April 20 2014

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Fashion Over Function: Why Wearable Tech Is the Worst


Google GlassNews broke yesterday morning that Google has enlisted Luxottica—the company that crafts eyewear for such brands as Prada, Ray-Ban, Chanel, Versace, and beyond—to make Google Glass less hideous. That’s all good and fine—at least the Internet giant is placing an appropriate amount of importance on aesthetics. But I have to be honest: I am deeply tired of hearing about, writing about, and thinking about wearable tech. I have no desire to be hooked up to a device all day. The nonstop e-mail-induced vibrating of my iPhone already gives me heart palpitations, and I don’t need my rings, bracelets, and specs incessantly nagging me, too.

Considering Apple’s recent hires—Saint Laurent’s former CEO of special projects Paul Deneve and Burberry’s former CEO Angela Ahrendts—and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s partnership with Intel, wearable tech is no doubt about to explode. And it has the potential to generate big business among Millennials who are lost without their tablets, smartphones, and various other gadgets. I’m just not interested in participating in this particular big bang.

That’s not to say that wearable tech isn’t impressive from, well, you know, a tech standpoint. I find it mind-boggling that a Nike Fuel Band has the capacity to track your steps and calories burned, and then spit that information out into the World Wide Web. However, I’m unsure why the world (or the NSA, for that matter) needs to know your, or my, workout routine. Nor do I enjoy being bombarded on Facebook by everyone’s “humble brags” about how many miles they ran today. I’ve unfriended people for less. But I digress.

As someone who has dedicated my life to fashion, I refuse to compromise on the appearance of a garment or accessory. I’d much prefer to spend my wages on a decadent pair of low-tech vintage sunnies than on a mediocre style with Wi-Fi.

Furthermore, when is enough tech enough? Despite the fact that it doubles as my career, fashion is my escape—and I think a lot of people feel that way. When I slip on a new dress or place my favorite hat upon my head, I get butterflies in my stomach. All my troubles dissolve (if only for an instant), and it’s as though I’ve been transported to my own personal sartorial oasis. Why on earth would I trade in those moments of bliss for a flashing frock with 4G capabilities?

And what’s so great about being connected all the time, anyway? Forever burned in my mind is an election party I attended in 2012. The invitees were educated, opinionated, entertaining, and dynamic, but for a good portion of the evening, I had to check their Twitter feeds in order to get their thoughts on the polls. What could have been a riveting few hours of discussion was diminished to a silent, nonstop tweet-fest. While I sat there with my iPhone tucked in my handbag (my mother always told me that it was rude to stare at one’s phone in social situations because it makes your company feel as though they’re not important), mumbling to myself, all I could think was, What a waste. Can you imagine how much worse this will become if we’re not required to take the extra step of reaching into our pockets to tweet, Instagram, e-mail, Facebook, etc.? If the Internet is latched onto our wrists or eyes, will we even speak to each other anymore?

Perhaps I’m a Luddite. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I’d prefer to be stuck in the last century than to look and live like some kind of Star Trekkian android.

Even so, I wish nothing but the best of luck to Google and Luxottica in making high-fashion face computers.


Louis Vuitton to Show Resort 2015 in Monaco


Louis Vuitton learned today that Louis Vuitton will be holding its first-ever cruise destination show for the Resort 2015 season. The far-flung locale of choice? Good old glamorous Monaco. The move is indicative of Vuitton’s newfound dedication to ready-to-wear following its appointment of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, who debuted his first collection for the house earlier this month during Paris fashion week. More generally, this is also proof of the expanding role of runway shows.

Chanel, who’s previously presented its cruise and Metiers d’Art ranges in Versailles, Monaco, Singapore, Dallas, Scotland, and beyond, is headed to Dubai come May; Nicola Formichetti is hosting his first show for Diesel in Venice next month; and Dior jetted guests to Monaco (seeing a trend here?) for its Resort 2014 outing. Moschino, too, jumped on the destination bandwagon and premiered its Resort 2014 collection in Shanghai.

What does all this mean? While it’s no doubt lovely to be an editor at one of these exotic events, houses’ choice to raise their shows’ profiles by holding them in exciting locations proves these runway spectacles are more about advertising, brand image, and engaging the international public than ever before. Not to mention, we’re sensing a little competition between fashion’s heavy hitters. What’s next—catwalking on the moon?

Photo: Alessandro Garofalo/ 

Wear Sweatpants and Sneakers to Increase Your Status, Says Harvard


Cara Delevingne Dressing appropriately sometimes means wearing the opposite of what you think you should be wearing, says a recent Harvard study. The Wall Street Journal reports that “standing out in certain circumstances, like wearing sweats in a luxury store, also appears to boost an individual’s standing.”

Which totally makes sense if you think about it. Getting decked out to browse at Bergdorf’s is the fashion equivalent of taking a stretch limo to a movie at your local Cineplex. You’re trying too hard, probably because you’re faking it. Deviating from social norms can lead to a positive uptick in what people think about you, says the study. For instance, wearing sweatpants to work will make people think you’re super-rich because you probably don’t give a shit about getting fired. That’s why people who walk around in gym clothes all the time look like wealth—they don’t need jobs like the rest of us, so they can just do yoga and juice all day. Walk into a Chanel store dressed like that and shop assistants will immediately recognize you as the confident, deliberately offbeat, I-could-care-less type of shopper who might drop a few stacks on a new bag just because it’s Tuesday and you’ve got nothing better to do.

Just respect the boundaries. The key is to look like someone who is intentionally dressing like they don’t know what’s appropriate, not like a crazy person who doesn’t understand how to behave. No one wants to deal with an actual eccentric, just a rich person with the gall to act like one.

Photo: Getty Images 



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Marina’s Must-Have: Chanel’s Camélia Galbé Ring


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Chanel’s Camélia Galbé ring has been on my wish list for more than a decade. I remember first seeing the collection when I moved to New York, and I nearly bought the white ceramic and yellow gold cocktail ring on more than a few occasions. Sadly, I never followed through with the purchase, but lucky for me, the house is relaunching the collection with rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and a tiara. The fine jewelry range is arriving in stores now, and wouldn’t you know it, the cocktail ring is still my favorite piece. I adore both the black and white ceramic versions. In fact, I might be more in love now than I was before, considering that the updated flower-shaped bauble comes with a diamond center. How can I resist?

Chanel Camélia Galbé Ring in 18-karat white gold, set with one brilliant-cut diamond and black ceramic, price upon request. For more information, visit

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel