Our Favorite Fashion Designers Take On Decor
Couture’s most recognized names bring their design aesthetic to home furnishings.
By Rachel Kupfer
Hoping to bring the runway to your home—and to make their lifestyle brands all-encompassing—top fashion designers are releasing collections of interior adornments. Now, you can rest your handbag on a matching coffee table or correspond your jacket to your bedding. Ralph Lauren started it all in 1983, becoming the first American clothing designer to release a complete line of products and accessories for the home. Since then, almost every fashion house you can think of has tried its hand at the trade. Here, we break down some of today’s most iconic brands and their translations from the figure to the forms of your abode.
Trademark Founded in 1967, this American company quickly grew into a clothing and lifestyle empire. It epitomizes classic prep, using familiar silhouettes in comfortable materials to create everyday items. The brand is instantly recognizable by its signature Polo pony logo.
Home Fashion Since starting the trend, Ralph Lauren has continued to release complete furniture and accessories lines, all curated to fall within the brand’s design spectrum.
Why It Works Lauren’s time-honored aesthetic refines any interior. Comfortable knits make for cozy blankets, towels and other textiles. Traditional designs and muted colors fit right in, no matter the context. Find these items at ralphlaurenhome.com.
DOLCE & GABBANA
Trademark The Italian brand’s flamboyant, high-end bohemian fashions bring fun and luxury to diaphanous pieces. Note over-the-top crystal embellishments and vibrantly colored motif patterns.
A Crucial Collaboration A powerhouse partnership developed in 2016 between Dolce & Gabbana and Italian appliance manufacturer SMEG. After creating 100 hand-painted refrigerators, the contingent has since released other kitchen necessities through the “Sicily Is My Love” collection.
Why It Works A shared heritage leads to swirling depictions of Italian mythology, landmarks and landscapes. Vivid hues are splashed across conversation-starting kitchenware. High-quality technology combines with recognizable motifs. Find these items at neimanmarcus.com.
Trademark For more than a century, the French label has grown in popularity and significance. You’ll especially recognize its high-quality leather items, including handbags in creamy browns decorated with the iconic LV logo.
Key Players In collaboration with a curated team of innovative international designers, the Objets Nomades collection was launched in 2012. The line of furniture was later joined by Les Petits Nomades, a grouping of smaller decor pieces.
Why It Works Special attention to geometry leads to carefully placed lines and symmetry. The company’s history of exquisite leatherwork is replicated in items for the home. Varying design aesthetics combine into a unique, abstract perspective.
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Trademark The designs of this French fashion house are bold and rich with baroque influences. Patterns are elegant backdrops for color and hand-drawn flora and fauna.
Key Player The Histoires Naturelles collection with Roche Bobois was inspired by nature, creative director Sacha Walckhoff says. “The desire to express the whimsical world of Lacroix was key.”
Why It Works Walckhoff compares couture and home products to a tissue and an embroidered handkerchief, respectively. “Fashion is meant to be used and thrown away, while a home decor collection is created for the long term,” he says. “When you have this in mind, you do not work on those subjects in the same way.” All items available at christian-lacroix.com.
Trademark Since its launch 30 years ago, this American label is the epitome of graceful, glamorous luxury. Renowned for their evening wear, the design duo of Mark Badgley and James Mischka specializes in rich fabrics, classic silhouettes and sophisticated colors.
Home Fashion Badgley Mischka Home comprises 12 collections of carefully selected furniture sets. New lines are the Bel Air, Catalina, Marmont and Palisades.
Why It Works A neutral palette harmonizes with your existing interior, while metallic hardware emphasizes the glam. Elegance is found in geometric details and engaging designs. All items available at badgleymischkahome.com.
Trademarks With a rainbow of knits and patterns, the characteristic zigzags of this Italian company continue to influence fashion today. Look for flowing silhouettes and ’70s-esqe textiles.
Home Fashion Missoni Home utilizes well-loved prints for rugs, poufs and bedding, along with small selections of lamps and seating.
Why It Works Recognizable designs easily shift from clothing to blankets and towels. Dynamic colors add life to an interior. Cozy fabrics enhance comfort and luxury. All items can be found at missoni.com.