Fashion Week’s in full gear, and one “show” that’s worth checking out doesn’t require an invitation. It’s not a runway presentation, but a small exhibition at Material ConneXion — a company that advises Fortune 500 corporations on how to choose and use high-performance, high-tech, and sustainable substances in products. Its headquarters are located in between the two hip Chelsea and Flatiron districts of Manhattan at 127 West 25th Street.
The exhibition, “Fashion Week Fabric Futures,” features a selection of designs by DDCLAB, a ten-year-old label known for sleek clothes that utilize innovative materials, which are as elegant as they are experimental and practical. Check out this 100% cork sport coat, which is as soft as buttery leather but is fully fireproof:
Also on view are suiting that blocks electromagnetic radiation and other items. What’s fun is that you’re encouraged to touch each piece of clothing — a rare experience during Fashion Week or at a design exhibition.
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