When Worlds Collide
The decorating world has always taken cues from the fashion industry. In the past, trends hit the runway, then made their way into interior design. Nowadays, as trends are popularized via the Internet, runway looks are almost immediately translated into home decor — and vice versa.
"Websites like 1stdibs.com curate things so that [fashion and decor] are intertwined," says interior designer Chad Graci of Graci Interiors. "You can shop for a watch or a sofa all on the same website. It's a whole new level of lifestyle branding."
Experts share tips for incorporating three major fall trends into your home and wardrobe.
Herringbone brings to mind classic menswear, but this year's takes on the time-honored textile pattern come with a twist. For fall 2015, DKNY and Marc Jacobs sent long-length womenswear looks down the runway, while Prada's herringbone look for women was accented with bright jewel tones. For New Orleans' warm climate, Landry suggests working herringbone into your wardrobe with a small piece like a scarf, quilted purse, tights, socks or outerwear.
At home, large herringbone patterns, which resemble chevron prints, are turning up on floors, rugs, backsplashes and more. Graci likes using herringbone for wood floors and tile and marble surfaces.
"Use it in a fresh way by playing with the scale," he says. "Paint a wooden floor with a herringbone pattern or do it in a graphic, oversize scale in an entry hall."
Clinton likes Ralph Lauren's herringbone upholstery fabrics for the home. "They work so well on club chairs or in a wood-paneled library," she says. "They have an old-world elegance and mix well with beiges, which people love to do in New Orleans."
Vogue describes the global fashion trend (which continues for fall) as a "veritable United Nations of textures and nomadic finds." Think folk culture and vibrant prints from all over the world, then mix them together for a fresh, multicultural confluence of color and patterns.
"The strongest trend I see is African/Moroccan influence," Landry says. "You might think these prints don't go together, but the textures create this thread of continuity."
Clinton includes Indian block print cottons, embroidery-inspired pillows and silk chinoiserie pillows from Michele Varian among her latest inventory. "Use it for a Roman shade in a room that only has one window," she says. "It adds drama."
Christine Alexis, designer and CEO of jewelry brand Culture Shock (www.cultureshockstore.com), interprets the global trend more literally. Her latest collection, Wanderlust, is an ode to travel, with map and compass motifs. In July, she partnered with Painting with a Twist to auction 10 hand-painted globes. Proceeds benefited college students without the means to travel abroad.
"I thought that the name Wanderlust was fitting because this collection is the perfect way to help my customers never forget the places that they visited and get excited for the places that they have yet to see," Alexis says.
Both Landry and Graci say today's trends are accessible to everyone, world travelers or not.
"The globe is at your fingertips," Graci says.
This rich red-brown hue is a natural fit for fall's darker palette. While numerous fashion designers — including Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Rebecca Minkoff, Victoria Beckham and Zac Posen — brought the color to their fall collections, interior design showrooms applied it to everything from upholstery to lamps.
Paula Landry, who regularly travels to Europe and New York to select clothing for her boutique, Victoria, recommends the hue as a wardrobe accessory rather than a staple. "It's not a good choice for women with yellow undertones in their skin," she says.
Landry suggests enjoying the look by opting for a nail polish. "You don't have to make every trend a permanent fixture in your life," she says. "Trends are so fast and furious now, by the time you get to the store to look for it, the next item is already out."
Graci suggests similar restraint when it comes to interior design. He advises anchoring your decor with timeless investment pieces, then bringing in trends by changing accessories or using the newest color to paint the backs of bookshelves. "Decorating has gleaned from fashion that high-low mix," he says. "Keep your classic and expensive things, but change out pillows or side tables for the look of the moment."
Interior designer Evelyne Clinton, owner of Source Interiors, agrees that color can be woven into an existing interior with small touches. Clinton suggests using cabernet or cayenne hues on the back of a chair for a pop of color or in a powder room for major impact. She also likes the idea of using it on an anchor piece such as a sofa.
"It's an easy color to move into furniture," she says. "It translates well into a velvet sofa."