By now, the concept of wearable technology isn’t totally foreign. That’s thanks, in part, to high-profile entrants like Apple Watch (a success?) andGoogle Glass (not so much). And then there’s the upcoming theme of this year’sMetropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which is set to explore handmade and machine-made fashion.
Fittingly, at this year’s CES, two divergent themes emerged from the category of wearable technology: There were the functional “wearables” and their more fashion-forward comrades — some prefer to call them “fashtech.”
In other words, although there is considerable overlap, tech-powered clothing andaccessories trended toward either gadgets that perform a function (often tracking or notifications) or those that were designed to experiment with form (think LED lights or 3-D printing).