At Gottex, those jewel-tones blow up into huge glass or plexiglass gems chisled into carats or sprinkled on as sequins. Jewelry were the integral component of the swimwear as belts and straps in bronze and gold. Coverups, bikinis, and swimsuits were dipped in jet black beads or sapphire crystals. The jewel colors started by Ports 1961 were only more reinforced by the rich shades in tulle and chiffon on delicate display by Gottex.
Cynthia Rowley Spring/Summer Runway Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k56jQoaOTL8
Cynthia Rowley push the concept further by imprinting mineral mosaic onto leather shells and chemises for tonal effect.
She literally took this baubles idea then turn it into a new twentieth-first century version of Byzantine style.
Palletttes were turned into cabochons that radiate from the center of the collar, the chemise, the shell, and the shift dress. Actually, Ms. Rowley took another Byzantine clothing, the tunic, then transform it into a chemise, a shell, and a shift dress.
The simple white wash of Mercedes-Benz New York Spring/Summer Fashion Week became milk glass under Ms. Rowley, emphasizing the jewel-tone theme.
The leather trousers got the Byzantine effect by adding on the bold pallettes at the hems.
The Grecian Goddess draping still takes shape in forming the female figure but the bold embellishment shouts Byzantine.