Fashion & Wearable Technology: Trends Off The Runway and Into the 2014 SXSW PanelPicker

Written by Kelly Krause | August 27, 2013

Check out the fashion proposals in the SXSW PanelPicker

Greetings from a mild summer day in New York City. Aside from being a nice respite from the Texas heat, the bustling energy surrounding one of the city's most anticipated and upcoming events -- New York Fashion Week -- doubles as a warm welcome in my eyes. 

Fashion Week and the SXSW PanelPicker have a lot more in common than you think.  While Fashion Week in September gives the industry an idea of what to expect from designers and retailers this Spring, SXSW's PanelPicker also sheds light on industry topics that will likely trend at the March event. 

Speaking of fashion, did you know SXSW Interactive added a few new themes to our programming for 2014, with one being "Fashion & Wearable Technology?"

During NYFW 2012, media was abuzz when Sergey Brin worked with designer Diane von Furstenberg to make Google Glass a part of her runway show

How will the intersection of fashion and wearable technology play out at SXSW Interactive in March? What other companies outside of Google are experimenting in this space? Can wearable tech appeal to more than just the health and fitness community? 

Whether you are fashion press (or just fashion conscious), you can have a say in what proposals in PanelPicker are important for the SXSW attendees to hear about, just by voting.

To find proposals related to this topic, go the menu at the top of the page and click on "SXSW Interactive 2014" under conference and "Fashion & Wearable Technology" under theme. Or, just type in "fashion" in the search box at the top left corner of the interface.

Public voting for the 2014 SXSW PanelPicker is open through the end of the day on Friday, September 6. To be part of the process, sign up for a PanelPicker account (which takes about 2 minutes), then you will be completely set!

The Bob Mackie storefront in New York. Photo by Kelly Krause.