Media news roundup

As we’re slowly coming out of lockdown (whilst remaining safe), we have started to see a shift in the industry and companies having to begin to adapt to a ‘new normal’. Here are some of the major news in this week’s roundup …

AnOther Magazine and Another Man merge

“Dazed media has announced that AnOther Magazine and Another Man will combine forces to create a biannual print title that addresses all gender identities and is at the heart of fashion and culture. This autumn, AnOther Magazine will re-launch with a new approach to editorialising fashion exploring how creativity and culture can influence change” – Another Man

Lush launches local delivery service & virtual constultations

“Lush has launched a temporary delivery service from its Oxford Street store enabling London-based customers to receive their orders faster. The company said that orders placed before 2pm will be delivered the next working day. […] The flagship has also launched virtual one-on-one product consultations, with staff offering expert advice through video or phone appointments” – Fashion Network

Tatler Beauty Hall

“Launching on 22nd May and finishing on 25th May, this exclusive online shopping experience will bring all of the best of British and International beauty straight to you, with fabulous discounts on all of your favourite products from beauty, lifestyle and cosmetic brands” – Tatler

Animal testing may finally come to an end

“It was hailed by animal rights organisations all over the world as one of the most exciting developments in recent years. A change in cosmetics regulations in China, announced at the end of 2019, implied that before April 2020, animal testing might come to an end. The ban had been a long time coming. Then, along came Covid-19 – and animal testing was pushed off the top of the priority list. Kathleen Baird Murray talks to one of the key scientists involved in the transition and revisits the long journey to get to this point” – Vogue

Jewellery designers speak up for people with hearing issues

“People wear jewellery as a form of self-expression and style but Patrizia Marti is keen to add practicality to the mix. The associate professor at Siena University has created Quietude, a range of smart jewellery to help deaf people perceive sound. […] Their wearability belies the sophisticated technology that allows the jewellery to translate sound into shape changes, light patterns and vibrations, letting the wearer perceive noise via their body” – Financial Times

Huda Beauty launches innovative mascara

“[…] it took Kattan and her team five years to finally produce Huda Beauty Legit Lashes. […] Legit Lashes is actually two mascaras in one tube. On one side there’s a mascara ideal for curl and length, while on the other is a formula ideal for adding volume and length. It addresses head-on mascara’s biggest problem: they’re not created equal” – Harper’s Bazaar

The Royal Opera House costume department is making NHS scrubs

“At the moment, many members of The Royal Opera House’s costume team are on furlough, but have decided to use their skills from home, making personal protective equipment (PPE) including scrubs, masks, hats and bags for NHS staff. Workers like Carine Marrot, ballet wardrobe technician and volunteer, have been using material sourced from local businesses and crowdfunding projects” – Time Out

Nike and Comme Des Garçons collaborate

“Nike and Comme Des Garçons are revamping the iconic Dunk Low and offering a fresh take on the influential basketball and skateboarding sneaks. […] Launching exclusively through Dover Street Market and Comme Des Garçons, the Nike x CDG Dunk Low will surely get you back on your feet once lockdown is lifted”- GQ

First virtual Met Gala

“While the 2020 Met Gala has gone virtual – and the in-real-life event is postponed indefinitely – the first Monday in May still generated a lot of buzz online. According to DMR Group, which focuses on monitoring, tracking and analysing data, communication activiteis and public relations strategies, in the period from April 22 to May 5, the event amassed 22.79 million euros in earned media value across 100,000 websites and 25,000 social media accounts” – WWD

Pinterest teams up with Shopify

“Social media site Pinterest has teamed up with e-commerce giant Shopify on a new digital venture to boost companies’ visibility online. The new app will allow Shopify merchants to upload their product catalogues to Pinterest’s platform and transform their products into shoppable pins” – Cosmetics Business

When will gyms reopen?

“Though gyms are adapting to offer virtual fitness, calls are growing for the Government to reveal how it plans to release Britain from lockdown, and people want to know when they can go back to their gyms. The Telegraph speaks to fitness industry insiders and answer the most frequently asked questions about when gyms will reopen, how time away from the gym will affect your fitness regime, the impact of coronavirus on gyms and what you can do to work out at home in the meantime” – The Telegraph

L’Oreal pledges 150 million euros

“Cosmetics group L’Oreal will be launching a 150 million euros programme of climate change initiatives and financial aid to support vulnerable women hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. […] The French firm said it would give 50 million euros to local and grassroots associations combating job insecurity, providing emergency aid and fighting rising violence against women. The group also pledged 50 million euros towards restoring damaged ecosystems and a further 50 million for projects promoting circular economy, such as recycling and efforts to cut down on plastic waste” – Fashion Network

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