Thursday, September 29, 2016

2 fashion designers’ homes pair with their NYFW collections

I’m always hearing interior designers recommend you look to your wardrobe to get inspiration for your home's decor. What colors do you like to wear? And what sort of textures beckon you to buy? Build that into an interior design plan and you’re bound to come up with a happy home.

But what about fashion designers? Do their collections (rather than their own closets) inspire their homes? Or is it vice-versa? It was a happy accident that turned up these tours of the getaway retreats of two fashion designers who debuted collections at New York Fashion Week: Christian Siriano and Trina Turk. So I thought it would be fun to try to match up their designs with areas in their homes. You get to be the judge of what’s inspiration and what’s its result.


First up is Christian Siriano’s Danbury, CT, retreat


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

I apologize for the hiccup in scale that makes Siriano look Lilliputian and his lovely model Amazonian. But perhaps it helps us look beyond the people themselves to the designs. It’s the patterning that flows from coat to room (and makes a pit stop at Christian’s very own shirt). The garments carry the breezy swing of the beach blankets and umbrellas in that artwork, too, if not its bright colors.


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

The shape and color of the hat on this model remind me of the flower painting over the fireplace in Siriano’s living room.


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Marcus Tonda photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

Siriano got major applause for the plus-size models he included in his NY runway show, proving that he designs for women of every body type. This corner of his living has some breezy blues like these this dress, but it’s the shape of the lady in the artwork that ties the garment to the room. Curvy, huh?


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

The room is full of flowing shapes, just like the gown, as well as black accents and blue pops.


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Marcus Tondo photos via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

So the model on the left is channeling the dresser in this foyer, while the model on the right is translating the lamps. Got it?


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

Siriano must love this shade of blue, and I laud him for actually showing clothes for spring and summer that look like they were meant to be worn then. (Not the case for a lot of NYFW.) I love this robe-like, flowy dress and can almost see it tossed over this cute, rustic settee, casually dropped there by the lady in the painting.

I wonder: Did the settee come painted that color and it inspired Siriano's collection, or did he come up with its go-to fashion hue? The Pantone color report on 2017 spring fashions calls it Island Blue, and Siriano uses a lot of it.


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

The designer is at his best when playing it splashy. Check out the Island Blue walls and beachy-boho décor in his family room. I'd guess the print used in this ensemble was born in this room. Flame, an a reddish orange, is another color Pantone says will be big in the spring. It's already big in this ensemble and room, and is the perfect color complement to Island Blue.


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

The one vanilla space (in color only) in the home is the master bedroom. Siriano says its peacefulness helps him unwind from the hectic pace of NY. But like this dress, the room is tailored and elegant while also being relaxed.


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

And surely this one corner of the master, with its great textures, had something to do with this fun, streetwise coatdress. It all proves Christian Siriano can shift into neutral and still win the race.


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Marcus Tondo photo via Vogue / Alec Hemer photo via Elle Decor

Siriano’s husband, Brad Walsh, says he doesn’t allow Christian to decorate from any collection in process, but I guess this one in the guest room snuck through.

I love the fashions. I LOVE the house. My only disconnect is the house has so much yellow and green, but there’s absolutely none in Siriano’s spring/summer 2017 collection. So maybe that’s something he’s saving for NEXT time around, think?


Next, we travel west to Trina Turk’s Palm Springs, CA, hideaway


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

Trina Turk is all about color at home and in her designs. No telling which comes first, but I think the two definitely cross-pollinate, as this fun dress and this foyer vignette illustrate. You look at Turk herself (right) and know she has the “decorate from your closet” idea down pat.


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

Scallops and swirls tie together this classy sundress and another vignette in the Turk household. I’m swooning over that bag on the faded leather ottoman. If only I could reach into this photo and steal it away!


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Photo courtesty of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

Lots of radiant circles in this dress and top, as well as this living room. Why even the room itself is rounded! And the color—oh my!! Trina Turk is all over color at home and in her work.


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

But she does subtle well, too, as in this cool and crisp cover-up. That drop-dead gorgeous necklace looks like it was made to go with the hat lounging by one of the home’s several fireplaces. I’ll take the cover-up, necklace, AND the bag, please! (And the rhino head and the vase and the chair and...)


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

This swinging shift reminds me of the glass artwork straight ahead in Turk’s dining room. What do you think?

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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

And just so you know Turk does black and white with the best of them, there’s this pant outfit and this bar, partners in intoxication. 


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

More glorious color abounds in both this outfit and Trina’s patio daybed. She says it’s her favorite chill-out-and-read-a-book place. No kidding! Looks like there’s room for two, so maybe I could join her? I’ll even bring my own book (though I may make off with the pillows, the towel and whatever else will fit in my beach tote).


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

This bathing suit is simply killer-cute and shares more than a little in common with the throw blanket on this bed. Oh yeah...and the model rocks it with attitude of her own! I think this swimsuit would inspire me to take NO prisoners!!


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

This shorts outfit picks up the darker tones in this room and the zig-zaggy top reminds me of that gorgeous shaggy lion head on the fireplace. Exactly how many fireplaces ARE there in this home? I've counted three already. For those cool desert nights, I suppose...


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Photo courtesy of Trina Turk via Vogue / Nicole LaMotte photo via One Kings Lane

Turk displays some of her collection of vintage jewelry on a fun patterned tray, and the pants and top at the left must be jewels that grew wings and flew away. I am sooooooo loving all this intense orange!


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