Give us the skinny on your ugly and win

Give us the skinny on your ugly and win

If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your laptop, we can help. Or more appropriately, designers Adrian Hailwood, Sable & Minx, Annah Stretton and Saben can help. In the lead up to New Zealand Fashion Week, HP and Microsoft have teamed up with these top Kiwi designers to create some ‘tech chic’ with the release of limited edition custom designed skins (adhesive covers) for selected HP notebooks. And because we love you so much, we’re giving you the chance to show your laptop some designer love by winning your favourite skin. 

How to win 

We want you to let us in on your ugly design secret. All you need to do is tell what the most ugly gadget you’ve ever owned is, along with which designer skin you’d prefer to win. 

More about the HP designer skins 

The four designers each designed their own unique print, which be will given away on a first-come-first-served basis to fashion-conscious kiwis purchasing selected HP notebooks from this coming Monday onwards

The skins are made to fit HP Pavilion notebooks (30cm x 24cm) and HP Mini Notebook (26cm x17cm) 

Adrian Hailwood

Titled Catherine, Adrian’s skin design comes from his blue lady series of light boxes. His inspiration for this work is twofold drawing on the stylistic overtures from 1950s designer Vladimir Tretchikoff and the Moroccan style of his 2004 show. Adrian’s work is about putting a modern spin on classic design. 


The print is drawn from the spring summer 2010/11 collection called “The Invention of Grace”. It is a vivid play on abstract modernist pattern. The manipulation of generating a 2D image from a 3D product plays again with the theme of invention. 

Sable & Minx

Based on their Garden of Eden silk print that is at the centre of their summer collection, the intense azure blues and purples are reminiscent of tropical oceans and summer flowers invoking a sense of luscious tropical beauty. 

Annah Stretton

Inspired by legendary Wild Western anti-heroine Calamity Jane, Annah’s design celebrates individuality and rebellion. Annah’s design is all about inspiring women to stop playing it safe and resume lives less ordinary.

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