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Halloween costumes get virtual try-on treatment from Metail

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Virtual fitting room start-up Metail is running an online campaign this week that invites shoppers to see what they’d look like in a series of different Halloween costumes.

“Try our scariest looks on your own MeModel,” reads the messaging. Clicking to the page reveals a series of appropriate outfits, including a zombie cheerleader, pirate and skeleton dress. There’s also a pumpkin, a corset spilling with guts, and a variety of blood splattered and gothic looks.

Users need only fill out their height, weight, waist and bust measurements, for a three-dimensional model, or avatar, of themselves to appear in a right hand pop-up box. From there, they can see what the various styles would look like on, as per the picture below (skin tone and hair style can also be adjusted to help visualisation).

The aim of the campaign, which on this occasion doesn’t actually enable purchase, is to drive awareness around the Metail product by helping people choose their costumes in time for Halloween.

Metail recently announced the closing of a further $12m in funding, bringing the total investment in its service to $20m since its founding in 2008. The finance will be used to develop the company’s mobile offering for release early 2015, and to advance its user ecosystem. It will also be looking to expand further overseas in South America, Asia and Europe next year, before setting its sights on the US.

Metail previously worked with House of Holland during London Fashion Week this season past, for a campaign that allowed consumers to instantly try-on and pre-order pieces from the designer’s spring/summer 2015 collection in the right size.


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Topshop connects physical and digital worlds with #trickortweet Halloween campaign

Topshop is introducing the idea of tweets as currency this Halloween by inviting shoppers to take to Twitter while in store in exchange for certain make-up products.

Part and parcel of the British retailer’s #trickortweet campaign which celebrates its new Witching Hour collection, the initiative will see select flagship stores hosting a special “Tweet Shop” where the online-meets-offline experience will take place.

Trick or Tweet-themed backdrops and posters will be made available for consumers to take a twitpic of themselves in front of.

Fans away from the store are also invited to tweet to @Topshop using the hashtag with their favourite Halloween style tip or a twitpic of their Halloween outfit anytime between October 26-31. The same is being pushed across Instagram.

“We love the idea of using Halloween to connect our digital and physical worlds. We know our customer moves seamlessly between the two and we want to make that experience even more fun for them and drive conversation in our community around a moment that everyone wants to be a part of,” says Justin Cooke, CMO of Topshop.

Topshop will send back personalised thank you messages to entrants, with the best tweets each day winning £100/$150 gift cards.

Prizes will also be given in store to those dressed in the best Halloween-inspired outfits during the “witching hour” of  5pm-6pm on October 27 and 31. Further activities will include complimentary make-overs and a number of DJ performances.

Participating stores include Oxford Circus, Manchester Arndale, Liverpool, New York, Las Vegas and Chicago.