Runway to Home

Most celebrity crossovers are big flops. Case in point, Mariah Carey almost got lost in oblivion after doing the movie “Glitter.” It would be years before she got emancipated as Mimi and revived what she truly are, a singer. Yet fashion designers crossing over to the home accent world is always a success.Calvin Klein did it with sleek and contemporary bedding, tabletop items and accents almost reminiscent of the underwear he became so famous for.

The American Summer, Cape Lodge and Mayfair collection all evoke of what an American Classic is. That is what Ralph Lauren is all about.

And the newest addition which I am most excited about, Vera Wang just came out with her own home collection.
So ethereal! I love her flower adorned accent throw pillows as much as I love her beautiful bridal gowns.

I can’t wait until other fashion designers do it too. I mean, take the leap from runway fashion to home fashion.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s classic wrap dress
reminds me of this caned-inspired stool.

Betsey Johnson has been dubbed the queen of punk fashion, but at her home she likes pink and chintz.

She would probably love this cherry dresser.

If Monique Lhuiller’s black gowns would be recreated into a candleholder.

It would be this polyresin petal tea light holder.
(Comes in different colors at my site).
And who reminds you of this uptown silver accent table?
Well, Karl Lagerfeld of course!

Runway or home fashion, these designers can certainly do it. They are just not selling clothes or tabletop items, they are selling a lifestyle. And it is a glamorous, sophisticated and beautiful life!


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The Old is the New Black

I admit I’m one of those women infatuated with “vintage décor” right now. I find myself visiting flea markets and antique shops every chance I get to find that one-of-a-kind vintage find.I used to not be a fan and not sure where this infatuation with vintage is coming from. Is it because of Chloe Sevigny’s red carpet walks? Anthropologie’s oh-so charming home décor catalogs evoking a French flea market style or are my choices evolving and maturing? I’m not sure. But first do I even know what vintage means?

For wine lovers, it just means an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year. In vintage clothing, wikipedia explains that clothing made before the 1920’s are considered “antique,” those made between 1920 and 1975 is what is considered “vintage,” and those made after 1975 and 20 years ago are “retro.” I think all of us have used these terms interchangeably.

I checked the dictionary for more help, and Webster defines vintage as “excellent” and “best of its kind” (ok, it also means old-fashioned, outmoded and obsolete). Whereas antonyms for the word includes inferior, minor and unimportant.

For me, vintage décor just means rare and unique finds (the Joneses will highly unlikely have) made by true artisans with its intricate make and styles. They are certainly not mass-produced by a factory somewhere.

And so this is why I love vintage décor, it may be old fashioned and outmoded but it is also classic and enduring… much like a little black dress.
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