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Though wearable technology is getting better looking, it’s not necessarily improving where it counts, particularly in the fitness sector. Nike’s just-announced layoffs in its FuelBand department is the third sign of trouble.
1. Add a digital scarf to your selfies with Pucci’s new Scarfie app; make your selfies that much less clichéd. 2. Artificial intelligence is on the brink of making your next customer service call a whole lot better.
Cuyana, one of our favorite progressive new retail sites, is launching a clothing collection for the magazine Real Simple. The line is a first for the publication, which hasn’t heretofore made fashion its primary focus.
At first glance, ASAP54 looks like many a social fashion app — follow other ASAP-ers for style inspiration, access cross sections of others’ searches to see what’s popular. Where the app diverges is its visual search function.
Retailers are turning to artificial intelligence firms to get more out of their customers’ feedback. It’s a form of beneficent data mining, if you will.
DKNY is partnering with Awear Solutions, a fashion discovery start-up, to make its clothing recognizable to random passers-by. The brand is tagging 20 items, part of an initial test-run, with a chip tagged to a related app.
1. Coachella prep gets the Michael Kors treatment on the designer’s travel site, Destination Kors. 2. Now anyone can get a hold of Google Glass…for a single day.
Could probably insert some kind of commentary here about going right to the source — Yahoo, which is still in its makeover (hah) stage, has hired Bobbi Brown as the new Editor in Chief of Yahoo Beauty.
Tracey Emin, one of the premiere members of the Young British Artists, was reminded of a sculpture she bought in France when she designed her latest piece, which won’t be selling in a gallery or at Basel anytime soon. The artist created the bottle for Comme des Garçons’ new fragrance, Serpentine, which is intended to reflect, fairly literally, a walk in Hyde Park.
With a Kickstarter goal matched in 11 minutes, the Micro 3D printer (which lucky early backers will get for $199) is ready to go into production. The final retail cost for this admittedly small machine is $299, reasonably accessible to many if not all of 3D printing’s aficionados and early adopters.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney was remarkable, for a while, for gaining global traction despite being out of the way for most editors and buyers, and well out of the standard four-city fashion week circuit. However, the event seems to be losing steam as its biggest designers move away to show in New York, Paris, and London.
1. Marc Jacobs is casting his next campaign through public submissions on Instagram and Twitter. Start hashtagging your selfies with #castmemarc.
Nicola Formichetti, formerly of Thierry Mugler and Lady Gaga’s one-man-styling operation, and no stranger to using tech to get ahead in fashion, is debuting his first collection for Diesel today, with a host of notable tweeters in the audience.
Image courtesy of the Clean Clothes Campaign. The Clean Clothes Campaign, an organization that works toward massive global improvements in the garment industry, released a study of its findings on the efforts of European clothing brands toward better pay and working conditions for workers in third world countries. Unfortunately, what they discovered wasn’t promising.
While industry executives gathered at a conference on digital retail, hosted by Oracle in Boston last week, to discuss broad technological advancements in fashion and retail, certain candidates revealed particularly niche, and worthwhile, upcoming developments.
BaubleBar, which has proven its expertise in online retail since its founding three years ago, is quietly moving into a department store near you. Or at least, a store pretty near you. After collaborating successfully and without too much fanfare with Anthropologie, the online jewelry start-up is opening Nordstrom Loves BaubleBar pop-up shops in thirty-five locations today.
1. Tom Ford launched e-commerce for his eponymous label. Expect news, nudity, and Ford’s signature decadent glamor. 2. Kenzo hosted a digital pop-up shop in Paris as part of a sealife conservation effort.
…And the designs even incorporate 3D printing! For its first “surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum” (aka one of the first spacesuits designed for an actual landing since the ones used on the moon), NASA is running three designs against each other, and you, the grounded, tax-paying public, can weigh in.
While Apple promises to update its emoji icons to include more racial diversity soon (Miley Cyrus, of all people, complained), fashion people can circumvent the issue entirely through emotiKarl, a very literal group of Karl-approved emoticons.
Hey, this is nice — rather than try to keep up with the Web through digital pop-ups and valet parking, Australian mall operators are going to the source, finding different ways to support the country’s fledgling designers.