Perhaps one of the greatest lessons hip-hop has taught the fashion world has been every man is a brand. Hip-hop artists have learned quickly that making music is just one small part of their cultural imprint. Consider hip-hop's early days when Adidas struck a $1 million deal with Run-DMC after the group performed the song "My Adidas" -- it's considered to be rap's first endorsement deal -- or Sean Combs' savvy move from music to apparel with the 1998 launch of his label Sean John or Kendrick Lamar's collaboration with Nike. Others including Karl Kani, Carl Jones of Cross Colours and the team behind FUBU (led by "Shark Tank" judge Daymond John) have made clothes expressly designed for hip-hop audiences.
We owe an overdue acknowledgment to a transformation in technology, as well as a revolution (more about below) in fashion, where the former makes the latter the new fashion of the times, so to speak. I refer, specifically, to the rise of machine learning and its ongoing influence--for the good of businesses and consumers alike--across a multitude of industries. It is this intuitive-like sense of wisdom, because we are beyond mere matters of intelligence (artificial or otherwise), which will create a more intimate relationship on behalf of users, shoppers and executives, among others.
The fashion world has been paying tribute to British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman as she steps down from the industry bible after a quarter of a century. When she was appointed on 23 January 1992, Nicholas Coleridge - the then managing director of Vogue - said "Vogue is almost in her blood", referring to the fact her mother, father and brother had all worked at the publication. So how will her tenure be remembered and why was she such a great ambassador for the fashion world? We asked industry figures for their views. "Her contribution has been amazing, she had some fantastic covers.