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Swarovski Crystals Get the Arty, Hi-Tech Treatment for Fall 2016

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London-based designer Thomas Tait decided to forgo a flashy Paris Fashion Week runway show this season and opted for an intimate presentation for buyers and editors in a très cool art gallery space, instead. The cultured venue made the perfect backdrop for his innovative collection, featuring his continued collaboration with Swarovski crystals. But don’t think of Tait’s creations as your usual bedazzled, blinged-out affair—he is the youngest designer ever to complete the prestigious M.A. Fashion program at Central St. Martins, after all.

For fall 2016, the young Brit presented intellectually artful, hi-tech creations following the “windows into your body” theme from spring, featuring hand-developed Japanese Boro patchwork pieces and a “yo yo quilting” technique that involves gathering vivid vintage prints into floral shapes. As part of the select Swarovski Collective, the designer worked with cutting-edge crystal details, like colorful Xilion beading scattered onto a velvet ombré gown and colorful chunky crystals embellishing white silk ribbon pendants.

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“The crystal appears in very specific places this season,” Tait explained in a statement. “We used these small Xilion beads at the tip of the smooth non-faceted beads. I started using this technique last season, but this time I wanted to do it in a quieter way. The placement of the beads was really spontaneous. We applied them on the day of the shoot, having seen the clothes on the model, and certain places just draw your fingers to them. It isn’t calculated. Another thing I particularly like is the back-printed crystal which comes with a little ‘T’, which also appears in the prints. There’s more of this branding in this collection, and there’s a little bit more confidence too.”

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