We describe a completely automated large scale visual recommendation system for fashion. Existing approaches have primarily relied on purely computational models to solving this problem that ignore the role of users in the system.
In this paper, we propose to overcome this limitation by incorporating a user-centric design of visual fashion recommendations. Specifically, we propose a technique that augments 'user preferences' in models by exploiting elasticity in fashion choices. We further design a user study on these choices and gather results from the 'wisdom of crowd' for deeper analysis.
Our key insights learnt through these results suggest that fashion preferences when constrained to a particular class, contain important behavioral signals that are often ignored in recommendation design.
Further, presence of such classes also reflect strong correlations to visual perception which can be utilized to provide aesthetically pleasing user experiences. Finally, we illustrate that user approval of visual fashion recommendations can be substantially improved by carefully incorporating these user-centric feedback into the system framework.