Vollebak Mars Jacket, £795
From solar-charged jackets to ceramic T-shirts, Vollebak takes a distinctly space-age approach to design, turning out the sort of functional, futurist gear you’d expect from Stanley Kubrick if he’d ever gone into the rag trade. Its recently dropped Mars jacket sports an antigravity pocket for easy access to your effects on any planet and a screw-cap sealed vomit pocket (yes, that’s not a misprint) for when the flight through the exosphere gets a bit rough – or more likely, if things go awry on the Uber ride home from the pub. It’s just the thing to fulfil your boyhood astronaut dreams, even if your feet never leave terra firma.
Available at Vollebak.
Nike Adapt ‘Self Lacing’ Trainers
If you were all fingers and thumbs when tying your laces as a child (or still are), then sports behemoth Nike might just have what your shoe rack has been missing. Its Adapt BB trainer is the ultimate ‘smart’ sneaker, with motorised self-lacing technology to provide the perfect fit without needing to lift a finger. Well, almost. The wirelessly charged shoes sense the right level of tension needed for your foot profile and can be linked to your phone or smartwatch to fine-tune pre-set custom fits further in just a few screen swipes. They’ll definitely outsmart any kicks in your current collection.
More details at Nike.
Nanamica Alphadry Club Jacket (£325) and Easy Short (£179)
For all its allegiance to tradition, the land of the Samurai certainly isn’t afraid of the future, as anyone who has set foot in an automated Shinjuku sushi restaurant can attest. With its cutting edge approach to design, Tokyo-based Nanamica has the Japanese spirit of innovation in spades. For SS22, it debuts its KODENSHI ALPHADRY suit, made from a highly engineered waterproof material that keeps your body temperature on an even keel by utilising environmental infrared light, which helps support muscle recovery and promote restful sleep. Your starchy, armour-like two-piece of old, this ain’t.
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Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses, from £299
From the Aviator to the Wayfarer, Ray-Ban’s iconic frames remain perennially en vogue despite debuting decades ago. But even with seasoned designs, it’s worth having a tinker to keep things a la mode. For SS22, it introduces its Stories line – a collection featuring in-built imaging and audio technology allowing you to take photos, calls and calibrate your iTunes playlist via the thermal sensor touchpad. Outwardly, the Metapowered smart glasses still retain all the classic styling and craftsmanship that made Ray-Ban an optical powerhouse. Because with true classics, there’s no need to completely reinvent the wheel – just look at it through a different lens.
Available at Ray-Ban.
Stone Island Heat-Reactive Lamy Jacket, £970
Since its foundation in 1982 by virtuoso garment engineer, Massimo Osti, Stone Island has been spearheading the future of fabrics. For SS22, it keeps up the crusade with a swathe of innovations, from its permanent waterproofing technology, SHAKEDRY, to its ECONYL nylon metal made from regenerated plastic waste. Perhaps most likely to get a tech nerd’s pulse racing, though, is its new heat-reactive Lamy jacket. Microscopic coloured pigment molecules embedded in the blouson’s ultra-lightweight nylon tela fabric change their hue and intensity in response to fluctuations in temperature. This is your new-age Technicolour Dreamcoat.
More information at Stone Island.
Yoox’s AI-Powered Label 8 by Yoox
Google Trends can make us statistical quizmasters in the space of a few clicks and 8 by Yoox – the in-house label of online luxury retailer, YOOX – has harnessed the power of digital data to shape its collections. Its design team use A.I. technology to analyse content from social media, online magazines, text search and image recognition to make decisions about colour, material and cut for its intelligently curated range. Not only does this make for a less convoluted shopping experience but it also reduces waste, as it’s producing pieces that people actually want in their wardrobes. That’s smart on every level.
Available at YOOX.