Last year we saw Nike playing with the shoes to generate music. Today we have Converse using music to animate shoes patterns. Artists have been invited to play their instruments to “animate” a giant 4×5 meters equalizer made using 480 pairs of Chuck Taylors. The result is pretty cool.
It has become kind of trendy for the fashion industry to work with famous directors and movie makers to present the new collections. Prada and YSL are just the latest high end fashion brands that decided to go this way. It’s a strategy I don’t fully get as I miss a more integrated communication approach but I presume the “short movie” solution is paying back in terms of PR and possibly does a good job in filling the TV sets within the showrooms with content that goes beyond the usual catwalk. Prada has worked with Chinese filmaker Yang Fudong to represent the new direction in its visual communication through a black & white journey in Shanghai during the 30s & 40s.
From Japan another great example of digital communication and a clear demonstration that the online media and online commerce are (more than) ready to support any brand or product (if the communication is done in the right way). Today we talk about dogs, fashion and ecommerce. The brand is called Free Stitch and produces clothing for small dogs. I personally hate the idea of putting a ridiculous cloth on my dog but I appreciate small dogs might suffer cold… and this website would definitely push me to buy something fashionable.
The experience is brilliant, with a gallery of “models” wearing the different items and the absolutely fantastic possibility to browse the collection by clothing or by “dog”.
H&M is online with a new website to launch its Fall/Winter collection. Once again they do simple neat things that work very well to present a wide range of items while keeping the experience at least a bit inspirational.
The images of the offline campaign are slightly animated in a Fall mood with blowing wind and falling leaves. Not really exciting, but definitely better than simple static shots. Each outfit comes with three buttons: one for sharing it with the world on a blog, one for commenting on Facebook (once again a smooth simple integration) and one to further explore the styling combination connected to that look.
Filippa K has launched a very nice website to present its Fall09 collection. The navigation begins in a rather cold way, with a tag cloud which asks the visitors from what they get inspiration from. Once the choice is made the experience becomes more interesting and most of all (and fortunately) warmer.
Each shot of the collection is presented with an hotspot that, when clicked, activates a further level of exploration, either a video piece or a text that provides further information on the product, the style or the fabric.
Wrangler Europe is online with a new website to promote its Fall/Winter collection. Having worked on denim websites myself, I know I have a very critic approach to these kind of projects. To be honest, I like the idea of a video (catwalk style) presentation, but I miss a deeper level of content to find out more about the product.
I believe the use of video for denim presentation should be considered mandatory from now on. It should really represent the starting point, not the end of a street/fashion project.The Wrangler website looks nice, but also rather flat if you think about some other denim brands digital experiences launched in the last year or so.
From Japan, a new interesting project by Uniqlo. How to make a polo collection cool just playing with some good photos and a great sound design. And e-commerce store, as usual, is just one click away.
Strange but true, Lacoste is becoming (or coming back) as a cool brand, at least online, and/or at least for its latest website. The campaign was shot by Terry Richardson, and this is already a good start.
The website visuals look very familiar to me, with a strong mix of white, red and green. I like the way the collection is presented. I like the weird messages all around the screen. I like the music in the transitions among sections. I just don’t like the advergame, it looks like it has been forced into the site. It simply doesn’t fit.
An infinite number of animated t-shirts populates the summer collection of Japanese fashion brand Sunny Clouds. The website is pretty basic but also quite fresh in presenting the product and driving immediate sales.
The animations with the t-shirt definitely buy the products some attention, and even the product catalogue shots become interesting in a context that communicates a feeling of joy and makes you feel Spring is almost here.
H&M has launched a new section of its ecommerce website to promote and sell its home collection. It’s a pretty basic website, but it still represent a good reference as it contains all the elements that contribute to a positive online shopping experience.
First of all the website features beautiful high-quality photographs. But the real added value in the product presentation is represented but the fact that all the items are put into context. You don’t simply browse a series of tableclothes, dishclothes and pillows but you actually see how they will look like in an ideal kitchen or living room.
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