The relationship between fashion and interior design industries has never been more intertwined. Here’s what’s new for 2022 …
The most exciting homewares debut on Matchesfashion.com last autumn was that of Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders. His first collection since he stepped down from his role as chief creative officer of fashion brand Diane Von Furstenburg in 2017, it showcased his signature combinations of colour, pattern and texture, also seen in his current collection of cushions and rugs for The Rug Company. “I like the idea of the lines between fashion and interiors being blurred,” he says. “There’s an element of self-expression in how you put garments together. And of course, your home is also a canvas.”
Fantastical Florals was the title of fashion designer Mary Katrantzou’s first rug collaboration with The Rug Company, directly inspired by her AW19 fashion collection. With her penchant for kaleidoscopic pattern (earning her the moniker “Mary, Queen of Prints”) Katrantzou has followed up with a second collection, A Life in Pattern, (pictured above) defined by ombré tones and paint splashes. She explains, “We use our archival prints to create beautiful rugs that are really works of art.”
Luke Edward Hall, who studied at Central Saint Martins and interned at JW Anderson before striking out on his own as an illustrator and interior decorator, is best known for his languid, dreamlike portraits and patterns inspired by the 1920s and 1930s. He has collaborated with fashion and lifestyle brands Burberry, Lanvin, Richard Ginori, Habitat and The Rug Company, and his interior design work is in demand at hip hotels from Palm Beach to Paris. His latest venture is a new fashion and lifestyle brand, Château Orlando, pictured above. The brand’s first unisex collection is called Postcards from the Castle – a knitwear collection of sweaters, cardigans, knitted vests and polo shirts that weaves together influences from ancient and contemporary art, gardens, folklore, books and 1980s pop music. “When creating our trellis, leaf and flower patterns, I imagined stumbling into a lost garden within the walls of a medieval castle on a brilliant spring afternoon, falling under its spell and setting up home there among the ancient trees and crenellations,” says Hall.
Hand-applied metallic silver, copper and gold are signature features of designer Aoife Mullane’s screenprinting process used in interior design projects and soft furnishings. Mullane has now added fashion accessories – from turbans to tote bags – to her output. Her inspiration? “Birds eggs, wild daisies, sea foam and beach shells. It’s all about foraging and exploring nature in Wicklow,” she explains.
Main featured image: Taking inspiration from Pierre Frey’s Broceliande Forest wallpaper is Belgian label Bernadette Antwerp.