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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. Zappos Mogul Tony Hsieh’s Latest Bet: High Tech Fashion
    On Thursday, Bow & Drape announced a $1.2 million funding round led by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and his VegasTechFund.
  2. The Hottest App at NYFW
    With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, it’s time to get your fashion week schedules organized fashionista, lucky for you the CFDA has an app for that.
  3. Flink is an Addictive Mobile Fashion Experience to Discover New Looks
    Meet Flink a brand new mobile app that will become the perfect time waster for fashion enthusiasts.
  4. Beauty Startup Polls the Crowd for New Product Ideas
    New business uses unconventional methods to ensure their consumer is getting exactly what they want.

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  1. Tommy Hilfiger Calls Upon Local Instagrammers to Document Fashion Week Show
    For New York Fashion Week, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger will be introducing the first ever runway show InstaMeet, a way for locals to meet up and hang out with fellow Instagrammers in their area.
  2. Guerlain Fuses Heritage with Current Campaigns on New Tumblr
    France’s Guerlain is aiming to increase its exposure among young consumers who may be unfamiliar with the LVMH-owned beauty brand’s heritage and products by creating a Tumblr account.
  3. Fitness Trackers are Useless Without Real-Time, Personalized Analysis
    No one has arms long enough to wear all of the activity-tracking wristbands currently on sale or awaiting release. These devices count your steps, measure your sleep and some even monitor your heart rate.

  4. Technology Industries Tries to Balance Fashion, Function in ‘Wearables’
    Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages.

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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.
  4. This Wearable Gadget Zaps You to Stand Taller
    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. Where to Watch New York Fashion Week Online
    New York Fashion Week returns to Manhattan on Thursday, and there are more ways than ever to tune in online…
  2. 9 Tips for Creating Better Instagram Videos this Fashion Week
    Last season Twitter unveiled Vine just before Fashion Week. And then, just when people were getting the hang of that medium, Instagram Videos came along this summer and more than doubled the length and possibilities of social video-making.
  3. As Fashion Week Approaches, Runway Models Strut on Social Media
    Models, paid to be expressionless, are finding a new way to express themselves on Twitter, Instagram and beyond.
  4. Why Wearable-Tech Makers Need to Court the Fashion Industry
    The biggest hurdle to wearables hitting the mainstream isn’t technology. It’s fashion.

2013 is the breakout year for the digital closet. And that’s very good news for pretty much everyone in the fashion industry, whether you’re a brand, a retailer, a publisher, or a consumer.

If this is surprising to you, I can tell you, we’ve seen this movie before…

We’ve seen it in the early days of online retail. As recently as 2009, a lot of people were asking, “Why the heck would people shop for clothes online? What about fit? What about returns? People want to go into the store and touch the product, not order based on some picture online!”

These are fair questions. We still haven’t solved these friction points. And yet, Women’s Wear Daily reports that 72% of consumers shop for clothes online. Why did online retail take off? Because when you connect the storefront to the power and convenience of web and mobile, you unlock a whole new set of benefits that outweigh the friction for many consumers.

Similarly, when brands first started flirting with social media, a lot of people said, “Why would people want a brand talking to them 140 characters at a time?” They called it gimmicky and niche, and said it would cheapen the brand. And yet we’ve seen social media turn into the primary voice for many major players.

The rise of digital closets is a similar story for the similar reason: when you connect the closet to web and mobile, you can suddenly do some incredibly powerful things – with data, with retail, with recommendations – that were simply not possible before. At Stylitics, we’ve seen this first-hand. Digital styling for a fraction of the price. Personalized recommendations based on what you actually wore and bought, across brands. Creating your packing list with items in your closet…and your boyfriend’s closet…while sitting in a meeting. All these things are either live today or will be live before the summer.

The key to taking this completely mainstream is making it really easy for people to put their closets online. So, Stylitics is working with top brands and retailers on a technology we’ve developed called Closet Connect, launching in a few weeks. Closet Connect lets people pull in all their past purchases from across retailers into their digital closet, at one time and in a few seconds.  After that, every purchase you make from participating retailers is automatically synced to your closet online. It’s free for consumers and for retailers, and we think it’s going to change the industry!

Rohan Deuskar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stylitics. He will speak at Decoded Fashion Forum on new approaches to forecasting trends. Follow him at @rohand

When we learned about The Fashion Hackathon we knew this was something we just had to get involved with. The mission of this event and Decoded Fashion is one that we share at Rightster. We’ve been on a mission to develop new technology solutions to advance the fashion industry for all stakeholders, from designers through to retailers and the end consumer from our inception, so we couldn’t wait to join up with Decoded Fashion on this initiative.

After industry leaders from the fashion industry shared the challenges they face in evolving their businesses at the weekend event, we experienced an amazing creative energy from the 30 finalist teams who overwhelmed us with the breadth and depth of their proposed solutions.

For two seasons we’ve helping designers reach more and more of their potential customers by distributing the live stream  and runway videos of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to hundreds of sites across the internet. Now, we’re excited to be able to bring the excitement and energy of the The Fashion Hackathon Finale straight from Lincoln Center to a wide audience on Decoded Fashion website and many other sites across the web with a live stream. The in-person attendees and at-home viewers will share a unified experience with the #fashionhack hashtag wherever they are watching.

We’d like to offer anyone with a site or blog who is interested in supporting Decoded Fashion the opportunity to live stream the finale on his or her site as well. Get in touch for more information at mbfw@rightster.com.

Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck!

Rightster will livestream the Decoded Fashion Forum on Feb. 14. Watch on mbfashionweek.com.

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Prabal Gurung Was a Whopping Success for Target
So Gurung’s collection certainly seems to qualify as a whopping success for Target from a sales perspective, has it brought back Missoni-level excitement to the high-low collaboration formula? Racked debates.

Adidas Creates 360 Degree, Interactive, Live Stream for NYFW
PSFK covers Adidas’ online live show, which positioned four various views of the runway and backstage on one screen, offered viewers an in-depth, insider view of the show.

Flattening the Old World
Just as titans of finance, fashion and media have out-of-office clubhouses here, so has New York’s tech scene created its own distinctive social spots, as the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Last night, Zac Posen showed his Fall 2013 collection at the Plaza—we only wish it was digital too!

He took some new direction than his past seasons, which are traditionally full of evening gowns. Style.com noted that “Posen focused less on evening gowns with his famous anatomical seaming than he usually does on the runway, favoring evening separates and a surprising number of pants, but the clothes were nonetheless loaded up with detail: soutache embroidery, origami draping and folds.”

We like the change, though, and hope thats a sign of new things to come for his brand, including dipping into more tech. He’ll be launching a more affordable line, Zac Zac Posen, and we want to see it sell online. What do you think? Hear more when he talks with WIRED’s Editor-in-Chief Scott Dadich—register now. And check out all the looks, including Coco Rocha’s closing number, on Style.com here.

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How Media Outlets Are Using Vine to Deliver The News
Vine, a mobile video-sharing service, is looking to revolutionize news distribution and consumption. Business Insider has more.

See The Top Editor Picks From Saturday’s Shows
Get excited! The Cut covers Alexander Wang, fur and leather at Altuzarra, and some very glitzy sheer dresses at Christian Siriano.

Three Great Instagram Tips from Model Coco Rocha
Coco Rocha shares her Instagram tips with PC Magazine for those who feel more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.