I have had an obsession for beautiful fabrics since I was a child. The feel of silk and its lustrous sheen and cool rich hand, the sumptuous visual depth of cut velvet, the bold and brilliant look of a crisp printed cotton, the immediate comfort and calming effect mohair has on me. I remember going to buy a variety of bold and brilliant 1 yard pieces of my favourite fabrics as a teen and then framing them and arranging them on my walls in a giant grouping … gorgeous, beautiful and useful Art. This is why I was SO excited about the new collection of Christian Lacroix fabrics for the one and only Designers Guild. A World renowned fashion icon, Christian Lacroix has long electrified the fashion world with its parade of collections inspired by gypsy Provencal traditions and by the flamboyant Haute Couture scene in Paris and London during the iconic fashion period of the 1960s. What fascinated me in regards to Lacroix fabrics for Designers Guild was the translation of the brands innate and complex glamour, mixed with their signature vivacious confidence (to say bold does NOT do them justice). The house of Lacroix built its reputation as THE haute couture house founded on this distinct and passionate creative energy so to see this actually translate into fabrics was as exciting as it was energizing. I would LOVE to see a bold wall upholstered in these fabrics in a modern all white space… or perhaps a few antique pieces reupholstered with them to give them a sexy and cheeky vitality mixed with some neutral toned larger upholstered items. Even as framed art they would work exquisitely…there truly is no limit to what or how you can interpret them. Whether your space is modern, contemporary, tradtional, eclectic or simply HAUTE… Some of my favourite selections from the collection include:
The Paseo Doble collection… a kaleidoscopic all over pattern that is a signature of Lacroix. It is an iconic pattern that immediately makes one think of haute couture. It is a luxurious cut velvet pile in a selection of mouthwatering colours and can have contrasting backgrounds or same colour backgrounds.
The Riviera collection… A juicy, graphic yet simple broken stripe pattern printed on crisp cotton. The design is supposed to replicate the look of a crushed striped couture ball gown… but for me it is evocative of cabana stripes along the Mediterranean. I would love to see this print used on an entire wall. It comes in a variety of colours and has a fresh bold feeling.
The Bakst collection… Contemporary and graphic with a strong sense of whimsy and flirtation. Bakst is a patterned silk weave in a variety of juicy jewel tones with a lustrous soft washed finish that gives it a patina of age…the gilded age.
The FORUM Fabric … a stroke of genius really… a jacquard design woven panel that recreates a glorious panorama of all the iconic architectural elements and monuments of Arles, France. It has a 3 metre repeat and would make an amazing room divider or inset upholstered wall panel…this one truly says its a Lacroix Sweetie (you can say it in your best Edwina voice).
Some other absolutely exquisite fabric collections from Designers Guild include:
The breathtaking Nabucco collection…as shown in Robina (of course that is my favourite). This exquisite cut velvet design has a visual depth unmatched by any velvet I have seen, with an absolutely sinful soft hand. The perfect fabric for upholstery (furniture, walls…yourself).
The Cabriole collection… Shown here in Turquoise. A classic Rococo pattern but tweaked with that Lacroix glamour and rich, bold and brilliant colour palette. A sumptuous cut velvet that actually shimmers in candlelight with a woven silk jacquard ground. It comes in a plethora of colours perfect for any and every situation… Snarfle through their website and get inspired…and if you order the fabric feel free to send me a few yards to drape myself in…