As the fashion world becomes increasingly tech-happy what with all its live-streaming runway shows and new style apps, Karl Lagerfeld just can’t jump on board. Well, sort of. We’re talking about Fake Karl, who has a hilarious blog post up today sermonizing about the horrors of modern gadgets. Fake Karl talks about the only device he uses, an iPod, which somehow leads to a ramble about gardening:
“The only gadget I use is the iPod. I have hundreds of them- thousands. I’ve actually designed a special ipod wheelbarrow to wheel them around in. I go out into the garden and I wheel them around, pretending I’m doing some sort of garden-type work. Sometimes I even wear a safari hat, which is the most chic sort of gardening hat in the world. Of course, I don’t actually garden.”
Coming to a general conclusion about all technology in the world, Fake Karl says that it’s fine, as long as you don’t treat them like humans: Keep reading »
Are you a victim of cell phone zits? Now there’s a new iPhone application that can potentially combat this problem while you engage in the very same activity. Called AcneApp and developed by dermatologist Greg Pearson, the program emits red and blue nanometer lights, which are thought to help treat acne by destroying bacteria. Sound like some invention from a science-fiction comedy? Well, the $1.99 app hasn’t been thoroughly tested and even Pearson himself expresses doubt as to whether it works, explaining, “This would have to go through a lot more clinical study before I could quantify its efficacy.” In addition, dermatologists aren’t sure that this particular type of light therapy really works in treating pimples.
So what do you think? Is the AcneApp the stuff of futuristic fantasies or a potentially helpful skin treatment? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
In a time not very far away, your iPhone will be able to clear up your acne and help with wrinkles. Really. According to UK’s The Sun, Dr. Greg Pearson is developing an app that he claims will improve people’s skin by shining a special light on your face while you chat on the phone. The light is supposed to kill off bacteria and promote collagen growth. While it sounds like it could be a reasonable plan—derms have been using light technology for a while now to help acne plagued patients—I’ll believe it when I see it! [The Sun] Keep reading »
This weekend I became a kick-ass photographer. Well, at least it looks like I did. I downloaded this super awesome app for my iPhone called CameraBag for $1.99 and it turns even the most dull iPhone photos into gallery-quality awesomeness (well, almost). Simply upload one of the images and then change the way it looks using different “lenses” and filters. I brightened and heightened the contrast on this photo of my dog Lucca looking miserable in the snow using the Colorcross filter. After the jump, check out a photo of the dinner that my BF and I prepared last night (butternut squash soup and seared scallops!) looking like it was ripped from the pages of Bon Appetit. Keep reading »
While I totally know that the idea behind this iPhone app is kind of sexist — “Eww, gross, who wants to hear a woman poop?!” — I also want it
. I may be 30-years-old, but I still get a lil’ shy when doing a numero dos in a public restroom — or in my own bathroom when the new BF is over. The creators of the Cover Up app — buy it for 99 cents — could have toned down the overtly feminine design (it looks like a makeup compact!), but let’s face it — have you ever met a dude who was poo shy? The app sounds various “embarrassing noise” maskers, like a blow-dryer, shower, and hand-dryer, so no one suspects you’re doing anything but a quick tinkle. The app does not, however, mask any unpleasant odors. [Trendhunter
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“What is ‘apps’?” is apparently what shoe designer Christian Louboutin recently asked a reporter. “I’m a very bad technician. Technology, zero.”
While Louboutin might not be so in the loop, his industry cohorts have been rushing to the Apple platform in desperate droves. In the past year, we’ve seen a lot of new iPhone applications from the fashion industry, whether they’re shopping aids from e-commerce sites, entertainment from designers, or style aids. With each new release, there’s a lot of hype that seems to forcefully sell “cool.” Take one of the latest, Gucci‘s “Little Black Book,” which provides the user with oh-so-trendy restaurant suggestions and even a Mark Ronson “beats builder” to make your own tunes. The Wall Street Journal is calling fashion apps the “new must-have accessory.” Really?
Despite the media’s excitement over new fashion apps (and yes, we’re guilty of reporting on this stuff too), we have to ask ourselves if there’s really a market for it? Perhaps once we get to a place where people really are making purchases from their iPhones … but to have something on your phone just to “interact” with a brand? Is it the modern equivalent of posting pretty perfume ads ripped out of magazines on your wall? So, we want to know—do you download style applications? If so, what’s the draw for you? [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »
Ladies: beware of gentlemen furiously checking their iPhones
with suspiciously thorough knowledge about the early ’90s punk
scene. Pepsico’s energy drink company AMP UP
is hawking a free app that feeds men lines based on a woman’s interests, like whether she’s a “treehugger” or a “goth
.” The Before You Score app proclaims to help dudes demystify 24 “types” of our confounding species, including flattering ones like “cougar
,” “rebound girl,” “princess
” and “out of your league.”
Guys? If you need to consult your iPhone so you can talk to us and/or fake an interest in politics or the environment in order to be interesting, you’re out of our league already. Keep reading »
The whole street style photo trend may not be anything new — think The Sartorialist, Face Hunter and even our own Chic On The Street — but Street-Spotted.com now offers you a somewhat unusual way to get involved. Their new iPhone app, in addition to accessing your phone’s camera for snapping pics of sweet-ass dresses, lets you send said pics straight to Street-Spotted.com. From there, all user submissions (except probably the filthy ones that will inevitably roll in) are displayed in a special section on the site.
We like the interactivity of it all. And the excuse to semi-stalk the well-dressed and pretend it’s not weird. [iTunes]
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Your iPhone just became cooler than you are.
Thanks to AnOther magazine, Gareth Pugh, and Incase, now not only your 3G phone but also your 13” MacBook can be swathed in designer products. Because obviously your Apple products need some fashion love, too. The laptop holder is made from thick PVC, with quilted satin inside. It retails for 76 pounds, which is basically $121; the iPhone case, however, is slightly more affordable at 53 pounds or about $84. Up to you whether your device has been good enough to deserve designer goods.
Head over to shop.anothermag.com this weekend, or if you’re one of the lucky few at Paris Fashion Week, then make sure to stop at Colette to pick up your iPhone’s first Pugh. [Fashionista]
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The recession called, and it apparently took away your iPhone case along with your portfolio. Now you’ll have to settle for Shantytown-chic by housing your mobile in a recycled cardboard box. It even comes with some ghetto personalization from a classic Sharpie marker. Since you probably have a lot of questions about this complicated device, be sure to refer to Case-Mate.com’s thorough list of Q&As: “Q) Is it waterproof? A) No, so don’t put it in the dishwasher”; “Q) Is there a warranty? A) No, it is cardboard after all”; “Q) Will this case make me awesome? A) I think that goes without saying.”
Before you go all boo-hoo-ing about how the recession made you settle for such a sad outfit for your iPhone, remember this: There are far less fortunate people in the world … those who have the iPod Touch. [$0.99, Case-Mate.com] Keep reading »