Runway to Living room: How Top Fashion Houses Inspire Contemporary Furniture
The runway may be inspiring your interior design taste. Here's how to identify styles inspired from Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Gucci, and Oscar de la Renta.
If you're like us, you may have noticed that the items in your closet generally have the same “look and feel” as the furniture and accessories in your home. That's because your fashion and interior design have long inspired one another as an art form.
Sartorial inspiration flows seamlessly between the fashions on the runway—from designers like Tom Ford, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, and Oscar de la Renta—to interiors designs in your home.
Below are a few ways luxury fashion is inspiring contemporary furniture design:
Feminine and Shapely: Oscar de La Renta-esque Chairs
Sensible, stylish, and feminine, Oscar De La Renta makes clothes for the elegant and well-travelled woman. De la Renta first dressed Nancy Regan in the 1980s and later adorned Hillary Clinton for inaugural events in 1997. His signature feminine and flattering runway pieces may have also influenced ultra-feminine furniture designs like the Bungalow 5 Loop Side Chair. The Loop Side Chair from Bungalow 5 supports smooth looks and looping framework to create a stylish, feminine elegance for dining rooms and kitchens alike.
“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.” Oscar de la Renta
High Wattage Sex Appeal : Tom Ford-esque Lighting
It’s hard to forget the Tom Ford ivory-floor length evening gown Michelle Obama famously wore to Buckingham palace in 2011. But since the early 1990s, Tom Ford has been known as the sexiest and most sophisticated fashion designer in the world. Perhaps best known for his use of classically-sleek materials and sensual silhouettes, his signature look parallels the luxurious minimalist-modern design trend of the past decade. Reminiscent of his iconic parfum bottles, the new Ranger Pendant by Robert Abbey features monochrome colors outlined by high-shine metals to create a classic-yet-sophisticated bell shape that is ideal for a kitchen, dining room, or hallway.
“I’m a perfectionist to the point of insanity.” Tom Ford
Simple Silhouettes: Givenchy-esque Sofa
Romantic and rich, Givenchy is known for being the brand behind one of fashion's most iconic women—Audrey Hepburn. Among countless Givenchy gowns and dresses worn by the actress, Hepburn's most iconic look— the little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's was created by famed designer Hubert de Givenchy.
Today, the House of Givenchy designs the world's most exquisite haute couture under the direction of Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy's first female art director. Consequently, its 2019 Spring Ready to Wear Collection was inspired by a woman who spent much of her time dressing as a man.
The tufted Four Hands Damon Sofa in plush gray velvet exudes Givenchy signature style with its classic silhouette, bold elegance, and classically curved lines.
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of a dress.” Huber de Givenchy
Eclectic Elegance: Saint Laurent-esque Stool
This French fashion house was founded in 1921 by the ever-elusive Yves Saint Laurent. Known for his master craftsmanship and ingenious designs, Saint Laurent created a series of safari jackets, thigh-high boots, and its 1966 iconic tuxedo suit for women. And while today's Saint Laurent is much more punk rock than refined design, the French label continues to dress some of the most powerful women in the world, including Nicole Kidman and Lady Gaga.
Inspired by its eclectic and travelled styles, we see a resemblance between Saint Laurent and the Cole Stool by Worlds Away. The unique leg shape and rich navy shades are perfect for a living room or powder room as a vanity seat.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint Laurent
Unique Elements: Rick Owens-esque Mirror
Launching his own line in 1994 on Hollywood Boulevard, Rick Owens moved to Paris in 2003 to set up his artelier. Since then, Owens has channelled his keen intuition and daring macabre designs to underscore his current interpretation of our times (see his 2019 Spring Ready to Wear). The unique and thought-provoking Edged Talon Mirror by Arteriors Homes reminds us of Rick Owens' boldness. The brass talons surrounding the aged mirror give this piece a transitional look that fits practically any living room, bedroom, or office.
“The coolest thing is when you don’t care about being cool.” Rick Owens
Vibrant Guild: Gucci-esque Bar Stool
Gucci has been thrust into the global spotlight yet again in the past few years thanks to its brand reinvention. But, there’s no mistaking that the classic Gucci look, whose rich history dates all the way back to 1921, is a force to be reckoned.
Combining mixed metals, decadent designs, and vibrant colors — Alessando Michele, Creative Director for Gucci, incorporates vintage-inspired pieces in its latest 2019 Spring-Ready to-Wear collection. The Hearst Bar Stool Brass and Black by Worlds Away exudes Gucci decadence with sleek brass finishes and comforting black velvet. This stool is perfect for a kitchen or bar in a contemporary and worldly interior.
“The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.” Gucci
The world of fashion design and furniture create a beautiful tapestry of inspiration that reflect the essence of our times. When looking for furniture and accessories for your home, start by looking in your closet to see what inspires you most. From there, choose pieces that reflect your personal style so that your home reflects who you are for years to come.