Neiman Marcus Partners with Slyce to Introduce Single-tap Visual Search Technology Revolutionizing Luxury Shopping with ‘Snap. Find. Shop.’

Luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus (NMG) has announced the launch of a new 3-D visual fashion search and purchase feature named Snap. Find. Shop. This highly anticipated arrival of next-generation real-world shopping experiences is now available on the Neiman Marcus app, powered by leading mobile visual search firm Slyce available for download from the iTunes app store for use on iPhones.

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The state of the art visual search technology allows NM app users to simply snap an image of fashion items and instantly be provided with all close matching products currently available from http://www.neimanmarcus.com. First to market in the luxury sector, Neiman Marcus offers users visual search from both real-life items and printed images – with no need for cropping, category definition, or search refinement. From “snap” to “shop” these items are then purchasable at the exact moment of capture. Known for their vast selection of luxury accessories, Neiman Marcus introduces Snap. Find. Shop. with shoes and handbags. Additional fashion categories will be considered in the future.

Today, most online shopping begins with search – either through key words or navigating filters, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.” Says Wanda Gierhart, CMO, Neiman Marcus Group, “Visual search removes hurdles, taking you directly from inspiration to gratification. In essence, Snap. Find. Shop. is a revolutionary way to service our customers at any time and any place.”

Mark Elfenbein, President & CEO at Slyce said, “Slyce has often been described in the media as the ‘Shazam for Stuff’ and this integration with Neiman Marcus offers users that highly-intuitive, one-click, snap-to-result experience for luxury fashion. With this partnership, the Slyce platform is able to flex its muscles and deliver on the promise of visual search – in the curated fashion landscape.”

The Slyce Corporation is a visual search technology company based in Toronto, Ontario and is engaged in the business of providing advanced visual search software that allows consumers to purchase products at the moment they discover them – in the real-world and online. Slyce has developed an advanced visual search platform that integrates with retail brands and digital content providers to give their customers the ability to instantly discover and purchase products that inspire them by simply snapping photographs with their smartphones or ‘clicking’ images on either their smartphones (mobiles) or desktop web browsers. Slyce’s strategy is to position itself as a pivotal player in the emerging visual web. Slyce will provide its technology to retailers, brands, app developers and digital publishers, enabling their apps to recognize products for instant purchase. Slyce will provide its technology in exchange for integration, licensing and per search fees, percentage sales splits and big data provision and analysis. Slyce is currently working with a growing list of fortune 1000 brands and companies as well as multiple innovative developers.

PANDORA Makes the Holiday Season Magical with Launch of Disney Jewelry Collection

Magic is in-store this holiday season, as PANDORA Jewelry unveils its Disney collection of original jewelry pieces. Created in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, the beautifully designed assortment inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters will be available at PANDORA concept stores, as well as select Walt Disney Parks and Resorts merchandise locations.

The new collection includes sterling silver and 14K gold charms that combine the quality and craftsmanship of PANDORA with the whimsy of Disney designs. Many of the new pieces are inspired by the iconic images of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, including sterling silver character dangles, which can be added to a PANDORA bracelet or worn on a necklace for a touch of timeless Disney style. Hand-blown Murano glass charms featuring playful Mickey Mouse details and Minnie Mouse’s signature style, add pops of color and pattern to necklaces, bracelets and bangles.

PANDORA introduces several new pave charms as part of the collection, including Mickey and Minnie dangles, sterling silver character clips and an openwork charm featuring Mickey Mouse’s instantly recognizable silhouette.

The new collection also includes charms that commemorate aspirational elements of the PANDORA and Disney brands, including two-tone “Believe” and “Dream” openwork designs and a sterling silver “Be Magical” heart.

The initial launch of the co-branded collection will include 25 pieces, which will be sold at PANDORA concept stores throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean. Pieces from the new collection start at $40. To discover the new Disney collection from PANDORA, visit PANDORA.net.

This Winter Season, Cold Temps Herald Hot Trends in Outerwear at Land’s End

With the predicted harsh winter forecast, stylish yet functional outerwear that delivers on warmth is a must-have – especially for those who like to enjoy the outdoor winter elements.

No matter how cold it gets or how much snow accumulates, the Lands’ End 2014 Winter Outerwear Collection promises to keep cold-weather wearers prepared for whatever winter throws their way and represents the perfect convergence of fashion and function,” said Michele Donnan-Martin, executive vice president, chief merchandising and design officer, Lands’ End. “From temperature-rated to technical and transitional options, Lands’ End has the perfect outerwear option for everyone in the family at a level of quality and value unmatched in the market.”

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Lands’ End promises to have everyone covered. “Our merchandising and design teams not only listened to the woes from last winter, but took that feedback and created one of the most extensive outerwear collections this season to meet the needs of our customers, whether they live and play in Seattle, Chicago or New York City,” said Donnan-Martin.

WOOL’S THE WAY
If you’re keen on keeping fashion at the forefront this season, look no further than the rich and luxurious wool collection. Women will enjoy boiled wool, which works great as lightweight outerwear or a layering piece, as well as Lands’ End’s exclusive cashmere-blend Luxe Wool collection. Additionally, statement pieces like the ultra-feminine Basketweave Wool Toggle Coat will give women something to smile about on chilly winter days.

For men, wool options go from the casual yet classic Wool Pea Coat to tailored dress options like the Wool Patterned Top Coat ($249) and the Wool Tailored Double Breasted Overcoat ($299). All jackets are made from wool exclusive to Lands’ End and contain a waterproof finish.

UP WITH DOWN:
Available in bright colors and timely patterns, Lands’ End’s Lightweight Down – at 600 fill power – allows for the perfect amount of warmth without weight. The jacket ($119) is a key indoor/outdoor piece that can take both men and women from fall to winter. Women also get a fashionable Lightweight Down Coat ($159) with a belt for shaping and a classic hood that converts into a shawl collar to provide warm versatility.

Additionally, women can choose a great Midweight Down that comes in a Shawl Collar Vest ($99) and the flattering Tulip Hem Coat ($199) that features fabric with a slight shine, muted colors and a removable fur ruff to give this collection a refined appearance

YOU’RE GETTING WARMER:
Surprisingly, 41 percent of consumers say they would rather have the perfect warm coat that lasts all winter long than a weekend escape to a tropical beach. Luckily, Lands’ End has the Expedition Parka ($285) for men and women – the warmest and most technical jacket. With unmatched value, the Parka’s 650 fill power, quilted, insulated lining and waterproof, seam-sealed shell provides warmth and dryness on even the wettest winter day.

SEE THE LIGHT:
Colors – whether standard or bold – make the PrimaLoft® Packable Jacket ($99) and Vest ($69) perfect for layering for both men and women. Made from synthetic insulation and a water-repellent finish, this light-feeling jacket still offers great warmth. Each piece folds into its own pocket, making it a great on-the-go garment and perfect for traveling. Continue reading

Victorinox Swiss Army Introduces the Delemont Collection

Victorinox Swiss Army, with a 130-year heritage of quality and innovation in blade design, introduces the Delemont Collection, a complete new line of Swiss Army Knives offering a variety of unique features, tools and styles across 52 knives. The Delemont Collection, which is being introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City this week, marks the first collaboration between Victorinox Swiss Army and Wenger, which joined forces last year.

The Delemont Collection is comprised of four separate handle designs, including the Evolution, EvoGrip, EvoWood and RangerGrip across a range of three different sizes. The collection includes a 65 MM knife featuring a deployable nail clipper, as well as a variety of 85 MM knives with the EvoWood, EvoGrip and Evolution handles. The line concludes with a series of large, 130 MM knives featuring the RangerGrip and RangerWood handles. The knives in the collection offer a wide variety of special features and tools; however, the signature feature is a contoured, ergonomic handle, which makes the knives easier to grip. The contoured handle design offers a more comfortable, non-slip grip even when wearing gloves or in wet conditions.

The EvoGrip S18 is part of the new Delemont Collection from Victorinox Swiss Army. (PRNewsFoto/Victorinox Swiss Army)

The EvoGrip S18 is part of the new Delemont Collection from Victorinox Swiss Army. (PRNewsFoto/Victorinox Swiss Army)

RangerGrip 74 – The 130 MM RangerGrip 74 is designed for serious outdoor adventures and includes a variety of heavy-duty tools, including a 3.9″ locking blade and a deployable needle nose pliers equipped with a wire cutter and nut wrench. The knife features an ergonomic handle with non-slip inserts to help improve grip even in wet conditions.

In addition to the contoured, ergonomic handles, the Delemont Collection includes a variety of unique features and tools. Highlights include: a deployable needle nose pliers; a heavy-duty nail clipper; a universal wrench for M3-M5 nuts; an integrated rotating compass; a shackle opener with marlin spike and ruler; a knife body with an integrated bit holder; and a lever designed serrated-edge scissors. Some of the noteworthy new knives in the collection include:
–  Nail Clip 580 – This 65 MM knife comes with all the essentials, including a 1.75″ blade, nail file, scissors, tweezers and toothpick. It
also incorporates a retractable, heavy-duty nail clipper and cleaner. It is the perfect tool to tackle everyday needs and is small enough to fit
in a pocket, backpack or glove box.
–  EvoWood 14 – The 85 MM handle on this EvoWood 14 is constructed from sustainable walnut wood, which is repurposed from excess production
materials. The walnut is finished with a rich, dark stain giving each knife unique shades and grain patterns. The knife features a 2.5″ blade
along with a variety of other functional tools.
–  EvoGrip S18 – At 85 MM, the EvoGrip S18 is an ideal mid-sized knife and fits perfectly in-hand thanks to the ergonomic, contoured handle with
non-slip inserts. A veritable tool chest for the outdoor enthusiast, the 2.75″ double-cut wood saw can tackle much larger jobs than its size
would indicate. Along with 14 other useful functions, the EvoGrip S18 is a stand-out in its striking, bright yellow finish.

For more information about Victorinox Swiss Army and the Delemont Collection, visit www.swissarmy.com.

MACY’S IMPULSE BRAND BAR III STEPS INTO SHOES FOR FALL 2014

Macy’s private brand bar III is stepping into new territory for Fall 2014 with the launch of bar III shoes for women. The collection makes its debut in August 2014 and will be sold exclusively at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Lily Lane, Julie Henderson

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Lily Lane, Julie Henderson

 

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Christina Caradona

BAR III Shoe Launch + Fall 2014 Preview: Christina Caradona

Staying true to the contemporary brand’s aesthetic, bar III shoes deliver versatile, fashion-forward footwear at an accessible price point. The debut collection consists of 17 styles priced from $49 to $199.

Much like the women’s ready-to-wear, the shoe collection offers something for nearly every occasion. Casual styles include the Berlinda, a flat sandal with chain detail for $49, the Zero, a bow-front ballet flat for $59, and the Susie, a Nubuck wedge sandal, available in four colors, for $79.

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Dressier styles are priced from $79 to $99 and add a sophisticated edge to the collection. Standout styles include the Adalia, a lace up peep toe heel available in leopard calf hair or blue snakeskin-effect leather, and the Edith, a d’orsay pump with wraparound strap available in black leather, cordovan calf hair or leopard print calf hair.

The collection also features a large variety of booties and boots ideal for Fall’s cooler months. Heeled ankle boots like the sleek, pointed-toe Festa and sporty side-buckle Valerie range from $99 to $119, while taller styles like the Deidre riding boot and Cecile over-the-knee heeled boot are available from $129 to $199.

“We’re excited that the bar III customer can now dress in our brand from head to toe,” says Nancy Slavin, SVP Marketing at MMG. “The shoe collection is the perfect complement to our collection of ‘wear to work, wear out’ apparel and accessories, and we can’t wait to hear what our customers think.”

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Bar III, the Impulse department’s anchor brand, first launched its women’s and men’s fashion collections in February 2010. The brand has since expanded to include bar III home, a collection of bedding and decorative pillows launched in August 2011, and bar III jewelry, launched in November 2011. Now, with the addition of women’s shoes to the bar III family, consumers can achieve a truly “head-to-toe” bar III look.

 

 

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign

Stuart Weitzman announced the debut of Gisele Bundchen as the new face of the brand for the fall 2014 advertising campaign. In the world of Stuart Weitzman, “sexy” means being comfortable and confident in your own skin, and the campaign captures this essence in a relaxed, effortless, chic way while clearly showcasing the new season’s essential silhouettes. Shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the stunning black-and-white images was designed to “embrace a distinctively minimalist aesthetic while manifesting the intimate relationship between a woman and her shoes.”

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Stuart Weitzman Announces Gisele Bundchen as the New Face of Its Fall 2014 Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

With a spotlight on Weitzman’s trademark boots, in-demand trends including up-to-the- knee boots, combat boots and pointy-toe stiletto ankle boots take center stage. The iconic 5050 boot also gets updated with a ’60s-inspired Mod block heel and a strong stacked high heel.

According to the company, the Brazilian supermodel was chosen as the new face of the brand because of her international fashion icon status and her unique ability to personify the multi- facets of the Stuart Weitzman woman, from fashion forward trendsetter to sophisticated tomboy to multi-tasking mom to the quintessential girl-next-door. With her signature lithe physique, bronzed skin and tousled golden locksGisele “personifies the confidence, empowerment, beauty and ease women feel the moment they slip into their Stuart Weitzman shoes“.

The international advertising campaign will launch in the United StatesItalyFranceEnglandDubaiGermany,Spain and Asia. Outdoor advertising (billboards and kiosks) will run in Los AngelesNew YorkMilanParis andHong Kong. A behind-the-scenes video and additional creative content will be featured onwww.stuartweitzman.com and in Stuart Weitzman boutiques worldwide.

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners

JOSEPH ALTUZARRA NAMED WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

RIHANNA NAMED FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR

AWARDS SHOW TO BE WEBCAST ON CFDA.COM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD AT 11AM

House Photography:  BFA: www.bfanyc.com

Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in collaboration with Swarovski at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Film director and screenwriter John Waters was the host for the evening. For the thirteenth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski. Highlights of the evening included a live tribute featuring sixteen models of color in Diane von Furstenberg dresses paying homage to Founder’s Award honoree Bethann Hardison for advocating diversity on the runways and Michael Kors leading the In Memoriam segment in which he honored the passing of Annabel Tollman, L’Wren Scott, and Art Ortenberg over the past year.

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation with hos John Waters

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards – Award Presentation with hos John Waters

Nominees, honorees, and winners were determined by the CFDA Awards Guild which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives. Ernst & Young, LLP was the official accounting firm of the Awards.

Tonight, we celebrated creativity, experience, and conviction by honoring the diversity and vibrancy of individuals who define the influence of the fashion industry,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg.

ACCESSORIES WINNERS - THE ROWMARY - KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

ACCESSORIES WINNERS – THE ROWMARY – KATE OLSEN & ASHLEY OLSEN WITH PRESENTER KERI RUSSELL(Center)

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Dao-Yi Chow, James Marsden, Maxwell Osborne

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

Lupita Nyongo, Joseph Altuzarra

The evening’s Womenswear Designer of the Year honors went to Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, presented by Lupita Nyong’o. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented to Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School by actor James Marsden. Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row took home the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, presented by actress Keri Russell.

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Sebastian Stan, Christopher Peters, Nadja Swarovski, Shane Gabier, Greta Gerwig, Tim Coppens, Irene Neuwirth

Greta Gerwig and Sebastian Stan presented the three Swarovski Awards, which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Tim Coppens. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Irene Neuwirth. Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.

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Rihanna was presented with the Fashion Icon award by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour who praised the musician for her ability to tell captivating stories through the boldness and beauty of clothes. Rihanna thanked members of the audience: “the designers, the models, and everyone else who has inspired me.

The CFDA believes in designers at every stage of their career.  Last night we recognized a broad range of talent and influence from student scholarship winners and emerging talent to industry icons,” added CFDA CEO Steven Kolb.

It’s been an honor to partner with the CFDA in celebrating the very best in American fashion for thirteen incredible years, and the creativity of the award winners never fails to amaze.  We are especially pleased to support the industry’s next generation through the Swarovski Awards. It’s a privilege to help these dazzling young talents evolve and realize their visions as they take the next steps in their careers,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Ford by Richard Buckley for his consistent, creative influence on fashion.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE TOM FORD

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