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CRYSTAL PALACE: Starting with a 13-foot high circle of crystals, Swarovski turned the baroque Salons France-Ameriques into a veritable crystal palace Wednesday, showcasing select pieces across jewelry, fashion, performance and design from 120 years of crystal-making.

From a 1954 Balmain haute couture evening dress to Alexander McQueen’s Bird Nest headpiece (by Shaun Leane and Philip Treacy) every piece presented appears in Swarovski’s 120th anniversary tome.

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Hosted by the Swarovski family and featuring a performance by Caroline Vreeland, guests at the book launch mused on whether there’s anything you can’t create with Swarovski crystals.

“I’ve even worn them on my eyes” laughed model Yumi Lambert. “Like liner, they were glued one by one for a Dior show. It took forever, but it was beautiful.”

Lingerie designer Chantal Thomass has embellished everything from a pair of tights to an umbrella with Swarovski crystals, while Vreeland said there is no limit to their potential.

“I’d like one in my tooth. But you’d have to drill, and that takes commitment,” she laughed. “Did you know you can make them so tiny, they’re part of the fabric — and you can iron them?”

The singer-model treated guests to songs from her upcoming EP for which she’s mulling a release to coincide with this month’s airing of ABC’s “Baring It All: Inside New York Fashion Week” documentary in which she stars. Fittingly, Vreeland wore a necklace from Swarovski’s Diana Vreeland Legacy Collection.

“I didn’t know they’d done a collection inspired by her. I was moved,” she said.

Staying in the spirit of collaboration, upstairs American model Lindsey Wixson said she’s gearing up to launch a limited-edition doll of herself, a project with Modoll using the latest 3-D printing technology and styled in fall’s key looks by Charlotte Stockdale.

“It’s the ‘It’ doll,” Wixson quipped.

Fellow model Alessandra Ambrosio has found the perfect fashion week getaway: running in Nike’s 10K in Paris on Sunday.

“It’s to do something in fashion week to release the stress. It’s my second 10K,” she said.

As for training, Ambrosio explained: “Always. I never party, I’m a day girl. I love sports, and running’s my new thing.”

Chantal Thomass, meanwhile, has been on the factory floor, visiting Saint Gobain’s glass production for her upcoming collection of bottles for a collaboration with the house featuring the brand’s design signatures — pearl necklaces, bows and white collars. Next up is paper in a stationery collaboration for Claire Fontaine.

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