| Lewis Hamilton: the unsupportive uncle, H&M influencer led branding, Retail Holiday Sales flourishing, J.D. goes labour-less and Lulu Lemon sexual assault.
This week we've been talking about post-Christmas sale shopping, the cruelty-free skincare products saving our face this winter, and menswear tips for New Year's Eve. But what have we been reading about? Here are the top five fashion news headlines from around the web!
Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has received a lot of backlash over the past two days after he posted a video of himself seeming to admonish his young nephew for wearing a princess dress on Christmas. "I'm so sad right now," Hamilton shared with his 5.7 million followers in an Instagram Story. "Look at my nephew. Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don't wear princess dresses!"
The H&M group is gearing up to launch a new online brand called Nyden, aimed at millennial customers. Nyden, which will be sold online and via pop-up shops, will engage with selected tribe leaders, or influencers, to “co-create” the clothing. Two co-creators, celebrity tattoo artist Dr Woo and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, are already on board. They will be able to visit the brand’s studio in Los Angeles and select fabrics for designs. The design process is expected to take three to four weeks before customers are able to buy the products. The brand, which is expected to debut in early 2018, is led by former head of H&M’s innovation lab Oscar Olsson.
Retailers said they sailed through the holiday season with excellent results and there's new data supporting that. Mastercard SpendingPulse reported Monday that sales increased 4.9 percent, setting a new record for dollars spent over Christmas.
China’s JD.com plans to open hundreds of unmanned convenience stores using facial recognition technology that allows customers to pay without standing in a checkout line. The facial recognition system will include cameras mounted on store ceilings that, in addition to identifying customers and products for the payment process, also will be able to track customer movements and traffic flow, selection of specific products and apparent customer preferences, according to the reports.
A new lawsuit claims a supervisor at one of Lululemon's stores in California raped an employee after the workout garment company created the perfect environment for a sexual predator. The suit alleges that Lululemon was long aware that supervisor Phillip Silva had a history of being sexually inappropriate with female employees — and actually transferred him from one store to another because of that — before he allegedly raped a female worker at his home in April 2016.