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What you missed: Tim Cook on AR for fashion, the future of visual search, open sustainability

Apple CEO Tim Cook on the future of AR for fashion
Apple CEO Tim Cook

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion business, digital comms and tech industry news over the past week.


TOP STORIES
  • Apple’s Tim Cook on the future of fashion and shopping [Vogue]
  • Retailers continue to experiment with visual search [Glossy]
  • Fashion needs an open-source sustainability solution [BoF]
  • Alibaba to spend $15 billion exploring ‘moonshot’ projects [Bloomberg]

BUSINESS
  • Giorgio Armani speaks on restructuring and succession plans [BoF]
  • Coach is changing its name to Tapestry [Bloomberg]
  • How Supreme grew a $1 billion business with a secret partner [BoF]

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING
  • Fashion week engagements on Instagram nearly tripled compared to February’s fashion month [AdWeek]
  • Snapchat is twice as popular as Instagram when it comes to teens’ favourite social apps [AdWeek]
  • Will Dove’s ‘Pepsi moment’ affect the brand in the long term? [The Drum]

RETAIL & E-COMMERCE
  • Walmart and Target are banding with Google to take on Amazon [AdWeek]
  • Black Friday shoppers more likely than ever to go online this year [Retail Dive]
  • ASOS launches same-day delivery service [The Industry]

TECHNOLOGY
  • Mastercard offers first checkout option for VR with Swarovski [AdAge]
  • What Sephora knows about women in tech that Silicon Valley doesn’t [WSJ]
  • Marie Claire and Mastercard showcase the future of shopping [BrandChannel]

PRODUCT
  • What goes into making an earth-friendly $68 pair of jeans at Everlane [Bloomberg]
  • Spider silk and stem-cell leather are the future of fashion [Engadget]
  • Stella McCartney is pioneering synthetic spider silk in high fashion [QZ]
  • Kering announces 2017 sustainable winners [FashionUnited]

START-UPS
  • With the launch of a lower-price subscription service, how Rent the Runway’s ‘closet in the cloud’ is changing the face of sustainability [Fashionista]
  • Digital closet start-ups want to give you the Cher Horowitz experience [Racked]
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Digital snippets: Amazon 3D printing, Zappos digital assistant, Target In a Snap app, and more

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

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  • What Amazon’s foray into 3D printing means for the industry [Fortune]
  • Zappos tests digital assistant that helps you track down any fashion item [CNET]
  • Target snaps up mobile shopping innovation with image recognition app [BrandChannel]
  • L’Oréal make-up goes virtual for selfie age [FT]
  • Yoox Group teams with messaging service WeChat [WWD]
  • Marie Claire’s innovative interactive magazine covers are breaking new ground in advertising real estate [BoF]
  • This Nike vending machine accepts only FuelBand points [Creativity]
  • Virtual reality: advertising’s next big thing? [AdAge]
  • Forever 21, Urban Outfitters among most popular retailers on Pinterest, relative newbie, Modcloth, tops list [Forbes]
  • 8 start-ups trying to help you find clothing that fits [Fashionista]
  • The new bazaar: in India, online stores catch on with buyers [NY Times]
  • New York Fashion Tech Lab program debuts at Hearst Tower [PSFK]
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Nina Garcia switches up SXSW opinion, goes for Google Glass at #NYFW

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Project Runway judge and Marie Claire creative director, Nina Garcia, has just announced she will be wearing Google Glass at New York Fashion Week this September.

#BeNina, as the initiative is being called, will see photos and videos taken using the device beamed across both her personal and Marie Claire’s social media outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine, as well as the magazine’s website.

It’s a bit of an interesting change of heart from the editor who only a few months ago somewhat screwed her nose up at the idea of wearable technology.

Speaking at SXSW, Garcia – who has over 800,000 followers on Twitter and 55,000 on Instagram – was asked whether wearables were for the “kingdom of nerds” or a sign of where fashion is going.

“If you can get Tom Ford to design [Google Glass],” she said, “I might wear them. But until then…”

Well, Ford isn’t on board. And those rumours about Warby Parker are still not confirmed. Google Glass definitely doesn’t look as fashion-forward as one like Garcia might hope, but it seems that’s no longer deterring her.

Reports state she doesn’t have a formal relationship with Google on this project – though the video below does show her in the internet giant’s offices – but there’s no denying Google will hope to benefit from this. NYFW has of course previously played host to the device with Diane von Furstenberg’s show last September.

“What I find fascinating is that this may be the beginning of a technology that changes how we interact and how we process and gather information,” said Garcia.

“Usually I have lots of devices during fashion week. Google Glass Expedition is controlled by your voice or a tap of your finger. It’s a very different device than the iPhone. It’s like wearing a little computer. It’s a hands-free experience which is kind of liberating. I can go to a show and just be and not be looking down at my iPhone all the time.”

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Digital snippets: Burberry, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler

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

  • Burberry opens digitally integrated store in London (as pictured) [Mashable]
  • Marie Claire claims UK first with Dolce & Gabbana video ad in October issue [Media Week]
  • Ralph Lauren previews SS13 accessories collection on Instagram [WWD]
  • Proenza Schouler’s spring collection was inspired by Tumblr [Refinery 29]
  • Uniqlo promotes San Fran store with interactive experience starring YouTube cat Maru [TheInspirationRoom]
  • Zappos crunches Pinterest data to suggest tailored purchase recommendations [Contagious]
  • New York Fashion Week street style is often a billboard for brands [NY Times]
  • These virtual models could be the future of online shopping [Business Insider]
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Digital snippets: H&M, Christian Louboutin, Klout, Wonderbra, Angry Birds

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

  • H&M’s controversial computer-generated lingerie models (as pictured) [The Cut]
  • Christian Louboutin to launch European transactional website in early 2012 [Vogue.co.uk]
  • Opinion piece: should Klout really have clout? [DKNY PR Girl]
  • Twitter launches brand pages [AdAge]
  • Online holiday spending fueled by mobile and tablets transactions [WWD]
  • Wonderbra’s new social media campaign encourage women to “take the plunge” [NewMediaAge]
  • Wife of Rovio boss Peter Vesterbacka, wears Angry Birds dress to Finnish Palace [Telegraph]
  • UK Marie Claire to launch first iPad app [The Drum]