The models have left the cafes in the haut-Marais and the designers have breathed a collective sigh of relief now that Paris Fashion Week has come to a close.
For our part, we monitored each show to bring you our favourite prints from Spring Summer 2015, particularly those which we think would translate well for interior design.
Let’s start the countdown!
Bold, bright and reminiscent of the 60s while remaining contemporary. We love the spirit of this print with it’s vibrant colours that border on acid, and the way it can be subdued when paired with another texture.
Interior vision: Louis XIV chairs upholstered with this contained explosion of colour set against a monochromatic room.
See the Chanel SS15 show here.
Junya Watanabe SS15
Layered and textured geometric prints that both flatten and create depth were the take-home motif this season from the Kawakubo disciple. We love the sense within the confusion and the subdued colour palette.
Interior vision: Short pile woven wool rugs to add depth and texture to wooden floors.
See the Junya Watanabe SS15 show here.
Japanese eroticism meets speed racer was the theme at Carven this season with bright, jarring colours set against black and white with racing car inspired forms bisecting the prints. Despite the murky orientalism at play, we couldn’t resist the sexy Japanese print and fell for the neon mustard colour.
Interior vision: Statement wallpaper for either a dark, sensual bathroom or commercial use in a seductively lit restaurant.
See the Carven SS15 show here.
Neil Barrett SS15
Ancient sculptural fragments meticulously pieced together to create a classic camouflage print. Wow, we love this print and are dying to get our hands on one of the pieces by Barrett next season. Aphrodite featured this time around with Apollo making an appearance for the menswear iterations of the same print.
Interior vision: A pair of masculine occasional chairs that combine leather and metal, such as the Barcelona chair by Knoll, upholstered with black printed leather using this print.
See the Neil Barrett SS15 show here.
Viktor & Rolf SS15
Postcard from a bad acid trip in the garden was the message we received from the Dutch duo this season. We love the thick outlined floral forms with colours that both clash and complement at the same time. Lurid and luxurious with just a hint of Gilbert & George.
Interior vision: 60s revival kitchen tablecloth with matching window treatment – so bad it’s fabulous.
See the Viktor & Rolf SS15 show here.
Am I the only one seeing crazy eyes throughout this collection? Intentional or not, we love the evil-eye motif set against patterns reminiscent of Italian tiled flooring and architectural cornicing. The colours alone are gorgeous enough to warrant falling under an old Italian curse.
Interior vision: Two different throw cushions using the square floral filigree section and the all-seeing eyes to strategically place on chairs and sofas to let your kids know you’re always watching them.
See the Valentino SS15 show here.
Trompe l’oeil shadows that mimic industrial materials such as perforated metal flooring and chain-link fences were just one of the hooks of this collection among such an abundance of brilliance. The shadows are so thoughtfully executed that the usually lacklustre trompe l’oeil effect genuinely tricks the eye. The connection between the soft materials and the hard industrial sources of the shadows also play perfectly with one another.
Interior vision: Exterior cladding to be used next to one of the source materials for the best effect.
See the Anrealage SS15 show here.
Paul Ka SS15
Midnight in a Mexican garden with the moon creating a forest of silhouettes. We’re completely besotted with this graphic floral print, particularly the sharp forms the little dot details on the leaves that give the whole print something realistic yet completely fantastic. Spectacular.
Interior vision: Light-as-air sheer curtains that move in the breeze, giving the impression of shadows cast across the fabric by the evening light setting behind the outside garden.
See the Paul Ka SS15 show here.
Pink flesh and sensuous forms meets an almost 80s pastiche aesthetic at Kenzo this season. We love the play of light, breezy colours you could almost eat against the fluid forms that evoke skin and sex. The print is at once playful and suggestive without being vulgar or infantile while creating an undeniable sensuality. What’s not to love?
Interior vision: Bedding. Need we say more?
See the Kenzo SS15 show here.
If Cy Twombly were an architect wanting to build a flower-shaped home this would be the blueprint. Originally headed for the rubbish bin, this floral sketch was our stand-out print for Paris Fashion Week and we’re thankful Yiqin Ying saved the design from the poubelle.
We love the print’s spontaneously bespoke feeling. It feels intimate and close to the designer’s hand while also being beautiful with a hard edge. The colours are simple but the deep navy shades give the print a little more luxury than simple black and white, and the sketched details give the print depth and texture. Perfection.
Interior vision: We want to use this print everywhere but given how much we adore its subtle elegance, perhaps a fully wallpapered bedroom with simple bedding to let the print sing. What a gorgeous print to see before falling asleep each evening.
See the Leonard SS15 show here.