At the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 show, designers made Swarovski crystals the stars. Here’s our roundup of some of the most dazzling moments.
Blugirl made a beeline for the fashion-conscious festival goer with their sweet, Seventies-tinged collection that quietly hummed “Get me to Coachella now”. Pretty, embroidered-cotton smock dresses were toughened with rock-‘n’-roll ankle boots and backpacks edged up with Swarovski crystal details.
At Blumarine, the Seventies theme continued in Anna Molinari’s In Bloom collection, characterized by exquisite floral embroidery, but the look this time was all about pure glamour, rather than hipster after-party. Breathtaking sheer dresses, both maxi and short, were artfully covered with intricately stitched flowers accented in crystal, along with a super-chic white shift dress—an ideal way to make an entrance at lunch.
Giorgio Armani’s Sand collection, expressed in his signature subdued nature-inspired color palette and wrought in precious cady silk, georgette and wool, brought a refined beauty to the Milan catwalk. Dramatically flowing, ruched-bodice goddess gowns were elevated with delicate crystal embellishment, while sweetly luxed-up chiffon tunics and spangly mini dresses were worn over diaphanous pants for a cool, modern take on cocktail dressing.
Laura Biagiotti added a joyful pop of color to proceedings with her daywear, featuring a zingy aquamarine trouser suit with dazzling crystal-decorated jacket worn over a sheer lemon blouse; the same bright color combination appeared in a fun and super-chic flared cocktail dress, and was echoed in a cleverly designed crocheted dress, artfully punctuated with subtle crystal decoration. But if monochrome is your preference, her sumptuous flowing white eveningwear, with feather and crystal detailing, was pure princess perfection.
Roberto Cavalli’s SS15 looks rocked a Seventies hippy-chic vibe, ranging from delicately pretty, crystal-embroidered, flirty baby-doll dresses to his signature leopard print, brought to life in a jaw-dropping silver-and-gold, crystal-laden, slash-fronted evening gown.
Donatella Versace, on the other hand, brought a refined elegance with color-blocking and clean lines. Swarovski Crystal Mesh dresses were youthful and strong, with straps held by utilitarian buckles. A cutout black dress was embellished with cross-body sparkling pink Crystal Mesh, while a brilliant orange crop top-and-skirt combination was edged in delicate sheer organza. They all describe the new essentials of Versace: clean lines, strong colors and playful details.
Finally, to our three rising stars who used their Swarovski sponsorship to stunning effect: Fausto Puglisi showed just why his name is on every self-respecting fashionista’s lips by conjuring a powerful world where Ancient Rome meets A Space Odyssey meets Barbarella. With sharp monochromes recalling the precise geometries of mosaics, interspersed with bursts of orange, citrus green and yellow, and centurion-style mini-skirts with gold and blue embellishment, his entire collection was a genius way of bringing the ancient bang up to date.
Entitled Synthetic Riot, Grinko’s mesmerizingly beautiful cobalt blue collection included references to Kandinsky and Matisse, which were merged with Pop Art detailing in crystal embroidery. A column of a gown was made modern with surreal metallic motifs resembling eyes, while jackets—both sleeveless bomber-style and elegantly cocktail—paired with structured midi skirts and shorts produced a sleekly sophisticated look.
Over at Alberto Zambelli we were treated to a touch of Sixties space age-style Courrèges. Graphically minimalist pastel dresses and tunics worn over sheer striped culottes were paired with huge crystal-glitzed sunglasses, while his oversize white jumpsuit with super-cool black waistcoat represented a serious game-changer. Definitely one to watch.