Bevans explained: “The collaboration between DYNE and Swarovski was very much an organic process. Because of our aligning sustainability practices, we jumped at the opportunity to create something thought-provoking and inspiring.”
2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Jonathan Cohen has had a whirlwind year leading to the debut of his first official runway show at NYFW this season. The collection he showed respected the magnitude of the occasion with a full-circle moment inspired by the designer’s earliest memories of trips to Mexico City markets – the sights, sounds and vibrancy of his youth and heritage.
“When I think back to where it all began, where my love of textures and colors come from, mentally I keep going back to those markets,” said Cohen.
On a recent trip across the border, Cohen sourced dozens of blankets. He deconstructed each one, creating floral designs from scrap pieces and converting them into digital prints on silk dresses. For his Swarovski looks, variegated stripe motifs were embroidered with unique cuts of Swarovski crystal adding subtle sparkle and composition.
NYFW favorite Jeremy Scott played off society’s “collective addiction to gossip, sensational headlines and clickbait” for Fall/Winter ‘19, sparking a collaboration with artist Aleksandra Mir, well-known for her tabloid-infused creations.
A feeling of frenzy fell over the venue as models marched down the runway in newspaper black and white ensembles including jackets, knitwear and ball gowns that shouted snippets like BREAKING NEWS, CHAOS AND SCANDAL. 220,000 Swarovski crystals went into three Crystal Mesh dresses hand-enameled with NY POST – a new and decidedly “punk” approach taken by the designer.
Scott commented: “Taking something as beautiful and expensive as Crystal Mesh and then treating it in such a brutal and aggressive manner by painting on them and masking out the crystals to create the graphic element…was a more exciting and unexpected way to achieve this look.”
Swarovski not only walked the runway at NYFW, it became the runway, astounding guests at Sies Marjan with a luxurious carpet of crystals – 3 million to be exact. Creative Director Sander Lak pushed the envelope for the label’s third season by stepping out of his comfort zone with fresh techniques and new fabrics. The result was a fabulous exploration in the abilities of Swarovski Crystal Mesh, presented in a twisted, colorful tirade of shimmer. Visit our recap for a deeper dive into this captivating collection.