Also continuing his dazzling collaboration with Swarovski, Richard Quinn presented a spectacular collection that was inspired by the glory days of haute couture. Sparkling with over 100,000 Swarovski crystals, his collection featured maximalist volumes, enlarged prints and crystal-studded bridal looks.
“I’ve always had support from Swarovski and incorporated crystals in my designs. But this season we wanted to go full on and developed amazing ways to make embroideries using crystals. My favorite dress from the collection looks like a perfume bottle – with Swarovski crystals mixed in all the way up and round like a big ribbon.”
Roberta Einer took everyone on a blissful vacation with her playful, sea-inspired collection that boasted over 70,000 Swarovski crystals on garments and accessories. Channelling maximalist fashion, Roberta added sparkle to exaggerated silhouettes and also used crystals to add glimmer to delicate hand embroideries. She added an extra special touch to her show with dramatic earrings, complete with oversized Swarovski crystal charms of shells and sea snails. Models put their best foot forward with show-stopping Swarovski crystal-adorned Christian Louboutin heels.
“This season we worked on Italian lemon and orange inspired themes and fake lace and wedding dress vibe embroideries with the Swarovski crystal. Alongside the embellished Louboutin shoes, the second thing we really wanted to do was jewelry, which I’d never done before. We made big hoop earrings with starfish and snails – it was amazing to have those crystal shapes to choose from, and it made it really playful. I put the crystal everywhere because it makes everything so much better!”
Michael Halpern continued his ongoing collaboration with Swarovski for his SS20 collection, which shone with over 80,000 crystals. The collection was inspired by 1920s glitz and Barbra Streisand’s 70s-inspired glamour. The elaborate collection featured show-stopping earrings, headpieces and a stunning embellished jumpsuit that glistened with 20,000 crystals.
“This season we created a crystal jumpsuit that has a lot of lattice work, we call it the skeleton as its made in the way you would outline a skeleton of a fish and we made this into patterns with these amazing pendant Swarovski crystals hanging off them. It looks like you are this serpent-like creature coming down the runway, it is incredible.”
Hot summer days and flower meadows inspired Paula Knorr’s SS20 collection, which shines like the sun with over 150,000 Swarovski crystals. The collection features voluminous playful shapes alternated with slim streamline silhouettes, adorned with beautiful floral designs in vibrant tones, celebrating the vivacious and joyful spirit of summer.
“This season we designed flower meadow-inspired transfers that we re-created with Swarovski crystals. It’s a very European flower print and design – a reminder of my childhood and my reminiscence of summer. It’s the season when we feel the most beautiful and at ease. This collection was based on a summer feeling, on what women would wear in summer, how relaxed and beautiful she would feel.”
The Central Saint Martin’s alumnus lit up the London Fashion Week with his collection entitled ‘Firefighting Aunties’. The designer, who is known for his usage of reclaimed fabrics and crystals, used Swarovski upcycled crystals (unused or reused) to adorn bags, shoes and fire hats.
“My collections are always designed with a conscious intent. I use upcycled crystals thanks to my partnership with Swarovski. With my crystals, I like that you can use something that might be a waste product to fuel creativity – and if you can use something as glamorous as a Swarovski crystal to share your message then it’s a win win!”