CRYSTAL ON THE CATWALK: LONDON FASHION WEEK AW20
On our second stop of Autumn-Winter 2020 fashion weeks, we went to London’s catwalks to capture the mesmerizing sparkle of Swarovski, which this year collaborated with Halpern, 16Arlington, Matty Bovan, Richard Quinn and Simone Rocha. We highlight the most luminous moments of the week.
Across dresses, J Brand denim, Louboutin shoes and makeup, 110,200 Swarovski crystals reflected its light-catching energy throughout Halpern’s AW20 collection. We went behind the scenes with designer, Michael Halpern who used crystal to mirror and radiate, and to give structure and volume to dresses. Highlights included floral prints adorned with crystal flowers blooming out of lamé and silk jacquard, as well as a sheer column gown with thousands of baguette crystals atop rows and rows of natural dip dyed raffia. Crystallized Louboutin shoes with fringe detailing swayed as each model walked the runway and makeup looks were enhanced with crystal accents.
16Arlington showcased its AW20 collection at The Mess Hall in Mayfair during London Fashion week, with 41,000 Swarovski crystals incorporated across eight looks. For inspiration, design duo Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati looked to photographer Ren Hang’s archive. Swarovski crystals shimmered alongside sensual ruffles, butter-soft leather and their signature marabou feathers. Some key moments featured a fiery mini dress emblazoned with red stones, shining box bags, embellished bras and necklaces wrapped around necks with hypnotizing glitter.
“We adore the way the crystals add life to pieces and create glamour with light refraction. 16Arlington is all about having fun and we feel Swarovski crystals embody the notion of having a good time!” – Kikka Cavenati and Marco Capaldo, 16Arlington.
“I love the fact that Swarovski Crystal is so recognizable and that it always adds a dazzling dimension of light trickery and luxury. I’m so happy to have it join my universe!” Matty Bovan’s AW20 collection shone with 54,000 Swarovski crystals. Rooted in a warped friction between reality and fantasy, the collection featured upcycled Fiorucci denim jackets and jeans – all adorned with giant crystal embellishments. Velvet opera gloves were given a soigné finish with crystal details, whilst Swarovski crystal pendants were sewn into garments and hung off brooches.
611,000 Swarovski crystals brought to life Richard Quinn’s extraordinary show. Hundreds of thousands of stones decorated the trims of garments, appearing as all-over floral embroidery and embellished Pearly Queen and King inspired tailoring. Large Swarovski stones provided extra shine to shimmering feather headpieces and appeared in geometrical appliqué on velvet evening gowns. “The depth and range of color the Swarovski crystals have is none other; by working together we ensure that the collections have a uniqueness to them, and there is a certain element to that which is only brought to life by using Swarovski”.
Scattering Simone Rocha’s AW20 show with subtle shimmer, jet, graphite and clear crystal lined the tips, and curved round the edges of models’ nails.
Lighting the path for emerging and established talent across global fashion weeks, the #CrystalOnTheCatwalk initiative pushes boundaries and supports designers to create unforgettable creative collaborations.