Where are you the funniest, smartest, most Facetuned version of yourself? This week, the Cut explores the complexities, vanities, and pitfalls of self-presentation online.
When you spend your days curating the perfect Instagram shot, it’s not just about owning the latest iPhone but dressing that iPhone in the fanciest, most comment-baiting case possible. No one knows this better than Jeremy Scott at Moschino, who each season gives the guests at his show a kooky case in shapes like McDonald’s French fries, a Barbie hand mirror, and a gigantic branded bear. Within hours, everyone has a pic up on their Instagram account and by the next day you’ll see them paraded around in street-style photos. And they’re not the only ones who understand the value of a vanity case — Stella McCartney has a shark version, Marc by Marc Jacobs made ski goggles, and Garance Doré created illustrated ones. Because, honestly, if you want to be an Instagram star, you can’t exactly have a broken phone. Click ahead to see 19 totally serious vanity cases for any self-respecting, super-professional adult.