The Atelier Swarovski by Lanvin jewelry collection unites the angular forms of Art Deco with the sumptuous transparency of crystal
TEN YEARS is barely a milestone for a house that recently celebrated its 120th anniversary. But given the impressive list of collaborators and sheer creativity devoted to the Atelier Swarovski jewelry line, its ten years stand out as a charmed decade. The concept was launched in 2007, when Swarovski began producing exclusive jewelry collections by guest designers and artists: Karl Lagerfeld, Maison Margiela, Zaha Hadid, Ron Arad… And now the house of Lanvin has reinforced its longstanding synergy with the Austrian crystal brand, contributing a line of rings, necklaces and earrings with a pronounced tinge of Art Deco.
Designed by former Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz, Atelier Swarovski by Lanvin evokes the Jazz Age in early 20th-century Paris, an era that brought greater freedom for women. As Nadja Swarovski, the third generation to head her family’s crystal empire, points out, “My grandfather [Daniel Swarovski, who founded the company in 1895] collaborated very early on with prominent women in fashion like Elsa Schiaparelli and Jeanne Lanvin.”
Despite the visual impact of their outsized components, the jewels’ graphic presence makes them seem light and ethereal. Interplays of space and volume, varying highlights, contrasts between the clarity of crystal and the substance of metal… Elbaz’s designs accentuate the collection’s technical fnesse, to give even the most basic outft an instant infusion of romantic allure.