Today’s Fashion Headlines: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

A rendering of the virtual reality head-sets that will be installed in Topshop's Oxford Street windows February 16.

A rendering of the virtual reality head-sets that will be installed in Topshop’s Oxford Street windows February 16.

Topshop ‘s Virtual Runway Experience

Topshop wants customers to experience their upcoming London Fashion Week runway show. During the February 16th Topshop Unique show, they are partnering with Inition, a London-based 3D agency. The show will be live streamed into the windows of Topshop’s Oxford Circus flagship and the virtual reality experience will make shoppers feel like they’re really there. Those watching the show with special head-sets will experience a 360-degree experience that will include both the runway and backstage. “This season’s live stream in virtual reality…takes the idea of a traditional fashion show to a new dimension,” said Sir Philip Green. Topshop will of course live-stream the show on its website and the looks and makeup shown will be available to for purchase right after the show. Quick shoppers will have the pieces three months before they hit stores.

H&M Plans First Store in India

H&M has announced plans to open its first store in India later this year. The Swedish retailer is also considering expanding to Australia and the Philippines. H&M is currently scouting locations for the India store, but have yet to choose a city for the new unit. “We are very excited to open our first store in India. It is one of the most exciting countries in the world right now, with so much potential,” said Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M. The brand is planning to open 375 stores in 2014, including new flagships in New York City, Milan, and Shanghai.

Chris Pine is Armani’s New Face

Armani has announced that actor Chris Pine is the newest face of their men’s scent Armani Code. The handsome “Star Trek” star will be featured in a new campaign set to launch this spring. Giorgio Armani released a statement saying, “Chris perfectly embodies the brand’s spirit with his strong charisma and natural elegance. Besides revealing great talent, high versatility and the right amount of irony on set, his magnetic charm makes him the ideal match for this fragrance.”

CrunchFund Invests in Bluefly

Online retailer Bluefly has a new investor and adviser.
 Last May, the company was acquired by partners of the Clearlake Capital Group for $13 million. It has recently received an equity investment from CrunchFund, a venture capital firm which focuses on information technology companies. “We join in our partners’ enthusiasm in backing the team to build a differentiated leader in the fashion e-commerce sector. Bluefly’s strong foundation and history, couple with an attractive industry backdrop driven by evolving consumer buying habits and well curated, convenient online offerings, make this a very exciting time for the company,” CrunchFund cofounder Patrick Gallagher said. The venture capital firm’s other investments include Uber, Redfin and Square.

– Claire Mykrantz

Source: WWD, WSJ

Image: WWD

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