It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has just kicked off here in New York City and I can’t wait to see what trends will surface from the shows! In the spirit of Fashion Week, I’ve rounded up my favorite looks from the Spring and Fall 2011 collections of fashion’s top guns, and translated the trends into fabulous eco-friendly furnishings for your home.
THE COLOR PURPLE
Purple was all over the runways during the Fall and Spring 2011 Fashion Weeks. This blueish-purple tiered maxi skirt from Rebecca Taylor’s Spring 2011 line features such liberating movement! It reminds me of the work of artist Paul Villinski (represented by the Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City), who creates inspiring pieces of sculpture from crushed beer cans he finds on the streets of New York.
One of my favorites, “Yes,” makes me feel like anything is possible. Reduce, reuse, recycle indeed!
While other designers piled on the layers for the fall shows, the Calvin Klein Collection kept things chic and simple.
If simplicity reigns in your design style too, you’ll love the 100 percent Recycled Crystal Chair from Canvas. It gracefully combines the the inspiration of the Philipe Starck Ghost Chair with the look of rapidly renewable resource bamboo. Even the design inspiration is green! Although the lack of color won’t distract the eye from bolder decoration in a space, there is no denying this chair is a statement piece!
BEST OF THE WEST
Today, many fashion designers have also forayed into the home décor department (have you SEEN Jason Wu’s designs for Brizo?). One of the first was the always classic, totally timeless Ralph Lauren. Not surprising that the elegant Western vibe of Spring 2011 collection translated over to his interior designs as well.
If you like a bit of the Old West with an eco twist, the Kenya Hemp & Jute Rug from Ralph Lauren Home will be right up your alley. Crafted from organic hemp and jute, the tribal-patterned rug is the epitome of eco-chic.
BLOCK IT OUT
In the mix of Jill Stuart‘s Fall 2011 collection was some color-blocked pieces in a rich palette of warm colors set off by neutrals .
Add the same kind of color-blocking punch to the décor in your home with these colorful eco friendly quilts and pillows by Rajboori. The company, on Time magazine’s “Top 100 Green Design” list, uses a special silk called Peace Silk, which allows the silkworm to live a full life after it emerges from the cocoon which are used to harvest the fiber. The material is also breathable, lightweight and long-lasting, so you can use your quilt or pillow year round.