In 2010, the two brands launched Atelier Swarovski by KARL LAGERFELD, a limited-edition collection of jewelry inspired by Inca silhouettes and featuring serpents, geometric shapes and bows. In 2017, Karl Lagerfeld was selected to create the 2017 Vienna Opera Ball tiara. Inspired by the famous “Blue Danube” waltz, his classic design featured 394 Swarovski crystals. Timeless and elegant, the diadem — which he named “Le Beau Danube Bleu” — was worn by all debutantes at the ball.
In Fall 2019, the Maison KARL LAGERFELD launched “A Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld: the White Shirt Project,” as a continuing celebration of his life and colossal legacy. A global community of his friends and family came together to create their own interpretations of his iconic white shirt silhouette, including Nadja Swarovski, Amber Valletta, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Jondeau and Alessandro Michele. Swarovski’s striking design featured a portrait of Karl wearing his signature dark sunglasses, formed from over 6,000 Swarovski crystals.
In a 2017 interview, Karl Lagerfeld told Swarovski that he was inspired by light because “without light there is no shadow.” It is a poignant statement that explains much of what there was to admire about Karl Lagerfeld’s immense body of work: the light and shade that lay behind his iconic designs gave them a depth and beauty that would stand the test of time.