Spring is here and many trends have been spotted in recent fashion shows. As the cold weather is ending, and flowers blossoming, many trends represent the beauty of spring.
In Shanghai, designers manipulate fabric to create texture, volume and completely transform them. Similarly, texture is shown in fabrics in Tokyo, where 3D fabric flowers are placed on garments. There are a variety of flower placements, such as oversized repeats, decorative application, varied scales and scattered. This trend has also been seen on the runways shows on Rebecca Taylor and Michael Kors. Florals have also been detected in embroideries on sheer fabrics to resemble delightful gardens.
Another trend that has been spotted in many runway shows is nude colors, which have been inspired by the light hues of makeup palettes. These colors are soft and sophisticated and are perfect for spring for sheer and silky satin clothing. Some designers to use cosmetic nudes are Sharon Wauchob, Haider Ackermann and Vionnet. Sheer fabric is also used by itself in many runway shows as well as with embellishments to create movement on a barely there fluid surface. The sheer fabric trend uses light silks and layering with chiffon to help achieve a feminine look. Sheer fabrics are also combined with knit fabrics, such as ultra fine silk, mohair and viscose blends to create a pattern suitable for the spring weather.
Floral designs, either done in fabric manipulation or actual application of 3D flowers are used frequently to resemble spring’s blooming flowers. Fabrics for spring 2015 are also breathable materials. Even knits that are used are thin and combined with sheer pieces. These trends for spring 2015 are light and feminine; perfect for the spring weather.
So, tell us a little about yourself…
My background in the home furnishings market started in 1990 when I was hired to launch a home textile/bed linen collection called “Nancy Koltes”. I had been working in fashion for ten years and wanted a change. After a four-five year successful career with Nancy, I moved on to launch an Italian Collection from Milan called “Bellora”. I set up the US showroom, designed a collection for the US market and sold it. We had great success with the collections. In 2000 I started my own company importing bed linens and designing bed linens for US Wholesalers and department stores manufactured in Italy. At the same time I was working for Italian textile mills as an agent to the US market and designing prints and yard dyed fabrics for companies such as Ralph Lauren, Peacock Alley, and others. In 1992 I was asked by a friend to design custom wall covering fabrics for an apartment on Park Avenue. Although I was not an interior designer the client insisted on hiring me as their designer. The job was a success and I learned quite a bit.
Inspired by the work I had done on Park Avenue, I attended evening classes at FIT to study design and learn how to draw plans, create 3-D Renderings and the like. I applied for my General Contracting License and started managing construction as well as designing. I have used the skills to complete 20 plus interior design projects, design and build (draw full plans for) two house one in Fairfield, CT and one currently being built in the Catskills, as well as several construction projects. I have maintained my relations with my Italian vendors and continue to work importing bed linens from Italy.
My focus is high end residential interiors, my web site (under construction-with a loop of photos) features some of my projects and will be updated soon. quinnfinehome.com I have traveled extensively over my career working with Italy, France, China and India. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with my new students.
Was there a project or accomplishment that you consider to be significant in your career?
I just finished a huge apartment, gut renovation off of 5th Avenue, 17 Rooms which was a huge challenge, that was completed over the past two years (February of 2013 until February 2015). I designed the layout, and working with the architect pulled all of the mechanicals and rooms together, I oversaw construction, selected every hinge, doorknob screw, toilet, faucet, wallpaper, fabric paint color, tile, stone, light, bed, curtain rod, floor covering, molding and designed all of the millwork including the kitchen and built in units, dressing rooms, closets in every room. Magnificent broad project with a large budget.
What’s exciting right now in the Home Fashion market?
Right now in home furnishings there are all kinds of different options for finishes. Technological advances in wallpaper finishes, wood flooring options, stone, tile, paint types and finishes. Porcelain tiles that look like wood, wonderful eco-friendly options that are beautiful and affordable. Textiles always excite me but all of the new materials for construction and finishes are fantastic.
What will the students learn from your class?
The most important thing I believe is to have a plan of what is going into a project or how to add to an existing space and be sure to end up with a cohesive look. I will give out a floor plan with furniture drawn into it and work with the students to build schedules for paint colors, textile selections, lighting, floor coverings and stone and tile products that coordinate in color and finish to create a cohesive space.
The students will learn the process of making selections, pairing and keeping track of the selections. I will supply references for them to research on their own and in class to do some small research and then prepare a floor plan with a color coordinated cohesive schedule.
I will give them a short list of sources that I use, the knowledge of pairing products, textures and color so that they walk away with real information about how to get it done.
We would like to congratulate Instructor Antar Hall on his winning 3D ornament!
Congratulations Antar!! What was your initial reaction when you found out? I was incredibly excited and had to share the news with my parents right away.
Has winning this award changed anything for you?
It’s garnered a lot of attention for me and my use of 3D modeling software and 3D printing from people I know and many I don’t, both in the U.S. and globally. A lot of this is thanks to being on LinkedIn allowing the news of my ornament to reach people I typically would not have access to or communicate with if I were not on LinkedIn.
What was it like to be in the White House during the Holidays?
Going in the White House was amazing. The architecture and decorations were stunning. Inside there were 26 lavishly decorated Christmas trees, lights galore and both high tech and traditional Christmas decorations throughout the many halls and rooms. My ornament was on a tree inside the State Dining Room, next to a richly painted portrait of President Lincoln hung above a fireplace mantle. To finally see my ornament in front of me was such an incredible and somewhat surreal moment. I stood there gazing for awhile and speaking with my mom about it and after taking a few pictures and smiling more with my mom we went on to the remainder of our tour. Among the decorations, we saw many masterfully painted portraits of past Presidents and First Ladies and even saw musical performances by a classical quartet and jazz ensemble. When we came to the end of our tour, exiting the White House was just as magical as entering it and knowing how historical a place you were just in made for an over the top experience gifting memories to cherish and last a lifetime.
If you are able, will you enter the contest again next year?
Yes, no harm in trying my luck twice!
You are an Alumni and Instructor here at FIT, is there anything you’d like to share with our readers? Words of wisdom?
Anything is possible to achieve with a combination of hard work, strong belief in your abilities and determination to overcome obstacles to reach your goals. Family, good friends and mentors are invaluable and some good fortune along the way doesn’t hurt. Lastly, I’ve found helping others to achieve their goals can create a win-win situation for all.
Thank you for sharing your photos and once in a lifetime experience with us and we will see you soon for your next class!