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Justin Timberlake pop-up cements the mass appeal of hipster tour merch

Justin Timberlake and Heston Preston at the pop-up
Justin Timberlake and Heston Preston at the pop-up

To promote the launch of his fifth album titled “Man of the Woods”, pop singer Justin Timberlake has hosted a NYC pop-up offering products developed through several brand collaborations.

Inside the Wooster St, Soho space, visitors encountered a hipster and nostalgically American aesthetic, similar to Timberlake’s personal style reinvention. Walls were framed with branches, while burgundy rugs and comfortable chairs lined the space. Products were then displayed against a white wall on hooks, plinths and shelves, accompanied by museum-like plaques.

Customers could only order items on display by filling out a paper form, thus giving the shopping experience a more exclusive touch.

Available to buy were one item per song in the album, which included: a Lucchese workman’s boot inspired by “Young Man”, a letter to the singer’s son; a Levi’s flannel jacket inspired by “Montana”; a Moleskine notepad inspired by “Say Something”; and a Pendleton blanket inspired by “Morning Light”.

Also on display was a Nike Air Jordan 3s collaboration with legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, inspired by the fifth track, “Higher, Higher”. The shoe was first available for purchase on Nike’s SNKRS app during Timberlake’s Super Bowl LII half-time show on February 4, and it will go back on sale once the singer’s tour commences.

Adding to the momentum, the singer also worked with Heston Preston, a designer who consulted on early seasons of Kanye West’s Yeezy and has worked with the likes of Nike and Nasa, to design the tour’s apparel (such as t-shirts and hoodies).

Over the last couple of years, artists such as Jay Z, Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber have leveraged hype beast culture to stimulate similar buzz with temporary retail environments promoting their upcoming tours or album releases. Launched in 2016, Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” album pop-ups across multiple cities elevated the artist’s merchandise to cult-like status, and ignited a much-needed refresh of artist merchandise.

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The risk of Generation Z: let’s talk about fashion’s obsession with teen-endorsed Snapchat campaigns

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There’s a shift happening with social media campaigns from luxury fashion brands of late – they’re increasingly skewing younger. In a bid to drive engagement with Generation Z (those born beginning in the late ‘90s to early-2000s), they’re turning to platforms like Snapchat and influencers ranging from Kendall Jenner to Brooklyn Beckham.

The aim is to seem “cool” (NB: not a Gen-Z word) and to resonate with those in their teenage years.

Head on over to Forbes where I talk about why such moves – including the new Burberry campaign shot by 16-year-old Brooklyn – are at risk of damaging the relationships mass luxury brands built up with “older” digital Millennials on social media initially.

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Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber drive top tier engagement for new #MyCalvins campaign

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Proving the power of today’s social media celebrities, Kendall Jenner managed to rack up over 3.5 million likes for a handful of Calvin Klein images on her Instagram feed this week in little over 24-hours.

Justin Bieber meanwhile gained 1.5 million for one of his posts for the brand. All of them were part of Calvin Klein’s new spring/summer 2016 #mycalvins campaign – a refresh of a user-generated content initiative that has driven social media sharing for the brand around the world.

On this occasion, investing in influencers has once again helped get the word out. The provocative poses are accompanied by a tagline of “I ___ in #mycalvins”, encouraging other people to indicate what they indeed do in theirs.

It’s also the first time that each of the Calvin Klein brands – Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear – have been presented together. The campaign also features other well-known names such as hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar, singer FKA Twigs, actress Klara Kristin, cult skateboarder Mark Gonzales, British artist Shantell Martin and The Wire actor Tristan Wilds.

Photographer and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon is the mastermind behind the images, with the answers to what all these familiar faces do in their Calvins rounded up into a 90-second video as well.

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Digital snippets: Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Net-a-Porter, ModCloth, Nasty Gal, Dove

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

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  • Justin Bieber drives 3.6m+ new social followers for Calvin Klein [WWD]
  • Tommy Hilfiger becomes digital showroom pioneer [Pursuitist]
  • Net-a-Porter hints at launch of new social commerce experience [The Drum]
  • What changes at ModCloth and Nasty Gal mean for e-commerce [TechCrunch]
  • Dove’s latest film encourages girls to love their curls [AdWeek]
  • Footwear brand Merrell invites Sundance attendees to virtual reality hike [PSFK]
  • Op-ed: A picture is worth a million likes [BoF]
  • Why celebrity casting is spring’s biggest campaign trend [Fashionista]
  • Microsoft’s HoloLens presents a bold near-future for augmented reality [WGSN/blogs]
  • Are magic mirrors the next big thing? [Retailing Today]
  • Ringly has raised $5.1 million to make cocktail rings that light up when you get a notification [Business Insider]
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Social media conversation fuels real-time fabric design for Christian Siriano dress

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Fashion designer Christian Siriano turned to social media to inform the print of a fabric for two garments unveiled this past week.

The #socialimprint project, in partnership with Verizon, quite literally tracked conversations around music and fashion during the Fashion Rocks event held in New York in early September, and translated them into different patterns that were printed onto a silk charmeuse cloth in real-time.

Online social tools were employed to aggregate and analyse the content throughout the night. From there, the top eight trending topics for music were paired with the highest trend for fashion every 30 seconds to determine a specific set of shapes and colors in the design. The show, its performers, designers and more all impacted the result therefore, with varying symbols and shades becoming a different part of the print each time they were mentioned.

Find out more about each look and which celebrities influenced the fabric via Forbes.com.