Christian Siriano and Verizon debuted the first-ever social imprint dresses last night at the Gilded Lily. What exactly is a social imprint dress, and why is it worth reading about? Excellent question readers.
The social imprint dress is basically a visual data graphic constructed from tweets (yes–tweets). This was done by Verizon, who monitored and categorized tweets at or including a hashtag for a Fashion Rocks artist or designer. The fabric, which consists of a modern cubic print, is actually the composite of symbols representing the different categories of social media posts. The style of fabric and final dresses were designed by the talented Christian Siriano, and will be up for auction on Charity Buzz (bid here!) until October 7 with all proceeds going to Dress for Success.
I suppose you can stop the rock. With the sun starting to set ever-so-slightly on Condé Nast, it was a matter of time before bosses pulled the plug on some of the more essential expenditures. I know, I know, if Men’s Vogue wasn’t considered essential, then what would be? Well, “Fashion Rocks” naturally. The magazine empire’s star-studded televised gala fusing pop music with high fashion, which has ran strong for five years, will take a break for 2009. It’ll remain in limbo until the company can afford to stop pinching pennies. Although issuing a festive memo to all top-level Condé Nast editors encouraging them to “Go Green!” and use mass transit before promptly cutting off their access to town cars could feasibly go a long way to that end. But until then we can always revel in the event’s brief legacy, which called for artists like Christina Aguilera and The Arcade Fire to set the stage ablaze as supermodels swaggered down the catwalk.