T minus 31 hours til #LFW

Having wanted to first start this blog months ago, I began collecting stories, ideas, scraps of information that I could eventually post and sticking them all into a folder on my email account especially. The problem is, said dedicated folder got bigger and bigger, while I just got busier and busier to ever actually wade through it.

A sign, I thought, that I was at least on the right lines – for it must mean I have a lot to say.

So with London Fashion Week (#lfw) starting tomorrow, I figured a better plan of action was to rather just get stuck straight in, to pull the plaster off and go for it.

So here I am, and here’s my first post, which is aiming to sum up what this blog is actually going to be about.

In short, it’s focused entirely and exclusively on the “collision point” (to steal a phrase from Ralph Lauren – more on that later) of the two worlds in which I work; fashion and technology.

For the first time, luxury brands, and when I say that I mean luxury in quite a loose sense of the word, are approaching their marketing in the knowledge, finally, that the digital world can no longer be ignored.

Slowly but surely everything from live-streaming catwalk shows to creating 3D campaigns and innovative viral videos is becoming the norm to an industry that has historically avoided the internet altogether.

It’s been a difficult battle – how does an upmarket design house that has found its success in being exclusive and therefore elusive, accept something that means it will be opening itself up to any consumer anywhere in the world, and therefore potentially damaging its identity entirely?

That very question has been banded about since the dotcom bust – even today there continue to be many brands with little more than a landing page for a website, let alone fully-fledged e-commerce capability.

With the rise of social networking however, not to mention the viral value there is in anything technically innovative at present, it’s those without a presence that are now risking their image.

And so it’s changing. There are pioneers in the field. There’s Burberry, there’s Louis Vuitton, there’s Ralph Lauren, to name a few.

Rather than discussing the pros and cons of digital, the should we shouldn’t we, the what it means and the “it’s the future” comments, these houses are getting on with it. They’re not talking about it, they’re doing it. Now.

It’s taken a long time, but through technology, luxury fashion suddenly has the potential to reclaim the ground it always owned – that of innovation and subsequently of how to win in branding.

In short, this blog is not about style, nor is it about clothes. Yes it’s about fashion, but it’s from a very specific angle that I believe is one of the most exciting and inspiring in our industry today.

I’ll be covering everything from new campaigns to social media mishaps focusing primarily on a news angle, but with comment thrown in, hopefully from some choice contributors, throughout. Feel free to post your comments and if you’re a brand, send me your stories too.

Happy fashion week.

Rachel is an award-winning business journalist specialising in fashion and technology. Alongside her work setting up and running Fashion & Mash, she regularly contributes to titles including Forbes, The International New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Wired, The Business of Fashion, Fashionista, Mashable and more. She also acts as a consultant on digital strategy and innovation to leading retail and luxury brands, and a mentor to start-ups on the likes of John Lewis’ JLAB accelerator programme. She regularly speaks on such subjects at conferences around the world, including SXSW, CES, Web Summit and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Rachel was awarded trade/B2B fashion journalist of the year by Fashion Monitor in 2015. She oversees the global #FashMash events including networking drinks, dinners and workshops. Rachel was previously based in New York as a senior editor for leading online fashion trade publication and trend forecaster WGSN, where she managed global coverage of the industry from a communications, branding and technology standpoint.


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  6. I am so sorry – you sent me an email saying you’d comment for my article in Marketing magazine but I now can’t find it – I’d love to get your input! I’d particularly like to do a viewpoint from you – say 300 words on why you are yet to be convinced by shoppable advertising. Your background, which merges tech and fashion, is perfect for this piece. Do you think that the fashion world has a propensity to get carried away with tech? What are the important things to remember, do you think? I am afraid I have to get this done by 5pm Friday – if you could possibly email me some thoughts I’d be ever so grateful. Oh and please include your full name, job title and a photo – I’ll mention this URL of course too. Please confirm if that is OK, thank you, Suzy, suzy.bashford@btinternet.com, 0044 1234 88 88 53

    • Hi,
      My name is Moema Cavalcanti and I am researching about future trends for Visual Merchandising. I am always following the blog and often I found articles that helps on research.
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      Many thanks in advance