The next fashion trend is clothes that don’t exist

(MENAFN- Jordan Times) By Jordi Zamora and Eric Randolph
France Media Agency

PARIS – The online metaverse is coming and if we are going to spend more time in virtual worlds, there is a crucial question: what are you going to wear?

“When I started talking about it, my friends would say, ‘What are you talking about? ”, Said Daniella Loftus, 27.

“But my 14-year-old cousins ​​got it right away.

For many, the idea of ​​buying clothes that don’t exist is a conceptual leap too far.

But emerging digital fashion stores are tapping into a growing market – not real clothes, but digitally generated outfits that simply store photoshop on a customer’s photos or videos to post on Instagram and elsewhere.

Soon, they’ll likely become a way to dress up your avatar when interacting in online games and hangouts, all potentially while lying in sweatpants in your own home.

British influencer Loftus sees so much potential that last month she gave up her job at a fashion consulting firm to devote herself full-time to her website, This Outfit Does Not Exist.

Her Instagram shows the potential of virtual clothing that doesn’t have to obey the laws of physics – from a glistening silver liquid pantsuit with tentacles to a flickering pink creation with lasers firing from her bustier.

“The digital goes beyond the physical. The children wonder, ‘What skin did you have in this game yesterday?’ Loftus said.

Eye-catching

Isabelle Boemeke, Brazilian model and influencer, is already a passionate buyer of digital outfits.

Online, she’s known as Isodope and fuses high fashion with a serious commitment to clean energy and environmental activism.

Her otherworldly style fits her message perfectly.

“I wanted to do something very eye-catching and daring. If my videos showed me wearing a T-shirt and jeans, they wouldn’t have the same appeal, ”Boemeke told AFP.

“Models today have the freedom to share more about their personal lives and their personalities. I am a big nerd and I like to express myself in different ways through fashion or makeup.

It’s demand, so supply is coming quickly.

The outfits on digital fashion store DressX range from hats for $ 25 to weird jellyfish-like dresses for hundreds of dollars.

“Every brand in the future will be on board digital fashion,” said DressX co-founder Daria Shapovalova.

Her own research indicates that 15% of customers do this for Instagram posts, and nearly a quarter found it satisfied their need for a new garment.

“You don’t necessarily need a physique to feel the thrill of wearing an extraordinary piece of clothing,” said Michaela Larosse, of The Manufacturer, who sold the very first digital-only dress in May 2019 for $ 9,500.

“We will all have a digital self, we will have an avatar, and you can communicate something about yourself, who you are, what interests you, through iteration of your avatar.”

Reduce waste

Environmental concerns are also at the heart of their appeal.

The traditional fashion industry is one of the biggest pollutants and waste generators on the planet – a point made by Extinction Rebellion protesters who stormed the Louis Vuitton catwalk in Paris.

“I know a lot of women who buy an outfit, wear it once for a single photo and never again,” Boemeke said.

“They could reduce consumption and waste by using digital fashion for some of these messages.”

The pandemic has been an obvious accelerator for these companies.

“People were stuck at home doing nothing. They had nowhere to wear these beautiful clothes, ”Loftus said.

It’s clear that digital fashion isn’t for everyone just yet – and maybe never will be.

“I don’t know that a lot of people who do this stuff online really want to meet people in person. I think a lot of their needs and wants can be met online, ”Loftus said.

It can also prove to be a great leveler – a way for antisocial people to (almost literally) shed their skin and adopt another.

“You might be an accountant with a wife, kids, and you’re happy to be pretty mundane in real life, but the way you want to express yourself in these virtual worlds is totally different,” she said. .

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