Minimalism, bedamned! This season’s catwalks have seen some of the most maximal, sparkly, over-the-top designs yet. That sparkle, in part, can be attributed to Preciosa Crystal, which was tapped by two leading designers to incorporate crystal elements into their collections.
For the sixth season in a row, iconic avant-garde duo The Blonds sourced the Czech glassmakers for precious stones. “This collection was brought to life utilizing Preciosa elements such as hot fix and cushion cut-stones in all shapes and sizes,” offers The Blonds co-designer David Blond. “This season we have also included a look inspired by crystal itself and all of its many facets.”
The Blonds used thousands of stones in the SS18 collection, featuring a crystal-encrusted jumpsuit that weighs in at 50 lbs. Crystal-embellished separates, mini dresses and body suits glittered down the runway for a rock star aesthetic.
On the other end of the spectrum, evening wear designer Bibhu Mohapatra collaborated with Preciosa for the second season to elevate his romantic collection of black-tie gowns. The collection’s dramatic drapery, bound waists and unconventional necklines in Japanese prints were highlighted by Preciosa’s multi-faceted stones, including a new Crystal Lava—a dreamy mix of red, orange and pink hues. “This is my second season working with Preciosa. This time, it’s ten times more exciting with more products to chose from,” Mohapatra adds. “Given the quality and design integrity behind Preciosa, I see more long-term projects ahead.”
“After seeing the mood of Bibhu Mohapatra’s collection, were deeply impressed by his dedication to exquisitely showcasing our Bohemian crystals on the catwalk,” adds Karel Páral, commercial development director at Preciosa Components. “His artistic designs inspired by the traditional dress of Japanese shibaris and samurais were truly a kaleidoscopic masterpiece.”