At AALTO, designer Tuomas Merikoski dove into Tove Jansson’s famed Moomin universe for Spring/Summer 2017, mixing Finnish fantasy with 90s Grunge references, sparkling Swarovski crystal and reworked vintage fabrics. Titled ‘Uusi Fantastia’, Finnish for New Fantasy, AALTO’s SS17 adventured into a utopian land beyond taboos and full of possibility and diversity. Silhouettes featured classic suits and shirts re-worked into unconstrained silhouettes, rendered in colors both bright and muted. Rich fabrics from silk jacquard to iridescent velvet were peppered with Moomin prints and customized Crystal Mesh motif panels, featuring Jansson’s characters. Glittering Crystal Mesh and crystal pendant chokers featured throughout the collection, glinting as crystal ‘teeth’ on painted and embellished leather. Rounding out AALTO’s accessories were a series of crystallized, 90s inspired bucket hats.
For her debut as a member of the Swarovski Collective, Anne Sofie Madsen used sumptuous crystal to muse on the awkward interplay between sex-appeal and geek-factor. With models in bobby sock tights and librarian spectacles, Danish designer Anne Sofie Madsen riffed on the idea of “failure as a mode of becoming” for Spring/Summer 2017. Crystal Mesh straps were found around her asymmetric silhouettes, alongside studded hoodies and zip-up sports tops with bursts of Swarovski embellishment. The introspective-exhibitionist inspirations continued with a custom Crystal Mesh portrait top, and an eye-catching crystal bra.
ANDAM winner and Swarovski Collective member Wanda Nylon showed a punchy yet elegant Spring/Summer 2017 collection, with a mix of power-woman attitude and innovative fabric treatments topped off with shining crystal embellishment. Her eye-catching outerwear might have won designer Johanna Senyk her most major plaudits to date, but her latest show and debut with the Swarovski Collective ‘Electro Sunset’ saw her Wanda Nylon label take a confident stomp into fashion’s mainstream. Iridescence and metallics were major themes, with complex fabric treatments creating an ultraglamorous, yet street-credible take on attitude-heavy eveningwear. A crystal fishnet effect was employed to create shimmering transparent scarves, trousers and tops, while larger Swarovski stones were studded across accessories including lampshade hats and clutch bags.
Swarovski continues to empower creators through initiatives such as Swarovski Collective and beyond. Founded in 1999, Swarovski Collective spans New York, London and Paris fashion weeks, offering select designers year-long financial and crystal product support. With its rich couture heritage, support of contemporary designers and continued commitment to furthering the careers of top fashion talent, Swarovski continues to be an essential ingredient in the fashion world – and champion of creatives around the world.