An Adrenaline-Sensing Dress, A Responsive Sports Bra...This Is What Fashion Tech Should Be

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Sometimes, tech/fashion marriages are befuddling, ugly, or just not that useful. Not the case with Intel's pairing with Chromat, which counts Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Madonna as fans and bills itself as an "architectural sportswear line." At Chromat's Spring 2016 show yesterday, there was a dress that sprouted a mesmerizing, wing-like carbon-fiber framework when you're having an adrenaline rush, a.k.a. increased sweating and quickened breathing. (That's a fashion feat worthy of a comic book or action flick.)
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Also of note: Alek Wek donning a sports bra that automatically opens or closes vents based on your sweatiness and body temperature. In other words, everything you've dreamed of in the schvitziest of spin or hot yoga classes. Dubbed the Chromat Aeros Sports Bra, it's trimmed with tiny blue lights and uses an Intel-designed module, Curie, which picks up on sweat-detecting sensors and makes minuscule vents in the bra's band open or close.
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The tech aspect certainly wasn't the show's only cutting-edge element; the model casting was notably diverse, racially and size-wise. There were two plus-size models, Sabina Karlsson and Denise Bidot, the latter of whom having been cast before by Chromat's designer, Becca McCharen. The industry could use more shows like Chromat's: future-thinking on all fronts.
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