BELLEVUE, Wash., June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled its exclusive Limited Edition HTC One M9 INK handset, created in collaboration with worldwide fashion icon and supermodel Jourdan Dunn.
Tapping into the fashion world's passion for body art, the HTC One M9 INK is the first of its kind and delivers a body art-inspired one off illustration which is engraved onto the back of the phone. The handset and first-look imagery of Jourdan, taken by leading fashion photographer Matt Irwin (Vogue Russia, Vogue Japan, Vogue UK, Vogue France, Dazed and Confused, i-D), were today revealed at a global launch event in London. A limited number of the handsets are available to buy for customers who register their interest at www.htc.com/US/ink.
Taking inspiration from the HTC One M9's brushed metal two tone finishes (gold on gold and silver on gold) the HTC INK design has also been recreated in temporary metallic body art, which Jourdan models in the Matt Irwin images, playing into this year's hottest fashion and beauty trend.
A ground-breaking star of international high fashion runways, advertising campaigns and magazines, with a personal love of body art, Jourdan worked in partnership with leading artist Cally-Jo, who was responsible for Rihanna's henna-style hand inking, to create the first ever HTC INK design. Using the 'language' of body art, the bespoke design is a unique expression of Jourdan's feelings about the new chapter in her career, her excitement over her new upcoming creative design projects, and being able to express her individual style through her partnership with HTC.
On the handset unveiling, Jourdan said: "Body art is an important part of my look and, as I don't go anywhere without my phone, it makes perfect sense to combine the two to create a uniquely personalized accessory. The opportunity to work with a brand that is famous for design and to put my own creative stamp onto a beautiful looking handset was something that really appealed, with the HTC One M9 INK really capturing my personality."
HTC's CEO Cher Wang said: "The way your smartphone looks is just as important to your personal style as your bag, jewelery and even your body art. HTC leads the way in inspiring innovative design to provide the ultimate experience in personalization, so we wanted to be the first brand to bring this level of individuality to our handsets. The HTC One M9 is our most beautiful handset yet and HTC INK reflects our commitment to best in class design by working with inspiringly creative people like Jourdan."
HTC INK is a Limited Edition campaign which sees bespoke celebrity body art designs engraved onto exclusive runs of HTC's family of premium HTC One handsets.
About HTC One M9
The newest flagship in the globally acclaimed HTC One family, the HTC One M9 is HTC's most personal, beautiful and powerful smartphone yet. A classic yet timeless celebration of beauty and elegance, it combines style, personalization and performance and, with a number of high-end features, is perfectly designed for those who aspire to a brilliant life.
Interpreting Jourdan Dunn's HTC INK design
The open hand and eye symbolise the need for protection and strength, while still being open and approachable in personality and style. The natural leaf-elements and patterns around the outside of each visual reflect the growth in creativity that she is feeling at this time, while the sun and moon together indicate balance and harmony in her character.
About Jourdan Dunn:
Beautifully outspoken, Jourdan's career has always defied the odds. She has fearlessly championed diversity within the fashion industry and recently won herself a British Vogue cover and Burberry contract – to add to her Maybelline contract, her cooking show Well Dunn with Jay Z's Life & Times, the coveted spot on Victoria's Secrets runway, and campaigns with CK, DKNY, Hilfiger, Balmain, YSL Beauty and TopShop. At 19 she had her son Riley. Now aged five, and diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anaemia, Jourdan has become an ambassador of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, lending her voice to raise awareness and funds for research.
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and virtual reality technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com.