The Peabody Essex Museum’s “Future Beauty,” coming to Salem in November, examines how ’80s designers Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo reshaped fashion with their stark, sculptural, asymmetric, and often deconstructed styles. Featuring more than 100 garments, the exhibition also moves through the new millennium, showcasing technological advances and contemporary designers’ creations. November 16 - January 26, pem.org
Pictured, The top of this 2008 Mintdesigns dress is made from a polyester ordinarily used for sails, and the bottom is shredded paper, specifically leftover runway show invitations.
— Marni Elyse Katz
When designers showed their Fall/Winter 2013 collections last February in New York, they sent larger-than-life fur jackets, leather trench coats, thick, puffy parkas, and even capes down runways. Did Donna Karan, Carmen Marc Valvo, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors somehow get their mitts on the “Farmers’ Almanac” before anyone else? Its weather prognosticators are describing a particularly snowy, cold winter season. So pull those big coats on this year and bundle up proudly — and stylishly.
— Christopher Muther
Pictured, design from Carmen Marc Valvo.
RING IN THE NEW
The founders of Ring Theory, a wearable-computing company, have put their finger on the solution to a real problem. Their 3-D printed Sesame Ring is a nearly impossible-to-lose alternative to the CharlieCard. Dozens of MBTA-readable radio frequency identification-enabled rings were offered in a Kickstarter campaign late this summer, and the company’s founders plan to deliver those, and to begin selling to the public, too, in December. Wearable tech that doesn’t look half as silly as Google Glass? Now that’s a find. ringtheory.net
— Anne V. Nelson
New for the National Football League this season? Its policy banning purses and packs and permitting only small, clear totes at games. Luckily a loophole allowing extra-small clutches (no larger than 6½ by 4½ by 2 inches) grants some fashion flexibility.
> The Coach bag pictured is $48 at Coach, Faneuil Hall, Boston, 617-723-1777, and other locations, coach.com
— Jessica Teich