As far as wardrobe trends go, few laps of the Fashion Month circuit enjoy the agenda setting power that Paris does. Surely it’s almost inevitable then, with the world’s haughtiest collections being shown against some of the season’s most exquisite backdrops, that a trickle down effect should occur into the world of interiors and the trends that shape them.
Herewith, a preliminary reading of six interior decorating trends from Paris Fashion Week that you can (and should) easily replicate at home, more often that not for a fraction of the cost of, let’s say, a S/S2017 Petite Malle iPhone case.
MAGIC CARPET Rides
At Alexander McQueen, layered mounds of custom made silk rugs bearing motifs, souvenirs and photographs collected on a design team visit to the Shetland Islands created by graphic design duo M/M Paris formed a runway whose topography was as formidable, technically adroit and transcendent as Sarah Burton’s equal parts ethereal and artisanal collection.
Should an archipelago of couture carpet with otherworldly inflections pose a challenge for your home and lifestyle, opt instead for a single custom made Designer Rug and enjoy the ride.
GARDENS OF EARTHLY DELIGHT
At Balmain, cheek-sucking creative director Olivier Rousteing turned up the heat at Paris’s Hôtel Potocki, transforming the show venue into a verdant hothouse made memorable as much for its backdrop of dense palms and rainforest foliage as for its exhaustive exploration of Amazonian evening wear.
Similarly at Valentino, though to markedly different effect, towering potted trees made the ground and upper floor salons of the brand’s newfound home, the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, appear even grander – the hotel particulier providing an exquisite backdrop to newly-solo creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s stunning proposition for haute daywear and diaphanous gowns inspired, appropriately enough, by Hieronymus Bosch’s iconic triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
To achieve a similar effect at home, opt for a Golden Cane palm or nine, or the seemingly ubiquitous ficus du jour, the Fiddle Leaf Fig, to emulate each runway’s high-impact, low maintenance look respectively. Just add water.
SPEAKERBOX, THE LOVE BELLOW
At A.P.C. Jean Touitou swapped his usual showroom presentation for a party; the models dancing on their own, or in pairs, in the Parisian label’s charming separates and elevated wardrobe staples in front of a bank of retrograde woodgrain speakers.
Overnight at Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière also turned up the volume on his directional tailoring, transporting the brand from its usual home at the eponymous Fondation Louis Vuitton to an as-yet unfinished building site on the Place Vendôme at the heart of the city – soon to be the site of the label’s new flagship store. Exposed concrete and severe high-back salon chairs were presided over by equally as exposed loudspeakers inlaid into concrete pillars pumping out music with the same 80s inflection that ran through the collection. The resounding interiors takeaway from both collections? Quality hi-fi never goes out of style.
For a soundsystem with haute credentials, a chic as sin BeoLab 3 would do well at invoking the spirit of both fantastic collections.
MIXED MATERIAL ARTS
At Loewe, Jonathan Anderson and M/M Paris created a set akin to the world of his picture perfect woman at the avant-garde UNESCO House. Think cream carpet, mixed ceramics, objects, lamps and furniture of various provenance and periods mixed equally with contemporary works to convey the design’s intimate understanding of his customer. All of this was set against a large screen video installation playing Offshore, an art film by Magali Reus, on a five minute loop.
That esoteric melange was also echoed in the highly-personal, eclectic collection of clothing that, like a home, should speak to the singularities of its owner. In other words, go wild.
A Space odyssey
In the Jardin des Plantes under a canopy of globe lights, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and his set designer opted to make a statement with balloon light fixtures and Mylar blankets that were both practical and bold, not unlike his collection of jewel toned slips.
Recreate the same effect at home for your next en plein air event, Halloween perhaps, with 60cm paper lanterns and $4 space blankets from Kathmandu. They may not be glamorous in the traditional sense of the word, but you’ll be a world closer to actually being able to afford something from Givenchy with the savings you’ll make.
Florals for Spring? Icebreaking
At Dries van Noten’s intensely beautiful show, the Dutch master partnered with his friend, the Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto, on 23 different floral arrangements flanking the runway. The catch? The 100 different rare specimens were frozen in towers of ice in a striking extrapolation of the artist’s Iced Flowers exhibition, staged in Tokyo last year.
I’m not inferring that perhaps you should bulk freeze fresh flowers now, but if Dries Van Noten’s exquisite show taught us anything it’s that bigger, bolder, better and brighter is best when it comes to your home floral arrangements and unexpected wardrobe offerings alike this coming spring – starting from today.
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