Google paraded press through its Melrose Avenue pop-up Tuesday a few days ahead of its official opening to the public.The space, at 8552 Melrose Avenue, will be joined by a New York pop-up to showcase the company’s new suite of gadgets unveiled earlier this month. The stores officially open Thursday and remain in operation through Dec. 31, with various events planned for each of the spaces.Inside the stores are multiple stations allowing visitors the opportunity to ask employees questions or play around with the company’s Pixel phones, Google Clips camera, Google Home Mini and Max speakers, Pixel Buds or the Pixelbook hybrid laptop and tablet among other items, all of which feature the artificial intelligence-powered Google Assistant.The voice-activated Assistant responds to commands such as turning on a specific song or changing a room’s lighting.A spokesman confirmed some products will also be available for sale in store, including the Pixel phone.“These are all designed to fit into your life,” said Isabelle Olsson, head of industrial design for Google Home and Google Wearables. “What that means for us is that we take inspiration from the context that the products live in, whether it be on your body, in your phone or in your pocket.”The company is also pushing device design, with Olsson saying Google's approach focused on the “softer side of technology,” pointing to the curvature of the devices, fabrics custom-developed for Pixel 2 phone cases, or on the Google Max and subtle pops of color.“We wanted to be sophisticated but also have a little bit of fun with it to make sure that you know this is a product coming from Google,” she said. “We really approached this as technology that doesn’t look and feel like technology. We think that’s of the past.”For More in WWD:Google Revealed More Than Pixel Gadgets WednesdayTarget Expands Google DealGoogle Partners With Emerging Artists to Design Pixel 2 Cases
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive