Fashion to Interiors: A Look Inside 5 Runway Designers' Homes

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Image: Elle Decor

What you see strutting down a runway is an expression of a fashion designer’s personality and soul. Glimpsing into the interior of their home is even more enlightening. It reveals the type of environment they escape to after the fury of the fashion world. Oftentimes, their spaces are in stark contrast to their clothing. Other times, it’s a beautiful expression of the brand that they’ve masterfully created. What exactly do these spaces look like? Let’s find out.

Jill Stuart (above), the queen of minimalism, adds a bit more personality into her space. She keeps the foundation white and then layers the room with various textures and statement art pieces.

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore House
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One of my all-time favorite interior spaces, famous or not, is Nanette Lepore’s West Village Victorian townhouse. The home is imbued with a touch of old Hollywood, a touch of boho, and loads of personality.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg House
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Diane von Furstenberg’s 35,000 square ft combined commercial and residential space in New York’s meat packing district takes advantage of the beautiful Highline, which the fashion designer donated $35 million to. She calls the penthouse space a treehouse where she can go to get away.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren House
Images: Elle Decor

Ralph Lauren is the king of Americana. In describing his newly renovated 2-story apartment in New York City he said that the only way he could live in the hustle and bustle of the city is if his space was relaxed and felt like a cloud. He did this by adding more levels to create a more spacious environment.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld House
Image: Fashionologie

Karl Lagerfeld, the man behind Chanel, says that he approached the design of his stark Parisian apartment the same way he approaches fashion. “We are at the heart of a Russian doll: first the clothes, then the apartments and houses," he writes. "Even the streets and the cities are part of the evolution of our preferences and our taste." I think this particular apartment reflects his rather intimidating persona.

Does your space reflect your personality? Or is it an escape from the outside? Do you think these spaces reflect what you know of the designers?

2 Comments

  1. Most of the designers featured here seem to have paintings or prints of women’s heads. Just an observation.

  2. i want fix in the my bed room pink and purple and black love that color i wish my room. yes ture please thank you.

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.