Project Runway’s Chris March to Emcee FashionWare Runway Show at CE Week, June 24

At CE Week, New York City’s largest consumer electronics (CE) and technology event, the tech industry and fashion worlds collide as designers and companies unveil the latest high-tech fashions and wearable tech for trendsetters and techfluencers alike. An engaging panel discussion on “Red Carpet Wearable Technology” sets the stage for a live runway show emceed by none other than Project Runway’s Chris March, known for his elegant ball gowns, outrageous hats and wigs, and larger-than-life personality. Produced by Living in Digital Times, the events take place on June 24th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, the hub for the three-day series of CE Week exhibits, conferences
and events.

“Geek can be chic,” said Chris March, emcee of the FashionWare runway show at CE Week. “It’s exciting to see technologists and fashion designers working side by side to create beautiful, stylish, yet functional fabrics and wearable tech accessories for all the fashionistas out there.” An acclaimed TV personality and Project Runway breakout star, Chris March is a fashion and costume designer based in New York City.

The FashionWare runway show kicks off with quite the spectacle, sure to produce incredible photographs and video. Hit electro-pop band Sidney York will give a stimulating live performance decked out in Angela Dale original designs, which will be synchronized to their music. Canada-based Dale has been designing and building costumes and props for more than 25 years.

Featured designers with pieces on the catwalk also include:

  • Zoë Klintberg is a graduate from the University of Calgary with a multidisciplinary degree in Communication and Culture. She has used her expertise in collaborative thinking and creative directing to co-found Rocket House Productions Inc., a company that specializes in events, production and storytelling through various, and often disparate, mediums.
  • Som Kong, a recent graduate of the Fashion Design Program at Ryerson University, had one of the top 20 collections of his graduating class. The collection involves colorful manipulated materials and intricate designs that sculpt the body.
  • Valérie Lamontagne is a media artist-designer, theorist, curator, and PhD scholar researching “Performative Wearables: Bodies, Fashion and Technology” at Concordia University where she also teaches. She is the owner and designer at 3lectromode; founder-director of Agence Simultanée (a post-digital design lab); creative lead at Cirque du Soleil’s C:Lab; and also sits on the editorial board of media arts magazine Etc. Média.
  • Kevin Loney is the driving force behind Brain in Jars, a company that aims to help budding makers by supplying creative kits and goodies to nudge them down the fantastical path of making and let their inner maker flourish and grow.
  • Maria Orduz Pinto is an accomplished designer currently working as a senior designer with the world-leading wearable technology organization MakeFashion. In this role, she continues to explore the endless possibilities of infusing technology in the fashion, apparel and manufacturing industries.
  • Robert Tu is the founder of MeU, a company devoted to developing interactive and reactive clothing. Tu’s electrical engineering background fuels his passion for high-tech design.
  • Michael Zoffranieri, currently enrolled in Ryerson’s Fashion Apparel Program, has already launched his own label, ZOFF. His mantra is “Art is Movement.”

Wearable tech accessories and other items include:

  • AdlensFocuss™ by Adlens: Radical innovation wrapped in beautiful frames, AdlensFocuss™ is heralded as the most significant leap in lens technology for over 50 years. Variable Power Optics (VPOTM) allows patients to adjust their vision at the turn of a dial from near to distance, delivering 4x more useable lens area than the best no-line bifocals.
  • Aftershokz are wireless bone conduction headphones designed to allow users to hear it all. Proprietary technologies and an unrivaled completely open ear design are blended to deliver the only wireless bone conduction headphones that make it possible to remain situationally aware without any limitations.
  • HiSmart Bag by Lepow: The first-ever convertible messenger bag to backpack with specially designed HiRemote that syncs with the HiSmart app. The 2-in-1 customized chip inside the strap enables you to pin locations, find your HiSmart or phone, answer calls, listen to music, record your voice, and take selfies in just seconds.
  • Kiroco designer jewelry, the 21st century digital locket, allows you to store safely and wear your personal assets or precious moments. Connect text, photos, video and documents from your phone to your Kiroco jewelry, keeping them safe and secure with bank-level encrypted security. All of your memories are saved to your jewelry and unlocked via your smart phone
  • MiPosaur™ by WowWee: The Future of Prehistoric is here with MiPosaur™. WowWee’s latest robotic creation comes with an interactive trackball utilizing BeaconSense™ indoor GPS tracking technology, which not only controls the creature, but also alters its mood and personality.
  • Ōura: This wellness ring combines sophisticated design and cutting-edge technology with three decades of pioneering research. It measures how your body responds to sleep, rest and activity. Based on physiological and behavioral data, Ōura gives personalized, actionable guidance, helping you achieve balance and perform better in everyday life.
  • Tyia by Viawear: This bracelet line filters mobile notifications to alert you only when it’s important. Designed by an award-winning jewelry designer, Tyia comes in a variety of precious metals with semi-precious gems and interchangeable straps.
  • Activite´by Withings: This new smart watch is a 24/7 health-tracking tool for activity and sleep. It’s waterproof up to 50m, includes a silent vibration alarm to wake-up, and has a battery life of up to 8 months.

Prior to the live runway show, attendees can take part in the expert panel discussion on “Red Carpet Wearable Technology.” Moderated by Judy Lipsett Stanford, founder and editor-in-chief of Gear Diary, the panel will feature the leaders on the cutting edge of the wearable revolution, including:

  • Harry Kalyvas, founder and CEO, clip&talk
  • Rob Stevens, CTO, Adlens
  • Ben Isaacson, founder and CEO Viawear
  • Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO, InteraXon
  • Amanda Parkes, founder, Manufacture NYC

All FashionWare activities take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City (125 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). The panel discussion starts at 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor. The FashionWare runway show begins at 6:00 p.m. on the main level stage.

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