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A Universal Language

Monday, March 25th 2013 by

Coco Chanel once famously mused, “fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

It is all around us and thanks in part to the rise in affordable travel in the 1920s and the globalisation of technology, inspiration is no longer reserved to the fashion powerhouses in Milan and New York. People are bringing their unique backgrounds and experiences with them and the effect has had a profound impact on the fashion world.

That’s the thing about fashion. It has an exceptional ability to transcend cultural barriers. It is a universal language. Someone who has never spoken a word of Italian can pick up a copy of Vogue Italia and still be inspired by its contents.

A beautiful example is Dolce & Gabbana’s La Dolce Vita campaign. Inspired by the hot Italian summer, the collection features splashes of bold colour with undertones of romance with hints of lace and floral. The scene conjures visions of blissful days spent swanning around the Amalfi Coast and yet could be appreciated anywhere around the world.

DolceAndGabbana

The ‘culturalisation’ of fashion has also had a flow on effect into the world of interior design.

Our latest collection, Maritime, celebrates colour, spontaneity and life. This free-spirited collection showcases six stunning designs inspired by the textural patterns of kilims in Central Asia, eclectic objects of the Middle East and the boldness of contemporary culture.

A touch of the old world with a modern emphasis, the Maritime collection allows you to create a unique story in your home or office by mixing and matching these inspirational pieces. Through textured weaves and detailed prints, rediscover your origins.

Maritime

Ultimately, fashion is an escape. A wonderful, awe-inspiring, personal escape. And when it comes to design and home styling, the world is your oyster.

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