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alice + olivia host yacht sleepover with Booking.com

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alice + olivia

alice + olivia is teaming up with Booking.com to create an immersive branded space on top of a 74-foot yacht during New York Fashion Week, in a bid to reflect the collection’s enchantment with traveling.

The Booking.com-sponsored experience, promoting the brand’s S/S19 collection, will also offer fans the opportunity to book an exclusive night’s stay at the same vessel.

According to the label’s CEO and creative director Stacey Bendet, the collection, “Passport to wonderland”, as well as the collaboration with the travel booking site, was inspired by her love of travel.

“I wanted the collection and experience to reflect the women of the world and the vibrant countries and cultures they represent; the prints, patterns and colors from each destination continue to inspire me,” comments Bendet. “Through this partnership with Booking.com, I’m excited to merge the world of travel with fashion, to highlight the influence fashion has on travel and vice versa.”

The experience will begin on September 11 when fashion guests board the vessel, which has been named the “Wonderland fashion yacht”. Guests will be transported up the Hudson River to Pier59, the venue that will host the presentation.

The immersive space will transport guests to coveted holiday locations such as Paris, Morocco and the English countryside, inspired by destinations that can be booked on the travel site.

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alice + olivia x Booking.com

Additionally between September 5-7, Booking.com will enable three consumers to book for sleepovers on the two-bedroom yatch for $59 a night. Each day will include a perk, such as tickets for the upcoming alice + olivia show on night one, as well as alice + olivia shopping experiences on September 12 and 13.

The partnership developed from the fashion label’s approach to drawing inspiration from travel, as well as the mindset that fashion itself inspires confidence in travelers when exploring new locations.  According to research by Booking.com, 57% of respondents cite they plan their travels based on where they can shop, while 42% of travelers feel compelled to make changes in their personal style after being on vacation, inspired by local shops and the people.

“Fashion plays a big part in our customers planning and preparations for their vacations all around the world. We are excited to embrace the confidence and joy that fashion brings them through our partnership with alice + olivia,” said Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com. “This New York Fashion Week activation celebrates the best way to experience fashion and travel with the ultimate New York fashion experience in a cool and unique place to stay.”

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How Adidas takes inspiration from the software world

Adidas Originals x Alexander Wang collection, drop three, as captured by Juergen Teller
Adidas Originals x Alexander Wang collection, drop three, as captured by Juergen Teller

Adidas is a “brand in beta”, according to its global creative director, Paul Gaudio. Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity today, he referred to the idea of operating via an open-source model appropriated from the technology world.

“We firmly believe the idea that we are a brand in beta. We are never finished. Instead of having all the answers, we prefer to come and ask questions,” he said about the near 70-year old brand. “It’s about constant reinvention… I like to talk about the idea that we’re on a journey. As a brand we’re a story, a narrative; it’s not a fixed thing.”

It’s on that basis the company launched its “Original is never finished” campaign for Adidas Originals earlier this year, which features the likes of Snoop Dogg through to basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and artist Petra Collins. They represent the idea of what it means to be a true original – the idea that things can be done multiple times over, that the brand is never finished. It’s set to a reworking of Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

But this idea of exploring self-identity, of connecting closely with culture and community, and indeed the notion of open-source creativity, is also how Adidas approaches its collaborations.

“You can’t do everything inside a little walled garden… you have to bring ideas in from the outside. We do it with athletes, we do it with chemical companies… we know we can’t do this alone,” Gaudio added.

Athlete Stan Smith and fashion designer Alexander Wang were also on stage to discuss the way they have partnered with the brand.

The Adidas Originals x Alexander Wang collaboration was launched with a campaign that took inspiration from the reseller market, for instance. It secretly dropped in different cities around the world out the back of 17 trucks in trash bags as though the items were on the black market. The initiative led to 3 billion media impressions worldwide and the items selling out within one day.

“It was spot on, it was perfect; it captured everything I wanted to say about the collection,” said Wang. But why it worked was largely because of the openness he was met with at Adidas, he explained. “In all my partnerships, I have never been in a conversation that’s been so collaborative and open to ideas. From a creative point of view, I’ve always appreciated that.”

Gaudio added: “I ask myself all the time, ‘why bother?’ If we don’t allow someone like you to bring newness into the brand, what’s the point?”

It’s about releasing control with that open-source mentality working both internally and externally, he explained. “We have to enable creativity within the brand too – we have to create space for people to express themselves and chase their dreams… It’s about creating a framework and then leaving space for people to create; to take the brand to new levels. Good ideas rarely come from the top.”

This story first appeared on Forbes

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Mulberry film hints at first season with new creative director Johnny Coca

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Mulberry has released a short film sharing the thoughts of its new creative director Johnny Coca ahead of the brand’s relaunch during London Fashion Week this season.

“That was then, this is now”, as the company refers to it, sees Coca speaking about his inspirations and his focus for the new collection. He refers to “Britishness” as an attitude and something individual, saying that it’s about “tradition and how it’s mixed with modernity”.

He’ll be bringing that to his first collection, mixing rebellion with “a balance of femininity; poetic but strong”.

Structure of the garments and bags will be a big focus, drawn from his love of architecture, while colour will also play a part, heavily influenced by his obsession with red; something he says is probably because it’s very Spanish, but appropriately also very British. He also talks about his decision to restore an original 1970s logo he found in the brand archives.

There are multiple additional hints as to his thought process from the film – the bank of the Thames, food slopping on a plate, models walking up concrete steps of the Barbican, a gargoyle, heavy florals, a china teacup, piano keys, an orange (perhaps a Seville orange nodding to where he was born), cycling, a washing machine. “I’m inspired by things I see everyday,” he explains.

In a press statement, he adds: “I wanted to reinforce the British character and sensibility of Mulberry. It’s quite humbling – to be trusted with this brand that people love and feel is very much part of them and their lives. In my role as creative director I want to push the boundaries, but also respect the values and DNA at the core of Mulberry.”

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Coca is part of a turnaround plan at Mulberry that has also seen a new CEO put in place, and a shift away from the brand’s original intention to move upscale. More bags have been introduced around the £500-£1,000 mark, while a big focus has been put on enabling digital sales. It returned to positive during H1 2015 (six months to September 2015), with pre-tax profit of £60,000, compared with a loss of £1.1m a year earlier.

Coca follows Emma Hill, who left the company in 2013. He was most recently head designer director for leather goods, accessories, shoes and jewelry at Céline. His vision for Mulberry has been entirely shrouded in secrecy until now.

The full reveal will take place during the show at 4pm GMT on Sunday February 21. Until then, Mulberry will also be revealing more via both Instagram and its new Snapchat channel. Follow along via @MulberryEngland and #MulberryEngland.

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#SXSW Interactive in prep: a fashionable playing ground for 2013

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If there was one thing I learnt from SXSW last year, it was that I absolutely had to go again in 2013. On top of the fact it’s the place to hear industry leaders  give expert insights, the place to learn about new innovations and source fresh inspirations, and the place where trends and directions for the tech world break… it’s also a breeding ground for incredible networking.

For anyone working within the fashion-meets-digital space, this seems especially the case this year, with more attendees headed to Austin from our industry than ever, as well as a host of relevant events to go with it.

Fashion’s Collective is hosting one of them, known as the Fashion Brain Bar on Monday, March 11 (as pictured above). It’s aim is to provide a bit of respite from the insanity of the festival, but also a space for everyone to meet the people they need to meet and have “the conversations that will play a key role in the advancements we’ll see over the next few years”.

Industry experts on hand will include Raman Kia, executive director of integrated strategy at Condé Nast through to Dave Gilboa, founder of Warby Parker. The full list can be seen here, as well as a space to submit questions to them in advance.

Another fringe event planned is called The Neighborhood. Created by AvecMode and 2nd Street District, it’s a move on from the Style X event of previous years, which brought a fashion focus (complete with runway shows) to Austin nearer the end of the festival. This time plans are in place from March 11 – 14 with a bit more of an industry edge. There are pop-up stores still, but also Q&A sessions with pros from the likes of Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Lyst, Refinery29 and more, as well as highlight interviews with menswear designers John Varvatos and Billy Reid.

The main SXSW schedule does of course feature a number of fashion-specific events too, including this one with Nina Garcia focused on the democratisation of high fashion. And this one featuring New York’s “digital it-crowd” in Aliza Licht, Cannon Hodge, Erika Bearman and John Jannuzzi (that’d be DKNY, Bergdorf Goodman, Oscar de la Renta and Lucky Magazine).

Fashion’s Collective has also published a survival guide to the whole five days, including must-attend events (lots of them non-fashion which I would highly recommend, there’s nothing like being inspired from outside your normal remit), as well as a handful of food and drink recommendations (indispensable).

I also love this guide from Andrew Hyde, called Ditch the Marketers, Find the Makers, it sums up the rest of the experience beautifully (be friendly to everyone, sit down when you can, put down your tech and look at people – yes really).

On that note mind you, if you’re going, drop me a line over Twitter. Assuming I can connect, I’d love to meet you.

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Digital snippets: Bodyform, Chanel, Gap, Uniqlo, Thomas Pink, Hermès, Facebook

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

 

  • Bodyform responds to viral Facebook rant with ‘The Truth’ video (as above) [HuffingtonPost.co.uk]
  • Brad Pitt’s Chanel No 5 ad: the smell of disaster [The Guardian]
  • Gap tests Whispering Window ‘invisible audio’ displays [BrandChannel]
  • Uniqlo model draws as much on Intel and Toyota as Gap [Wired]
  • Thomas Pink launches instant mobile check out app [The Drum]
  • Hermès gets tech-y with computer-inspired ties [Styleite]
  • Facebook tests new ‘want’ feature for retailers [FT]
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Oscar de la Renta crowdsources creative ideas through #theboard

Oscar de la Renta is inviting consumers to become a part of his creative process by launching a virtual pinboard open for anyone to post their ideas to.

In a new take on crowdsourcing, “The Board“, says the designer, is a call for anyone and everyone to help him out with ideas for his next collection.

“Don’t tell me, show me…” reads the tagline.

In an accompanying video address, he says: “Come with us, give us ideas; things that we haven’t thought about that you think will be great… I would love to embrace anything that you have to say.”

The initiative launched following this evening’s autumn/winter 2012/13 show in New York. There are already posts by the likes of Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia, Erica Domesek of P.S. I made this, and bloggers Tom & Lorenzo.

It follows hot on the heels of the fashion industry’s love affair with Pinterest.

Those viewing submissions can also share the inspiration of others on their own Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.

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Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful – that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs 1955-2011 (Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993)

Illustration by Jonathan Mak