Motorola's feminine-friendly phone advertising.
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Motorola came out with a new phone and it's called the Moto X. It's a big deal. It's the Google Phone we've all been waiting for since they bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2011. Anyway, the cool functional aspects are that the Moto X is super fast and you tell it what to do not so much by smearing your finger sebum all over its face and then mashing that face onto your face but by talking to it or, like, flicking your hand a certain way if you want to use the camera. My near-death, very-old iPhone in comparison requires about 26 seconds, a blue streak of curses and a solid ruining of the moment in order to get the camera to work. Basically, it's this huge move away from manual controls. Anyway, I haven't met this phone in person or hung out with it so if you want more details you can read this or this or if you want the Cliffs Notes/TL;DR, read this. Or you can just go to Twitter and watch all the poindexters get huffy at each other about different vibes of the coverage so far.
But since we're a style blog, let's talk about how this doodad looks. It looks cool. And that's nice since it's an Android. You can even Nike iD it up on the Moto Maker customization web site (it's not live yet or I'd link it) or in AT&T stores later this year. There's a BOATLOAD of permutations since you can meddle with the color and materials and people are going bonkers for the woodgrain one that's coming out in Q4 because some people are obsessed with wood like that.
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Between pool toys and pet collars, Alexander Wang has made it clear that his designs shouldn't be restricted to clothes (although he's obviously owning THAT game, too). Just before Fashion Week, the New Yorker has revealed yet another unexpected project up his sleeve: a new partnership with Samsung. We got word this morning that Wang is teaming up with the mobile company NOT on a phone, but on a bag that's inspired by images captured by Samsung's Galaxy Note II model. He's selected stylists, influencers, and friends to take photos with the device, the result of which will be used as a motif splashed across the designer carryall. The purse won't be available to buy until this summer, but that's OK— there are way more than enough fashion-tech creations to tide us over until then. Earlier this week, Rebecca Minkoff announced a new collection of glittery clutches that do double duty as speakers, which let's be real, even NON-technophiles can appreciate.
Snooki unveils her Snooki Couture headphones, earbuds, and audio accessories.
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She may be a new mom and kicking off a brand spankin' new season of Snooki & JWOWW, but rest assured, Snooki is not slowing down on her mission to own a piece in every. single. aspect. of the style industry. The Princess of Poughkeepsie has just added a new vertical to her Snooki Couture fashion enterprise with the reveal of her forthcoming tech accessories which, according to her Instagram, will be available for meatballs nationwide come summertime. Yep. The girl already has self-branded and designed flip flops, jewelry, handbags, sunglasses, and beauty products, but now she's adding headphones, earbuds, and landline phones to her arsenal. Alright, girl! We see you doing work. *high fives the computer monitor*
The HTC One phone by Cushnie et Ochs.
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New York duo Cushnie et Ochs already have their trademark directional designs firmly planted in the closets of fashion industry insiders and young Hollywood alike (Olivia Wilde, Kristen Stewart and Teresa Palmer, we're looking at you!). Now Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs have teamed up with HTC on a new custom smartphone inspired by the label's Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Created in conjunction with Milk MADE (the creative editorial arm of Milk Studios), the HTC One phone by Cushnie et Ochs arrives just in time for this season's shows and naturally comes pre-loaded with all sorts of fashion-y extras and apps. The minimalist style has a sleek black and white color palette and matching earbuds, making it the ultimate complement to whatever outfit you're wearing. Bottom line: this is a new kind of accessory that's stylish on the inside AND out.