New A/W '17 Collections
We are now firmly set into September and in the design industry this can only mean one thing – new collections! We always look forward to seeing a range of innovative new fabric and wallpaper collections from our talented brands and we have not been disappointed this year. For this blog post, we have chosen our favourite collections listed on our ‘Latest Collections’ page to show you in more detail.
We start with Designers Guild and the new Tulipa Stellata fabric and wallpaper collection. Taking inspiration from 17th century Holland and the humble tulip, this modernised floral collection features dark, dramatic colourways, moody damasks, digitally printed feather motifs and signature painterly florals. The autumnal botanicals and colours in the collection perfectly complement the changing season.
The Casablanca fabric and wallpaper collection by Designers Guild is a much more modern, textured collection with a hint of glamour. Subtle geometric shapes, ombre stripes and deconstructed florals in bright contemporary colourways and have been printed onto the fabric using the very latest industry techniques. The striking textured wide-width vinyl wallpapers are suitable for both domestic and contract interiors.
The colour palette of the new Designers Guild Varese II cotton velvet collection, the Tammaro two-tone ribbed corduroy velvet and the shimmery woven Sesia plains collections are incredibly versatile, and have formulated to work perfectly alongside the two new patterned collections.
Next we turn to Harlequin. With a focus on shape repetition and the interplay of light and shadow on various architectural shapes and forms, Harlequin’s new Entity fabric and wallpaper collections have an industrial, almost retro looking aesthetic. The collection consists of fabrics and wallpapers in soft pastel shades developed alongside a new highly usable collection of faux suede plains.
True to form, Matthew Williamson’s fifth fabric and wallpaper collection, Belvoir, is as opulent, colourful and bold as we’ve come to expect from the renowned fashion designer. The collection has been named in honour of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. You can pick out elements of the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland throughout the collection, including the decorative tiled ceiling cornices which have been translated into the elaborate Lyrebird design, and features of the ornate Castle gardens seen within in the floral designs.
The new collections by Nina Campbell, Les Reves fabric and wallpaper and Claribel fabrics, celebrate the famous 20th century artist Henri Matisse, with inspiration taken from his cherished colour palette, as well as from the people and places he so fondly associated with. The Camille motif in particular is remnant of Matisse’s famous artwork 'The Parakeet and the Mermaid - 1952'.
Casamance have been rather busy creating a staggering 6 fabric and 2 new wallpaper collections. The Molitor collection is incredibly on trend and a nod to Art Deco heritage cloaked in a quirky, avant-garde spirit. Retro emerald, bronze and mustard colours combine with houndstooth checks, textured weaves and soft geometric shapes. Working beautifully alongside the fabrics is the new Ellington wallpaper collection, which invokes the spirit of an intimate jazz club in downtown Manhattan. The genius composer, Duke Ellington, is the inspiration behind this collection. Rich tones of shimmering golds, deep blues with Art Deco style patterns resemble the inner mechanics of a clock or musical instrument.
With a similar colour scheme to Molitor but a different aesthetic, the Mohave fabric collection is inspired by the rocky desert landscapes of Arizona. Warm sandy yellows and deep reds capture the intense heat of the desert. The kitted fur Mato design almost looks like sand when draped and the embroidered peaks of the Maricopa design represent Arizona’s jagged, punishing landscape.
The Apaches wallpaper collection continues to focus on the natural scenery of North America but this time, the dramatic mountainous landscape of Colorado. The Keystone wall panel, named after the renowned ski resort at the base of the Rocky Mountains, looks particularly stunning combined with the Mohave fabrics. The plainer Shinok design perfectly imitates the pigment dying of linen and is available in a range of soft, natural colourways.
Double width-voiles are all the rage this season and the new Otomi collection by Casamances really leads the pack. The collection contains woven and laminated jacquards with high linen content. The 100% linen Kew printed voile with metallic inks is a personal favourite of mine and look so effective. Winona takes the double-width trend to another level with a stunning, digitally printed ombre effect design.
Coordinating semi-plains Mitsou and Panache complete the range. Two highly usable collections of textured plains, semi-plains and subtle repeated patterns. The glamorous Mitsou designs reflect the daring and spontaneous personality of Mistinguett, a music-hall performer of the 1920s. Panache on the other hand, with sophisticated textures and haute-couture emblems, oozes the charm and sophistication of Paris.
We will continue to add more new, exciting collections to our website throughout the year, so make sure to stay up-to-date with all the latest design trends via our ‘Latest Collections’ page!