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Timberland debuts 13-foot installation in NY to accompany green pledge

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Timberland is celebrating its 45-year anniversary with a pop-up park and 13-foot replica of its iconic Premium 6-Inch Wheat Boot in New York City.

Displayed in Flatiron District for one day only (Tuesday, October 16), the park and the boot installation represent the intersection of the brand’s New England roots and today’s modern city lifestyle.

The pop-up park has grass, benches, and living birch trees where visitors are encouraged to write and post their own eco-pledges. They are also invited to build their own potted succulent plant, a gift to green their personal space in the office or at home.

The park’s opening is otherwise the kick-off to a week-long series of events. On Wednesday, elements of the pop-up will then find a home at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in East Harlem. More than 150 volunteers from Timberland, Journeys and the Student Conservation Association are coming together to restore a rooftop greenhouse, install a living roof and construct an outdoor classroom and gathering space.

This is part of Timberland’s pledge to create or restore 500K square feet of green space in US cities over the next five years. To increase the visibility of those actions, Timberland partnered with YouTube phenom Mahogany Lox, this season’s brand ambassador.

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“At Timberland, we are guided by a greater purpose — to step outside, work together and make it better. Urban greening is a powerful way to bring this notion to life,” said Jim Pisani, global brand president at Timberland. “Green spaces are the heartbeat of a community. They not only provide a place to play and explore, they also help enhance quality of life. Simply put, they make neighborhoods stronger. We are proud to make this commitment today, so these vibrant city spaces can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

The end of the celebration takes place at the brand’s newly launched pop-up store, located at 511 Fifth Avenue until January 2019. The concept space embraces nature and experiences with shopgoers surrounded by 2,000 native New England plant species and able to see Instagram-friendly spaces called “Rain Room,” and ”Snow Room”.

All day on Friday, October 19, the public will have access to entertainment, giveaways, and boots raffled off every hour beginning at 12:30pm in the store.

Further urban greening events are taking place in Chicago and Los Angeles during the week.

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20 years later, THAT virtual Clueless wardrobe is now a reality

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There are few tech-enabled wardrobes more iconic that that of Cher Horowitz’s. Now 20 years since the launch of Clueless (it was first released in the US on July 19, 1995), we’re still seeing companies trying to replicate the personalised and customisable approach her computer had in helping her choose what to wear each day.

In celebration of the film’s anniversary, British virtual fit company Metail is back with its focus on fulfilling that need, nodding to the idea with the launch of a dedicated tribute site called www.Cherwears.com. The unofficial homage enables users to “try-on” and buy modern version of the looks worn by Cher and her three co-stars: Dionne, Tai and Amber.

Shoppers fill out three body measurements to be given a “MeModel” avatar that is reportedly 92% accurate to the user’s own body shape. From there, they can select which garments they want to see reflected on their likeness on screen, whether it be individual pieces or full outfits chosen for their resemblance to the film. There’s even a “Which 90’s girl are you?” quiz for users to discover their most suitable wardrobe to explore first.

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Metail founder Tom Adeyoola said: “It’s a fun tribute both to a film we all love and to the woman who imagined this technology 20 years ago, and it perfectly illustrates the Metail technology as both useful and fun to engage with. We have made the online shopping experience as enjoyable as the best physical retail experience can be.”

Metail has worked with brand partners including House of Holland and Little Mistress as well as other high street labels to fill the site with relevant product to purchase. Each piece redirects to the relevant e-commerce site it’s sourced from for users to buy.

This post first appeared on Forbes.com

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Marc Jacobs releases archive content for 30-year celebrations

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Marc Jacobs is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with an online gallery of never-before seen imagery.

The content dates back to 1984 when the partnership between Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy began, and so far features everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker and Winona Ryder, to Christy Turlington.

Reads one of the posts on the site: “Robert Duffy created 10 original company guidelines to help ensure the success of Marc Jacobs Intl. He reminds us that we must always foster an environment that encourages risk taking, maintain irreverance, and most of all, always have fun!”

The content can also be found collated across social sites under the hashtag #MJ30. The designer has released two exclusive items alongside the campaign – the Timeline Tee and 1984 Tee.

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John Lewis calls for GIFs focused on “moving forward” in ongoing #JL150 anniversary campaign  

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John Lewis is continuing the celebrations for its 150-year anniversary with a crowdsourced GIF campaign.

Created to accompany its new TV ad dedicated to British history, the initiative invites fans to submit their own animated images or videos of up to 15-seconds in length, showing how they’re “always moving – dancing, running, learning new things”.

That concept ties to its tagline for the whole campaign: “For 150 years you’ve never stood still. Neither have we.”

Entries can be submitted via Tumblr, Google+, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #JL150 hashtag up until May 30. A winner will be picked at random and awarded £1,500 of JL vouchers; a further £150 of vouchers will be given to their favourite entry each week.

The company has also launched its own #JL150 Tumblr page housing numerous versions of its own GIFs (examples below) – some of the pulled from the TV ad and others showcasing the commemorative products created for the anniversary in collaboration with some of Britain’s most loved brands and designers.

Check out the John Lewis Facebook page too for news on further celebrations in-store, as well as a content series dedicated to different decades.

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Fashion names star in Apple Mac’s 30-years ad

 

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen is one of several fashion creatives to star in a new ad from Apple, a spot filmed using a series of iPhones over the course of just one day.

1.24.12, as it’s called (for the day it was shot), is a celebration of 30 years of the Macintosh. When the Mac was introduced, it promised to put technology in the hands of the people, Apple says, launching “a generation of innovators who continue to change the world”.

Van Herpen is seen in her Amsterdam studio working on one of her elaborate creations at about 43 seconds in. While many fashion designers work on a Mac these days, she is one of a few who also turns her ideas into reality using a 3D printer.

“Iris van Herpen initially saw the computer as a strictly two-dimensional environment. For someone who often begins the creative process by sketching on a mannequin, that wouldn’t work. But when she discovered 3D printing, everything changed,” reads the write-up on the Apple website, where a timeline has been created documenting creativity for the past 30 years.

 

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Van Herpen is included under the heading for 2014 on the site, but two further dates are also relevant to the fashion industry.

1996 is dedicated to Tinker Hatfield, who is the designer behind many of Nike’s most popular shoes. He said the Mac enabled him to experiment more freely in terms of different materials, contours and patterns, and to see all his designs instantly. “Apple gave us this amazing tool and a new way to do things. It was a little crazy, yet satisfying and liberating at the same time,” he is quoted.

The year 2000 is then focused on photographer Nick Knight, who created SHOWstudio.com, and in so doing, “changed how people saw fashion”. He pioneered fashion film, and was of course one of the very first to live stream a fashion week show. “I wanted to make fashion accessible to a broader audience. And I wanted to share more than static images,” he says.

Consumers are also invited to share information about when they first owned a Mac and how exactly they have used it, via an interactive portion of the 30 years microsite.

A short documentary about the Mac’s history has also been released, featuring Van Herpen, Hatfield and Knight, among others…

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Best of the web!

This is one little note to say a big thank you to Become.com’s Be In Style blog, which has featured Fashion & Mash this week in its Best of the Web round-up.

With us being halfway through fashion week season, right in the middle of Social Media Week and on the verge of SXSW, it’s undoubtedly true that I currently “eat, sleep, live, and breathe fashion”, as quoted. The best bit of course, is that it’s from a very unique designer meets digital angle.

The praise comes at an appropriate time too, for this week marks the two-year anniversary of this site. I hope you’re all continuing to get as much out of it as I do putting in. There’s never been such an exciting time as there currently is in all things tech, and I continue to try and cover it for everyone in our industry as comprehensively as possible.

As promised earlier in the year, there’s some exciting developments ahead for F&M, but as always if you have any feedback on the kind of content being posted, some more things you’d like to see, or better yet some stories of your own to send, please do get in touch.

Best wishes, Rachel

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Lacoste film envisions intelligent polo shirts of the future

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Lacoste is celebrating its 80th birthday and honouring the visionary spirit of its founder, Rene Lacoste, with a video short that highlights how future technology might impact the classic polo shirt.

Created by agency MNSTR, the spot sees the item reinterpreted as an intelligent and dynamic piece of design – one that can change colour to its surroundings, adjust its crocodile logo at the touch of a finger and even add longer length sleeves or better fitting shoulders appropriate to the occasion.

“[It’s] an intelligent polo, a connected polo, one that listens to its environment… a polo with no limits,” reads the write-up.

As though the surface of a tablet or smartphone, the models are seen effortlessly swiping, pinching and adapting various features of the styles they wear throughout. A tennis player keeps score on her front in another frame for instance, while a cyclist turns her horizontal stripes into portrait ones.

And that’s not all… While the spot highlights an “attainable future”, a dedicated microsite at www.lacoste-future.com encourages consumers to imagine “possibilities [that] are endless”. Accordingly, they are invited to send in their own vision of tomorrow’s polo shirt via Facebook.com/Lacoste. The most original and unique ideas will then be featured on that page at a later date.

Appropriately, the initiative launches for December 12, 2012, otherwise known as 12.12.12, which also ties in with the code name Rene Lacoste first gave to the polo shirt in 1933: L.12.12.

You might also like this story: Bloomingdale’s pushes wearable technology with Microsoft Printing Dress for #FNO and this infographic on wearble tech

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Matthew Williamson celebrates 15th anniversary with enchanting short film

 

British designer Matthew Williamson launched a short film yesterday to celebrate his 15-years in the industry.

“XV” stars Sienna Milller, Poppy Delevingne and Andrea Riseborough, as well as eight ballerinas from the Royal Ballet and even a unicorn. Shot at Aynhoe Park, a 17th century country house in Oxfordshire, it’s a beautiful spin inside the colourful, ethereal and imaginative world of Williamson’s own mind.

The plot (scripted by Mark Whelan) follows Williamson’s dreams as a 15-year old boy lying in bed on a school morning before his Mum (Riseborough) calls up the stairs to wake him.

It was directed by Tell No One’s Luke White and Remi Weekes, with the ballerinas choreographed by Random Dance company’s Wayne McGregor.

Williamson has also created a limited edition collection in collaboration with Swarovski for the occasion, seen worn by Miller, Delevingne and ballerina Melissa Hamilton in the film. It is otherwise available to buy exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com and the designer’s London store.

Below are a selection of behind-the-scenes images from the film, as well as a making-of video featuring interviews with the stars.

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Matthew Williamson launches on Twitter, announces new digital strategy

British fashion brand Matthew Williamson launched on Twitter today, marking its first commitment to a new digital strategy headed up by Rosanna Falconer, previously of the British Fashion Council.

Created to give followers an insider view, the @MWWorld handle will capture all the action from behind-the-scenes of the collections and the studio. It kickstarted this morning with the above tweet, and has since continued with a photo of Matthew mid-meeting as well as a link to his YouTube page where a video documenting the shoot for his forthcoming XV film starring Sienna Miller, Poppy Delevingne and Valentine Fillol-Cordier exists (as below).

Matthew himself will also be sharing his insight, inspirations and travels.

As a follow on, the website and e-commerce platform will soon be relaunched to “reflect developments in technology, including mobile, and capture the brand digitally”.

Matthew Williamson will celebrate its 15-year anniversary this spring/summer 2013. The XV film will be officially unveiled next week.

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Chloé launches digital archive for 60-year celebration

Chloé is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an interactive digital archive to accompany its Chloé.Attitudes exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

The Alphabet, as it’s called, is an online exploration of the French fashion house’s heritage from 1952 to current day. Created by digital agency Guided Collective, it plays on the idea of founder Gaby Aghion’s own naming of her collections and garments, taking each letter of the alphabet and assigning it a relevant theme.

The first five letters were, unsurprisingly, C H L O and E. They launched simultaneously last week with a short film each (shown below) directed by Poppy De Villeneuve, Julie Verhoeven, Kathryn Ferguson, Stéphanie Di Giusto and Mary Clerté, who interpreted the themes of counter-couture, horses, light, O (roundness) and embroidery respectively.

The rest of the archive letters will be brought to life with further documentary films, previously unseen imagery, past advertising, sketches and collection references, editorial and even specially-commissioned music.

“Individually [they tell] a fragment of the story; collectively [they form] a mosaic of Chloé’s iconic moments, inspirations and heritage,” reads the write-up.

A new letter is currently launching every other day, revealed by a famous blogger worldwide before appearing on The Alphabet microsite. Once they are all live, users will be able to send friends an invitation featuring their own version of the heritage, relative to the letters that make up their name.

Referred to as playful, immersive, imaginative and compelling, the site is available in six languages worldwide and across multiple devices.

The Chloé.Attitudes exhibition opened on September 29 and runs until November 18.