Photo Surging “tulle skirt” searches spread from Utah in 2013. Normcore ? So last year. String bikinis? Most definitely over. Even interest in skinny jeans may be waning, if six billion fashion-related queries by Google users are any indication of this yearâs most popular trends. Instead, consumers are Googling tulle skirts, midi skirts, palazzo pants and jogger pants, according to the company, which plans to start issuing fashion trend reports based on user searches twice a year. The new trend aggregations are part of the companyâs bid to become a bigger player in e-commerce and fashion beyond its product search engine or advertising platform. In its inaugural report , Google distinguishes between âsustained growthâ trends, like tulle skirts and jogger pants; flash-in-the-pan obsessions like emoji shirts and kale sweatshirts ; and âseasonal growthâ trends, or styles that have come back stronger every spring, like white jumpsuits. It makes similar distinctions among sustained declines (peplum dresses), seasonal ones (skinny jeans) and fads that are probably over and done (scarf vests). Lisa Green, who heads Googleâs fashion and luxury team, said the company had begun working with major retailers, including Calvin Klein, to help them incorporate real-time Google search data into fashion planning and forecasting. âFast fashionâ companies, for example, can take a trend identified by Google and run with it, Ms. Green said. âWeâre interested in being powerful digital consultants for our brands, not just somebody they can talk to about what ads they can buy online,â she said. âThey can say, âGoogle has identified this as a trend, and we have six weeks to get this out on the racks.âÂ â Googleâs foray into the fashion world is part of a scramble to define, inform and tap into how people search online for everything they can buy, be it clothes or jewelry, groceries or furniture.
Cloud-based file transfer company WeTransfer acquires FiftyThree, which makes the popular Paper app, including its entire patent portfolio and…
Taylor Soper / GeekWire : Cloud-based file transfer company WeTransfer acquires FiftyThree, which makes the popular Paper app, including its entire patent portfolio and executive team — File-sharing company WeTransfer has acquired the Paper and Paste creative apps from FiftyThree.