Cinderella had the perfect pair of crystal slippers, Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedey in a sparkling dress covered by little crystals, big international brands used the shinny stones to cover clothes, bags and statement pieces of jewellery . Yes, I am talking about Swarovski world, where I felt like Alice in Wonderland when I visited, for the first time, Wattens, Austria. Ten years later, in March 2015, I felt again like Alina in Winter Garden wonderland, as soon as I encounter in Paris the beautiful Fall-Winter 2015/2016 Swarovski collection. Big stones, delicate metal lace and the exquisite craftsmanship: a pure and simplified design aesthetic is combined with curved metal to create an easy chic silhouette, both sleek and feminine. I wandered through a garden filled with night buterflies, insects and enormous orchids. The other main inspiration focuses on the autumnal beauty of an English manor house garden, with a richer and more sophisticated approach, evoking vintage jewellery , antique tapestry and lace-like filigree, in a palette of elegant dahlia and berry colors.
“Nature is an endless source of inspiration, and after celebrating flowers in our latest Spring Summer collection, we now take flora and fauna to an autumnal interpretation. I was inspired by textiles portraying an idealized nature such as the vintage tapestry of English manors, the dévoré velvets, as well as the ornamental lace which presents feminine, romantic accents. Through the design process, we turned them into modern jewels with historic hints”, says Creative Director of Swarovski, Nathalie Colin. (The pieces will be available in stores worldwide from August 2015, www.swarovski.com)
Dramatic” necklace. This sophisticated jewellery piece exemplifies refined craftsmanship with textures that evoke intricate embroideries.
“Dusky” necklace exemplifies this contemporary reference to nature with repeated drop-shaped crystals which take center stage on a rose-gold polished metal all-around base, twisted by the addition of leather.
The clean lines and subtle sparkle of the “Stardust” bracelet, appearing in its third season, confirms its ability to inject an instant touch of glamour into any outfit.