Swarovski Award winners Alexander Wang (accessories), Richard Chai (menswear), and Jason Wu (women's wear) -- and nominees Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Eddie Borgo, Dana Lorenz, and Simon Spurr -- have all created one-of-a-kind pieces incorporating the iconic Swarovski sparkles to be sold exclusively on Gilt Groupe, with sales benefiting the CFDA's mission to support emerging talent.
"To inspire the design process, each nominee was provided with an all-access pass to the Swarovski Creative Service Center," Nadja Swarovski said in a statement. "But at the end of the day it was all about the work of the designer -- we are just the sparkling ingredient to enhance and push the boundaries of their creativity. And having the completed designs sold on Gilt.com with the proceeds benefiting the CFDA Foundation was the perfect marriage."
Michelle Obama fave Wu used the opportunity to create a nude dress with delicate Grecian drapery and a crystal-encrusted bust, while Gurung embellished a white bubble-hem party dress with an asymmetrical scattering of black sparkles, and the very buzzed-about Altuzarra cut a severely tailored black blazer with jet-black crystals cascading from cuff to elbow.
And while glitter and menswear don't typically go together, both Chai and Spurr rose to the challenge.
Chai incorporated crystal on the lapel of a sleeveless gunmetal gray suit, while Spurr created a more traditional black suit with military-inspired detailing using black crystal pearls.
As for accessories, Borgo and Lorenz both made jewelry with chunks of Swarovski crystal and Wang remade his current "It" bag -- the Rocco duffel -- with big black crystals jutting from the bottom.
Check out the dazzling one-off items, starting at $1,200, at Gilt.com. And read what else the CFDA is doing to support young designers through its newly launched Incubator space.