Last night, we hopped by Swarovski's party commemorating the 10th anniversary of the brand's involvement with the CFDA Awards, as well as the subsequent limited edition collection designed by Philip Crangi. After getting thoroughly lost in a maze of underground stores and eateries (also known as Rockefeller Plaza), we finally found our way to Swarovski's champagne-filled shindig in one of the sparkliest stores we've been in yet--and boy was it worth the trek.
The collection--displayed amidst the aforementioned bubbly, shiny crystal displays, and tiny tuna tartar platters (seriously does a fashion party exist without them?)--was a perfect blend between Crangi's own subversive style and Swarovski's classic, more dainty, aesthetic. "I wanted to do something to reflect what we do at Giles and Brother but to update it for Swarovski," Crangi told us. "So we sort of took that metal and leather concept and we replaced what would normally be metal with the beautiful Swarovski crystal, and then instead of leather, we've used this very soft suede." The designer also told us that he was deeply influenced by a painting of Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation in the 1800s, "particularly the golden laurel crown." The result? A collection that includes grommet leather cuffs in pastel pink and soft grey, and a gold and leather necklace which resembles both a classic laurel and chain link, depending on the viewer.
The best part about the line is that it maintains the gritty, hardware-inspired look we've come to know and love from Crangi's own collection, only this time dressed up in Swarovski's finery--an irresistible blend between downtown cool and uptown sophistication. Sort of like Crangi himself, who last night couldn't help but steal the show in a navy blazer and button down shirt that highlighted his faded tats and layered necklaces to irreverent perfection.