As an interior designer, I’ve always drawn inspiration from fashion. So last month’s Nashville Fashion Week was not to be missed. My favorite local designer was White Rabbit, whose clothing line is sold at Local Honey. White Rabbit’s runway show featured women’s clothes that were utterly clean, but soft and sexy; utterly wearable, yet playful. The colors du jour were orange, soft greys, and taupe or cream.
So here are some pics of some of the outfits on display – along with my thoughts and inspirations as a designer – as illustrated by pics of furniture from one of my favorite Nashville furniture boutiques – Retropolitan.
Love the curves, the way the skirt swings and curls around itself. Love that deep reddish orange. Nicely paired with a bit of black, soft coral and grey.
Reminds me a lot of these whimsical, yet simple chairs. They feel comfortable to sit in, yet the grillage cut out of it is so playful and interesting. Love the softness of the way the cut-outs show through…..
Soft fabrics, looks like they feel good to wear. Loose, but still sexy and interesting. Love the pairing of the soft coral with the greys. Love the way the large, organic print on the vest doesn’t dominate the wearer.
Well, this velvet upholstered chair is like the inverse of the outfit above. Soft, sensual, curvy to sit on. Again, love the coral and cream on soft grey, and the large scale yet friendly print on the thrown pillow.
This soft grey cashmere jacket on top of a breezy rose colored dress, with some soft cashmere gloves to warm your fingers during Nashville’s nippy spring days – this just says cozy and comfy one minute, breezy and cool the next.
Okay, this pairing is a bit hard to explain…..I often get bedroom design inspiration from beautiful fabrics, beautiful draping, beautiful forms. The clothing doesn’t have to be a nighty or a bathrobe, however. It is really just anything that says – warm and cozy and soft. Or sexy. This upholstered headboard has the soft, embracing feel of the cashmere jacket above. You can imagine layering it with your favorite silky pillows and layers of bedding, to get the feel and temperature just right for a good read…..
This style struck me as feeling a bit romantically vintage. Utterly timeless and classic. Love the way it’s all in the way the clothes drape; otherwise a very simple, classic look. Love the way the red rose and the gloves are all the bit of interest you need to jazz it up.
Reminds me of this timeless, classic, leather and black paisley upholstered take on a Chesterfield side chair. Again, the coral and cream, large scale kidney pillow is all you need to “update” it.
And here she is, “White Rabbit” herself…..Shea Steele, fashion designer extraordinaire.
Do you think she could put some of her her pieces in this playful chest of drawers for me (I’m a size 0)…..?
Photos 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: Photos by Austin Gros for Pennyweight, on Flickr.com
Photos 2, 4, 6, 8,, 10:
My iphone pics of furniture at Retropolitan