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Digital snippets: Beats by Dre, Alexander Wang, Apple, in-store tech, China social media

8 Jun

A round-up of the latest stories to know about surrounding all things fashion and tech:

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  • Did Beats by Dre just out-Nike Nike with this incredible World Cup ad? [AdWeek]
  • Alexander Wang and friends bring SNL’s Mango back in latest ad [GQ]
  • Apple’s newest ad says we’re ready for wearables, now [re/code]
  • In-store tech, sales driver or hype? [BoF]
  • Beyond Weibo and WeChat: four chinese social platforms with big luxury potential [Jing Daily]
  • Regent Street to deploy beacon technology in shops [The Telegraph]
  • Tanya Taylor partners with Instagram artist Kalen Hollomon on coolest lookbook ever [Fashionista]
  • Nike unveils world’s first-ever 3D-printed performance sports bag [WGSN Tumblr]

Digital snippets: The North Face, Instagram Direct, Target, Barneys, Harrods, Karmaloop

15 Dec

The big news over the past couple of weeks in the retail and fashion tech space was of course the concept of Amazon drones, but multiple other stories grabbed the headlines too. Here’s a highlight of the best ones…

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  • IBM’s Watson explores the great e-commerce unknown with The North Face [AdAge]
  • What Instagram Direct means for fashion brands (as pictured) [Fashionista]
  • Barneys creates holiday .gif guide to appeal to younger consumers [Luxury Daily]
  • Harrods’ Christmas Weibo campaign engages London’s Chinese tourist influx [Jing Daily]
  • Karmaloop targets millennials with YouTube and Snapchat holiday plan [AdWeek]
  • Kmart’s ‘Ship My Pants’ gets the Dickens treatment for Christmas [AdAge]
  • Native advertising: the pros and cons [WWD]
  • Designing the next generation of wearables, with women in mind [Fast Company]
  • With 3-D printing, clothing that leaves out the sewing machine [NY Times]
  • Mallzee is a Tinder-esque shopping app that lets your friends play fashion police [TechCrunch]
  • Start-up Thread is building a scalable personal styling service, blending human stylists and intelligent algorithms [BoF]
  • Instagram is the ‘best platform for brands’ in 2013, beating out Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ [Venture Beat]
  • Retailers look to their best customers, not bloggers, as the new influencers [Fashionista]
  • Gap’s ad with Sikh model Waris Ahluwalia defaced with racist graffiti, drawing incredible response from company [Huffington Post]

Digital snippets: Facebook, 3D printing, Weibo, Topshop, Calvin Klein, Anthropologie

8 Mar

It’s set to be a little bit quiet on here over the space of the next week as I head down to Austin to check out this year’s SXSW. In the meantime therefore, here’s a quick round-up of some of the best fashion and digital stories from around the web these last few days:

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  • Facebook redesigns news feed: what’s in it for brands [Inc]
  • Dita Von Teese debuts 3D-printed dress (as pictured) [Mashable]
  • Dior, Prada, Marchesa, Elie Saab and Giorgio Armani top Sina Weibo’s most buzzed about brands from Oscars red carpet [WWD]
  • Topshop is fashion’s most social high street brand [The Wall Blog]
  • Calvin Klein launches Dark Obsession fragrance ad starring model Matthew Terry [The Cut]
  • Content marketing with Instagram: five lessons from Anthropologie [The Bureau]
  • Dove Canada’s Photoshop ‘hack’ reverts airbrushed, edited photos [Huffington Post]
  • Five brands that reaped rewards after adopting responsive design [Econsultancy]
  • One e-commerce winner, one loser; two lessons – Farfetch vs Luxup [Material World, FT]

Topshop targets Chinese consumers with New Year campaign film

31 Jan

 

Topshop is celebrating Chinese New Year with the launch of a short film that ties together its British brand and its growing international consumer base.

The Lanterns, as it’s called, sees two models captured in front of London’s Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, with Chinese lanterns floating above them. It is set to a cover of This Little Light of Mine by Berend Dubbe and Gwen Thomas, and ends with copy that wishes the viewer a prosperous New Year in both English and traditional Chinese characters.

“We wanted to create something fun that represented the spirit of the Topshop girl whilst capturing the energy of this special time of celebration and giving,” said Topshop’s CMO, Justin Cooke.

Importantly, the film was released on Topshop’s Chinese social media networks, including Weibo where it has over 10 million followers. It also launched on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

Topshop will open its first store in Hong Kong in May, but this film is as much about reaching Chinese consumers worldwide as it is within China itself. According to stats from Topshop, Chinese travellers took over 70 million trips abroad last year, and 150,000 headed to London.

Cooke said: “Not only do we have a huge following in Asia but there are also enormous numbers of Chinese tourists and Chinese communities based in cities all over the world – for example Los Angeles, where we open a store on February 14, we know that there is a very strong Chinese community there…  I think it’s really important as a global brand that we speak to and understand the things that really matter to them, this is a significant time of year and it’s also a very personal one where people get together and thank the people they love.”

Even the length of the film is culturally considerate. At 58 seconds it coincides with Chinese superstitions of numerology; five and eight are both lucky numbers, symbolising wealth and prosperity.

Topshop has also created limited edition lucky red gift cards and envelopes to note the Chinese tradition to gift ‘Lucky Money’ as a wish of prosperity. They are available in its flagship stores and online globally.

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Digital snippets: Neiman Marcus, YSL Beauté, Mercedes, Nike, Revlon

10 Jul

Some more great stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:

 

  • Neiman Marcus app syncs shoppers and sales staff [Mashable]
  • Yves Saint Laurent Beauté launches limited edition make-up palette on Facebook [Web&Luxe]
  • Joan Smalls stars in latest Mercedes fashion campaign (as above) [Telegraph]
  • Revlon charts new digital course [WWD]
  • Luring online shoppers offline [NY Times]
  • Comment: Luxury must become interactive to survive [Wired UK]
  • Fashion industry aims to corner the Chinese market with Weibo [Fashionista]
  • Four rules for luxury brand mobile marketing [Mashable]

Mugler reveals digital plans, live consumer access to Paris Fashion Week show

24 Feb

Mugler, under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti, has released a full timetable documenting its digital activity around next week’s Paris Fashion Week show.

Formulated by digital agency, Moving Image & Content, the #MuglerLive program includes live Formichetti interviews with bloggers from China and Brazil, backstage access to castings and fittings, and even a preview of the new collection. It begins the day before the show.

Viewers will also be able to ‘command’ Formichetti’s assistant, Prince, in the atelier throughout by using the hashtag #askprince. He will become the eyes and hands for viewers, answering special requests as well as questions on what’s happening behind the scenes.

The experience will be live broadcast on Mugler’s Ustream channel, with the show itself taking place on Wednesday, February 29 at 9pm CET. Here is the full schedule of activities, beginning the day before…. (timings are subject to change – check @muglerlive for real time updates)

Tuesday, February 28:

1pm: Live Q&A on Weibo with blogger Han Huo Huo regarding inspiration for the new collection

1.30pm: Hair test – beauty team & Formichetti to discuss with international beauty blogger

2pm: Make-up test

3pm: Digital pioneering – Formichetti discusses his groundbreaking approach to all things digital with The Business of Fashion

2-4pm: Live fitting and casting

4-5pm: Collection walk-through – Formichetti chats with Vogue.it and previews a couple of looks from the new collection. Vogue.It will also submit crowdsourced questions from their social network community.

5-6pm: Casting Conversation – Formichetti discusses his casting choice and decision with Made In Brasil founder, Juliano Corbetta

7-9 pm: Special guests including bloggers, journalists, and buyers visit to preview the collection

Wednesday, February 29:

6-8pm: A Minute With Mugler – Formichetti’s friend Chris will question five people backstage, including a model, and someone from each of the make-up, hair, design and production teams

8pm: Rehearsal / choreography

9pm: Show livestream with live comments from Prince and Chris

9.30-10pm: Post show – follow Formichetti backstage to see what happens after the event

Alberta Ferretti launches on Weibo in China

26 Oct

Alberta Ferretti has launched on popular Chinese micro blogging platform, Weibo, and in so doing joined other luxury fashion brands including Burberry, Chanel and Louis Vuitton who have realised the importance of local social media in China.

Referred to as a hyrbid between Twitter and Facebook, Weibo has in excess of 200m subscribers. Fans are able to follow the world of Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti with real time updates in Chinese. See the brand’s page here: www.weibo.com/albertaferretti

WGSN today published an incredibly detailed insight into China’s digital media landscape, referring to it as “dynamic, ever-changing and home to social media platforms unfamiliar to many outside the market”. The piece rounds up 10 of the most important ones to know. If you’re a subsriber, be sure to check it out: China’s social media landscape

Alberta Ferretti also launched its YouTube channel today: http://www.youtube.com/albertaferretti

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