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Magnum partners with Benefit for interactive pop-up in Shanghai

Magnum hosted a temporary beauty store in partnership with Benefit offering products and experiential activities to celebrate the launch of its new premium flavor range.

Taking place at the Réel Mall in Shanghai the pop-up made use of augmented reality and an interactive LED wall to bring its “Release your Beast” theme to life. A lion, polar bear, leopard and tiger were viewable as 3D characters, which visitors could take pictures with in a photobooth and then share on social media.

At the Benefit Beauty Bar, guests could test the brand’s latest products and book make-up artists. The environment included life-sized Benefit eyebrow pens and giant customized ice-cream installations.

The pop-up had a total of seven zones with a variety of activities. It attracted around 25,000 guests during the time it was open (May 24 to June 9).

Magnum has used the concept of “Release the Beast” in a couple of campaigns. In 2017, it teamed-up with fashion brand Moschino for a film on the theme starring Cara Delevingne and Jeremy Scott. Before that, to launch the Magnum Double ice cream in Singapore, it asked guests to release the beast of their passions in fashion, art, music and taste.

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Anya Hindmarch launches immersive Chubby Cloud installation at LFW

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Anya Hindmarch – Chubby Cloud

Accessories designer Anya Hindmarch launched an immersive, consumer-facing installation called Chubby Cloud at London Fashion Week this past weekend. 

Located in Banqueting House near Trafalagar Square, the designer created the world’s largest beanbag – meant to represent a “chubby cloud” – for visitors to relax and recuperate, and to enjoy the “fun” side of fashion. 

Hindmarch’s vision for the experience was to engage with people in an untraditional format. Visitors who arrived at pre-booked time slots were invited to slip into a protective suit with matching sock covers, before being escorted into the social media worthy room. Unsurprisingly, for that very reason, the only item allowed to accompany them was a mobile phone.

Once on the beanbag, guests were invited to lie back, enjoy the ceiling painted by artist Ruben, and then relax through a guided meditation.

To make the experience truly unique, a series of special events were also hosted on the Chubby Cloud – all connected to the theme of relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. Highlights included guest appearances from celebrity stars Poppy Delevingne reading a bedtime story, and a guided morning meditation by mindfulness brand Happy not Perfect.

The move comes following Anya Hindmarch Chubby Hearts installation, in February 2018, which saw giant red hearts floating over a number of historic London sites. The designer has been innovating the established retail schedule since last year, launching see-now-buy-now collections as well as replacing runway shows with interactive experiences.

Post Chubby Cloud experience, guests were also able to snack on themed cupcakes and pastries in the Chubby Cloud Café. Souvenirs, as well as exclusive items from the Chubby Cloud collection, were also available for purchase at a Chubby Cloud store.

Ticket sales from the experience went to not-for-profit organization, Historic Royal Palaces, which supports the maintenance and upkeep of venues such as Banqueting House. 

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Ralph Lauren celebrates 50 years with immersive installation and epic NYFW bash

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Ralph Lauren and Oprah Winfrey

Ralph Lauren celebrated its 50th anniversary at New York Fashion Week on Friday night, with a star-studded affair that kicked off with an immersive installation.

Held at the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park, guests were welcomed into the venue with a journey through the brand’s history. Enormous LED screens towering like sculptures played some of the designer’s most memorable collections, while iconic campaign imagery was next projected across the walls of a tunnel. Ralph Lauren himself narrated the tale.

The show that followed saw a diverse cast of over 150 models, followed by a dinner, with guests including Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kanye West. It was more than just a fashion week show, and rather a slice of Hollywood entertainment.

The company called it “a multi-brand, multi-generational celebration of the World of Ralph Lauren and the next chapter of iconic American style”.

Chief marketing officer Jonathan Bottomley added that it was all about storytelling and the power of a story. He accordingly built the event out online too, with a strategy that spanned IGTV, WeChat, Line and live streaming, as well as via 125 digital influencers and celebrities.

That move was aiming to build on the success of last September’s show in the designer’s classic car garage, which saw over 1 billion social media impressions.

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Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary installation

For those who weren’t there in person, the digital strategy now extends in person, with the installation otherwise appearing at the brand’s Madison Avenue flagship in New York, and in additional locations worldwide in the coming weeks.

Building on the brand’s see-now-buy-now strategy, a selection of the 50th-anniversary collection has also been made available to buy immediately following the show, both online and at the brand’s flagship stores, as well as via key partners including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

In a continuing use of technology, Ralph Lauren was also awarded Design Legend of the year award by GQ magazine last week in London, for which he beamed in via hologram.

Such a move is classic from the brand. Though it has been quieter in recent times, for many years it led the way with innovative uses of technology, especially around fashion week. It has previously showcased its Polo Ralph Lauren collection via holographic water projections for instance, and used architectural mapping to bring a variety of its stores to life in an experiential way. There’s also been everything from connected fitting rooms to wearables.

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Tiffany & Co. dips NYC in its iconic shade of blue with experiential campaign

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Tiffany & Co

To celebrate Paper Flowers, the first jewelry collection under new chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co is color-dipping a variety of New York City icons in its well-recognized “robin’s-egg blue“.

For both fans and unsuspecting city dwellers, Krakoff hopes this campaign will offer a sense of “unexpected discovery and joy”.

Between May 1-4 passersby walking along Prince Street up to Seventh Avenue will be able to glimpse the paper flowers that have been hand-crafted by Tiffany’s creative team, or see one of the many yellow cabs now dipped in the iconic shade. While this takes care of spaces at street-level, Krakoff also made sure to lighten-up the commute for anyone travelling on the subway by immersing select staircases and MetroCards in the uplifting color.

Krakoff told Vogue that when creating the concept of the city-wide installation, he was inspired by what Audrey Hepburn’s character embodied in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: “The juxtaposition of wearing a floor length gown and a tiara while holding a paper bag with coffee and a pastry,” he said. “The idea that luxury doesn’t have to be formal.”

To make it easier for anyone eager to seek out the colorful makeovers, Tiffany has provided a custom Google map that points to the precise locations.

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Tiffany & Co

This is not the first time the newly-appointed creative has made headlines with his innovative engagement strategy. In November 2017, Krakoff opened the very first Tiffany café, located on the fourth floor of its Fifth Avenue flagship. Dedicated entirely to the cult Tiffany blue as well, it enables customers to experience the brand in a whole new way; completely engrossing them in the Tiffany lifestyle.

With retail stores increasingly struggling to persuade shoppers to visit their stores, the experiential approach ensures that Tiffany is fully in control of the customer experience. By leveraging the iconic shade of blue that has been adorning the packaging and marketing materials from its inception, Tiffany ensures that customers will instantly draw the connection between the color and the unique heritage of its brand.

UPDATE: As part of the launch, the brand also debuted a short film starring its campaign spokesperson, actress Elle Fanning, to the soundtrack of a remixed version of ‘Moon River’. The short shows Fanning walking and dancing the streets of New York, paying homage to Audrey Hepburn’s famous scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s where the character sings the now iconic track.

The 2018 version receives a rap interlude by A$AP Ferg and sees Fanning donning a hoodie while showcasing Tiffany & Co. jewellery, a creative direction that is undoubtedly aiming to give the brand a fresher look while presenting it to a younger audience. The remixed track can now also be found separately in Spotify.

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Anya Hindmarch kicks off LFW with city-wide love installation

Anya Hindmarch Chubby Heart at Wellington Arch, on Hyde Park Corner, London
Anya Hindmarch’s Chubby Heart at Wellington Arch in London

British designer Anya Hindmarch has sent out a love letter to the city of London, in the form of giant ‘chubby hearts’ that will be suspended above, or squashed within a series of 29 London landmarks.

The hearts serve as a declaration of love for the city. After emerging on February 14 for Valentine’s Day at Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner, and as a video takeover on Landsec’s Piccadilly Lights outdoor billboard for 40 seconds, they will now be travelling around the city throughout London Fashion Week. Each evening the balloons disappear, only to re-appear at a new landmark in the morning, so that as many people as possible will get to enjoy the spectacle.

Hindmarch designed the balloons, inspired by her SS18 collection, which includes chubby, cartoon-like bags and this is where the name came from, as she wanted to bring the same fun and playfulness to this project.

The designer said: “The idea for this project came to me whilst sitting in a packed Royal Festival Hall. I was in awe of the resilience of Londoners and its visitors. Tying giant helium filled Chubby Hearts on to buildings all over the city is simply a ‘surprise love letter to London’ as a tribute to its strength and to celebrate our amazing creative city.”

Chubby Hearts by Anya Hindmarch
Chubby Hearts by Anya Hindmarch

The mayor of London, the British Fashion Council, the City of Westminster, councils, landowners, businesses, districts and the Civil Aviation Authority came together to create this project.

Ocean Outdoor is also supporting the campaign on other screens across London, including in Leicester Square and at both Westfield shopping centres.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As London Fashion Week showcases the capital to the world, these huge heart balloons animating our great spaces and architecture will show once again that London is open to talent and creativity and gives it a warm welcome.”

Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL, deputy leader and cabinet member for business, culture and heritage at Westminster City Council, added: “Love is traditionally in the air on Valentine’s Day, and will be quite literally over our many famous landmarks as the inflatable chubby hearts rise into the air for the day. What better way for Londoners and our many visitors to celebrate our love for the capital and the West End.”

You can follow the hashtag #chubbyhearts on Instagram to receive updates from each location, or visit the website to see the schedule and map.

Chubby Hearts mapped out across the city
Chubby Hearts mapped out across the city

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Rebecca Taylor to debut 3D installation with Google Tilt Brush at NYFW

 

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Rebecca Taylor’s Google Tilt Brush illustration by Wesley Allsbrook

Rebecca Taylor has teamed up with Tilt Brush by Google for an in-store installation during the brand’s fall 2018 NYFW presentation.

Tilt Brush is a VR app that lets users paint in three-dimensional spaces, thus rendering any room a blank canvas for interaction. At Taylor’s Meatpacking District store, guests will be able to immerse in a space that uses light-infused 3D projections, further enhanced by Tilt Brush and augmented reality effects.

To achieve the feat, the designer collaborated with Wesley Allbrook, an illustrator who is part of Google’s Artist in Residence campaign, to create the 3D environment; and Pendnt, an independent art studio, to introduce AR elements.

“One of my favorite quotes is from Roald Dahl, where he talks about watching the world with glittering eyes because the world’s greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places. This quote really resonates with me because I love the idea of finding a little bit of magic in everyday life and translating that into my collections. I want our customer to feel inspired when she’s wearing our clothing, and I think this collaboration with Tilt Brush really allows that magical vision to be brought to life,” Taylor told WWD.

The installation will be open for interaction on February 7 by invitation, while consumers will be able to visit the store, pre-order the collection and experience the Tilt Brush project from February 8.

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Virtual reality and robots head for Stockholm in latest fashion week technology integration

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Virtual reality is the latest plaything of the fashion set, with designers from Tommy Hilfiger to Dior, Rebecca Minkoff and Jean-Pierre Braganza all experimenting with it.

Now, it’s Swedish designer Ida Klamborn’s turn. Where most of her contemporaries have taken VR and applied it as an immersive film experience shot during fashion week and delivered a few months later in time with their collection hitting the shop floor, Klamborn is offering up a real-time initiative live from her front row. Read the full story, including detail of where the robots come in, via Forbes.

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Digital snippets: Polyvore sells to Yahoo, Calvin Klein on sexting, Marques’Almeida’s email campaign

Here’s a round-up of the latest stories to know about surrounding all things fashion and tech. Fashion & Mash is now taking a bit of a break for the summer in a bid to regenerate, but we’ll be back later in August…

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  • Why Polyvore’s Jess Lee sold to Yahoo [TechCrunch]
  • Calvin Klein takes on sexting, Tinder to promote #mycalvins (as pictured) [WWD]
  • Marques’Almeida is releasing its new campaign by email [i-D]
  • Louis Vuitton to stage Instagram-friendly ‘Series 3’ exhibition in London [BoF]
  • Filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas creates Calvin Klein Collection’s new fall campaign [Style.com]
  • The Asos approach to native content: authenticity [Digiday]
  • How Facebook (not YouTube) is helping Chubbies make videos about men’s shorts go viral [AdWeek]
  • Forever 21 launches Instagram powered thread screen [DigitalBuzzBlog]
  • Everlane’s mobile app: one-tap checkout, download incentives [Digiday]
  • Agile adaptors: How John Lewis, Argos and Westfield are innovating through start-ups [The Drum]
  • Do universal shopping carts have a future? [Fashionista]
  • If you think Amazon is huge now, wait until it becomes America’s biggest fashion retailer [Quartz]
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Nordstrom creates giant Instagram post on its rooftop, promotes it using drones

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Using Instagram to promote the fact you have a big anniversary sale coming up is one thing, taking inspiration from that idea and recreating it as a 14,000-square-foot 3D installation in real-life, is quite another.

But that’s what Nordstrom did on the roof of its flagship Seattle store last week.

Celebrating the launch of its #NSale, the post is comprised of a 55-foot re-creation of a “Leith leopard-print body-con dress”, hanging on a 25-foot-long hanger built by Nordstrom’s visual team. It was pieced together using 400 yards of fabric and real wood for the hanger.

The “massive feat of ‘gramming”, as the team refers to it, was captured by drones and broadcast live via Periscope, as well as pulled together in the below time-lapse video.

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Giant digital installation anchors Phillip Lim for Target NYFW event

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Target hosted an event at New York Fashion Week last night to celebrate the forthcoming launch (September 15) of its 3.1 Phillip Lim line.

Hosted at the new Spring Studios, the party centred around an enormous digital installation – the Stylescape, which is the longest-ever created cinemagraph in fact, comprised of multiple interactive components.

You could blow on a pin-wheel to make a gust of wind breeze across various components on the screen, pull on a cord to see fireworks light up the sky or a string of fairy lights illuminate, and even jump on a spot to get Phillip Lim to turn round from a park bench and smile for your picture. Other sections saw the crowd dancing with one of the virtual models, or giggling as a dog appeared behind a counter.

The initiative took over four months to produce, Refinery29 reported. It was created across six cities, representing a full day-to-night span from one end to the other. It kickstarts with early morning in LA, crossing through Dallas, Toronto, Chicago, and Miami, and wrapping up with a 5am cab in NYC.

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