2012: A Year Of Pattern

I love getting good news, but I enjoy sharing it even more. So, here ye! Here ye! The fashionable Kate Spade label has declared 2012 the year of pattern and in a reversal of the runway to room trend, are turning Australian design legend Florence Broadhurst’s groundbreaking wallpaper prints into pretty dresses, skirts, bags and more. Hurrah!

A bit of background: After being out of circulation for nearly 20 years, Broadhurst’s prints were launched in North America in 2004. But interest in Broadhurst truly surged after Chronicle Books published Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives in 2007, which explores the designer’s extraordinary life up to her unsolved murder in 1977. Today, her prints are offered as fabric, wallpaper, rugs, art — Gwyneth Paltrow made the cover of House & Garden magazine (RIP) sitting on an ottoman covered in Broadhurst’s Circles & Squares. I also blogged about new Broadhurst rug designs here.

Kate Spade has reportedly acquired 12 prints in total. Three were featured in the spring collection: Japanese Floral (shown, above, on models, as luggage and on Kate Spade creative director Deborah Lloyd), Floral and a geometric hexagon pattern.

The remaining nine patterns will be rolled out throughout 2012 in both their clothing and home collections, including china, bedding and stationery. Ooh la la.

For more fashion and room inspiration, enjoy our Runway To Rooms photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1a, 3a, 3b, 4a. Runway shots via Kate Spade on Facebook
1b. Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives (2007 Chronicle Books)
2a. Olive & Joy blog
2b. Florence Broadhurst’s Circles & Squares FBF-H31
4b, 5. Kate Spade’s Behind the Curtain blog