- Metaverse Fashion Week 2023 is set to become the first major multi-platform metaverse event, with participation from luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Balmain, Coach, and Tommy Hilfiger.
- The event will take place across three metaverse platforms: Decentraland, Spatial, and Over.
- While true interoperability between different metaverses is not yet possible, the fact that Metaverse Fashion Week is attempting to conduct a live event across multiple platforms simultaneously marks a definitive step forward for proponents of an open, decentralized, and interoperable metaverse.
Metaverse Fashion Week is back for its second run, and this year it is pushing for interoperability between different metaverse platforms. The event, which starts on March 29, 2023, will take place across three metaverse platforms: Decentraland, Spatial, and Over. The participation of luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Balmain, Coach, and Tommy Hilfiger is already a sign of the growing interest in the metaverse as a new frontier for fashion.
However, true interoperability is still a challenge as the seamless transfer of digital wearables across different metaverses is not yet possible. But the fact that Metaverse Fashion Week is attempting to conduct a live event across multiple platforms simultaneously is a step forward for proponents of an open, decentralized, and interoperable metaverse.
In an interview with Decrypt, Kim Currier, social media lead at Decentraland, explained that the intention of interoperability is to show what is possible, even if it is not yet technically feasible. The cross-platform agenda was designed to unite designers and expand the aesthetic possibilities for all the creators involved in the event.
The inclusion of Spatial in this year’s event is interesting because it offers a more lifelike animation style, which is potentially more conducive to showcasing traditional fashion pieces. Lighthouse, a new company that likens itself to the first-ever metaverse search engine, is facilitating the easy and productive navigation of a sprawling multi-platform experience. Lighthouse enables attendees to see where all their contacts are located in real-time within both Decentraland and Spatial and port to any of those locations instantly. It also allows them to organize contact information gathered from other Metaverse Fashion Week attendees via a networking feature.
While last year’s Metaverse Fashion Week faced issues of finding relevant events and avoiding vast, empty pockets of unoccupied digital space, Lighthouse has developed a trending areas function that enables users to see where the party’s at across all metaverse locales. The existence of third-party services like Lighthouse will also aid metaverse platforms by providing them with new types of metrics, such as when and where users jump from one metaverse platform to another.
In conclusion, Metaverse Fashion Week 2023’s push for interoperability is a step forward in achieving a truly open and decentralized metaverse. While the technology for true interoperability does not yet exist, the event demonstrates that progress is being made towards a future where users can walk from one metaverse into the next with their virtual outfits perfectly intact. As metaverse experiences continue to evolve, events like Metaverse Fashion Week will become even more seamless and offer a better experience for users.
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