The life of a contemporary fashion designer is increasingly mobile, so they need all the best tech tools at their disposal.
By Tomas Smith – production process specialist at Sewport
Whenever you need to get more information on a color you see on a garment, accessory, or bolt of fabric, reach for your smartphone and load ColorSnap. This Sherwin-Williams iOS and Android app allows you to instantly identify any color that you see on the runway or in the office, and ColorSnap will even suggest matching colors that would go great with any garment that you fall in love with. Best of all, this app is 100 percent free.
Sewport CEO Boris Hodakel suggests that you think of Pinterest as your mobile mood board. It’s easy to make your own collections with this intuitive app, but you can also rely on the groups of images that other Pinterest users have collected to provide you with inspiration for your next garment or line. Pinterest is free to use, and it’s one of the most useful tools for collecting images that strike a chord with your aesthetic sensibilities.
Stylebook is an incredibly useful app that no fashion designer should be without. This app allows you to upload images of garments that you can add to your “Closet.” You can then organize these garments into “Looks,” and Stylebook even allows you to edit your garments and load them into a monthly calendar. While Stylebook costs $3.99, the value of this app is readily apparent if you’re the type of person who is constantly juggling different fashions and figuring out which garments look best together.
If you haven’t downloaded the Instagram app onto your Android or iOS smartphone yet, you’re behind the times. Not only does Instagram provide you with an ideal format for browsing fashions and connecting with consumers, but you can also sell your fashions directly through this app’s intuitive storefront.
STYLEBOP for iOS allows you to keep track of the latest fashions that are sweeping the industry. Whether you want to derive inspirations from the best styles of the season or browse through your favorite designer’s latest handbags, STYLEBOP is an app that you won’t want to be without.
Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) has long been the go-to platform for fashion designers who want to stay on top of the latest happenings in the fashion world. Whether you decide to subscribe to the print or online edition of WWD, you’ll receive free access to this platform’s iOS and Android apps. Print subscriptions cost $169.99 per year and digital subscriptions cost $129.99 per year.
Trendstop is like WWD but without the price tag. A subscription to this app only costs $5.99 per year, but it comes fully packed with features that you’ll love like fashion news and catwalk videos. Trendstop features robust sharing options, and this app makes it easy to keep up with all of the world’s most prestigious fashion shows with the touch of a button.
Silk Knots is an app that you might never need, but you’ll be happy that this handy tool is on your smartphone if you ever need to show off your scarf-tying skills in front of an audience. This Hermes app features tons of intuitive info on the best ways to tie scarves around a model’s head, neck, or chest.
Vogue Runway is an up-to-date app that’s streamlined for the latest mobile devices. It contains all of the information you’ll need to keep track of all of this season’s fashion shows whether they’re taking place in Paris, Milan, London, New York, or elsewhere. This app is available in both iPad and iPhone versions.
Evernote might not immediately strike you as a fashion app, but as soon as you touch this app’s iconic elephant head icon, you’ll fall in love with Evernote’s simplicity and multi-platform compatibility. This app allows you to seamlessly weave text, images, and videos together into intuitive files and folders. All of your info is then saved to the cloud so you can access it from any device.