To support emerging design talent, a first initiative for the dream team was a Christie’s hosted auction of Anna dello Russo’s extensive fashion archive with all proceeds benefitting the Swarovski Foundation Scholarship Program. The inclusive event (featuring sensitively priced pieces to appeal to all fashion lovers) included a wardrobe of notorious looks from Dello Russo’s personal closet walked the runway, with crystal embellishments made just for the event. Garments by prominent designers like Gucci, Armani, Versace, and Givenchy were up for grabs along with a bespoke headpiece designed by Gareth Pugh and embellished with Swarovski crystals exclusively for the auction.
Following the public sale, a special dinner hosted by the project partners allowed famous faces and fashion fans alike to dive deeper into the principles and passions that fuel AdR: Beyond Fashion. As a global patron of design, Nadja Swarovski strives to discover and empower talents within the fashion, jewelry, architecture, design and art industries with a focus on innovation and creativity. In the same vein, Anna Dello Russo’s pioneering vision and flair for flair has helped to shape fashion imagery for influential magazines across the world as well as dream up a new fashion career: street style star. Both women see their personal success as a vantage point and with a shared democratic spirit, seek to aid younger generations in their life journeys.
Nadja Swarovski commented, “Anna Dello Russo is an inspiring force in the fashion world, and Swarovski is delighted to partner with her on this project, which combines two values that are so important to us: creativity and philanthropy.”
Anna Dello Russo added, “For me Swarovski has always been synonymous with glamour, dreams and magic. What I like about Nadja is her ability to combine a bold aesthetic with a strong ethical conviction. We are both passionate about fashion and the new generation, which have brought us together to collaborate on this project”.
A further installment of this project sees Anna Dello Russo design a collection of crystal jewelry for the brand. Atelier Swarovski by Anna Dello Russo is a fairytale collection of sparkling pieces inspired by classic royal portraiture that draw upon Dello Russo’s dramatic verve and style and charming sense of humor. Sophisticated as it is dreamy, the regal range consists of two sparkling sets available in Siam or Golden Shadow, and include respectively one pair of drop earrings, a tiara and a statement necklace. Rounding out the collection is a striking royal ribbon sash and four baroque crystal broaches bringing the total crystal count to nearly 2 thousand.