Sparkle of the Month: Oct 2013

Sparkling zippers by Swarovski have been a feature of the stylish wardrobe since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1950 that even the most basic fasteners came onto the market. Originally called the ‘hookless fastener’ and made by hand, the very first examples were notoriously unreliable. Given that a faulty zipper can render an entire outfit unwearable, today’s designers rely on the guaranteed skills of preeminent manufacturers, such as YKK and Swarovski.

This year, thanks to Swarovski’s stunningly creative collaboration with YKK, the Brilliant Zipper has undergone a spectacular renaissance. The outcome? A fastener with serious standout appeal. The multifilament thread, with a thread count of Nm80, makes it durable and resistant to abrasion, while still suitable for application by hand, embroidery machine, and domestic or industrial sewing machine. What’s more, it comes in a variety of lengths and colors. On special request, a huge galaxy of color combinations with more than 88 crystal hues and nearly 600 fabric and acryl shades is available. But its shimmering star appeal is undoubtedly down to the myriad sparkling XIRIUS 1088 chaton crystals from Swarovski that are integrated into the zipper teeth. Not only does XIRIUS 1088’s X-Cut technology make this the most brilliant crystal cut ever, it is also manufactured according to Swarovski’s patented ADVANCED CRYSTAL lead-free* formula.

In fact, it’s thanks to crystals from Swarovski that an item which used to be a utilitarian closing device has, at a stroke, become a boldly visible, attention-grabbing design detail, prized for its cutting-edge, graphic quality. With a glamour that elevates a whole variety of looks, it gives street luxe to casual wear, edginess to sophisticated knits, and serious bite to demure day attire and soigné eveningwear alike.

The days when the humble fastener was merely a functional way to keep disarray at bay are long over. Welcome to the new era of the Brilliant Zipper!

* Crystal glass and all other materials containing 0.009 % lead or less.

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