Storm Juno Goes Easy On New York and Retailers
New York missed the worst of winter storm Juno, which largely passed over the city and hit New England. The blizzard warning for the city was downgraded to a winter storm warning this morning. The overall economic impact of the storm has yet to be tallied, but retail industry executives said this is not a bad time for a storm to hit. It was not on a weekend, and during a slow traffic, low-volume time of year. January is considered one the smallest revenue months for most retailers. In addition, online sales could get a lift due to store closings and transportation issues.
“In the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that huge of a deal,” said Evan Gold, senior vice president of client services at Planalytics, on Monday, when the snowfall was predicted to be worse for many areas. “There’s just not as much money at play and for many people it’s an opportunity to clear some winter goods.”
They will soon find out how many people ran out for boots and parkas yesterday.
Facebook and Instagram Rebound from Outage
Facebook and Instagram suffered outages for around 50 minutes today, with users taking to Twitter, working normally, to vent their frustrations — and cynicism — under the hashtag #facebookdown. The services were back to normal by around 8 a.m. CET, in time for the fashion crowd to post their images at the Chanel couture show, which got under way around 10:15 a.m..
“We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience,” Instagram had published on Twitter earlier this morning. “This was not the result of a third-party attack, but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” Facebook said in a statement. “We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 percent for everyone. The Facebook outage lasted an hour and made its site inaccessible to users worldwide. The glitch was reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected access from PCs and Facebook’s mobile app and Instagram’s service was also inaccessible.
Georgia May Jagger Models For Mulberry
Mulberry’s spring 2015 campaign marks a new direction for the British luxury label, with model Georgia May Jagger making her first appearance as the face of the brand. Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin returning to shoot the campaign for the first time since 2004.
The images depict Jagger as if she’s at “an impromptu photo shoot set up in a country house,” the label said. In one image, Jagger poses with Mulberry’s Delphie bag at the edge of a seamless backdrop, with the house’s ornately paneled walls, gilt-edged furniture and a silver tea set also in the shot. In another, Jagger is shot against the backdrop wearing Mulberry’s Mini Cara backpack, with irises and roses spilling out of the back pocket of her jeans with eclectic objects such as a vintage bicycle, teacups and a chess set in the frame.
Tank was the creative agency for the campaign, with its creative and editorial director, Masoud Golsorkhi, acting as campaign director. Golsorkhi commented that the “sense of slight chaos in the images expresses the relaxed charm of English country living.” The campaign will break in March issues. Van Lamsweerde and Matadin have also directed a short film of Jagger for Mulberry’s Web site, in which the model moves on the set to the strains of Shocking Blue, a late-Sixties Dutch rock group.
Sources: WWD, LATimes
– Carol Calacci
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