Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sparkles, Dinner and Fashion


There’s very little in this world more fabulous than things that sparkle. Such a simple little thing, but it can bring a smile in a second just with a little twinkle.

That being said, you can imagine my excitement at being invited to an in-store event at Swarovski to unveil their new window, designed by the graduate students of the School of
Just a piece of the window

the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC) in celebration of Fashion 2013 and THE WALK 2013, the SAIC’s annual runway show and benefit gala to support the Fashion Design students. 
For the third year in a row Swarovski is a sponsor of the event, and they donate jewelry and crystals for students to include in their designs for the runway.

The window is the collaborative work of 13 students, including Yufan Gao, Xue Jiang, Youngeun Kwun, Joseph Leamanczyk, Jieru Li, Hao Liu, Sisi Liu, Melvin Marckwardt, Fei Nie, Carmine Ro, Fu Hsueh Tsao, Lindsey Whittle and Man Yuan, from the Master of Design: Fashion, Body and Garment program within the Department of Fashion Design at SAIC. The window honors Swarovski’s year-long “Passport to Sparkle” campaign, and the window is a series of colorful and intricate windmills adorned with jewelry pieces from Swarovski’s Spring/Summer 2013 “Tropical Paradise” collection, as well as complimenting crystals, to signify traveling and personal journeys.

During the event I had the chance to walk around and see the pieces in the Passport to Sparkle campaign, as well as other collections, including classic Swarovski pieces such as pendants and rings, their Atelier collection, featuring designers such as Nicholas Kirkwood and Vanessa Seward, sunglasses (I need a pair) and non-wearable pieces such as martini glasses (obsessed) and picture frames.

Everything was as fabulous as you would expect from Swarovski.

Love this simple but
giant pendant.
After the in-store event I got the opportunity to attend dinner at RM Champagne Salon, an intimate little restaurant with a fireplace, d├ęcor that made me feel as if I was in an old French restaurant, and food that I will dream about for months to come.

If you are in Chicago you should check out the amazing window on Michigan Avenue, and of course look at the Passport to Sparkle Campaign, which goes a different place every month. You can also purchase tickets to attend the upcoming Fashion 2013 runway show on May 3. There are shows at 9:00 am, noon and 3:00 pm and tickets are available now online via saicfashion.org and available at the door on Friday, May 3.

If you're not in Chicago then just shop online. You can also view a full album of the event on Facebook

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