Photo Gallery: Top Trends Of 2013
A retrospective of the year’s most influential looks.
Cool shapes offer an intriguing lesson.
The runways were awash with geometric patterns at Marc Jacobs, Prada and Giambattista Valli, but the trend owes more to artisans than ateliers. Angular patterns with domestic roots also lent smart, sharp and intriguing form to living rooms. To wit: a geo-print sofa and Glas Italia’s tricoloured coffee table would elegantly dress a big-city loft.
Sunbaked shades in rich folk-inspired patterns.
Warm and artisanal, this look braids together South American, Mexican and Native American influences, and is a (cowboy) hat tip to an earthy, rugged and colourful life. The ceramic tiles by Casa Lucia recall the colourful exuberance of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s interiors at Casa Azul. Hang Stray Dog Design’s whimsical Paulina lamp, with a hand-embroidered flora-and-fauna-patterned shade by Mexico’s Otomi indigenous peoples, then relax in a leather butterfly chair from Urban Outfitters.
A gritty decor take on a literary legend.
Checkered capes and magnifying-glass necklaces on the spring runways took their style cues from the world’s finest sleuth. Today’s look is clean and smart in pipe-browns and haberdashery plaids, all executed in sharp lines. It doesn’t take Scotland Yard to trace the trend’s pop-culture roots, from the BBC’s hit series Sherlock and its American doppelgänger, Elementary. Pair Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ contemporary redo of the iconic Holmesian tufted leather chesterfield with the wool rug Toronto designer Kate Thornley-Hall dubbed the “Dirty Union Jack.”
This pretty pastel goes beyond girlish.
The runways were awash with geometric patterns at Marc Jacobs, Prada and Giambattista Valli, but the trend owes more to artisans than ateliers. Angular patterns with domestic roots also lent smart, sharp and intriguing form to living rooms. To wit: the Square Chains rug from The Rug Company and Glas Italia’s tricoloured coffee table would elegantly dress a big-city loft.
A textured trend with natural charm.
Both posh and pastoral, today’s faux-bois trend doesn’t share the rustic, splinter-inducing look of years past. Currey & Company’s Elwynn bench cuts a fairy-tale profile in concrete and steel, while a stump-shaped cake stand calls for heaps of designer macarons; enjoy them with an artisanal tea sipped from a knotty cup and saucer.
A preppy spin with fresh appeal.
Evoking all the courtside freshness of just-cut grass and tennis whites, this summer’s sporty look cheerfully bounces from runways to living rooms, inspiring even the most athletics-averse. Accessorize rooms with throw pillows in lawn green and chalk white, and score points for tidiness with vintage metal gym baskets.
Take the plunge into aquatic hues.
It’s easy to imagine the beachy blue bench was carved from a slice of Californian surf. Looking like shards of sunlit sea, opalescent tiles invite a wave of freshness indoors, while glinting wallpaper would make a splash in a powder room. Traipse across a deep blue rug and this trend will have you walking on water.
An update on a well-loved pattern.
Traditional versions of toile de Jouy usually depict lighthearted pastoral scenes of rowboats or picnicking lovers. But today’s toile is, well, cut from a different cloth. Glasgow company Timorous Beasties unrolled toile wallpapers featuring urbane scenes of New York and London. If you prefer your toile more trad, consider the scalloped trash bin or an upholstered Louis XVI-style bergère.
Trompe-l’oeil graphics lend a smart effect.
Black and white photographic images adorn vases and bedding for a look that’s crisp and quirky. Pillows from Denmark’s Louise Roe are decorated in ultraclose-up prints of staircases and wire, and a mahogany cabinet covered with digital prints of rolling hillsides is suitable for condo or cabin.
It’s a mod, mod world.
The riotous palettes and patterns that emerged from Mary Quant’s Carnaby boutique, Bazaar, are back in full swing. Paul Smith’s wall hanging for The Rug Company and psychedelic textiles from Zinc are grooviness set to thread. Take your tea in Denby’s Cosmic set while you ponder the scene in a far-out leather chair.
This swirling mineral is a dramatic showstopper.
With its deep hue and swirling pattern, malachite is bringing drama to everything from throw pillows to side tables. The wife of Tsar Nicholas I chose the Malachite Room in Saint Petersburg’s Winter Palace as her formal reception hall. Create your own wow factor with a shapely sculpture atop your mantel, or set out malachite trays and boxes to showcase your own personal treasures.
Gild the lily with this ornate look.
Inspired by the famous mosaics in Sicily’s Cathedral of Monreale, Dolce & Gabbana sent rosaries and jewelled tiaras down its winter runway and the fashion effect spilled over into the home. Luxe takes on Byzantine opulence include golden throw pillows perfectly tailored for regal repose, while gilded accents spell the ultimate tale of riches.