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Over Half A Million Swarovski Crystals Hit The Runway During New York Fashion Week 18.Feb.2016

Stunning Autumn/Winter 2016 collections featuring over 556,000 Swarovski crystals have been showcased at this weeks New York Fashion events.

Swarovski Collective designers Tim Coppens, Creatures of the Wind, Tanya Taylor, Dion Lee, Tome and Rosie Assoulin received financial support as well as the opportunity to experiment with Swarovski's extraordinary crystal range.

Founded in 1999 following Nadja Swarovski's collaboration with Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, the Swarovski Collective encourages emerging and established designers to explore the creative boundaries of crystal use and craftsmanship.  The latest edition of the Swarovski Collective program spans 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 Swarovski Collective Prize, the winner of which will be announced in May 2016.

Referencing a girl who wanted to look like the outdoors, and drawing from the interplay of lush botanicals and deconstructed geometric shapes, Tanya Taylor used layered Swarovski crystals to create intricate 3D-embroidered leaves and floral bouquets, adding dimension to crepe and velvet pieces.

For a collection entitled APATURE, Dion Lee experimented with negative space, referencing the work of artist Otto Pien. Hotfix applied Swarovski crystal fabric created shimmering structural pleats in silk georgette skirts and dresses, and fabric perforated separates featured floating Swarovski crystals.

Finding inspiration in the work of video and installation artist Mona Hatoum and conceptual artist Barbara Kruger, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome used Swarovski crystals to conceptualize crystal evil eyes placed on the back of garments and crowns to ward off evil.

Rosie Assoulin drew inspiration from contemporary artist Polly Apfelbaum, using Swarovski crystals in different colors and shapes to produce a repeating rainbow stripe effect on classic, crisp cotton poplin silhouettes.

Tim Coppens referenced Japanese street looks, western accents, and rock stars Axel Rose and Jimi Hendrix in his signature outerwear and military-inspired jackets, featuring custom Swarovski crystal patch designs and Swarovski crystal pearls in his womenswear looks shown at New York Fashion Week: Men's.

Creatures of the Wind's Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, inspired by soft modernism with specific references to mid-century architects, furniture designers and graphic designers, such as Charles & Ray Eames, Carl Aubock, and Ikko Tanaka, created graphic surfaces by sewing Swarovski beads and stones onto garments in various patterns.