Fashion brands, from haute couture to street style, have been relying heavily on social media influencers to peddle their clothes. But the true power still relies with the customer, based on new findings from one of the top fashion e-commerce platforms.
Self-described as a “fashion discovery site,” Moda Operandi recently published its first ever “Runway Report,” a new take on analyzing consumer shopping habits with forecasts for fashion trends in fall and winter 2019. Among some of the data points included in the report are the most popular times and days of the week when consumers shopped online for luxury fashion, the most liked runway shows during fashion month showings (covering catwalks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris), and a breakdown on geographical levels as to which cities have the most consumers shilling out for designer labels.
Much of the e-commerce site’s findings are based on what the brand calls “trunkshow data.” Trunkshows are events where vendors present mercha..
Put the salt and lime away--there's no room for them at Audrey Formisano's tasting table.
The tequilera, or tequila sommelier, wants everyone who visits her for a tequila tasting at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa to forget that the spirit may have been an accomplice to soul-crushing hangovers during their college years. Tequila, she insists, has graduated from party shot to craft spirit, and it can be every bit as nuanced--and enjoyable--as a glass of wine or fine cognac. You just have to change your approach, and Formisano is here to help.
Like her accent, Formisano is layered with Spanish and French influences. She studied hospitality and earned her sommelier accreditation in her home of Marseilles, France, a region known for its ros? production. In the early aughts, a drive to learn Spanish brought her to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and it's here--just 90 miles from the town of Tequila itself, where the spirit originated--that she discovered her passion for the ..
The semi-cooked chocolate dessert slouched in the bowl like a kid not wanting to get called on in class. Fresh whipped cream and grated bittersweet chocolate capped the confection's dark, amorphous dunes and waves, the final plate in a four-course pre-fixe at Niche Niche, a curious two-month-old restaurant in New York's SoHo. Was it a molten cake? A mousse? A fallen souffl?? The night's menu sat behind me, written on a long rectangular mirror in what looked like silver lipstick. I turned around to check, but the striving early evening light streaming in from the windows of this corner storefront made the words shimmer and twist like enchanted hieroglyphics.
There's more than a little magic at Niche Niche. How else does Ariel Arce, the owner and host of this charming enterprise, pull off throwing a dinner party for 40 with a new food menu and new wine menu every single night, twice a night?
Here's the elevator pitch: For $80, you get four courses paired with f..
Summer is coming. So is graduation season.
Much like the holidays, it’s a prime time for gifts--and gift guides. But shopping for graduates and young professionals might not be as simple or easy as it might have seemed in years past. Frankly, a fancy pen won’t cut it anymore, especially if countless studies are accurate that millennials and members of Generation Z prefer “experiences” and services over tangible objects. That said, that could be because younger consumers are more concerned with a purchase’s utility and longevity rather than having something that sparks joy for a few days or weeks.
Thus, here’s a gift guide curated for those setting off on their own and into the workforce, with an emphasis on function, practicality, and usefulness.
After finishing college, now comes the hard part: finding a place to live. (And yes, finding a place to work, but let’s focus one issue at a time here.) Then comes the next hard task: moving. There comes a certain point in o..
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that aims to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity workforce.
The order laid a number of sorely needed federal initiatives. Among them: standardizing job listings to help cybersecurity workers more easily move around government, creating a rotational employment program between the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, establishing awards for elementary and secondary school educators who foster cybersecurity talent, and incentivizing people to learn and master hacking skills through new “awards and decorations.”
Perhaps the most interesting part of the document called for a “president’s cup cybersecurity competition.” The goal, the directive states, “shall be to identify, challenge, and reward the United States Government's best cybersecurity practitioners and teams across offensive and defensive cybersecurity disciplines.” The order mandates that such a contest, intended for both military and civilians, ..
Like the memes it incubates and spreads, TikTok, the Chinese lip-synching app that boasts more than half a billion global users, has gone viral this past month--at least in the global business press.
Fortune‘s Ellen McGirt was among the many observers to marvel that country trap artist Montero Hill (a.k.a. Lil Nas X) was able to use TikTok to create a huge following for his record-breaking crossover hit “Old Town Road.” CNBC notes that, in this year’s first quarter, TikTok was the third-most downloaded app in the U.S., just behind Facebook Messenger and a game called Color Bump 3D. The Boston Globe‘s Michael Andor Brodeur hails TikTok as “a promising solution to the gripes of many disaffected Facebook users, who loathe the daily slog through its endless stream of ads, articles, arguments, and aggrandizement.”
Meanwhile National Public Radio last week aired a TikTok “explainer” enlisting help from a Rolling Stone editor who described the app as “a weird hodgepodge of every sort of vir..
Ahead of the Walt Disney Company's expected quarterly earnings report next week, Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of company co-founder Roy Disney, wrote a Washington Post piece titled: "It's time to call out Disney--and anyone else rich off their workers' backs."
In it, she calls out the "naked indecency of chief executive Robert Iger's pay," which was $66 million last year, and other executives' "seven- and eight-figure paychecks." She suggests that Disney start remedying the problem by slicing their bonuses in half and distributing the money to the lowest-paid 10% of its workers.
Corporate wealth is an easy target. But Ms. Disney's attack on the company that bears her family's name (she does not work for Disney) is misguided and lacks crucial context.
Amid her criticism, Ms. Disney concedes the talent of the company's leadership. "I'm not arguing that Iger and others do not deserve bonuses. They do. They have led the company brillian..
The Cape Winelands, South Africa's spectacularly scenic wine country in the country's southwest, spoil visitors for choice in terms of opportunities to eat, drink, and explore.
With world-class cuisine, hundreds of wine farms steeped in centuries of history, and some of the best hotels in all of Africa, this singular region also offers incredible value for the dollar.
Read More: Cape Town: The Wondrous Winelands at the Edge of the World
Below is Fortune's guide to three of the winelands' most compelling destinations.
First settled by French Huguenots in 1685 and one of the most enchanting enclaves in South Africa, this refined village, less than a 90-minute drive from Cape Town, is widely regarded as the country's gastronomic capital.
Where to eat: The restaurant of the Moreson wine estate, Bread & Wines attracts gourmets seeking a leisurely lunch in an idyllic setting with an award-winning menu anchored by Chef Neil Jewell's homemade char..
“Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes." These prophetic words, written by Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town, Jan van Riebeeck, in his diary on February 2, 1659, marked the birth of wine production in South Africa. Van Riebeeck arrived from Holland in 1652 as an emissary of the Dutch East India Company, an early trading conglomerate, to establish a refreshment station that would supply fresh produce to its merchant fleet at the Cape of Good Hope, on Africa's southern tip. Three years later, he planted a vineyard of red grapes with vines shipped from Europe as an additional means of combatting the scurvy that afflicted many of the Company's sailors.
Little did van Riebeeck know that his earnest efforts would literally sow the seeds of a flourishing wine industry at the edge of the world. Now, 360 years later, South Africa ranks tenth in wine production globally--anchored by sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, and chardonnay,..
When the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, Canada went into receivership (essentially, bankruptcy) in the summer of 2017, the first thing the investment group that bought it did was chip off the giant gold letters identifying it with the brand of the current president of the United States.
By the time it reopened as a St. Regis Hotel at the end of 2018, the building had undergone a full brand transformation--from one of American excess to a celebration of Canada--if not as complete a physical one as guests might have hoped.
Though Trump was never an owner, the hallmarks of his brand--gaudy and opulent, to the point of excessive--remain after the changeover. Peeling spots mars elegant desks, and everything looks a little tired in the guest rooms. But the hotel has no plans to update them.
The renovation marks the first St. Regis to open following the Marriott-Starwood merger in 2016. It also, notably, never closed throughout the transition, first from Trump brand to a b..