The Swarovski Collective is a program that was founded in 1999 that encourages fashion designers to incorporate elements of crystal design into their high fashion works of art. Over the past few years, Swarovski has provided over 100 million crystals to some of the most remarkable fashion designers. In turn, we have seen boundary pushing innovations from industry icons, such as Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, Joseph Altuzarra and Rodarte (just to name a few).

This season marks the 16th year of the Swarovski partnership with emerging fashion talent. 15 designers had been announced earlier this year who will participate in this years' program. Each designer will receive financial support and crystal products from Swarovski to utilize for their Spring / Summer 2016 collections in New York, London, and Paris. One of the 15 designers will win the grand prize of 25,000 Euro in May 2016.

Since New York Fashion Week is in full swing, we thought we would check in and see how the following designers are utilizing Swarovski crystals on the runways!

Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin is a Brooklyn, New York based designer, who loves to experiment with bold colors and form. Her Spring/Summer Collection which was inspired by the sea took place in an empty public pool, generating a strong, dramatic effect. The collection features street-wear looks covered in graphic Swarovski crystal patchwork. Simple shapes and lines characterized the it-girl, urban inspired collection.

Tanya Taylor

Tanya Taylor's designs embody the energy of youth with a ladylike edge. Her Spring/Summer 2016 Collection was inspired from the designer's recent trip to Kenya showcasing rich textures and electric color combinations. Tanya impresses with her oversize knits that draped with Swarovski fringe beading.

Tim Coppens

Belgian designer, Tim Coppens is known for mixing athletic luxury with elegance and street sophistication. He recently expanded his menswear label to include womenswear. Coppens particularly took to Swarovski's matt and pearl rhinestones for his New York Fashion Week Collection. The stones were showcased in a minimalistic manner in striped designs of alternating sized pastel crystals. He even designed his own sneakers for the collection, covered in pearls to round out the collection.

Creatures Of The Wind

Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters are the masterful designers behind Creatures of the Wind. For their Spring/Summer collection the duo was inspired by 90's gothic glamour and 70's punk rock. Powerful jacquard and crystal detailing line the sleeves and lapels of colorful cropped jackets.


Embodying the philosophy that simplicity is true elegance, Tome's Spring/Summer 2016 collection features a subtle palette comprised of warm neutrals and mesh with Swarovski crystal. Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, the Australian designers of Tome, incorporate glamourous crystal leaf shaped designs across their dresses and lacey tops.

Vivienne Hu

Vivienne Hu brings cultural excitement to the runways. Based in New York, but born in Asia, and had studied in Germany, she has a unique designer perspective. Her latest collection features bold crystal studding along with abstract shapes. Pastel colors and feminine hemlines enhances the free-sprinted vibe of the collection. Her use of Swarovski embellishment is quirky and fun!

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