By Asma and Reem

Savelli Geneve: Luxury Smartphones

Lately there's been a fusion between fashion and technology, resulting in not only luxurious but also high-tech products. Savelli Geneve -founded by Alessandro Savelli- are hitting the mark with their diamond-encrusted cell-phones. Call it the couture smart-phone. 

The structure of the Savelli smart-phone is designed to embody a feminine physique, the idea that beauty and nature is defined by curves is the basis of that embodiment. There's no denying that the Swiss-made phones can also act as a piece of jewellery crafted from precious stones, exquisitely set with white diamonds, lined with 18-carat gold, or rose-gold. Questions are raised about whether the exterior is far more important than the interior, but Savelli seems to cover that perfectly with the phones operating on the Google Android system. Which basically means you can access social media accounts and a personal proactive app, Jardin Secret. 

"I wanted to create something totally new, never attempted before. A jewel of tomorrow, only for women. A design which would bring a new perspective on jewellery and in the luxury good industry, an obsessive search for beautiful materials to work with. From Ultra-Bombé crystal sapphire to hi-tech ceramic" -Alessandro Savelli

What we loved most about the Savelli is that customers have the choice of creating custom-made phones, which means you can play around with your favourite types of jewels and experiment with different materials, not to mention have your phone engraved with your own initials. Our favourite is the "Black Insane", 18-carat white gold set with 75 baguette-cut diamonds with black alligator leather. It's a classic. 

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld stars in the latest campaign, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, and styled by her own fabulous mother, Carine Roitfeld. Pretty much goes as something new, something old, and something borrowed. Although we're not quite sure the latter applies in this situation. Putting that aside, we're thinking Julia is the perfect muse for the new brand since both are icons in the making. 

Pick of the Week: Charlotte Olympia

Contrary to universal belief, shoes are not just a feast for the eyes. Empowerment? Yes. Resist? Maybe so. We're thinking: ditch the winter boots and go for pumps. Irrational as it might sound, it certainly is the perfect arrangement in time for winter festivities. Suppose it's the climax to a build-up of countless times we'd go for pumps, and infinite guarantees that a frost-bite will be tolerated. That's where Charlotte Olympia comes in: her imminently glamorous and witty python "Monroe" pumps has a resistible, not to mention flawless, demeanour. 

 

Paula Mendoza: Colombian Treasures

Describing Paula Mendoza's jewellery only with a few words? Fierce, bold, and conceptual. So it's no wonder that Beyonce stacked up on Mendoza's signature flexible strand of gold-plated beads for her "XO" music video. The Colombian designer based her brand in New York, initially studying journalism in her hometown of Bogota before venturing into the world of jewellery. Mendoza learned the craft of working with materials in Peru after quitting her journalism job, eventually going back to Colombia to master the art of jewellery-making. 

We ourselves were fascinated by her F/W 2014 collection "Oro". The fact that she uses raw and organic materials is as fresh as it sounds, also maintaining the shape and colour. The coiled bracelets, necklaces and rings are one of Mendoza's most successful pieces, all picked up by top online retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi. The rich Colombian gold is crafted in her Bogota atelier, while also sourcing all the gems from her native country. Her inspirations include El Dorado and the different styles she sees in New York(where she is currently based), claiming in an interview that she is "hugely influenced by(my) Colombian roots". Another one of the many things we loved about Mendoza was the fact that she began a program of working with single mothers in her atelier, helping them in one way or another. Now there you have it - a jeweller who is utterly devoted to her passion while working for a cause.

Urbanear X Marc by Marc Jacobs Team Up!

We love collaborations. I mean, we really, really love collaborations... And when you put music and fashion together, well, you should definitely expect a "blast". So it's to no surprise that the Urbanear and Marc by Marc Jacobs collaboration, which was released on October 28th, is literally music to our ears.

For this collaboration, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier of Marc by Marc Jacobs were inspired by the 90s British pop vibes, as well as elements of nature (oil, ocean, and berries). Interestingly enough, each element of nature stands for not only a color, but also a certain vibe. The Oil colorway is inspired by oil's silky and flowing nature, and stands for the color black. The Ocean colorway has a calming vibe to it, and stands for the color blue. Finally, the Berries colorway comes from the famous berries of Scandinavia where Urbanears is headquartered, and stands for the color red.  

This collaboration is perfect especially now that we know that sportswear is in trend and is adored by many. We applaud Marc by Marc Jacobs for taking such a smart move. Urbanears, too, allowed Marc by Marc Jacobs to transform its musical accessory into a fashion accessory. We reckon that some people won't mind wearing those headphones simply for the sake of fashion. I mean, look at how good looking they are! And yes, we just called headphones good looking. 

So which one would you go for? Maybe a different color for every mood? We don't mind grabbing them all though!