The final three members of the Swarovski Collective unveiled their new collections during the Autumn/Winter 2016 edition of Paris Fashion Week. Selected for their creative flair and ability to demonstrate exquisite craftsmanship, the designers received financial support as well as the opportunity to experiment with Swarovski’s extraordinary crystal range.
Christian Wijnants, Thomas Tait and Esteban Cortázar showed off looks featuring a range of innovative crystal applications, including paintbrush stroke crystal transfers, tiny beaded details, and crystal fabric tailoring. They join the Swarovski Collective members who recently showed in New York and London in competition for the 2016 edition of the Swarovski Collective Prize, with the winner set to be announced in June. Christian Wijnants commented: “The idea was to refer to the prints that we did, which were inspired by animal prints but a little bit more abstract, almost like brushstrokes or splatters. The idea is like a naïve drawing, something a little bit art brut and Raoul Dubuffet, with abstract but very graphic stokes. We used the black to keep it very graphic but we also used a little bit of electric blue. Sometimes with embroidery it can make the garments stiffer, so what I like about the transfer is that it doesn’t really affect the way the fabric drapes or moves, you really still feel the material underneath and it doesn’t feel rigid.”
Thomas Tait commented: “The crystal appears in very specific places this season. We used these small Xilion beads at the tip of the smooth non-faceted beads. I started using this technique last season, but this time I wanted to do it in a quieter way. The placement of the beads was really spontaneous. We applied them on the day of the shoot, having seen the clothes on the model, and certain places just draw your fingers to them. It isn’t calculated. Another thing I particularly like is the back-printed crystal which comes with a little ‘T’, which also appears in the prints. There’s more of this branding in this collection, and there’s a little bit more confidence too.”
Esteban Cortázar commented: “It all started with this idea of freedom and restriction and exploring how to use the fabrics and the materials and the textures with that in mind. So it started with something very nonchalant and cosy and long and lean at the bottom, and the top part going more structured and armor-like but with bonded velvet inside of all the leather, and slicing the leather and finishing it with wax finishes, and using the Swarovski crystal fabric to create almost a galactic feeling, to continue what we did last season. The colors for it came from these wild nights in Berlin at the KitKatClub and all the different colored lights. And for the shoes we played with this idea of this rock coming through the organic heel.”
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2012 to honor the philanthropic spirit of founder Daniel Swarovski. Its mission is to support creativity and culture, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources.
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