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Geek Chic

If the trend toward integrating electronics and fashion continues, debates over whether clothing should be copyrightable may be moot -- and the Patent Office may have to hire a design expert or two.  

High-tech clothing is no longer limited to practical but unglamorous items like antibacterial socks or temperature-controlled mittens.  Technical wizardry took a spin on the runway this spring, with Hussein Chalayan's automatically transforming and self-undressing clothes.  (Caution:  The looks below are safe for work, but you may wish to look over your shoulder before clicking the link!)

Hussein Chalayan Spring 2007

Now WWD's Cate Corcoran offers a report on still more computerized apparel and accessories, from a programmable circuit board minidress by Despina Papadopoulos to an umbrella that will check the weather forecast for you. 

Smart looks, indeed.  Of course, putting your various electronic devices through airport security may prove something of a challenge.