Newest fashions go high tech at New York Fashion Week

Thu Sep 4, 2014 6:18pm EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest in technology is driving the latest in fashion this week in New York, where hundreds of designers are unveiling their looks for spring.

From cutting-edge fabrics to wearable smart clothing, technology will be grabbing the spotlight at the semi-annual event that kicked off on Thursday and draws thousands of buyers, media and fans to see the newest styles.

"Technology is what's moving fashion forward," said Ken Downing, fashion director and senior vice president at Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus [NMRCUS.UL].

Downing said he expects to see romanticized gypsy looks that hearken to the 1970s but are modernized with high-tech patterns or fabrics.

"It's styled with real sensibility of looking forward," Downing said. "It's gypsy with a modern lens."

Silhouettes will be casual and relaxed but made of fabric that has inherent, subtle structure, thanks to technological advances, said Roseanne Morrison, fashion director at the Doneger Group, which researches and analyzes fashion industry trends.

"It's a coating. It's a finish," she said. "That's pushing the business forward."

Soft silhouettes were in full force at Nicholas K, the first show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, where many of the week's events are staged.   Continued...

People gather outside the tents at the Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid