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What you missed: Shopping on Instagram, the mobile web, Silicon Valley’s top retail VC

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Shopping is coming to Instagram

The big story on the web this week was of course about shopping coming to Instagram, but backing that idea even further comes the fact mobile browsing overtook desktop for the first time. That’s a huge deal for retailers.

Meanwhile also worth catching up on is an in-depth view on how Nike embraced sustainability, an exploration of what Gen Z and Millennials love and hate about social media, and an update on wearables from the world of Will.i.am. Don’t forget to also sign up for our Snapchat Masterclass taking place on November 22.


TOP STORIES
  • Shopping is coming to Instagram [WWD]
  • Mobile web browsing overtakes desktop for the first time [Guardian]
  • How Forerunner Ventures’ Kirsten Green crashed Silicon Valley’s boys’ club to become retail’s top VC [Forbes]
  • The downward spiral: Why Everlane, Mizzen+Main, and Lululemon don’t discount[LeanLuxe]
  • How mass retailers are traversing ‘big transparency’ [Glossy]

BUSINESS
  • Hermès joins luxury-goods makers reporting Chinese recovery [Bloomberg]
  • Bain: Chinese shoppers’ share of global luxury purchases drops to 30% [Jing Daily]
  • Karlie Kloss and David Lauren talk innovation [BoF]
  • Are the Black Friday sales worth it and are the deals real or a con? [The Telegraph]

SUSTAINABILITY
  • Just fix it: how Nike learned to embrace sustainability [BoF]
  • Kering launches free environmental calculator for fashion designers [Ecouterre]
  • One chart shows how fast fashion is reshaping the global apparel industry [Quartz]

SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Everlane tests social shopping on Snapchat with Sweet [Glossy]
  • Here’s what Gen Z and Millennials love and hate about Instagram and Snapchat [AdWeek]
  • Facebook’s WhatsApp is testing a feature like Snapchat Stories [Digital Trends]
  • Twitter takes on Facebook as it rolls out customer service chatbots within direct messages [The Drum]
  • YouTube is helping to sell a lot of make-up [Bloomberg]
  • Facebook shares Snapchat attack plan, including a new camera [AdAge]

ADVERTISING
  • Reformation’s founder on its ‘stigma-breaking’ new campaign starring trans model Andreja Pejic [Yahoo]
  • Miss Piggy stars in Kate Spade holiday ad campaign and collection [WWD]
  • Nordstrom gets in festive spirit with customer appreciation campaign [Luxury Daily]
  • H&M replace David Beckham with younger model The Weeknd after five years [International Business Times]
  • Harvey Nichols keeps up irreverent advertising tradition with “Britalia” [The Industry]

RETAIL
  • Simon Malls preps for holiday rush with interactive wayfinding directories [Luxury Daily]
  • John Lewis signs up to click and collect joint venture with Clipper Logistics [Internet Retailing]

TECHNOLOGY
  • Will.i.am moves wearables off the wrist with the help of Kendall Jenner and Apple [NY Times]
  • L’Oréal is using virtual reality to expand the “Matrix Academy” [Fast Company]

START-UPS
  • Introducing Floravere, the first direct-to-consumer, made-to-order wedding dress brand [Fashionista]

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Digital snippets: Dolce & Gabbana’s #selfies, Burberry’s Apple Music channel; NFC payments at House of Holland

Here’s a round-up of the latest stories to know about surrounding all things fashion and tech…

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  • Dolce & Gabbana models post selfies straight off the runway (as pictured) [Vogue]
  • Burberry becomes first fashion brand to launch Apple Music channel [BoF/Bloomberg]
  • It might seem like a gimmick, but here’s why Henry Holland’s NFC payment ring matters [Forbes]
  • Intel unveils RFID system for retailers, Levi Strauss pilots [RFID Journal]
  • DKNY gets personal for New York Fashion Week with Instagram Direct campaign [AdAge]
  • H&M releases film featuring David Beckham and American comedian Kevin Hart [Brand Republic]
  • Robots, holograms and wearables: A tech history of fashion week [Fashionista]
  • Snapchat and Uber: How outsiders got into NYFW events [Digiday]
  • The best of tech at London Fashion Week [Forbes]
  • New York Fashion Week’s social media winners and losers [Digiday]
  • Why fashion model Karlie Kloss launched her own YouTube channel [Co.Create]
  • Vogue goes viral [FT]
  • Google’s Eric Schmidt on how artificial intelligence could shape fashion trends [WWD]
  • Can ‘smart malls’ save China’s failing shopping centres from collapse? [The Guardian]
  • ‘A lot of guff is talked about personalisation’, says Ao.com boss John Roberts [Retail Week]
  • The invisible labour of fashion blogging [The Atlantic]
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Digital snippets: eBay, Westfield, Harrods, wearables, Macy’s, Uggs, Mercedes-Benz, adidas

A round-up of the latest stories to know about surrounding all things fashion and tech…

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  • eBay unveils retail platform: all about omni [WWD]
  • Kevin McKenzie, global chief digital officer at Westfield Group, on the mall of the future [BoF]
  • Harrods to focus on gamification after being ‘undeterred’ by mixed results [Retail Week]
  • The 7 best pieces of wearable tech we saw at CES [Fashionista]
  • Macy’s restructures to boost digital marketing, mulls off-price plans [MediaPost]
  • Uggs tests RFID in a bid to close the online-offline gap [Retail Week]
  • Mercedes-Benz just made a great fashion ad, and it’s a total piss-take [The Drum]
  • adidas launches Superstar campaign video featuring Rita Ora, David Beckham and Pharrell Williams [The Independent]
  • Lady Gaga has turned her Instagram selfies into ads for Japanese beauty brand Shiseido [Business Insider]
  • Max Factor puts a twist on the no-makeup selfie with #GlamJan campaign [Creativity Online]
  • Moncler creates fake snow app for online fun [Luxury Daily]
  • Montblanc announces a smart bracelet for your fancy watch [TechCrunch]
  • From robots to beacons, the future of retail is at hand [BrandChannel]
  • Snapchat wins hearts and minds on Madison Avenue [Digiday]
  • How Snapchat can help retailers kill ‘showrooming’ [AdAge]
  • As Pinterest pitches ads, brands flock to ‘Pinfluencers’ [WSJ]
  • Google stops selling Google Glass [Marketing Magazine]
  • How jewellery makers (not a tech company) finally cracked the battery problem for wearables [Forbes]
  • Cuff raises $5 million Series A and partners with Richline to bring smart jewellery to the mainstream [TechCrunch]
  • Materials science is the new black: 3D and 4D printing the future [Apparel]
  • Disney and McLaren to fund wearable tech competition for start-ups [The Drum]
  • “Back To The Future” power laces herald quantum wave of shoe tech at Nike [PSFK]
  • The patented Nike shirt that could track your heart rate and blood pressure while you exercise [Quartz]
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Digital snippets: H&M, Instagram, Uniqlo, Ferragamo, Urban Outfitters, Nike

Happy new year all and welcome to 2014!

It’s straight to Vegas for me and headfirst into CES for what’s looking set to be a week heavy on the wearables front. More of that to follow, but for now, here’s a highlight of some of the fashion and tech stories you may have missed over the past couple of weeks…

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  • H&M and Beckham return to The Super Bowl with ground-breaking shoppable TV ad campaign [WGSN]
  • Instagram reveals ‘promising’ results of Levi’s and Ben & Jerry’s ad trial [Marketing Magazine]
  • Ferragamo weaves founder’s history into fairy tale film [Luxury Daily]
  • Nike, MTV are top global brands on Instagram in 2013 [BrandChannel]
  • How in-store analytics is changing the way you shop [Fashionista]
  • Beacons: What they are, how they work, and why Apple’s iBeacon technology is ahead of the pack [Business Insider]
  • What fashion adds to the tech world: Vanessa Friedman on wearables [FT]
  • Smart eyelashes and fingernails: the next wave of wearable tech [Mashable]
  • Can Apple’s Angela Agrendts spark a retail revolution? [Fast Company]
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Belstaff launches new Legends campaign portraits by Scott Schuman, starring Beckham

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Belstaff hosted an elaborate event that played on its motorcycle heritage this London Fashion Week to celebrate the opening of its new flagship store in the capital.

With David Beckham as host, the British-born brand closed off part of New Bond Street to welcome a parade of 50 authentic bikers.  They were wearing both new and vintage pieces from the brand, but as its supposed to be worn, on the road and getting dirty, which is exactly what the team wanted to capture.

As a result, they hired Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist to do so. The well-known street style photographer shot a series of intimate portraits of some of the bikers, seven of which, as well as one of Beckham, are now live on the Legends section of Belstaff’s website, which is also home to images of its oldest jackets and the icons who have worn them.

Each of the stars – David Parr, Nate Petre, Josh Wasserman, Hugo Jezgabel, Mark Phillips, George Barden and Pat McAteer – features alongside a mini interview saying who they are, what bike they ride and where they find their inspiration. Collectively they are referred to as the “modern legends of Belstaff”. (Clicking on their pictures leads to the corresponding product page too).

I’ve also been privy to an early cut of a video set to launch in a couple of weeks time documenting the bikers travelling from the historic Goodwood Estate to Mayfair. It’s a beautiful testament to both Britain and the brand. Look out for it.

Beckham will also front Belstaff’s spring/summer 2014 global advertising campaign. It will be photographed by Peter Lindberg and inspired by the late Steve McQueen, a long-time fan of  Belstaff. Further pictures of Beckham at the opening of Belstaff House in London are below:

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Digital snippets: Diesel, J.Crew, David Beckham, New Look, Benefit, Alexander Wang

Here’s a highlight of recent stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital:

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  • Diesel goes to Tumblr to cast Reboot ad campaign (as pictured) [WWD]
  • J.Crew takes autumn catalogue digital with exclusive Pinterest debut [BrandChannel]
  • David Beckham strips for H&M Bodywear range once again [Campaign]
  • 17 reasons for New Look’s 79% leap in online sales, and eight areas for improvement [Econsultancy]
  • Benefit’s ballsy mascara ad touts nice “packages” [Mashable]
  • Alexander Wang crowdsources charity bag for Samsung [Vogue.co.uk]
  • Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer: hail to the chief [Vogue.com]
  • Sophia Amoruso expands Nasty Gal [WSJ]
  • Comparison shopping comes to Google Glass through new app, Crystal Shopper [The Verge]
  • DailyCandy partners with Tribeca Enterprises for Fashion in Film festival [DailyCandy]
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Spring films arrive from Lanvin, Calvin Klein and David Beckham Bodywear for H&M

It’s been a bit of a week for fashion film releases, with highlights coming in from Lanvin, Calvin Klein and H&M surrounding the spring/summer 2013 campaigns.

 

Lanvin, a firm favourite every season thanks to the genius of creative director Alber Elbaz, has unveiled a spot that seems as though it’s just focusing on the print shoot in action. The models are each seen posing in beautiful surrounds very calmly, before suddenly a Skype call comes in from Elbaz who was unable to get to New York due to Hurricane Sandy.

What follows is highly amusing commentary from him on the “sick perspective” and “beautiful lighting” of the campaign. “It’s very very poetic, very chic,” he says. “There’s something very Californian about [it]… You know I’m still at the office. I feel I’m in a dream, I feel I’m in a cloud.”

 

Calvin Klein meanwhile, followed its Super Bowl underwear spot with the rest of its spring/summer campaign. Actor Alexander Skarsgård and model Suvi Koponen both star in its film, Provocations, which sees the men’s and women’s Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein Jeans brands all brought together for the first time. There are three variations of it available: 10 minutes, 60 seconds and 30 seconds (above).

Shot on location in California by Fabien Baron of Baron + Baron, it focuses on recurring elements of fire, air and water as the pair are seen in a variety of “sleek, architectural settings to dark and mysterious milieus”.

 

And H&M roped in film director Guy Ritchie to shoot David Beckham in his first video spot for the retailer. The ad sees Beckham chasing after his family car after his bathrobe gets stuck in the door. As he runs / jumps / swims through the Beverly Hills neighbourhood he continues to lose other items of clothing remaining in just the boxers from his Bodywear line.

“David makes the perfect leading man,” said Ritchie. “For me this felt more than a campaign; it was like directing a short film.”

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Digital snippets: London 2012 #Olympics special!

London 2012 has been dubbed the “social media Olympics”, and rightly so given the overwhelming growth seen all things digital even since Beijing in 2008.

All the usual platforms are proving relevant, from YouTube to Instagram, and of course Twitter for real-time updates. Facebook launched a special page featuring links to athletes, teams and sports, while so too is there an official Olympic Hub from the IOC, and a partnership between LOCOG and Foursquare. There was even a dedicated hashtag to keep what happens during the opening ceremony a secret: #savethesurprise.

And then of course there are the brands. Official sponsor or not, the online space is awash with those tapping in as closely as they can to sporting fever.

It all kicks off officially from tonight, but until then here are a couple of the best campaigns we’ve seen across the digital space so far:

  • adidas and David Beckham surprise fans: This one might be a real-world activation, but there’s nothing quite like a viral video to get everyone talking about it: 2.3m views and counting of adidas surprising shoppers having their pictures taken in its #takethestage photo booth with a guest appearance by David Beckham (as below) [YouTube]
  • Coca Cola’s Move to the Beat campaign: In the aim of connecting younger people to the action, Coca Cola teamed up with Mark Ronson and turned to music. The Grammy Award-winning producer recorded the sounds of five different Olympic sports and used the resulting beats to create a track, as shown below. The brand is also inviting fans to have a go at remixing themselves via a dedicated app [Coca Cola]
  • EDF uses Twitter to dictate colour of London Eye: London’s infamous Ferris wheel is set to become a giant mood ring as EDF Energy teams up with Sosolimited to display different colours based on the sentiment of tweets around the Games [Mashable]
  • Nike’s Find Your Greatness spot pushes Olympic advertising rules: The first non-sponsor to mention is of course Nike. An expert at ambush marketing (Write the Future a case in point), the brand has launched an ad that references other places around the world also called London (as below). “Greatness is not in one special place, it is not in one special person; greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it,” says the narrator. It is also backed by a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #findgreatness [Fast Co]
  • Visa invites consumers to send in cheers: Part of Visa’s Go World campaign for the Olympics invites fans to submit a cheer to the participating athletes in the form of a click, post or video via Facebook. A lucky few will go on to feature in special-edition spots celebrating the achievements of Team Visa athletes in real-time [TheInspirationRoom]
  • Nastia Liukin pushes Fantastic Gymnastics Dora doll and app: The latest doll from Dora the Explorer is a London 2012 gymnast special being promoted by Team USA five-time Olympic medallist Nastia Liukin. It also comes with an augmented reality app for kid’s to watch her come to life [BrandChannel]
  • Harrods welcomes everyone to London: A very simple one here, but nonetheless noteworthy. Harrods posted a collaged picture featuring multiple icons of London associated with its own store as well as the Olympics on Facebook. The accompanying text read: “Over the coming weeks, London will play host to many visitors. We would simply like to say… Welcome to our wonderful city. #LoveLondon” [Harrods]

In case you haven’t seen them, there’s also the incredible Best Job spot from P&G (almost 5.5m views), Specsavers’ response to the Korean flag blunder, and the giant Jessica Ennis #homeadvantage image from British Airways on the Heathrow flight path (as pictured top).

Spot any more? Do add them to the comments…

 

 

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Digital snippets: Alexander Wang, Nike+, Nordstrom, Elle UK, Woolmark

Some more great stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:

 

  • Alexander Wang releases autumn/winter 2012 Confessional Series video featuring Shalom Harlow (as above) [Alexander Wang]
  • Nike+ Kinect Training launch will mean virtual personal trainers in your living room [Mashable]
  • Nordstrom teams up with GQ for e-commerce push [WWD]
  • Watch Elle UK’s behind the cover video of David Beckham [Elle UK]
  • Woolmark Co sets social media campaign [WWD]
  • This start-up pulls in top pins on Pinterest and crossreferences against 250+ e-commerce sites [Business Insider]
  • Some 15% of luxury goods sales are directly generated by digital media [FT]
  • Square doubles its retail presence, now in 20,000 outlets [TechCrunch]
  • Can social breathe life back into the high street [Guardian]
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Elle UK live tweets Beckham cover shoot

UK Elle magazine provided its Twitter and Facebook fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to its July 2012 cover shoot with David Beckham in Los Angeles yesterday.

The initiative followed the success of a similar one with Twilight actress Kristen Stewart last month (she will cover the June issue). This however marks the first time the mag has had a solo male appear, which provided the editorial team with a wealth of opportunity to build hype around the event before Beckham’s name was revealed. A poll was cast on the website, alongside a series of teaser stories.

The live tweets began last night following the official announcement yesterday morning. Although full shots of Beckham weren’t ever shown, the editors set the scene with descriptions and snaps of everything from their lunch to the clothes rail being selected from. There was even a close-up on the football player’s tattoos – proof if it was ever needed. Followers were also invited to send in their own questions to @ELLEuk and through its #BeckhamElle hashtag.

The move is an interesting one for a magazine; tapping into the all-important notion of ‘real-time’ in today’s social media world by opening up the one part of its publication that tends to remain under wraps until it hits the shelves. On each occasion Elle has done it just enough to grab attention amid the “noise”, and yet not so much so as to damage levels of interest when the issue is actually printed. It’ll be interesting to see newsstand sales and subscription growth in relation for both.

The choice of Beckham is said to be a nod to the 2012 Olympic Games this summer. Elle’s editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy, said: “David Beckham is a national hero, so we saw an opportunity to shoot a celebratory cover to support an historical and patriotic year. He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover.”

The issue will be available from May 30. View more of the behind-the-scenes pics, here.