Prada says pastel…make it so
*Image of model from Dazed Digital (Photography by Virginia Arcaro)
For AW15, pastel shades will be the name of the game – no surprise there, we have all watched pastel tones creep in throughout the season.
However, for those of you who tend to shy away from wearing ice-cream tones, no need to look away now, as despite the softer palette you will see these colours teamed with harder edges, innovative designs, deeper tones and interesting textures. Think ice-cream in a cone, with a flake, strawberry sauce and a wafer…. plated up on slate. Got it?
Miuccia Prada used the words “sweet but violent” after their AW15 show. Their designs included pistachio green and sugar pink, even their pre-show canapés were colour-themed to match. In short, they have committed to pastels and maybe we should too…after all, there will be no escape from the sea of sugar about to be unleashed on the high street.
Yet, for me, it’s at this point that the world of interiors and fashion part ways.
It’s easy enough to buy a pastel coloured dress or accessory as a nod to the season’s trends, however doing this in a home is a tad trickier. Living Etc’s Suzanne Imre said in her latest Editor’s Letter:
I’m not normally a pastel type of decorator – I tend to shy away from sugary hues, thinking they’re to cutesy – but looking through this issue, I’m tempted to rethink my prejudice.
Interesting. But what if you don’t have the budget to completely redecorate? How do you introduce soft pastels into a room – especially the lounge, which seems to be an emerging trend – when what you already have won’t work with it?
The day my matching Corbusier sofas were delivered to my home, I made a decision to create a lounge that was both stylish and a true reflection of my personality. I removed everything that did not ‘work’ in the room and the result has been pretty life affirming. Everything I have surrounded myself with has been put there to create balance. My black leather sofas reside against a haven of stark walls and dark real wood floors. I have beautified empty corners and created the illusion of space where once was cluttered and distracting. Glass, granite and lacquer surfaces reflect light and the addition of grey wool, partnered with some intensely floral cushions in red and mustered (from Dwell) have given my room a pop of colour which I find intensely satisfying.
Clearly, when it comes to my lounge, I am a creature of extremes – pastel has no business there.
This is not to say that I cannot appreciate pastel in the lounges of others. I am particularly taken with those who can create a pastel theme without making the room look faux French Chateau or overwhelmingly sweet. This latest trend, coupling soft pastels with harder accents is interesting too and could even work in a lounge like mine – if I emptied the space of most of my other objects. An obvious solution is to incorporate pastels into your other rooms, maybe the bathroom with some (now popular) pink walls or in the bedroom with pastel bedding – this could be a much easier task.
If I am honest, my issue is much more industry focused than I have yet admitted – and is to do with the current pace of interiors trends in general.
Is it me, or has the interiors industry picked up the pace hugely, with fashion trends being pursued and translated much quicker than before? With so many fashion designers now sitting comfortably in both the fashion and interiors space this is not surprising, but I feel this is an uncomfortable road to be going down given the very nature of how we shop for our homes.
Can we as consumers expect to adopt these trends in the same way we do with fashion trends?
I buy for my home in a very different way to how I buy for my person. Some items I will by cheaply only to wear a handful of times before they are given away to a charity shop or a family member, not so my interiors pieces. I spend alot more money on my home for one thing. I choose them well and expect them to last for years – from my cushions to my curtains, to my Corbusier sofas. In this way, for me, interior design must remain in a separate space, with items created based on beautiful and innovative design rather than what is trending.
Unlike throw away fashion, interior designers and retailers should be encouraging shoppers to steer away from following ‘what’s in’. Rather, we should all be hunting out and saving for those design masterpieces, heirlooms of the future, quality over quantity…for everything else there is IKEA.
What do you think?