Posted by Alicia Ciccone on October 7, 2013 04:03 PM
Google and high-end designer Diane von Furstenberg have continued to build out their budding relationship since Glass first graced the designer's runway in 2012. Their latest collaboration roped in Google's namesake social network, creating a 'shoppable' Google hangout where participants could click to buy DVF products as the designer fielded questions about her life and career.
The event, which took place last week, was a first for the network, which is still struggling to make a play for mainstream social users. But the partnership with DVF showed off the site's capabilites well, displaying a window of DVF products for sale to the right of the video window on users' screens. The shoppable hangout is the first of its kind in a string of planned partnerships with other CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) designers, Von Furstenberg being the first as president of the organization.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...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 19, 2013 12:32 PM
Despite being a late-comer to social media, J.Crew is adapting quite quickly. In fact, the retail brand is behind a social media first: debuting its Fall 2013 catalog on Pinterest.
The brand has posted a sampling of its fall offerings to the site, with the added ability to pre-order the posted looks through the company's personal stylists. The effort adds a whole new dimension to the retailer's more traditional sales approach and in turn may garner the brand more fans—and subscribers.
While J.Crew may be the first brand to pull off such a feat on Pinterest—which has 70 million users, 80 percent of which are women—it's not the first fashion brand to use social media to give fans exclusive access.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 19, 2013 04:07 PM
Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer of luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, understands the power of social.
Minkoff is targeting the Tumblr community to promote awareness for her upcoming spring collection at New York Fashion Week in September, inviting the creative Tumblr community to participate in a T-shirt and tote campaign with Nordstrom.
Artists can submit T-shirt and tote designs, models can send pictures and photographers can submit portfolios to email@example.com by July 25 to be judged by a panel of judges including Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandising Jeffrey Kalinsky and Minkoff herself, with results to be announced July 30.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 29, 2013 12:38 PM
Above, Beijing t-shirt maker Plastered releases its 草泥马老板 ("Grass Mud Horse" Boss) shirt.
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Beckham's Adidias/Nike problem... McDonald's closes iconic location... bashing Apple... Steve Jobs manga... what your brand of car says about your sex life... Walmart... Nongfu... more infant formula scandals... Jackie Chan... Vera Wang... bye bye black Audis... and much more.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 24, 2013 01:02 PM
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg unveils $12 million ad campaign (above) for Mayors Against Illegal Guns that lobbies for background checks to reduce gun violence, while NYC's municipal data geek squad makes headlines.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz defends same-sex marriage support to shareholders as brand expands loyalty rewards to other retailers.
PepsiCo shares jump on Mondelez merger speculation sparked by Telegraph story which Pepsi "downplays."
Apple acquires indoor GPS startup WiFiSLAM for mapping, patents iPhone drop protection technology and faces EU scrutiny following iPhone and iPad distribution complaints — and may report first quarterly dip since 2003.
FTC "pay for delay" generic drug case, set to go before US Supreme Court on Monday, will be closely watched by pharmaceutical industry and economists.
Below: BlackBerry, Blockbuster, Dell, Diageo and other brands in the news —Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 13, 2012 06:32 PM
Google taps David Beckham to promote Google+ as company grapples with social search fallout, and apologizes for Kenyan flub.
Apple's iPad 3 expected to go on sale in March with HD screen and faster chip. Apple also joined the Fair Labor Association, opening suppliers' doors to labor rights watchdog in transparency response to Foxconn fears — the first tech brand to do so.
Bentley courts Maybach fans including Jay-Z — who has just signed on as the face of (and an investor in) Duracell.
British films to be pitched as a global brand.
BT will offer free Wi-Fi at London Olympic Games.
Disney Studios quickly fills CMO position.
Dr Pepper brand name is removed from Texas town.
Easyjet fined for barring disabled passengers.
Excedrin recall expands to Canada.
Olivia Munn strips off for PETA.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 12, 2011 10:34 AM
With four more days of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Maybelline touts its sponsorship of YouTube's live streaming coverage of the runway shows from Lincoln Center with roving reporter (and model/designer) Erin Wasson, who talks to designer Rebecca Taylor (and, oddly, Bravo "real housewife" Ramona Singer).
Today's #NYFW spring/summer 2012 runway shows include Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan New York, Rebecca Minkoff, Betsey Johnson, and Perry Ellis. All except for DKNY are streaming on YouTube; DKNY's show will be streaming live on the brand's Facebook page at 2pm ET.
And in another interesting use of digital this fashion week, the Oscar de la Renta show will stream live on Tumblr tomorrow (9/13 at 6pm ET), with a user-generated stream of content tagged with #odlrlive already leading up to the livestream in a first for Tumblr — which is eager to stay in style with fashion brands and fashionistas via its real-time NYFW coverage, especially following a pre-Fashion Week pratfall on its own runway.