The only thing we sometimes love more than fashion itself are beautiful homes.
If you’re a fashion person, which is anything between a fashion editor and a shopaholic lawyer, it is very likely that you’re also an interiors person. Well of course, that’s where our love for double-door closets comes from!
Fashion and interior design can both be either attractively functional or endearingly enchanting. We’d rather have ours be latter. Interior design should bring joy to our otherwise predictable lives. We love surrounding ourselves with beauty. That’s why we hang intriguing art on the walls and sometimes end up spending too much time staring at it. Our inner child can’t resist the urge.
Who doesn’t dream of a large, luxurious bath with state-of-the-art fittings attached to a larger closet full of goodies. And a tiny nook decorated with inviting seating next to large french windows that gleam with sunlight in spring mornings and a cozy fireplace that keeps you warm on winter nights. Then there’s the terrace garden, however small yet peaceful, that becomes your alcove on a rainy evening to snuggle in with a cup of coffee.
Beautiful spaces are not about luxury, they are about a feeling. The feeling of being home. A modest cottage in the hills could be as luxurious as a sprawling mansion by the beach or a studio apartment in the heart of the city.
“Fashion and Interior Design are one in the same”, says Iris Apfel. Who are we to disagree?
Fittingly, there have been numerable collaborations between talented fashion designers and home decor companies. Some designers and luxury fashion houses have successfully launched their own home collections as appropriate extensions of their brands. Some designers have collaborated with luxury hotels to design their suites and some have launched their very own hotels.
Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Paul Smith, Rick Owens, Missoni, Chanel and many more collaborated with home decor companies to design furniture, bowls, cushions and what have you.
Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karen, DVF, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, Hermes, Martin Margiela, Bottega Veneta have their own extensive and exquisite home collections.
Kenzo, Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Andrew Buckler, Gwen Stefani have designed uniforms for servers and other hotel staff.
Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo have inspired ambitious dishes on the menus of world class restaurants.
Dior, DVF, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Bottega Veneta, Vivienne Tam, Betsey Johnson, Badgely Mischka, Philip Treacy have designed hallmark suites for the most iconic of hotels in the world.
Moschino, Missoni, Armani, Versace, Bulgari, Ferragamo have their very own branded hotels. Then of course there’s Cavalli Club, Roberto Cavalli’s nightclub.
Such partnerships make a lot of creative as well as business sense for both the industries given how they are pretty much first cousins, if not sisters. And well, we just love how they together make our experience of the world so much more beautiful!