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#CES2017: All the fashion and retail news from this year’s show

Robots like Pepper, on show at CES 2017, are becoming increasingly relevant to retail
Robots like Pepper, on show at CES 2017, are becoming increasingly relevant to retail

Last week’s CES trends might have been pretty heavy on the automotive and voice control technology front, but there were lots of bits hidden in there more directly relevant for the fashion and retail markets too. If you, like me, decided to give the Las Vegas Convention Center and its endless trade show booths a miss this year, here’s a round-up of everything you missed, as written by other people all over the web…


  • Here come smart stores with robots, interactive shelves [Associated Press]
  • Google moves into augmented reality shopping with BMW and Gap [Bloomberg]
  • Why Under Armour’s CEO is competing with Apple [WWD]
  • Under Armour launches Athlete Recovery sleepwear [Fibre2Fashion]
  • L’Oréal launches smart hairbrush at CES: a bargain at $189? [AdAge]
  • The future of 3D printing in retail [Retail Week]
  • A brief journey to the future of retail via Alibaba’s CES booth [The Ringer]
  • Do brands care if bricks-and-mortars survive the Amazon era? [Campaign]
  • SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper is improving sales at brick-and-mortar stores [Recode]
L'Oréal launched a smart hairbrush at CES 2017
L’Oréal launched a smart hairbrush at CES 2017

  • Wearables double down on fashion at CES to cling to relevancy [Motherboard]
  • Wearable tech has become beautiful. So now what? [WGSN Insider]
  • A look at Fossil’s spring 2017 collection: Q Accomplice, Modern Pursuit and more [Wareable]
  • Swarovski to surprise, delight with smartwatch category entrance [Luxury Daily]
  • Armani Exchange’s first hybrid smartwatch has rugged good looks [Wareable]
  • Moshi’s Arcus is a fashionable backpack with functionality to match [Digital Trends]
  • Footwear adds feeling to VR experience [News13]
  • VivoBarefoot IoT-enabled running shoe powered by Sensoria [FashNerd]
  • Blinking dresses and laser cut tops? That’s fashion CES-style [GearBrain]
  • Vibrating jeans and airbag vests: the best tech from CES [Drapers]
  • How wearable technology could change Hollywood’s red carpet [Hollywood Reporter]
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What you missed: Gap’s AR dressing room app, smart hairbrushes, Brexit’s impact on fashion

Gap's AR dressing room app with Google
Gap’s AR dressing room app with Google

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017… may it be a fortuitous one for all of us; the industry at large included. On that note, here’s a wrap up of everything you might have missed over the holidays and this past week, from new tech at CES to lots of thoughts on what to expect in the market throughout this year.

Also worth checking out is an interview on sustainability with Kering’s François-Henri Pinault, a deep-dive on all things WeChat (seriously a must-read), and an exploration of the worker robots hitting Japan. If you haven’t seen it, don’t forget to also check out our list of the 8 tech trends that will shape fashion and luxury retail in 2017.


TOP STORIES
  • Google moves into augmented reality shopping with BMW and Gap [Bloomberg]
  • L’Oréal launches smart hairbrush at CES: a bargain at $189? [AdAge]
  • How Brexit will impact fashion in 2017 [BoF]
  • The future of fashion is mushroom leather – Kering’s François-Henri Pinault on sustainability [Bloomberg]
  • Why Alexander Wang’s Adidas collection was sold in unmarked trucks and trash bags [Co.Create]
  • Selfridges unveils new plan to promote sustainable fashion [Dazed]

BUSINESS
  • In 2017’s “new normal,” luxury brands will have to work a lot harder to sell their pricey goods [QZ]
  • For the Trumps, ‘Made in USA’ may be a tricky label to stitch [NY Times]
  • Macy’s to cut more than 10,000 jobs and close 68 stores [AP]
  • Carolina Herrera is suing Oscar de la Renta over hiring of Monse designer [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Expect more store closings despite big holiday sales [USA Today]

SOCIAL MEDIA
  • How social cash made WeChat the app for everything [Fast Company]
  • Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram: who is winning the social media shopping race? [BoF]
  • #Prada365: The brand’s new social, advertising strategy [TheFashionLaw]
  • 5 ways Snapchat Spectacles will affect influencer marketing in 2017 [AdWeek]
  • How fashion publishers are experimenting with Instagram Live [Glossy]
  • Here’s a timeline showing Instagram and Snapchat’s 2016 war over the best features [AdWeek]
  • Infographic: How millennials and baby boomers consume user-generated content [AdWeek]

RETAIL
  • Here come ‘smart stores’ with robots, interactive shelves [AP]
  • How tech drove retailer turnaround efforts in 2016 [Retail Dive]
  • Harrods incorporates in-store navigation tool in latest app update [LuxuryDaily]
  • The internet goes IRL at ModCloth’s new store [Racked]
  • What everyone will be buzzing about at NRF Retail’s BIG Show 2017 [IBM]

TECHNOLOGY
  • Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence [QZ]
  • Amazon patent reveals its drone-deploying flying warehouse plan [Engadget]
  • Cross-border payment technology creates global opportunities [WWD]
  • Wearables gradually move beyond the wrist, and into hearts and minds (literally) [CNBC]
  • Shiseido Group invests in beauty technologies to maintain competitive edge [LuxuryDaily]