As soon as the gilded sliding doors eased open at the Chanel
Fall 2014 Haute Couture show, we knew what was to come would provide major décor inspiration. The space was stark, almost sterile, except for two huge marble fireplaces at either end of the catwalk, which glistened with digital flames inside and were topped with old baroque mirrors above the mantles. The combination of extravagance and starkness was the key to head designer and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld's collection. His inspiration was drawn from the Paris apartment of legendary architect and designer Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier introduced new materials and innovations to the design world, as has Lagerfeld. See below for tips on how to get a similarly innovative look in your home.
Power in Polarity
As Lagerfeld knows, interesting design stems from polarity. Look for ways to add contrast in your home; ornate architecture with extravagant details pairs perfectly with clean-lined modern furniture. Also, pairing antique traditional furniture with cutting-edge designs is a sophisticated way to decorate. Just like Lagerfeld's unexpected pairing of a ball gown with sandals and a casual cross-body bag, you create also introduce surprising décor matches in your home.
Towards the end of the runway show, dress after dress came down the runway beaded and embellished with glistening gold. However, the collection did not lose its modern aesthetic when incorporating these embellishments, as large areas of blank white space on the dresses remained, maintaining a modern look. When accenting your home with flashy pieces, do so sparingly. Shelves crowded with beautiful objects won't have the same effect as a singular statement piece given space to breathe.
It wouldn't be a Chanel show without a wonderful layering of textures. The iconic Chanel textile, tweed, was obviously used. But Lagerfeld also introduced a new material to fashion: concrete. As Le Corbusier introduced it to the design world during his time, so has Lagerfeld introduced it to fashion. Cut into small tiles used as appliqués, the unexpected material becomes a new couture staple. Look for unexpected materials to use in your own space; you never know what you'll be inspired by.
For more fashion inspiration see how to decorate your home like Céline
Photography: 1. El Palauet, 2. Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest, 3. Simon Upton for Elle Decor, 4. Idha Lindhag (photographer and source), 5. Felix Odell (photographer and source), 6. Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest, 7. Douglas Friedman (photographer and source), 8. Douglas Friedman (photographer and source), 7. Francesco Lagnese (photographer and source), 8. Felix Odell (photographer and source), 9. Idha Lindhag (photographer and source), 10. Wolfgang Stahr (photographer and source), all runway images courtesy of Chanel