by Penny Martin .

Pascale Montaner at Swarovski

Today's meeting at Swarovski HQ was a bit of a revelation. If the brand makes you think of crystal bunnies in spinning mirror cabinets, then you'd better think again! They must have heard what a haberdashery geek I am as their Head of Fashion, Pascale Montaner (pictured) had me practically salivating with talk of hand-embroidered pearl crystals (as in their recent collaboration with Jonathan Saunders), 'hot fix' at Giles, lustrous jewels for Giambattista Valli and the quartz, spinel and topaz gemstones Alexander McQueen had them make into eggs for the 'wild eagles nest hat' in his last collection. I'm too polite to just storm their archives in search of sample books, of course, though it did occur to me. I didn't want to blow the potential future project that crossed my mind, however, sat there amid the glimmering splendour...