Hot off the catwalk and the red carpet come the hottest looks for spring.
Fashion shouts out London’s visual vocabulary — on the Tube and buses, along the street and in shop windows. And these themes for furnishings last beyond a single season.
The vibrant stripes and zigzags of Mary Katrantzou's latest collection (right) are already influencing interiors fabrics
1. Stripes and zigzags
Fashion: this is the look of the season, so easy to achieve with a T-shirt from almost anywhere.
Décor: stripes can be effortlessly elegant, or scream across a room. They can add an illusion of height — or make them horizontal for a widening effect. Zigzags found in tapestries are a new, sharp-angled update on straight lines and look wonderful as drapes.
We love: the sexy new linen portfolio of New York designer Jonathan Adler for Kravet (020 7795 0110; kravet.com), shown here with curtains in Limitless in Marine, £59 a metre, and chairs in Wabash in Aquamarine, £49 a metre.
Fashion: you can’t get madder than this spring’s pattern cacophonies. Mary Katrantzou sets a look from Kensington to Shoreditch, thanks to Topshop, Zara and the rest.
Décor: graphics are bold and shouty, with giant blousy florals, illustration, baroque architecture and even Penguin book covers (at Osborne & Little) to mix with updated animal prints, re-worked tweed and herringbone, plus silk.
We love: the Grand Paisley fabrics of Jim Thompson at Fox Linton (seen here on curtains, £78 a metre). Visit jimthompsonfabrics.com.
3. All the trimmings
Fashion: lace, sequins, beads, embroidery, appliqué — the big labels are piling it all on, notably Alexander McQueen.
Décor: beats fashion hands down on curtains and chairs with thick and lavish embellishment.
We love: trimmings by New York design diva Lori Weitzner. Fringing, braids, rosettes and tie-backs (from £225) are in natural cream and greige in wool, linen and abaca (banana fibre). Visit samuelandsons.com.
4. Neo neon
Fashion: do look now at fluoro pink and lime delivered as a single shot by the likes of Henry Holland.
Décor: jolt a neutral room with a shot of hot pink, the perfect pairing for greys and a pick-me-up for white and cream. You can do this with a wall of paint through Designers Guild or Dulux’s ombré effects (dulux.co.uk).
We love: Manuel Canovas’s 2013 collection, inspired by the exotic, such as this Voyage en Chine material at £75 a metre (020 8874 6484; manuelcanovas.com).
5. Queen of sheen
Fashion: Burberry is the biz, with bags in metallic, snake and leather and a super-shiny trench in many hues.
Décor: for rooms the look is more subtle, in silver mist and old gold on damask, velvet, sheers and patinated walls. Think precious metals not bling. Accessories take up the theme with a chrome table lamp, a huge pewter dish, or even a small bronze sculpture to romance the light.
We love: Quartz by Zoffany with its lustrous and iridescent wall coverings — Lustre Tile, pictured, is £78 a roll.