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Ready To Wear, Ready To Plate

Take a look at five fashion-turned-design houses' inspiration from runway to tabletop!

You can live in Versace. From the clothes on your back to the plates on your table, some of the world’s most prestigious fashion designers have evolved into luxury lifestyle brands that can style you from life to living room. In the process, high design becomes more accessible than ever. You don’t have to be a front-row fashion week customer to bring a touch of couture to your coffee table. But with a wider market and new mediums comes a unique problem for the creative directors behind some of the world’s most coveted brands. In the absence of a model’s movements, how do you continue to maintain the life of your original vision? To find out, we looked at five fashion-turned-design houses – Christian Lacroix, Hermès, Jasper Conran, Versace, and Vera Wang – to follow their inspiration from runway’s ready to wear to the tabletop ready to plate.


The defining element of couture is the craft of construction. The richest materials, hand-sewn and draped straight from the mind of the designer. For Christian Lacroix, maintaining the handcrafted element is essential, but as he does on the runway, he embraces the implied imperfections of the handcrafted while rejecting the all-too-serious formality sometimes found in haute creations. In Sol y Sombra for Vista Alegre, he maintains his penchant for the boldness of stripes without the precision of perfection. The impression is stark and geometric but upon closer inspection, black lines are unevenly saturated like watercolors dragged on a canvas. It is the same controlled chaos of his last haute couture collection August/Winter 2009/2010, preserved forever in porcelain.


Faithful to their runway designs, Hermès brings their Asian-textile inspiration directly from the Spring 2015 runway to the table. Hermès describes their most recent tabletop release as a celebration of an ongoing dialogue between East and West, exemplified by the collection’s namesake Ikat, “an exceptional weaving and dyeing technique originating in Asia”. In lieu of the life given to design by a model’s movements, the “Voyage en Ikat” collection is brought to light by 24-carat matte gold juxtaposed with jewel tones, composed in a “thread by thread” design.


As quintessentially English as classic bone china, Jasper Conran was a natural choice for Wedgwood’s famous whiteware. Clean design with structured cuts translates into the brightest white porcelain meticulously crafted down to the angle of a coffee mug handle. Just as Conran’s sportswear and ready to wear, his china collections are functionally fashionable with nothing spared in the architecture of construction.


Gold to the point of royal, Versace’s collections in both fashion and home décor have a gilded touch fit for a crown and throne. It is not surprising to discover then that their Rosenthal meets Versace collection “Le Grand Divertissement” was inspired by Louis XIV’s legendary feasts at Versailles. However, this time their signature golden touch is unexpectedly subdued to the sidelines of a fresh, periwinkle blue take on the Versace arabesque leaf design. The gorgeous, lavender-tinged hue must have left a lingering impression on Creative Director and designer Donatella Versace. The color was reserved in her palette until Spring 2015, where it reappeared in a couture collection fittingly made for a queen.


Designer, dress, or a dream? For the fashion world, she is the designer and definer of modern elegance. But for millions of women, she is the centerpiece of a dream down the aisle. Synonymous with weddings and white, Vera Wang’s partnership with Wedgwood was a natural progression from runway to registries around the world. Her foray into fine china is both an introduction into the hallmarks of her design and reverberations of past inspirations. Wedgwood describes “Organza” as a recollection of the luxurious folds of her sought-after bridal gowns, a beautifully sculpted white on white fine bone china pattern and echoing the rich textures and luxe layering of white silk organza fabric, her iconic aesthetic. A Vera Wang gown can set the scene of wedding, it seems almost poetic for her to set the table of a couple’s life together as well.