See the Wearables Rebecca Minkoff Is Sending Down the Runway This Year
You might be bummed that summer is coming to an end, but at least we have New York Fashion Week to get out of bed for, amirite?! Besides the usual (more eyebrow selfies of Cara D than you can double tap + gratuitous daydreaming about what tropical location would be best for accenting each piece of resort wear) there’s something a little unexpected getting us excited about this week these days: tech on the runway. From 3D printing to laser cutting, our favorite tech tools are new friends with sewing machines, looms and the like. This year, Rebecca Minkoff is sending two new Bluetooth-connected accessories down the aisle that you might want in your wardrobe even more than her shoes and handbags.
The fashion designer is joining the geek chic club with tech jewelry debuting during her Spring 2015 runway show this week. There’s a lightning cable bracelet that will retail for $60 and let you charge or sync your phone with just a flick of the wrist, plus an edgier gold, chain link bracelet featuring pyramid studs on a bar ($120) that lights up to notify you when certain people are calling or texting.
To compete with the rest of the wearable wearables popping up on the runway, on Kickstarter and on the Must Buy boards of our Pinterest accounts, Minkoff’s foray onto the scene definitely checks the want-to-wearable box. The designer also understand the equally important element: function. “As a woman, I understand the stigma that goes along with having my phone out at a dinner or meeting, but the fact is that I still need to be tapped in to a few people no matter what. I designed the notification bracelet with the working professional woman in mind,” Minkoff tells WWD.
We were excited to see what Tory Burch had in store for FitBit and applaud Google Glass’s stylish turn with DVF, but Rebecca’s pieces feel like the most wearable of the mainstream bunch so far. And with a November release date, they could finally be the must-have tech-ccessory on holiday wish lists for more folks in your family than just, well, you. And us.
Although we love that she’s joining Ringly and QBracelet in our WiFi enabled jewelry boxes, if this is successful we hope to see some tech aspects brought to goodies Rebecca Minkoff is known for — purses that charge up, a clutch that notifies you who’s trying to reach you, a wallet with an embedded tracker that can prevent you from ever losing it, or even some GPS-connected heels that can help you get from A to B looking as stylish as ever.
What do you think of Rebecca Minkoff’s first wearables? Are they your favorite yet, or do you want to see more from
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!