Trendy apps for NY Fall Fashion Week
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New York Fall Fashion Week opens Thursday, as the world's top designers unveil their spring 2014 collections. With these apps, you can keep tabs on what's taking off on the runway, see what the stars are wearing and learn how to speak the language of fashion.
This app from publisher Condé Nast puts you in front of the runway and then takes you behind the scenes at the major fashion shows. The app dishes out news and then dishes out the dish, with reports and photos from the star-studded parties that are as much a part of Fashion Week as the catwalks. Archival news and photos from past fashion shows can also be accessed through the app.
Do you ask for a Hermès bag as if it were made by the Greek god instead of the French designer? This app is for those who know high fashion even if they're not sure how to pronounce haute couture. Speak Chic offers audio pronunciations and phonetic spellings for about 300 fashion brands and designer names. The app covers an array of fashion categories, including womenswear, menswear, cosmetics and luxury watches.
Whether you know it as Women's Wear Daily or simply WWD, the trade journal has been the go-to publication for fashion-industry news for more than a century and is the must read of the trendsetters and the trendy. Fashion Week is WWD's Super Bowl, and the magazine's editors and reporters will be out in force in Manhattan. The app is free to download, but only subscribers can access the digital edition of WWD. Nonsubscribers can purchase a monthly or yearly subscription through the app.
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News, predictions and behind-the-scenes reports help make this app from trendstop.com a lively read. While TrendTracker is aimed primarily at industry professionals, there is enough gossip and analysis to keep even amateur fashionistas interested. For past major fashion events, TrendTracker has posted photos and videos from the shows within 24 hours. The app has a crowdsourced guide of local boutiques selling trendy items, but the listings are slim, especially for stores on Long Island.
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Apple to allow iPhone trade-ins
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