The bike-friendly / green environmentalist movement is going global. In London, Foster + Partners has proposed an incredible plan to transform the city’s railway structures by installing networks of elevated cycling freeways above the existing railway lines. The 220 km “SkyCycle” not only serves to beautify the metropolitan cityscape with its futuristic design, but also promotes safety for city-bikers and ‘green’ commuting. Furthermore, existing roads used by motorists would be unaffected traffic-wise, which proves to be a huge plus in the congested city.
With a projected cost of $361 million USD, London’s “SkyCycle” is already receiving strong support from Network Rail and Transport and could become a reality by 2035.
Feeding off the momentum from the Puma X ASOS Black menswear line, the 2 are teaming up once again – this time, to launch a womenswear line. The Puma X ASOS Spring/Summer 2014 Womenswear collab will feature 12 pieces, including joggers, tubes, sweats and tees that sport vivid colours and athletic contours. Loud Puma logos create a stark contrast with alternative fabrics like animal prints, checks, leather, lace, fur and graffiti.
Look out for the launch scheduled for January 2014.
A glimpse of dutch designer Iris Van Herpen’s tantalizing Spring/Summer Haute Couture collection. Celebrities who have used the designer’s 3D-printed fashion include Lady Gaga and Bjork.
Producing wearable designer fashion pieces using 3D printers is already a reality today. With intricate designs created by a pulsed laser that layers powdered rubbers or metals into shapes calculated by computers, these wearable sculptures that unfold out of flexible material are taking over catwalks all over the world. However beyond mere novelty, 3D printing really offers creative minds the freedom to experiment with ideas and materials, without the burden of time and production costs that have become commonplace in the fashion industry.
Designer Daniel Widrig’s 3D printed exoskeleton spine showcases sharp and contoured forms that accentuate the natural curves of the back and shoulders. Inspired by contractions and expansion of muscles, it is easy to see the muscle fibrils twisting with the printed parts. As muscles expand and contract with body movement, muscle tissues clash with the 3D printed structure to create a contrast of forms that is intimidating yet seductive.
Designer Daniel Widrig draws inspiration from the human body to create matte sculptures that can be customized to the individual body type yet also maintain a consistent form at the same time (see image above).
3D printing isn’t limited to high fashion. Continuum is a clothing company that allows customers to shape and design their own fashion creations online while the company prints, manufactures and brings these unique fashion pieces to life. Why limit creativity to professionals when technology has made it possible for everyday Internet users to draw wardrobes on their desktops!