August 31 2014

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11 posts tagged "Nadja Swarovski"

School’s Out At The Royal College Of Art


Last night’s Royal College of Art gala brought out famous designers like Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Nina Ricci’s Peter Copping, and Philip Treacy to gather and take in the work of the graduating M.A. course. Critics like Suzy Menkes and Hilary Alexander did their best to scrutinize looks and take notes, but the festive mood—end-of-term euphoria, plus a heady dose of Jubilee excitement—and almighty whoops rising from boisterous student tables made that a bit difficult. “Oh well, let them enjoy,” said Lucia van der Post, The Financial Times‘ “How to Spend It” columnist. “School’s out for summer, after all.”

Still, plenty saw promise in the graduating class. “We’re always excited to see how each young designer demonstrates the creative possibility of crystal in design,” said Nadja Swarovski, the evening’s benefactress, who donates crystal to students for their collections and bestows an annual award, this year to womenswear M.A. graduate Trine Hav Christennsen. “This year was no exception—the students took it to an entirely different level.” “I thought the menswear presentation was particularly strong,” added Erdem Moralioglu. “Alexander James was outstanding and I am sure he is going to be very well known, very soon.”

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Celebrating A Decade Of Sparkle At The CFDAs


For ten years, Swarovski has added its sparkle to the CFDA Awards as the underwriter of the ceremony and the namesake of the Swarovski (né Perry Ellis) Award for emerging talent. Over the years, everyone from Phillip Lim and Scott Sternberg to Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Alexander Wang has taken one home—and everyone from Ed Westwick to Alexa Chung to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen has been on hand to present them. Last night, the CFDA turned the spotlight on Nadja Swarovski in recognition of her company’s largesse, and screened some highlights from the history of its namesake award. Prabal Gurung (for womenswear), Robert Geller (for menswear), and Eddie Borgo (for accessories) walked off with last night’s trophies; here, in a video debuting exclusively on, is the company they’re joining.

Watch The CFDA Award Nominations Tomorrow—Live


Spare a few minutes for us at 6:30 p.m. EST tomorrow—that’s when CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg (left, with the CFDA executive director Steven Kolb and Nadja Swarovski) will be announcing the nominees for this year’s CFDA Awards. (Swarovski is underwriting the festivities.) That goes down at a small get-together at DVF’s Meatpacking District studio, but you don’t need an invite to hear the names in real-time: We’ll be live-streaming the proceedings exclusively here on To check it out, tune in to tomorrow night.

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Celebrating The Crystal Vision In Paris


The weather outside was frightful, but it would take more than six inches of snow to intimidate the revelers who packed into the Salon Anglais of the Four Seasons George V in Paris to fête the tenth anniversary of Swarovski Crystal Palace, the lighting and design arm of Swarovski’s multifaceted empire, and the publication of its anniversary tome, The Art of Light and Crystal. For their debut in the City of Light, an array of one-off Crystal Palace pieces—such as Light Sock by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the best-selling Blossom by Tord Boontje, and the giant, faceted Rock Crystal by Hariri and Hariri—were showcased in a tent in the hotel’s courtyard, where they will stay until mid-January. Meanwhile, the lobby greets visitors with sheets of crystal panels borrowed from the Oscar curtain and a scaled-down version of the Yves Béhar chandelier created for New York’s JFK airport.

The party was the culmination of a design steeplechase for Nadja Swarovski, who, having just come from the art and design fairs in Miami, yesterday presented the first Swarovski fragrance (on counters in March). No sooner was this temporary show mounted than she began polishing new projects. “This was my childhood dream,” she said as she surveyed the scene, dressed in a black Dior knit dress with a Holly Fulton necklace and Matthew Williamson cuff. “I grew up making bracelets out of pink crystal chandelier components. And there’s still so much to do—the possibilities are endless and we’ve only scratched the surface.” What might that mean? Swarovski allowed that more design-driven products are in the works, “but in an unexpected way.” Yes, she’ll still take emerging designers from runway to jewelry for Atelier Swarovski, but there may be new terrain yet to explore both with proven talents (Galliano is on her wish list) and in new fields (a music connection, perhaps?).

The crowd was chic, but these were not your usual suspects. Alongside perennial fashion fixtures such as stylist Catherine Baba and the model/athlete Aimee Mullins (left), jewelry designer Betony Vernon, and designer Nicolas Andreas Taralis were deliberately downtown characters, from a Midwestern dancer at the Opéra Garnier (in a crystal-laden Viktor & Rolf smoking jacket) to a Cossack in Nina Ricci heels and the rising indie music act known as Brigitte. And by day, the crystal-gloved DJ turned out to be none other than accessories designer Erik Halley (right, with Swarovski).

Photos: Olivier Borde

Marios At Morgans


Marios Schwab was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Nadja Swarovski last night in the recently rehabbed Morgans Hotel penthouse. “I haven’t been here since, like, 1999,” said one reveler by way of greeting. But the designer didn’t seem to mind. The London-based Schwab was in town to show off his signature collection and to do some work on Halston, which he’ll debut next season. The designer’s goal was also to put faces to the many New York names he’s learned since the 2006 launch of his own label. Lauren Santo Domingo (pictured far right), Jen Brill, and model Lily Aldridge (pictured far left) wore cocktail dresses from his Spring line. During her toast, Swarovski touted Schwab’s vision and could barely contain her excitement about the February launch of his first Halston effort. But it takes more than a point of view to pull off a pair of collections at once; it also takes a good deal of confidence. When asked the previous day about the challenges of producing two labels, Schwab gamely stepped up to bat, replying, “As long as you’re really talented, you can do both.”

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