Interweaving function and fashion
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte
Dell unveiled recently its ultraportable XPS 13 laptop, the most compact 13.3-inch Ultrabook featuring an edge-to-edge glass, near-frameless display, all-day battery life, and the latest innovative technology for a superb overall user experience.
Dubbed “The Best of Technology and Fashion,” designer Pablo Cabahug unveiled a trunk collection that echoed the almost monochromatic hues of the XPS13 Ultrabook. The creations came in the same shades as the ultra-savvy gadget: the high-gloss elegance of silver; the sleekness of ebony; and the immaculate seduction of a white undertone. Cabahug wove unto his designs not just Dell’s delicious colors but also his own brand of fashion genius that even the most jaded spectators were amazed.
Cabahug’s silhouette was cocooned in myriad swatches of silver and black.
Silver, in its many color mutations, can be as scintillating as platinum or muted like pewter. It is in this broad palette that the designer played around with his designs; yet never straying away from Dell XPS 13’s main hue.
Dell XPS 13 delivers superb craftsmanship, durability and mobility. Its thoughtful design goes beyond beauty. With bonded Corning® Gorilla® glass, machined aluminum and carbon fiber, all these are incorporated to enhance the performance of theUltrabook™.
Strikingly thin, with more room to view, the XPS 13 Ultrabook™ is a slim 6 mm (0.24”) at its thinnest point and only 18 mm (0.71”) at its thickest point; featuring a 13.3" HD display cleverly fit into a footprint that's similar to an 11" laptop.
It delivers powerful performance with 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ processors, giving Ultrabook™ the speed and performance you’ve come to expect from the XPS family. “The XPS 13 is the culmination of an extensive design and development process focused on creating the best Ultrabook on the planet,” enthused Christopher Papa, Country Manager of Dell Philippines. “It is specifically engineered to help both our consumer and commercial customers become more productive and connected in every way possible. From the edge-to-edge frameless display that packs more screen space into a compact body, to the innovative carbon fiber base that is lightweight and cool to the touch, the XPS 13 exemplifies our commitment to offering industry-leading mobile solutions that deliver durability and performance without compromise.”
Always up to date, its Intel® Smart Connect Technology keeps your email, contacts, calendar and social networks up to date, even when your XPS 13 Ultrabook™ is in sleep mode. “When Dell began the conversation of what an Ultrabook could be, we carefully considered how to provide customers not only incredible mobility, but also the kind of performance experience you would expect from something much larger,” added Christopher. “A ‘good-enough’ Ultrabook wasn’t good enough for us. We were committed to developing what an Ultrabook can and should be with the XPS 13 and providing a superior user experience.”
What’s more, the unit turns on instantly and boots in as little as 8 seconds; resuming from sleep mode in just 1 second (4 seconds from deep sleep). A solid-state drive and Intel® Rapid Start Technology makes this possible. “The XPS 13 represents the most balanced of the Ultrabook class of notebooks to hit the market so far”, said Alvin Go, product manager of Dell Philippines.
“Ultrabooks started by forcing people to make a choice between beauty and practicality and Dell took the time to make sure their offering would not only be very attractive, but address the critical needs of business and education buyers as well. Perhaps the best way to describe the XPS 13 is ‘beautifully uncompromised’.”
The refined features truly feel as good as it looks, due to a comfort-designed keyboard and a sleek, gesture-enabled glass touchpad. Together with Dell, Cabahug proved that, indeed, fashion and technology are not far apart but closely interwoven. And in instances like this event, are linked like peas in a pod.
It is through fashion that Cabahug has shown the seamless interweaving of technology in the many aspects of life; down to the apparel we don daily, whether for work or play.
Pablo Cabahug started his own atelier in 2008 specializing in men’s formal wear and eventually ventured in executing corporate uniforms. Known for his body-conscious and tailored pieces, Pablo wanted his clothes to be ‘fashionable but not trendy.’ His local fashion influence happens to be renowned designer Randy Ortiz, from whom he apprenticed for almost a decade.
From then on, Pablo has been one of the featured designers at the annual Philippine Fashion Week series for the past two years now; consistently recognized among the top collections. Pablo won the Look of Style – Young Designer of the Year Award in 2010, a competition spearheaded by the British Council of the Philippines, the Daily Inquirer, Samsung and Look Magazine.
As part of his prize, he was sent to London to study at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design where he finished a course in Fashion Design & marketing. He was also one of the Global Pinoy awardees of SM Supermalls. Pablo was likewise invited to showcase the “Ice Skater” collection in Starwood Hotel – Macau.
For Dell’s XPS13 event, Cabahug’s silhouette is cocooned in myriad swatches of tasteful silver. Even with technology anchored around his creations, fashion is indeed his passion!
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