Swarovskiâ€™s Spring Summer 2008 collection is drawn from the worldâ€™s major cities, inspired by urban effervescence, and a landscape dominated by skyscrapers and buildings with a seemingly endless number of windows.
â€śWith pictograms that combine vehicles and robots, pixelation from video games, symbols used on road maps, and golden casino chips and dice, this collection is all about the excess of the city, its unbridled energy, and its irrepressible spirit. This is condensed into the ultra-structured lines of jewellery pieces and flashes of mirrored leather,â€ť explains Nathalie Colin-Roblique, artistic director at Swarovski. â€śThis collection is a kaleidoscope of everything you feel when discovering a city, and showcases a collage of overlapping, superimposed images.â€ť
Swarovskiâ€™s latest collection is characterised by its graphic style, made up of clean, incisive, dynamic lines. The â€śEveningâ€ť necklace and cuff recall glass buildings that are designed in such a way that only their steel structure can be seen, and feature bright flashes of faceted, asymmetric crystal, that work like aurora borealis-coloured mirrors. This effect is maximised in the plexiglass â€śEspeciallyâ€ť cuff featuring a pavĂ© cabochon and highlighted in the â€śEffyâ€ť bag in faceted leather with the appearance of a silver mirror.
Inspired by the world of video games, pixels of full or pavĂ© crystals appear on the â€śExchangeâ€ť earrings and necklaces. â€śOn the â€śExchangeâ€ť ring, these effects reflect the appearance of a carâ€™s bumpers, and surround the crystal,â€ť notes Nathalie Colin-Roblique.
A ringâ€™s pearl is caged in a pavĂ© ball, a pair of earrings and a pendant in the â€śEclipseâ€ť range. In the same way, the â€śEvanescentâ€ť rings and pendants contain an oversized, transparent, faceted crystal, and thus continues one of jewellery designâ€™s best-loved traditions. â€śI wanted to add some 60s and 70s style references using hoops, balls and circles, while playing on the highly symbolic and excessive nature of oversized crystals and casinos.â€ť
The playful â€śEx Aequoâ€ť range, inspired by the casino, is particularly figurative. Playing cards created with metal and pavĂ© crystal mimic the design of real cards with bends and playful imperfections, and are transformed into cuffs. Dollar signs appear in pavĂ© crystal on small coins that hang from metal or silver bracelets and necklaces, while dice, good luck charms and bright stars hang from earrings, long necklaces, and golden chain bracelets, echoing the â€śPowerâ€ť bag.
Inspired by the electric and electrifying atmosphere of the city, the â€śEnergyâ€ť line features pavĂ© crystal plug pendants, light bulbs, helmets and music players. At the same time, â€śErikaâ€ť, â€śElvisâ€ť and â€śTeddyâ€ť â€“ three little figures, articulated like robots â€“ each feature pavĂ© crystal bodies.
Inspired by fast-paced cities that never sleep, the Swarovski collection is at once excessive, imposing, oversized and hugely symbolic. It combines energy, movement and design, thus encapsulating the leitmotiv of cutting-edge fashion.