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Vetements sends message of overconsumption through Saks Fifth Avenue windows

The Vetements windows at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Vetements windows at Saks Fifth Avenue (Image via @experiencethebigapple)

Last week we saw Stella McCartney highlighting the issues of consumerism and waste with a campaign set on a landfill site, now Vetements is taking that concept to the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The brand has filled several windows of the New York flagship store with a pile of unwanted clothing that will continue to amass every night through August 10. The Instagram-worthy idea from Vetements’ head designer Demna Gvasalia is intended to represent the notion of overconsumption in fashion.

On Instagram, Saks called it a “bold statement by Vetements calling us all to offset the excess in our lives”.

All of the pieces have actually either been donated by Saks employees or are out-of-stock merchandise. There are also hangers, street signs, shoes and loose plastic heaped up.

There just isn’t any actual Vetements clothing, which given the alternative nature of the brand, doesn’t come as a huge surprise. It also recently said it would no longer stage fashion shows or showcase its new collections in the traditional way.

At the end of the windows exhibit, the pile of clothes will be donated to RewearABLE, a New York-based clothing recycling programme designed to provide sustainable employment for adults with developmental disabilities.


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What you missed: Virtual reality Window Wonderland, Amazon Go, free shipping and free returns

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Google’s Window Wonderland virtual reality tour

Amazon, Google and Snapchat are the three top tech companies to look at for key stories over the past couple of weeks (and potentially the whole of 2016 in fact). From the launch of Amazon Go, which enables shoppers to just walk out of a shop while their phone handles payment, to the virtual reality “Window Wonderland” holiday tour Google has organised from a bevy of US stores – it’s all about more convenient as well as heightened experiential retail. Meanwhile, lots of brands are starting to experiment with Snapchat’s Spectacles too.

Also worth checking out from this past fortnight are a double-whammy of reports on free shipping and free returns, lots more about the uptake of chatbots, and a deep-dive on what the fashion world faces against the rise of extremism, populism and protectionism.


TOP STORIES
  • Thanks to Google, you can now take a VR tour of New York’s holiday window displays [Ad Week]
  • What Amazon Go means for the future of retail [AdAge]
  • Fashion world faces new normal [BoF]
  • Free shipping is a lie [Fast Company]
  • ‘Free’ returns aren’t free [The Atlantic]

BUSINESS

SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Lush staff hit back at viral tweet with hilarious video [Stylist]
  • American Eagle Outfitters uses Snapchat Spectacles to film influencer ads in Hong Kong [The Drum]
  • Macy’s mixes shopping with social video to launch its holiday campaign [Ad Week]
  • Hype vs discovery: lessons from the Spectacles rollout [Loose Threads]
  • While we weren’t looking, Snapchat revolutionised social networks [NY Times]

MARKETING
  • Christmas ads deliver few real gifts for retailers, poll suggests [The Guardian]
  • How Target is taking control of programmatic [Digiday]
  • How chatbots will revolutionise holiday shopping [The Drum]
  • CoverGirl’s influencer chatbot is smart, funny and responsive [AdAge]

RETAIL
  • Experiential retail is key to Boohoo’s US expansion [Glossy]
  • Adidas just opened a new kind of store – and Nike should be terrified [Business Insider]

TECHNOLOGY
  • Has voice control finally started speaking our language? [The Guardian]
  • Rag & Bone takes on virtual reality with Google [WWD]
  • Is your T-shirt clean of slavery? Science may soon be able to tell [Reuters]
  • Technology can’t get rid of your cheap used clothes [Motherboard]

START-UPS
  • Amazon announces Alexa Accelerator to boost conversational commerce start-ups [Retail Dive]
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Lyst uses augmented reality to digitally dress naked TV star

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Lyst’s AR campaign featuring reality TV star Spencer Matthews

Online marketplace Lyst presented the world’s first augmented reality (AR) “humannequins” to celebrate the launch of London Fashion Week last week.

Near-naked models were on display in a store window ready for passersby to digitally dress them using AR on their tablets or mobiles. Included among them was reality TV star Spencer Matthews.

Viewers selected items from the hottest outfits and styles currently trending on Lyst in central London, based on an algorithmic interrogation of millions of searches and transactions fulfilled through the platform. Creative tech firm, M, captured textures and garment details close up using a 360-degree photographic rig. Shoppers could then zoom in/out and around the models without diminished picture quality.

Showcasing AR’s playful side, Lyst used technology reminiscent of Cher Horowitz’s high-tech wardrobe in Clueless. When the film debuted in 1995, computer-generated wardrobe organisation was too distant to contemplate seriously on a commercial level. Fast-forward 20 years later and numerous brands have explored what this might look like in reality, albeit largely still at a campaign or PR level.

Other brands utilising AR during fashion week include Rebecca Minkoff who partnered with shopping app Zeekit in New York. Viewers could upload a photo of themselves and “try on” garments from the catwalk. Meanwhile, models at the Desigual show wore make-up and accessories mimicking Shapchat filters, flipping the whole idea of AR around with amusing results.

AR blurs the lines between reality and digital, creating an experience that can be shared, as per the Pokémon Go phenomenon. Expect to see more of this type of technology during fashion week this season, and beyond.

Interested to find out more about augmented reality? Join us for the next in our #FashMash insights series for a deep-dive masterclass and hotly-anticipated panel debate on this technology.

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Digital snippets: Primania social success, Natalie Massenet made a Dame, Everlane’s optional payment promotion

A round-up of all the stories surrounding fashion and tech you may have missed over the holidays…

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  • On social, ‘Primania’ looks to fill Primark’s e-commerce void [Digiday]
  • Natalie Massenet made a Dame in New Year’s Honours List [The Telegraph]
  • Everlane’s pay-what-you-want promotion baffled me into buying nothing [NY Mag]
  • Mulberry Christmas ad escapes ban despite 42 complaints [Campaign]
  • Digital has irrevocably transformed fashion weeks, is it finally time to change the model? [Forbes]
  • Best of 2015 NYC holiday retail windows [PSFK]
  • 5 offline retail disasters that triggered online outrage in 2015 [Digiday]
  • Fast fashion needs to pivot to stay relevant [Racked]
  • A huge underclass of ghost workers are making your shirts in their homes [Quartz]
  • Online commerce needs an offline experience [TechCrunch]
  • Brands benefit from posting a ton to Instagram… for now at least [Fashionista]
  • FTC issues ‘native advertising’ rules and potential penalties [WWD]
  • A quick tour of wearables in 2015 [TechCrunch]
  • Will CES 2016 be the launch pad to send the smartwatch to the stratosphere? [TrendWalk]
  • Who’s winning the 3D-printed shoe race? [Fortune]
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Bloomingdale’s goes all out interactive with 2014 holiday windows

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US department store Bloomingdale’s has introduced a series of interactive windows tied to the theme of bows as part of its 2014 holiday campaign.

Gaming is the focus with passersby encouraged to connect to Bloomingdalesholiday.com via their mobile phones to participate in the action.

From there they can get involved in three different games directly in the windows. “Ready Set Bow,” reads the intro before offering up Memo-a-Bow, a card turning memory game; Whack-a-Bow, like a kind of Space Invaders; and Peek-a-Bow, where users have to keep their eye on the bow under the boxes as they move. Each can be played alone or with up to four players.

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Photograph-a-bow is then the name for an experience powered by FaceCake that allows users to take a #selfie on an interactive touch screen to share with their social following. The resulting shots can be accessed via a Facebook app, where you can see and Adore-a-Bow the Incred-i-Bow attempts of others (seriously this one is never ending).

Shoppers are also encouraged to share their special holiday messages and ‘Put a Bow on It’ using the hashtag #bloomiesgreetings via Twitter – each tweet then appears across the New York skyline in yet another window.

Last but not least is Charit-a-Bow, a window featuring a giant teddy bear made by Gund covered in hundreds of gold bows and holding a screen that encourages viewers to donate to the Child Mind Institute.

Retail innovation firm The Science Project, which was responsible for the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti window project last year, was behind the initiative.

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Digital snippets: Alibaba, Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, John Lewis, Urban Outfitters, Mulberry

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

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  • Alibaba’s ‘Singles Day’ sales top $9 billion, bigger than Black Friday [MarketWatch]
  • Why Rebecca Minkoff and eBay are betting on smart dressing rooms [Fast Company]
  • Anna Kendrick makes something out of nothing in Kate Spade’s holiday ad [AdWeek]
  • Marc Jacobs built an in-house app for shopping on Instagram [Bostinno]
  • John Lewis and Microsoft unite to create tech-driven in-store experience around Christmas ad campaign with ‘Monty’s Magical Toy Machine’ [The Drum]
  • Urban Outfitters using beacons, tries pinging your phone in the fitting room [AdWeek]
  • Mulberry ‘wins Christmas’ with gifting ad [Campaign Live]
  • Harrods launches animated festive film [The Independent]
  • Burberry and Printemps promise a magical Christmas with interactive experience [Pursuitist]
  • Ralph Lauren and Harrods partner for mobile-enabled display [Mobile Marketing]
  • Behind Zegna’s Big Bet on Film [BoF]
  • Shoppable video: more retailers looking at film as direct sales channel [Digiday]
  • What’s trending in China’s digital luxury marketing [JingDaily]
  • Ballet shoe records specific dancer movements [PSFK]
  • Native advertising and style bloggers: is the party over? [Fashionista]
  • These jeans come in 400 sizes [Co.Design]
  • Amazon plans Prime Air delivery drone tests in the UK [TNW]
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French Connection launches in-store #selfie campaign

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French Connection is launching the “ultimate selfie challenge” in the UK this spring.

Kickstarting officially in London on April 24, the retailer is introducing a campaign called #canthelpmyselfie, inviting shoppers to snap pictures of themselves to create a live display of its seasonal collection in store windows.

Fans are invited to book an appointment via the website for a variety of stores around the country (starting in Regent Street this week before touring to five other cities including Manchester and Newcastle through May) – once there they will select their favourite pieces from the line to wear, indulge in  a mini makeover session and then jump into an interactive selfie booth to snap their photo for the whole high street to see.

Jon Carney, creative partner at digital agency Somewhat, which collaborated on the project, said: “Mobile and social channels are an essential part of how millennial consumers interact with brands, and especially how they can experience fashion brands. As consumers’ physical and digital worlds are increasingly converging and colliding, brands need to respond with campaigns that bridge both worlds seamlessly.”

The real-time “phy-gital” initiative, as its being referred to, simultaneously employs live engagement with passersby by inviting them to ‘vote’ for their favourite look by placing their hand in front of sensors in the windows. The best selfies selected will be in with a chance of winning a £1,000 shopping spree.

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Saks unveils interactive holiday windows, offers Makerbot 3D-printed snowflakes

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Consumers are invited to flick personalised digital snowflakes onto the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York this Holiday season.

The initiative, developed in partnership with creative digital agency, The Science Project, and sponsored by MasterCard, is part of the retailer’s wider focus on the legendary Yeti rumoured to reside on its roof making snow during the festive period, this year.

The Yeti Snow Workshop as this particular window is called, invites passersby to visit saks.com/snow on their mobiles where they can find out their own Yeti name, add it to a snowflake design and then flick it from their device to instantly see it gently falling down the window.

In-store those who spend over $150 or more with their MasterCard, can then receive a 3D-printed snowflake created by the MakerBot. Harry Cunningham, senior VP-store planning and visual at Saks, also told AdAge: “3D printing has been a big of late, so some of the figures in our window this year are actually 3D printed. As technology advances and as things move forward, we’re looking for opportunities to inject that into our process.”

Six of the other store windows depict different scenes of the Yeti’s life, from being “an under-appreciated snowmaker in Siberia to his starring role as a true snowflake artist in New York”. Each also features the hashtag #SaksYeti.

They were unveiled last week with a 3D light show mapped onto the façade of the store created by Iris Worldwide (as in the YouTube video below). It runs every seven minutes each night from 5-11pm over the Holiday season.

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All the interactive elements accompanying John Lewis’ #bearandhare Christmas ad

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Hopefully by now you will have all seen, or at least heard about, John Lewis’ epic £7 million Christmas ad: The Bear and The Hare, created by adam&eve DDB.

The hand-animated tale has received an enormous 8.7 million views on YouTube since launch on November 8, and according to reports, helped drive sales of £101.45?million in the British department store in the week that followed, up 10.7% on 2012.

Despite the fact the spot premiered on TV in the UK during The X-Factor (played as an entire two-minute ad break), this campaign lives well beyond its traditional format. Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interactive ways how: 

  • An accompanying e-book called ‘The Bear who had never seen Christmas’ has been introduced for iPad, iPhone and Android. It features a series of touch-to-activate features, including a treasure hunt throughout the pages of the story in order to decorate a Christmas tree at the end, and a musical component for kids to tap their screens along to  
  • As with last year’s snowmen, the two main characters, Bear and Hare, each have their own Twitter profiles. Following them reveals all sorts of insights into their friendship: Hare planning to tickle Bear in his sleep, and Bear snoozing through the majority of it only waking briefly now and again to tweet out a line of Zzzzzzzzz’s
  • A Christmas card maker allows consumers to create their own personalised e-cards too. A selection of templates featuring the different woodland animals can be selected from first, then a personal picture uploaded or chosen by connecting with Facebook. Lastly, a message can be added before sharing it over social, downloading it to send via email or print out, and/or adding it to the online gallery
  • In the physical space meanwhile, 11 John Lewis stores around the UK have special ‘caves’ for children to visit and have their photo taken with the Bear and the Hare. The Oxford Street and Peter Jones London stores are particularly worth visiting for the windows too, where a total of 188 animal sculptures have been made from over 7,000 everyday products, like a reindeer from Dyson vacuums, a polar bear from Nintendo Wiis and a turkey from a series of rolled up towels. Creative consultancy Chameleon Visual and production company Setsquare Staging spent a year developing them, as the below making-of video demonstrates. 

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Transparent display could spell future for shop windows – CES

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Amid all the tech trends to come out of CES this year, it was the Transparent Display Case from Samsung that particularly stood out from a fashion perspective.

Seemingly a glass box (in the above example holding a shoe), the front is in fact a see-through screen linked up to a built-in PC and speakers. What that means is videos are able to play over the top of real-life items, enhancing rather than distorting their view.

It might just be a 22″ screen at the moment, but as PSFK reports, what place does that sound more relevant than in the store windows and retail shelves of the future? See it in action in the video below.

“[The display] allows images and animations to dynamically interact with the merchandise inside the showcase while still enabling passers-by to view the product,” reads the write-up from Samsung, who refers to it as “a new era of creative display in digital retail design”.

Now, add that idea to the transparent smart window it launched last year, and we might be on to something.