25th September 2013
There are few things more satisfying than having the most up to date gadget but every iPad, laptop and mobile needs a snazzy case to match. And tech cases are an easy way to own a colourful pattern without actually having to wear it. Here is our wish list for the tech accessories we love most this season:
This pretty Red Iphis iPad Sleeve, £95, is an update on a classic Liberty print. The rich red and purple colours are eye-catching and the texture of the leather is gorgeous.
This Marc by Marc Jacob X Liberty Tablet Case, £60, is the result of a mightily successful collaboration between Marc Jacobs and Liberty. The case is feminine yet practical, and the pink over-sized zip is a great detail.
This sexy Alexander Wang Lizard Embossed iPad Case, £320, with its ombre pattern effect and sensational texture, is expensive but swoon-worthy.
Comme des Garcons' Blue Neoprene iPad Sleeve, £50, is hard-wearing and irresistible.
We love Lanvin's Visages iPad Case, £80, which, with its hand-drawn print of faces in a crowd is quirky and original. The case works well as it opens like a book, so it's practical too.
This shiny mock croc Smythson Blue Mara Leather iPhone 5 case, £95, comes in a gorgeous Yves Klein blue. As with almost everything at Smythson you can have it embossed with a monogram.
This iconic cube effect Pierre Hardy Cube iPhone 5 case, £100, is timeless yet original.
Finally, this chic Smythson Navy Panama iPad Sleeve, £225, is made up of two contrasting leather textures – one smooth, the other a crossgrain calf leather. We especially love its oxblood leather stripe.
27th January 2011
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that technology is actually supposed to make life easier, not more complicated. Well, we’ve discovered a new App that not only makes it easier but much cheaper too. Viber is free to download from i-Tunes or the App store on your phone and it instantly connects to everyone in your address book. If they have also downloaded the Viber App (a small sign appears beside their name if they have), then you can call them for free using 3G or Wifi. Yes, even other mobiles, for nothing. Even when you’re abroad! And the quality of the phone lines are brilliant too. Genius!
For more information on how it works, watch this video:
28th January 2010
The Southbank Centre has just announced the lineup for its annual Ether Festival (celebrating innovation and cross-arts experimentation). Tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow.
Lou Reed and his Metal Machine Trio will be at the Royal Festival Hall on 19th April, though be warned: don’t expect songs like “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Sweet Jane”; this is Reed at his most avant-guarde working with ‘noise experimentation’. And he’s not a crowd pleaser at the best of times.
More straightforwardly great however, and the man we will be rushing to see, is Gil Scott Heron (supported by Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle), the legendary American poet and singer whose music fuses soul, jazz, blues and the spoken word. He doesn’t perform live nearly as much as he used to mainly because over the last few years he has been in and out of jail for cocaine posession, so this concert is a rare opportunity. Listen to his song “The Revolution Will Not be Televised” to get an idea of his work if he’s new to you. He’ll be at the Royal Festival Hall on April 20th.