This year, Swarovski adorned New York’s runways with shimmering embellishment for Autumn-Winter 2020 and collaborated with Christopher John Rogers, Jonathan Cohen, Jason Wu, Khaite and R13 on an array of eye-catching looks. As we celebrate another exciting season ahead, we’ve rounded up New York Fashion Week’s best #CrystalOnTheCatwalk moments.
Christopher John Rogers
The ever-bold Christopher John Rogers radiated 650,000 crystals across four key looks, jewelry and face makeup. He played with manipulated, draped and crushed shapes, which sparkled with a range of colorful Swarovski crystal transfers, buttons and beads. The designer embellished Italian crepes that swung down the runway, while silk organzas allowed light to shine through the garments and crystals. Earrings and choker necklaces were made with Swarovski crystals and individual stones were applied to models’ faces, adding extra sparkle to the runway.
“The idea of playing with color and using it to express something has always just been a really big part of my creativity and where I start. I feel really lucky that a company like Swarovski has been so supportive.” From behind the scenes to shimmering down the runway – watch his collection unfold.
Bringing conscious design to the season, Jonathan Cohen dazzled the runway with over 174,000 Swarovski Upcycled Crystals featuring belts created with nonprofit NEST. Using Swarovski crystal pearls, the designer brought floral motifs to life as he placed them delicately on a black velvet dress and splashed over a mini dress. Bringing an edge to his conscious collection, Cohen customized Dr. Martens shoes and boots, using various shades of crystals and pearls that glistened as they walked the runway. “Working with Swarovski is always a highlight of the season for us. They are constantly pushing boundaries, taking risks, and changing the meaning of what conscious design is. Their values align with what we at Jonathan Cohen stand for and I couldn’t ask for a better partnership.”
Crystal-studded belts dialed up the sparkle to the looks – Cohen partnered with NEST, a nonprofit working to increase global workforce inclusivity and improve women’s wellbeing. The designer worked with female artisans to produce the belts.
Using 300,000 Swarovski crystals, Jason Wu lit up the runway with delicate sparkle that cascaded down floor-swooping evening gowns. Wu’s light-catching designs were inspired by the sensual and mysterious work of Egon Schiele and he used crystals to reflect a sparkling waterfall. The Swarovski crystals were meticulously embellished by Wu’s in-house artisans, creating a dramatic and illuminating effect on the silk tulle gowns, which define and compliment the feminine form.
For Khaite’s AW20 collection, 5,500 Swarovski crystals embellished seven subversively seductive looks. Designer, Catherine Holstein, reclaimed the term “sexy” through an independent, female point of view with silhouettes animated by rich textures, sculpted volumes and flattering apertures. A subtle trail of glitter ran along waists, bustiers and shoulder straps on crepe back satin and pleated tulles.
Swarovski added a hint of shimmer to R13’s grungy looks. For its AW20 collection, precision-cut crystals were scattered across models’ paisley print bandanas for subtle sparkle.
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.