A few startups in Silicon Valley are betting that you've already got enough stuff, and you don't need to buy anything else. Here's how.
On Monday, Rihanna let us in on a little tidbit – her highly-anticipated album ANTI is done. The 27-year-old singer revealed the news in true RiRi fashion – a sultry selfie revealing her listening to ANTI on a pair of headphones fit for a queen. The crown-inspired headphone, encrusted with Swarovski crystals and pearls, are designed by Dolce & Gabbana in partnership with FRENDS, and retail for a whopping $8,895 USD – although they’re currently sold out on D&G’s website. If these gorgeous headphones pique your interest, it’s just the beginning.
Leave it to the city of San Francisco to get the most high-tech beauty experiences before the rest of us do: The 8,500 square feet store located at 33 Powell Street is re-opening November 20 as the first and only Sephora Beauty Tip (Teaching, Inspiration, and Play) Workshop, with over 13,000 products and interactive services. Like most beauty junkies, we’d happily spend a few hours slowly meandering through the selections at Sephora — maybe getting a touchup along the way — but this takes the beauty emporium straight into Willa Wonka territory. In addition to stations for trying new hair and makeup trends, here are the main features you should check out the next time you’re in San Francisco: The Beauty Workshop station at San Francisco’s Sephora Powell Street. (Photo: Courtesy of Sephora) The Beauty Workshop: The main feature of the re-designed store will be The Beauty Workshop, a central workstation where you can take group beauty lessons with Sephora’s top makeup artist instructors, follow tutorials at the iPad stations, or find more inspiration at The Beauty Board, a shoppable gallery made of user-generated content.
I wondered if I could get a smartphone to control my nail art.” Walia doesn’t have an academic tech background — she studied history and gender studies at Northwestern University and holds an MBA from University of Chicago, and she originally moved to Silicon Valley to work on the unsuccessful California governor campaign of venture capitalist Steve Westly. 92 percent of teenage girls decorate their nails, and 14 percent do it daily.
You know you want this dress from Prada’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. As if online shopping wasn’t already dangerous enough, it’s now proliferating social media, making it impossible to avoid that Prada dress you’ve had bookmarked for months. Pinterest, the inspirational (and aspirational) image sharing site, has taken the next step in blurring the lines between e-commerce and friendly online engagement by introducing The Pinterest Shop, a curated catalog of items that can be directly purchased, turning the Internet mood board from third-party promoter to boutique-like seller. The new addition is an enhancement of Buyable Pins, which were launched in June.
Bitmoji looks from Michael Kors, Rodarte and DVF (from left to right). Instead of the ill-fitting denim or shapeless shirt you probably picked for your avatar, you can now dress your digital self in apparel fresh off the runway, thanks to the launch of Bitmoji Fashion. Runway looks from designers like Joie and Tanya Taylor, in addition to brands you’d find IRL at Bergdorf Goodman—like Diane Von Furstenberg, Rodarte, Michael Kors Collection, Zac Posen, and Kenzo—are only few of the many to choose from.
Katy Perry was on theme in 2010 wearing a CuteCircuit gown lined with LEDs. Photo: Getty Images Fashion and technology have come a long way in the past few years. There’s Google Glass, solar panel-embellished clothes to charge electronics, rings that vibrate upon receiving a text message, and bracelets that track nearly everything happening in the human body. All of this — and so much more — will most likely be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art come May 2016 when the Costume Institute opens “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”
Facebook’s ads already remind you of the Altuzarra dress that’s been sitting in your shopping cart for a few days, taunting you with reminders whenever you’re just trying to stalk your friends. Now, the social media site will play an even larger role in enabling your questionable shopping habits with a new bookmark featuring products to browse based on one’s “liked” pages. Found for a small percentage of Facebook users in the United States under the “More” tab, the experience is part of the tech company’s efforts to get in on the e-commerce game. An internal survey suggested that nearly half of people come to the site looking for products, with a majority of them discovering new ones through the News Feed, Pages, and Groups. The Shopping feed will act as a home for a variety of brands to showcase their offerings. "We’re looking to give people an easier way to find products that will be interesting to them on mobile, make shopping easier and help businesses drive sales,“ said Emma Rodgers, Facebook’s head of product marketing for commerce.
Left: Spiegel cuddles a puppy wearing Completo Brioni and Dsquared2. Right: Spiegel poses against a brick wall in Burberry Prorsum. Photography by Francesco Carrozzini for L’Uomo Vogue Tech titans aren’t really known for their high fashion sensibilities. Mark Zuckerburg made the hoodie a Silicon Valley staple and Steve Jobs’s uniform was a black turtleneck and New Balance sneakers.
After all, unlike your eye color, your skin tone changes with sun exposure and other environmental factors, so you can easily go too light or too dark even if the color matched perfectly at a different time and place. It also matters if your skin has pink, yellow, or as Sudanese model Nykhor Paul once told me, “true blue” undertones. It’s simple: Just walk into Sephora and ask for the Color IQ service.
Kendall Jenner’s Calvin Klein Billboard Vandalized by a Drone For months now, as I walk to and from the subway on my commute I’ve been forced to face Justin Bieber’s tatted-up biceps on a billboard (which, wasn’t too bad, because even though I’m ashamed to admit this, I’m a total Belieber). Just assuming it was time for a switch, I didn’t expect to discover that, like me, someone else had dreams of destroying the poster—only this person actually followed through. In the early hours on Wednesday, street artist Katsu used a drone to spray paint the Calvin Klein Jeans for Opening Ceremony sign. “It’s exciting to see its first potential use as a device for vandalism.” The illegal act took less than a minute to complete and a similarly short amount of time for Calvin Klein to print out another massive image of Jenner to plaster up on the corner of Houston and Lafayette in downtown Manhattan.
Fashion’s main concern with the Apple Watch is how it looks—and the industry bestowed its aesthetic blessing months ago. Fashion photographer David Sims lensed the campaign, which debuted in Vogue, and now we can turn to less important things prettiness. They’re generally positive: Style.com’s Nicole Phelps writes, “Its real potential probably lies in the way it can simplify things.” She used the GPS technology, which would tap her on the wrist one way for right, another for left, to get around Tulum on a family vacation last week in Mexico. Our own David Pogue writes on Yahoo Tech, “The Apple Watch answers the question, “Why would anyone want a smartwatch?” Citing that most people pull out their phone nearly 100 times per day, he says the watch acts like “a filter.” Instead of keeping your phone in front of your face, you can glance at the watch and see if whatever it’s alerting you to is actually worth your time in that moment.
The time has come—pun intended—and the much-anticipated Apple Watch is here! According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, it’s “the most advanced timepiece ever created.” And it should be with a price tagreaching five figures! It might be amazing in person, but for anyone who has yet to see, feel, or experience the watch first-hand, it seems likean overstated doodad .