Models were up to their necks this season in crystal embellished turtlenecks and mandarin collars, in a contemporary, covered-up spin on womenswear. Peppered into the mix were luxury takes on crewnecks and halters giving way to crystal adorned yokes in a myriad of lustrous looks. Another season of extraordinary design and must-have style, FW17 affirms Swarovski Collective’s involvement with designers who persistently push the boundaries of crystal use in fashion.
Kicking the week off in New York was Jason Wu, embracing the best of the season’s trends with halter necks flowing into cut out shoulders for a modern and feminine feel. Using an innovative technique, the designer strategically placed custom Swarovski crystal hotfix transfers over lace to enhance the silhouettes of each dress, making for a dimensionally pleasing décolletage. Across the pond in London, Emilia Wickstead relied on breezy, barely-there lace adorned with Swarovski Crystal Pearl to create enchanting tops accented by ruffles and gathering. Based on old-fashioned Russian garb, different layers of fabric at the chest and neck created an attention-grabbing transparency for a unique take on the trending look. An extravagant way to wear the trend came from Vivetta in Milan with a show-stopping ensemble designed in degradé crystal transfer featuring a standing collar based off a circus ringmaster’s infamous uniform.
To get the look, dial up crystallized collars, embellished yokes, and embroidered necklines with on-trend Swarovski pieces in contemporary shapes with distinctive designs. The more rebellious woman will fall in love with the Fit Choker and Slake All-Around Choker, both modern ways to add a bit of shine with a Haute Couture inspired feel. Looking for an understated accent? Seek out the twisted and stacked Hero Ring and pair with the Ginger Crystal Studs in a refined teardrop silhouette – a guaranteed style win.