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Vogue Italia’s photo-free issue, fashion’s ageism problem, big tech teams up

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past week, including Italian Vogue’s January Issue argues fashion photography is bad for the environment.

Happy New Year! Here’s your round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the holidays.

Top Stories
  • Italian Vogue’s January Issue argues fashion photography is bad for the environment (Observer)
  • Apple, Google & Amazon are teaming up to develop an open-source smart home standard (The Verge)
  • Fashion industry’s ageism could cost it £11bn in next 20 years (The Guardian)
  • Global AI in the fashion industry expected to grow over 36% by 2027 (Fashion United)
  • Ikea previews its improved 2020 smart home experience (The Verge)
  • Heineken expands digital supply chain partnership (Retail Technology)
  • Sizing tech takes on fashion’s expensive returns problem (Vogue Business)
  • Mobile games sparked 60% of 2019 global game revenue (Mobile Marketer)
  • Fashion tech education is a main trend for 2020 (Fashion United)
  • L’Oreal’s Garnier blends hair color try-ons with Google Lens (Mobile Marketer)
  • Smart pajamas are the only wearable we care about (Mashable)
  • ‘Fortnite’ raked in more online currency than any other game in 2019 (Hypebeast)
  • What is going on with Samsung’s ‘artificial human’ project? (The Verge)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • H&M launches transparent sustainability information for customers (The Industry)
  • Levi’s gives back by preserving drinking water (Stylus)
  • H&M Group joins Tent to support refugees internationally (Fashion United)
  • Amazon opens homeless shelter (TechCrunch)
  • Airbnb offers free emergency housing for people displaced by Australian bushfires (Mashable)
Retail & Commerce
  • E.l.f Cosmetics boosts clicks via personalized recommendations (Retail Dive)
  • Ouai is launching in all 1,200 Ulta stores (Vogue Business)
  • Diesel to open luxury apartment in Miami (Fashion United)
  • Why Highsnobiety is breaking into physical retail (BoF)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram will become a dominant DTC sales channel in 2020 (Glossy)
  • Snapchat will launch BitmojiTV, a personalized cartoon show (TechCrunch)
  • Instagram to remove branded posts that advertise vapes, tobacco and weapons (The Verge)
  • Hype House and the Los Angeles TikTok Mansion Gold Rush (NYT)
  • Is social selling China’s next big marketing trend? (Jing Daily)
  • Luxury brands celebrate the Year of the Rat (Jing Daily)
  • H&M starts selling ‘tailor-made’ shirts (Fashion United)
  • Nike plans to leverage the popularity of Air Max sneakers to attract women customers (Glossy)
  • M&S eyes stronger presence in sports clothing with new activewear range (Campaign)
  • H&M collaborates with Billie Eilish on sustainable merch line (Fashion United)
  • Puma starts selling shoes for playing video games (Telegraph)
  • Post-holiday returns expected to near $100bn (WWD)
  • How ‘direct-to-consumer’ blew up retail (BoF)
  • Last-mile package delivery in 2030 (McKinsey)
  • Reliance takes on Amazon with launch of ecommerce platform (FT)
  • Why luxury brands should focus on Tier-2 and -3 cities in China (Jing Daily)
  • The next step to becoming a lifestyle brand? Designing a place to live (Fashionista)
  • Fred Perry sales smash £120m thanks to foreign operations (Retail Gazette)
  • ‘Secret’ Indian Ateliers keep luxury brands buoyant (BoF)
  • Czech this out: luxury is flourishing in Prague (WWD)
  • The hypebeast that stole Christmas (BoF)
  • The new generation of C-Beauty (Jing Daily)
  • Have influencers become fashion’s new art directors? (WWD)
  • How fashion education prevents inclusivity (BoF)

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By Hannah Reed

Hannah Reed is Junior Researcher at the Current Global, where she contributes to both the editorial site and consultancy projects for clients including Google, Farfetch and Shiseido. Her research background is focused specifically on how artificial intelligence and data can transform the high street, while her interests lie in how new technologies and broader innovation can impact the global retail landscape.