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Five 2016 Fashion Trends to Bring Home

New York Fashion Week kicks off today (Feb. 10-Feb. 18), officially putting us in a fashion state of mind. The spectacle of runway shows taking place at Skylight Clarkson Sq and Skylight at Moynihan Station always leaves us freshly inspired, and in a spirit of wonder. Which designer will be this year’s darling? Which wearables are going to be the next big trend? And for us, especially since we’re immersed in the world of luxury real estate, which fashion trends will cross over into the world of home decor? After all, fashion and interior design have been closely linked for decades.

Phillip Thomas_Michelle Williams_3Just ask New York City-based designer Phillip Thomas, who counts 15 Central Park West, River House and One Madison among his completed projects and has worked with clients across the U.S., from Boston to Newport, R.I. to Southampton.

“There is an undeniable link between the worlds of interior design and fashion,” says Thomas. “Each pushes the other in new directions by the use of colors, patterns, and texture. You often see fashion designers crossing the line into interior design by the creation of homes collections including furniture and fabrics.”

Which 2016 fashion trends is he most looking forward to incorporating into his client’s interiors? We asked him for his top five inspirations this year, and found five rooms in residences marketed by the Coldwell Banker Previews International® program that are already way ahead of the style curve.  

1. Feminine Romanticism

“The runways were packed with floral, bohemian and ethnic patterns and textures evoking a sense of relaxed informality,” says Thomas. “I see this trend manifesting itself in interior design from beautiful florals at Cowtan and Tout to the premiere of the Albert Hadley Collection at Lee Jofa.”

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3400 North Lake Shore Drive | $4,495,000 USD

The living room of this remodeled North Lake Shore Drive residence in Chicago may not reflect the floral femininity that inspired Thomas — at least not in a literal sense. However, the mix of patterns in the textiles reflects a spirit of spontaneity and comfort in a formal space that was meant for “gracious entertaining,” says listing agent Jennifer Ames of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago.

2. Sparkle

“Quite apparent on the runways was the use of sparkle,” says Thomas. “By sparkle, it was not just the use of metallics, like golds and silvers, but also the use of shimmer and reflectivity. In interior design, this trend is apparent in fabrics, embroideries and trims that incorporate sequins, such as new collections from Ardecora, Nobilis and Samuel and Sons, carpets with lurex accents from Stark and Edward Fields, to wallcoverings and specialty plaster finishes with metallic elements or contrasting sheens.”

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2711 S Ocean Drive | $15,000,000 USD

There’s something positively dazzling about the silvery, sparkly living areas of this high-octane two-story oceanfront penthouse residence in South Florida, represented by Jonathan Postma of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Boca Raton. It probably has something to do with the Lamborghini custom furniture, shiny surfaces, reflective wallpaper and gorgeous Swarovski crystal lighting.

3. Tie Dye

Notes Thomas: “The runways also saw the resurgence of tie dye which is often indicative of the relaxed appeal of the summer wardrobe and an offshoot of the street art influence seen in 2015 collections. Tie dye has made it in to fabrics and wallcoverings from designers both in the United States, such as Kravet, to European houses, such as Pierre Frey and Eskayel. Gauzy linens with tie die motifs, for example, invigorate existing summer spaces breathing new energy.”


750 35th Street | $3,999,000 USD

Talk about breezy summer energy: the state-of-the-art kitchen of this 5-bedroom Cape Cod style home in Manhattan Beach gives off that summery vibe with vaulted ceilings, Provenza wide plank hardwood, Carrera marble and Jeldwyn windows — which are covered in a bright New England stripes-meets-tie dye-inspired way.

4. Futurism / Silver

“Silvers and shades of grey have been in demand by interior designers and their clients for many seasons,” Thomas points out. “The fashion runways continued this love for grey by featuring textured metallics, such as mirrors and lame, in their fashions. This story has been interpreted in interiors through the use of materials such as glass and mirror which have had a renaissance based on production innovations that have allowed for the creation of new and dynamic materials. Galaxy Glass Silk Mirror for example provides the glow, depth and glamour of mirror without necessarily the literal and distracting reflections of plain mirror.”

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31636 Sea Level Dr | $11,995,000 USD

Futurism is hard at work in this remodeled three-story contemporary beachfront home by world-renowned architect Richard Landry. Pure white Nano Glass slabs and a plaster wall finish were used to create crisp lines and precise detailing, giving this open floor plan home a light, airy feeling and providing a clean backdrop for special mood lighting.

5. Stripes

As Thomas remarks: “While they are always present on the runways of fashion houses, stripes came back to the forefront on the runways this season alternating and mixing vertical to horizontal stripes. Although quite simple in concept, stripes can often be a challenge, as colors or proportions can impact the end result.  Interior designers are using stripes interpreting them new and bold manners. Striped wallpapers are used and cut in asymmetric manners to create fractured wall surfaces with depth and movement.”


6201 Swan Creek Road | $5,995,000 USD

In this living room of a sprawling 177+ acre estate overlooking picturesque Chesapeake Bay, stripes and plaids are the tried, the true and blue in pure boathouse-inspired glory.

Which fashion trends are you most excited to bring into your home this year?

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