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Maison has hot colors

Lavish embellishments. Hot colors stepped down from the year earlier citrus brights. Along with novelties, taffetas and tie dyes in fabrics, these were the major home textiles statements at the September edition of Maison & Objet here.

Whether used for decorative pillows, bedding, throws, wall hangings and even window coverings, the lavishness of embellishments was outstanding, with gold threads, pearls, beading, detailed appliques and embroideries among the design statements.

What enhanced the embellishments was the even greater richness of the base fabrics with hand dyed silk velvets and taffetas among the favorites.

Color energy continued to be an important story for this directional home furnishings show, and this edition saw designers embracing hot pink — also known as Schiaparelli pink — as a major fashion direction. Throughout the show it was used alone, or mixed with bright apple greens, orange and red.

The entire purple family was omnipresent with an aubergine that closely resembles black. Red continued to be strong with magenta appearing as the direction for this color family.

Blues, especially in the azure and aqua shadings, were seen most often used with browns as well as softened but still bright oranges.

Taffeta became a design favorite for home textiles, especially in window coverings, but also in bedding and decorative pillows. Novelty versions of taffetas with puckers, treated finishes that changed color with the light and overstitching offered interesting departures from the basic jacquards and plains. Tie dyes, no longer a retro look, emerged with a new sophistication in design and applications.

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