Virtual Try-On Fashion Apps Update, 2016
Sophisticated new virtual try-on tools, both online and in-store, are capitalising on consumers' increased willingness to use tech to trial products.
Thirty-three per cent of British consumers are interested in virtual assistance when trying on clothes, while 41% would like to use tech such as virtual reality (VR) to reimagine home furnishings (Westfield, 2016). They're also more likely to visit a store featuring VR (57%), smart fitting rooms (57%) and augmented reality (AR) (52%) (Barclays, 2016). We select some of the best.
- On-Screen, In-Store: In tandem with London College of Fashion's Innovation Agency and UK technologists Meshmerise, British accessories designer Emma J Shipley released the Scarfi app in November. It uses facial recognition technology and AR to allow people to virtually try on her S/S 17 designs, then buy in-app or share their images on social media. The launch was accompanied by a pop-up at Westfield shopping centre in London, where the same could be done via static tablets, collecting purchases from an adjacent vending machine.
- Realistic Virtual Fashion Fit: Israeli app Zeekit allows users to browse fashion items virtually overlaid onto photos of their bodies. US fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff used it during S/S 17 New York Fashion Week (see S/S 17 Catwalks: Comms Innovations for more details).
- Multi-Brand Speed Trialling: In May, Italian eyewear manufacturer Safilo partnered with Marie Claire magazine and app YouCam Makeup. The virtual trialling experience allowed users to test 40 pairs of sunglasses from 10 Safilo brands, including Fendi, Marc Jacobs and MaxMara. To purchase, clicking on a simple icon redirected users to Safilo's e-commerce site. See also Elevating Eyewear.