Topshop Partners With Google For Interactive Catwalk At London Fashion Week

Category: Media & Culture / Feb 20, 2013 3:15PM EDT
Topshop is partnering with Google to launch what it claims is the first interactive live streamed fashion show of its kind as part of London Fashion Week. All of Google's platforms including Google+, YouTube, Hangouts and 3D maps will be used to create live content. Real time content can also be shared after the event. The initiative has been created to offer fashion fans access to aspects of fashion catwalk shows previously unavailable. The fashion brand is the first to use live HD micro-cameras built into the clothes to show the perspective of models such as Cara Delevingne as they walk the runway. The live Model cam was inspired by player-cam technology used in US sports programming to give viewers different viewpoints during games. Topshop CMO Justin Cooke, says: "This is the complete democratisation of a fashion show. The idea is that no one has ever seen that moment when the girl walks down the catwalk. It takes engagement to a whole other level." An interactive window display including a live stream of the event as well as a Google+ camera booth will mean shoppers in the London Oxford Street store can engage with the activity and upload their own photos directly from the store. Cooke adds: "People's expectations have changed so much in terms of what they can do and when they can do it so we need to service that and create these environments where people can make their own choices and do what they would do naturally. We're testing and learning and it's a process for all of us. Some of it works, some of it doesn't, some of its incredible. It's about [using digital] to let customers in and have access to something that is usually closed off." "This is progressive in the sense that no one else has thought to do this much [digital interaction], but the concept is still around exciting content all we've done is make it more exciting. [The investment] is nothing more than we would have spent on any other show in our history, but it's about connecting things seamlessly and embracing the technological vision within the fashion." The initiative builds on the Facebook fashion app Topshop launched in September offering opportunities to buy directly from a live stream of the catwalk. (Video Source: Reuters)