Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 15, 2013 03:42 PM
In a move preempted by high-profile collaborations, Apple has successfully poached Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to be its senior vice president of retail and online stores.
Over her eight-year tenure at Burberry, Ahrendts guided the global fashion brand through a period of great growth alongside creative director and newly appointed CEO Christopher Bailey, and her move to Apple represents just how well she utilized digital innovations and technology in her strategy that transformed Burberry's brand and overall customer experience.
Apple, which essentially set a new standard in retail with its streamlined brick-and-mortar stores, 'Genius Bar' customer service and in-store training is looking to keep its momentum as its recent succesful launch of its two new iPhones has set the stage for the brand to further infiltrate the Asian market—a key to future growth and success especially in mobile. Ahrendts will no doubt bring her knack for truly unique retail experiences to the personal tech giant—and her fashion prowess won't hurt either.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 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...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 28, 2013 06:43 PM
Pinterest plans to take its photo-centric platform to the next level with its dedicated hub for New York's upcoming Fashion Week.
In partnership with over 100 influencers, Pinterest will provide a landing page which will be continuously updated with news on the latest shows, looks and inspiration behind designs with the help of high-profile brands such as Michael Kors, the Style Network, Kate Spade, Lucky Magazine, Elle, Garance Doré, Huffington Post Style, Into the Gloss, Man Repeller, Nordstrom, Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, PopSugar, Refinery29, Style.com and Song of Style.
Katie Garlinghouse, Pinterest's head of community marketing, said Pinterest’s role in Fashion Week is “less about the real-time photos of the event, and more around the backstory of the event.” For example, "For Kate Spade, we'll see what inspired the collection, versus actual [live] images of the collection."Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on August 28, 2013 03:42 PM
Working hard for its spot among elite fashion destinations like New York and Milan, London Fashion Week, which begins Friday, Sept. 13, is morphing into not just a bigger event but a brand all its own.
For the first time, London Fashion Week will have its own branded product line, in association with Toni&Guy, plastering its logo on "label.m Professional Haircare" products. The line launches in September in the UK and in 2014 will expand to 41 countries, appearing in over 5,000 Toni&Guy and label.m salons. Caroline Rush, CEO of London Fashion Week's parent, the British Fashion Council, tells the UK's MarketingWeek, "This commercial collaboration marks a turning point in the way we have previously operated. By rolling out an exclusive branded product, we will be directly engaging with the consumer and sharing the London Fashion Week 'behind-the-scenes' expertise with the global market."
There's another strong motivation for creating a London Fashion Week brand: Generating more revenue from a wider audience.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 18, 2013 03:52 PM
Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey promised back in September ahead of its global flagship store opening on London's Regent Street that Burberry would be stepping up its digital innovation lead even more. He wasn't kidding.
London Fashion Week kicked off Monday with Burberry's autumn/winter 2013 women's ready-to-wear show full of glossy trenchcoats, hearts, animal prints and polished metals. It's also taking a shine to latest in digital personalization: giving consumers the ability to order what they see on the catwalk straight from their mobile devices with a novel twist—customization using the brand's proprietary technology.
It's the latest example of how the Burberry brand is all in on tech, including its Art of the Trench and Burberry World digital platforms, pushing photos to Instagram, making contact with consumers across the social and mobile web. The fastest growing luxury brand on Interbrand's 2012 Best Global Brands list is now bridging social and mobile with its latest move: live streaming its fashion show on its website, on Facebook, on Twitter (a first, the brand believes, according to the New York Times) and in its digital-first flagship Regent Street store.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 15, 2013 06:29 PM
It's the dance trend that will not die. Watch Lululemon's Harlem Shake (yoga-style) version above, and below, Pepsi's two Harlem Shake videos and other brands shaking their thang worldwide, from Australia to Israel:Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 15, 2013 12:56 PM
Coca-Cola has spent plenty of bucks on making iconic ads in the past, but its latest 60-second spot is coming from a low-priced source—a fan of the brand—while the company just revealed a trio of new cans designed by global creative director Marc Jacobs. The details on the latest moves in the cola wars:Continue reading...