You know that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Meryl Streep absolutely shreds Anne Hathaway’s self esteem to pieces? You’re probably thinking, which one? How silly of me, let me explain.
Meryl Streep, otherwise known as Miranda Priestly, big time magazine editor at Runway holds a dress fitting in her office alongside her staff as well as her fashion newcomer personal assistant, Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). As she requests for more belts, an assistant brings over two teal statement belts that Andy finds incredibly alike, so she scoffs.
“Is something funny?” Miranda asks her.
“No, no, it’s just that both of those belts look exactly the same,” she replies nervously. “You know, I’m still learning about this stuff.”
“This.. stuff?” Miranda replies. “Oooh, okay, I see, you think this has nothing to do with you.” *Cue the gut wrenching roast of Andy’s lack of fashion sense*
I’m using this as an example for many reasons. Number one, Meryl Streep as an Anna Wintour-esque figure is truly cinematic gold. Number two, I think this dialogue is a great segue into the topic of why design, no matter what the context, is one of the most important elements of our life that we tend to overlook every single day. While fashion and the art of design, whether it be in your home or on your back, may not be everyone’s forte, they are far more alike than you think. In other words, what once was reserved simply for the catwalk may now be present in your very own living room.
With September just around the corner, I felt there would be no better time to highlight fashion’s great influence on interior design and vice versa. For those that may not know, September is considered to be the time when the seasons change and we make the shift from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter. Fashion influencers view this month as the time for change and reinvention.
There’s logic behind the idea that there is a crossover between the clothes we live in and the space we inhabit. As both encompass our personality greatly, what we wear and the pieces that embody our homes are both huge opportunities to showcase who we are to others.
The way in which a store is designed also greatly determines the thought, feeling and vibe perceived by all those who walk in, just like your home. For example, when I am in Chanel, I immediately feel like a sophisticated, mature woman with my life in order. For the record, I am far from that, however, the iconic, chic black and white interior is undeniably elegant and refined. Goals.
It is no secret that interior designers look at fashion trends of the past and present to inspire them with their design plans, which is how most great interior trends are made. We are now experiencing interior design catching up with active fashion trends and witnessing collaborations amongst fashion and interior designers to create new, gorgeous styles for both fields.
The similarities between fashion designers and interior designers are undeniable. Both spent a majority of their days studying trends, sketching designs, selecting colors and fabrics. In and out of the home, the combination of patterns, accents, colors and other elements are all meticulously choreographed the tell a story.
So next time you’re sinking into your plush, blue velvet couch, think of Miranda Priestly and remember, design is everything.
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