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Swarovski Crystals Stand Out at Milan Fashion Week

Versace and Missoni are Among the Brands to Feature Crystals From Swarovski

Milan Fashion Week has wrapped for another season, and once again, Swarovski crystals played a shining role in many of the standout fall/winter 2020 collections.

At Missoni, designer Angela Missoni used 56,000 Swarovski crystals in vivid shades such as Capri Blue and Cobalt Shimmer to embellish her house’s signature woven and printed motifs.
One particularly striking look was a pair of printed trousers featuring Swarovski Shimmer effect stones.

Designer Antonio Marras also lit up the runway with 156,000 Swarovski crystals. Jet, Bronze, Chrome and Opal stones were sprinkled liberally on parkas, denim jackets and accessories, outlining a rococo motif as well as other delicate floral patterns that appeared throughout his fall/winter 2020 collection. Over at Tiziano Guardini, 127,000 Swarovski crystals, including 42,000 upcycled crystals in rose, blue and emerald, encrusted a series of headdresses representing spirit animals and created using 3D printing techniques. His collection, inspired by nature, incorporates biodegradable, ethical materials, continues his commitment to sustainability, which earned Guardini the Green Carpet Challenge Fashion Award in 2017.

Swarovski crystals also appeared on the runways at Act no1, by designers Galib Gassanoff and Luca Lin, and Genny. The Act no1 show featured plenty of deconstructed tailoring and traditional dressmaking techniques, and hand-embroidered items were given extra shine with crystals in a myriad of shapes. Meanwhile, Sara Cavazza Facchini, creative director at Genny, showed a series of braided rope necklaces with crystals, which added subtle sparkle to her collection of tailored jackets and blazers with hand-finished details.

Finally, it wouldn’t be Milan Fashion Week without the powerhouse that is Versace. Every major model, from Kaia Gerber to Kendall Jenner, walked the show, in looks ranging from black evening dresses to sharp tailoring enriched with sculptural crystals. In true Versace form, animal prints also played a large role this season: a faux fur coat worn over a crystallized version of the same pattern oozed sex appeal, while a graphic, black-and-white take on the Virtus Animalier print used crystals to add texture and dimension. A silver metal mesh minidress with a crystallized neckline was a dazzling finish to a dazzling show—and a dazzling Milan Fashion Week.