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All the digital activity surrounding this #LFW season

Eight days later and New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, everyone’s hopped across the pond and now we find ourselves in London ready and raring for the second set of the spring/summer 2015 shows.

As with its US counterpart, digital is playing a significant role in marketing strategy this season, driven heavily by the team at the British Fashion Council. Said CEO Caroline Rush: “This season, London Fashion Week will be celebrating digital innovation in fashion, encouraging designers to embrace technology to amplify their stories and their work.”

Here then are some of the things you can expect:

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  • Topshop is continuing as one of the city’s strongest digital contenders this season, introducing a wealth of activity including presenting some of the look from its Unique show on Facebook rather than on the catwalk. There are also six items from the collection that will be available to buy in-store on the same day, and a group of popular Instagrammers curating and populating its channel for the season.

  • Hunter meanwhile is partnering with real-time video start-up Grabyo, in order to deliver up to 10 instantaneous highlights from the catwalk to its fans via Twitter. Key moments as they unfold will be available for followers in 10-45 second clips, whether at a desktop or viewing via their smartphones. Better yet, said content will also be geo-targeted on Twitter so the type of items shown from the collection are reflective of the user’s particular region and climate.

  • Burberry has teamed up with Twitter to trial its new ‘buy’ button. Immediately following its SS15 show on Monday September 15, the brand will offer Twitter users the chance to purchase exclusive nail polish colours that appeared on the runway. Later in the testing phase, the brand’s new My Burberry fragrance will also be available for purchase.

  • TheOutnet.com has introduced Sergio the Shoe Hunter; a real-life mini dachshund who will be reporting live from London Fashion Week on the best footwear out there. He’ll do so with a GoPro Hero 3 Camera attached to his collar and will post on both his own blog and TheOutnet.com’s Twitter feed. Follow along via #sergioshoehunter.

  • House of Holland meanwhile has partnered with online fitting room company Metail in order to let customers virtually try-on the clothing from its show on Saturday September 13, in real-time. Anyone watching will be able to create their own ‘MeModel’ – an avatar of themselves in the looks they choose from the runway. The idea is they will then be able to pre-order the pieces they want in the right size for them.

  • Temperley London is using Instagram’s new Hyperlapse tool to provide fans with exclusive insights in the five days leading up to its show. The first versions have seen a bit of a rushed look through garments being stitched, as well as a fitting session with a model. More to come.

  • Maybelline is bringing video highlights from LFW to Exterion Media’s out of home screens across the London Underground. A total of 19 stations including Piccadilly Circus, Bond Street and Covent Garden will be showcasing the content from September 13-17.

  • The British Fashion Council itself – as well as supporting the majority of the above and pushing live streams of over 90% of its designers – also has a myriad of its own activities going on. There’s an event on Monday September 15 where British designers will be showcased in a new film premiering from SHOWstudio’s Nick Knight. There will also be a 25 metre-long interactive installation from Meri Media as well as premieres from Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Michael van der Ham and River Island the same night. Next up there’s a LFW street style photo booth sponsored by Swatch that will be situated at Somerset House, highlights of which will be posted to the official London Fashion Week Facebook page. And the BFC is also hosting a Contemporary Shop on eBay that will provide consumers with access to exclusive items from designers Alexis Barrell, Georgia Hardinge, Paper London, and Zoë Jordan.

  • Last but not least, the BFC is also running a series of three panel discussions throughout LFW focused on fashion and technology. The first on Sunday will cover how technology has changed pattern, colour and cloth in fashion, and will feature the likes of cyborg artist Neil Harbisson and Nancy Tilbury, co-founder and director of Studio XO. The second on Monday will explore whether real luxury can be achieved online, and feature jeweller Stephen Webster as well as Tracy Yaverbaun, director of fashion and luxury at Facebook and Instagram, among others. And the final one on Tuesday will dive into where we draw the line between creativity and commerciality. I will be on the panel, as will designer Henry Holland; Justin Cooke, founder of Innovate7 and former CMO of Topshop; Sasha Wilkins of Liberty London Girl; Daniela Cecilio, founder of ASAP54; and Remi Paringaux, founder and creative director of Meri Media. The full line-up as well as details on how to attend or tune-in, can be found online here.

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Recommended listening: Refashion podcast

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A new fashion and tech podcast has launched that’s worth checking out. Refashion kickstarted in April 2014 and has already featured interviews with the likes of Will Young, director of Zappos Labs; Melissa Coker of womenswear brand Wren; and Daniela Cecilia, founder of visual search app ASAP54.

Created for fashion entrepreneurs and business owners, the podcast aims to “highlight the hottest fashion tech startups and seek business advice from founders and fashion executives”, says its own founder Cristina Quitania.

Part of her mission, she says, is to help tighten the learning curve. “By bringing together the most influential players from each community each week, the Refashion Podcast has one goal in mind: to support innovation, creativity and growth – growth that both propels the fashion industry and ourselves. I stand for collaboration and a continuous curiosity to learn, and believe that these two things will build a transformed fashion community.”

Young talks about customer service for instance, while Coker focuses on how the brand achieved such viral video success with its recent First Kiss campaign.

A recent episode sees Andy Goodman, managing director at service design agency Fjord, discussing smart materials, nano technology and synthetic biology. From wearables to embeddables, this is a fantastic exploration of where science is leading us in the future, and what really we can expect to see.

There are also sessions with companies including Lookbook.nu, Everpurse, Mallzee and more. And I’m on there in my role as senior editor at WGSN, talking about what’s happening in social media trends for the fashion world, as well as how brands are balancing the role of technology from a gimmick versus truly ROI perspective.

Check it out via iTunesStitcher Radio and Refashion.co.

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Digital snippets: Oculus, Luxottica, Wren, Asos, Nike, Birchbox, Tom Ford, Kenzo

The big tech story this week has of course been about Facebook’s purchase of virtual reality headset company Oculus VR. But there were lots of others to know about too. Read on for an edit…

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  • Google deal with Luxottica will bring Glass to Ray-Ban, Oakley [WSJ]
  • How Wren made a viral video of strangers kissing and increased sales by nearly 14,000% [Business Insider]
  • Asos and Nike celebrate 27 years of Air Max with first Google+ shoppable hangout [Marketing Magazine]
  • Birchbox, seller of beauty products, steps out from web to open New York store [NY Times]
  • Tom Ford joins the world of e-commerce with sexy new web store [Fashionista]
  • Kenzo’s virtual aquarium highlights the danger of overfishing [PSFK]
  • Chanel releases new Coco Mademoiselle Keira Knightley ad – She’s Not There [The Inspiration Room]
  • Lancôme ramping up digital initiatives [WWD]
  • How Yoox became the Amazon of the fashion world [Telegraph]
  • Why in-store tracking might not be as bad as it sounds [CNNMoney]
  • The Shazam of fashion is here, introducing ‘ASAP54? [Styleite]
  • Silicon Valley never talks about the real reason you don’t own a smart watch or ‘wearable tech’ [Business Insider]