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Seven AW17 fashion films we can’t get enough of

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Miu Miu AW17

A flurry of new fashion films launching for the autumn/winter 2017/18 season have seen us taken from New York to London, with the 1920s, a retro space age future and a tribute to Planned Parenthood thrown in. Here are seven to know about:


1/ Miu Miu

Taking us back to the 1920s is Miu Miu, featuring actress Naomie Harris and supermodel Kate Moss along others, heading to a film screening in New Orleans where they dance alongside the Preservation Hall Brass Band. Filmed with an old-school aesthetic, with fast-paced editing, representative of this jazz era, it was directed by Alasdair McLellan with creative direction from Giovanni Bianco.


2/ Chloé

To celebrate the opening of another store in London, Chloé created The Full English. Starring, Anna Brewster as the style vixen, Camille Charriere as the influencer, Christabel MacGreevy as the Firecracker and Izzy Bizu as the siren, it was directed by Sophie Edelstew, in collaboration with online magazine-meets-concept store Semaine. Capturing the zeitgeist of our time, the short tale mentions Instagram World Records, focuses in on the fussy eater and more.


3/ Gucci

The season really got going with Gucci and Beyond, a Star Trek-inspired campaign, directed by Glen Luchford under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele. It features everything from a full Trekkie teleportation moment to a huge flying UFO in a field full of cows, not to mention various alien figures, as already reported.


4/ Moncler

Following on with the retro-future theme, Moncler presented Moonray, directed by Golgotha, under the art direction of Régis Tosetti. Set on a mysterious planet with a mysterious alien, it sees a boy and girl fighting to protect their Moncler jackets.


5/ Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler has taken the focus away from itself and is instead supporting Planned Parenthood of New York City with its seasonal campaign work. Directed by Hayley Weir, it stars the likes of Amber Valletta, Grimes, Hanne Gabby Odiele, Hari Nefe, Stella Tennant and more, all discussing their various experiences around sex and gender. The film serves as a call to action to support the US-based non-profit for sexual healthcare surrounding the Trump administration’s threat to remove its funding.


6/ Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg’s first campaign under Jonathan Saunders takes to the streets of New York to celebrate where the brand was founded. Shot by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and directed by Jonny Lu Studio, it praises the optimism, energy and unique characters found in the city, all the while Brooklyn-based poet Rachel Kang shares an exclusive piece of work as a voiceover.


7/ Stella McCartney Lingerie

While the mainline Stella McCartney campaign took us to a landfill site, the brand’s lingerie film is all about friendship. Model Kenya Kinski-Jones shares her thoughts on the subject all the while reminiscing about summer days, with her pals around her.

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Digital snippets: NYFW’s consumer shift, has Burberry become a gimmick, Thakoon’s real-time fashion plans

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

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  • NYFW going consumer? CFDA hires BCG to study the idea [WWD]
  • Is Burberry becoming too gimmicky? [Yahoo Style]
  • Thakoon to shift to “real-time fashion”, launch see-now, buy-now, wear-now model (as pictured) [BoF]
  • How Rebecca Minkoff is disrupting the traditional runway show [Co.Design]
  • Proenza Schouler to keep its Pre-Fall 2016 collection images under wraps and off Instagram [WGSN Insider]
  • JC Penney shoppers visit Santa’s workshop in new virtual reality initiative [AdAge]
  • The North Face launched an online customer service tool powered by conversation [Digiday]
  • Aldo takes non-fashion approach in new Instagram push [Digiday]
  • How Boohoo.com releases up to 300 new products a day [Fashionista]
  • Michael Kors bet big on Instagram marquee ads, and it’s paying off [AdWeek]
  • Swatch to start selling mobile payment watch in US in 2016 [Bloomberg]
  • How Apple executive Angela Ahrendts is bringing a touch of chic to retail stores [NY Times]
  • Why Gilt Groupe is forced to sell, either to Saks’ parent company or someone else [Re/code]
  • 3D fashion police: how 3D-printed clothing could affect fashion law [3ders]
  • Is virtual reality the future of fashion week? [Vogue]
  • ‘Unboxing’ videos a gift to marketers [NY Times]
  • How luxury brands are balancing the digital tightrope between aspirational image and conversation [The Drum]
  • Social media: powerful selling tool for emerging designers [WWD]
  • The future of wearables is normal clothes made smart [Racked]
  • Last fashion week, Dazed armed anonymous industry insiders with wearable tech bracelets [Dazed]
  • Team behind Lady Gaga’s flying dress to bring wearable tech to a store near you [Mashable]
  • How Clothing+ is bringing smart clothes closer to your kit bag [CNET]
  • Half a year later, the Apple Watch feels like a stalled platform [Quartz]
  • Will phones replace wallets by 2021? [Vogue]
  • What’s going on at Condé Nast? [BoF]
  • Why brands are ditching Twitter’s 6-second Vine app [AdWeek]
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Proenza Schouler on computer-aided research, design and art

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It’s no secret that Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez based their spring 2013 collection on the idea of scrolling through multiple Tumblr blogs – all manner of collaged prints and fabrics appearing at random from one look to the next.

At Internet Week in New York last week, the duo spoke with The FT’s Vanessa Friedman in more depth about their creative process and the role technology plays in their designs, research and corporate communications.

“The computer, they pointed out, has entirely changed the way they design. Yes, they still draw, but after an initial sketch, everything is input and from patterns on, it happens on-screen. They actually scan three-dimensional representations of bodies into the desktop, and then overlay prints on those, so they can see exactly where every dot or stripe or pixellated picture falls as a dress moves and turns,” wrote Friedman afterwards.

Another interesting viewpoint came from them seeing their website as primarily a gallery (although also their biggest store in terms of revenue) – and home to all manner of artistic internet projects to help shake them out of “collection rut” post season, they said. GIFs, which they refer to as “two seconds of thought, random ideas to put out there”, come courtesy of Jeanette Hayes, while their somewhat controversial videos come from Harmony Korine, both of whom they consider as friends.

“Our partnerships happen very organically,” they said on stage. “A lot of big brands have a routine schedule of when they post on social; it’s more organic for us. The whole digital thing hasn’t felt like a forced endeavour as a result, whereas for some it can be quite contrived.”

As accordingly highlighted by The Business of Fashion earlier this year: “The remixed, low-resolution aesthetics; humourous, sometimes bizarre tone; and fleeting nature of some of Proenza Schouler’s digital projects reflects their attraction to a messy, often goofy Internet culture that’s in many ways the opposite of the perfectly sealed and serious world of traditional luxury fashion advertising.”

You can’t argue with the authenticity that comes along with that.  As the designers said at Internet Week: “At the end of the day, people can see if things have authenticity, integrity and soul. It doesn’t make sense for us to do things unless they have [those].”

The duo also spoke to relying heavily on the internet for their research, rather than heading off to the likes of India in seek of inspiration. As Friedman highlighted, this is not only more cost-effective and time-efficient, but has resulted in a different sort of aesthetic. “Unlike more established brands, where designers often pick a cohesive theme based on their trips for a collection, virtual links lead to more conceptual, non-linear, idiosyncratic ideas and imagery as users make connective leaps online they might not normally make.”

On that basis McCollough and Hernandez highlighted three of the blogs they regularly use – a nice bit of inspiration to end on:

  • Gasoline Surf, run by a graphic designer called Scott West who concentrates on vintage, largely black and white images of California, celebrities like Steve McQueen or Mick Jagger, and graphic architecture, along with a splash of art and fashion
  • But Does it Float, a contemporary art blog edited by three guys called Folkert Gorter, Atley Kasky and Will Schofield, who team everything from illustrations to photography with relevant inspirational quotes as titles
  • MondoBlogo, a furniture, design and art blog curated by Patrick Parrish, owner of New York gallery Mondo Cane
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Digital snippets: Peter Som, Bergdorfs, Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, American Eagle

There’s been a lot happening in the fashion and technology space over the past couple of weeks, ranging from Proenza Schouler’s new site to Net-a-Porter moving into the beauty space. News of Pinterest’s new analytics platform and Facebook’s planned integration of the hashtag have also hit. Here are the rest of the highlights sourced from around the web…

Don’t forget to check out this wrap-up report from SXSW Interactive as it applies to the fashion industry too.

 

  • Behind Peter Som’s 3.3 million Pinterest followers [BoF]
  • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola made a Prada film (as per above trailer) [Fashionista]
  • Jean Paul Gaultier launches responsive web design [Web&Luxe]
  • American Eagle spoof video pokes fun at skinny jeans trend [NY Daily News]
  • Neiman Marcus launches fashion contest on Pinterest [WWD]
  • Justin Bieber plays drums in adidas NEO interactive lookbook [MTV Style]
  • Puma seeks to celebrate individuality with Worn My Way lifestyle campaign [Marketing magazine]
  • 3D printing clothes at home could be reality by 2050 [PSFK]
  • Google Glass app identifies you by your fashion sense [NewScientist]
  • Zalando concept car spots fashions, transforms into changing room [Gizmag]
  • China entering e-commerce and mobile “golden age”. So why are fashion brands lagging? [Jing Daily]
  • What real-time branding means for luxury brands [Luxury Daily]
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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]