Vanessa Swarovski Piedra, a member of the Austrian crystal dynasty, aims to combine her name and design talent into a new lifestyle brand called VSP.
The first step, according to the South Lake, Texas, resident, is the launch of a line of fashion jewelry glittering with her family’s crystals.
“We wanted to create something fresh and different for the customer,” says Swarovski Piedra, who has worked in the gemstone division of Daniel Swarovski Corp. A.G., named for her great-great grandfather.
The most unusual group in VSP takes chunky Swarovski crystals made for chandeliers and backs them with classic images by Dutch masters and Italian Renaissance painters, including dogs, cherubs and religious iconography. The group wholesales from $40 to $500.
VSP also features the smallest crystals Swarovski has ever cut, flaunted on pavé microsuede wristbands that can be snapped together to form necklaces, belts or boot cuffs. They come in multiple colors and sizes, and wholesale from $35 to $68.
On tap for fall are pashmina throws and furniture using crystal in lieu of brass tacking, and a fragrance and scented candles are also in the works.
Macy’s Herald Square has agreed to carry VSP, and the line was shown at the Dallas Market Center and AmericasMart in Atlanta in January, among other shows.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia