Friday, July 30, 2010

Modern Tribal

The influence of Africa on trends has been all encompassing. From fashion to photography to furniture, this eclectic tribal look is everywhere. It is bit shocking to see such strong color and print combinations but they add a refreshing jolt of bold energy to modern fashion and interiors. From top left: Squiggle Orange rug by Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company; Louis Vuitton sandals- Spring 09; Dress by Dries Van Noten- Spring 2010; Telephone Wire Basket by Eco Artware; Photo from Natural Fashion-Tribal Decoration from Africa by Hans Silvester (an amazing book!); Binta Chair by Philippe Bestenheider; Do Brasil Necklace by Aurelie Bidermann.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Red Orange

Reds are getting cleaner and brighter by the minute. This must be an influence from the more global marketplace changing the world in general. With the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held for the first time in a South American country (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), colors are getting fresher and more exotic. Still an accent color for most interior walls, this intense red orange has been seen on the runways for both Spring and Fall 2010 shows. Seeing this orange red shade reminded me of Amelie's bedroom from the movie of the same name. (one of my personal favorites) Shown from top left: Nile Coasters from Utility Design; Still shot from the movie Amelie; Fluoro Lamp shade; Clocks from Chroma Lab at Etsy; Shanghai Links Pillow, Trina Turk; Frock dress by Tracy Reese; Chanel 5 O'Clogs Sandal, Spring 2010.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten's Spring collection was like an exotic trip to a Southeast Asian spice market! Javanese prints mixed with gold lame, embroideries, mixing decorative ikat prints... yet they all somehow work. Eclectic and ethnic without going overboard. Very beautiful and inspiring.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Old World Red and Gold

Alexander McQueen's last and final collection, sadly due to his untimely passing, was a tribute to old world Elizabethan dress. His velvet, gold and scarlet combination reminded me of a tapestry I photographed on a trip to France in 2008. This red and gold pairing can sometimes look a little "holiday" but it makes a bold and luxurious statement when used correctly. A refreshing yet opulent departure from such a modern and minimal world we live in. Shown from top left: DeDieppe Hotel in Dubai; Alexander McQueen dress -Fall 2010; Tapestry from the Chateau de Chambord, France- my own photo; Truffles from Seattle Chocolates; Alexander McQueen clutch - Fall 2010; Elizabeth the First painting; Recycled red gold bowls; Marimekko Pillow from Imagine Pillows.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Blue Denim

All shades of blue denim are incredibly popular right now on the runway. More so than ever. In times of uncertainty demin is a reliable and comfortable material. It is rugged, casual as well as friendly and goes with everything. Light, medium and dark shades are all very usable. In the next few years I believe we will be seeing more denim shades being used in the interior design world. Shown from top left: Bars Quilt by Loretta Pettway at Russel Bowman Art; Acne and Lanvin denim clutch; Dior eyeshadow quad- Summer 2009; Dolce and Gabbana-Spring 2010; Nine West denim heel at Nordstrom; Denim chair by Scrap-Lab; Denim pillows-The Company store.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Design Inspiration: Nature

Take me to any botanical garden in the country and, like a museum, you will have a hard time getting me out. I love to photograph the textures and colors of plants and flowers. When designing new designs these photos are a constant source of inspiration. All photos above are from the Albuquerque Botanic Gardens. I visited New Mexico in 2009 and can't wait to go back!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Another interesting trend that stood out at the Maison Object show in Paris was the prevalant use of natural driftwood. I was personally taken with the rawness of the wood and the elegant twisted shapes. The colors though made even more of an impact on me. The shades were soft with a mixture of muted hues; light coco browns, feather plums and soft tinted whites worked naturally together. You are seeing these light bleached raw shades in fashion currently and will see even more in the next few years in the interior design world. From top left: My photo of driftwood from the Maison Object show in Paris 2008; Apepazza Corallo Heels; Driftwood necklace from Sword and Fern; Driftwood table lamp-Pottery Barn; Porch swing - Cottage Living; Silk jumpsuit form Chloe Spring 2010; Driftwood Tables from Blue Nature; Kashmira suede clutch from Derek Lam.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Recycled Patchwork

In the Fall of 2008 I attended the Maison Object Decorative Home show in Paris. I photographed a chair which stood out compared to the other furniture showcased. It was upholstered with scraps of contrasting fabric. Since then I have seen more and more recycled patchwork looks. This is not the old patchwork of the 70's or even the 90's, the looks have more of an artistic flair but still with a handcraft vintage feel. From fashion to furniture the "reuse" trend adds a fun and eco-friendly aspect to interiors and outfits. Shown from top left: Terra Planta Recycled shoes; Recycled Necklace from Eco Artistic Products; Pendants made from vintage china plates from Me Old China on Etsy; Maison Object chair-my own photograph; Patchwork pillow from Turkish Rugs and Kilims; Duro Olowu- Spring 2010; Patchwork sofa from Hippy Chic Furniture; Recycled fabric I Pod case by Bly the King on Etsy.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Today I decided to focus on one of my favorite designs that I created for Lanark wallcovering recently. It is called "Wired" and it was inspired by circuit boards, current fashion metallic effects and contemporary architectural lighting. It started as a soft linen that I painted in watercolors. I kept changing it in Photoshop until I got the etched metal effect I was looking for. Along with a soft metal embossing, Wired looks like an alchemy of subtle layers fused together. The colors were inspired by pure metal pigments such as copper, pyrite and gold. Shown from top left: Wired-Karat L2-WI-07; Donna Karan metallic top and skirt; Lighting System by PSLAB-Beirut; Wired in Pyrite L2-WI-11 and Binary L2-WI-04; Prada clutch 09; Circuit Board and a nugget of Pyrite.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Time for Turquoise

As introduced by Pantone as the new hot color for 2010, Turquoise has been on my radar and that of Color Marketing Group's for the past few years. In comparison to past shades, this new color is clear and true to the actual stone. No robin's egg blue here. This turquoise connects us with both the sea and the earth. Usually reserved in fashion as beachwear, now it is being used everywhere in interiors both in the home and the contract market. Still used only an accent color but a strong global and modern one at that. Shown from top left: Juicy Couture Crystal Watch with Jelly Strap; Sofia stool by Shine; Chrysant Pillow by Kainkain at Etsy; Hotel Missoni Edinburgh; Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dacia T-strap pump; Dress by BCBG spring 2010; Turquoise necklace by Magpie Gemstones.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Natural Agate

Agate used in fashion and interiors has been up and coming in the last 2 years. As people yearn for a closer connection to nature, designers have used stones and metals as close as possible to their natural state in their creations. This season fashion designers are doing the same. The colors are rich yet natural and gold is a major presence. Shown form top left. A painting from Leslie Vance; Yves Saint Laurent ring-Spring 2010; Donna Karan-PreFall 2010; Clutch from Cristina Valdez; Agate table lamp by Dragonette Ltd.; Shoes from Balenciaga - Spring 2010.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Day one. Welcome to the On Trend Today Blog! Bear with me...this is new for me. I am inundated with ideas and images so I plan to sort them all out to bring you just the cream of the crop.

Let's start with Dior...

Galliano is known for his extravagant design and this season is not new. The colors are vivid and happy...maybe a new sign of optimism.