Fashion in Design

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fashion in Design

This teenage girl's room designed by Toby Sneider was inspired by her fashionable wardrobe. Photo by Beth Singer
This teenage girl's room designed by Toby Sneider was inspired by her fashionable wardrobe. Photo by Beth Singer

The fashion industry has historically influenced interior design. Although fashion was once reliably the forecast leader ahead of design, today’s climate is different, with design sometimes setting the trends. Here are some examples of what we’re seeing this fall.

“In designing a teenage girl's room, my inspiration was her own fashionable attire which is a mixture of feminine, modern, and vintage clothing. I used feminine touches of ruffles and pastel colors along with vintage designs in the iron bed, nightstands, and wallcovering. Modern touches were incorporated in the clean-lined sofa and custom dresser (not shown). The mannequin displays the client's creative side in designing and sewing many of her own clothes.” – Toby Sneider, Sneider Custom Interiors

“According to W magazine and many other sources, this year PLAID is a must have! We just completed a house and used touches of plaid throughout. We are seeing some great colorful plaids in the fabric showrooms. Plaid proves to be a fun and unexpected pattern to throw into an eclectic mix. And with the new colorways, plaid can fit into almost any space, whether it is quietly subdued or wonderfully dramatic. We are currently using it in a new project as well that is just getting off the ground.” – Dan Davis, Dan Davis Design

“Back in black! This women's staple is the design trend of 2017-18. Paired with green, pink, or any other color on the wheel, we are all right at home. Today's robust economy is reflected in our apparel and home. Contrast equals daring, let's do this!” – Dawn Jacobs, Artichoke Interiors

“Just as a lady adorns herself with jewelry for a night out on the town, designers have the opportunity to dress their clients’ homes with decorative drapery or cabinet hardware. Often, the hardware can incorporate crystals or decorative accents that can take a project from ordinary to extraordinary. A great example of this is Evolutions from JF Fabrics, a collection of crystal drapery hardware made with Swarovski elements.” – Meagan Argenti, Room Service Interior Design

Fashion designers themselves are increasingly introducing their own home furnishing collaborations, many of which are available through MDC showrooms. Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, and Diane von Furstenberg all have collections available through Kravet, and The Ghiordes Knot offers a collection of rugs made by the Italian fashion house Missoni. Most recently, Schumacher teamed up with Vogue Living to offer a collection of fabrics and wallcoverings that bring the world of fashion home.

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