Clothes that double up as smartphones aren’t as far away as you might think. “In five to 10 years, all the little gadgets we have to carry around – like mobile phones, cameras or bracelets – will disappear and everything will be integrated into a garment,” said Francesca Rosella, creative director at CuteCircuit.
There will be outfits for our children that will tell us if they’re getting enough exercise, and jackets warning us if our blood pressure is too high. How about tops that can change their pattern and colour depending on how you’re feeling? This is the type of wearable technology that Lauren said his brand was experimenting with.
But why now? Some say it’s because the fashion industry is getting edgy about the sheer volume of cash that consumers are throwing at trendy gadgets rather than trendy jumpers and they want a slice of the action.