Kicking off the city-side festivities was design duo Creatures of the Wind, whose collection featured crystal-appliques across lapels and shoulders, heavily layered to mimic antique Victorian mourning jewelry. A gothic punctuation on the other-worldly, feminine collection, “Angel,” was inspired the idea of idealized beauty, as its namesake suggests – channeling the ethereal quality of refined, heavenly perfection.
Designer Rosie Assoulin’s main inspiration for her playful Spring/Summer 2017 collection came as no surprise; it was all about Summer at the downtown Chelsea presentation, with models decked out in overblown Hawaiian prints and Swarovski crystal words decorating the backs of crisp white shirts. One oversized striped dress featured 142,000 Swarovski crystals alone.
Daring harlequin and re-imagined pinstripes took a wavy turn at Tome’s Spring/Summer 2017 show, whose pieces drew inspiration from the optical art illusions of Bridget Riley and the women depicted in the work of Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita. The designers used custom hotfix transfer designs and Swarovski crystal fishnet banding to accentuate the geometric patterns in the collection.
For the 17th year running, Swarovski Collective has empowered creators in the fashion industry through offering selected talents both financial and material crystal support across New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Swarovski Collective designer collaborations will continue with London Fashion Week, featuring crystal designs by some of the world’s top fashion talents.