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“Stéphane Lafay will join Michael Kors as president of Asia, a new post. Lafay’s appointment is effective July 28, and he will report to John D. Idol, chairman and ceo of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.”

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  1. Michael Kors is Fashion’s Newest Billionaire
    Fashion icon Michael Kors has flirted with billionaire status for over two years, ever since his eponymous company went public in December 2011. But now he has finally arrived.
  2. Moda Operandi Releases First App in Time for Fashion Month Orders
    This month, Moda Operandi, a site that allows shoppers to place pre-orders on runway fashions a few days after select shows, is hoping to further boost sales with the release of its first app.
  3. Experience NYFW with Rebecca Minkoff
    This New York Fashion Week Rebecca Minkoff will not just be bringing her designs, the always digital savvy fashion designer will also be bringing her passion for fashion and technology to the runway.

  4. 5 NYFW Designers to Watch
    Refinery29  breaks down the designers to watch, the ones you might not know quite yet.

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  1. David Beckham’s H&M SuperBowl Ad Allows You to Shop Directly From Your TV
    The ad will allow viewers with Samsung smart TVs to see information about the clothes Beckham is wearing, and purchase these items directly through their TVs.
  2. Designers Decamping to Spring Studios for NYFW
    According to sources, both Diane vonFurstenberg and Michael Kors are exiting The Theatre at Lincoln Center and will be showing at Spring Studios in TriBeCa.
  3. Fitbit Partners with Tory Burch for High Fashion Accessories
    At CES 2014, Fitbit has announced a partnership with the fashion brand Tory Burch for a line of accessories.
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    The Lumo Lift detects your body’s positioning and when you start to slouch, the device vibrates and reminds you to adjust your stance.

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  1. Ghesquière Named Vuitton Women’s Design Director
    Nicolas Ghesquière was appointed on Monday as the women’s design director for Louis Vuitton, taking over from Marc Jacobs, who left the fashion house last month.
  2. Michael Kors Instagram Ad is the App’s First-Ever Advertisement
    The very first Instagram ad made its debut late last week, and lo and behold it is an ad for Michael Kors.
  3. Vietnam is Spending $400,000 to Create its Own Silicon Valley for Startups
    Vietnam is aiming to take a leaf out of the US playbook after it unveiled the Silicon Valley Project.
  4. Cynthia Rowley Launching Makeup Range with Birchbox
    After dipping her feet into the e-commerce world with an eyewear business she launched this summer, Cynthia Rowley is taking on color cosmetics in a similar fashion.

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On Feb. 2-3, Decoded Fashion held the world’s first Fashion Hackathon, a 24-hour event where 550 registered participants and 78 teams competed to build a technology that helps American fashion designers.

About 300 developers, designers and entrepreneurs—40 percent women—worked on a variety of projects, from B2B software for production and merchandising to analytics for social media and e-commerce. Many projects were inspired by the Fashion Brief, a conversation with designer Rachel Roy, DKNY’s Aliza Licht, Rebecca Minkoff’s Uri Minkoff, Michael Kors’ Farryn Weiner, and the CFDA’s Kelly McCauley and Sideways’ Nathaniel Catanio, on what areas of the fashion industry could utilize technology to increase efficiency and drive business.

Five finalist teams were chosen to compete for the top prize—$10,000 and the chance to have its app launched by the CFDA. They will pitch live on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week during the Decoded Fashion Forum, to a panel of fashion judges including the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, Style.com’s Dirk Standen, Zac Posen, Rebecca Minkoff’s Uri Minkoff, and Gilt Groupe’s Susan Lyne.

Finalists:
42 personalizes the brick-and-mortar experience by using the best intelligence of online commerce. Founders: Cathy Han, Sarah Hum, Lucas Lemanowicz, Nicolas Porter

Avant-Garde remakes targeting marketing by matching customers with products by visually analyzing products and social media streams to understand exactly what customers want right now. Founders: Vladimir Dedov, Ajay Mantha, Carrie Mantha

Coveted is a 1-click platform for brands to sell their products through shareable tumblr images. Founders: Ian Culley, Michael Dizon, Jason Fertel

Fashion Dashboard optimizes commerce through competitive social media and merchandising analysis. Founder: Stephan Alber

SWATCHit is a peer-to-peer platform connecting global designers with emerging market artisans and overseas producers. Founders: Ramzi Abdoch, Jagjeet Gill, Jackson Lin, Henrika Makilya, Paul Yun

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Fashion and Tech Combine at Decoded Fashion
Hacking teams spent nearly 24 hours combining the minds of developers, fashion enthusiasts, designers, and techies to create an app designed to support the overall growth of American fashion as a global industry.

Decoded Fashion Hackathon: Yes, I Said Hack
I was lucky enough to be a part of the fashion brief this morning along with Rachel Roy, Uri Minkoff, Aliza Licht, Nathaniel Catanio and Kelly MacCauley talking all things tech.

Hack This! My experience @DecodedFashion #FashionHack
This weekend I attended Decoded (my first official hackathon!) Everyone that knows me professionally knows I love hacking ideas together—it’s just something I love doing.

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