While most of Goddard’s collection was designed to weather the storm, a stand-out tunic referenced a thriving opposition to the conditions with dazzling streams of Swarovski Cup Chain. Rounding out the range were argyle sweaters accessorized with subtle crystal chains.
Call it Deco-dence. Glamour-obsessed designer Michael Halpern went heavy on Art Deco influences at his London Fashion Week showcase, presenting an extravagant, vintage-tinged collection within the Sheraton Grand Hotel’s dramatic ballroom.
The designer was inspired by the interwar era of rebellion and pinpoints the fantasist artwork of Russian illustrator Erté as a major influence. To reflect the opulence of his drawings, Halpern sewed oversized Swarovski crystal chokers to sweeping gowns.
“Instead of embroidering a garment, we wanted to have the crystal work as one block of light – there really is no other material besides Swarovski crystal that can be used for this,” he said.
Long-term Swarovski collaborator Mary Katrantzou presented ‘Universal Pictures’ for Fall/Winter ’19. The collection explores Ancient Greek classical elements through expressive silhouettes, patterns and decorative motifs.
Earth, wind, fire and water were represented both ideologically and visually with the help of over 200,000 hot fix crystals and fancy stones. Embellishment appeared on embroideries featuring photography of the earth as well as billowing ruffled fabrics reminiscent of a “new universe.”
Swarovski partnered with Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos to further accentuate the “gilded splendor of bygone empires” with 43,000 hot fix crystals. Various crystal cuts in jewel hues and ‘70s earth tones were applied as brooch-like embellishments while more delicate stones mingled with feathers on soft silks.
The opulent collection was inspired by the eosin glaze of Hungarian Zsolnay ceramics, birthing sinuous fabrics, iridescent pastels, hourglass shapes and loose tailoring for a regal yet eclectic feel.
After establishing her label in 2015, German born designer Paula Knorr was quickly lauded for her ‘comfort first’ design mentality, crafting disco-ready duds in sequins, silks and velvets mixed with sporty fabrics like jersey, Lycra and Lurex.
Her Fall/Winter ’19 collection followed suit with glittering pieces that ranged from body-hugging transparent bodysuits and Swarovski crystal embellished gowns to relaxed tunics and palazzo pants that offered flexibility and movement.
To create an alluring contrast to the collection’s athletic elements, a palette of red wine and black mingled with soft blush and bright neon while geometric Swarovski crystal jewelry finished off each look.
Floramania ensued at Richard Quinn’s garden party London show, offering “a place of liberation where unafraid British glamour flourishes in fierce creative opposition to the times.” Emerald and tanzanite-toned Swarovski fancy stones embellished the designer’s signature prints as well as shoes and accessories for a breathtaking and vibrant display of ingenuity. For more info on this collection, read our interview with Richard Quinn.