The Future Of Classical Style
The September issue of Vogue article “WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF FASHION”, was the inspiration behind this post. 100 designers, models, photographers, activists and CEO’s were asked the question about the future of fashion. The responses indicated a necessity for change which COVID has brought to the surface. Fashion and interior design trends usually parallel each other, but the answer to the question What is the future of Classicism is much more positive than the transformations necessary in the Fashion Industry. The Fashion industry experts answers touched on many different aspects of the business of fashion; such as racial equality, an equitable fashion industry, equality for global workers in product production, importance of the products story, relevance, authenticity, individualism and creativity and also clothes which reflect the COVID shelter in place directive. The fashion industry has to rethink the story they are marketing with their fashions. Not so for classical interior design projects.
The companies which create classical products are made in the USA. They employ artisans, craftsmen carpenters, and masters in very specific trades. The future of Classicism relies on skills that have been passed down for generations. The rich historical legacy of products come with an important story reflecting the highest level of beauty achieved in interior decoration. Classicism will always be relevant as companies embrace technology to create today’s masterpieces. Classicism is authentic. One of my favorite categories is Classical Today, which demonstrates individuality in the application of classical elements in today’s interiors. Classicism offers unlimited creativity. Staying at home, entertaining at home and being at home is a joy and pleasure.
“Fashion is about reflecting society and it’s values and but it also has to make people dream. It’s a very difficult tightrope.” Jonathan Anderson, Designer, JW Anderson and Loewe. Jonathan Anderson likes ….“the idea of something incredibly fantastic, like the idea of dressing up, where it’s about craft. It’s about bombastic fashion; it’s escapism–it’s all of that in one.”
Modeamore – Classic Blazer and Trousers
Classicism is about craft, and dressing up our interiors with something fantastic. It can encompass the fantastic with swirls and flourishes of Baroque and Rococo architectural elements, and furnishings to create the style of our dreams; as well as the restrained elegance of classical rooms with symmetrical wall panels and no other art and accessories and contemporary furnishings. You can create whatever look to escape in.
Classicism offers a timeless style which will always have a place in interior design, but the very influences which are creating transformation and change in fashion are the very reasons why classical design has appeal in 2020. Classical Interiors are about the artisans, and craftspeople behind the style.
The future of classicism is strong and inevitable as a major influence on the appearance of our homes and environments. It is a timeless style which will always have a following even though the events of 2020 are changing the way we dress and live. Our homes are more important now than ever before.
“Who would have thought six months ago that we would be where we are now with COVID-19 and the social upheaval that we are experiencing? Obviously this will affect fashion dramatically. People are not going out–they need a different wardrobe than they needed when they were living a more social and public life.” Tom Ford, Designer and Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America
Carbon 38 – Mack Sybil Coat
Our homes may be even more personal than our physical expression. Our home and environments are where we nurture ourselves and our loved ones. Creating the space to be and do our unique selves. It is the place where we dream. 2020 has been a year which demands transformation.
“I am very pragmatic, but I’ve always thought that reality is a product of the imagination. It takes a lot of hard work, stamina, and stubbornness for the imagination to turn into reality–and in this moment of fearful insecurity, when the world as we knew it crumbles and the system collapses, I think it is mandatory to adjust, improve, and reshape the values of fashion, favoring substance over spectacle and product over communication.” Giorgio Armani, Designer
The value of fashion versus the value of designing your home – Classical design represents investing in architectural details and furnishings which endure the test of time.
“…there is a kind of global psychological depression taking place. This means that products need to be either highly practical and more casual, or they need to make you smile–things that are a bit quirky and could seem frivolous but have the effect of cheering up the consumer. This is not the moment for ostentation; it’s the moment for slick, easy chic–the kind of clothes that you might wear to a quiet dinner at a friend’s house. But let’s also remember that after the Spanish-flue pandemic, we had the Roaring Twenties. It is human nature to self-adorn and to want to show off and express one’s personality and mood through clothing. Fashion is a pendulum. The restraint of today will lead to the excesses of tomorrow.” Tom Ford
Petra Mack – Classic Silk Shirt
“people are going to invest in jewelry because they’re going to be seen in a way that they normally would not have been seen–especially if you’re on Zoom calls. You’re going to see a lot of women taking better care of their skin and their faces and wearing makeup a lot more. You’re going to see a lot of really beautiful jackets and tops and accessories and necklaces. There’s also going to be a lot of people entertaining at home and dressing spectacularly for that–this is their one shot to experience that feeling that they’ve longed for.” “we have a lot of clients who are saying. I’m having a dinner party, six people, and I need a new dress. And they’ll buy a beautiful lace dress–but the shoe will be lower. The shift is going to be to incredibly luxurious items that aren’t ostentatious. People have to think fun.” Ikarm Goldman, Retailer, Ikarm
Entertaining has become even more important. Creating a safe space for family and friends to get together. Investing in your home and focusing on your personal style.
Dillard’s Astra Collection
When you are on those zoom calls what is behind you?
“I believe in HANDCRAFTING–in clothes that take a lot of time and human hands. We’re trying to work as much as we can on pieces that are exceptional, that have value–clothes that you don’t throw away.” Julien Dossena, Designer, Paco Rabanne
Interiors that take a lot of time and human hands, that are exceptional, that have value and that will outlive you, that is what classical design offers.
Classical Style is all about artistry; architectural details, mouldings, ornamentation, the decorative arts, antique accents. Add it all or add classical elements.
Designed by Susan Kasler
“So what is considered “luxury”–which is to me a stupid word–is probably, today, going to be reevaluated. What was a luxury item–may be today we can call it a “quality” item and maybe we can ask why it costs so much and how many people had to work to make it what it is.” Silvia Fendi, Designer
Luxury is the epitome of classical style. It is the choice for today’s finest homes. It represents the highest form of artistry in materials, and applications.
One of her trademarks is etched glass.
Master Bedroom Doors to Hall and fabulous dome. Love the leaded glass windows.
Living Room – JP Weaver Mouldings
Elegant use of ornamentation.
“I think there will be a huge resurgence of (emerging) brands. My vision for them is that they will all come together and find ways to share factories and suppliers. The consumer will look for the stories behind the brands and the dresses, and they will want to reward those artisanal aspects, as well as the brand that is able to talk about small production done a certain way, and why it’s special. Ultimately, I think independent brands will survive much better than the big brands.” Livia Firth, Cofounder, Eco-Age
Classical today is available because of independent brands. It is an enduring style and companies such as Decorators Supply and JP Weaver have survived modernism, war and the Great Depression and continue to redefine themselves.
Linda Floyd Designer – JP Weaver Mouldings
Beautiful chandelier and love the etched glass shower doors.
“what we do as a (fashion) industry is create beauty and magic. We tell a story that people want to be a part of–and now we’re telling that story again and again, but it doesn’t sound fantastic anymore. It sounds like a broken record. We’re pushing things on them that they don’t necessarily need. Our women want more quality, less quantity–they would much rather invest in an important piece that they know they can wear.”…But they still want to feel comfortable –and look beautiful.” Ikram Goldman, Retailer, Ikram
“We never wanted to make clothes that are trend-driven. The reason I went into fashion was those Victorian nightgown that were handmade–those things that had taken so much care and love that you would never give them away. I want to carry on making things that are precious. If you have a really strong signature, people will always want that.
“Pre-COVID-19, we were purchasing 60 percent more items of clothing than 20 years ago–and keeping each garment for half as long. The industry has been singularly focused on hypergrowth and overconsumption for far to long, and the constant seasons and cycles (and the ability to buy instantly and constantly) have all come at a very steep cost to people–particularly the women who make our clothes–and our planet
“To truly embrace ethics and sustainability, luxury and mainstream labels alike must center their business on equity and justice; set targets; and transparently report on their climate, water, and waste impaes while investing in the livehoods and communities of garment workers and arisans who are the backbone of our industry. Design decisions–on everything from fabrics and colors to the construction of the garments–have domino implications on waste, water, carbon, and human rights.
“Mindful consumerism requires buying less, buying quality, and making purchases from companies that treat workers fairly and pay living wages. For fast-fashion brands survival will mean ripping off that “cheap” label, which represents the exploitation of people and our natural resources–because as the mindful-consumerist movement advances, fast fashion won’t be forced to slow down; it will be forced to stop.” Ayesha Barenblat, Founder and CEO, Remake
White River Hardwoods Has been creating beautiful classical interiors for over 30 years.
Pearlworks is the only manufacturer of Hybrid Architectural Molding in the market today. Their innovative process combines hardwood and resin castings together creating a unique molding with twice the detail at HALF THE PRICE of machine wood carvings. All their hardwood moldings are made using this hybrid manufacturing process.
Authenticity, Artisanal Products – Trend away from cookie cutter construction, mass produced wall decor and furnishings.
Chicago Luxury Furniture Center – Clive Christian Showroom with Louis XIV decorative grille in their Classical Apartment Show House.
Victorian Decorative trim for Recessed Lighting
Arts and Crafts Decorative Vent Cover