The craze over unique geek accessories like these points to the glamorization of all things nerdy, encompassing a love for computers, the reign of the uncool and an obsession with gadgets.
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Lightdrops, by designer Sang Kyun Park, are umbrellas that illuminate when raindrops trigger the light emitting diodes (LEDs) within their frames.
Clothing and shoes that glow in the dark as well as bike reflectors help reduce accidents when walking, jogging, or bike-riding in low-light conditions. Lightdrops umbrellas have the ability to aid in this area as well: because they illuminate, they can help make their users more visible to motorists and lessen the likelihood of an accident.
Don’t say goodbye to the gladiator sandal just yet; the look has been heavily revived in Spring 2009 collections (a huge relief to those fashionistas on a budget!) The designers seemed to ignore the recession entirely, flaunting collections that looked as though they’d been delicately blessed by a reincarnation of King Midas.
Fashion week onlookers were swept away, and back in time, to the days of Ancient Egypt, where being draped in golden baubles was the norm. Christian Dior opted for “Nefertiti-chic” hairstyles that rose in dramatic hourglass shapes of crimped hair contrasted with Cleopatra-straight bangs. Ralph Lauren charmed with snake jewelry, while other designers, like Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, went for a slightly more Roman take with golden-winged breast plates over white gowns fit for a goddess.
“At Anna Sui, hieroglyphs provided the basis for elaborate prints, while Sophia Kokosalaki worked in a pharaoh-worthy palette of lapis lazuli and gold,” noted Style.com, adding also that “Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava accessorized with slinky silver breastplates.”
While some of these looks may be too dramatic to wear in every day situations, a chic gladiator sandal paired with a white sun dress works wonders, but so does a simple tiny accessory such as a snake armband or necklace. The key to working the look, however, lies in having the poise and confidence of a modern day Hathor, goddess of beauty.