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Celebrating The Crystal Vision In Paris

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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

Tod’s Touches Up A Classic, Jimmy Takes On Johns, Prada Presents The Turner Prize, And More…

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Tod’s driving mocs—at 30 or so—are tried-and-true fashion classics, but Tod’s Group chairman Diego Della Valle is lending his support (and around $25 million) to an even more time-honored favorite: The Roman Colosseum. The brand will fully fund the landmark’s entire renovation. [Elle via Refinery29]

And speaking of accessories, Serena Williams wasn’t happy with the state of hers, recently. Having cut her foot on broken glass and been consigned to a cast for the duration of Art Basel, Williams made the best of things, by bedazzling it with Swarovski crystals. [Page Six]

And in slightly less shiny footwear news: Jimmy Choo has announced that it will re-enter the men’s footwear market. The brand had previously produced a men’s collection, but discontinued it in 2002; the men’s offerings from its recent H&M collaboration convinced CEO Joshua Schulman to give men’s footwear another try. [L.A. Times via Racked]

Miuccia Prada (above), who’s a longtime patron of the arts, was in London last night to present Susan Philipsz with the latest Turner Prize. The award comes with [Pounds]25,000. No word on whether Prada’s throwing in a few pairs of shoes, too. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com

The L.B.D. Crew

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If you had any doubts about the power of a little black dress, Halle Berry is here to remind you. “A black dress always makes a girl look slimmer,” the actress (in a tiny black minidress) told us at Swarovski Elements’ 22 Ways to Say Black charity auction at Phillips de Pury last night. Julianna Margulies touted the L.B.D.’s evergreen versatility. “You find the perfect little black cocktail dress; then you just have to switch the shoes and accessories,” The Good Wife star advised. If the stars wanted another to add to their collection, they were in the right place: For the auction, Swarovski and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy commissioned 22 designers to create original L.B.D.s (using Swarovski crystal, naturally) to benefit the American Cancer Society and La Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer. The inky creations—from a silk chiffon and duchesse satin number with jet crystal beading and cutouts by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to a swingy trapeze dress layered with his signature tulle by Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz—raised $100,000.

But while a black cocktail dress could very well be a New Yorker’s go-to evening attire, Sofia Vergara, who spent the summer in the city for a movie role, played the, er, black sheep—in a purplish gray. “I wear a lot of black in my ‘real life’, but I usually try to wear color when I go out to things like this,” the actress said.

Photos: Bryan Bedder/WireImage

From Bergdorf’s To Your Browser

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The last time we saw the Swarovski-encrusted capsule collection created by the 2010 CFDA Swarovski Award nominees, it was on display in the window of Bergdorf Goodman. The CFDAs have come and gone, but those one-off pieces can be yours—provided you’re a dab hand with the mouse. On Wednesday, items from eight of the nominated designers (Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Simon Spurr, Richard Chai, Eddie Borgo, Alexander Wang, and Dana Lorenz) will go on sale on Gilt Groupe. Prices begin at $1,200, but the proceeds go to a good cause, the CFDA Foundation’s educational initiatives. With items like Alexander Wang’s Rocco bag (pictured)—its bottom dotted with Swarovski crystals—and only one of each on offer, we think they may just set a record for fastest online sellout ever. You had a good run, Momofuku Ko. Continue Reading “From Bergdorf’s To Your Browser” »

In The Studio With Joseph, Prabal, Jason, And More

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Nine designers nominated for Swarovski Awards at the CFDAs last night—Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Richard Chai, Patrik Ervell, Simon Spurr, Eddie Borgo, Dana Lorenz, and Alexander Wang—and nine studio visits in Swarovski’s new short film Brilliant. (Bonus for the numerologists: Swarovski has been sponsoring the award for nine years, too!) Directors Josh Melnick and Xander Charity visited each of the designers for a quick snapshot of where they work, what they do, and what inspires them to do it—everything from the fifties to Siouxsie. Check out the exclusive debut, below.



PLUS: To see the winners of the three Swarovski Awards—and all of the evening’s other awards and honors—click here.