Self-taught creator of luxury costume jewelry, renegade designer Rodrigo Otazu displays his creativity and joie de vivre in his 2011 collection for Atelier Swarovski, with designs that develop a new cut only to turn the crystals upside down. The side normally hidden is revealed for this collection, creating startling, sculptural pieces, with a delightful and surprising experimental edge. Referencing the shapes of tribal jewelry, the pieces remain modern through the innovative use of crystal in clear shades. The gold, silver and gunmetal tone settings have a luxurious yet minimalist appeal and allow the sparkle of the crystals to take center stage.
"My first impulse was to do something out of the box, something distinctive and innovative."
— Rodrigo Otazu
Otazu’s fierce creative vision comes not from a traditional education but from years of travel and discovery. He first made waves in the fashion world when his pearl necklaces caught the eye of a Vogue fashion editor. In 1997 he set up his own label, Otazu, in the Netherlands and has been developing both his couture and ready to wear lines ever since. He relishes the collaborative process and has worked with Christian Lacroix, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Viktor&Rolf among others.