Runway to Room
Fashion and interiors are manifestations of the same thing: personal style. Read on to find a few of our favorite pairings
As our weekly Fashion vs. Function column can attest, the trends on the catwalks of New York, Paris, and Milan often reflect or inspire the design of our homes. A woman bedecked in minimalist Chloé isn’t likely to live in a chintz-covered apartment; a fan of Joseph Altuzarra might not be drawn to rustic wood beams and neutral-tone linens. Luckily there’s a home decor style to match almost any fashion personality. Below, five matchups inspired by the Fall 2014 collections.
CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year winner Joseph Altuzarra may be a relatively unfamiliar name to the public at large, but that’s bound to change thanks to a collaboration with Target that hits stores this month. For his Fall 2014 runway show, the Paris-based Altuzzarra put forth a smattering of vibrantly hued looks, including the color-drenched Warhol coat—which is distinctly evocative of the bright glass panels in fellow designer Manish Arora’s bold bathroom.
The lush, layered looks at Burberry have inspired countless cold-weather outfit ideas (including model Josie Maran’s ensemble on this issue’s cover). The loose English-country vibe of the collection, with its whimsical hand-painted trench coats and floral chiffons in casually draped silhouettes, reminds us of a beautifully unmade-up bedroom on the coastal California ranch of interior designer Ruthie Sommers, where artless nature and artful pattern come together in fine form.
Sometimes more really is more. Such is the case at Carolina Herrera, where an amalgam of ornate embellishment and dramatic color comes alive with confident, sexy shapes. Making use of such exotic additions as blue alligator appliqués, embroidered parallelograms, and fluffy fur trims, the collection embodies a luxe take on eclecticism, much like this layered living room in the Manhattan apartment of self-described maximalist Nick Olsen.
Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier is known for his mastery of a design-world paradox: complicated simplicity. Melding edgy treatments with ladylike shapes, his work exudes effortlessness despite its highly technical construction (spliced geometric panels, trompe l’oeil pleats). A quilted organza dress, laced with black and silver threads for dimension, echoes the graphic quality of a Ben Johnson painting in the London home of architect Tara Bernerd.
The elusive balance of comfort and chic is a tough act to pull off. Leave it to two fashion designers—Clare Wright Keller of Chloé and SoCal’s queen of cool, Jenni Kayne—to get it right. The Fall 2014 Chloé collection doubled down on texture, combining shaggy and delicate, sheepskin and cashmere, and pale pink and beige; Kayne’s Los Angeles living room strikes a similar note, with salvaged pine walls alongside nubby textiles and a silky rug.