Kate Moss has inked a deal with the Carphone Warehouse to design a range of fashionable smartphone and tablet accessories.
Thirty-nine-year-old Moss will present two collections every year designed to work with a range of smartphones and other high-tech gadgets. It might seem a funny move for a high-fashion star like Moss, who has just starred in the latest Versace advertising campaign, but fashion and tech are continuing to converge:
“My phone’s as much a part of my look as my bag or shoes, and yet there’s so little choice out there,” explained Moss. “My whole approach was to treat this as any other fashion collaboration; I was heavily involved in the design process and loved seeing my vision come to life in the final product. From the quality of materials to design, I wanted the best for my range that reflected my personal style,” added the model.
More than 14 million mobile accessories were sold in the U.K. last year, and the market is now worth around $337 million in total. Sixty-four percent of women in the country own a smartphone with 1 in 4 women going on to buy at least one accessory for their mobile.
Carphone Warehouse is joining a major trend with the fashionable collaboration. Luxury brands like Mulberry and Gucci have had particular success with their leather accessories and iPad covers which are often spotted outside fashion shows.
Automotive tuning company Vorsteiner announces its latest package for the Ferrari 458 Italia. Inspired by the performance-oriented efficiency of the vehicle, Vorsteiner’s design and development team create the perfect tuning package that compliments the purity, simplicity, and technology of the 458 Italia, dubbed the 458-V. At the nose of the Ferrari, they start with an add-on front spoiler that sculpts to the contours of the vehicle. The reason behind this design is to assist in directing air into the engine’s radiator located in the front end of the vehicle. This carbon fiber component assures that it is produced to have superior strength and durability in a lightweight part that improves performance. The design of the front spoiler is to have a profile that is practical for everyday use and enhance the performance of the vehicle. To balance the front end, they developed a rear decklid spoiler to be a lightweight non-obtrusive way to match the front end. Also included is a carbon fiber rear diffuser and forged aluminum monoblock wheels. Further information can be found here.
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One of China’s rarest stamps sold for $936,000 at auction in Hong Kong, the auctioneers said Wednesday.
With just 32 recorded copies, the Qing Dynasty “1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar” stamp is “China’s rarest regularly-issued stamp”, Interasia Auctions said in a press release.
The bright red stamp, symbolising luck and good fortune in Chinese culture, is rare because the characters “Qing Dynasty postal service, one dollar” were considered too small, prompting the printing of a second version.
The stamp was part of a three-day auction of Chinese, Hong Kong and Asian stamps which ended Monday bringing in a total of HK$71.9 million, Interasia said.
“Philately has a special place in Chinese culture, with rare stamps regarded as important cultural icons and treasures, just like art,” auction house director Jeffrey Schneider said in the statement.
A pair of rare stamps bearing an accidentally inverted picture of Chinese nationalist leader Sun Yat-sen sold for more than $700,000 in Hong Kong last October.
Mainland Chinese are regular buyers of the top lots at sales of art, jewellery and wine as Hong Kong positions itself as an auction hub for Asia as well as the gateway to China’s vast market.
It’s not often that an album climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, but that’s just what might happen next week.
J. Cole’s “Born Sinner,” which debuted at No. 2 a week ago, looks like it should take the throne next Wednesday. Industry sources suggest that “Born Sinner,” which spent a second week in the runner-up slot this week, may sell around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 7.
That figure should be enough to fend off the week’s new releases, which include titles by R&B singer Joe and pop/rock band Relient K, as well as the new Hillsong live album “Glorious Ruins.” The biggest of those titles should be Joe’s “Double Back: Evolution of R&B,” with around 25,000.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of July 10.
The last album to climb to No. 1 — as opposed to debuting at No. 1 — was Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” on the chart dated March 16. The set moved to No. 1 in its 12th chart week, after debuting at No. 2 on the Dec. 29, 2012, tally.