Bonjour, Paris. As far as fashion week goes, the scintillating climax is, of course, French. Whether it is catching updates on Instagram and Twitter, feverishly updating Vogue’s online pages, or finding yourself seated amidst the chaos and splendour of the shows themselves, fashion week provides ample opportunity for reflection and inspiration.
This year however, look beyond the curtain – or the Balenciaga – at the spectacle that is the venues chosen by the crème de la crème of fashion designers. The perfect houses, for the perfect couture. And when it comes to styling, interior design and butter pastries, the French know best.
From opulent displays of medieval glamour to a visual array of our darkest fantasies, the chalets, mansions and halls inhabited by fashion’s finest are places to weep over in joy (before totally re-designing your living aesthetic, of course).
If you rather a little intentional disorder over order, consider clashing prints and bold colours, and unique pieces that draw the eye. Take Vivienne Westwood’s warehouse show, where mixed modality fabrics met structured bodices and prints juxtaposed slogan dresses. Try pairing velvet antique couches in dark purples or greens against a grey-washed cement style wall, and lighting the room dimly with golden lamps. Dark and mysterious, your house will feel like a place of decadent retreat.
For pure Parisian splendour, Valentino’s mansion is utterly sublime, decked with golden carved mirrors, heavy rugs, chandeliers and long cream curtains. Bright flowers stand tall in giant vases, and a thick white carpet hugs the floor of the show room. The entire visage was enough to bring Celine Dion to tears – a clear indicator of the power of aesthetics to move and inspire. The Giorgio Armani Privé used sculpted statues in an ode to Greco-Roman art and the female physique. Rather than using statues as a garden feature, consider instating one indoors. For less overt glamour, do downplayed elegance a la Christian Dior, focusing on pastel tones and almost girlish fabrics.
Giambattista Valli’s show offered wooden chairs with black interiors and a glitter-trodden floor. The sparkles covered dark concrete and created the impression that when it comes to décor, your creative preferences come first. Focusing on clearing away clutter, creating minimalist spaces and using sequin or glitter to embellish may be a fun and stylish way to improve your apartment.
And last but not least, a truly French brand and locale, whose geometric patterns floated above wooden floorboards and white tile. Decorated with white roses and warm but brightly lit, white walls and marble pieces epitomised Parisian glamour and supported without overwhelming the show. Classical French favourite Yves Saint Laurent’s show was designed by creative director Anthony Vaccerello to demonstrate ‘sophisticated, liberated spirit’ – a lovely slogan for modern interior décor. Contrastingly to Balmain’s light show, YSL featured long dark runways lit with blue light and dripping with neon allure. A little bit 90’s, and very chic.
Inspiration for your next interior makeover
Labyrinth of Collages
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