Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 5, 2014 03:55 PM
Combining wearable tech, a modern "stand-up" guy and a pay-it-forward ethos, Kenneth Cole's "Man Up for Mankind Challenge" asks men to perform a "gentlemanly deed" every day for the next three weeks—21 Days, 21 Deeds—in return for eligibility to win a Mankind toolkit valued at $1,000.
While Diane Von Furstenberg was the first fashion designer to put Google Glass on the runway, as she did during her New York Fashion Week show in 2012, Kenneth Cole is aiming to be Google Glass fashion pioneer of another sort, but featuring the app in a campaign for its new Mankind fragrance. (L'Oreal, meanwhile, is using the device internally, as a teaching tool for its network of stylists.)
Once Kenneth Cole's augmented reality app is downloaded, users of the geek chic wearable computer will receive an alert in their viewfinder with a reminder of that day's deed, such as the gentlemanly “offer to carry a lady’s bag,” “buy a stranger a coffee,” or “donate old clothes to a local shelter.”
They're being encouraged to snap and share photos of themselves in action on a dedicated site and to tweet their deeds during the three-week challenge with the hashtag #manupformankind. Non-Glass wearers can participate using a smartphone or digital camera, too.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 7, 2014 02:47 PM
Pop-up shops are nothing new, but Marc Jacobs‘ fragrance division is using Fashion Week to launch its Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop with a twist—social currency only, please.
Located in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, a tweet, Instagram or Facebook post tagged #MJDaisyChain can be exchanged for goods including fragrances and accessories at the store, while the best Instagram photo of the day wins a coveted handbag.
"Over the years, the Daisy brand has built a considerable following in social media, and to us, the whole undertaking is a way to say a big thank you to the people who love Daisy and are constantly finding creative ways to show their affection for the brand," said Lori Singer, VP marketing for Marc Jacobs.
"Marc Jacobs is really active on social media and Daisy is one of the fragrance brands that triggers the highest engagement among fans," she added. "We have seen people creating drawings and stage mood shots featuring the iconic bottle, so engagement of the fans is already there."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 20, 2014 12:41 PM
Despite the fact that many people may not know who Stan Smith actually is, they likely know his shoe. Smith himself says his own son once asked him if the shoe had been named for him or if he had been named for the shoe.
The shoes, in fact, were named for the American tennis icon 50 years ago—a date Adidas is celebrating by introducing two new Stan Smith collections. After all, more than 40 million pairs have already been sold, making it the top-selling brand in the history of Adidas.
The big anniversary celebration included a Stan Smith-themed pop-up store at the Old Truman Brewery in East London that featured “an interactive floor, a digital 'Stan Yourself' station, and a 3D printing post” that allows consumers to print out “trefoil lace locks,” according to Dexigner.com. What's "Stan Yourself," you may ask?Continue reading...
Posted by Brittany Waterson on December 16, 2013 08:02 PM
Luxury goods purveyor Burberry has granted the holiday wishes of UK style mavens with the debut of its first-ever stand-alone beauty store, Burberry Beauty Box, located in London’s Covent Garden.
The boutique, which features the brand’s make-up collection, fragrances and exclusive accessories including sunglasses, scarves and select handbags, joins luxury competitor Chanel, which opened a wildly successful pop-up beauty shop that has since become permanent. But Burberry is sure to set itself apart with its limitless views on customer experience.
“The Burberry Beauty Box brings together our fashion and beauty worlds, merging physical and digital experiences that allow people to explore and combine Burberry make-up, fragrance and accessories in new, playful and exciting ways,” said Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, in a statement.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 18, 2013 02:49 PM
Prior to the official launch of the company's newest iPhone models, the 5S and 5C, this Friday, Apple showed off the 5S' photographic and video capabilities at London Fashion Week.
Burberry used the iPhone 5S to snap photos of models and celebs and take exclusive video during and after its high-profile fashion show, and even streamed video of the show, which, the company claims, was shot with the native app on the new device. It also highlighted the 5S' slow-motion capabilities in an Instagram post and depicted a sketch coming to life via Vine.
It wasn't just fashion-lovers who were watching; Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and Facebook ad sales head Andrew Bosworth were in the audience, according to TechCrunch. In fact, the partnership generated so much social buzz that some suggested it helped bump Apple's stock price.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 5, 2013 08:12 PM
Other smartphones can play up all the technical details of how fast they are and how much data they can hold, but Motorola’s Moto X seems to prefer to sell itself as a fashion accessory.
New York Fashion Week begins today, and besides fashion's top design houses, the Google-owned brand will also make its debut on the runway—in the hands of models. The brand has sponsored four designers—Hood by Air, Telfar, En Noir, and Rochambeau—that will show their newest spring lines on Sunday, and at least one of those shows will include an appearance by the Moto X, Ad Age reports.
Another Google device, Glass, has made it into the September issue of Vogue, but there's no word yet if the futuristic spectacles will appear on the runway.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 5, 2013 04:58 PM
Front row seats at New York Fashion Week may be in less demand now that the world-famous fashion displays have been turned into a second-screen experience of sorts as more brands take their collections digital.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff is setting the pace with plans to debut photos of her new looks on social photo app Snapchat moments before the models strut their stuff on the runway at Lincoln Center in New York City. Given the 10-second life of the app, users must request to connect to Minkoff for the brief preview.
"There's been a lot of debate this year about fashion shows and the circus around it; some people are cutting back," said Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff and Ms. Minkoff’s brother, according to Mashable. "We believe in a different approach. We believe the consumer is part of [fashion week], and that their inclusion is going to grow. The consumer has a voice and say in [our] brand, they should get special perks even if they can't attend the show."
This year's shows will be live-streamed online on Mercedes-Benz's dedicated Fashion Week website, making it even less necessary for fashionistas to attend the shows in-person.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 4, 2013 02:38 PM
It’s been more than 40 years since Big Tobacco aired a commercial on television, but they're back with their billions to convince consumers to try a confounding new product: e-cigarettes.
But the industry's answer to public smoking bans may not have that long to sell themselves on televison. USA Today reports that the US government is making moves towards regulating the devices, which are purported to be a better alternative to regular cigarettes.
The battery-powered devices made to resemble real cigarettes use nicotine but don’t create smoke or ashes that can be offensive to others. The devices are predicted to bring in $1.7 billion in revenue this year and at least $10 billion by the end of 2017.Continue reading...