“There is something in me that just loves sparkly things,” stylist Kate Young (pictured) told Style.com at a Swarovski Elements-hosted breakfast held at The Modern’s private dining room yesterday. “On a fundamental level, crystals represent luxury and femininity.” Young, who served as curator for the exhibition, handpicked pieces from designers’ Fall 2012 lines that incorporated Swarovski beading, including those from Mary Katrantzou, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rodarte, and Dannijo.
Against a minimalist backdrop by set designer Todd Shearer, the installation featured a carefully edited selection, including Jason Wu’s Lesage-embroidered wool and mink cape, Tom Binns’ fluorescent-hued chokers, and a Rodarte frock punctuated with a bejeweled neckline. “When I was working with Rodarte on the Oscars, they used crystals to sculpt the gown and create another dimension, like the way you use highlighter in makeup,” explained Young, obliquely referring to Natalie Portman’s winning gown from last year’s Academy Awards. “It made me think of crystals in a different way.”
Her favorite piece from the exhibition? “I have an obsession,” Young admitted, demurely gesturing toward Christian Louboutin’s crystal-encrusted peep-toe heels. (Her client Michelle Williams donned the same pair at this year’s Oscars.) “A sparkly shoe is an investment, but it’s totally classic.”