Heimtextil, the renowned textile trade fair in Frankfurt held each January, saw a deluge of remarkable product debuts last month, including new designs by UK-based Graham & Brown, known for its fresh aesthetics and culturally astute vibe. Two new sizable offerings were on the show floor this year—the mythic Superfresco Midas collection and the fashion-forward Glitterati collection by Julien Macdonald.
Superfresco Midas was designed to make hanging wallpaper as simple as possible. Included in this collection are a panoply of divine designs: Apollo with its strokes of mica interwoven into delicate fabric structures; Aurora, a beautifully textured regal damask laden with gold mica undertones and shimmering glitter; Ariadne, a perfect companion for the Aurora damask with its confidently bold stripe glinting with glitter and gold; Athena, an enchanting swirling scroll delicately embellished with a light sprinkling of glistening glitter; Luna, an enchanting tattoo damask with an exquisitely embellished sprinkling of glitter underpinned with a beautiful mica texture; Olympus, a contemporary classic curvy ogee, subtly enhanced by a touch of glitter and a gorgeous twist of mica; and Rhea, a simple fabric texture with beautiful glimmers of sparkling mica hidden beneath.
Julien Macdonald’s Glitterati is a collection inspired by a melding of his legendary fashion prowess and Graham & Brown’s iconic design heritage. This collection is truly representative of one of today’s biggest trends—fashion influencing interiors. Featuring flock, silver and gold metallic detailing, as well as holographic glimmering embellishments, Glitterati is a collection of pure decadence but without the designer price tag.
Among the collection’s designs are: Honolulu, inspired by this season’s hottest look in fashion—a striking tropical leaf design reminiscent of Julien’s coveted catwalk creations; La Palma, a damask inspired by a tropical palm tree with a classic twist; Exotica, Julien’s oriental-inspired floral design that calls to mind delicate Japanese Kimono silks—this glittering bird and richly colored floral design has metallic embellishments that bring an uplifting feeling of the exotic to any room. Burlesque is a feminine grand damask with a breathtaking design set on a delicate glitter background, which was inspired by Ostrich feathers that once held sway in Parisian burlesque.
With the Glitterati pattern, the namesake of the collection, Julien infuses the tailored stripe that can be hung either vertically or horizontally with his own glamorous touch. His Gilded Feather pattern, inspired by the feathers and fringing used on many of his catwalk creations, is a stunning pattern that is nothing short of haute couture for the walls. And last, but by no means least—after all, we wouldn’t dare demean the goddess of love—his Venus pattern holds an ornate, large scale leaf trail with all the hallmarks of classicism to provide a room with a genuine touch of revved-up luxury.
This hot fashion designer’s #FW15 couture debuts that will take to the catwalk during London Fashion Week (#AW15 across the pond) will be unveiled on February 21st, and you can bet Productrazzi will be watching to see what he has up his sleeve for his newest collection. As for the new wallpaper designs, these latest releases are making their way to purveyors as we speak so don’t hesitate to put a bit of pizzazz in your life, as Graham & Brown has declared this the year of bling!
Text of Graham and Brown at Heimtextil © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here and Stranded on the Road to Promise. She also produces The Diary of an Improvateur and is a columnist on Architizer.