In the 1990s, fashion's relationship with robots was the stuff of fantasy. On the runway of Alexander McQueen's imaginative Spring/Summer 1999 show, two robotic arms spray-painted a white dress worn by Shalom Harlow. Today, the industry's relationship with automation is much more practical. In the distribution centres of e-commerce giants like the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group and Amazon (which, in 2012, paid 775 million to acquire Kiva Systems, a manufacturer of robotic fulfilment systems used by Gap, Gilt Groupe and Saks 5th Avenue) software-controlled robots routinely navigate giant warehouses, picking and transporting inventory faster and more accurately than humans, enabling services like same-day delivery. "Automated storage and retrieval systems provide high storage density as well as inventory accuracy and management, yet require a smaller footprint," explains Steve Crease, director of operations at Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, which uses ASRS to deliver its "key service level" of same-day delivery.
Net-a-Porter made it a one-two punch in Los Angeles by reprising its spring 2017 trend presentation at Neuehouse Hollywood, then throwing a private cocktail party in Beverly Hills for it newest designers. Vice president of global buying Sarah Rutson and retail fashion director Lisa Aiken welcomed Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio of Attico; Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning of P.E. "Los Angeles is one of our top markets in the U.S., and we feel that customers there are particularly receptive to new and emerging talent, so it really made sense to host these new designers there for the week," said Rutson. She noted that the Los Angeles customer is "the woman who may have a casual look by day, and have the need for gorgeous dresses and gowns at night for a gala or awards event. She is also in the board room working in the film, music and tech industry.
Yoox, one half of the Yoox Net-a-Porter group, announced today the launch of a new tool called YooxMirror that introduces several new functions to the brand's iOS app, some of which are in line with other trends in the e-commerce industry while others are unique. Yoox's mobile app will now give customers a curated selection of products based around different themes each day, which can be swiped through, in the same way users scroll Instagram and Snapchat Stories. Customers can get personalized recommendations based on their interests and suggestions for products complementing styles they're browsing. What is more interesting is how these products can be viewed: The main part of YooxMirror is the ability to select a digital avatar upon whom customers can test out all sorts of combinations of products to see how they work together on a human figure. The customizable person -- available in the form of a man or woman, with customizable skin tone and other features -- has a name: Daisy.
Rachel Zoe and Net-a-Porter celebrated their nine-piece capsule collection's Wednesday launch with a Beverly Hills pool party that night. The al fresco cocktail and dinner drew friends Nicole Richie, Sara and Erin Foster, Gia Coppola, Jacqui Getty, Jennifer Meyer, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor. "It's like the perfect event for this collection, which is summer, beachy, bohemian, Malibu-St. Barth's," said Zoe, adding, "which is how I dress all the time, no matter where I am." Of the dreamy setting, in the hilltops of Beverly Hills, Zoe's husband Rodger Berman noted, "It's the house you live in before you have kids."