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If you’ve read my blog regularly in the past, you have probably noticed that I have an equal love for interiors and architecture as I do for fashion.  The worlds of decorating and the runway really are the best of friends in life.  With the fall 2012 clothing collections floating in my brain since last February, I thought I’d share some ideas on how to bring the top trends home…and not just in your closet!  Style.com narrowed the top trends to 6, and I’ve added a couple of my own favorite trends!  I hope you get inspired to dress for fall, and dress your home as well!  Happy Fall!!

Miu Miu fall 2012

1.  PATTERNED SUITS

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Pattern on pattern by Jeffrey Bilhuber

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Architect Daniel Romualdez’s Connecticut bedroom

From Prada and Prabal Gurung, to Derek Lam and DKNY, printed suits popped up all over the fall runways.  An all-black or navy suit isn’t the only option these days.  Well-tailored suits in bold patterns can be just as professional and really make a confident statement!  How do you bring the trend home?  Take a cue from old-world France where busy toile fabrics depicting scenes of everyday life covered walls, furniture, and bed hangings.  Today it need not be a toile necessarily, but any strong print you love, from a floral, to a geometric a la David Hicks.  Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber used a great medallion fabric to cover walls and a chair that almost disappears in front of it.  For Architect and Designer Daniel Romualdez, who recently updated fashion icon Bill Blass’s former home for himself, a classic floral print was the right choice for walls, a full-tester bed, and furniture.  With everything in the same fabric, there’s actually an optical illusion that the space is bigger than it is.  This concept can even be achieved with something more subtle like a moire like the Duchess of Windor used for her Paris bedroom.  Even minus the print (if that’s too scary), you can get the look by choosing a great color for the walls, and upholstering all the furniture in that same hue.  Add the prints in with pillows, and interesting art and objects.

Alexander Wang fall 2012

2.  BLACK LEATHER

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Phillip Jeffries grasscloth

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Proenza Schouler woven leather boots

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Black lacquer walls

Black leather was huge for fall, with some collections almost entirely dedicated to it!  From Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy in Paris, to Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler at New York Fashion Week.  Both solid and woven leather was spotted on everything from jackets to thigh-high boots.  A couple less obvious ways of bringing the trend home, the obvious being to upholster furniture in black leather, which can be chic or vulgar, is to surround your room with the noir tone.  A room lacquered in black with crisp white trim can be drop-dead.  I have dreamed of a black bedroom with white linens for quite sometime.  Adding that woven effect can be achieved with one of my favorite Phillip Jeffries wallcoverings, like the metallic grasscloth.  Try either of these options in a dining room, or powder room for a smaller dose.  I’d complement the black lacquered walls with deep blue upholstery to bring another big trend to life at home, black and blue.

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Lanvin fall 2012

3.  ACCENTUATED HIPS

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A carved console in a classic yet casual dining room

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Foyer by Sills Huniford

With the peplum trend still going strong, and dresses and coats with jutting hips at Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, we may as well bring this trend home, but how?  My first thought was one of my favorite pieces of furniture.  A carved console, some more ornate than others, has been a longtime favorite in both traditional and modern spaces.  Georgian ones are among my favorites, with stone tops, some painted, some gilt with gold.  They reflect the curve of a hip, and have a sensuality to them much like looks on the runways.

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Givenchy fall 2012

4.  FUR ACCENTS

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Artist Cy Twombly’s Roman bedroom

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Designer Todd Alexander Romano in his New York bedroom

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Daniel Romualdez’s Los Angeles living room

Fur is not for everyone, but it always seems to pop up in fall fashion…hello!!…it keeps you warm!  Both real and faux were seen on separates at The Row, Reed Krakoff, and many more.  This is as simple as picking up a chic faux fur blanket at a store like West Elm, and adding it to the end of your bed.  Or go big scale like Daniel Romualdez with a large fur on the floor as a rug.

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Celine fall 2012

5.  OVERSIZED OUTERWEAR

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Designer Robert Couturier’s New York living room

Fashion houses like Balenciaga, Chanel, and Chloe went big with outerwear this season.  Scale was definitely played with, with great results!  Scale is key at home too, and can be interesting to play with.  Take the living room in Designer Robert Couturier‘s own home.  A huge botanical print by Ron Agam sits above a long but low sofa, and an even lower cocktail table.  A plaster-and-resin screen by Marc Bankowsky hovers over the seating arrangement which also has two chairs of very different provenance, yet very similar  scale.  Just try every combination at home with your furniture.  When it’s balanced it will just click!

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Stella McCartney fall 2012

6.  BROCADES

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Library by Jeffrey Bilhuber

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Martha Stewart’s home in Maine, Skylands

Almost every designer jumped on the brocade trend for fall, from Gucci to Ferragamo in Milan, to my two favorite collections of fall, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler.  Brocades, jacquards, and damasks were all used to incorporate a little opulence to even the most modern and minimal collections.  Bring in these fabrics right from your favorite fabric store onto pillows, small accent chairs, or the whole sofa (even just the sofa cushions is super chic).  Fortuny makes some of the most amazing fabrics of these types, as seen above at Martha Stewart‘s home in Maine.  Martha even mixed fabrics of similar tones, as did Stella McCartney on one jacket.

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Proenza Schouler fall 2012

Bonus:  DEERSKIN/PRINT

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Room by Todd Alexander Romano

Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler both created deerskin accessories for fall, and the French fur house Revillon had an entire deerskin coat.  If you’re like me and can’t afford Jean Michel Frank’s amazing deer-covered chairs (I’ve shown them before), bring that thought home with a deer hide rug (sorry PETA), or a deer print rug from Stark.

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Jason Wu fall 2012

Bonus:  ASIAN INFLUENCES

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Fashion Designer Ralph Rucci’s New York apartment

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Celadon porcelain in a dining room by Miles Redd

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Chinoiserie wallpaper in Jeffrey Bilhuber’s New York apartment

Maybe my favorite trend of all that I had to add to Style.com’s list is the Asian influence.  Both China and Japan influenced designers for fall, especially designers like Jason Wu who used Mandarin collars, and styled his models with sleek buns, a cat-eye, and accents of red.  The boys of Proenza Schouler were inspired by Japanese kimonos and samurai details for the silhouettes of many of their runway looks.  The last few in the show especially exuded that Japanesque vibe, with brocades and embroidery that seemed traditional, yet had the PS stamp of modern cool.  This influence can be brought home in many ways.  Adding some new versions of classic celadon, or blue and white Chinese Export porcelain to a tabletop is a small and simple idea, and those are things you can get at your local import store (a real one).  Take the idea bigger with antiques and great reproductions of Chinese and Japanese antiques, or cover an entire room with hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper.  The options are really endless!

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