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Amazon’s luxury play, L’Oréal’s bespoke beauty, the race to connected fashion

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past week, including Amazon’s leap into luxury.

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past week.

Top Stories
  • A new luxury platform from Amazon? (Jing Daily)
  • L’Oréal introduces Perso, a smart device that makes beauty personal (Fashion Network)
  • The race to connected fashion continues with Eon Group (WWD)
  • Technology at NRF: the future is now (WWD)
  • Will 3D printing tech change the footwear industry? (Retail Wire)
  • Neutrogena’s Skin360 app ditches hardware with new AI features (Retail Dive)
  • Google boosts Assistant with device scheduling and text reading tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Ballie the rolling robot is Samsung’s near-future vision of personal care (Dezeen)
  • CES 2020: Mindful tech (JWT Intelligence)
  • Beauty’s embrace of AI technology (WWD)
  • Is digitization the savior of the fashion industry? (Forbes)
  • Elon Musk reveals Tesla cars will soon talk to pedestrians (Hypebeast)
  • Samsung hints at AR ambitions, shows off prototype glasses (TechCrunch)
  • AR and VR will drive omnichannel 2.0 (Mobile Marketer)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Dedicated sustainability event announced for Milan Fashion Week (The Industry)
  • Australia’s Wilfdires serve as a rallying cry for fashion (BoF)
  • The brands working to make footwear more sustainable (Vogue Business)
  • ‘They must scale up:’ Greenpeace ranks China’s tech giants on renewable energy (Fortune)
  • Net-a-porter adds beauty category to its sustainable platform Net Sustain (Fashion United)
  • The future of upcycling: from rags to riches (BoF)
Retail & Commerce
  • Selfridges partners with Highsnobiety on new retail concept (The Industry)
  • Clarins wants to appeal to our sense with pop-up (Campaign)
  • Kenzo Takada unveils lifestyle brand (WWD)
  • Slowear unveils new experiential store in Milan (WWD)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Gen Z is reinventing social media marketing (Vogue Business)
  • Puma lifts ad recall 180% with new Spotify podcast ad tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Brazil beauty company Natura wants to give Avon a makeover (Fortune)
  • Secondhand beauty products set to boom in 2020 (Vogue Business)
  • Fashion’s rise of ‘urban protection’ (WWD)
  • Target launches private label activewear line (Retail Dive)
  • Why are sneakers cooler than luxury shoes to Millennials? (Jing Daily)
  • Cashmere country: the perils of making the world’s finest fabrics (The Guardian)
  • Lululemon names Nike veteran first ever chief brand officer (Retail Dive)
  • PVH Corp. to sell Speedo North American business to Pentland Group (WWD)
  • Does luxury fashion still need wholesale showrooms? (Vogue Business)
  • Sally beauty relaunches to compete with Walmart and Ulta (Glossy)
  • P&G snaps up women’s shaving disruptor Billie (Retail Dive)
  • Berlin Fashion Week relaunches with New Venue, South African talents (WWD)
  • Lego builds its brand in China with experiences (WARC)
  • Nordstrom CEO on the Store of the Future (BoF)
  • More brands are leaving Amazon, but the strategy could backfire (CNBC)
  • 40% of Americans shopped DTC in the past year (Retail Dive)
  • Patek Philippe commands the future (NYT)
  • A.P.C’s Jean Touitou is the original master of collaborations (Highsnobiety)
  • This beauty company doesn’t do business in China (Fortune)
  • The products, brands & creative directors that defined the last decade (Highsnobiety)
  • Rising sales in the $16 billion-plus lab-grown Diamond market are at the center of new law suits (Fashion Law)
  • Alibaba praised for ad recognizing same-sex couples (BoF)
  • How Jaclyn Johnson ‘reverse-engineered a media company’ (WWD)
  • The Black Panther effect is changing the face of Hollywood (Wired)
  • When a bag becomes a community (The Cut)

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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.