? Of course the next step will be placing the chips under our skin, but until then, let’s see how we can find ways to enhance the fashion experience. GPS chips in our pets used to sound crazy too….

A number of years ago, we had a student designing batteries into her custom-made school bags and brief cases to recharge the new hit toy – cell phones. Now we are seeing plug-in dresses and shirts!! We are exposed to the sun much of our commuting and recreating days. So why not put our “outer layer” of clothing to work? This is a natural fusion of bringing techies together with fashion creatives. The geek look is fine for some, but there are those who want a fashionable look for their appearance.

You may have seen the new ideas from Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, who started her sustainable company: Wearable Solar. Images from her website show some of the possibilities to integrate energy producing solar panels into clothes that will power up your digital devices: paulinevandongen.nl/project/wearable-solar-video/

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The art and science of “intelligent clothing” is an enticing subject for future thinking design and technology students alike. New partnerships are developing across formerly separate lines. And whether it is technology influencing fashion design or the reverse, we are being influenced to integrate technology into much more of our lives.

An early adaptation is with E-textiles that are making it possible to monitor one’s exercise routine and general health.

Our research turned up these examples:
➢ A new cancer-detecting bra is in the lab being designed to forewarn of a potential breast cancer.
➢ Sportswear that monitors your workout routine – heart rate and calories burned; injury prone patterns to correct…
➢ Google Glasses of course and Contact lenses to test for glucose levels
➢ GPS Bracelets are functional and decorative
➢ The D-Shirt — Digital Shirt by Cityzen Sciences
➢ BlackSocks app with RFID chips to keep your socks paired for life!
➢ Diapers that track a baby’s kidney function and potential medical issues…

And we recently observed how Ralph Lauren is getting in on this new wave with his PoloTech fitness-tracking compression shirts worn by the ball boys during this year’s U.S. Open tennis tournament in NYC. Working with OMsignal, a Canada-based biometrics firm, they are testing for heart and breathing rates and the stress level of a person’s workout. The measurements are read on a Bluetooth-connected Smartphone.

We are reminded of the saying: “The future is now!” And Ralph Lauren, Pauline van Dongen and others are running on fast-forward to bring these new ideas to us NOW:

Drawing by Art Winters
Drawing by Art Winters
Are your biometrics favorable? Just ask your shirt,
with its small silver yarn-bonded sensors. The answers may enhance your workout.

This adds a whole new meaning to “dressing smart”!
What apparel fashion tech have you seen or tried?

 

Arthur & Peggy Winters co-teach SXB 200 Brand Marketing Communications for Image & Meaning and SXR 050 Intro to Branding: The Art of Customer Bonding.

Gentlemen’s Vintage Clothing Show and Sale

This looks to be an interesting event!
If you go, please let me know how it was.

Gentlemen’s Vintage Show and Sale

 

Interested in Menswear classes? Check out:
SXF 325 Men’s Image Consulting with Style
SXF 335 Fit, Balance, and Proportion Fundamentals for Men’s Image and Styling
SXF 340 Most Iconic Menswear Milestones in Fashion History
SXS 330 Fashion Styling for Men