Just one week before debuting a capsule collection crafted with upcycled Swarovski crystals, Kevin Germanier was announced as the 2018 Swarovski & Vogue Talents New Generation Award winner.
"I am touched that Swarovski has a sustainable approach and is ready to support young talents in a process that can sometimes be difficult,” Germanier said.
Three irresistible looks at his PFW presentation offered up Saturday night standards for the next-gen It-girl with crystal chokers and crystal mesh eveningwear embellished with silks, ostrich feathers and Swarovski Crystal Pearls.
A trip around the world influenced Christelle Koché’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, ‘United Hearts of Koché.’ Recognized for its ethos of “couture savoir-faire and youth culture energy,” the designer infused the brand’s DNA with intriguing international craft techniques.
Global references were iconic with decorative hijabs (Indian), a neon dashiki (Africa) and dragon-printed track suits (Japan). 26,000 Swarovski crystals added glitz to streetwear pieces like denim and technical outerwear, plus a flirty slip dress and sleeveless tuxedo.
Over 70,000 crystals brought Marine Serre’s signature crescent-moon motifs to life on a catsuit and crystal-mesh choker at the designer’s PFW show. Fittingly titled ‘Hardcore Couture’, the Formula 1-inspired collection raced ahead with PVC and neoprene outerwear, including a key-fob coat and sports-tee gowns – over half of which were created with upcycled fabrics.
Serre was working as a Balenciaga fashion assistant when awarded the LVMH Prize (worth €300,000) in 2017 – and this is only her second runway show to premiere in Paris. The designer’s trifecta of sportif style, eco-conscious design and societal awareness resonates with today’s hyperconnected fashion lover and fits Swarovski’s founding philosophies, launching a two-collection partnership and exclusive Matches Fashion collaboration.