TREND SPOTLIGHT: MAXIMALISM

If ‘over-the-top’ sums up your style, 2019 is your year!

One of this year’s top trends is maximalism (aka the opposite of minimalism). Maximalism is an explosion of textures, fabrics, colors, time periods and styles. Basically, an amalgamation of excess and emotion! Check out these Instagram accounts to acquaint yourself with the decadent design trend: Matthew Williamson, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design, Marcie Kobernus, Michelle Nussbaumer and Cabana Magazine.

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I’ve worked with clients who purposely want to downsize and prefer minimalistic design to simplify their lives, but more often than not, we celebrate maximalism (sorry, Marie Kondo)!  In a way, our closets are inherently based on maximalism because we are housing so many diverse items in one space. But, if you want to add an extra dose of decadence to your closet, here are a few ways to incorporate maximalism into your dressing room:

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Add artwork -- Artwork is a key element in maximalism and it’s a great opportunity to experiment with the trend. Gallery walls are one of the most popular ways to incorporate maximalism art, but you can also opt for a large bold piece like this Moglea print or elaborate frame like this baroque-inspired one to accompany a painting.

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

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Layer...a lot -- More is more with maximalism and what better way to achieve that than by mixing patterns, colors and textures? Rather than sticking to a specific color scheme or focusing on a single pattern, overlap them to create eclectic charm. Try layering two or three printed rugs, mix and match seating options or create unexpected color stories. While it’s important to keep scale and orgainzation in mind, the general rule is to keep adding and adding!

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Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Transcend time -- Nothing says maximalism like mixing pieces from various time periods. A little Victorian here, some Art Deco there, sprinkled with some modern elements. By bridging vintage with contemporary you create a unique design story that is personal and unique. 1stdibs is a great place to score rare antiques and artifacts, as are flea markets.

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Work in wallpaper -- Wallpapering a space is an easy and affordable way to create a bit of drama. If your aesthetic leans romantic, try the Ellie Cashman’s oversized floral print that’s trending right now. Prefer something more whimsical? Opt for a palm leaf print, similar to what I incorporated into Whitney Port’s closet.  Feeling bold? Black Crow Studios’ “Dystopian Opulence” collection is a collision of color, nature and texture that is sure to make a style statement!

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TREND SPOTLIGHT: OMBRE

Fashion’s biggest night took NYC by storm this week as the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated its annual Vogue soirée, the Costume Institute Met Gala. This year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” celebrated Susan Sontag's 1964 essay that defines camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."  Designers decked out celebrities, athletes and tastemakers in bold, eclectic, over-the-top fashions that were some of the most daring the decades-long event has ever seen.

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The pink carpet (a thematic shift from the traditionally red entry), served as a runway for feathered frocks, colorful confections and playful props that made the iconic star-studded stairs feel more like a Broadway stage than an art and fashion festivity. The internet is still abuzz about Lady Gaga’s multi-look strip down courtesy of Brandon Maxwell, Cardi B’s head-to-toe ruby red Thom Browne ensemble and Katy Perry’s Jeremy Scott getup -- chandelier and all.

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Whimsical looks aside, the Met Gala saw plenty of glamorous couture showstoppers. One of my favorite trends of the nights was ombré. Twins Victoria and Cristina Iglesias donned ethereal ombré watercolor feathered Oscar de la Renta dresses while Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also on the “birds of a feather flock together” train with their feathered ombré Versace gowns in purple and orange, respectively. Priyanka Chopra’s Dior dress boasted a rainbow skirt and cape adorned with handmade tulle ombré “feathers.” Guys embraced the ombré trend, too, as exemplified by Henry Golding who rocked a purple and blue metallic ombré Versace suit.

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Ombré isn’t just reserved for fashion’s biggest night. All these over-the-top ombré looks have me thinking about ways to bring the creative use of color into the home! The trend is trickling into today’s home decor, and one of my current favorite ombré projects is Adam Hunter X Studioart collaboration, which recently released an ombré leather wall covering collection that celebrates a love for color and how it is arranged.

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Here are a few other eye-catching ombré pieces that can help you take a tasteful dose of the trend home with you!:


CUSTOM CREATIONS

Customization is a critical part of my job as a closet designer. Each new space I create is personalized to a client’s specific needs and way of living -- from the materials used for the framework down to the knobs on drawers -- meaning I never recreate the same closet twice. From Khloé Kardashian’s custom fitness closet to Brad Goreski’s bespoke dressing room to Olivia Culpo’s one-of-a-kind closet, they’ve each been tailored to their individual tastes and lifestyle.

As someone who truly appreciates the beauty of customization, I’m excited a few of my favorite footwear brands have limited time bespoke offerings available right now. Talk about personalization at your fingertips (err, toes!).


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Amanu -- Founded by stylist Anita Patrickson, this minimalist, timeless custom sandal brand offers 10 core silhouettes, 2 leather sole options, and 5 strap materials. Whether you want a pair of snakeskin slides or suede strappy sandals, the possibilities are endless. Talk about designing your dream sandal! While the brand has a boutique in West Hollywood, they currently have a pop-up in Palisades Village until May 12.

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Dior -- A newly launched personalization program from the house of Dior, ABCDior, allows clients to customize their Walk’n’Dior sneakers. Outfitted in the classic Dior Oblique canvas print in the brand’s signature burgundy or blue, you can embroider up to three letters of your choice on each shoe, which is then hand-riveted directly onto the shoe. J’adore!

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Fendi -- For a limited time, Fendi’s Colibri shoe can be made-to-order! The new#MyFendiColibri program allows you to fulfill your Fendi footwear fantasies by customizing the iconic shoe.  Choose from seven front toe options, three ribbon options, and two heel heights in four different finishes. For an extra bespoke touch, add up to three initials on the ribbon to create your own couture Cinderella slipper. The service will be available in LA at the Rodeo Drive boutique May 3 – 6 and online April 15 – May 26.

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NEW FAVORITE THINGS FOR SPRING


With consecutive sunny days surpassing 80 degrees, I think it’s time to start getting my Spring wardrobe in order. The warm weather is ushering in a slew of new eclectic and exciting styles -- from retro tie-dye and nouveau neon to natural fibers and monochromatic neutrals. I’m looking forward to finding fresh ways to incorporate these into my rotation. Here are a few ideas about how I might integrate them, and others for work, play and travel.



Work

I love shorts and I love blazers, so, naturally, I’m thrilled that short suits are a spring trend. This look works well in a place like LA where I want to look polished for business meetings, but not overheat! I could see myself living in this playful-meets-professional Veronica Beard gingham blazer and shorts combo, paired with Gianvito Rossi neon strappy heels, Givenchy bucket bag and this season’s must-have hair accessory, a pearl clip.  

Play

Neutrals are a constant in my closet, but I’m always up for a seasonal refresh, especially given skin tones are “in” this spring. While there are countless ways to update the wardrobe with nude, blush and cream hues, this feminine and slightly edgy Nanushka croc-effect midi dress could work wonderfully for weekend shopping or cocktails with friends. I’m imagining it dressed up with this chic embroidered Fendi shoulder bag, versatile Mansur Gavriel mules and feminine Jennifer Behr headband, and dressed down with this artful Rejina Pyo tote and comfy Chloe snakeskin sneakers.

Travel

Tie dye isn’t normally a go-to print for me, but the pervasive trend has me thinking of ways to incorporate it into my spring style. I can picture this resort-ready Rhode frock anywhere from the beaches of Honolulu to al fresco dining in Palm Springs. And what pairs more perfectly with a punchy print than natural fiber accessories like wicker bags, straw hats and raffia shoes? Other vacay-worthy wardrobe essentials include this pretty Marysia printed scalloped one-piece, these sleek Row leather sandals and these whimsical Cult Gia acrylic hoops.

ECLECTIC ELEGANCE

Natural, organic feeling materials are dominating the decor world right now. From rattan to jute to wicker, rustic woven fibers are popping up everywhere. While the use of these materials might have formerly come across as retro beach house, today the fad modernizes luxe boho in the best possible way. Economical and easy to incorporate into your home -- from small accents like trays and baskets to large eye-catching furniture like benches and chandeliers -- natural fibers are an approachable way to have fun with decor this spring!  Here are a few ways to bring the trend into your home for Spring and Summer.

Statement Seating -- Whether a stool for your closet, bench for your entryway or chair for your living room, weaving a rattan, jute or wicker statement seat into your space adds an exciting eclectic element!


Simple Storage -- Woven baskets for blankets, pillows or magazines have long been a storage staple; now, there are so many other natural fiber storage pieces -- from cabinets to bars to vintage vanities (!!). So, don’t be afraid to step outside your storage comfort zone.

Add Accents -- Not ready to go full boho? Dip a toe in with a texturized, minimal accessory like a rattan mirror above your dresser, jute rug in your kitchen or rope picture frame on your closet island.