From Street Style to Interior Style: Decorating with Fashion in Mind

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Catwalks and fashion magazines often serve as sources of inspiration, but I find street-style even more intriguing. This is where the best designer labels, vintage finds, discounter duds, and more combine to make personal statements. Street style can also be a proving ground for interior design concepts offering a glimpse of elements working together on a smaller scale. An outfit recently worn by style icon Lily Kwong provides a successful examples. Here are three ways her fashion choices can be applied to your next interior design project:

1. Use a high-chroma color tempered by neutrals

Lily Kwong at New York Fashion Week

Lily’s Reed Krakoff dress is a highly-saturated, eye-catching, and truly-blue blue! While many would be skeptical to incorporate such a bright color inside their home, designer Kelly Wearstler makes it work in this master bedroom. As seen in Lily’s outfit, Kelly lets blue be the undeniable star of her color story. She then uses a range of neutrals, from creams to grays to black, to support that story and temper what could be an otherwise overpowering hue.

Designer Kelly Werstler

2. Add leather for impact

Equally eye-catching is Lily’s leather jacket by Helmut Lang. As in fashion, the incorporation of leather can take a room to another place and, when used in a large-scale application like this upholstered bed, the results can be striking.

Kelly Wearstler Design

3. Juxtapose height, style, and texture

What makes Lily’s ensemble especially fun is her mix of styles, e.g., a floor-length dress with a biker-esque jacket. Her Reed Krakoff shoulder bag also combines varying textures, including leather, shearling, and metallic accents. Kelly uses the same juxtaposition in her bedroom design with furniture and accessories.

Lily Kwong street style with Kelly Wearstler's interior design

The height of stacked cabinetry creates drama equal to the length of Lily’s dress. You can also see the similarity in palettes.

Kelly Wearstler Design

Organic raw canvas juxtaposed with a sleek cabinet, vase, and metallic object.

So, the next time you’re in need of inspiration, try turning to the super stylish for design ideas. If it works in an outfit, the same elements will probably work in your home too!

What do you think of Lily’s high-chroma, textural mix?

Image Sources: Photo 1: (Left) Kelly Wearstler (Right) Lily Kwong by Vogue UK, Photo 2: Lily Kwong by Vogue UK, Photo 3: Kelly Wearstler, Photo 4: Kelly Werstler, Photo 5: (Left) Kelly Werster (Right) Lily Kwong by Vogue US, Photo 6: Kelly Werstler.


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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.