40 posts tagged "Swarovski"
Everything old is new again—including heirloom-worthy pearls. No longer reserved for prim sweater sets and Easter brunch, pearls have gotten a forward-thinking makeover for Spring. Forgo classic stud earrings in favor of surrealist pumps, an embellished minaudière, or a playful belt. A hint of irony takes this look from “traditional” to anything but. Shop our favorite pearly pieces by Nicholas Kirkwood, Alexander McQueen, and more, below.
1. Alexander McQueen faux-pearl-embellished knitted dress, $2,915, available at net-a-porter.com.
2. Adia Kibur faux-pearl cluster bracelet, $50, available at shopbop.com.
3. Lanvin crystal-and-Swarovski-pearl belt, $2,780, available at net-a-porter.com.
4. Alexander McQueen black leather Fishscale Pearl Skull Box Clutch, $2,085, available at ssense.com.
5. Nicholas Kirkwood pearl-trimmed suede pumps, $889, available at matchesfashion.com.
“Seeing everything come today, from the choreography and the music to the collection, was really a moment,” said Prabal Gurung during a final run-through before his Spring ’14 runway show on Saturday. “It’s that moment you actually see what you anticipate happening at the venue, and it really excited everyone involved.” And a moment it was. In case you didn’t see it on your Instagram feed already, all of his models came out in silence, got in a see-through box, and remained there until the show’s end.
As part of our ongoing series by videographer Meagan Cignoli, who was enlisted by the Swarovski Collective, we have an exclusive glimpse at how it all came together. Here, your recap, in less than sixty seconds.
Huishan Zhang might have graduated from Central Saint Martins only three years ago, but the 30-year-old designer has already made a lasting impression. Currently gearing up for his third season at London fashion week, Zhang, a native of Mainland China’s Qingdao, has proven his capacity to innovate and produce quality garments—and he’s followed up with commercial viability and high sell-through rates at retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Browns, and Harvey Nichols. In addition to being short-listed for the coveted Dorchester Fashion Prize last month, Zhang is also the first contemporary Mainland Chinese designer whose work has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. And his achievements have propelled him into the fashion limelight, making him a promising talent who bridges the divide between East and West.
For Spring 2014, Zhang will showcase a thoughtful hybrid of couture-like influences (the manipulation of fabric from Madeleine Vionnet and Madame Grès’ sculptural fashions) with the traditions of ancient Chinese mathematics. “There’s been a lot of brain work this season!” exclaims Zhang, who’s given us an exclusive sneak peek at his forthcoming collection. “Haute couture and Chinese arithmetic are both very precise, sharing a type of perfection.” Specifically, Zhang will feature smocking grids and trigonometric shapes that mold to the female form. He was also inspired by Man Ray’s double-exposure technique and penchant for surrealism.