New York Fashion Week is a bi-annual event where fashion editors, buyers, stylists and bloggers descend upon Manhattan to see the new styles offered by some of the world’s brightest design minds. It’s an exciting (and sometimes tiresome) eight days with over 300 shows on the schedule scattered throughout New York City. As a blogger, I am always looking for the major trends and reoccurring themes to report to my readers and use as an editorial guide for the next six months.
Stylesight has unveiled its first customized iPhone App for travelers, which offers city guides, maps and curated editor’s picks for 30 style-centric cities worldwide. The app is available exclusively for Stylesight subscribers.
As much as we love finding out what people are up to via Twitter, we are madly in love with the visual instant gratification that Instagram provides. Our voyeuristic desires are fed as we get a glimpse into the worlds of both our friends and complete strangers.
We all know that the fashion industry is insanely visual, so we’ve taken the time to identify four Instagram apps and services that can help fashion people (and photography loving people in other verticals) view Instagram photos in a modern and aesthetically pleasing way.
Four Ways The Fashion Industry Can Visualize Instagram Photos On The Web
1. Instagrid – http://instagrid.me
Instagram instantly transformed iPhone users into artsy photographer types, but not everyone is on Instagram, believe it or not. That’s why web based, Instagram loving services like Instagrid are valuable. The Instagrid web interface allows you to view and share Instagram photos on the web. You can even invite people who don’t use Instagram to subscribe to your feed via email. The service is free, and if you want to get really fancy you can check out their Printstagram printing service.
2. Gramfeed – http://www.gramfeed.com
Sometimes we’re stuck at our computers and need to get that quick Instagram fix. Gramfeed is a web interface that allows you to view popular Instagram photos, view your Instagram photo feed, view your follower’s photo feed, post comments, like photos, search photos by tags or location, search users, follow new users and more. This free service offers a great way to quench your thirst for real time photography.
3. Instamap – http://www.instamapapp.com
It’s all about location, location, location! This geolocation based mobile app allows you to browse Instagram photos on a map. You can subscribe to geographical locations or tags and see the photos as they are posted. This app allows you to refine your search, and looks fantastic on the iPad. The Instamap mobile app by NextRoot is available in the iTunes store for $1.99.
4. Flipboard – http://flipboard.com
We already knew that Flipboard was one of the iPad apps the fashion industry should covet. They’ve recently become faster and added a social search function and an Instagram photo stream to their already awesome iPad application. Named Apple’s iPad App of the Year and one of TIME’s top 50 innovations of 2010, Flipboard is a beautiful, social digital magazine. The Flipboard app is free and available for download in the iTunes store.
Ever wonder why Instagram and other microblogging platforms are wildly popular? Check out The Psychology Behind The Rise Of Microblogging.
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Pantone recently announced two new mobile apps that help meet the growing need for applications that can support an ever-changing work dynamic. As design projects continue to become more digital and designers are more mobile, apps like these are like digital gold to the design world.
myPANTONETM for Android and myPANTONE 2.0 for the iPhone
myPANTONE for Android, $7.99, brings Pantone’s popular iPhone app for capturing, creating and sharing PANTONE Color Palettes to the Android platform. This app provides graphic, digital, multimedia, fashion, interior and industrial designers access to more than 13,000 PANTONE Colors wherever they go.
myPANTONE 2.0 for iPhone, $9.99, incorporates feedback from more than 80,000 Pantone fans to extend the functionality of the original myPANTONE app and meet the growing needs of designers. myPANTONE 2.0 adds several enhanced features, including color calibration tools to improve the appearance of PANTONE Colors on screen, CMYK support for PANTONE PLUS SERIES Colors, access to ICC color-managed values, and the ability to print color palettes straight from the iPhone.
“We continue to see a fundamental shift in the way designers work and smartphones are increasingly acting as portable color studios,” said Andy Hatkoff, vice president of technology licensing for Pantone.
When you can’t bring House Beautiful’s Color Expert with you on your interior search, these Pantone mobile apps allow you to become your own color expert. We’re so in love with this… it’s APPsolutely functional and fun!
We all know that the weather affects our skin…which affects our makeup…which affects our overall look. Lucky for beauty conscious girls everywhere, our friends at Clinique have built a free mobile app dedicated to the beauty of our skin.
Dylan Jones, editor of GQ UK, and Dolce & Gabbana have joined forces to launch an international guide to etiquette for men. This free mobile app, entitled “Rules for the Modern Gentleman,” coincides with the launch of their newest men’s fragrance, The One Gentleman. The handsome app covers everything from proper table etiquette to how to groom. We feel it’s Swide meets Urban Daddy on the go.
If you an true Los Angeleno, you live for Swirl sales. Daily Candy, born and brought to fruition in the City of Angels, constantly brings us California style with the designers, accessories and home goods present on the site. Now, we can have them at our fingertips via our iPhones. Or if you pull a Melrose Avenue shopper who just a lil’ ghetto, you can load it to your iPad.
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