Rapper VaVa performs for MAC at the Tmall Collection show.
SHANGHAI — Alibaba's Tmall Collection show, an eight-hour marathon of singing, dancing, fashion shows and, of course, shopping, is back for a second year.Though the see-now-buy-now show was held Friday in Shanghai, people won't actually be able to see or buy anything until it is broadcast. The show will be simulcast on Alibaba's own platforms as well as television and online video site partners on Oct. 31st. On that date consumers will be able to click through to Alibaba's platforms from the show to buy or pre-order the products and brands promoted.The Tmall Collection show, with its focus on international brand partners and higher-end products, is part of Alibaba's continued effort to improve its fashion and luxury credentials and also help higher-end brands feel more at ease with the heavy discounting traditionally required to be a part of Singles' Day, known in China as the Double 11 festival, the largest online sales event on earth."Before two years ago, luxury brands would refuse [to be part of Double 11]. I think last year luxury brands began to accept because they want young consumers and young consumers are accustomed to shopping using this platform," Tmall Fashion president Jessica Liu said on the sidelines of the show, adding that Tmall's concerted effort to court luxury brands by offering specialized platforms had also helped bring them to the table.This year's Tmall Collection participants include Guerlain, Adidas, Pandora, Ray-Ban, Estée Lauder, Victoria’s Secret, Rimowa, Polo Ralph Lauren, SMCP and Furla — each of which hosted a catwalk show or a combination of show and performance from a Chinese celebrity who is also a brand ambassador.Alibaba's ongoing partnership with New York Fashion Week and the CFDA opened the door for New York brands Opening Ceremony, Robert Geller and Jason Wu to participate in the show for the first time."As a smaller designer it’s difficult to get into the Chinese market in a meaningful way. It’s the first time I am seeing the potential and the energy there is for fashion here in the streets and the stores. It feels to me similar to how New York felt like when I moved there in 2001, there was a joy and energy for fashion and I see that here now," said Robert Geller."For me it’s a great introduction to the Chinese market to be introduced in such a huge way. It’s such a huge audience. It’s the best possible platform, it has such an amazing reach."For Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim — who is no stranger to the China market due to her role at Kenzo, as well as Opening Ceremony's wholesale business in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong — the advantage of working with Tmall similarly comes down to reach."We’ve always thought of [Opening Ceremony] as a global brand and being able to partner with Tmall, one of the biggest platforms, means we can speak to a larger audience, so it’s exciting to speak to a group of people we wouldn’t usually be able to reach," Lim said.This year, there was also more focus on China's up-and-coming designers with local multibrand store Dong Liang hosting a show featuring looks from six Greater China designers, including Angel Chen — who also dressed Chinese rap sensation VaVa for her MAC-sponsored performance at the show — The Flocks, Museum of Friendship and Babyghost.“It's an amazing thing nowadays to have access to something like Singles' Day, a designer who prepares year around by watching their numbers and keeping track of pieces that have been promoted by KOLs can actually plan aspects of their business and specific garment orders to coincide with the volume of customer demand that occurs during this time of the year," Joshua Hupper, Babyghost cofounder and designer, said."Granted this holiday sells all manner of goods at discounts, but it feels like fashion in particular is growing more and more in popularity. It's gotten to the point where our annual report has a space allocated specifically for Singles' Day sales. It's the most wonderful time of the year.”Celebrities who made appearances during the show included actress Fan Bingbing, fashion favorite Chris Lee and models Ming Xi and He Sui.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)