Springs Swings Surreal on Court of Versailles
Jennifer Marks -- Home Textiles Today, September 14, 2008
Springs Global is taking a "surreal" slant with its luxury Court of Versailles collection this market.
"We're tapping into trends of the ethereal — white on white, a little ghostly," said Edward Cardimona, chief global creative director. "This market, Court of Versailles will be very much a casual, relaxed luxury."
The Court of Versailles bedding collection includes top of bed ensembles, duvets, quilts, sheets, decorative pillows and other coordinating accessories. Featured most prominently in the collection is the legacy of Marie-Antoinette, one of the great trendsetters of her time.
"Marie-Antoinette commissioned architects, interior designers and superior artists and craftsmen to add to the splendor of Versailles," said Hermine Mariaux, director of the Court of Versailles licensing program for the Versailles Foundation. "However, also a risk taker with a mind of her own, she preferred to entertain more informally in her apartments, at her private residence or at the Hamlet, her modest country house with rambling gardens where she could escape the formality and responsibilities as Queen of France. Her attitudes are well reflected in this new collection."
The Wild Rose bed was inspired by Marine-Antoinette's more informal life in her country house. Wild Rose features embroidered rambling roses scattered across an understated linen/cotton duvet and coordinating pillow shams. The pattern is offered in soft shades of coral and petal pink played against an eggshell background. Ribbons and bows frame the ensemble of blossoms and butterflies, which is accented with decorative pillows using three-dimensional silk roses and petals captured behind organza.
The Dubarry quilt, a staple coordinate in Court of Versailles, is offered in a new color, Ash Rose, to coordinate with the ensemble.
The Plume bed celebrates the ostrich feather, which is seen today in dramatic couture collections and in Antoinette's time was used in exuberant hats and hair styles. For this pattern, plumes are embroidered onto a silk charmeuse quilt. Shimmering accent threads add drama. Plume is offered in cloud white and mineral.
Plume decorative pillows are unique, featuring the script from the marriage license uniting Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI.
Chemise de Nuit — "night dress" in French — is a feminine ensemble drawing on the fashion of generous use of lace and nude colorations. The ensemble includes a bed scarf that pairs lace with hammered silk to create a delicate overlay to the bed. Petite embroidered medallions are appliquéd in random order on the hammered silk.
Partnering with the Chemise de Nuit is a down-filled cotton sateen comforter in coordinating colors. Additional down-filled pillows are offered with chemise embellished covers. The ensemble will be shown in sunlight yellow, lily, nude and pale blue.
Ondine, a type of chrysanthemum that was propagated in the Versailles Gardens, is featured in a washed water color warp print effect on shimmery silk, a technique once used on classic French silks. A special soft blue — Marie-Antoinette's favorite color — has been added to the Dubarry quilt to coordinate with the new pattern.
Cherie is a modern toile featuring an exuberant bouquet of flowers with a petite cupid peeking out from the cameo motif. The flowers are illustrated with fresh line work and brushstrokes printed on a textured cotton fabric. The color combination of true blue with cream is both traditional and typically French. A small-scaled plaid serves as an informal accent. Outline quilting accentuates the top-of-bed companion, shown in reverse colorway to contrast the sheet ensemble.
Collier is named for the notorious diamond necklace that is said to have cost Marie-Antoinette her head. This design uses densely sewn sequins in patina shades of metallic on a creamy woven cotton. The sequined design is a modern take on a classic damask and runs down the center of the bed for a dramatic effect. Unadorned cotton side panels serve as an accent. European shams and decorative pillows are made of a natural linen and cotton combination and are richly bejeweled and bedecked.
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