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


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)
Technology
  • 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)
Product
  • 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)
Business
  • 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)
Culture
  • 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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