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WWD Keeps It Glassy for New York Fashion Week

You know, we really doubted Google Glass there for a minute.

Somehow, the world’s nerdiest eyewear continues to score media wins: the latest is the news, announced this morning, that WWD will include a “Glass Menagerie” in its New York Fashion Week coverage. What does that mean? Here’s your answer:

WWD isn’t just highlighting Glass, either.

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With LAUNCH NYC, a New Fashion Week Option Takes Shape

Launch NYC ImageAs New York Fashion Week (NYFW) revamps and streamlines, a locally based fashion organization is planning another option. From January 23-February 16, Manufacture New York (MNY), a fashion incubator and small run production facility, in partnership with retailer Adorama, will host MNY55, an integrated showroom, retail and event space concept in the Flatiron area. And during an 8-day event from February 5-12 called LAUNCH NYC, the venue will also incorporate live runway shows. Both initiatives will spotlight independent national and local fashion designers.

A different take on New York Fashion Week: “It’s a downtown space for up-and-coming designers, an effort to reinvent Fashion Week with a “more sane approach, that’s more dynamic, accessible, transparent and interesting,” said Bob Bland, MNY’s CEO and founder, during a press preview on Monday. As she noted, NYFW has experienced several issues during the past five years.

A brief recap of the buzz about official NYFW: As chronicled by PRNewser, the event has grown too big for individual brands, and generated too many would-be press attendees, event crashers and scenesters. Production in the tented venue has become costly, scheduling conflicts have occurred and there’s a delay between runway shows and clothes being available for purchase. Sponsor IMG has sought more control in 2014 with tighter press credentialing.

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New York Fashion Week Has Had It With All You ‘Bloggers’

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IMG Fashion is making a few changes to the next New York Fashion Week.

Back in September we asked whether the event has lost some of its PR luster and shared a list of ways in which it often amounts to a big headache for publicists. We also posted on the shifting relationship between fashion hacks and flacks, which we assume has something to do with the fact that everyone and her brother is a fashion blogger now.

The changes announced yesterday in The Wall Street Journal come in response to the complaints of participating designers, who argued that many attendees were simply scenesters who had no real connection to the business of fashion and that the cost of running the twice-yearly event had grown far too high.

Some of the changes, chosen after IMG met with fashion firms and Council of Fashion Designers of America reps, after the jump:

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Fashion and Instagram: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

An industry driven by the power of instant visual impressions has found a natural partner in the app that’s all about capturing the moment and passing it along to the rest of the world.

The growing partnership between fashion and Instagram almost makes too much sense: for example, a quick search for #NYFW on the network yields an endless bounty of shots taken by users who range from schooled photographers to gawkers and lucky gatecrashers. It’s the perfect tool not just for fashion followers but for designers themselves, who cop to co-opting others’ shots for both inspirational and promotional purposes. What better way to see what everyone’s wearing without dirtying your brand new shoes on the streets of New York or Paris?

Nanette Lepore, for example, tells The New York Times that she regularly scrolls through her fans’ Instagram clips, where the themes that emerge from a never-ending sea of shots give her ideas for upcoming collections (someone must have been wearing a lot of white and beige last year):

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Has Fashion Week Lost Its PR Luster?

Today is the first day of New York Fashion Week, which has some asking the question: has the event grown too big for its own size 2 capri pants?

It’s a serious query, because anyone with fashion clients knows it’s the industry’s biggest event. This year’s affair, however, has already been plagued with problems: the fact that it falls during High Holy Days forces Jewish designers and employees to “choose between the shul and the runway“, and a lawsuit filed over the fact that its 2010 move to Lincoln Center restricts access to that (public) park will almost certainly force the whole undertaking to move in the near future.

For a publicist, however, the issue is this: is Fashion Week still the best promo forum for new collections and designers? How can editorial voices be heard when Everybody Who’s Anybody is there?

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Marc Jacobs Designs Diet Coke Cans Now

Last week we criticized the recent trend in which big-name brands hire seemingly random celebrities as “creative directors”. While we still don’t understand exactly how Justin Timberlake will help “… define Bud Light Platinum’s identity in the lifestyle space”, another big brand unveiled some honest-to-God physical products designed by its new “creative director” today. Infamous fashion designer Marc Jacobs created these Diet Coke cans as part of the company’s latest rebranding campaign, called “Sparkling Together for 30 Years.”Marc Jacobs Diet Coke cans

Diet Coke certainly picked the right time to show its new face to the public: yesterday Jacobs marked the end of New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with the debut of his new collection. This small reveal indicates that, for Coke, “creative director” does not mean “celebrity who had some time on his hands and will now show up at public events to hawk our products.”

What’s next for this creative partnership? We’re not sure–Jacobs has already gone topless in “pin-up style” ads for the brand, but there’s been no word on whether the “three bottles and three ad campaigns” to follow will include any of his trademark models or ridiculous outfits.

Most importantly, Taylor Swift is nowhere to be seen.

Can Alexander Wang Make Samsung as Fashionable as Apple?

Apple‘s latest PR push and disappointing iPhone 5 sales have led some to wonder: Is Steve Jobs‘s baby no longer the king of all things cool? Have Samsung and Microsoft somehow managed to knock the reigning tech nerds off their perch?

We wouldn’t go that far, but it’s clear that Apple’s cheaper, less fashionable competitors are upping their game. This week, for example, Samsung officially launched a Galaxy promo campaign designed to combine several untouchably cool elements: New York Fashion Week, crowdsourcing and red-hot designer/Balenciaga creative director Alexander Wang. The campaign’s first video spot, released yesterday and titled “Be Creative”, shows Wang using his Galaxy Note II to do just that:

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