U.S. retailer Macy’s and Maker Studios are launching an original fashion-lifestyle series called The Next Style Star, developed by Macy’s in-house digital team in coordination with the brand’s media agency, Carat.
Debuting Thursday, the show will feature 16 up-and-coming stylists battling for a $10,000 cash prize and a chance to serve as a guest stylist on an upcoming Macy’s photo shoot. The winning designer will also have her winning look featured in the Impulse Department at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City.
“We collaborated closely with Maker to secure fashion talent with varying expertise and social media footprint. Our goal was to find authentic influencers with the ability to build brand credibility and engagement [with] our millennial customers,” says Jennifer Kasper, GVP digital media and multicultural marketing at Macy’s.
The 10-episode series will be hosted by TV personality and fashion and make-up expert Jeannie Mai, featuring reality star and designer Whitney Port, MADE Fashion Week founder Jenne Lombardo, and Maker partner Wendy Nguyen.
This isn’t the first time Macy’s has partnered with a YouTube network on a campaign. Last fall, they worked with StyleHaul to create custom fashion videos highlighting some of Macy’s brands. The first-time collaboration was a success and so the brand decided to search for more ways to engage its target through content that can be created through and on social media, Kasper tells StreamDaily.
Maker Studios’ The Platform vertical reaches more than 350,00 subscribers on YouTube. The company was recently acquired by Disney.
Catch Chris M. Williams, chief development officer at Maker Studios, at the upcoming Stream Market in Santa Monica, CA this June.