Opulence Underway This Winter - Home Fabrics Trend Talk
Home Fabrics recently hosted the presentation of Osborne & Little’s Spring 2016 collection as part of their Trend Talk at David Muirhead’s very fine, Fine Living interior design store and venue in Parkmore, Johannesburg.
The venue features a quaint, but contemporary courtyard where sparkling wine and fresh appetisers of cold soups and salmon bread rolls were served after the talk. The beautiful event and conference areas are decorated in rich, deep colours and fabrics, with wonderfully lavish accessories. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that nearly every trend touched on by Home Fabrics’ trend specialist, Garth Wastie, is ultimately showcased in David Muirhead’s work.
Wastie discussed the seasonal trends under three different time periods – The French Revolution, the 1900’s and The New Look 1947.
Though titled spring collections, these fabrics are just in time for the onset of our colder season. They boast rich jewel tones of blues, greens and magentas, often embroidered on sateen or taffeta, or printed and woven in the most gorgeous velvets.
Even our beloved and versatile neutrals, much bemoaned by Osborne & Little’s export manager, Graham Noakes, receive a touch of opulence while retaining the illusion of modesty. Here silvers, taupes and muted blacks make dashing companions to their colourful counterparts from the same ranges.
This goes for unabashed florals, and even more so for the decidedly non-floral designs. There’s nothing plain or simple about them and these are definitely the types of textiles we want seeing us through autumn and winter.
The French Revolution
Designs from left to right: Designer's Guild, Christian Lacroix, Maison De Jeu; DG, Bagatelle; Cocarde; Osborne & Little, Hespera Velvets; Designer's Guild, Christian Lacroix, Cile Liberte.
This trend is inspired by the affected dress and movements of what Wastie calls the male dandies and female divas of that period. Ornate designs of gardens, medallions and relics come to life in the colours of the French flag on luxurious fabrics.
Designs fromleft to right: Osborne & Little, Fantasque Petipa; Designer's Guild, Marquisette, Charconne; Osborne & Little, Fantasque, Cubiste; OL, Aradonis Lorca, Loanta; OL, Margot Selby, Ragtime; OL, Ardonis Lorca, Yolanta; OL, Ardonis Lorca, Palestrina; OL, Ardonis Lorca, Loana and Calina; OL Fantasque, Fantasque; OL Aradonis, Lorca; OL Metallico
This period includes various architectural and art movements such as Art Deco, Cubism, Modernism and Bauhaus. The inspiration is evident in the translation of floor tile and some of the greatest building designs from that era onto fabric. Motifs are decidedly non-floral. Geometric, or organically inspired and stylised, they make much use of gold and other metals. Together with noir, jazz music, feathers and some Eastern influences these designs both contrast and complement each other to characterise the period.
The New Look 1947
Designs from left to right: Designer's Guild, Couture Rose, Paysage; DG, Couture Rose, Fleur de Lotus; DG Grey Cloth; DG, Christian Lecroix, Josephine; Osborne & Little, Sea Breeze (outdoor range).
The trend combines colours from the first and second movements, and adds a feminine touch. It’s inspired by Dior’s use of flowers and petals both in fabric and clothing designs. Muted blues and greens, black, silver and luxurious fabrics are all crowned here.