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CES 2018: Tech accessories go natural

The star of CES year on year is always the tech—the faster than ever mobile phones, the scary-real VR effects, the getting-tinier-and-tinier-by-the-year-drones. But with all that new tech comes an essential, secondary product category that also must change and adapt year on year—the tech accessories.

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Mobile phone cases are arguably the most abundant tech accessory at the show, but they are also the most mercurial. They need to change not only with the mobile device their meant to protect, but with the consumer’s fickle tastes and high street fashions. After last year’s heavy dose of liquid glitter (don’t worry, this is still very much a trend), I was excited to see a handful of mobile phone cases take on a more natural, organic look.

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Woodcessories debuted both a mobile case and a computer case made out of very thin, yet very protective stone, a shale-like texture offered in a variety of colours. At Defense, layers of beautiful iridescent shells were pressed between the hard plastic for a glittery, oceanic-inspired case. My favorite natural case of them all was from Nanette Lepore and featured tiny pressed flowers on an otherwise clear case. The brand offered a plethora of colours, as did several other brands; dried, pressed flowers just might be the new liquid glitter confetti.

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Very much in line with our A/W 2018/19 trend HumaNature, these cases feel a bit rustic (well, about as rustic a mobile phone case can get), like they are harvested from the earth, natural imperfections and all. Surrounding something so flawless, so smooth and so unnatural as a mobile phone, they offer a fresh juxtaposition, a reminder of real, earthly things. And in 2018, that reminder is often quite necessary, especially in a world surrounded by teeny tiny drones, smart home robots and self-driving cars.

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