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Month: June 2015

Givenchy 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

First, Jesus Christ, then Kendall Jenner, then Naomi Campbell. Surprise by surprise, Riccardo Tisci unveiled his hotly-anticipated collection for spring/summer 2016 in Paris. The French fashion house and its notoriously renegade creative director designed a collection, it seems, for not only the public but the headlines as well. The likeness of Christ is indeed the running theme here, as is Tisci’s hallmark star motif, as Givenchy presents a dark selection of statement pieces. The silhouettes themselves range from transparent crewneck tops to cropped jumpsuits for men, while traditional tailoring is also preserved. Otherwise, the Italian designer presents a hodgepodge of experimental pieces that are certainly left to interpretation. Peruse highlights from the collection here, and be sure to leave thoughts on Tisci’s latest work below. Article source:...

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Stephane Ashpool Talks ANDAM Nominations and the Future of Pigalle with Business of Fashion

Stephane Ashpool has had a big year thus far. Collaborations with Nike and Stussy have firmly, unforgettably grounded the brand in the streetwear canon – but that may not necessarily be the aim of Ashpool. In a new interview with Business of Fashion, the 32 year-old French designer lays out his vision for Pigalle, at this very particular time in the brand history where every move counts. In line with this, Ashpool was recently nominated for this year’s ANDAM Award, which is widely understood as a kind of catapult into the upper echelons of French high fashion. Necessarily then, Pigalle in in the same sentence as different, more conventional brands, standing as a kind of dark horse with its roots firmly planted in the streets. In Jian Deleon’s piece, the writer explores the meager beginnings of the brand and its ascent, elsewhere balancing testimony from the designer on shifting perceptions of Pigalle, learning design techniques on the fly and his brand strategy moving forward. Enjoy a key excerpt from the piece below and head over to Business of Fashion to read this definitive work in its entirety. “At 32 years old, Ashpool is relatively young and his label is easily the outlier in this year’s crop of ANDAM nominees. When first asked to participate, he admits he was a bit reticent, as he knows he’s coming into the competition as an outsider....

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Bronze56k x HUF 2015 Summer Collection Lookbook

New York-based skate label Bronze56k – the brains behind modern internet classics like Solo Jazz and Trust – have partnered with HUF on a collaboration for the summer. Comprised of co-branded socks and a special edition of the HUF Classic Hi (recently reviewed on these very pages), the collaboration is the perfect confirmation for the burgeoning skate crew-turned-brand. Within the lookbook, nods at a certain classic American brand underline the irreverent spirit of Bronze, whose aesthetic is based around nostalgic (but not necessarily sentimental) reiterations of late 1990s and early 2000s pop culture. For obvious reasons though, the shirt and hat pictured above are for promotional use only. Longtime collaborator Brian Kelley hit the streets of New York City to shoot the collection, which will hit the HUF online store and select retailers on June 30. Article source:...

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Alibaba’s Digital Bank Comes Online To Serve ‘The Little Guys’ In China

You may know Alibaba for its huge e-commerce business in China and the record-breaking U.S. IPO that it held last year. But there’s a lot more to the Hangzhou-based company than that, and, as of this week, that includes an online bank. Alibaba-backed MYbank opened Thursday with a promise to provide services “for the little guys.” The service is an all-digital bank, it has no physical branches but is open 24/7. It is aimed at those who tend to end up a little short changed by the existing banking system — SMEs who struggle to fit into a financial bracket for loans and services, and those in rural areas who have issues accessing branches and banks in person. “Answering to the needs of those who have limited access to financial services in China is our mission,” said Eric Jing, president of Ant Financial — the Alibaba affiliate backing the bank. “MYbank is here to give affordable loans for small and micro enterprises, and we are here to provide banking services, not for the rich, but for the little guys,” Jing, who is also executive chairman of MYbank, added. Initially, it is aiming to pay out loans of up to 5 million RMB ($800,000) to SMEs, enterprises, entrepreneurs and consumers — although it still requires final green lights from authorities before it can break the seal on its purse of 4 billion RMB ($640 million)...

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Playbasis Lands $1.8M To Fuel Its Gamification For Enterprise Push

Playbasis, a company that offers gamification solutions for business and enterprises, has closed a $1.85 million Series A round as it bids to broaden its services and develop new technology such as virtual reality for companies. The Bangkok-based startup previously raised $770,000 in February 2014, and this time around its fresh capital comes from lead investor InTouch with participation from existing backers Cherubic Ventures and 500 Startups — the latter via its 500 Durians fund for Southeast Asia rather than the newer, Thailand-focused 500 Tuktuks vehicle. The round values the three-year-old company at just shy of $10 million. Beyond Gamification Playbasis started out with a full focus on gamification — which is best epitomized by Waze, Foursquare and other consumer apps that use leaderboards, badges and competitions to drive engagement — in the enterprise space. However, customer feedback and the nascent nature of the space, saw it expand its reach into other areas. “Gamification was where we started, but we added other pillars,” Playbasis founder and CEO Rob Zepeda told TechCrunch in an interview. The other focus is a series of APIs and modules developed to give app developers, game publishers and anyone creating apps the opportunity to incentivize users via rewards, and more. In the case of enterprises, Zepeda said that Playbasis is developing dedicated software and services to help motivate and engage staff and end customers — which is often still outsourced to advertising and marketing...

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