Top 10 Digital Fashion Programs of 2022 as chosen by Kenneth Richard
Digital platforms and their increasing relevance to communication and consumption offer both a challenge and an opportunity for fashion marketing. They require a radically different approach than that of the print campaigns that had for so long defined what we think of as a fashion image, who sees it, and why. But this radical break with tradition is also an invitation to open our minds on what fashion content can be and can mean for the customer of today and tomorrow.
While some of the season’s strong digital projects felt more like familiar image-based campaigns that were geared particularly toward young audiences and released across social media channels, the best of the best displayed insightful thinking on how new platforms can be best leveraged to embody a brand’s identity, or even created their own platforms for interactive content that couldn’t exist any other way.
Here are the Top 10 Digital Fashion Ad Campaigns of 2022 as selected by our Chief Impressionist, Kenneth Richard.
Balenciaga created a Spring 2022 campaign that took the stunningly executed red carpet approach of that show and reinterpreted its visuals as pixelated early computer-game graphics, extending the life and reach of the show and furthering Balenciaga’s forward-thinking embrace of all things computerized and uncanny.
Balenciaga Creative Director | Demna Gvasalia Artist | Claudia Mate Models | Tommy Blue, Eugenie Bondurant, Marie-Agnès Diene, Abdou Diop, Zinedine El Ouazzani, Gwen Lu, Aki Nummela, Anania Orgeas, Hansi Schmidt, Minttu Vesala, and Inti Wang
Balenciaga Tik Tok
Meanwhile, the brand thoroughly embraced current social-media trends with a TikTok channel. Surreal and stylish, the usually wordless videos form a rabbit hole of digital strangeness and signature Balenciaga aloof coolness down which it is a delight to get lost.
Balenciaga Creative Director | Demna Gvasalia
Bottega Veneta App
Still avoiding social media entirely, Bottega Veneta launched its own app, creating a dedicated branded space for the house’s campaigns and other content to live. The app also functions as an augmented-reality tool to bring the house further to life, virtually transforming any green (the house’s signature color, of course) wall to life with historic, logo-less BV content.
Bottega Veneta Creative Director | Matthieu Blazy
Dolce & Gabbana ‘#CiaoKim’
Continuing the partnership with Kim Kardashian that began with their Kim-curated Spring 2023 runway show, Dolce & Gabbana reunited with the megastar for a retro-stylish campaign that saw today’s blonde bombshell through a lens of paparazzi obsession and Italian snacking.
Dolce & Gabbana Creative Directors | Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana Photographer and Film Director | Daniel Sachon DOP | Ben Carey Talent | Kim Kardashian
Whether you love it or hate it, the NFT craze characterized this season of digital fashion communication, as well as the art market at large with its suggestion of new frontiers of art ownership and commerce. Gucci was the most eager to embrace and capitalize on this movement with two special collaborations, releasing a series of customizable NFT accessories with 10KTF.
Gucci Creative Director | Alessandro Michele Design | Wagmi-san
Loewe Tik Tik
Loewe takes a somewhat similar approach to their TikTok channel as Balenciaga, leveraging the platform’s lo-fi editing style into a techno-surreal aesthetic that works nicely with creative director Jonathan Anderson’s approach to design and campaigns, but they also smartly use the channel to offer a window into the excellent craftsmanship that is one of the house’s defining characteristics.
Loewe Creative Director | Jonathan Anderson
Maison Margiela Website
Maison Margiela partnered with fashion-image visionary Nick Knight to overhaul its website and introduce to the front-end shopping point an element that has been sorely lacking on this front: film, allowing customers to see clothing in motion, as it is meant to be seen.
Maison Margiela Creative Director | John Galliano Art Director | Nick Knight OBE Photographer | Britt Lloyd
Superplastics X Gucci
Gucci also created a series of limited-edition NFT collectibles with Superplastic featuring prints drawn from the Gucci vault.
Gucci Creative Director | Alessandro Michele Design | Janky and Guggimon Creative Team | Superplastic
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