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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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Snapchat ruled social media at #NYFW this season – here’s a look at the best of it

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Influencers, brands and models alike have taken to Snapchat during this season’s New York Fashion Week in droves. Providing real-time insights into what happens behind-the-scenes, it’s been the best version yet of immediate access to what happens around the runway shows.

Brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs (still to show this evening) are just a few that have launched new accounts this season, while Snapchat itself has featured two relevant live stories throughout the week. “New York Fashion Week” and “This Is Fashion”, are a curation of snaps from others attending the shows – it pulls in the best of each event, with overlaid info about which collection it’s about to screen.

From Marchesa to Public School and Michael Kors, both stories have provided a well-rounded view of each day. They’ve also, inevitably, been a go-to place to spot the famous faces in attendance, including Kate Bosworth at the Rebecca Minkoff show, Kylie Jenner at Alexander Wang, Emily Ratajkowski sitting front row at Altuzarra, and Anna Wintour at DKNY. Particularly interesting on the “This Is Fashion” story otherwise, was the integrated advertising from ASOS too. (See below screenshots)

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As we know, many brands are adjusting to a see now/buy now consumer-driven strategy for fashion week. Where once Snapchat may have been used as an additional storytelling tool; the future has it as a relevant channel to drive immediate interest and ultimately conversions.

Tommy Hilfiger’s announcement for a direct-to-consumer shift for example, was accompanied by the launch of its Snapchat in collaboration with new global brand ambassador Gigi Hadid. These “takeovers”, where a celebrity or influencer is given full reign of a brand’s Snapchat, are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Gigi shared snippets of the rehearsal, an inside peek into the make-up for the show and mini interviews with some of the other models also walking for the brand. Her perspective, no doubt, was a smart move by the designer in terms of driving interest and follower acquisition; something it will be able to capitalise on in the long run once its capsule collection with the supermodel launches in real-time this September.

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Following a wide variety of Snapchat accounts over NYFW provided a broad additional view on activities taking place. Tips, tricks and trends for make-up enthusiasts were shown by @Maybelline New York, as well as @SephoraSnaps.

Meanwhile, @Houseofherrera’s story was a star-studded one with the likes of Olivia Palermo and Karlie Kloss making an appearance. And @Louboutinlive gave a great behind-the-scenes preview of Naeem Khan’s show all the while showcasing some of its heels being worn by the models.

If that wasn’t enough, influencers such as Chriselle Lim and Man Repeller even had their own Snapchat filters created, with their name, company and a life-like cartoon of themselves featuring across their Snaps during the week.

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Next up: London, where we know @MullberryEngland is one-to-watch, having already started snapping for the first time with new creative director Johnny Coca.

Check out some more (cheeky) screenshots of all the Snapchat action during NYFW below:

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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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10 techy things to look out for this #NYFW

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Tweet with the official New York Fashion Week hashtag this week – #NYFW – and you might spot the pleasant surprise of a fashion-themed emoji to go with it. Twitter has released a total of seven custom designs, including a dress, high heel and leather jacket, which will change throughout the week.

That’s just one of several digital initiatives capturing our imagination for spring/summer 2016 so far. Numerous designers have also been turning to technology with everything from drones and wearables, to big partnerships on social media, making their events more connected than ever.

Head over to Forbes to read of 10 other big things to know about.

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First look: seven of the best autumn/winter 2014/15 fashion films so far

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The new season’s ad campaigns are releasing thick and fast, with names like Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, even Winona Ryder announced as stars. Among them all, a series of new fashion films too. Here’s a pick of some of the best so far…

  • 1. Kenzo’s journey into an “unfamiliar world”, starring Guinevere Van Seenus and Robert McKinnon by Toiletpaper magazine:

  • 2. Tamara Mellon’s way out west collection, as modelled by “Kowboy Karlie” (Kloss) shot by Tom Craig:

  • 3. Fendi showing off its new Color Block Eyewear Collection with a spot featuring guest singer Kiesza:

  • 4. Mulberry in the Scottish highlands, shot by Tim Walker and starring Cara Delevingne:

  • 5. Givenchy’s private party with models Kendall Jenner, Julia Noblis, Mariacara Boscono, Jamie Bochert and Peter Brant II, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott:

  • 6. Donna Karan’s Woman in Motion, starring Karlie Kloss by Steven Sebring:

  • 7. T by Alexander Wang’s humorous turn once again, this time featuring Chris Kattan as Mango, a character from Saturday Night Live, alongside rapper and choreographer Sharaya J and a handful of industry cameos:

And one for luck from Swide.com… male SS15 Dolce & Gabbana models. Hitting on you. On helium.

You’re welcome…

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Love magazine’s saucy video advent calendar: back by popular demand

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Love magazine has filmed another bevy of models each sending the camera a saucy Christmas wish in its second-annual digital advent calendar.

Launching today with a Calvin Klein-clad Cara Delevingne (as pictured) as its December 1 star, the concept follows on from last year’s viral success.

Over the next 24 days, the likes of Abbey Clancy (also pictured), Daisy Lowe, Dree Hemingway, Edie Campbell, Eliza Cummings, Jessica Hart, Jessica Stam, Karlie Kloss, Liberty Ross, Lily Donaldson, Pixie Geldof, and Tallulah Harlech, will all make an appearance, with a new film every day until Christmas. Kelly Brook will feature again too, as will her boyfriend Thom Evans.

Katie Grand, editor-in-chief of Love, says: “It’s been super fun working on the Love advent calendar again. We had such amazing figures last year with some girls getting up to a million hits for their festive frolicking. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Cara on roller skates?”

Behind the scenes are the same team as last year: photographers Daniel Jackson and Angelo Pennetta, and stylists Sally Lyndley and Victoria Young.

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Topshop releases Nick Knight film starring Karlie Kloss

 

Nick Knight has produced a film for Topshop in celebration of its 10 years of designer collaborations and 10th anniversary as sponsor of the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN scheme supporting up-and-coming talent.

The spot stars supermodel Karlie Kloss in an array of looks from the high street retailer’s best designer collections of the past decade, including Richard Nicoll, Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab and Christopher Kane.

It launched on SHOWstudio and Topshop.com this morning, in time for the first day of London Fashion Week.

It will also be shown on the outdoor screen of LFW’s Somerset House throughout the week, in Topshop’s store windows and on London Underground station platforms.

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Oscar de la Renta fragrance hits Facebook

Oscar de la Renta has opted for social networking sites over traditional media to release its first fragrance in 10 years.

Riding on the success of the @OscarPRGirl Twitter account, Esprit d’Oscar was unveiled on the brand’s Facebook page with fans offered (now sold out) free samples when they “liked” the page.

A backstage video from the designer’s autumn/winter 2011/12 show has also been unveiled, which features models including Karlie Kloss each giving their opinion on the scent.

The fragrance is due to hit retail mid April.