By Andrea Felsted Bloomberg Thu., Nov. 22, 2018 The row over Dolce & Gabbana’s video campaign, which showed a Chinese model struggling to eat spaghetti with chopsticks, shows how far luxury brands still have to go to respond to the cultural sensitivities and changing attitudes of consumers. Thousands of the Italian fashion house’s goods have been pulled from China’s biggest shopping websites after the video campaign was branded racist and insensitive. As an own-goal, it was remarkable, but the company isn’t alone in struggling to recognize this shift — the whole industry will need to adapt or risk alienating customers. Luxury and premium fashion brands will have to embrace a more inclusive outlook if they are to continue to tempt customers to spend on their handbags, shoes and watches. That means not just greater diversity and cultural sensitivity in their marketing, but also providing garments for different ages, body shapes and those … [Read more...] about D&G’s racism row shows the worst of fashion
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Upscale US fashion label Henri Bendel -- known in recent years for its luxury handbags and shoes -- will shut down in January after 123 years in business, parent company L Brands has announced. The Bendel website and all of the label's 23 stores in the United States, including the flagship location on New York's Fifth Avenue, will remain open through the holiday shopping season, L Brands said in a statement. But from the start of 2019, the parent company said it will put its focus on the group's more profitable labels. "We are committed to improving performance in the business and increasing shareholder value," L Brands chairman and CEO Leslie Wexner said in a statement released Thursday. "As part of that effort, we have decided to stop operating Bendel to improve company profitability and focus on our larger brands that have greater growth potential." The closing of the Bendel stores, whose well-heeled customers could be easily spotted in Manhattan thanks to the label's chic brown and … [Read more...] about US fashion label Henri Bendel to close after 123 years
Top three beauty concerns of Filipinos: Lines and wrinkles, dark spots (whitening), acne #MorenaAndProud or #PaleAndLovingIt? Beauty, these days, is all about acceptance and “you do you” — who knew a tiny square on our phones would be partly responsible for that? When Instagram was launched in 2010 along with a few smartphones that allowed us to take okay photos, the app served a pretty basic purpose: it was a platform for sharing everyday human experiences. Individual “aesthetic” was a trait deeply tied to what we did on a daily basis, the things we enjoyed and found interesting. To phrase it in today’s terminology, it was organic. Aesthetic, the way we understand and apply it now, was yet to be conceived. Beauty? It was a barely formed zit waiting to pop. We had no idea exactly how beautiful things could be, and how much of it we would be able to control, both on our screens and in real life. "It" girls in their ternos: Paraluman, Susan Roces, … [Read more...] about What is Filipina beauty in the digital age?
caption Everything sold at The Phluid Project is gender-neutral. source Business Insider/Jessica Tyler The Phluid Project is trying to change the way we think of retail by creating a gender-free store and community space. The store is organized by style and brand rather than gender, and everything it sells is gender-neutral. The company was founded by Rob Smith, a former Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret executive. The Phluid Project is trying to change the way we think of retail. The “world’s first gender-free store” opened its doors in March, branding itself as part store, part community. A sign in the window reads, “This is a welcoming, inclusive, diverse, and safe space. Intolerance will not be tolerated.” The company was founded by Rob Smith, a former executive vice president of merchandising at Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret with over 25 years of … [Read more...] about A former Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret exec just opened a ‘gender-free’ store — take a look inside
The 34th annual Space Symposium recently took place in Colorado. It was full of excitement, ranging from a visit from Vice President Pence to the rockets being built by tech billionaires like SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. There were four themes that were obvious at this year’s Space Symposium conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1) The rising influence of tech billionaires like Bezos, SpaceX’s Elon Musk and Virgin Group’s Richard Branson; 2) The fact that between trade shows and the space industry, augmented reality and virtual reality have found their business use case – especially both, together. 3) Everyone is working on putting humans on Mars; 4) Space-based businesses are booming, with billions of dollars of venture funding pouring in annually. Here’s a look at my trip to the Space Symposium, and what I learned: The annual Space Symposium took place earlier this month in … [Read more...] about Billionaires, costume designers and beer: I spent a day at the Space Symposium and learned about how the tech elite will conquer the final frontier