Category Archives: Fabric

New York Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 and Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

While some pieces from the spring collection were a bit too retro for me I loved the 3 looks below.  I am always a fan of his embroidery and his lady like dresses.

Oscar’s new fabric collection with Lee Jofa is fabulous! Rich embroidery, velvets, wools, felts, ikats, and stripes make this collection one you want to touch.  Perfect for fall!

I MUST use these for a future client…. a headboard, drapes, wall upholstery….please! The embroidery is stunning and the colors are so rich.

A beautiful ikat fabric in light blue, teal, and green

A rythmic classic stripe in deep navy and blue.

A wild suzani in plums, reds, teals, and yellow packs a punch and would be lovely on club chairs.

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New York Fashion Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2011

Phillip Lim’s collection showcased his familiar look of clean, neutral, sportswear but added a twist. He used sheer fabrics and applied them in an abstract/ puzzle piece-like way. As usual, the collection had several must have pieces:

From left to right:

1. This trench is a modern classic. I love the black piping!

2. Those shorts are a must for spring. I love the whole look.

3.  The perfect shift dress with a clean young feel.

xo,

S

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New York Fashion Week: J. Mendel Spring 2001

Sighhhh… When the inspiration is prima ballerina ( Earlier this summer, Gilles designed the costumes for the New York City Ballet’s production of Call Me Ben; then he shot his Resort lookbook in the dance studio) you know the collection will be light, ethereal, and down right feminine.  The collection was made up of pale silk chiffon and jersey with a bright pop of orange found in the Christian Louboutin shoes and lipstick.  A few of my favorite looks below:

xo,

S

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New York Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren Spring 2011

Ralph Lauren once again drew inspiration from out West and presented a beautiful collection in cool whites, blues, pinks, and tans.  Statement blouses and jackets were seen throughout the collection ( along with amazing silver belts and blanket bags).  He remains one of my favorite designers for his classic and timeless design. A few of my favorite looks below:

Above: All of these slightly more casual looks are perfect for day.  From left to right:

1.  I would wear this outfit in its entirety.  The jacket is a must.

2.  I a loving the breezy movement of the top and pants paired with a heavier belt and blazer.

3.  This dress is perfect with a tough belt and broken in brown biker boots.

4.  I can’t get enough of his billowing pieces and this white dress with suede belt is a perfect example.

Above:  I own many dresses from his previous collections and still wear them all.  His timeless cuts and fabrics make them wonderful investment pieces.  The hand beading on looks one and two is amazing.  The skirt paired with the flannel shirt and suede belt is a fantastic combination.  The soft pink dress is totally me ( in cut, color, and fabric). LOVE IT!

xo,

S

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New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose Spring 2011

Colors, textures, and patterns get me every time. Lela Rose did not disappoint with her Spring collection. Drawing her inspiration from Lima, Peru’s vibrant culture and colorful handicrafts so many of her pieces spoke to me. A few picks below:

For the opening look she choose a loomed cotton wrap dress in stone.  Perfect for a client meeting then out to dinner.

She amped up the LBD with a beautiful colorful collar that takes the place of a necklace.  I love the jacket as well.

I love everything about this look.  The patterned white top, simple stone skirt, and raffia wedges are fab.

I love bright citrus colors for spring and this dress covers all my needs: texture, color, and shape.  The necklace is amazing!

I love the peacock blue cocktail dress with black lace cutouts and shoulders.

Finally, the hot orange and pink dress is a must.  Paired with nude wedges or pale lizard skin shoes.

Loved it Lela!

xo,

S

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Vanderhurd

I recently met up with the lovely ladies at Vanderhurd to see their latest besopke designs in fabrics, carpets, and accessories and was blown away.  Those who know my design aesthetic know I love color and Vanderhurd’s products do not disappoint in that category.  I have always been a huge fan of their products ( see my previous post on the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho) and was not let down by the latest additions. They offer endless options for carpets: hand woven flat weave wool, linen, hemp, hand-knotted cut pile and loop linen, silk, hand knotted cut pile Nepalese wool/ silk blend, felted wool, Tibetan silk, New Zealand wool….the list goes on and on); fabrics: block printed, hand stitched, hand printed, vintage; and accessories: cloisonné trays and lamps boasting chevron-esque geometric patterns reminiscent of a Missoni print..  A few of my dream carpets, fabrics, and accessories are below.

Above: The pruple, black, and ivory silk dhurrie (Rhonda Amethyst) is a fun choice for a room when paired with neutrals. I love the soft taupe and peach hexagonal silk dhurrie and would pair it with a neutral rough grasscloth on the walls for a livable but beautiful room.

Above: A silk grey and grey stripe dhurrrie with metallic threads woven through.  This would be an amazing runner in a stairwell.  The metallic threads catch the light and the grey is so soothing.

Above: Silk zig zag dhurrie in the most fabulous sorbet colors.  I am picturing this with high gloss lavender walls and white furniture.

Above: The green, black, and aqua carpet on top is a nice thick rug (Cordoba Emerald) made of hand knotted cut pile wool.  The black and white carpet below is made of 100% hemp and is surprisingly soft.  Vanderhurd has also come out with a line of sisal carpets that are truly beautiful.

Above: These linen carpets were a favorite.  I would love to use one instead of sisal.  The colors are so vibrant and the woven linen is beautiful.  The pattern you see above is a hand woven cut pile and a hand woven sumac- creating a tripe like pattern.

Above: Vanderhurd’s hand embroidered textiles are the ultimate in bespoke fabric. Employing intricate French knot, “Satin” and “Kanta” stitches, the collection is available on natural coloured linen or cotton cloth, or on any of the patterned fabrics, and has been designed to compliment their collection of hand printed textiles. In addition to the collection, they can embroider any design in any colour cotton thread on any cloth. The standard width of their base cloths is 44 inches, but requests for custom widths can be accommodated.

Above: more hand embroidered fabrics.

Above: Vanderhurd’s hand printed fabric designs are entirely modern in form and colour, although they derive from antique Indian block print motifs. This marriage of ancient techniques with contemporary design—informed by a great knowledge of the history of textiles, manifests their design philosophy. The textiles are hand block printed or hand screen printed on a selection of natural base cloths—linen, cambric or chanderi—and the colour palette reflects our quintessential juxtaposition of soft and vibrant shades.

Above: a few more examples of their hand embroidered fabrics

Above: Vanderhurd routinely designs custom pillows, bedspreads and headboards, and offers in house upholstery services.

Above: Antique African Indigos.  These Indigos are woven by the Koulongo and Abron weavers from the Bondoukou region of the Cote d’Ivoire and by the Nigerian Yoruba people.  These cloths were woven on small looms as narrow strips, which were then sewn into “Wrappers” worn as skirts by both men and women.  Vanderhurd New York’s Creative Director, Emilie Jean, an avid collector and dealer of tribal and antique textiles has introduced them to Vanderhurd’s repertoire.  Also, their presence in Vanderhurd’s showroom makes perfect sense, given Vanderhurd’s commitment to handmade, unique textiles, and to sustaining the culture and tradition of exceptional indigenous craftsmanship.

Above: The pale purple and pink silk and the gold silk with chartreuse border are two of Rocio Moreno’s silk fabrics.  Rocio Moreno, a well-known interior designer in Spain, has long been a traveler to India where she developed her collection of exquisite hand-woven silk brocade textiles.  The weavers she works with there are unique in that they continue to employ the complex technique of weaving silk brocades by hand, in the same way as they were produced in the 15th and 16th centuries in Venice as well as the Imperial Moghul court in India, where all the court rituals and its economic structure were built up around the symbolism, cost and almost mystical stature of the silk.  Today the weavers Moreno works with continue to produce silks for temples and palaces across the East, for the Dali Lama and the Royal Family of Nepal.  Moreno was fascinated by the workmanship, quality and texture of the brocades.  Up until the weavers produced her designs, they had only ever produced very traditional textiles.  Moreno’s designs are totally modern in form and colour, although they are derived from Ottoman motifs.  The result of this marriage of ancient techniques with contemporary design informed by a great knowledge of the history of textiles is Rocio Moreno’s collection, and as such, very much in the spirit of Vanderhurd.

Above: Their beautiful cloisonne trays and lamps.

To see many more examples of their beautiful work visit their website: http://www.vanderhurd.com/

xo,

S

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Summer Lovin’: Fabrics, Throw pillows, Carpets, and Linens

To me, summer is all about casual vibrant living. Weather that includes an exotic destination vacation, your weekend beach house, and just sipping lemonade in your backyard with friends. You can redo an entire room or beachy splashes of color or just change the throw pillows on your sofa. See below for ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Fabrics and Throw Pillows:

Quadrille: What is there not to love about Quadrille. You see their prints in magazines all the time and there is good reason! Chic and timeless with vibrant colors.

Potalla print shown above in both images as well as below

Saya Gata shown above and in image above

Ferns shown above and in image above

Cap Ferrat

Soho

Petite Zig Zag

http://quadrillefabrics.com/collections_alan.html

Aleta On Line Store:

http://aletaonline.infodine.com/index.php

Kathryn Ireland On Line Store: Her fabrics are divine and you can now purchase throw pillows:

http://kathrynirelandstore.bigcartel.com/category/kathryn-ireland-pillows

Rubie Green: Eco chic, Rubie Green’s fabric line and fun and you can sleep soundly knowing you have done your part for the environment.

http://rubiegreen.com/fabrics.html

Les Indiennes: Mary Mulachy developed linens that are fresh, simple, authentically indian, yet pleasing to the western eye.

These pillows are the perfect companions for a white chino slip covered sofa and a thickly woven jute rug.

http://www.lesindiennesshop.com/index.aspx

Carolina Irving: The vibrant colors printed on beautiful linen never fail to brighten my mood. I cannot choose a favorite.

http://carolinairvingtextiles.com/Fabric.html

Katie Ridder:

How much fun to make drapes in your summer house guest bedroom out of Katie Ridders fabrics.

Parlor Textiles: We are loving Anglea Clinton’s textiles! The patterns are beautiful and reflect her modern sensibility.

http://www.parlortextiles.com/index.html

Madeline Weinrib pillows- the perfect solution for a white sofa. Weather you choose a silk ikat, a block print, or an embroidered suzani you cannot go wrong. She also makes large floor pillows.

http://madelineweinrib.com/mw/ikat/index.html

Carpets:

Wisteria:

http://www.wisteria.com/Graphic-Flat-Weave-Rug-Blue/productinfo/W4045/

http://www.wisteria.com/Apple-Green-Striped-Dhurrie/productinfo/W4042/

William Sonoma Home:

http://www.wshome.com/products/p1195/index.cfm?pkey=crugs%2Dcrewels%2Dneedlepoints

** On sale!

http://www.wshome.com/products/p1196/index.cfm?pkey=crugs%2Dcrewels%2Dneedlepoints

** On Sale!

Madeline Weinrib carpets are a fun and inexpensive way to pack a punch.

http://madelineweinrib.com/carpetindex.html

Dash and Albert: We use these rugs all the time. The cotton weaves and indoor/ outdoor are ou favorite. You cannot beat the price point and they are very durable.

http://www.dashandalbert.com/

Furniture With Texture:

Opt for a textured bed or chair to bring the beach inside:

http://www.wshome.com/products/p1204/index.cfm?pkey=gthmbas

http://www.wshome.com/products/p1211/index.cfm?pkey=gthmbas

** we just used two of these in a show house- beautiful in person…and they are on sale now!

Ralph Lauren:

http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com/products/Furniture/?haid=5

Shabby Chic: This brand is known for their laid back, deliciously squishy slip covered furniture.

http://www.mycremebrulee.com/furniture_page1_files/Beecroft_Sofa.html

Bed Linens:

Leontine Linens:

Classic New England prepster

Beautiful and understated celadon applique

Perfect for your little pirate!

http://www.leontinelinens.com/index.php/bed/

If custom linens are not in the beach house budget…

We love prints and the linens below can be the focal point of a bedroom.

Paint the walls a soft hydrangea lilac and white wooden shutters and you have a tranquil seaside retreat.

http://www.wshome.com/products/p9100/index.cfm?pkey=csheets%2Dbed%2Dsheet%2Dsets

Pair this coral with soft yellow or pale blue walls.

Hang a grasscloth on the walls and ceilings and paint the moldings a crisp white.

http://www.luludkmatouk.com/patterns/index.html

OR…. Keep it classic with rope embroidered bedding. Choose a spicy fabric for your drapes and a grasscloth on the walls.

http://www.wshome.com/products/p4001/index.cfm?pkey=csheets%2Dbed%2Dsheet%2Dsets

The Table:

We love a classic greek key pattern and Pomegranate Inc. has nailed it:

Below is one of their embroidered place mats:

Their chunky straw place mat with a shell is a nice touch:

http://www.pomegranateinc.com/store.htm

Les Indiennes:

You can use as a table cloth or a spread on the beach for a picnic.

http://www.lesindiennesshop.com/index.aspx

Roberta Roller Rabbit: Fun prints on cotton- a great gift for your hostess:

http://store01.prostores.com/servlet/robertarollerrabbit/the-Home/Categories

Ralph Lauren: Classic all american summer.

http://www.ralphlauren.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4006050&cp=1760785&ab=int_060210_HOMELP_LAPLAGE_SHOPNOW

xo,

S

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Where The Wild Things Are Part II

The Inside Source blog inspired me and I have pulled some of my favorite jungle themed rooms.

The colors, the plants, the textures, the drama! Tony Duquette does not leave a single surface untouched. This room feels magical to me. It would never get old or fail to excite. It is cozy yet full of energy. Perfection.

Another famous room…Miles Redd’s apartment. Bold and fabulous- the zebra upholstered doors with nail head trim are stunning. This is a great way to make a less than attractive door amazing.

A large fiddle leaf fig tree and wild green zebra print sofas leave no doubt in your mind this room is for fun.

Dark black grasscloth on the walls and a black glossy ceiling let the runner and scarlet roman shade pop.

Gil Schafer’s New York apartment. Perfection.

These coastal green walls remind me of marshes found along the new england coastline. Mixed with rattan furniture and wildlife prints this room is interesting and relaxing.

Hinson wallpaper

These two tall fiddle leaf fig trees make an otherwise simple hallway dramatic.

Dark greeny-black bead board walls make this room a cool escape from hot summer days.

Dark mossy green walls create a beautiful backdrop for lighter fabrics to pop.

Aerin Lauder’s zippy orange walls and leopard print sofa are bold and very chic.

A deep red library with cushy brown velvet sofas, brass lamps, and a zebra skin rug.

The orchid wallpaper by Cole and Son makes an otherwise boring powder room a treat to visit.

The Hinson bana leaf wallpaper used in this kitchen lends drama and height to the room.

xo,

S

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