August 23 2014

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7 posts tagged "Swarovski Elements"

Mrs. Carter’s New Squeeze


Alon Livne's sketch for BeyonceBeyoncé—superstar, tastemaker, Givenchy flame wearer—kicks off the U.S. leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in L.A. tonight. She already debuted a wealth of flashy wares in Europe, like custom costumes by The Blonds, David Koma, Dsquared², and Emilio Pucci. But, for her Stateside performances, Mrs. Carter is adding a few sartorial surprises. And she tapped emerging Israeli designer Alon Livné to make them.

The pair ignited their creative relationship back in February after Beyoncé’s stylists, Ty Hunter and Raquel Smith, attended the 27-year-old’s debut New York Fashion Week presentation. Smith reported back to Bey, who quickly fell in love with with one of Livné’s metal-embellished Pre-Fall gowns, and requested customized versions—in red—for her and her backup dancers to wear on the tour.

Based in Tel Aviv, where he owns two stores, Livné returned to New York earlier this month to show his Resort ’14 collection to retailers. And not long after his arrival, he got a call. “They asked me if I could do something special,” Livné told—the “they” being Beyoncé’s stylists, and her mother, Tina. “I said yes, of course.” There was one problem, though: he had nowhere to work. But when you’re designing for pop culture’s reigning queen, nothing is impossible. Beyoncé’s camp set him up in an office with an industrial sewing machine, and he got to it. “I think the fact that they were willing to help me make these dresses, and to give me a studio, was so amazing,” offered Livné. “I mean, it’s Beyoncé. She can go anywhere from Chanel to Givenchy and pick whatever she likes, and she helped me.”

The fruit of his labor is a scarlet corset sprinkled with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals, the sketch of which debuts exclusively above. The look will serve as Ms. Knowles’ show opener this evening. Livné also made the star a printed gown with metal details, and a bevy of costumes for her backup dancers.

Not surprisingly, the Beyoncé connection has done wonders for Livné’s budding career. “Obviously, in Israel, it was huge, huge, huge amazing news,” he said. “Everyone was talking about the Israeli designer that dressed Beyoncé, the biggest star in the world.” But it’s helped him in New York, too—which is key, since he’s packing up his atelier and moving to Chelsea this summer. The designer, who interned at Alexander McQueen and worked with Roberto Cavalli before launching his dark, dramatic signature line nearly four years ago, just got picked up by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. He’ll also put on a runway show at Lincoln Center this September. “I want to live my dream and work on the biggest stage that I can,” he said before catching his plane back to Tel Aviv on Thursday night. “So coming to New York is a dream come true.”

Sketch: Alon Livné

All About Altuzarra


The Spring shows are in full swing in Milan right now, but one New York show that remains a strong memory in the minds of editors was Joseph Altuzarra‘s. “For this collection, I was very inspired by adornment and jewelry from different time periods and cultures,” the CFDA Swarovski Award winner, who used reference points ranging from ballet to the maharajas of India, tells (We’re still thinking about that last look, in particular.) Here, the designer gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse at how it all came together.

Bugging Out


The inspiration for Jason Wu’s latest Resort offerings came from an unlikely source—artist Mike Libby and his taxidermy beetles. In Wu fashion, however, the designer translated insects into elegance, creating intricate “mechanical” bugs by using hundreds of Swarovski Elements crystals (pictured) and then attaching them to brightly colored cocktail dresses. Below, has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together. To read our full review and see the complete collection, click here.

Backstage At The Ballet


With Rodarte on the bill as costume collaborators, the New York City Ballet’s upcoming spring gala is one that has the fashion set buzzing. But that’s not the only fashion brand in the mix; Swarovski also teamed up with the ballet for the newly redesigned costumes for George Balanchine’s Symphony in C. New York City Ballet’s director of costumes, Marc Happel, scattered more than 105,000 crystals and stones in midnight blue, black diamond, jet, and crystal on the 62 costumes and tiaras for the piece, which was (fittingly) originally called Le Palais de Cristal (Crystal Palace). “Ultimately, the challenge was to design a ballet that is modern and hopefully timeless but at the same time is completely comfortable for our dancers,” Happel tells of the project, which took a little over a year to complete. Here, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the costumes as they came together.

Photo: Nick Bentgen

Anna Vs. Anna


Stylist Keegan Singh dug through Rodarte’s archives and pulled out some of Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s most sparkling creations for their new trippy film, Anna vs. Anna. In the supernatural-inspired short, by director and photographer Barnaby Roper, model Anna Jagodzinska wears an array of Swarovski Elements-encrusted pieces. Of the project, Roper explains, “This film is a journey from darkness to light. It starts off in a very dark place, and then we slowly come out of it into the light.” View the film, which debuted exclusively on Dazed Digital today, above.