In Swarovski’s history, fashion has always been instrumental in showcasing its crystals but the desire to perfectly combine fashion and jewelry takes its true origins in Runway Rocks, a project launched in 2003 by Nadja Swarovski to push the limits of jewelry design and bring its extravagance to the catwalk with the help of show-stopping Swarovski stones.
When Atelier Swarovski was launched in 2007 to continue demonstrating the endless possibilities of crystal, the passion for fashion collaboration only increased. For more than ten years, dozens of designers have used their inventive virtuosity and eye for details to create captivating collections that are still on-trend today.
BOLSTER BY CHRISTOPHER KANE
A long-time collaborator, Christopher Kane first introduced his Bolster collection for Atelier Swarovski’s genesis in 2007. Now an iconic offering of the brand, the collection features staggering lines of crystal mesh and crystal pavé in a circular, rounded shape and was relaunched in Autumn/Winter 2017 in four classic Crystal Mesh colorways to celebrate the 10-year milestone. The designer’s feminine yet elegant signature style can be spotted in this shimmering collection of bracelets and necklaces, which saw the addition of modern rings, earrings and bangles in a bright fuchsia hue for Spring/Summer 2018, created to enrapture die-hard fashion enthusiasts.
NOSTALGIA BY MARY KATRANTZOU
Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou created her first collection for Atelier Swarovski in 2011 yet it was perhaps in her SS18 Nostalgia collection that her remarkable creativity shone brightest. As with her playful use of crystals in her ready-to-wear collections, Katrantzou continued to break boundaries with an innovative 13-piece jewelry range which accentuated the brilliance of loose colored crystals and Swarovski Crystal Pearls encased within high-shine rose and yellow gold-plated geometric frames. The collection was presented on the runway during the designer’s Spring/Summer 2018 show at London Fashion Week where dresses and shoes featuring over 100,000 crystals complimented the Atelier Swarovski pieces.
PRISMA BY JASON WU
For his third collaboration with Atelier Swarovski in 2018, New York-based fashion designer Jason Wu imagined a charming and versatile jewelry range for a modern and refined woman. Inspired by his elegant Mosaic collection, this refreshing take on glamorous gold-plated accessories is adapted to a day-to-night look with its simple sophistication and neutral color palette. And no other than fashion icon Karlie Kloss was tapped to bring the pieces to life in a campaign shot by Barnaby Roger and styled by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.
ARBOL BY PETER PILOTTO
Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, the two creative minds behind the namesake London-based label, found inspiration in nature and modern art to create Arbol, a collection of sculptural statement pieces. Known for their vibrant digital prints, the tech-minded duo pushed the creative potential of crystal in flexible and wearable pieces with a distinctly futuristic feel that can be worn from day to night. Key to the collection was to express the same dynamic graphics and playfulness found in the designers’ kaleidoscopic clothes.
ATELIER SWAROVSKI X MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
As a master of print and an art lover, British designer Matthew Williamson collaborated with Atelier Swarovski in Spring 2010 on a series of oversized geometric pieces that weren’t for the faint-hearted. Williamson looked to artist Jim Lambie and his bold treatment of color to craft the chunky crystal necklaces, cuffs and clutches embellished with mirrored details. The multidisciplinary designer applied his carefully constructed approach towards fashion and interiors to statement crystal accessories made to illuminate the most pared-back looks.