A 2023 Look Ahead: Less Cash Grabs, More Innovation

Thought 2022 was big? Just you wait.

A 2023 Lookahead

Greetings digital fashion friends, 

I hope you all found time to relax and recover from a wild year of digital fashion and beyond.

Here's a recap of the biggest trends we saw in 2022 (mostly good, some bad): 

  • NFTs as digital twins and access tokens for 'exclusive perks and benefits' (many of which have yet to materialize)

  • NFC chip-embedded physical garments

  • AR filters and virtual try-on

  • Avatars and digital self-expression

  • Roblox communities and storefronts

As many large companies hone in on profitability, I'm excited to watch the space expand beyond surface-level cash grabs and into innovation surrounding: 

  • Supply chain traceability and efficiency

  • Sustainability

  • Mixed reality garment design

  • Augmented reality wearables and digital dressing

But before we get into it, one quick thing...

In the spirit of transparent goal setting, here are a couple of my 2023 goals for this newsletter and Digital Fashion Daily as a whole: 

  • 1,000 newsletter subscribers

  • 10,000 monthly page views on DFD content

With that said, if you've enjoyed the newsletter so far, it would mean the world if you shared it with a friend.

And if you're that lucky friend, can you please subscribe here? 

Appreciate it 🤝

Let's go.

⏱️New Year, New Prada Drop

On January 5th, Prada is dropping the eighth installment of its Timecapsule NFT collection with a series of limited-edition t-shirts featuring prints designed in 1969 by Enzo Ragazzini.

The first shirt in the series will feature a trippy "optical interference" Ragazinni print, a Prada-enameled triangle logo on the front, and a transfer on the back with the word "January."

Prada Timecapsule Shirt

Like the rest of the Timecapsule drops, each shirt will come with a corresponding gifted NFT, which acts as an access token to the Prada Crypted Discord channel (yawn). 

The biggest perk? One lucky community member (and an even luckier +1) will win the opportunity to attend the Prada Menswear F/W '23 fashion show in Milan on Jan 15th. 

💄Even Avatars Need Makeup

Ready Player Me is continuing its hot streak, teaming up with L'Oréal's Maybelline New York and L'Oréal Professionnel to "promote authenticity, inclusivity, and creativity for self-expression" across the metaverse. 

Loreal Ready Player Me

The pair have collaborated on a total of ten hair and makeup looks to be used widely across all 4,000 Ready Player Me applications. 

"We believe that the future of beauty will be physical, digital, and virtual. Our brands are creating new, immersive, and virtual experiences using virtual spaces, in-game customized experiences, in-virtual world advertising, and virtual ambassadors and influencers."

Asmita Dubey, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer of the L'Oréal Group

💻 An Interview with Nico Fara

Earlier in 2022, I sat down with metaverse strategist and Fashion DAO founder  Nico Fara to chat about all things metaverse retail.

It's been amazing to watch her growth as she's continued to push boundaries both as a community leader and as a designer of mindblowing metaverse environments.

Nico Fara

👾 Pixels and Threads: 

  • American luxury jeweler Harry Winston files trademarks for NFT watches, chronographs, jewelry, watch cases, among other items.

  • Mercedes-Benz files trademark applications across Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes, S-Class, G-Class, and Maybach, claiming plans for virtual clothing and goods

  • House of Blueberry raises $6 million to produce virtual clothing for games like The Sims and Roblox.

Thanks for reading,