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10 Techy Things To Look Out For This New York Fashion Week.

Riccardo Tisci’s first-ever stateside show has taken New York Fashion Week by storm, and it’s no surprise really—not only is this one of week’s major celeb attractions, but it also stands as the show offering the most seats to fans in the general public (we’re talking 1,200). The show took place at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park at sundown, creating an equally contemplative and mesmerizing setting (we’re talking models standing drain pipes, wielding olive branches and a finale number set to a live rendition of “Ave Maria”). The i-limb is one of the most advanced prostheses available, and with it, Marine has quickly become one of the most visible faces in a fashion world becoming increasingly more inclusive to models with disabilities. Numerous designers have also been turning to technology with everything from drones and wearables, to big partnerships on social media, making their events more connected than ever. Flaunting her maternity curves, Kim slipped into a stunning black design with a sheer illusion panel revealing—yep, you see it!—her ever-growing baby bump. stepped out for the show in a full leopard print ensemble featuring a tea-length dress and pink-trimmed cape (that was extremely body-hugging, of course).

Givenchy muses (and Topshop’s newest brand ambassador) Ciara—in a booty-baring leotard—and Amanda Seyfried were both spotted en route as well, with Amanda in a molten gold fluted skirt. It made for a spirited hodgepodge, even if some of the knitwear did remind me of the work of L.A. designer Greg Chait and his high-end, handmade Elder Statesman collection. Vogue editrix (and NYFW’s most omnipotent presence) Anna Wintour along with Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie and supermodel Doutzen Kroes were also sighted heading in at show time. It was created with the aim of inspiring young girls to try computer science, and worn by supermodel Coco Rocha at an opening event for NYFW earlier this week.

Plus, Tisci’s designer pals Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Vera Wang were all on deck to lend their support. took to the catwalk (natch), making her fourth catwalk appearance for Tisci since the fall-winter 2014 season sporting a simple white peplum top and loose-fitting black trousers. Marine works with Models of Diversity, a U.K.-based organization that aims to bring more visibility to models who do not necessarily fit the fashion industry’s strict, often harsh standards of beauty. “I want people to realize uniqueness is beautiful,” Marine told FoxNews.com. “I want them to be inspired by that. It hasn’t been too long: Back in June, Kendall hit the runway for Givenchy’s presentation at Men’s Fashion Week (you read that right) alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell.

The media portrays what is or isn’t beautiful, and I think we often lose track of who we really are by trying to achieve ‘perfection.’ Well, there’s no such thing as perfection.” For this show, Marine had months to prepare, and she said that she “couldn’t wait” to be walking the runway with other models, like Madeline Stuart who has Down syndrome, during FTL Moda’s show. She will introduce a series of leather goods in her show on Saturday, September 12, in collaboration with Casemate, who the designer previously worked with on a line of bracelets. Later in the day, L.A. designer Raquel Allegra had a more authentic take on the multilayered Cal-artsy look, mostly because her clothes really are handmade. For this Spring/Summer 2016 season show, FTL Moda is partnering with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Global Disability Inclusion to present more diversity on the show’s runway. The launch will include three products that serve as handbags, wallets and smartphone chargers combined – a $120 charging wristlet folio, a $100 Universal Fringe Crossbody and an $80 iPhone 6 Sleeve Crossbody.

Marine used to fantasize about modeling, but gave up that early goal as she grew older, becoming more insecure and uncomfortable about her disability during her adolescent years. And now, her tie-dyeing (a serious cut above your backyard bucket job) spans a range of wearable wardrobe pieces, including loose shirt dresses, trench coats, blazers and gauze beach pants. From monochrome separates and trim menswear pieces to stop and stare-worthy gowns, the spring-summer 2016 presentation offered more than food for sartorial thought. For spring, she added some watercolor floral prints to the mix of dresses and blouses with fraying collars, and leather fringe to the shoulders of cool linen button-down shirts. After being outfitted for a prosthetic hand at 22, a friend suggested that she should model it. “I was told I wouldn’t have a shot in the fashion industry. ‘You have a face for it,’ is what I’d been told, but the implication was that my disability would prevent me from pursuing that career,” she said. “When I first started modeling, I didn’t wear my prosthetic, and photographers would hint that I should turn a certain way … but now that I have this new arm, it’s a great prop in my photo shoots.

I find people are fascinated with the technology of it.” The prosthesis has two electrode sensors that rest against the skin at the bottom of Marine’s elbow. At Creatures of the Wind, designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters played a glammier tune than we’re used to seeing from them, complete with fishnet stockings, glitter eyeshadow and punky hair on their models. Sheer layering tops were here, too—in tulle embroidered with rock starry crystals, worn underneath a short sleeve twill shirt dress on one look, and an ivory jacquard stripe wrap vest on another. As always, the fabrics were rich and unexpected — wallpaper patterned jacquards, fraying fil coupes and block-printed linens that could just as easily be used in interiors as in fashion.

The arm even corresponds to a mobile app developed by Touch Bionics, the company that, along with Advanced Arm Dynamics, outfitted Marine with the prosthesis. Avery Baker, chief brand and marketing officer for Tommy Hilfiger, says: “Our work with Twitter this season builds on our shared pioneering spirit to introduce the ‘Twitter Halo’ during NYFW. But what made this collection the Chicago designers’ best yet were the silhouettes, which were sexier, more mature and cut closer to the body, with a drop shoulder dress here, and a zip-back skinny ankle pant there.

As the retail landscape shifts and consumer expectations evolve, we’re focused on sharing our shows and new collections through the most innovative, original and exciting channels, and we look forward to continue building upon our passion for fusing fashion and technology.” Twitter’s live streaming app, Periscope, started gaining ground with the fashion set during both the menswear and resort shows earlier this summer. The overall result was still whimsical, which by now is part of the COTW DNA, but also polished and red carpet ready, which is just what these guys need to take it to the next level. The real breakthrough of these advances are the subtle, complex movements these “bionic limbs” can perform. “I say ‘hey it’s like having a stereo with a really good equalizer.’ If you want a little more bass, you balance the sound.

The first includes multiple Yuneec Typhoon 4k drones flying overhead at certain venues to capture the arrivals at shows including Public School, Prabal Gurung, BCBG Max Azria and Monique Lhuillier. With the mobile component, they are able to have a level of control that wasn’t made available in the past.” Marine is now a Touch Bionics ambassador and said she has been given the opportunity to have a front-row seat to these innovations. It has also installed MemoryMirrors (see this story about that same piece of kit in-store at Neiman Marcus) at NYFW’s headquarters, which allow users to try on different outfits and then compare them side by side based on the images it’s “remembered”. She gets to test out the company’s latest products, see what new hands are about to be available on the market, and most importantly, provide input as to what would be most helpful to someone like her from these devices.

Dodson suggested that the growing media presence of someone like Marine — in addition to the runway shows, she appeared in Nordstrom’s 2015 anniversary catalogue — has contributed to a lessening of the stigma around those who wear prosthetics. “There’s been a real shift in how these hands look. There are companies out there that physically sculpts the patient’s hand – an artist will make it look incredibly real, painting in hairs and freckles on the skin. The skin-like gloves don’t necessarily fit well over these bionic limbs, and Dodson said there is a growing trend of people like Marine embracing the “robotic” quality of the prosthesis. At the same time, women including actress Meghan Markle, political consultant Audrey Gelman, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns, will also post images of themselves in pieces from the new collection on their personal accounts. This confidence is a world away from Marine’s time shying away from the camera, and for those who advocate for people with limb differences, it’s a confidence that’s important to be put under the spotlight.

Michael Kors meanwhile is sticking with a traditional live-stream under the header of its new “Rush to the Runway” campaign, but is doing so this season using 6K Red Epic Dragon cameras at 120 frames per second, allowing for “dramatic super-high-resolution slow-motion shots”. People are less afraid,” she said. “As you get to know these talents with disabilities you immediately become aware of the fact that, here, there is really nothing to be afraid of. Yigal Azrouël partnered with styling app Covet Fashion to reveal select pieces from his collection (launching today, September 11) 24-hours in advance.

Users of the app, referred to as gamers, and of which there are three million per month, were able to style, experiment and create looks from the collection.

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