Fashion trends unveiled on the runway and at design markets are interweaving at an ever-quickening pace. This fall, florals, embroidery and velvets abound both in apparel and at home.
By Amy Videan
The runways of Paris, London, Milan and New York City set a rich tone this season with floral statements, bold colors and shimmery fabrications. At home furnishings markets, the “more is more” philosophy is in full bloom as well, with jewel tones, luxurious velvets, embroidery and, yes, florals.
While the trends are pervasive—with many fashion houses indulging in this romantic moment—we were particularly smitten by garments from the master of feminine designs, Oscar de la Renta. The late, great couturier was a favorite of many fashion icons, including Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Sarah Jessica Parker. His Fall collection is designed by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the duo who created the mother-of-the-bride dress for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
On the homefront, stunning floral collections by Graham & Brown and de Gournay bring a gardenlike abundance to walls and furniture. Victorian opulence and Asian dynasty influences are channeled into murals, wallpaper and fabrics that could only be more intoxicating if they were scented like the flowers they portray.
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The convergence of fashion and home design makes both more exciting.