From Your Living Room to the Catwalk and Vice Versa: The Link between Fashion and Interior Design
The woman who revolutionized fashion, Coco Chanel believed in a deep connection between the interior design and fashion through concepts of shape, form and space. Once, she said: “An interior is the natural projection of one’s soul and Balzac was right in giving it the same importance as to dress.” We can find a link between the two not only in aesthetic sense, but in psychological as well. Both exist to help us understand people and their interests and to enhance one’s experience. Going back to the 18th century, when the fashion and interior design fabrics were very similar, we can see how these two are sharing the same playground for quite some time now. It only seems logical for them to keep up the same trends too.
The news that the world’s most iconic interior designer Philippe Starck designed a collection of recyclable flip-flops for the famous brand Ipanema, echoed in both fashion and décor world. The simple plastic straps and soles in different colors are showing us that the future of both the fashion design and the house décor lies in simplicity and sustainability.
In fact, Philippe Starck has often pointed out that plastic is a non-harmful material in the interior design. His experiments with shapes, colors and textures of this material are not only transferred into the realm of fashion. Needles to say that plastic flip flops are a must have for the beach, while your home could benefit from plastic dining room chairs.
Nature as an Inspiration
Jean Paul Gaultier has been working with the company Lelièvre on designing new fabrics for a couple of years (since 2012, to be precise). This year he is inspired by nature to create unique designs that go from turbulent waves to rococo floral. The flower power is very present on the catwalk too, bringing gentleness to power suits on Givenchy, Alexis Mabille and Tibi shows.
Overall, scenes and sights from nature play a huge role in this year’s fashion and décor trends – from tropic décor to feathers on dresses. Revive this trend in your home with a tropical wallpaper, and spice up your wardrobe with the evergreen floral dress.
The world’s leading authority on colors has set the tone for this year’s runways and homes, so it is not a wonder that we see as much of the popular twin colors as we do. The harmonious pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity has taken over the spring/summer 2016 runway with Vionnet, Armani, Delpozo, and other designers being its strongest advocates.
It was only a matter of time when the playful escapism of the two colors will enter our homes, whether in the form of la vie en rose (as seen in India Mahdavi’s fairytale-like works), the cool blue, or the combo of the two shades blurring the gender lines. This look can be easily mimicked on a budget by painting your walls or adding some cheap pale jute rugs. As for your style, opt for lightweight almost sheer fabrics in twin colors.
Life in Technicolor
This year both fashion and interior designers decided to be bold with colors and take stripes to a whole different level. The rainbow shades are appearing on everything from stiletto shoes to bookshelves. Interior designers are using this trend to make a splash in homes by using a single item – Garth Roberts with a wall shelf for Casamania, Ettore Sottsass with a mirror for Glas, Nina Tolstrup with a French Riviera chair for Studiomama, etc. And don’t you think for a second that their creative colleagues from the fashion branch are left behind, since everyone from Mary Katrantzou and Solange Azagury-Partridge to Aquazzura are joining the game.
This trend is quite easy to imitate in both your home and style, since all it takes is one little detail on monochromatic backdrop, such as Technicolor earrings on a Rose Quartz dress, or a stripy mirror on a blue wall.
It is clear now that fashion and interior design are not walking one in front of the other, but rather side by side, taking the best of the trends “thrown at them” and making up the best trends at the same time. It isn’t a surprise then that many professionals from both branches are making occasional crossovers to the other side to give their creative injection and get an inspiration boost.