Interior inspirations: Straight from the catwalk sets

Interior design inspiration: Straight from the fashion catwalks


Fashion shows are, of course, quintessentially about new and exciting steps in clothing design. But tear your eyes away from the models and you’ll often discover a stage quite befitting of its own parade. Here is a collection of some of the most creative catwalks in terms of interior design of the last few years.

The magnificent flame-hued tulip backdrop pictured above was designed by Michael Howells for Dior’s autumn parade in 2010.

Louis Vuitton Men’s Autumn 2012. Paris-meets-Tokyo was the theme, with a giant Anish Kapoor-esque silver globe suspended above the runway entrance with the two cities’ names in big letters, as well as those of places like Moscow, New Delhi, and Shanghai.

Dior Autumn 2012 Couture. Inspired by villa “Les Rhumbs”, Christian Dior’s childhood home in Granville, florist Mark Colle covered the walls of five rooms in a Parisian mansion with blossoms. The image above is a mix of yellow and pink zinnias, roses, and dahlias.

Chanel Spring 2012 Couture. Karl Lagerfeld had a specially designed aluminium spacecraft set the scene for his ‘aboard’ parade. The 250 audience members were seated in futuristic flight chairs, with a monogram carpet and Karl emerging from the cockpit at the finale of the show.

Oscar de La Renta Spring 2009. The trompe l’oeil building façade was lightly sketched out—on stretched muslin—by set designer Stefan Beckman and his team, helping, as Beckman explains, to “ground the clothes and evoke another time in New York.”

Chanel Autumn 2012.  Imposing shards of what resembled amethyst and smoky quartz looked as if they erupted from the grounds of the Palais Royal, while smaller crystals and sparkling sand crunched underfoot. All was meant to reinforce the collection’s metallic leitmotif, along with the mineral-shaped geometric prints and rough-cut jewelry—the models’ eyebrows were even sprinkled with tiny stones. Lagerfeld’s elemental idea? Nature is the best designer.

Louis Vuitton Autumn 2012. The gold-lettered train transported models, who were met by porters carrying their (LV of course) bags, designed to evoke the romantic notions of the bygone glamour of travel.

Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2008 show at at New York’s Central Park Conservatory Garden. The theme: a Royal Ascot-like scene reminiscent of the famously stylish one in the classic musical My Fair Lady. The painted backdrop of a horse race and its elegantly attired spectators included a black arched lattice, and black-and-white piped cushions for the audience were the perfect complements.

Images and content with thanks to the Architectural Digest.