Sadie Williams presented a fresh twist on nautical themes, taking her inspiration from the seascape. Struck by the impressions of boats seen from a dock and coded nautical communication, Williams embellished her playful pieces with bright Swarovski crystal featuring applications from Morse code patterning on collars to custom semaphore flag patterns on crystal mesh.
Evoking both the grandeur of the natural world and the accessibility of denim, Faustine Steinmetz debuted a Spring/Summer 2017 collection with pieces transformed by over 60,000 Swarovski crystals. Steinmetz showcased the collection within an immersive presentation, featuring static models lounging in display cabinets, revealing the designer’s hand-dyed indigo yarns, weft floats, hand-embroidered recycled denim, digital prints and ikat weaving effects. Crystals came in denim blue and clear tones, with small stones thrown over stretched transparent silk tulle, and geode-like cuts scattered across cuffs and growing out of rough crystal rocks on Moroccan slippers.
Inspired by mid-century art and architecture from Frank Lloyd Wright to Alexander Calder, as well as the dreamy romance of young love, this season Collective designer Emilia Wickstead played with voluminous summer silhouettes and light silk blouses. Solid blocks of color, floral prints inspired by wallpaper and curtains in love hotels, and colored polka dots patterns were all enhanced with retro-inspired clusters of colored crystal in elaborate circular floral designs.
Swarovski Collective empowers creators in the fashion industry through offering selected talents both financial and material crystal support across New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Designer collaborations will continue with Milan Fashion Week, featuring crystal designs by some of the world’s top fashion talents.