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Lifesaving Fashion, GPS Shoes Fashioned for Alzheimer Patients

Lifesaving Fashion

Lifesaving Fashion

Getting lost is a common problem for Alzheimer’s patients and their caretakers. Often when they go on walks they often forget their way and don’t remember how to return home. As a result, patients are at risk of injury, even death. In this context, location-based technologies are an incredible way to keep track of loved ones.

To resolve this problem, GTX Corp has developed the  GPS Shoe, a pair of sneakers embedded with GPS technology that allow caregivers to track patients via a computer or smartphone. So why not simply provide smartphones to patients? As memory is an issue, a phone is more likely to be forgotten than putting on a pair of shoes.

The only problem — the shoes are comically unattractive. Alzheimer patients may have problems with their memory — not their vision. For mainstream adoption, this product majorly needs the assistance of both product designers and UI designers for the interface.

The shoes will retail for $299.

Source: Fashiontech.com

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Fashion Week Spring 2011: The Shoes

The Hot Shoes of Spring

The shoes are sexy, but the walking is treacherous.

Both on and off the runway, shoes were turning heads —and possibly a few ankles—at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Spring 2011 shows .

Whatever the style—be it a gladiator sandal, a platform wedge, or a stacked heel—there was a common theme: extreme height. So much so that more than a few women were spotted having to slip off their heels and slip on another shoe in order to navigate New York’s streets, especially in the cobble-stoned Meatpacking District where some fashion shows took place.

Walking on the Wild Side

The shoe excitement wasn’t confined to the runways. Plenty of fans turned out for the shows sporting shoes worthy of the spotlight. This pair of shoes worn by spectator Comora Roberson highlights the popular animal print trend for the spring. Roberson says she likes the print because she’s “not a black or a brown shoe girl.”

“I love them,” Roberson said. “You can’t really walk with them.”

A View From the Front Row

The shoes were particularly eye-catching in the front row. One example were the heels Julianne Moore wore to the Reed Krakoff Spring 2011 fashion show on Sept. 15. These were from Krakoff’s fall collection. For spring, he has a new version, this time made with boar hair.

High Fashion for The Masses

The designs at Fashion Week continue to become more accessible for fans. Collective Brands’ Payless ShoeSource has partnered with designers to bring high fashion to the masses. Christian Siriano, the designer who won the fourth season of the reality show Project Runway, is one of them.

Siriano’s spring collection drew on inspiration from India, China, and Africa. His shoes included heels that were almost architectural in their design. Pictured here is an example from his show at The Stage at Lincoln Center on Sept. 9, 2010, with a “chop-stick”-inspired wood heel with an electroplate finish.

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Designer Lela Rose also is working with Payless. Her shoe designs are named after streets in Lima, Peru. This striated wedge heel is “Loreto,” which the designer says was inspired by the city’s hillside landscape.

Other designers at fashion week were also showing stacked heels for spring.

Spring’s Pale Palette

Another common trend for spring are neutral colors. Here’s an example of an open-toed bootie that was shown at Nicole Miller’s show on Sept. 10 at 82 Mercer.

Would Michelle Wear These?

These metallic heels are a great pairing with the heavily beaded designs of Naeem Khan, who is known for his ultra-embellished gowns and cocktail dresses that have been worn by celebrities including Beyonce Knowles, Carrie Underwood, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

A Pop of Color

A model walks the runway wearing a teal, T-strap sandal at Naeem Khan’s show at the Stage in Lincoln Center on Sept. 16.

Vases and Amazons

The shoe styles were very exciting at Vassilios Kostetsos Spring 2011 fashion show at The Studio at Lincoln Center on Sept. 12.

The silver metallic color of this pair contrasted nicely with the gold and blue hues that dominated his collection. Kostetsos drew inspiration for his clothes from Greek ceramic vases and the ancient Amazon culture.

Defying Gravity?

Some of the shoes are beautiful to look at, but seem to defy the laws of physics. Here’s a particularly high heel worn by actress Gillian Jacobs as she walked around Lincoln Center.

L.A.M.B Roars Like a Lion

Award-winning musician and vocalist Gwen Stefani continues to wow with her sense of style. There’s a lot of buzz about this spring’s L.A.M.B. collection.

Here a model walks down the runway at the L.A.M.B. show at the Theater at Lincoln Center on Sept. 16, 2010.

Backstage at DvF

Speaking of shoes, “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out several times at Fashion Week wearing head-turning footwear. Here’s a close-up of the shoes she wore to Diane von Furstenberg’s spring debut at the Theater at Lincoln Center on Sept. 12.

Source: CNBC.com

By Christina Cheddar-Berk


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Fashion Research Institute Collaborates with Intel Labs to Bring Premium Digital Content to Science Sim

“Content is King” has long been the mantra of the gurus of the Internet.  And now, Fashion Research Institute has teamed up with Intel Labs to provide users with a myriad of choices in premium digital content to help give those users a solid start to their Science Sim efforts.

Fashion Research Institute has been collaborating with Intel Labs since 2009, helping to push the limits of content development.

“Compelling content will drive the growth of virtual world grids; performance is essential to sustain that growth. But compelling content must be there first for the platform to host the business models to follow, including ours,” says FRI CEO Shenlei Winkler. “In particular, our research, which is supported by studying more than 65,000 new users to virtual worlds, shows that premium avatar customization content in particular aids in user uptake and deeper immersion to the platform”

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FRI provided Science Sim with six full avatars in various skin tones for male and females with multiple facial hair and makeup options, as well as a range of clothing, jewelry, shoes, and hairstyles. Additionally, FRI has provided landscaping, texture packs and buildings of various sorts.

“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to collaborate with Intel Labs to bring over 800 items of inventory to the Science Sim project,” says Winkler.

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Along with recent performance enhancements, we are laying a foundation for further exploration of new problem solving methodologies. Fashion Research Institute is collaborating in this effort through their recent content contribution,” says Dr. Mic Bowman, Principal Engineer, Intel Labs.

Teach Parallel, the Intel Software Network TV, recently interviwed Dr. Mic Bowman, the principal engineer in Intel Labs, who leads the Virtual World Infrastructure research project, in which he discusses advances in Science Sim and the FRI content contribution. http://blip.tv/play/g5FLgoSJXgA%2Em4v

 

About Fashion Research Institute, Inc.: FRI is at the forefront of developing innovative design & merchandising solutions for the apparel industry.  They research and develop products and systems for the fashion industry that sweepingly address wasteful business and production practices. All items included in the Science Sim content library are covered by a license.  The class of the content determines the exact license. Scripts are covered by BSD, GPL, Creative Commons, and Public Domain licenses. All other content contributed is covered by Fashion Research Institute’s content license.

Science Sim is part of an evolution toward online 3D experiences that look, act and feel real. Sometimes dubbed the “3D internet,” Intel Labs refers to this technology trend as immersive connected experiences, or ICE. ScienceSim is differentiated from most virtual world environments
by its open source architecture. ScienceSim leverages open source building blocks (installation utilities, management tools, client viewers, etc.) based on OpenSimulator (OpenSim) software.

(Image courtesy Fashion Research Institute, Inc.)

Source: Hypergridbusiness.com

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Nike Eco Fashion Trend; release January 2011

For Nike Sportswear’s latest project, they hit a double whammy in the hype department with their Nike Premium Print Pack. With references to eco-trends and the rapidly dissolving print world, this series is sure to launch with a bang in the beginning of January 2011.

Source:  Trendland.net By Mini Boss 27

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Shoe Fashion 2011, the Trends

Shoes form one of the most important parts of a person’s overall look. And for most of us, possessing a large collection of shoes is like a passion, which is evident from the large amount of shoe shopping that we indulge in. In case you are looking for some latest trends that will form the peak in the year 2011, then this article is the right stop for you. For 2011, shoes would be highly flamboyant and classy. Right from furry booties to leather lace-ups, 2011 has a wide spectrum of beautiful shoes to choose from. You will find a lot of detailing given to footwear, giving them a wild and assertive appearance. Additionally, the 80s heels will come back to the fashion circuit, while the sports shoes will have a retro style. Go through the following lines to find out the new collection of shoes for 2011. Take a look!

2011 Shoe Trends

Hiking Boots
Hiking boots are one such shoe trend, which you should definitely invest in. Laced up, with high heels, wedge heels or squared, made of fur or knitted applications, with wavy rubber sole, hiking boots have a wide range to choose from. Pair them up with your casuals to minimize their tough, mountain look or put on a pair of skinny jeans with a sweater and a beige overcoat for that real hiking feel.

Thigh High Boots
Thigh high boots should be your pick if you are looking for a minimalistic design yet you want to keep up with the latest fashion trends. Try out the simple variants for a biker feel or the laced-up version if you are daring enough to proudly boast them of. Alternately, you can pair up your thigh waist skirts with these boots for a more seductive and provocative appearance.

 

Buckled Shoes
For a simple yet extremely powerful style, buckled shoes are the most impressive footwear to opt for. Buckles are highly versatile as they perfectly complement casual and formal attire. Buckles are usually paired with towering high heels to elongate the wearer’s legs.

 


Pointed-toed Shoes
The girly yet sophisticated pointed-toed shoes are an unexpected surprise for 2011. With a very feminine look, these shoes are available in several versions ranging from simple, minimalist ones to block-heeled pointed-toed pumps. They can easily be paired up with tapering trousers and coat dresses.
High-heeled Loafers
Tired of wearing classic loafers? Try out the new high-heeled versions and you will love them for the rest of your life. Classy and elegant, these daring loafers add a small dose of masculinity unlike those old flat loafers. They can be worn with woolen tights, or with ankle or knee socks.
Derby Shoes
If you are looking for more comfortable footwear styles, then derby shoes are what you have been longing for. Combining perfectly the masculine and feminine looks, these beautiful and stylish derby shoes can be paired with different outfits. Match them with pants, liberty skirts, dresses, the choice is yours.


Chunk Platform Shoes
When eccentric combinations are your requirement, hunky platform shoes make the perfect pick for you. Try out a pair if you are willing to experiment with different geometric lines. However, make sure you keep your femininity on side, as chunk platform shoes are not meant to be worn on woman-oriented dresses.

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