Oculus Rift reviewed, men's fashion subcultures, Chinese luxury diversifies.
–As Beyoncé launches her Ivy Park line of cool workout-ready clothing, is she “poised to inspire another cultural, sartorial, and physical moment”—per Vogue—or have we just reached peak activewear?
–In Berlin, concertgoers are paying to sleep through an eight-hour musical composition. i-D wonders if we’re at the “dawn of a bold new age of alt immersive live music experiences.”
–As the Oculus Rift finally ships to consumers, The Verge has published a comprehensive review.
–Men’s fashion subcultures are now thriving in niche Facebook groups, writes Dazed.
–Luxury brands in China are diversifying into real estate and hospitality, as demand slows for their core offerings. Via Jing Daily.
–Digiday cites Innovation Group data in an article on “the fierce rise of gender-neutral advertising.”
–Christian Louboutin has added two new shades to its range of “nude” shoes, reflecting a growing emphasis on diversity and inclusion in fashion. Via Quartz.
– “Baby boomers start turning 70 this year—and they have to begin withdrawing from retirement accounts or face penalties,” writes Bloomberg. Will we see a shift in spending?
–London department store Selfridges is launching a series of fitness popups as “part of its overall commitment to the future of wellness in retail,” writes Welltodo.
–Interview magazine captures the social good zeitgeist in its April issue, which profiles “the new progressives,” writes WWD.
–Boomers, not gen Z or millennials, are the generation most distracted by phones, Priceonomics reveals.
–Are sleeping pods the next frontier in live-work coworking spaces? Motherboard investigates.
–Companies wooing the next generation of workers may start offering student loan repayment benefits, writes Bloomberg.
–An agency has created an object that represents social media’s emotional toll in physical form, writes Fast Company.
–Can subscription services work in the fashion industry? Business of Fashion weighs the pros and cons.
–Fast Company profiles the CEO behind New Harvest, dedicated to bringing lab-grown animal products to market.
–Gen Z entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer is expanding distribution of her Bee Sweet lemonade line, which aims to help save the world’s vanishing bees. Via Grub Street.
–As more products address women’s health directly, Whoopi Goldberg has launched a medical marijuana brand that aims to ease menstrual cramps. Vanity Fair reports.
–From “co-veillance” to “substrate-autonomous person,” Gizmodo spells out the new terms that “every 21st-century futurist should know.”