Owning The Runway: adidas Neo Label Enlists Teens To Curate Its Fashion Show

adidas NEO Label Runway ShowWhile most fashion shows are highly stylized and glamorous, they typically don’t feature clothing in an accessible way. Runways don’t always reflect reality, and an outfit on a model is usually not something that consumers can realistically wear. However, that’s not the case with adidas NEO Label. The youthful, sporty, and fashion forward brand hosted a teen curated fashion show in New York City last night and gave fans the chance to be fashion influencers. After all, they’re the ones who wear the clothes so shouldn’t they have a say in the styling?

In this creative approach, teens all over the world were encouraged to create looks from adidas NEO Label’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. They were asked to mix and match clothing and accessories and create a Polyvore collage of their favorite outfit. 20,000 teens around the world participated in this project, which tapped into their existing habits of pairing items in an inspiration board format. Then, to reward fans for their engagement, the top 30 looks were featured in the fashion show. Teen bloggers, as well as Selena Gomez, one of the brand’s style ambassadors, chose the best looks and the bloggers were flown to NYC to attend the show. These numerous strategies highlight how brands can effectively engage Millennials since they want to have a say in a company’s creative decisions and they look up to online influencers. Rather than just viewing a lookbook of the latest collection, Millennials want to be part of an experience. adidas NEO Label made its collection come to life and literally reflected the company’s new campaign to “Live Your Style.”Runway Stage

The actual show served as a model for how to tap into the Millennial spirit. Instead of a typical catwalk, the runway was a vertical stage where the models walked down steps and around the…

 
 

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