New fashion iPhone apps: Trendspotting

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The new TrendTracker app might come in handy for the January sales. Plus: the retail applications released by Zara and Target in December are climbing up the Top 20 in the App Store's lifestyle section.

Trendstop TrendTracker

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.

Target

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.

myFendi

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.

Chicfeed

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

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.

Next

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.

Tattoo Patterns

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 new app, priced at $1.99, gives you almost 130 different patterns, no matter if you want the real deal or not.

DealSpot

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.

Victoria's Secret

The lingerie label has released its own iPhone app, coinciding with 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.

Sales Buddy

3 for 2, percentage discounts, buy-one-get-one-free? This new iPhone app, selling for $0.99, helps you calculate offers and tells you how good the deals really are.

Bra-Fitter

Priced at $2.99, the Bra-Fitter comes with measurement guidelines and translates your bra size into all international sizing systems.

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