CLOSE
Anrealage via YouTube
Anrealage via YouTube

Flash Photography Brings Drab Clothing to Life at Paris Fashion Show

Anrealage via YouTube
Anrealage via YouTube

As distracting as they can be, flashing lights are as much a part of Fashion Week as street style stars and celebrities parked in the front row. With that in mind, Japanese clothiers Anrealage decided to embrace the smartphone at their Spring 2016 ready-to-wear show in Paris.

Guests at the show, which took place inside the Palais de Tokyo on September 29, were given headphones and illustrated instructions showing them how to activate the flash on their iPhone cameras. Through the headphones, a robotic voice informed them that the fashions would “only be visible using flash photography.” 

The show commenced as models in drab outfits strutted down the darkened catwalk—that is, until the first flashes revealed a split second of bright colors and whimsical designs. One gray jumpsuit flickered with fluorescent plaid, and another dress lit up with a print reminiscent of stained glass. 

Past Anrealage collections have utilized UV light as well as materials that repel phone signals. This time around, creative director Kunihiko Moringo—in collaboration with a company specializing in reflective paint—decided to put his audience's smartphones to work.

See the high-tech fashion in action below.

[h/t: Mashable]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Pantone
arrow
Design
Pantone Names 'Ultra Violet' 2018's Color of the Year
Pantone
Pantone

Time to retire your green apparel inspired by 2017’s color of the year: The color experts at Pantone have chosen a new shade to represent 2018. As The New York Times reports, trend followers can expect to see Ultra Violet popping up on runways in coming months.

The decision was made after Pantone scattered a team around the world to search current street styles, high fashion, art, and popular travel destinations for the up-and-coming “it” color. The brand describes the winner, PANTONE 18-3838, as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.”

Fashion plays a large part in the selection of the color of the year, but Pantone also considers the broader socio-political atmosphere. Some may see Ultra Violet as a nod to our stormy political climate, but the company’s announcement cast it in a more optimistic light.

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now,” it reads. “The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

The color is associated with some of music’s greatest icons, like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright also had a special attachment to the color and wore it when he was in need of creative inspiration. When it’s not sparking artistic thinking, purple is sometimes used to promote mindfulness in mediation spaces. So if you’re feeling stressed about whatever the new year holds, stare at the hue above for a few seconds and see if it doesn’t calm you down.

[h/t The New York Times]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
BauBax
arrow
travel
Need to Travel Light? This Jacket Doubles as a Suitcase
BauBax
BauBax

Sometimes, carting a suitcase (or two) around on vacation is just too much of a hassle. You have to heave it into overhead compartments and taxi trunks, lug it up stairs, and deal with baggage claim. But if you need to travel extra light, there’s an extreme solution: Enter the jacket that can essentially double as a suitcase, as Travel + Leisure puts it.

BauBax jackets—$110 for a windbreaker on BauBax.com—feature 15 different compartments designed to hold all your stuff, no bag required. It has a built-in neck pillow and a hood already equipped with an eye mask to help you snooze on long flights as well as earphone holders so you never miss out on your travel tunes. It comes with its own slide-down gloves in the sleeves and a pocket for a blanket (sold separately). It has custom pockets for your passport, your sunglasses, your phone, your power bank, and your tablet. It even has a pocket just for your drink, so you never have to say “Hold my beer.” Essentially, if you want to carry it, BauBax has a dedicated place for it.

Close-ups of the 15 different pocket features of the men's BauBax bomber jacket
Screenshot via BauBax

The jackets come in a few different styles for men and women, including a bomber, a hoodie, a windbreaker, and a blazer, all with the same 15 features and compartments. You aren’t going to be able to take five changes of clothes and shoes, but if you’re just headed somewhere for a weekend or want to ditch your carry-on, it could easily cut down on your travel load.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios