New York—New York Fashion Week is “off and runwaying.” And Swarovski helped launch it with the announcement of 15 designers who will form the year-long Swarovski Collective 2016. This group of exceptional design talents, which includes both new and established names, will work in creative partnership with Swarovski for their Spring/Summer 2016 and Autumn/Winter 2016 collections.
The latest edition of the coveted Swarovski Collective program will span New York, London and Paris fashion weeks, offering the designers year-long financial and crystal product support, plus the chance to win the annual 25,000 euro Swarovski Collective Prize, the winner of which will be announced in May 2016.
The 2016 Swarovski Collective sees debut seasons for Rosie Assoulin, Thomas Tait, Tanya Taylor, Tome, Alexander Lewis, David Koma, Haizhen Wang and Vivienne Hu. Taylor will shower her collection during NYFW.
The Swarovski Collective members for Spring/Summer 2016 and Autumn/Winter 2016 are:
Creatures of the Wind
Iris Van Herpen
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “It is a pleasure to build on the success of the Swarovski Collective with this new line-up of creatives, and our ongoing commitment to emerging talent with the Swarovski Collective Prize,” said Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board. “This is an exceptional group of designers, and we look forward to seeing them innovate with crystal looks over the coming year.”
Innovate with Crystals
Emilia Wickstead, a returning Collective designer commented: “It is such an honor to be a part of the Collective. Swarovski crystals add excitement and innovation while creating a point of difference.”
Rosie Assoulin commented: “We are so honored to be working with Swarovski and to have the opportunity to really dive into their treasure trove of materials and techniques, especially after the CFDAs,” added Rosie Assoulin.
Thomas Tait said: “I’m excited to be part of the Swarovski Collective and to be using crystals as a creative ingredient for the first time to add a new dimension to my collection.”
Founded in 1999 following Nadja Swarovski’s collaboration with a young Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, the Swarovski Collective encourages emerging and established designers to explore the creative boundaries of crystal use and craftsmanship.
Over the past 16 years, the Swarovski Collective has supported more than 150 designers. Previous participants include such fashion luminaries as Alexander McQueen, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Wes Gordon, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor & Rolf, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles, Mary Katrantzou and Anthony Vaccarello.
The Swarovski Collective designers will show their Spring/Summer 2016 collections during New York, London and Paris Fashion Weeks, which take place between 10 September and 7 October 2015. Swarovski will also support Collective members on promotional activities and creative projects throughout the year.