What are the best (and worst) fashion apps?
There is nothing Fashion Statement won't do for you, dear readers. Nothing. This week we've been exhausting our poor fingers with the sheer effort involved in clicking "download". And all to research the finest fashion apps. Karl Lagerfeld has minions to do this sort of thing you know, but we do it all by ourselves, that's how darn dedicated we are to the cause of, er, shopping. So here, then, are our picks of the best, the snazziest and the most pointless apps.
Best for shopping
Just think of all that potential shopping time you are wasting when away from your computer screen and local high street. Well, don't worry, because thanks to the latest apps from your favourite stores, you can buy at any time of day or night (sorry, did someone say recession? Never heard of it). Next has an excellent app that allows you to shop directly from your iPhone without kicking you out to the site, as so many apps do. Ditto All Saints, Net-a-Porter (both iPhone) and Henry Holland's app (Blackberry). Our favourite, though, is Shopstyle, which allows you to trawl through an entire virtual city of shops, picking by designer, style, colour or price to find the perfect outfit for you.
Best for bargains
There is an increasing number of virtual discount outlet stores these days, but FS's favourite is vente-privee, originally French but now operating in more countries than FS has had carbohydrate-fuelled lunches. Once you've joined up, you get access to some brilliant sales - everything from Stella McCartney lingerie to Diesel jeans - and there's a constant influx of new bargains. It's all presented beautifully too, with the iPhone app as easy to use as the site itself.
Best for true fashion junkies
If your day is incomplete without knowing the latest pronouncement from Anna Wintour, then there are plenty of apps for you. Therapy might also help, mind ... However if you must have apps, then try Fashion News Service (Blackberry) - which offers the latest news from 360fashion.net. Or you could download Style.com (iPhone), which will show you all the latest looks from the catwalk in video AND photo form, from every designer. One for the serious fashion addict. And talking of which, our third recommendation is Trendtracker (iPhone, Android and Blackberry), which offers the latest runway looks, fashion news, trend ideas and coverage of the shows.
Best for the websites involved
H&M, Topshop and Vogue: please pay attention. An app should not just be a thinly veiled attempt to kick traffic back to your website. Thank you.
Best for the indecisive
Can't decide what to wear? Worrying that those jeans make your iPhone look fat? Then try Glamour's Ask a Stylist app (iPhone). The US version of the magazine has teamed up with shopping website Like.com and will respond to your dilemma in minutes. It's like a special red phone hotline to style, my friends. You just take a picture, submit it and await judgement.
Best for exhibitionists
There's an app called Bra Fitter. It allows you to post pictures of your bra and size information on Facebook. Why, why, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY?
Best for bored billionaires
It's an app celebrating an eye-wateringly expensive Chanel watch. It's got pictures of the watch. You can download a wallpaper featuring - can you guess? - images of the watch. Why you would want to do any of this, we can't possibly imagine.
BANG ON TREND
This week's Bang on Trend is dedicated to the smartphone, because our phones have feelings too. In fact, the cold weather is getting to our little gadget friends, and we want to make them snug and cosy again, though only in the most stylish of outfits. Tsk, calm down at the back there, it's not like we're asking you to put your labradoodle in Juicy Couture.
Because both you and FS love to shop green, our favourites are these eelskin leather iPhone and Blackberry cases from BoBelle. Choose the mocha colour to compliment your camel coat/shoes/bag/hat (and anything else camel you have acquired this season). But if red is more up your street (yes, Cheryl has us saying it too), choose this case from Sena (£24.95, available for Blackberry, HTC and iPhone). It's made from the thinnest leather around - so there'll be no plaintive enquries from your phone about whether its bum looks big.
You might not ever dream of wearing animal print, but let your phone out of its cage with Reiss's lizard embossed case (£25), Smythson's crocodile effect (£90) or Miss Selfridge's leopard print (at £4.50 we won't blame you). If, however, you have more money than sense, you can rest assured that Hermes (£270) will cater to your needs. Trust Hermes to make a case more expensive than the phone.
Whatever you do, though, no amount of snow, hail or blizzard will make this Ed Hardy case (£31) acceptable, even if it is on sale. Stay away. We mean it.
Words fail us. Seriously. This may be a historic first: Fashion Statement is lost for words. We're stuttering "lace!", "harem!", "transparent" and "WRONG!", but we can't manage to string them into a sentence, so stunned are we by this monstrosity.
FASHIONISTA OF THE WEEK
FS has always had a soft spot for Kirsten Dunst. Probably because she wears outfits like this, and eschews the tan that people insist you can't wear white without. It's shapely but demure, understated yet ... look, we just like it, OK? Tsk, do we always have to explain ourselves?
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
[Shiloh] came in and said, 'Can I have a dead pet?' And I'm, 'Uh-uh, I don't think it's healthy, honey. I think they have to put him in a box,' and I had to run out to find, like, a taxidermy bird. I just worked it out for her. I figured that I couldn't keep the actual dead bird from the yard, so I swayed her toward one that had been cleaned, at least.
Angelina Jolie talks to US Vogue. Therapists form a line around the block from the Jolie-Pitt household.
SHOP OF THE WEEK
Late Night Chameleon Cafe (or LN-CC to its friends) is a new concept store with a physical space in London and a virtual one out there on the interweb. Its lovely products include new and vintage collections based around the idea of unisex styling, so there is fashion but also music, books and more. You'll find brands like Balenciaga and Rick Owens but also underground labels like SASQUATCHfabrix and Nonnative. In short, it's pretty darn cool, FS likes it and suggests you stop looking at bad apps and go and browse it instead. If you enter our competition, you may even win £1,000 to spend there.
OUT & ABOUT
Twenty8Twelve opens a third London store this week in Covent Garden. So if you fancy dressing in the finest Savannah and Sienna designs, head there forthwith. FS particularly recommends their jackets this season. Unit 10, 8 Slingsby Place, London, WC2E 9AB, twenty8twelve.com
Ho ho ho! There's some Christmas shopping market action in London. The Eco-Design Christmas Fair returns for its seventh year, bringing contemporary, ethical and downright lovely products, from home accessories to jewellery via toys and books. There will also be live music, textile recycling workshops and a refreshment area should the shopping all get too much. Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, 10am-4pm. Entry £2. Concessions £1.
Fancy snapping up a lovely bit of jewellery for a good cause? Head to Alex Monroe's site to bid for this lovely bee ring. The auction, in aid of the British Beekeeper's Association (BBKA) is a collaboration with Burt's Bees - who are abuzz (sorry) with eagerness to help the poor old British honeybee. The ring itself is set with three diamonds and a honey sapphire, and will be handmade especially for the auction winner. alexmonroe.com/blog/auction
We nearly made it. Nearly an entire FS without mention of the Royal Wedding. So near and yet so far. Anyway, FS just wants to lobby Kate Middleton - who we feel sure is avidly glued to this newsletter every Thursday - to buy ethical. The House of Tamman make stunning eco-couture bridal gowns, from bespoke to pret-a-porter - the former is available at the Tamman Atelier, the latter at selected boutiques (stockist info on the site). Go on Kate, dress with a heart. Let's face it, you can probably afford it. tammam.co.uk
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