By Byron Cordero
Recognizing excellence in film and television for the past 74 years, the Golden Globes is one of the most acclaimed ceremonies. Every year, viewers anticipate the best screenplay, comedy motion picture, director and more, and this year, GDG added a new award: Best Dressed. A team award, of course, because it takes a village to dress a celeb, just as it does to decorate a room. We’ve narrowed down the looks into four trends that translate seamlessly into home design.
Shining bright, Nicole Kidman’s statement gown by Alexander McQueen was a conversation stirrer—people mocked its “unfinished” look, however deliberate, but the wavy, sequined pouf sleeves were gentle touches that elevated the design into a more ethereal place. Metallics are often sought after and then shunned at a moment’s notice; the key is subtlety. In interiors, natural light is golden, but often not available, so adding that pop of sheen allows the light to bounce off every surface it meets, inevitably creating drama and enriching each of the space’s components. In a room, adding one statement piece that pops, such as this David Iatesta chandelier, available at John Rosselli & Associates, is the perfect way to garner attention—paparazzi or otherwise.
Tweet, tweet. (No, we’re not talking about Twitter.) The primary color is back, bringing vibrancy and warmth to minimalist designs that all too often feel flat and cold. The shade has long functioned as an accent to other dominant tones, but the New Year finds the hue recast to bring intriguing consistency to any project. For proof, look no further than many looks seen on the Golden Globes red carpet. Emily Ratajkowski shone brighter than the sun in her Reem Acra gown. Interior designers also find themselves retooling the shade as a more dominant presence; in a recent modernist revival in Palm Springs, masters of color balance H3K Design refit the space with a number of canary pieces, including the Swoop Bowl in Citron from Global Views.
This year is all about empowerment, and Jessica Biel’s Elie Saab gown was anything but modest. Just because there’s less fabric doesn’t mean there’s less going on. The skin proves to be as important a part of the design as any, and the dramatic touches below the waistline—the pattern, flower appliqués, silk threading and delicate beading—play beautifully with the simple, black velvet bodice. In the world of interiors, designers like Mitchell Hill are embracing the power behind layering. In this Arkansas piano room, there are colors and patterns that, alone, would prove to be too literal, but when together, offset solidarity and create moments like chapters in books that build from one to the next. The elements in the space offer references to the homeowners’ lifestyle—everything from the piano to the artwork and even the accent rug, all atop a classic wooden floor, offer their own unique detail and create balance. Each component playing off the last, tied together by the Scalamandré drapery.
In interiors, black is associated with one mood, and due to its rigid nature, the shade is often neglected. Maybe all it needed was the right color beside it…and this time it’s white! When together, these colors meet in such unison that they come off as inviting. Black-and-white is timeless, the perfect pattern dance that says sophisticated and approachable. The marriage of dark and light, masculine and feminine, was seen in various red carpet looks, but one design that stood out was a custom Altuzarra suit worn by Evan Rachel Wood. Products like this bespoke Caracalla footstool from Élitis find the classic combo of black and white breathing new life into more traditional materials. Leather and oxidized bronze combine with modern touches like a diamond-stitched top and clean white surface to create a chic accent piece with the lasting beauty of a classic color combo.
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Byron Cordero is a publicist by day, writer by night, who believes that fashion is a universal language and the way we dress says a lot about who we are—or who we aspire to be. Fashion carries us to a place where reality cannot. Find beauty in everything.
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