TREND REPORT New York and Paris go head to head

in the Fashion Week stakes

The New York and Paris Fashion Weeks cranked up the celebrity factor at the Autumn/Winter 2013/14 shows. NYC piled on star power with a front row that included David Beckham, Miley Cyrus and Zoë Kravitz, Jessica Alba, Jessica Chastain and Marion Cotillard wowed Paris along with the rest of the global fashion pack.

Eight designers from the Swarovski Collective, fired up by their collaborations with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, produced remarkable, original work.


Prabal Gurung
TThe Gurka army uniform may seem like an unlikely starting point for a high-fashion collection, but that’s where Gurung took his inspiration this season—cue combat khaki colors in regimented, tailored pieces. Flared peplum jackets layered under horse-bit belts, worn with skinny combat pants and leather-paneled parkas, embellished with symmetrically patterned red, black and silver crystals.

Just when you think you know where the Mulleavy sisters are going with a collection, they throw a chic little fashion curve ball. From black draping to Eighties-style boxy camel overcoats strewn with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and worn with asymmetric hemmed skirts falling in thick folds, they suddenly gave us hits with tie-dyed body suits and bright pink, blue and black printed gowns.

There was a definite slice of medieval-meets-Americana going on here. You could see it in their simple blue pinstriped collarless-shirts with hokey floral prints on the pockets, teamed with tunic ensembles. The black full-length pinafores, prettied up with neatly structured blue crystal embellishment, were worn over sharp-collared white shirts, subtly referencing Joan of Arc.

Creatures of the Wind
In a tightly controlled color palette, this duo sent out a brilliantly cohesive collection. The theme was minimal color blocking—chocolate brown blazers edged with cream lapels and paneling—to neatly ordered red, gray and cream geometric-printed tops worn with silk skirts. They then broke out a little re-imagined Americana cool: plaid lumberjacks worn with giant crystal-embellished neckties kept their hipster fans in the loop.


Maxime Simoens
This was the first ready-to-wear collection from this fledgling couturier, and he more than showed off exactly why he’s just been signed up by LVMH. Predominantly showing dresses, he moved from flirty, printed minis in soft blue silk, edged up with a navy biker jacket to a strapless cocoon-structured gown complete with bold crystal detail scattered through the bodice.

Masha Ma
The Chinese designer presented Paris with her unique take on modern dressing. Fusing sports luxe with a drop of ladylike cool in her pale gray, zip-fronted, sleeveless wool dresses with minimal funnel necks and azure Perspex detailing on the pockets, she also showed monochrome pieces that felt artfully structured—think cropped white jackets worn with distressed, hemmed, black midi skirts.

Photographed by Jason Llyod-Evans.

Swarovski Crystals Magazine #01 - Everyday Extraordinary

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