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San Francisco Chronicle – Fashion apps at your fingertips.

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

When it launched, the iPhone instantly became the hip high-tech accessory. Since then, the little gadget that could has become something more: From applications that dish the latest runway news to ones that help mix and match your wardrobe, it’s also become a powerful pocket-size tool for the stylista.

From Vogue magazine to Dolce & Gabbana, just about every designer and retailer worth their Jimmy Choos have launched an iPhone application.

Then again, you don’t need to be fashion forward to see the appeal. Since opening the doors to its App Store in July 2008, Apple’s 75 million worldwide iPod Touch and iPhone users have downloaded more than 3 billion apps.

The new iPad, with about 150,000 apps available from the App Store, can only heighten their allure. Clearly, apps are a fashion “do.”

Fashion and shopping applications aren’t one of the store’s 20 categories, but several are at the top of its most popular lifestyle downloads. And they vary widely. Some designers offer a digital lookbook of its current line that fashionistas can thumb through. Others, such as Miss Sixty, give special discounts to customers who download its iPhone apps. Still more help you comparison shop, organize your wardrobe, find the perfect gift, stay tuned to the latest fashion scoops and in the case of FastMall, navigate large shopping malls.

They’ve also been handy during fashion weeks, with designers, magazines and retailers offering tickets, schedules and exclusives through their iPhone apps.

“It’s a whole new way of shopping and looking into your own wardrobe,” said Colin Megaro, a celebrity stylist whose clients include Michael Emerson (“Lost”) and Carrie Preston (“True Blood”).

Megaro is developing an iPhone app that will help users make the best of what’s already in their closet. “Fashion is at our finger tips,” he said.

Macala Wright, an independent fashion marketing consultant, uses Stylish Girl, a closet organizing app, to keep track of the items she owns and the ones she’s looking to purchase. On a recent business trip, it helped her match a pair of eco-friendly, recycled gold earrings with a necklace from a different, but similarly styled designer.

“Sometimes I can picture it in my mind but I can’t remember the exact details,” she said. Just being able to find a photo easily helps her see if the two items form a cohesive look while she shops.

“People are downloading apps that are relevant to their life,” she said. “When you shop, something like this app is very useful.”
Lucky At Your Service

Why we like it: With the hard copy of Lucky magazine, you flip through the pages and tag the items you’d like to buy – the magazine even supplies tape flags. Its iPhone app takes it a step further, offering instant gratification at your fingertips. Browse the products featured in the magazine and if you want it, the app pinpoints your location and finds nearby stores that have it. You can then put it on hold and pick it up. Unfortunately, Lucky’s concierge service isn’t available for all of its products and at times can be buggy.

Cost: Free

Others to consider: Vogue spent more than six months designing its app, which it introduced in late February. The free application identifies the current trends – this month, it includes natural shades and the statement sandal – and helps you adapt it to your wardrobe. Like Lucky At Your Service, Seventeen Fashion Finder helps you put favorite items on hold at a nearby store, though its catalog is smaller. The Elle Shopping Guide reviews and maps out recommended boutiques based on your location, although its listings are limited only to San Francisco proper.
The Weather Stylist

One of several weather-related fashion applications, the Weather Stylist uses your location to give you the day’s forecast and suggest a few appropriate outfits. Naturally, if you like what you see, it helps you buy the pieces online. But I’m not sure if this application – or any of its rivals – really understands the Bay Area’s need for layering.

Cost: $1.99

Others to consider: The Feather Report, which is free, also suggests weather-appropriate looks. It also has an added feature that helps you find an outfit based on the temperature, occasion and your body type.
Stylish Girl/Cool Guy

A tool for the hyper-organized fashionista, Stylish Girl and the corresponding Cool Guy helps you see what’s in your closet and come up with new outfits. Take pictures of your wardrobe and then scroll through them slot machine style to match your tops, bottoms, accessories and shoes. The app also includes a shopping feature so that you can add your dream item to your digital closet or buy it online to complete your look. We knew those strappy Manolo Blahnik heels would look good with our outfit – and now we can prove it.

Cost: Free.
Style.com

The Style.com app feeds you the latest news in the fashion industry, with video clips from the runway, photos and blurbs from the party scene and a large library of the major designers’ latest collections.

Cost: Free

Others to consider: Chictopia, a free app, aggregates photos and posts from a series of fashion blogs, which you can read from within the app instead of having to upload each site.
Gap StyleMixer

Ignore the outfit-creating tool and keep an eye on the application’s store finder. It regularly offers special discounts to users of the app who happen to be near a Gap store.

Cost: Free

Others to consider: For some guilty pleasure, the luxury brands have it. Chanel’s application includes news from the designer, video from its runway show and photos of its current looks. A separate Chanel app, the Lovely Game, turns the iPhone into a Vegas slot machine that you shake to form a picture of one of its signature items. Only problem is, unlike a real slot machine, it can get old quickly. With Donna Karan’s app, you can submit a question to the designer and read entries from her journal.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/02/LV601CB2NQ.DTL#ixzz0k49zmLRb

The Woodlands Mall in Texas, Westfield Plaza Bonita in California and 7 other shopping malls now have turn by turn directions and shake iPhone for the nearest restroom and much more.

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Woodlands Mall, in The Woodlands, TX

Westfield Plaza Bonita in National City, CA

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls, NJ

Vaughan Mills in Vaughan, Ontario

Eastwood Town Center in Lansing, MI

Lloyd Center Mall in Portland, OR

Crystal Mall in Waterford, CT

Potomac Mills in Prince William, VA

Folsom Premium Outlets in Folsom, CA

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Square One Mall In Ontario And Massachusetts, Interactive Mall Maps Added.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Today is hip to be square day here at FastMall.

Square One Mall in Mississauga, ON and Square One Mall in Saugus, MA have been added to our app, complete with interactive map and shake your iPhone and locate, then be taken to the nearest bathroom.

Enjoy.

http://getap.ps/fastmall

Most up to date mall list with interactive shopping mall maps – http://fastmall.com/malls.html

Las Vegas Review-Journal Writes About FastMall.

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

There’s an App for That.

Navigating local malls just got easier.

As malls continue to get bigger and better, navigating them continues to get harder. If you can find a store directory, good luck figuring out where you are on the map and how to get to your destination.

Las Vegans who frequent the Forum Shops at Caesars and Fashion Show mall — and have an iPhone — can mark this off their list of frustrations. And, they have Sam Feuer, CEO of MindSmack, to thank. When he and his wife were shopping at one of their local malls one day, he listened to her frustrations about getting from point A to point B and replied with a mall navigation application for the iPhone called FastMall.

If you’re at Prada at the Forum Shops and need to find out the fastest way to get to Gucci, the app will guide you every step of the way. Users who are wheelchair-bound or pushing a stroller will find elevator-only directions. When a bathroom trip is necessary, just shake your phone for directions from wherever you’re standing. There’s also a section for reviews of stores, restaurants and restrooms. The 2.0 version uses Google Maps to locate your car in the parking lot and also has a space for the FastMall community.

Direct article link:

http://www.lvrj.com/image/88354647.html?imw=Y

6 New Interactive Shopping Mall Maps Added Today…

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Stonebriar Centre Mall in Frisco, Texas

Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw, Georgia

Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida

Lincoln Mall in Lincoln, Rhode Island

Seminole Towne Center in Seminole, Florida

Westfield Oakridge Shopping Center in San Jose, California

http://www.fastmall.com/malls.html

Download FastMall in iTunes: http://getap.ps/fastmall

FastMall 2.1 released. Featuring malls in all 50 US States, Canada and UK.

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The following is the most up to date list of malls by state/country that include interactive mall maps and turn by turn directions without using GPS + shake your iPhone to locate then be taken to the nearest restroom. All 1500+ malls in the FastMall iPhone app include full community features like review anything (video review anything too), check in at stores, restaurants and yes, even the restroom, deals, remember where you parked using GPS and more.

1. Alabama: Bel Air Mall
2. Alaska: Dimond Center
3. Arizona: Chandler Fashion Center, Kierland Commons, Paradise Valley Mall, Scottsdale Fashion Square
4. Arkansas: Park Plaza Mall
5. California: Antelope Valley Mall, Arden Fair Mall, Beverly Center, Brea Mall, Del Amo Fashion Center, Fashion Island, Laguna Hills Mall, Lakewood Center, Los Cerritos Center, Montebello Town Center, Puente Hills Mall, Rodeo Drive, Serramonte Center, South Bay Galleria, Stanford Shopping Center, Stonewood Center, Sunvalley Shopping Center, The Grove, The Oaks, The Shops at Mission Viejo, Westfield San Francisco Centre
6. Colorado: Cherry Creek
7. Connecticut: Danbury Fair
8. Delaware: Dover Mall
9. District of Columbia: The Shops at Georgetown Park
10. Florida: Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, Sawgrass Mills, Town Center at Boca Raton
11. Georgia: Arbor Place Mall
12. Hawaii: Ala Moana Center
13. Idaho: Boise Towne Center
14. Illinois: The 900 Shops
15. Indiana: Castleton Square
16. Iowa: Southridge Mall
17. Kansas: Oak Park Mall
18. Kentucky: Fayette Mall
19. Louisiana: The Esplanade
20. Maine: South Portland
21. Maryland: Westfield Montgomery Shopping Mall, Arundel Mills Mall
22. Massachusetts: Burlington Mall, Natick Collection Mall, Northshore Mall
23. Michigan: Woodland Mall
24. Minnesota: Mall of America
25. Mississippi: Bonita Lakes Mall
26. Missouri: Columbia Mall, North Park Mall
27. Montana: Rimrock Mall
28. Nebraska: West Roads Mall
29. Nevada: Fashion Show, The Forum Shops at Caesars
30. New Hampshire: Mall of New Hampshire
31. New Jersey: Bridgewater Commons, Cherry Hill Mall, Deptford Mall, Freehold Raceway Mall, Hamilton Mall, Jersey Gardens, Mall At Short Hills, Menlo Park Mall, Monmouth Mall, Moorestown Mall, Quaker Bridge Mall, The Shops At Riverside, Westfield Garden State Plaza
32. New York: Great Northern Mall, Green Acres Mall, Palisades Center Mall, Queens Center, Roosevelt Field Mall, Shops at Columbus Circle, Smith Haven, Walt Whitman Mall, Wilton Mall at Saratoga, Woodbury Commons
33. North Carolina: Crabtree Mall
34. North Dakota: West Acres Mall
35. Ohio: Southern Park Mall
36. Oklahoma: Penn Square Mall
37. Oregon: Valley River Center
38. Pennsylvania: Beaver Valley, King of Prussia
39. South Carolina: Citadel Mall
40. South Dakota: Rushmore Mall
41. Tennessee: Opry Mills Mall
42. Texas: Grapevine Mills, NorthPark Center, The Galleria – Houston, Willowbrook Mall Houston
43. Utah: Layton Hills Mall
44. Vermont: University Mall
45. Virginia: Tysons Corner Center, Fair Oaks Mall
46. Washington: Westfield Vancouver
47. Washington D.C.: The Shops at Georgetown Park
48. West Virginia: Charleston Town Center
49. Wisconsin: Mayfair Mall
50. Wyoming: Frontier Mall
51. Toronto: Toronto Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, West Edmonton (Coming this week).
52. Vancouver: Metropolis at Metrotown
53. London: Brent Cross, Bluewater – Kent
53. Puerto Rico: Plaza Las Americas

Can also see the list here: http://fastmall.com/malls.html

Is your mall not on this list? Let us know what you would like us to add – Contact (at) FastMall (dot) com