Whether it’s style, fine materials or a famous designer name that your recipient covets, the innovative wearable design and spruced-up technology we’ve found over the past year are great for anyone who likes to make an impression. Some items we’ve found are obviously striking; others have impressive, but hidden, backstories, such as these elegant scarves that are based on digitally processed videos of New York neighborhoods. Other wearable items with unusual inspirations include a cuff made from melted-down illegal guns and MIA’s 19-piece collection for Versace that’s based on counterfeits found in the streets of London.
Technology itself is also increasingly attracting big names in fashion and design as designers take their critical eye to the gadgets we’re increasingly inseparable from. As Jonathan Adler and Designer Alber Elbaz at Lanvin have shown us, utilitarian plastic and metal are no longer your only options for important items like your recipient’s iPad or its battery pack. A thoughtful gift from you will help your recipient appreciate his or her device anew every day.