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“Boredom is the biggest problem in fashion”, pronounced JW Anderson after his womenswear debut for heritage fashion house Loewe this week. It’s a sentiment reflected, for many onlookers, in fashion’s ongoing obsession with all things tech. From communication to (e)commerce, the designers who kept things fresh this fashion month were those who found a meaningful way to employ technologies in their show formats – here’s our pick of the best.

New York

Shopping looks straight from the catwalk – whether on the label’s own e-commerce site or through third party retailers – has been a FROW presence for a few seasons now. The problem, so far, has been getting enough people to watch the shows to make the necessary technical construction worthwhile. A live stream will never get the same dedicated ‘footfall’ of Instagram, for example. Exclusive to BCBG Max Azria and sister brand Hervé Leger this season was precisely that – an app called LiketoKnow:It, from Reward Style, that made Instagram shoppable. Once signed up, users could shop straight from the runway photos of various Instagram influencers.

London

Think London Fashion Week, think Burberry. Or should that be #burberry. The Brit stalwarts teamed up with Twitter for their Burberry Prorsum show for SS15, with the launch of the site’s click-to-buy button. The move allowed customers in the US to buy nail polish worn by the models in the show directly from a tweet. Long considered the zeitgeist in its embracing of tech, Burberry’s Twitter exclusive ensured its place at the head of the pack.

Paris

Kenzo’s hot-of-the-press SS15 show took place on the outskirts of Paris – in a skate park. Disgruntled editors in the suburbs aside, the show’s giant digital screens depicting talking avatars were equally eye-raising. “Kenzo would like to remind you that there is no Planet B, protect what is precious.” Humberto Leon and Carol Lim like to wear their ecological messages on their statement sweater sleeves; their cyber-aesthetic set design was PFW’s most brilliantly Instagrammable statement of intent. As Humberto told Susie Bubble after the show, “We’re definitely embracing technology and looking at what is our vision for the future – cleanliness, purity, the right energy and being responsible.”

Reported by Claire Healy

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As London Fashion Week draws to a close, we took a moment to check out some of the tech that made the headlines for us.

Livestreaming enables us to watch the shows anywhere we choose, or in the case of Topshop through a shop window. This season Topshop made this illusion come to life, collaborating with 3D agency Inition to create a virtual front row in the windows of their flagship store on Oxford street. Five Topshop fans had the opportunity to wear Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets & headphones, giving them a front row ticket to watch the vibrant A/W14  collection walk down the runway sitting in the window of Topshop.

Next up, Fyodor Golan’s collaboration with Nokia, his collection consisted of a piece that still has us reminiscing about his show: a £68,000 skirt that was made up of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. Whatever happened to the classic pencil skirt? Golan has clearly tossed that trend out the window. The bell-shaped mini-skirt was broadcasting snaps of colored visuals, which looking like butterfly wings that were beating away.

Milan Fashion Pitch finalists Wowcracy made their mark, with their online fashion platform that enables you to purchase high quality fashion before it lands on the market.  They  pre-sold a new collection live from LFW, launching Milan based designer, Flavia La Rocca’s A/W14 collection on the opening day of LFW.  Flavia La Rocca’s collection is a combination of sustainable materials and exquisite design,  made available to buy through Wowcracy  before hitting the stores in Autumn.

And finally, the “Twitter Mirror” made a debut at LFW, with Matthew Williamson giving it some serious showtime. The “mirror” was set-up like a photo booth backstage for celebrities, models, make-up artists, and a whole lot more to snap their selfies. All could be spied upon Matthew Williamson’s Twitter feed and under the ever evolving  #OhMW.

Reported by Anisa Sojka