Android chic is so last season, but bots and bytes continue to worm themselves into the lives of the stylish. Dior Homme’s departing Hedi Slimane long since took the lead in creating tech accessories designed with the fabulously modern in mind, topping himself for Fall with a sleek leather laptop case that doubles as a fold-out, portable workstation. (If that’s too pricey, you can settle for a Dior Homme mousepad. Seriously.)
Where Hedi goes, others follow, and designers of all stripes now churn out everything from iPod cases to jackets outfitted with solar-powered cellphone chargers. But nowhere is the new – and undoubtedly lasting – trend of haute high-tech more obvious than in the case of the humble flash drive. These thumb drives plug into the USB port on your computer, and store and transport data from home to work and back again, and though you can get a workaday flash drive for practically nothing at Staples, why would you when companies such as Mimobot are turning out flash drive buddies made to look like cute little monsters or Star Wars characters. White Stripes fans, meanwhile, can buy a Jack & Meg drive set for $99, upload new album Icky Thump from either one and use the leftover space to port drafts of love letters to the duo. And last week, Paris’s uber-boutique, Colette, unveiled a new line of flash accessories: The USB drive’s by Philips, the bling by Swarovski. Expect more such partnerships to come, and soon. Futuristic android chic may be over, but then again, who needs it? The future is now.