LEDetailing at CuteCircuit

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Quick, how many ways can you think of to embellish garments? Rhinestones, beading, sequins, lace appliqués, tweets, embroidery... Wait a sec... tweets?! We'll get to that shortly. And what about lights?

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Well, one look at CuteCircuit and you realize that's pretty much their design philosophy. The design duo of Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz craft beautiful, quirky pieces that act as canvases for the light shows and various other illuminated details they project. The best thing about CuteCircuit's pieces is that they are far more than just a gimmick, and don't rely solely on the tech to sell their clothes. At their NYFW debut on Thursday, they showcased some equally gorgeous un-illuminated pieces.

 

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And how do they work, exactly?

"The products we design use Patent Pending CuteCircuit technologies. CuteCircuit uses technologically advanced, ethical and clean manufacturing processes."

 

Sounds like these RTW magicians aren't revealing their secrets any time soon. The technology used reminds me of something I got to witness firsthand in the early stages of development at the _______ company in Milan. LEDs illuminating fibers and powered by tiny hidden battery packs. We marveled at the possibility of it's applications.

Fast forward to CuteCircuit's runway....

And what of those tweets I mentioned?

Have a look at their show stopping twitter dress in action below. An already expertly cut and fitted piece, with a bodice displaying what looks like my screensaver, until people use #tweetthedress to have their messages appear right on the gown. (My feeling is only a select few people are told about this ahead of time, to keep the messages pleasant and PG).

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A brilliant (pun intended) debut this side of the pond by the label. I'm all for innovation and the fashionizing of wearable tech. Honestly, in this day and age, does an iPhone controlled mini skirt, really sound that farfetched?

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Sci-fi/Fantasy Styling + Marvelous Manis Pt 1.

Loved that Blonds review? Well, there's even more to report on, because the details are outrageous! Styling is a major part of presenting a collection, and the teams at The Blonds went all out. 9736353122_fc1710777b_z

Bright, toon-like eyes with doll lashes make Tweety bird ever-present, and are topped with Spock inspired eyebrows, thanks to lead makeup artist Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics. Nick Irwin of TIGI created the space-age statement-making and Tinkerbell reminiscent hair styles. And rounding out the look were these genius silver headbands with attached Vulcan-like ears.

I do hope they make these Vulcan ear headbands available for sale because, I would rock them in a heartbeat!

But the styling doesn't stop there. A major ongoing trend on runways has become designer nails. If you're not familiar with the genius that is CND (Creative Nail Design) be ready to be WOWed!

Inspired by animation and featuring toon eyes, scales, jewels, circuitry (..?!?!?!), CND rolled out 36 individual custom manicures! These miniature works of art need to be seen to be believed, so check out the gallery and let me know what you think! Which look would you rock?

(Photos by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for CND)

Want to see some behind-the-scenes action? Head over to CND's site and check out this revealing backstage editorial video.

Look out for pt 2 of this post featuring a slew of geek chic nail art coming your way!