A Charming illustration from The Gentleman's Gazette
Note in the fore and background, the full tailored curtains made from Italian summer wool suiting trimmed with English Crewelwork. A masculine and elegant solution.
The point of this peek into my wardrobe is that sartorial details inform the interiors we create. Especially when looking at clients' homes or commercial spaces, these bits of information will filter back to be transformed into a design. Apparently this is so for many designers as increasingly the relationship between fashion and interiors is blurred. I'm not a slave to fashion in our interior design work. One's interiors don't alter with the same frequency as one's wardrobe. However, dominant influences in our environment do inform. Fashion garners vast amounts of pictorial and conversational time/space.
|Ted, Alex, Holly and Guy from Dashing Tweeds during the London Tweed Run, |
a fabulous contemporary take on a sartorial and interiors staple!
We've long appropriated Welsh blankets for curtains - or as in the twin beds in my daughter's bedroom vintage woven blankets from Harvey Nichols into pretty and practical bedskirts.
|Nina Rose's first collection. I adore the line of her gowns.|
A John Fowler sketch for curtains at Brook Street. Note the dressmaker details.
As with all of our curtains, his were hand sewn...
Madame Gres trained as a sculptor before becoming a couturier. She opened her atelier Gres, in Paris in1942, and was known for the flowing structural drape of her gowns. Many were made in jersey, comfortable, cheap and easy to source after the war, like Coco Chanel. She was often commissioned by Givenchy, and known for being a vociferous critic of the burgeoning market in ready to wear.
The draping of her gowns was magnificent - how I'd love to wear one of her designs today…
This photo is of of Watts of Westminster Jura, one of the sexiest, most sumptuous striped velvet fabrics we have ever used, here pictured in a somewhat faded version of its original exuberant colours, on a canapé in an issue of a magazine that I sadly cannot remember… I wish Watts still produced this!
Since its inception Prince Charles has been an advocate for and supporter of the Wool Council's "The Campaign for Wool", which has been a potent reminder of the suitability of this particular fabric for interiors use. There was an excellent selling exhibition at Southwark Cathedral through last weekend during Wool Week if you had the chance to pop in… Here a couple of favourites...