Vivetta was the first Swarovski Collective designer to premiere a collection at Milan Fashion Week with a playful and theatrical showing of looks. Swarovski inclusions varied from subtle lines of clear crystal banding, to embellishments on 3-D embroidery, to an all-over degradé crystal transfer suit.
A vintage book of circus drawings from the 1920s influenced the imaginative designer where whimsica l characters from the big top including acrobats, masked ladies, rocking horses, fortune tellers, harlequins, and Pierrots were all stitched into ruffled silk, velvet, and satin. Intricate details followed the entertaining storyline with sequined pants fit for a jester, a rainbow matching set surely inspired by a circus tent, a crystallized ringmaster uniform, and highly decorated necklines that seemed a modern take on a Pierrot with exaggerated capes, pussy bows, and ruffled collars seen throughout. Feminine, nostalgic, and quirky, Pinot’s Fall ’17 collection perfectly captured the magic it was hoping to diffuse.
Arthur Arbesser, the second Swarovski Collective designer to show at Milan Fashion Week, shared his use of Swarovski crystals to add a personal connection to the collection, stating, “I’m not such a ‘sweet’ designer so I wanted to do something quite striking. “ This came in the form of crystal pinstripes on black and white suiting, adding perfectly placed sparkle to the stark silhouettes. Dramatic earrings and necklaces constructed of asymmetrical cut Swarovski crystals were the final finishing touch.
Based off of Wim Wender’s fantasy film ‘Wings of Desire’, Arbesser’s Fall ’17 collection displayed androgynous uniforms, which spoke to the hardened mood of East Berlin in the 1980’s, while circus-like elements nodded to the main character, ‘Marion’, a trapeze artist. Robust graphics including varying checker prints and abstract intarsia were paired with colorful striping in artful layers. Knits sat atop tailored shirting with oversized bottoms, often crafted from transparent or reflective textiles, creating a full look reminiscent of harlequin dress. To further transport the audience, Arbesser set his show in a freezing, concrete walled 19th-century Milanese military barracks to invoke the industrial aspects of the movie’s location and era.
Swarovski Collective will carry on collaborating with the industry’s brightest stars, including enabling designers to experiment with Swarovski’s exceptional and vast range of crystals during upcoming Paris Fashion Week. As champions of unprecedented design and innovative collaborations, Swarovski Collective continues to invest in the evolving creative landscape of the fashion world.