As part of its international series of design Talks, in May 2014 Modenus arranged a visit to Christopher Guy’s new showroom in the New York Design Center during #BlogTourNYC. Spanning 20,000 square feet, the showroom is filled with furniture and art featuring Christopher’s inspired, imaginative, and often whimsical style.
A large group of international designers were invited to explore the topic of trends connecting interiors and fashion, and the NYC location was the perfect place for such discussion.
After a tour of the showroom, we headed into the luxurious theater to talk all things trending in fashion and interior design, as the event was named Modenus Talks: Runway to Runner, with an illustrious panel leading the way.
Dallas designer Jeffrey Johnson, noted fashion biz strategist Britt Bivens, up-and-coming fashion designer Christina Ottaviano, and our moderator, event guru Will Arriaga got the conversation started. It was so engaging, I was surprised they were able to get us to wrap it up. We could’ve gone on for hours!
The conversation centered around how trends develop, what groups are instrumental at certain intervals and how they evolve on a global scale over time. There were many takeaways, but I will boil the discussion down to the 5 things Ms. Bivens sees happening in both industries.
Trending now in fashion and interiors:
- Get your glamour on with brushed or shiny feminine metallics
- Black is back as a color (Me: Where did it go?)
- Abstract and geometric shapes in bright colors on fabrics and accessories, often not intended to match
- An abundance of foliage prints on a mixed scale
- The evolution of tribal prints into more contemporary geometric shapes
She also alerted us to some trends on the horizon:
- The irregular being considered beautiful (YAY!)
- Emphasis on hand-made details
- “Hard” materials brought indoors
- Interactive furniture (It’s already here.)
- Lighting will steal the show. (It already does!)
As we discussed the phases that define the evolution of a trend and I realized I probably fall directly in the middle, between Innovators and Laggards, because this was my first time in Guy’s showroom.
I’ve seen some of his furniture and accessories before, you can find them in hotels around the world, as well as in several movies including The Devil Wears Prada, and while our tastes don’t align perfectly, it was a delight to discover what I see as his gift to the design world, extraordinary mosaic art.
Over 17,000 hand-colored glass mosaic tiles make up The Diva behind the desk and I’m not talking about the receptionist:
Christina Ottaviano, the fresh-faced fashion designer on the panel, cut her teeth interning for Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, then joined Marchesa after graduating from FIT. She shared a little about her design process with the group and it was clear she pays the same care and attention to detail as the host showroom’s Founder and CEO, Christopher Guy Harrison.
She brought a couple of glimmering gowns with her and gave us some insight into her process.
But first, you should see her face. It’s gorgeous!
Hey! I said look at her face!
She’s one to watch for her skill too.
As I looked through my photos from this session of Modenus Talks, I noticed that it’s almost impossible to tell the Chicken from the Egg anymore.
Whether the story is first told in tile or bead is of no consequence, as long as it’s told.
The distance between the beads on Christina’s dress start to grow as the body of the garment expands into a long train creating a beautiful ombre effect.
It gives the heavily beaded upper gown a sense of lightness as it trails away.
Christopher Guy used the ombre effect for his mosaic masterwork titled La Belle Vie.
It starts out feeling light, then becomes weighty as it moves down from sky to sea.
What story did he want it to tell?
La Belle Vie: An exquisitely detailed mosaic, featuring twenty-seven thousand stained monochrome glass pieces, evoking pleasure and freedom with a romantic twist. It casts a subtle spell, inviting dreams of enjoying long hot summers of sumptuous indulgence. –– Christopher Guy
In truth, I don’t think it matters whether fashion informs interiors or if interior influence fashion. What’s important is the conversation between creatives, even if it only occurs in the glimmer of a glass tile or the shine of a glass bead. That’s a trend I can subscribe to!
Heaven knows, there are very few people who can afford to update their homes as often as they refresh their wardrobe, but I know designers who think everyone should. I…can’t with that train of thought. Trends come and go; good design lasts.
In this era of disposable everything, what drives your creativity? Do you follow, ignore or ignite trends in fashion and interiors?
I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject, so start a trend. Start the conversation!
It’s your turn to talk,