Show Media is pleased to announce the publication of the autumn/winter 2015 issue of Salt magazine – the second special edition commemorating 120 years of Swarovski. Times of celebration often call for reflection, but, while heritage plays an integral part in Swarovski’s evolution, so, too, does its need to look forward. In this edition, we wished to capture a sense of unwrapping the future, and so it is both an exploration of Swarovski’s journey and a celebration of the visionaries who continue to lead the way.
Key to a pioneering spirit is a commitment to nurturing the next generation, so we take a look at this year’s annual Swarovski Design Project at Central Saint Martins, which took inspiration from the Savage Beauty exhibition honouring Alexander McQueen, as well as Swarovski’s sponsorship of the first Swarovski Designers of the Future Award – a highlight of the 10th-anniversary edition of Design Miami/ Basel.
Every generation brings with it a wave of fresh talent. In this issue we celebrate Peter Pilotto, winner of the inaugural Swarovski Collective Award. Then there’s Olivier Rousteing, the 30-year-old designer who has transformed the 70-year-old house of Balmain and amassed an army of A-list devotees along the way. We also look at some more established names that continue to break new ground, too, from Jean Paul Gaultier, who took inspiration from imperfection for a new Swarovski crystal cut, to make-up artist Pat McGrath, whose show-stopping looks are nothing short of boundary-pushing. In the modern age, the rules of design, fashion, technology, art and architecture are constantly evolving. And today, Swarovski stands at the forefront of change and innovation – just as it did 120 years ago.
In our Trend Report, we go behind the scenes at the autumn/winter shows in Milan, London, Paris and New York, where the catwalks were awash with colour and spectacular crystallised detailing from designers such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. The edition also showcases outstanding photography featuring a strong mix of partner brands, such as Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and Ashley Williams, alongside Swarovski’s own collections: Atelier Swarovski, Swarovski Collective and Cadenzza.