Diamonds Swarovski crystals are a girl’s best friend…or in this case, designers’. Each season, Swarovski partners up with select designers who exhibit “cutting edge talent and the ability to demonstrate exquisite craftsmanship with crystal” that ultimately form the “Swarovski Collective.” It means, the designers who snag a spot in the Collective are backed by the Swarovski brand, given financial support (for their show) and the freedom to experiment with the crystal. At New York Fashion Week, the lucky, lucky designers on this season’s roster include: Prabal Gurung, Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte), Max Osterweis (of Suno), Wes Gordon, Scott Sternberg (of Band of Outsiders), and Shane Gabier and Chris Peters (of Creatures of the Wind). From original sketches to final runway looks, click through to see how the designers encrusted Swarovski crystals into their spring/summer 2014 collection.
Congratulations to the new class of the Council of Fashion Designers of America! Membership into this organization is a big step forward for the career of any American designer, and this year, 32 designers made the cut. “Acceptance in to the CFDA family is validation of a designer’s talent and it is an opportunity to access the many offerings and programs provided by the organization,” Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, said in a statement. “Our membership is the highest it has ever been having grown over the last 7 years from 250 to 454 with the addition of the class of 2013.” Included among this year’s new members are some familiar faces, including Christian Siriano, Jennifer Meyer (the jewelry designer wife to Tobey Maguire), and Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis of CFDA award-winning Suno. Scroll down to see a full list of the 2013 inductees. More
Usually on the red carpet, the designers praise the stars. At the CFDA Awards, it’s the other way around! Celebrities including Sofia Vergara (in Herve L. Leroux and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry) and Kerry Washington (in Jason Wu), Elizabeth Olsen (in The Row), and Romeo and Juliet stars Hailee Steinfeld (in customized Swarovski-covered Suno) and Douglas Booth (in Tom Ford) were among the celebrities who helped honor fashion’s elite at Lincoln Center in New York City last night. With the event celebrating the best of the industry, it has a different feel than typical star-heavy awards shows. “I presented at the Oscars, and I thought, I’m an actress, so I understand talking about acting, but fashion is a bit more complicated for me,” The Office star Ellie Kemper (in Naeem Khan) told InStyle.com. “It’s intimidating because I’m in awe of what they do!” Click to see what everyone wore.
Talk about phoning home! When the “E.T” singer stepped out for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers “I Create Music” expo in Los Angeles, she chose a striking silk dress covered in cell phones, a design from New York brand Suno’s spring 2013 collection. The silk dress printed with blue and yellow cellular devices circa the ’90s—a fun find for any tech fiend—is available for $650 at net-a-porter.com. We’re sure her “Call Me Maybe”-singing pal Carly Rae Jepsen is a fan!
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Carly Rae Jepsen needs to get Suno on speed-dial. Designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty included a flirty dress with a bold cell phone print in their Spring 2013 lineup. “Call me maybe,” tweeted InStyle‘s Ariel Foxman. The Suno duo aren’t the only designers to get inspired by the summer chart-topper. Back in June, Rebecca Minkoff recruited pals like Hilary Rhoda to create an addictive lip sync video. This is one earworm with legs!
Plus, see Carly’s quirky accessories.