Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Tech giants Microsoft and Eon are starting a partnership with the goal of bringing 400 million products online by 2025. Through this ambitious collaboration, they are planning to introduce an industry-wide digital foundation for a circular and connected economy that spans retail, apparel, and fashion.

Circular business models, in particular, have been gaining popularity across industries, making this partnership a wise move. These business models focus on eliminating waste from the way we live by ensuring that they retain materials with productive use for as long as possible. The models can include peer-to-peer exchange, rental, resale, styling services, digital wardrobing, reuse, and recycling. While many industries have a focus on reusing and recycling materials, such as the steel industry which currently produces about 40% of steel around the world with recycled metal, the fashion and retail industries have latched onto the goal of reducing waste in major ways.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Microsoft and Eon hope to make that goal even easier to achieve with their collaboration. Microsoft Azure will power Eon’s CircularID™ Protocol and Eon’s Connected Products Platform. This teamwork will allow brands and retailers to launch new business models and revenue streams, create more dynamic relationships with their customers and maintain a sustainable relationship with the planet. The partnership also allows Eon to solve some of the toughest data and operational scale challenges in the industry. With Microsoft’s software, Eon’s Connected Products can operate side-by-side with existing systems, giving retailers and brands the ability to efficiently digitize their products at scale.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Digitizing products at scale has traditionally been the fashion industry’s biggest obstacle to adopting circular business models. According to Eon Founder and CEO Natasha Franck, they’ve been struggling with a digital infrastructure that is decades old. Not only does this infrastructure prevent retailers and brands from shifting to customer-centric and circular businesses, but it can put them at risk of Internet crime, which involves using the Internet to communicate fraudulent or false representations to consumers. The team at Eon has been working with Microsoft for the past few years to ensure that their shared vision of easy and accurate digital platforms is available across the industry and at scale.

Another vision that this partnership hopes to achieve with Connected Products is redefining what growth and opportunity mean for retailers and brands by disassociating them from resource consumption. For the majority of the fashion industry’s history, producing and selling new products was the sole means of generating revenue. This made sustainability nearly impossible to achieve. However, Connected Products can allow brands to generate continuous revenue from products as they manage, control, and monetize circular business models.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

In the Connected Products system, every garment in the world will have a digital identity, or “digital twin.” This will essentially give each piece of clothing a unique digital fingerprint that connects the garment to the platform for its entire lifecycle. Eon is doing this with the CircularID™ Protocol, allowing different brands and retailers to access a digitized profile of the product’s entire history.

Through Microsoft and Eon’s partnership, the future of the fashion industry could change for the better. Not only can brands and retailers successfully implement a circular economy that helps the struggling environment, but they can maintain two-way communication with their customers and build deeper relationships with their consumers. Combined, these two achievements can transform what it means to have growth and get away from a culture of consumption.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection Presentation

It’s long been said that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding grow out of tragedy. That is certainly the case with the tragic Australian bushfires. Reading about this tragedy has allowed us to get to know more about Australia as a whole and it’s people. For example, did you know there is a group of Indigenous Australian women who form the Firesticks Alliance? This group’s aim is to protect, conserve, and enhance the cultural and natural values of Australia and it’s people through cultural fire and land management practices. This female-led Alliance, and an ode to the rebirth of Australia, is the inspiration behind the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The New York-based knitwear brand continues to challenge the conventional knitwear industry with their whimsical designs and architectural dimension. Photographed on Awabakal land (home to Aboriginal Australians descended from the Awabakal tribe indigenous to the coastal area of New South Wales), the collection forces you to rethink what knitwear would be.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

For the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection, new designer Zoe Champion’s first collection, she recreated some of the label’s signature silhouettes. These include their asymmetric and wave dresses, as well as their wide-leg pants. These silhouettes join new pieces and elements such as a capsule of handbags and hats made from their innovative knitwear techniques and materials.

PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Prevalent throughout the collection is an engineered flame print in various sizes representing the fire spirit. Naturally, the collection’s color palette includes flame orange, as well as Pantone Spring/Summer 2021 trend colors – Burnt Coral, Marigold, and Cerulean. Mixed in are classic hues like navy, and earth tones. Bold details include laces woven throughout pieces and tiered gatherings on dresses, sweaters, and skirts.

We love it when designers use their voices to bring attention to important issues. We look forward to seeing what Zoe Champion does during her tenure at PH5. What are your thoughts on the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection and the inspiration behind it?

 

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Now that we’ve shared the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2021, it is time to see how designers are showcasing the color trends with their collection. Our NYFW coverage begins with the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. We previously highlighted this African-American owned label’s “Black is Beautiful” T-Shirt which declares the statement in 12 languages. Today we highlight their women’s ready-to-wear collection.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Negris LeBrum staged a runway show where were models easily socially distanced. With each look hitting the runway only after the previous model left the space, Creative Director Travis Hamilton, brought forth a collection both flattering and effortless. His “Good Trouble” Collection was inspired by John Lewis and the poignant quote he made on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The conflict of unbalanced injustice can be seen throughout the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Tracksuits sitting alongside dressy career options; cocktail dresses walking alongside feather-light chiffon printed sundresses speak to the contradictions that exist in this country. Wholly modern silhouettes are balanced with throwback pieces that seem plucked from the glory days of New York sportswear. We loved how he incorporated the bold colors of the ’80s & ’90s. We see bold Tomato Red paired with an eyecatching floral bearing Pantone’s sunny Illuminating, a pale Amethyst Orchid, and French Blue (reminiscent of the ’80’s Electric Blue). These colors add vibrancy to the collection, which is then tamed with classic white and Black (remember… “Noir est Joli”!), and an almost neutral Leopard that ties in the Spring/Summer 2021 core classic colors. The overall result is a mirror of society as a whole.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection boldly states “we are a nation and world of contrasts”; and that should be celebrated, not demonized.

“In so many ways, the news cycle came to Negris LeBrum this year, not the other way around,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director of Negris LeBrum. “Little did I know that my inspiration would find its way into the national news in such a major way! I set out to create a beautiful collection and pay homage to an iconic hero of mine and instead, Negris LeBrum became a fashionable version of the national headlines!”

What are your thoughts on the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection?

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

As the saying goes, classics never go out of style; so you can never go wrong with the classic looks from the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection which debuted during Paris Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear shows have been a wonderful escape from the pandemic turmoil. Staying at home has finally given us the chance to revisit the shows we missed, like Slovak brand, Nehera. Every piece from this collection will be a much-welcomed addition in complimenting your wardrobe.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

When you hear someone say ready-to-wear, Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is what they mean. Ever look will easily walk right off the runway and into the typical life of any woman. The artisanal fashion label, known for their elegant and timeless designs, their collection featured dresses, coats, knitwear, blouses and bottoms that will live long in wardrobe rotation.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

The main focus of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is comfort, classic silhouettes that you’ll own forever, and a color palette that will seamlessly take you from season to season. We love the never-ending parade of beiges, blacks, blues, greys, whites, browns, as well as the pops of bold colors thrown in.

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These complementary colors are found in natural fibers, such as silks, cotton, wools, leathers; and in synthetics like plastic, viscose, nylon, and jersey. Along with local craftsmen, every fiber is carefully reviewed to match the most rigorous sustainability benchmark. The Nehera culture champions spontaneity, vitality, and sustainability, while the creations feel grounded and unassuming.

We were entranced by the first look, an oversized wool coat, we’d love to greet the Fall New York weather in worn over a beige and brown tartan wool jumpsuit. Our love continued on with several other pieces, including a patchwork shearling coat worn over an ivory jacket and dress; an oversized soft grey wool coat; chunky knitwear, and cool prints.

A completely wearable collection from start to finish. Since we’ve declared our love of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection, we’d love to hear what you think. Any favorite looks or pieces from this wonderful collection? We’d love to see your comments.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

Thanks to the global pandemic, we’ve had some difficulty following a calendar. Something I’m sure you all are experiencing. For instance, it seems we’ve missed the Paris FW 2020 RTW collections. Thankfully we can fix this by highlighting some of Paris Fashion Week’s collections, like the Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection. You may remember we highlighted her SS2020 RTW Collection last September. For this season, she is trying some new things, let’s get acquainted.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

The inspiration behind the Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection is not at all what you’d expect but maybe looking at the photos will give you a hint. Alianna’s collection was inspired by Tetris, a game every 80’s kid knows very well. It is one of the most iconic and best-selling games ever! Like most adults, Alianna played Tetris as a child and was inspired by the graphics of the addictive puzzle game. You may notice some of her looks feature the “Tetriminos” symbol and some of her prints are inspired by the blocks; checks and stripes also play a big part in this collection.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

Along with channeling her childhood, Alianna also changed from her usual classic aesthetic and opted for a more modern looking terms of volume. A quick comparison to her last collection and you’ll notice the change. Her collection of more voluminous jackets, capes, dresses, pants, and skirts graced the runway in a mix of cotton, leather, wool, and a few synthetic fabrics. Her color palette included classic fall colors such as black, beige, brown, bronze, green, and blue, as well as some bolder hues, such as gold, silver, purple, red, and pink.

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We’d loved to see what Alianna Liu’s following up to this collection will be. With our current situation, we look forward to whatever bit of joy inspires her SS 2021 RTW collection. Now you fellow Tetris fans, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this collection. Feel free to leave your comments below.

Hanifa Pink Label Congo Collecton

Hanifa Debuts New Collection on Instagram Live With 3D Models

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine have forced many people and organizations to adapt to a world based on virtual communication in order to survive. Workers now doing their jobs from home have adjusted to using video chats for all meetings. Those who no longer have jobs have to rely on online forms and portals to receive unemployment and Temporary Disability benefits. Businesses have had to make their goods and services available online or else face bankruptcy. Out of these obstacles, however, many individuals and organizations have found ways to thrive.

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One fashion brand has made a virtual splash that could change the future of fashion, but the designer behind it had planned her unique launch before the coronavirus pandemic made it essential. Designer Anifa Mvuemba debuted the newest collection from her brand, Hanifa, with 3D digital models on Instagram Live on May 22. The runway show, which featured her Pink Label Congo collection, pulled in over 500 viewers and changed preconceived notions about how you could put on a fashion show.

Mvuemba first had the idea for a virtual runway show five years ago, but she had limited technical knowledge to pull off the ambitious plan. To learn more about 3D modeling, she turned to Google and YouTube. Using the same determination she had when learning how to sew from the same search engines, Mvuemba studied 3D design software while she designed the physical collection.

“I’m just the type of person that when I want to learn how to do something, I’m going to learn it even if that means I have to be up 24 hours for a week straight,” said Mvuemba.

She finished the collection’s looks in November 2019 and in January 2020 she decided that she would make her vision of a virtual fashion show come true. She started with testing out curvy 3D models on Hanifa’s Instagram, replacing the brand’s real-life models to preview the upcoming looks.

Soon after, the spread of the coronavirus created another obstacle for Mvuemba and her brand. As she admits in an interview with Teen Vogue, the designer was initially hesitant to move forward with her virtual runway show.

“The news came out about how serious things were and I started to feel a bit anxious about everything going on. I started feeling like maybe it would be insensitive to create and share a new collection online while people were facing very difficult realities,” Mvuemba told Teen Vogue.

However, Mvuemba began to see the unique opportunity she had to launch a runway show that could transform the fashion world. Traditional runway shows tend to happen at major events like New York Fashion Week, making them inaccessible to much of the world. Not only are invitations to these events exclusive, but many people cannot afford or are not physically able to travel to the events to even have a chance at seeing the shows. This can exclude people in lower economic classes, people with disabilities, and people who are older — the global population of which is expected to reach 22% by 2050 — from the events where major fashion moments happen. By debuting a runway show on Instagram rather than in an inaccessible NYC venue, Hanifa opened up its show to anyone of any age and ability in the world.

Making the show accessible to anyone who wanted to watch it was also important because of the show’s content. The Pink Label Congo live stream started with a mini-documentary on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Viewers saw clips of news articles on the illegal child labor and abuse of power that occurs in the Congo in the name of mining Coltan, which is used to produce cell phones. Mvuemba wanted to contrast this abusive part of the Congo’s history with its beautiful scenery and citizens, represented by the stunning collection.

The runway portion of the live stream showed curvy, body-less models strutting down a virtual runway. Although there were no bodies making the clothes move, the Congolese-inspired pieces draped on the 3D models, showing every curve and bend. The runway was set to upbeat electronic music that accentuated the show’s celebration of culture and joy. Even viewers who were among the 15% of adults who have a form of hearing impairment, however, still saw that joy through the beautiful runway pieces. From pieces like the Kinshasa dress, a red, blue, and yellow pleated mini-dress that celebrated the colors of the Congolese flag, to the show’s finale look, the Mai Maxi that features the Congo river, the runway was a proud display of Congolese culture.

After the show finished on Instagram, the Internet sang the brand’s praises. Hanifa became a trending topic on Twitter, the first time the brand has ever done so, and the show became the subject of headlines across media outlets. Fans across platforms marveled at Mvuemba’s creativity and innovation and went wild with pride from seeing a black woman taking this monumental step in fashion history.

Whether you want to celebrate black women — yet again — changing the world for the better or you’re inspired by the gorgeous clothing, you can shop the full Hanifa Pink Label Congo Collection on its website. If you’d like to help people directly in the Congo, check out the collection’s Colette T-shirt. Hanifa is donating 20% of sales of the shirt to support Congolese families who have been affected by the illegal Colton mining. And of course, keep an eye on what else is to come from Hanifa. We certainly will be and we can’t wait to see what world Mvuemba will invite us into next.

Makeup Lzunch: Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

NEW Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Beauty addicts know, when it comes to makeup, enough is never enough. This is why we’re excited to dive right into the new Revlon x Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection. This versatile lip collection from the Brand Ambassador offers shades that can be worn alone but beg to be mixed and matched for a variety of intensities, textures, and finishes.

Makeup Launch: Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Ashley’s sophisticated style shines through each component. Get ready for luxe glossy packaging, shimmer caps, and Ashley’s silver-foiled signature. After the success of the limited edition Revlon x Ashley Graham Lip Kits in Worship and Unapologetic, Ashley and Revlon expanded the collection, featuring her favorite lip products in diverse shades. The lip collection features glosses in soft, everyday shades, high-impact kits and lip colors for dramatic lips that do all the talking.

Revlon x Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Super Lustrous The Gloss ($8.99)

Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Boasting a high-shine formula, Ashley curated 6 all-new, soft, everyday shades that take any look to the next level. Infused with Agave, Moringa Oil and Capuacu Butter, your lips will shine with a soft, natural finish. You’ll need not worry that they will feel sticky or tacky. The 6 shades are Fiery Spirit, Wild One, Flourish, Vibrant Soul, Feelin’ It, and Into The Bloom.

Revlon x Ashley Graham Never Enough Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor ($9.99)

Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Ashley’s favorite Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color gets 6 all-new limited-edition dramatic shades that work for everyone. The lightweight liquid lipstick has a lush, moisturizing feel with a 100% wax-free gel formula and plush doe-foot applicator. The 6 shades include Hot In Here, Ride or Die, Rocking Red, Keep It Real, Loud And Proud, and Red Affair.

Never Enough Lip Kit in Worship

Both the lip gloss and lip color collection are available this month on www.revlon.com and www.walmart.com; Look out for it on www.amazon.com and drug/mass retailers nationwide in March 2020. The limited-edition Worship and Unapologetic lip kits are available now.

NYFW: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

NYFW The Shows: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

There’s a certain point in our lives when we transition from childhood to adulthood, giving up all our fearlessness, imaginations, and wonder. The world as a whole changes us; we get more cynical, more beat down, and more stoic, losing our innocence. This transition, this loss, is what inspired the BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection.

NYFW: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection NYFW: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

The theme of the BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 collection is an abstractive reflection based on the current society and global issues. With the advancement of technology and human culture, more and more people start to lose their faith and naivete. People fall into money and desire, doing whatever it takes to survive, and concealing one’s pure and kind side.

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“Lost Elf” are the elves born from forgotten memories. Your favorite toy you no longer play with. The memory of your happiest childhood place. These elves live in abandoned toys and dirty trash. They are different from the beautiful and pure fairies from fairy tales. They are from the future. These elves are missed and neglected which reflects on the side of “fine but ignored.”

NYFW: BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

We as humans tend to look at the beautiful side and ignore the bad side. The BLANCORE Fall/Winter 2020 Collection shows us both sides. With design details such as teddy bears and lightweight fabrics to represent some of the good and face masks and lots of layering (re: the weight of the world) representing the bad, we’re left with a collection that forces us to come to terms with our duality. “Lost Elf” represents the forgotten side and another side of beauty just like the trash in our ocean, deforestation, and carbon emission. Yalan Li and her design team find their inspiration for colors, fabrications, and silhouettes based on the image of elves born from these environmental issues. They also found their inspiration through the collisions and contrasts of these things face to face.

If you love the above looks, check them out in motion via video of the models’ finale during their NYFW Show.