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Robots and AI on catwalk at London Fashion Week

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are shaking up retail supply chains, and now they are having an impact at London Fashion Week.

Robotics company OhmniLabs Partners and blockchain platform Kambria came together at the weekend to aid House of iKons and Los Angeles-based designer Honee’s London Fashion Week show.

The fashion and technology mash-up resulted in Silicon Valley's OhmniLabs’ robot wearing Honee creations on Saturday and Sunday, as part of the designer’s runway show.

Honee is a designer who aims to highlight social themes in her work, with this particular partnership a way of illustrating the way robots and humans can interact in everyday life.

The Saturday runway show featured human and robotic models, bringing fashion and advanced technology together under the theme, “Telepresence”. A statement from all companies involved argued that robots are changing the way we communicate and improving communication between people living in different locations, a factor used as justification for following this event theme.

Honee said: "I am thrilled to have the sponsorship of OhmniLabs, a telepresence robotic company.

“My show with the House of iKons this September is named 'ÁI', in reference to Artificial Intelligence and also the play on the Vietnamese word ÁI for love and the Chinese phonetic AI for love as well. We're in the world of AI and loving it.”

She added: “I use fashion as the language to express the skins we are in. In my upcoming show, it's not about the future of robots, of a world unknown, but of the presence, the now.”

Thuc Vu, co-founder and CEO of OhmniLabs and Kambria, commented: “We're excited to have our Ohmni robots walk the runway at London Fashion Week.

“Our partnership with Honee and the House of iKons shows how robotics and the fashion world can creatively work together, similar to Kambria, our open innovation platform that lets people build inventive products."

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