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Maison Margiela Spring 2018 couture fashion show is iPhone inspired

Shoe holders, reflective dresses, and the like

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In a real case of art imitating life, this year’s Maison Margiela Paris Couture show was heavily influenced by everyday tech most use: the iPhone.

Most notably, the Spring 2018 collection featured what could be the most interesting iPhone accessory thus far, an ankle iPhone holder.

Of course, they didn’t stop there. VR headsets were also seen on the runway in various colors.

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Even iPads were thrown into the mix. Models made their way through the catwalks with various tech added to their outfits to give that true 2018 feel.

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There were even wrist phone holders, in what I could only imagine as an artistic symbolism of how we’re always on our phones.

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The colorful Maison Margiela tech-peppered show was the brainchild of famed designer John Galliano, who’s been the luxury fashion house’s creative director since 2014. Galliano, known for his outrageous designs, explains that this show was inspired by our present-day smartphone obsession.

Image credit: Giovanni Giannoni | Courtesy of Maison Margiela

This runway saw pieces that reacted to smartphone camera flashes to give an iridescent, holographic look.

Image credit: Giovanni Giannoni | Courtesy of Maison Margiela

In Galliano’s words, they were “freezing the glamour of the accidental, the magical moment.” He refers to today’s social media smartphone attitude of experiencing everything through a smartphone concurrently.

Image credit: Giovanni Giannoni | Courtesy of Maison Margiela

Entitled “Nomadic Glamour,” the show was Galliano’s take on today’s tech-fuelled reality. We’re all nomads today, and we’re attached to our iPhones and our iPads, they’re everything, and we move in these tribes…”

See the interesting pieces for yourself here:

Of course, most would doubt actual usefulness for these phone holders, and more so, the clothes paraded in this show. Before you denounce ever using the amusing accessory (or the high-fashion clothes) and vehemently object to its practical real-life applications, know that these couture pieces are not designed for everyday wear.

Don’t expect them in-stores anytime soon as these shows showcase looks that serve as more of an inspiration to the more watered-down ready-to-wear looks we’ll eventually see in shop windows. So, even if you wanted these accessories, tough luck getting them.

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These new Ikea curtains fight indoor pollution by filtering air

Talk about being functional!

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Ikea has just announced groundbreaking technology that will not only add to your home decorating or homemaking ventures, as the brand has been apt to do; it will also help keep your living space cleaner by purifying indoor air.

This is Ikea’s Gunrid curtain and it works just like a plant: It breaks down harmful pollutants when it gets in contact with light. The fabric itself has undergone “mineral-based surface treatment” which enables it to destroy common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and odor. And since the tech is in the fabric, future products aren’t, in theory, limited to just curtains.

Unknown to most, indoor air pollution is a big deal with some living spaces found to have conditions five times worse than other parts of the world and a higher death toll than outdoor pollution. Mauricio Affonso, Product Developer at Ikea Range & Supply says, “We are creating an affordable and space-saving air purifying solution that also makes the home more beautiful.”

Ikea hopes to put these Gunrid curtains on shelves by 2020.

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Samsung announces new generation of wearables

These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds

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Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch but without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, plus GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in.

The watch also has wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the PowerShare-capable Galaxy S10. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. It’ll come in four pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. It’ll be available on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.

The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a 0.95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.

Last but not least: The Galaxy Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts six hours of battery life for streaming and five hours on calls, with an additional seven hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging.

These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$ 129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.

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Instagram photo challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S10

Hands-on with all three versions!

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Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).

Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!

In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new LED light cover is the phone case we’ve always wanted

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