Showcasing another street-culture-meets-high-fashion collection, Koché designer Christelle Kocher presented models in chic high/low looks for SS18. Deconstructed or embroidered plissé soccer jerseys were tucked into dimensional, embellished skirts and worn under sleek blazers and strapless gowns. Logo belts, satin shoes and hoop earrings were treated to baroque metal detailing while the classic polo shirt was given an hourglass waist or flowing train. Now in her third season as a Swarovski collaborator, Kocher let the versatility of crystal align with her adaptable aesthetic, adorning nearly every article of clothing (plus accessories) with a crystal dusting of geometric stones in shimmering blues, golds and classic clear. Stand-out pieces? A troupe of fully crystallized transparent unitards worn under dresses and separates.
Christelle Kocher commented: “Swarovski crystals are always inspiring. This season I wanted something more pure and sharp, more dramatic also in a way. And as usual I let myself be influenced by what I see and feel all around me. It’s a very intuitive process. Sometimes the crystal itself brings an idea and I follow it, sometimes it comes at the end to transform the piece into something more exceptional.”
Supported by Swarovski as the 2017 ANDAM winner, Glenn Martens, Creative Director of Y/Project, was a clear choice for crystal collaboration in Paris. The designer, known for his ornate constructions and innovative proportions, continued exploring these avenues for SS18, utilizing Swarovski crystals and pearls throughout. The adornments appeared as scrawled lines of embroidery on semi-sheer fabrics and gym-ready knit sets as well as custom spiraling accessories including Swarovski crystal pearl earrings, necklaces, brooches and studded sandals.
Glenn Martens commented: “For SS18 we wanted to accentuate the idea that our clothes reinforce each of our customer’s independent individuality. As the crystals are so precious we wanted to put it in contrast with something more random. We scribbled on a top, and this became our graphic chart for the embroideries. Furthermore, we went quite mental with Swarovski pearls in our accessories. They’re everywhere!”
After four weeks of radiant collections, “Fashion Week” comes to a close, marking yet another season of successful crystal collaborations. In supporting innovative talent across the globe, Swarovski continues to foster the exploration of creativity, pushing boundaries and breaking new grounds within the fashion sphere and beyond.