SHANGHAI - Still three weeks away from China's 24-hour festival of consumerism known as Singles' Day, or Double 11, e-commerce behemoth Alibaba on Thursday launched pre-sale activities on its Tmall site.More than 140,000 brands, 60,000 of them international ones, are slated to participate in this year’s Singles' Day festival, with more than 15 million products part of the associated promotions.In line with Alibaba's much touted "New Retail" strategy, online to offline retailing, or O2O, will form a larger part of Singles' Day than ever before, with 1 million stores set to utilize O2O options.According to Alibaba, more than 1,000 brands across various categories will convert over 100,000 physical locations into “smart stores” featuring shopping tours, virtual fitting rooms, virtual payments, deliveries and more.An augmented reality game (comparable to Pokemon Go) called “Catch the Cat” will encourage consumers to earn special promotion coupons and prizes when they find and scan Tmall's mascot (a cat) using Taobao's mobile app. The Tmall cat will be featured in thousands of retail stores including Starbucks and KFCs and other key shopping locations across China.As well as bringing international brands to Chinese consumers, Alibaba is also planning special promotions on 100 Chinese brands to overseas consumers - largely Chinese citizens living in other parts of Asia and the world, a population Alibaba estimates at 100 million.In order to cope with logistical demands, Alibaba's Cainiao Network will have three million logistical personnel on hand to cope with the influx of orders expected over the Singles' Day period.Last year's Singles' Day activities saw Alibaba sell nearly $18 billion worth of products and services, a 32 percent increase on 2015. Though the year-on-year growth in gross merchandise value for Singles' Day is slowing, Alibaba continues to beat performance expectations. In first quarter 2017 results, the company posted a 56 percent rise in revenue, largely on the strength of its core e-commerce business.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews