For Autumn/Winter 2016 – 2017, Swarovski sets their sights high and reaches for the stars in a celestial collection of jewels. Titled Crystal Galaxy, the new collection not only features star shapes and misty nebula formations, but also graphic icicle patterns. Creative Director Nathalie Colin focused on constellations, planets in orbit, and colours of the heavenly aurora borealis in an assortment of crystal encrusted and pearly accessories. Jean Paul Gaultier joins the astral scene and collaborates on a few silvery pieces that highlight his signature Kaputt crystal cuts.
Swarovski marries a keen savoir-faire with the enigmatic nature of our cosmos by accentuating galactic elements in a symbolic way. “We worked on round and 3D volumes, new shapes like double open rings versatile silhouettes in a gradation of shades evoking eclipses, stars and constellations,” explains Colin. Twisted lines and pixelated assembling of crystals on earrings evoke a futuristic aura. Adjustable necklaces can change length according to your desire. The collection emphasises a range of aesthetics: a romantic cosmic night through lunar jewellery, a flirty “Galaxy Dust” bracelet with stardust crystals, and dynamic pop earrings of an extra-terrestrial nature.
Atelier Swarovski showcases the new collections of collaborators Rosie Assoulin, Peter Pilotto, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Assoulin designed a 12-piece collection featuring a blend of multi-coloured pieces for the young at heart. Marking her first collection with Atelier Swarovski, Assoulin transforms conventional Georgian settings with contemporary materials.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos of the brand Peter Pilotto fashioned a 13-piece collection – a kaleidoscopic menagerie of forms inspired by patterns in nature and the mechanical structures within modern art. Whimsically-coloured crystals and graphic shapes in hairpins and necklaces are designed for the funky, daring woman.
Jean Paul Gaultier returns to Atelier Swarovski for a second season and concentrates on impure crystals and dark metallic hues. He investigates “perfect imperfection” of asymmetrical formations, instilling a rough yet elegant charm.
Swarovski never ceases to make us wonder and dream about the world around us. This season goes one step further and brings intergalactic components into our very hands, making us star catchers and poetic citizens of the vast universe.
Words / Sheri Chiu