From Louis Vuitton’s live streams to Shanghai Fashion Week with Tmall.
TikTok, Taobao, Shanghai Fashion Week online, LV’s Little Red Book, and other Chinese platforms showcased luxury items and earned millions of dollars.
Partnering with Tmall, the first digital Shanghai Fashion Week went out with a bang on March 30. During a seven-day event running from March 24 to March 30, more than 150 brands and more than 10 buyer shops and platforms joined the e-commerce extravaganza. STYLE takes a look at the winners as fashion labels jump on the live streaming bandwagon in China, and examines who is trending for the wrong reasons.
Fashion Week on Cloud, is it image-driven or sales-driven?
In the first three hours since the kick-off only, more than 2.5 million viewers joined the online fashion fest – a mixture of virtual fashion shows, e-commerce live streams and panel discussions.
Shanghai-based PR consultant and model Qiu Bohan, who took part in a few of the live-stream sessions during the SHFW, says it was a great experiment to engage with the audience in the digital era.
Thanks to Taobao’s comprehensive ecosystem from e-commerce live streaming to mobile payment and delivery, the Tmall Cloud Fashion Week enables “see-now-buy-now” for customers, it might have also put designers in a dilemma.
“While the previous [purpose] of fashion weeks was purely about showcasing a fantasy and creativity, in the Tmall channel, however, designers also focused on selling the current collection in a more sales-driven approach,” says Qiu. Qiu, however, pointed out an intricate balance between authentic storytelling and driving sales conversion should be in order. “I hope this live-stream method could stay on but as a [value-add] complementing the main fashion presentation where designers can present their creativity fully,” he says.