At Homekin we are completely design obsessed… but not just with interior design! We love graphic design, industrial design, landscape design etc. On January 24th to the 27th specifically though, our eyes were set on Paris as the most notable fashion houses in the game shared their haute couture collections on the runway with the world. Of all the fashion weeks, the Paris Haute Couture Week is the most sublime. It exhibits the wildest creative dreams of the most talented fashion designers and creative directors around. Why do we care so much, you might ask? Well, along with being obsessed with the interiors of homes we are also big on clothes but, more importantly, we find the runway to be a wonderful source of inspiration for our designs. From Schiaparelli to Fendi Couture, there are countless looks from several shows that we could wax on about. That said, looking at the collections from an interior design perspective, three collections in particular truly inspired us…
Neutral Tones & Incredible Craftsmanship at Christian Dior SS22
In anticipation of the Christian Dior SS22 Haute Couture show, Vogue interviewed the current Italian creative director behind the fashion house, Maria Grazia Chiuri. She spoke at great length about her passion for construction and craftsmanship and how that was to be the focus of the show and collection. This season, there were hardly any pictures on her mood board at Christian Dior. Instead, she used a simple, muted selection of textiles that were all black, white and grey but absolutely divine in quality and brought to life with incredible craftsmanship. The result was pieces like the simple yet utterly stunning dress, as shown above, that had incredible texture and movement in the form of pleats. The pale, floor-sweeping coat also caught our eye in its understated opulence. All of the looks were accompanied with jewelry that was also pared back, such as the delicate gold rings. The entire show collectively had us dreaming about interiors that are rich with fabrics of neutral and simple colours and patterns but sumptuous in texture and quality. Inspired by the pleated dresses, we love the idea of fluted walls or pieces of furniture, accented with delicate touches of gold, like the Dior rings. For more information and pricing on similar pieces, get in touch!
80s Drama & High-Octane Colour at Valentino SS22
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Valentino’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, showcased a dramatic and sexy collection full of thigh-high minis and super saturated colours, all with a dash of 80s drama. It’s the kind of collection that is certain to be seen on red carpets to come. How do we see this translating into interiors? We’d love to pull the electric colours into rooms in the form of sculptural 80s-inspired sofas and occasional chairs, as well as solid- coloured pillows and throws. There was a definite 80s high fashion meets hardcore glamour vibe to this show, which felt incredibly reminiscent to that of Helmut Newton’s fashion photography. His iconic photos can be found in the form of coffee table books or even prints, like the one shown above. If photography isn’t your thing and the idea of a vibrant sofa scares you, try hanging colour on your walls in the form of art like Megan Grehl has done in the Upper West Side apartment shown above. Need help sourcing similar pieces? Let us know.
Undone Glamour at Chanel SS22
Chanel shows are always fabulous but this year’s was truly one to watch! To kick things off, Grace Kelly’s equestrian granddaughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, made a grand but nonchalant entrance on horseback (& at a canter, might we add!) Following that, was the most beautiful collection that felt fresh and relaxed… for couture. A direct contrast to the maximalist 80s vibe of the Valentino collection, Chanel’s was a kind of “undone glamour”, while still maintaining certain universally-loved elements of the brand. Unlike the Lagerfeld days of life-size rockets and supermarkets, Creative Director, Virginie Viard, created a set that was refined and abstract but also notably reserved. This speaks to her laidback-luxe approach to the Chanel collections. The collection consisted of the those Chanel tweeds that world adores, in the form of impeccably tailored classic suits and twinsets with relaxed silhouettes, all in subdued palettes, which allowed for subtle embellishments to stand out and shine brightly. The show demonstrated that even in the world of couture, less can be more and we plan on bringing that theme into our interiors! Chanel’s classic textiles can be echoed in the form of bouclé and tweed pieces of furniture. Subtle decorative elements can be added with tastefully embellished pillows, as shown in the design rendering above by REDD. Subdued rooms can be brought to life with the glow of a shapely, modern, gold-accented chandeliers that mimic the modern curves of the Chanel runway set. The overall look is classic and timeless, luxurious but not loud.