For the real hits of fashion week, look to computer science

Elements from the often outrageous styles seen on fashion runways, like some of those seen in the New York shows in September, do make their way to the people, a machine vision analysis reveals. Fall fashion season is drawing to a close in Paris this week. Among this year’s runway trends are glitter (London), stripes (Milan) and penises (good old New York). For a more detailed analysis of which looks will percolate down to the masses, you might turn to a sartorial mainstay such as Vogue. Or you could ask a computer scientist. It turns out that for identifying general trends, a computer program might be as good a fashion guide as Vogue’s legendary editor Anna Wintour. Researchers from Taiwan and the University of Rochester in New York have developed machine learning algorithms…


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