From London and Milan to Paris and New York, Fashion Week has long been a precursor to trends to come. And just as influential as the ensembles are the tracks they’re featured on, with styles ranging from clean and theatrical to bizarre and otherworldly. For many designers, the settings are contextual, telling the stories behind the featured collections.
Fashion Week’s latest iterations were no exception. At Bottega Veneta, Italian design pioneer Gaetano Pesce transformed the simple bones of a warehouse space into a glorious funhouse, filling the floor with a sea of color that shot through 400 uniquely colored resin chairs. “This space is a tribute to diversity,” shares Pesce in a press release. “It’s about human beings; we’re all different.” Other sets were just as vibrant without color: at Dior, French artist Eva Jospin created a fantastic Baroque-inspired scene entirely out of cardboard. (A similar reflection took place at Prada, which presented papier-mâché-inspired clothing to her SS23 Parade In Milan.)
Fashion-interior fusions continue off the runways in showrooms, with collaborations between Totême and Svenskt Tenn as well as Orior and Christopher John Rogers debuting during Fashion Week 2023. Below, find the trends to take into account this season, because they could soon make their way into the house.
Dior creates a cardboard transport scene
In the heart of the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, Dior’s The show began with a dimly lit theatrical performance on an equally dramatic stage. It was only on closer inspection that it became apparent that the intricate ensemble was constructed entirely of cardboard, taking inspiration from the enchanting traditional Baroque gardens seen throughout Italy. It is the work of none other than French artist Eva Jospin, who became known for her architectural art through cardboard.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen cardboard used for superior design means: since 1969, Frank Gehry’s iconic gliding chair has graced many homes in the pages of AD. But the Jospin scene could mean taking the basic material to the next level; when shading, cutting, and sanding techniques are involved, we’ve seen how transformable it really is. In this era of enduring mindsets, we expect the potential of the medium to be further explored.
Gaetano Pesce infuses a sea of color at Bottega Veneta
“As a designer, I make originals, not standardized series,” says influential creative Gaetano Pesce. “If we see the same thing every day, then we die.” For Bottega Veneta, the multidisciplinary designer brought life to a sterile industrial space with originality. Show attendees sat on 400 hand-painted chairs made of cotton and hand-dipped in resin, each displaying different colors and patterns – some included letters, others a smiley face. As the models (Kate Moss among them) walked the runway in meticulously structural ensembles, they followed a vibrant resin path of lilac, blue, orange and pink.