The connection between interior design and the fashion industry is growing closer than ever before. As an interior designer, my design style is often mirrored in the choice of clothing for my wardrobe. I tend to view interior spaces as planes. I see walls, furniture lying against walls, center carpeting and even draperies as series of panes layering against or beside each other. As such, I am more attracted to and have more blocked clothing, from shoes to bags and even accessories. I am more at home with solid colors overlapping one another than the flowery and patterned designs.
Sometimes, it is easier to find inspiration in your own closet than it is from interior design moodboards. Every night, I lay out the outfit for the following day, so, it only makes sense that some of the inspiration for my designs might have been soaked in from my wardrobe collection. There are other instances where browsing fashion blogs and the latest runway fashion prove to have just the right infusion of style and luxury that makes me want to try it on a next design.
“There are design principles that both practices share when creating furnishings in a space or an ensemble of clothing: determining a focal point, creating the silhoutte, balancing proportion and details”, says Lindy Donnelly, who established her own interior design practice in 2003 outside of San Fransisco, after 18years as a fashion designer in New York. Most have said that this transition from fashion to interiors has been a natural progression versus the other way round but like Creative Director Newell Turner says, “If you care about the way you look, you are going to care about the way you live”.
Patch fabrics like (Ankara) that used to be just reserved for fashion have found their way into furniture design and home decor pieces. One of the most popular places to soak inspiration for fashion is from color. Although colors for fashion is usually more striking and hot, you can also find the toned down version in your interior spaces. For illustration, the 2017 Pantone Color has been named greenery, which is basically a particular color green. We find an interplay of this hue on both the fashion and design scenes. More thought tend to go into our interior design choices because we are likely to wear the outfit we choose for our homes daily, removing and adding all the different layers that make up our home style. The possibilities are endless when fashion inspires interior design.
I do my best to follow fashion trends globally, not just for the inspiration for design but because I also believe that class is permanent. Often times, you will attract the kind of clients you dress up for. And when you belong to a world class institution, you are expected to dress the part.
Fashion and interior design are all-time buddies, exchanging batons often, and determined to make our lives just a bit better, so let us embrace the best of both industries.