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Crystals on the red carpet

Celebrities dazzle photographers and fashionistas with fabulous jewellery from Swarovski

Published on November 13, 2007

Crystals on the red carpet

At the just-concluded Bangkok International Fashion Week, style-watchers were treated to a sparkling and delightful show called "The Swarovski Autumn and Winter Collection", which had the theme "Soul of Time" and featured a dazzling display of the company's famous crystal jewellery and accessories.

More than 30 sets of jewellery and accessories from the collection were showcased.

Austrian Nathalie Colin-Roblique, the creative director at Swarovski, said the collection illustrated a vision of a nomad princess who travels through time, witnessing epic history and exploring the glittering romance of knights in armour, and precious relics.

Colin-Roblique loves the "power" of metal. "This new collection has a very confident, unfettered attitude. It has real personality. The jewels are worn like trophies. The bags heighten the yearning for freedom and the nomadic lifestyle."

Swarovski's bold fashion statement shines throughout. The Delphes line blurs the boundaries between jewellery and clothing, cascades of chains and tangles of crystal embroidery giving new meaning to the breastplate and the bustier.

The Dryade line transforms into collars, long scarves and fingerless gloves studded with superimposed touches of crystal mesh. The Diodore belt is a cluster of fine chains of old gold, burnished and asymmetrical, mounted on a metal sculpture.

 Highly sought-after pieces in the collection are the Duo crystal bag that hides a mini-clutch linked together by a silver chain, and the Dalila long necklace and pendant in exclusive faceted crystal combined with semi-precious stones and a profusion of delicate sterling silver chain. Popular also is the luxury Donjon bag, inspired by the same nomadic spirit. Its handle and pocket are embroidered with multicoloured crystals and look like something straight out of the Roman era.

A real highlight from Swarovski is the Dawn bag, designed to reflect the lifestyle of an active working woman. The Duel line, also animated by the nomadic theme of this collection, features an equestrian motif with bridle rings and leather reins used as accents for handles, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and earrings.

To welcome the series, Swarovski (Thailand) managing director Kamonwan Charoenpanon staged a "Swarovski Sparkles in the Entertainment World" exhibition, which was divided into two parts.

The first was "Daniel Swarovski and the Red Carpet Collection". For the past several years Swarovski has been in the spotlight, with celebrities wearing its jewellery at film festivals and the Oscars.

Couture handbags always catch the eye when they're toted by Hollywood actresses. There was the Betty bag, famously dyed to match the dress Penelope Cruz wore at the Academy Awards this year, and Michelle Yeoh's Arielle bag at Cannes last year.

The second part included the Swarovski gown worn by singer Shirley Bassey, who topped the charts in 1959 with "Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me" and "As I Love You". She also memorably sang the title tracks for the James Bond films "Diamonds are Forever" and "Goldfinger".

In September 1993 Dame Shirley Bassey's glittering gowns were auctioned for charity, an event that illustrated her enduring popularity. The exhibition in Bangkok features seven mesmerising dresses worn onstage by the diva, all the creations of her preferred designers, Douglas Darnell and Murray Arbied, who meticulously decorated each one with sparkling Swarovski crystals.

Kupluthai Pungkanon

 The Nation

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