The night sparkled… literally. New York’s finest gathered once again, shimmering in jewels, at the SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store for the “A Goddess Adorned” auction. In an effort to raise awareness for HIV/Aids, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and Housing Works collaborated to display and auction a beautiful collection of one-of-a-kind vases at the concept store.
Pieces were designed by Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen for Elizabeth & James, Bethenny Frankel, Doo Ri, Harry Allen, Isaac Manevitz for Ben Amun, Janis Savitt, Kelly Rutherford, Kenneth Jay Lane, Melissa Joan Hart, Rupert Sanderson, Ted Wertz & Sebastian Rossi for Ted Rossi, and Waris Ahluwalia amongst others. Additional notable attendees and committee members included Jonathan Adler, Carson Kressley , Eric Javitz , Nicole Miller, Tinsley Mortimer, David Stark and Robert Verdi.
From clear glass vases, a collection of unique pieces came together. Some artists, like Janis Savitt, a jewelry designer whose accessories can be seen at the SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store, draped strings of gold and jewels over the roundly-shaped clear glass vase.
“It felt like being a child again, I had all the creative freedom in the world,” said Savitt about her piece. “It’s a whimsical design, though sometimes the things that look simple and easy really take hours of meticulous thought and execution.”
The time, dedication and spirit that each artist poured into their piece is apparent.
“It’s the little baby that you made, then you put it on display and let everyone have their way with it,” said Harry Allen about the creative design process. “Everyone did their own weird thing, but that’s exactly what makes the collection so stunning.”
A product designer by nature, Allen dressed up his vase with pieces that can be removed, mixed and matched. With bold peacock feathers and light, fluffy fabrics, the vase is eye‐catching and fun.
Just as beautiful as the vases, the SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store is a gem itself. With pristine white marble, bright lights and a beautiful, two-story long Swarovski Crystal Palace Cascade chandelier, the concept store is a haven for all things sparkly. The store has limited-edition collections that featured artists create that are available for purchase.
Additionally, lining the walls are loose SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals that consumers can mix-and match to create their own jewelry.
Simple, fun and completely affordable, I created my own one-of-a-kind ring (with the assistance of the extremely helpful and knowledgeable Crystallized floor sales reps) to forever hold a piece of this dazzling evening in my hand. As some sparkle can really brighten your day, I’d highly recommend stopping in to the SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store and creating your own little piece of luxury.