Fall fashion 2010 is a very interesting season for combinations of minimalism, maximalism and plenty in between. Believe it or not and I thought I would never see it again "matchy-matchy" from head to toe is the new way to wear color this fall. We might see a monotone orange sweater with matching skirt, leggings and lipstick showing up in the fall collection of American designers Tory Burch, or pairing blue tweed suit with checkered tights and an arrogant bright purple frock in Oscar de La Renta’s fall collection.
However we want to see it, the new hues are daring and delicious, poetic with a touch of medieval beauty.
According to Briitish designer Alexander McQueen fashion was taken a plain direction. His designs revived the hand-loomed jacquards with impression of digital photography. McQueen left us his beautiful collection, representing his vision of Medieval Madonnas and Byzantine Empresses, before he died in Feb.2010 at age 40.
Designer, Andrew Gn, calls his fall collection a “modern rococo”, wanting to return to the 18th century look with a touch of 21st century. He sees narrow jackets with stand up collars and row of front buttons. He revives the passamanterie trimming on velvet coats and bustiers.
The highlight of his collection are embroidered leather on the shoulder of coats, or neck line, oversize belt buckles with heavy incrostations and anything ruched which hide all that women don’t want to show.
On the occasion of the launch of Z Zegna, Italian designer Alessandro Sartori introduces an innovative new form of couture: “techno-tailoring”. His man line is an impeccable example of couture tailoring executed on modern fabrics for style and wearability. Sartori is famous for his deconstruction and soft yet graphic lines, embracing a palette going from grey to chocolate brown, brick red and denim blue.
Why is fashion so important for home interiors? The two fields are related and they live with each other. Even though we cannot change our home fashion every time a fashion collection comes out on the catwalk, we can at least take some guidance from it to renew our spaces.
The colors this years are dark wines with gold highlights, grey shades with brown, aubergine with silver tones, pinks with reds, bronze with copper and silver accents, silver and whites, animal prints with lines, floral with geometric. Most of the opposites are represented for both men and women. All of these combinations work well with traditional or contemporary styles, making our design work for both sexes a bit easier. Even the passamanterie as an accent can add a touch of class and personality in a modern décor and deconstruct a traditional décor by adding graphic lines can lightened and revive a tired home style. As you can see playing with opposites makes an interesting environment, one that speaks about character.
If your home is in the neutral tones the new bold colors of this fall 2010 are very chic and lively, add some pieces of dramatic furniture and bold accessories, voila’ you have a new home to come to. Perhaps the only thing to do for an upgraded look is to change throw pillows and window coverings, or the accessories all together, or repaint some walls in the metallic faux finish tones and not necessarely all in this order.
Homes do need to be refreshed every so often, your eyes and your soul will appreciate it. Allow colors into your life and allow your friends to enjoy it too, after all, beauty is made to share with others.
My design career started in fashion and for 15 years I was very happy in my own fashion company before settling in the interior designing business. Now, with the long fashion experience and my 20 years in interior designing, I can guide my clients in the right choices for their beautiful homes.
I would love to help you or your friends and family transitioning into new color and the new you. Ciao,
Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Fashion and Interior Designer since 1990, working in the USA and Europe. She blends well fashion and interior in any of her design work. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn ugly spaces into castles. Valentina is knows as a colorist. Her life is a continuous evolvement of colorful events.
Valentina is also the author of the book:
Come Mia Nonna–A Return to Simplicity