Oh the Joys of Fashion Week!
I love beautiful clothes, but by no means am I any type of fashionista. My core wardrobe weighs heavily on the classic side, more along the lines of designer, Haider Ackerman. His luxurious layering and impeccably tailored silhouettes are set in motion through soft drapes, casual knotting and undulating folds. His palette would have mother nature weak in the knees; beautiful, earthy shades of striking apricot, burnt umber, copper and burgundy perfectly matched more ashy and cold shades of dark blue, off gray and khaki. He’s classic, yet very sexy. His collection would translate to a luxuriously rich decor, abundant with all of the decadent materials and hues he uses in his collection.
Until I took in the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met, I never really appreciated all of the crazy couture strutting down the runway. I thought; who wears this stuff? Alexander McQueen truly opened my eyes to the extraordinary imagination and details that made him a legend. So as New York Fashion Week prevailed, he was a constant in my mind as I took in all of the unique design collections, crazy hairdo’s and makeup, with renewed respect and eyes wide open. I viewed each fashion from an interior perspective and got completely lost in translation; the structures, color combinations; juxtaposition of materials…every single detail. Don’ t get me wrong, there are still those designs that make me wonder; Who Would Wear That?
Those are the designs reminiscent of Pollack vs. Rembrandt. While I adore abstract art, I could never really see the skill in splattering paint all over a canvas; whereas fine art is masterful, thoughtful, pure genius; it requires talent & mindful precision. For me, the Rembrandt equation is the ideology that should translate into interior design.
This grungy collection is pure Pollack; it’s the interior design equivalent of an unmade bed. The language of this entire collection speaks of dirty laundry. The biker vignette is quite symbiotic, but a bit more polished.
I think this strikes the perfect balance; a little rough & tumble and an unmade bed!
Jean Paul Gaultier’s Couture is contemporary Rembrandt. Just as you would architect and design a house, there is imagination, a creative thought process, hours of planning & fabrication that goes into each of his designs. Gaultier’s designs translate into a sophisticated decor; rich layering of fabrics, metallics; formal and urbane. Kelly Wearstler would be my Gaultier interior design translation; her style is outrageous, alluring and sophisticated. Her interiors are occasionally quiet, but quite frequently exuberant with a lot of color,and always elegantly layered with mixed metals, provocative textiles & decadent fabrics & finishes.
This copper & creamy white combination is not seen often in decor. Take a color queue from this collection by designer, Stephane Rolland. I love the ease & flow of her collection; it’s elegant, and yet her designs appear to be quite comfortable. This same premise should translate over to one’s decor.
Translate Stephane’s collection into the home. Imagine an iridescent copper ceiling, creamy upholstered sofas, burled wood, sleek side chairs & benches. Throw in a modern, cognac leather chair, graceful, flowing draperies, and finally, finish off the room with perfect jewels of artwork, side tables, accent pillows & accessories. Whether it’s fashion or interior; it’s all about quality & details; luxurious trims on draperies, pillows & upholstered pieces. Hand painted finishes, gorgeous lighting, luxurious rugs; this is what elevates the style of a home. If you skimp, you’ll end up paying for it in the end.
It’s no surprise that deep, rich Autumnal colors are trending for fall. Take a look at Kravet’s Fall forecast.
Abstract two ways; very structured and melodious. The translation of the structured style would play out in an ultra contemporary, sleek, minimalist home with very defined lines. The softer version, while still modern is a bit more on the traditional side; comfortably tailored, not as sharp.
Everywhere I look, I’m seeing dots! Polka dots seem to be all the rage in fashion right now, but not so much for interiors; I’m still trying to connect with the dot. Here’s one that speaks to me; it’s modern, on a grander scale and it meshes into the next making it discreet.
Even though I dabble in the classics, I do like to add a dash of trendy here and there — in my wardrobe as well as my my decor. Trends are here today, and gone tomorrow. Trendy is disposable once the rage is passe’, so unless you have an endless bank account, it’s best to anchor yourself in the classics and accessorize with the trends.
Pick a designer, any designer; take a look at what’s strutting down the runway this year and find your favorites.
The fashion runway in New York may have come to a close, but fashion never misses a beat; the show continues on in London, Milan & Paris! Continue to indulge to your hearts content! And feel free to Pin away; all of these fabulous designs and so much more are just waiting for you on our #NYFW Pinterest Page!
Once the shows are over, what does happen to all of those flamboyant collections that truly aren’t wearable? Designing minds want to know!