When Embellished with Crystals, Jet Black is the Ultimate Shade of EleganceWhat do a bowtie, hair accessory, evening gown and exclusive collection of nail varnish have in common? They’ve all been given the Swarovski touch, with crystals adding a bit of sparkle to jet black backgrounds. Subtle, sophisticated and elegant, it’s an easy, failsafe way to upgrade even the simplest of pieces.
A bowtie, a barrette, and a comb all get the crystal treatment thanks to French accessories designer Valérie Valentine and hair artist Fabien Giambona. Whether the bow is made of luxurious lambskin or silk chiffon, between 8 and 64 Swarovski crystals has been meticulously dotted over each piece to elegant effect.
There’s no denying that a gown without crystals is like a night without stars. This one, by HC Antonella Collection, features Xilion Rose Hotfix crystals applied by hand in motifs that can be personalized according to the client. Designer Maria Tesei creates her collections from precious yarns, using hand-knitted techniques.
Shine bright like a crystal… Crystal Alchemy, that is. It’s a new collection of five gem-inspired nail polish shades that combine Swarovski brilliance with CND’s flair. Each is designed (or at least, named) to ‘match’ your personality – think shades like ‘Rebellious Ruby’, ‘Lovely Quartz’, which features softer tones, and more. Which one will you choose?