Big Thank you to Swarovski for having me last week at their Spring Summer Collection, I was able to see the lovely jewellery pisces
The Collection has bold textures, silhouettes and colours complemented even bolder ideas by Swarovski Through clever crystal application, designers Michael Halpern, Mary Katrantzou and Chalayan animatedly explored the new generation’s empowering persona – whether virtuous or egotistical – while wistfully remembering where it all started.
Michael Halpern’s glittering lineup of mini dresses, jumpsuits and floor skimming gowns were inspired by a quirky and harmonious blend of jungle patterns and 70’s after-dark New York glamour. The designer, new to the circuit as a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins (he completed his MA in 2016)
just one season prior, is already lauded for his signature extreme opulence and vibrancy. For SS18, this translated into a sequin-soaked mix of disco and rock-ready pieces featuring skinny tailored pantsuits, voluminous cocktail dresses and lurex bell bottoms rounded out with a crystallized fringed mini dress and skirt. The collection – exuberant, happy and loud – was a young brand’s reaction to the political climate in Europe and America, reflecting both the dejected feelings and activist spirit of the current generation through strong, empowering style.
Mary Katrantzou’s spring collection, dubbed ‘The Youth of a Year’, illustrated an “idealised infancy,” transforming memories of childhood art forms and activities into expressive ensembles in bright, vivid hues.
Inspired by the innocence of adolescence, Katrantzou challenged the notion that imagination is the only limit, churning out ballooning dresses with floral paint by number prints alongside Swarovski crystal embroidered dresses, Lego-covered skirts, and nylon rainwear in a slew of Crayola colors. The designer also debuted a new Atelier Swarovski collection of precious stones encased in geometric shapes producing a playful, structural blueprint.
At Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Hussein Chalayan tapped into the psyche of the digitally-devoted, analyzing how the “like” culture can be measured and therefore weakened by the opinion of others, while at the same time gain a sense of power and privilege from this entitled state. His collection, aptly named ‘Entitled’, employed Swarovski crystal headdresses to frame models’ faces to represent a redefined confidence. In opposition, draped, flowing dresses were embroidered with fluorescent crystal Post-It notes, commenting on the rapid communication of the social media world with a slow and tedious design process.
The Spring 2018 collections facilitated collaborations across four major cities in the fashion industry, enabling pioneering design talent throughout the world to express their unique creative visions through innovative crystal application.
Here are the beautiful pisces from the collections, hope you like them as I love them