Fashion and Interior Design

Day to Day

We have drawn some fun comparisons between 2023 fashion trends and our own interiors...

The fashion industry is always one step ahead. New York Fashion week has just taken place and we were excited to see so many vivid and joyful colour palettes for spring/summer 2023. Pantone have also revealed their colour predictions for the next season which includes a vibrant pink and a vivid green.

Often the runway has defined what’s next to come in interior design and there has been a long standing link between the two. It could be a tartan or a floral pattern, or a combination of materials. If the above colours are anything to go by, we are very excited for future fabrics and interior scheming! Over time catwalk shows have become more extravagant and are often housed in beautiful historic buildings and interesting locations. The setting has become just as important as the clothes. Designers are collaborating more with homeware brands, such as Dolce & Gabbana for Smeg.

This fun Hotline tote bag available from Shop Kit Kemp also tells a story about a connection between fashion and interior design.

2. Tropical Oasis

It seems a tropical getaway in your own wardrobe is a trend for 2023. These fashion prints vary from garments adorned with palms, hibiscus blooms and vibrant sunsets. Even the Hawaiian shirt has made a comeback!

At Covent Garden Hotel you can be transported to a paradise island of your own when you stay in room 305 and room 111. These schemes bring a sense of escapism and calm where you can relax amongst lush greenery.

We have drawn some fun comparisons between 2023 fashion trends and our own interiors…

1. Over the Rainbow

The multi-coloured clothes trend will continue into 2023 with electrifying hues that bring instant joy. It’s hard to beat the associations of hope, love, tolerance and harmony that a rainbow brings. This is a movement we are happy to see continue since the same can be said for interiors. Using many colours in conjunction with each other can instantly evoke a sense of happiness.

However, when using multiple colours it’s important not to overwhelm the space. In the Terrace Suite at Ham Yard Hotel you’ll find a perfect balance between the muted blue walls and vibrant pops of colour with a Hotline Rug from our Annie Selke collection.

Interior design and fashion collide in the Terrace Suite at The Soho Hotel where fashion designer Clio Peppiatt has created a one of a kind applique and embroidered headboard. Clio is well known for her hand-beading and hand-embroidery, stemming from her own unique original drawings. It is exciting to see these translated into interiors too.

Here are some dresses that Clio has designed…

3. Debutant Revival

Period dresses have made a recent comeback in the fashion world. Wearing these frocks will certainly make you feel like royalty and want to dance the night away!

Just like debutant dresses, canopies and half testers have also had resurgence in popularity. Historically they were a sign of grandeur with rich textiles and great heights. In room 201 at Charlotte Street Hotel we have this half tester canopy which brings an extra touch of romanticism and indulgence to your stay.

Earlier this year Kit and Minnie Kemp were asked to design a Day Room for The WOW!house at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Elements of fashion were integral to turning this space into a world of wonder. Inspired by Mimi de Biarritz‘s unique collection of hand-crafted hats, the room was transformed into ‘Mimi’s Atelier’.

Here we had a jacket made from our very own ‘Lost and Found‘ fabric by dressmaker Caroline Smiley of Moloh. It highlights how interior design fabrics can also be purposed to make fashion items.

We particularly love the headboard’s lively fabric in room 305 by Jim Thompson called ‘Heliconia Dreaming’ with its tropical embroidered flowers, ferns and palm fronds.

Last year Caroline Smiley joined us at Chelsea Textiles‘ beautiful Pimlico Road showroom. Together with Chelsea Textiles’ design director Jenny Simpson and Clio Peppiatt, we focused on the distinct link between fashion and interior design, exploring how we can make our homes as individual as our clothes. Here we also discussed taking inspiration from historic embroidery and how this is reflected in our work today.

We hope we’ve inspired you to start bringing some fashion trends into your own interiors! See also a few examples of how we’ve used costumes to add layers to a room with our blog post Theatre Tricks: Using Costumes in Interiors.