DECORATING IDEAS FROM THE RUNWAYS
Design inspirations constantly ricochet between the worlds of fashion, art, décor and even music. Madonna built a formidable career grafting style and imagery into her oeuvre. For his Autumn 1965 collection, Yves Saint Laurent showed dresses drawn heavily from modernists Serge Poliakoff, Kazimir Severinovich Malevich, and most recognizably from the abstract paintings of the Dutch De Stijl artist Piet Mondrian. Today, many home furnishing brands collaborate with fashion designers to employ instantly recognizable patterns such as those of Emilio Pucci or Lily Pulitzer. But to decorate tastefully with an eye on the runway requires a nuanced understanding of how design can be appropriately translated from one medium to the other.
Betsy Nathan, founder of home décor showroom Pagoda Red, lends her expertise in selecting pieces reflecting on what’s happening now in fashion. Her deep knowledge of provenance, antiques, and rare objects is at the heart of the extraordinary collection in her predominantly Asian showroom, which has earned a reputation among collectors as an invaluable resource. Here, she pairs some dazzling designs from the European Fashion Weeks with pieces that exude a shared sensibility as perfect accents for a fashionable living space.
*Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection for Christian Dior was a study in architectural structure with sharp lines similar to this Ethiopian processional Coptic cross from the early 1800s.
*At Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones’ much discussed exit was marked by outstanding menswear pieces including this chocolate leather jacket echoing Chinese styling and floral details as echoed by this polished peony meditation stone.
*Milanese brand Vivetta showed a mid-calf dress in a cotton candy pink shade that reflects perfectly with the textural glaze of this 18th century vase.
*The spectacular layered halter cocktail dress in red at Zuhair Murad is a complement to an intricately Indian embroidered throw pillow in both pattern and texture.
Décor images courtesy of Pagoda Red