This season #CrystalOnTheCatwalk introduced new ways to integrate Swarovski on the runway. Shimmering with precision-cut crystals, highlights from the week included MING MA’s sparkling necklines, Haizhen Wang’s crystal-adorned accessories and XU ZHI’s upcycled fringing.
The signature concepts of simplicity, purity and freedom are woven into the DNA of Ban Xiaoxue. Inspired by the ‘Art of Gifting’ the designer marked his third collaboration with the brand, explaining that “Swarovski crystal is bright and pure, like the light in our memories." Featuring an impressive 500,000 crystals, the collection saw Ban Xiaoxue dream up three-dimensional cutting methods, sparkling faces, bejeweled head pieces and sheer overlays with bold bralettes.
Central Saint Martins alumnus, designer Xuzhi Chen chose ‘in the blossom of youth’ as inspiration for his SS20 show – a nod to nostalgia and years long gone. Over 30,000 upcycled Swarovski crystals shone down the runway in shades of Light Topaz and Aquamarine. Reflecting the light with every movement, XU ZHI’s crystal fringing turned heads during the show.
Inspired by the juxtaposition between the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe and the film Belle de Jour – MING MA’s collection combined mesh, sculptural ruffles and shining crystals to portray contemporary femininity. Bringing 10,000 crystals to the event, lines of sparkle draped down the body and shimmering necklines stole the show – “Swarovski adds all-time glamour to a woman’s bold and elegant style.”
200,000 crystals embellishing innovative fabrics created an unmissable showcase of luxury craftsmanship at Haizhen Wang. Exploring wardrobe nuances between femininity and masculinity, the collection was inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’, with pieces “reflecting an independent individual who embraces contemporary sensitivity” according to Wang. Embracing the spirit of innovation, the show integrated crystals into the contours of the waist and revealed mesmerizing new ways to wear jewelry.
Contemporary womenswear designer, Susan Fang, used 100,000 crystals across her SS20 collection “to express the beauty of nature.” Star motifs and bubble-like beads translated the vision of her show, which was inspired by movement that creates shadow and light falling to reveal life forms. Shiny straps glossed over models’ shoulders, dresses turned into glistening sculptures and beaded accessories tied it all together.
Lighting the path for emerging and established talent across global fashion weeks, the #CrystalOnTheCatwalk program pushes boundaries and supports designers to create unforgettable #SwarovskiCreativeCollaborations.