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Apps for the style conscious: Add a splash of color

Wednesday 01 September 2010 00:00 BST

Convert photos to black and white then color in the details with Color Splash for the iPhone and keep up to date with the most fashionable happenings in the world of consumer gadgets with Aiyo for the iPad.

iPhone apps:

Color Splash

The new and updated version of Color Splash lets users convert photos to black and white while keeping certain details, like sunglasses, in the original colors; more artistic users can even shade in colors of their own to create striking photographs, the original app won the '2009 Best Photo Manipulation app' award.


Browse what's in stock at the high street store with this app, also get a look at the latest campaigns and find a store near your wherever you are in the world. The app also allows you to share what's hot directly through social networking site Twitter.


Determine what is going to be cool before everyone else does. This location-based social game encourages users to search streets, bars, parks, museums and parties for anything and everything creative and innovative and discover the next big things in fashion and lifestyle before anybody else. Upload photos, share with other users and vote on what's cool and what's not.


The Express app gives users access to news from the American fashion brand, browse new arrivals, read product reviews, share the fashion news with your friends via Twitter and Facebook and create a wishlist of your favorite products. Also includes specially selected videos.

Wig It

Customize the hairstyles of your friends and family with the updated Wig It app. The app gives users over one hundred funny and outrageous wigs which can be superimposed onto photos and customized to match the subject's face.

Mad Men Cocktail Culture

The popular and retro-stylish TV series has inspired an iPhone app, letting users pit their cocktail-making skills against Mad Men's big boozer Don Draper. The app tests the user's knowledge by asking questions such as "how long do you shake a martini?" Comes with a guide to preparing 21 cocktails.

eBay Fashion

The online auctioneer is upping its fashion game: after unveiling its eBay Fashion branch and Fashion Vault sample sales, it has now launched a fashion app that allows you to browse, buy, and even virtually 'try on' the site's offers on the go. A personalized online 'closet' lets you store and combine your favorite items.

Lulu Guinness

Fans of the quirky British designer can now explore her inspiration board, her stores and their surroundings, and learn more about her favorite city spots. An extra gimmicky tool even lets you customize your personal pictures with her extravagant lip-shaped clutches.

L'Oréal Paris

This app brings you beauty tutorials, look inspirations, and even gives you all the information you need to know about L'Oréal products - simply use your iPhone in store in order to "scan" them.

Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder

Browse styles, view actual carat weights, and determine your ring size by placing one of your own rings on the screen. Romance and surprise might not be part of Tiffany's equation, but this tool has got raving user reviews for simplicity and efficiency.

Row Nine

Get real-time alerts when the boutiques open, preview upcoming boutiques, browse and shop sales, and buy the products directly via this sample sale app.


The Spanish retailer's iPhone app gives you everything from store locator to the collections, sharing your favorites with friends, virtually combining your own wardrobe with Mango items, and exclusive discounts for users. You will also find styling tutorials from and a feed from the chain's blog, The app is available in four languages.


iPad apps:


A monthly magazine in an app, Aiyo covers all the latest gadgets and talents, keeping users up to date with what's happening in the world of technical innovation.

Fashion Sketchbook: The stylish dress-up game

Visualize and assemble your dream outfit using shirts, skirts, trousers, tops and accessories, choose the makeup, hairstyle, lipstick and skin tone of your model, then save your creations and share with friends.

"My Life is in this Bag"

To coincide with the launch of the Italian luxury company's chic iPad cases in soft leathers and alligator skins, this new iPad application allows users to peak into the lives of six different women by looking in their handbags.


On the heels of its Vogue, GQ, and Vanity Fair editions, publishing house Condé Nast has launched its fourth magazine iPad app for Glamour with the September issue and a feature designed for easy shopping of selected items.


Shop items directly from the glossy shots or add them to your wish list for later reference. You can also share them with family and friends if you're unsure about a purchase. Editorials and video will soon be updated weekly. Watch a demonstration of the app at


The first European fashion magazine to launch an iPad application, Vogue has categorized the digital version of its magazine into three offerings: there are news relating to fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, as well as magazine features such as interviews, editorials, or making-ofs, and finally trend feeds consisting of slideshows and videos from international fashion shows.

Search for 'Vogue' in your local (European) iTunes store to get the app, which will be available for free for a limited period of time.


With the shopping site's app, you can shop all over the world, buy presents and have them delivered, create a wish list of your favorite products, and share your choices with your friends.

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