May 9, 2012

Electronic Chic – Fashionable Gadgets

3D Swarovski Black Juicy Couture Crystal Bling Case Cover for iPhone 4 £49.95

Since 1998, Vertu, (roughly translated as love of or taste for fine objects of art), has managed to blend together the idea of style with the idea of technology. The series of fashionable silver, gold or platinum plated phones has been very popular, especially in the Middle Eastern countries, spawning even more models, including ones made using various precious stones such as sapphires or rubies.

A decade later, Apple revolutionised the idea of stylish telecomunication when launching the iPhone. Since then, an array of smartphones and tablets have flooded the electronics market and designers are happy to provide various ways to make them look even more posh.

High end fashion houses now have distinct displays in their stores and on their websites, of laptop sleeves and smartphone and tablet casings. This season, for example, luxury fashion house Hermès offers a range of elegant Blackberry and iPad cases in fine calfskin leather, bearing the house logo, Burberry presents leather tablet cases and sleeves in its distinctive tartan pattern, while Chanel visualizes the latest iPhone in a quilted lambskin holder, elegantly matching the famous 2.55 purse.

CHECK PATTERN IPAD CASE £185.00, HAYMARKET CHECK IPAD CASE £185.00, FOLDOVER SMOKE CHECK IPAD SLEEVE £185.00
CHECK PATTERN IPAD CASE £185.00, HAYMARKET CHECK IPAD CASE £185.00, FOLDOVER SMOKE CHECK IPAD SLEEVE £185.00
Cover for BlackBerry® BOLDTM 9000 £305.00; Cover for BlackBerry® CURVETM £305.00; Leather cover for iPhone® 4 £220.00
Cover for BlackBerry® BOLDTM 9000 £305.00; Cover for BlackBerry® CURVETM £305.00; Leather cover for iPhone® 4 £220.00
Chanel iPod holder
Chanel iPod holder

Fine leather is not the only material used to enhance the appearance of modern technological equipment. Juicy Couture, for instance, celebrates smartphones in its signature gaudy-chic style, with blinged out iPhone cases, featuring Swarovski crystals.

3D Swarovski Black Juicy Couture Crystal Bling Case Cover for iPhone 4 £49.95
3D Swarovski Black Juicy Couture Crystal Bling Case Cover for iPhone 4 £49.95

 

A couple of years ago, Louis Vuitton launched “le sac chien 50”, a monogrammed 50cm bag for dog-lovers to carry their beloved pet in. Seeing how both fashion and techonolgy are evolving nowadays, I believe it is to be expected that around 2030, we will have designer bags to carry our robot pets around in style.

Photos courtesy of: amazon.co.uk, burberry.com, chanel.com, hermes.com