New fashion iPhone apps: 3D virtual shopping
Wednesday 27 January 2010
Take a virtual shopping trip on London's Oxford Street with Shop View, determine your personal style with a new quiz, and get inspired by FashionFLW's daily feed.
Shop View - London
Oxford Street in the heart of London is Europe's busiest shopping mile, and finding your way around all the stores and special offers might seem daunting to many. Enter Shop View: the $1.99 app gives you a 3D tour of the local shops plus links to their websites and Twitter feeds of special sales.
What's Your Fashion Style
For $0.99, this new application lets fashion fans take a quiz based on their average outfit choices in order to determine their personal style.
Fashion Followed sends you collages of new fashion items for daily outfit inspiration.
Just in time for men's fashion season, GQ magazine has something for the gents: with an app especially launched for its February issue, you'll get this month's feature on the most stylish men on the planet as well as a Victoria's Secret fashion shoot, a suit special, a guide how to survive Valentine's Day and much more for the price of $2.99.
For all DIY fashion fans out there: get new patterns and instructions for crocheting for free with this new app.
Love It or Lose It
Can't decide what to wear? Love It or Lose it ($1.99) lets you send up to three pictures of an outfit - from the store, your room, or wherever you are - to your friends or the app's online community, giving you instant feedback on how you look.
This new app not only selects the season's trends for you but also gives you fashion events and venues around the globe.
The Fashion Handbook
Designed with the serious fashion fan in mind, the Fashion Handbook gives you explanations of key terms as well as fashion's role in the context of art, architecture, and entertainment. It explores the 'fast fashion' phenomenon, addresses do's and don'ts, and selects the rights styles for each body type. The serious approach, however, has a serious price too, compared to other apps: the guide sells for $9.99.
Inditex - Zara
Before the Spanish chain's online store goes live, Zara has released an iPhone app that is designed to facilitate your shopping through collection lookbooks, detailed pictures of the clothes and immediate access to its stock. Plus: the app alerts you of new arrivals.
The US retailer's application is even more extensive than Zara's, featuring a store finder telling you exactly what is currently in stock at your nearest store, special offers, and even a gift finder as part of its offering. In addition, the app lets you comment and review items for other shoppers' reference.
The ultimate application for the Fendi fan lets you classify your favorite looks by the label and locate the closest store. As a special gimmick, this app also mixes and matches Fendi items with the clothes in your wardrobe.
Teen Vogue Haute Spot
Joining the ever-growing number of fashion publications launching their own iPhone shopping apps, Teen Vogue now lets readers browse its closet, combine their favorite items, share the looks with an online community and buy the clothes directly over the phone. The app will be free through the end of January.
This app works like a Dstill (see below) for street style, bringing you updates from the most popular blogs, including the Sartorialist, Face Hunter, and Altamira.
Social Mall gives you the best local malls and corresponding special offers. Not sure if you should buy an item? Share it with your friends via the app and get their instant feedback. A movie or dinner after shopping? Send out a group invite to other iPhone users. US customers only.
The British fashion label has launched its application that not only lets users shop online and browse the stock of hundreds of stores worldwide but also gives you styling ideas and the season's key trends for inspiration.
Spray- and paint-on tattoos were all over the runways last fashion week from Rodarte in New York to Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris, and now this app, priced at $1.99, gives you almost 130 different patterns, no matter if you want the real deal or not.
Online shopping is getting competitive: DealSpot gives you the best deals and enters you into its 'Hall of Fame' depending on your sale shopping skills.
The lingerie label has released its own iPhone app, on the occasion of its annual fashion show, which aired December 1. Store openings, photo shoots, backstage pictures and videos are now right at your fingertips, and users will even be able to vote for upcoming 'Angels.'
ELLE shopping guide
Currently only available to readers in the US (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco), this application gives you the best shops recommended by Elle magazine's editors and based on your personal preferences.
3 for 2, percentage discounts, buy-one-get-one-free? This iPhone app, selling for $0.99, helps you calculate offers and tells you how good the deals really are.
Priced at $2.99, the Bra-Fitter comes with measurement guidelines and translates your bra size into all international sizing systems.
The publication that launched 2008 features a selection of photography published in high-fashion and lifestyle magazines including Soon, Dansk, Vice and Interview. Now, Dstill has adapted its shoots to the iPhone - their app sells for $4.99.
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