Archive | August, 2012

Net-a-Porter teases Choupette Lagerfeld video

29 Aug

 

“She’s white, fluffy and quite possibly the best-dressed cat on the planet,” reads the copy on Net-a-Porter’s latest video uploaded to YouTube. “Oh, and did we mention she’s a Lagerfeld?”

The luxury online store has released a teaser (as above) featuring Karl Lagerfeld’s now infamous feline friend, Choupette, who just celebrated her first birthday.

A full-length exclusive video with the “oh so chic” cat, is slated to follow, presumably to tie in with the release of Lagerfeld’s second Karl collection on Net-a-Porter from today.

Got to love it when fashion doesn’t take itself quite so seriously…

Digital snippets: Isaac Mizrahi, Lanvin, Helmut Lang, Lady Gaga, Vogue

28 Aug

Some more great stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:

 

  • Isaac Mizrahi to sell fashion line exclusively on LivingSocial [Mashable]
  • Lanvin reveals new campaign film starring real models from print ads (as above) [Fashionista]
  • Helmut Lang launches guest blogging series [WWD]
  • How to make a perfume ad go viral: just be Lady Gaga [AdAge]
  • Product videos nudge apparel shoppers toward register [eMarketer]
  • Vogue mines intel from 2,000 fashion-focused females with virtual focus group, Style Society [AdWeek]
  • Le Book selects fashion videos for New York Film Festival next spring [Vogue.co.uk]
  • Infographic: for brand engagament, visuals rule [Mashable]

Smashbox and Look partner on “blipp-to-buy” virtual shopping wall

27 Aug

Smashbox Cosmetics is set to host a virtual shopping wall at a high street catwalk show hosted by the UK’s Look magazine on October 6.

Enabled through a partnership with image recognition and augmented reality platform Blippar, the initiative will allow consumers to purchase products from the make-up brand directly through their mobile phones while at The Look Show event.

They will also be able to do so through the magazine thereafter, where pages showcasing the key make-up looks and products from the show will likewise be enhanced with shoppable augmented reality.

Stephen Shaw, opportunities director for Blippar, said: “From our initial creative briefings with Look it was clear they understood the tangible levels of engagement and interaction that Blippar could deliver for Smashbox Cosmetics. But just as important was that they realised the power of creating a stunning event and entertaining brand content that would compel their celebrity guests and readers to blipp-to-buy direct from the Smashbox Cosmetics virtual shopping wall and the post-show Look magazine special.”

Virtual shopping walls are a relatively new trend – inspired in the main by the Tesco Homplus subway initiative in South Korea last summer. Two further noteable examples include the Net-a-Porter Window Shop powered by Aurasma for Fashion’s Night Out in 2011, and the Glamour US beauty shopping wall in New York in February.

The Smashbox partnership with Look magazine comes as the LA-based cosmetics company aims to expands its UK presence. There will also be print and online display ads, social media, and homepage takeovers.

Cheap Monday allows fans to unlock and shop new collection before Stockholm fashion show

24 Aug

Swedish brand Cheap Monday is providing Facebook fans with exclusive access to its spring/summer 2013 collection ahead of its show at Stockholm Fashion Week next week.

Launched in partnership with e-commerce start-up Tictail, the “Sneak Peek Shop” allows consumers to purchase a limited number of key items ahead of time including shirts, jeans and jewellery.

Essentially a digital pop-up shop, it is unlockable via a code, which is only accessible to those who like the brand’s Facebook page.

“Our fans and customers all over the world are the fundament of Cheap Monday. We strive to find new ways to build our relationship with them and offer exciting products and services. We hope that making it possible to purchase our SS-13 Collection before everyone else through our partnership with Tictail is just as exciting for our customers as it is for us,” says Håkan Ström, COO at Cheap Monday.

The initiative premiers Tictail’s “Exclusive Access” feature, which allows retailers to limit store access through a login service, making it possible to offer special treatment for chosen customers. “In this case, Cheap Monday turns fashion logic upside down by selling items from the new collection before it even hits the catwalk and uses the feature to give Facebook fans early access to the shop through a code,” reads the write-up.

Carl Waldekranz, co-founder and CEO of Tictail, which is named one of Wired magazine’s hottest 100 European start-ups in its September 2012 issue, adds: “We aim to empower all types of businesses, and help erase borders between them and their customers. It’s great to see smaller retailers using Tictail to sell directly to customers, and now to see a global innovative brand like Cheap Monday using it to fit their needs.”

The Cheap Monday shop opens today, ahead of Tuesday’s show (when it then becomes available to everyone), and will remain accessible until September 2. All purchases will be delivered during 2012, before they hit stores in 2013.

The show is being live-streamed online on Tuesday at 9.30pm CET at www.cheapmonday.com/show.

Chloë Sevigny stars in new short for Opening Ceremony

23 Aug

 

Opening Ceremony has released another short film starring Chloë Sevigny, this time called “Where’s Bambi?”

Created by William Strobeck, it’s a retro-looking clip featuring the actress and fashion icon trying on numerous pieces from the Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony archive collection.

It is set to the track “Fly the Sky” by Colony Farm.

Detailing top brand users on Instagram

22 Aug

An interesting table here detailing some of the top brand users on Instagram. Note the presence of luxury companies including Burberry, Gucci, Tiffany & Co and Hermès.

Burberry scoops the prize for highest number of photos from this list, but it’s perhaps more interesting to note the level of engagement being achieved from Nike in terms of both likes and comments.

The photo-sharing and photo-filter app has grown from 15m users in early 2012 to 80m in July. That’s an increase of more than 400% in just seven months. Brands have taken note – according to Simply Measured, who released the table above, 40% of the brands listed in Interbrand’s Top 100 now have their own Instagram accounts (this compares with 90% for Facebook and Twitter, but Instagram is of course, only two years old).

Calvin Klein to reveal interactive digital challenge for new fragrance

21 Aug

Calvin Klein is set to launch an interactive digital campaign to help celebrate the release of its new men’s fragrance, Encounter Calvin Klein, this September.

“Dare to Encounter” as the initiative is called, encompasses a virtual journey and a series of challenges for users to unlock and engage with on a dedicated website.

Fronted by True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgård, who was announced as the face of the scent in June, it follows a tale of desire with the brand’s other campaign star and supermodel muse, Lara Stone.

It uses animated GIFs (as shown) to “capture moments from the television advertising shoot and bring them to life in an unexpected way”.

All those who complete the challenge will be granted access to watch the Encounter Calvin Klein short film, and be entered into a prize draw.

The campaign was created by Fabien Baron of Baron + Baron, alongside Calvin Klein’s in-house advertising agency CRK, and interactive media and technology agency AKQA.

Digital snippets: adidas, Garance Doré and Kate Spade, Bergdorf’s, Hipstamatic

20 Aug

Some more great stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:

  • adidas builds on Olympic success with ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Team GB video (as above) [The Drum]
  • Super blogger Garance Doré launches collaborative collection with Kate Spade [Vogue.co.uk]
  • Bergdorf Goodman’s online push [WWD]
  • adidas creates sneakers that display real-time tweets [PSFK]
  • W magazine partners with iPhone photography app Hipstamatic [Mashable]
  • Faces of NYFW aggregates real-time data from fashion week [Fashion Notes]
  • The potential of e-commerce in China [MaoSuit]

Fashion Hazard offers industry’s first action-fuelled catwalk game

17 Aug

Forget playing dress-up, forget virtual shopping malls, forget anything too girly or flirty, a new mobile game called Fashion Hazard has just hit the app store from Condé Nast that’s all about action.

Set on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris, it requires players to swipe, tilt and tap their way through all manner of obstacles to collect virtual currency, known as “bling”.

Competing to begin with as a naïve model called Ellie, there is everything from hissing snakes (a not-so-subtle metaphor for fashion industry types, says AdWeek) and retro stereos to contend with, not to mention the occasional can of red paint as though straight from a live PETA demonstration. As you progress, a more experienced model becomes available to play as.

“Begin as a model new to the world of high fashion and at the bottom of Fashion Week’s totem pole. Make a runway round-trip before the clock runs out without tripping, losing balance, or taking the ultimate spill,” reads the write-up.

“From New York through Europe, the rewards get bigger, the stakes get higher and staying on top gets harder. Stay in time, stay in line, stay in season…or become a Fashion Hazard.”

The idea for the game came from Juliana Stock, Condé Nast’s senior director of business and product development for its Interactive Product Group (IPG), whose 11-year-old daughter enjoys action games such as Temple Run).

“When we started to look at action and adventure with her interests in mind, which are girly, we didn’t find any,” she explained. “There was a need in the market to create an action game that was challenging, and yet still feminine and visually appealing to this demographic.”

It is currently available for the iPhone and iPad with an Android version due to follow, and costs 99c in the app store.

It also provides options for additional purchases including wallpaper and ringtones, suggesting future advertising opportunities could follow. It launches with a cross-promotional initiative with Frenzoo, developer of the Me Girl series.

Kenneth Cole inspires with word-based Instagram contest

16 Aug

Kenneth Cole has assembled a team of “culture mavens” to act as curators and judge its new contest on Instagram, which invites fans to submit photos based on inspirational words.

The initiative celebrates the launch of the brand’s higher positioned line, Kenneth Cole Collection, and this week focuses on the word “impact”. Lauren Indvik, associate business editor of Mashable, will choose her favourite image. Previous words have included “provocative” and “empowering”.

“Join the collection of voices,” reads a post about it from Kenneth Cole. “Speak through style. Express through image. Make a statement through Instagram.”

To enter, users need to follow @KennethColePRD on Instagram and tag their pictures with #KCCVoices and #impact. Above the brand shows its own idea of impact in New York City.

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