Whiter Shades of Pale

Light Up a Look with Brighter-than-white Accessories and Glassware

Admired as the palette of luxurious and futuristic lifestyles, bright white and clear crystal have high-end impact. If their light-reflective qualities grab the headlines, the unmistakable subtext reads: “This look is high-maintenance, but blemishes are for mere mortals.” Here are three pieces to help you kick back and enjoy the easy-luxe life.

Golden Goose Superstar sneaker, Made with Crystals from SwarovskiGolden Goose has revamped its classic Superstar sneaker by drenching the heel-tab and signature star motif in charcoal and silver Swarovski crystals. However, that sparkling-luxe effect has been wittily subverted, because the shoe’s pure white leather comes meticulously pre-scuffed and finished with a handwritten Golden Goose logo. The result? A glam-metropolitan swagger.

Otazu Summer collection, Made with Crystals from SwarovskiIt was the fine white sand of the Côte d’Azur’s Bay of Pampelonne that inspired these jewelry pieces from Otazu’s Summer collection. But the hilltop village of Ramatuelle overlooking the beach is what shaped the aesthetic. Loved by bohemians for its music, art galleries and craft workshops, the glitzy St Tropez lifestyle is rejected in favor of authenticity. Likewise, iridescent White Opal, cool Powder Grey and clear crystals combine to cast a little vintage shade on perfection.

Vetrerie di Empoli Gira e Rigira wine glass, Made with Crystals from SwarovskiFor around a century Vetrerie di Empoli has been making exceptional glassware. Designed to optimize the swirl of liquid as it’s rotated around the bowl, its Gira e Rigira wine glass is renowned for having revolutionized the way we taste wine. Now, the new Gira e Rigira takes the concept further, featuring a 5cm-long crystal instead of a traditional stem. The idea is to steady the glass by gripping the crystal between the fingers, while a light spin of the thumb rotates the bowl to encourage full appreciation of the wine. Genius.