There’s an unexpected symmetry this season between what we’re hanging in our closet and draping from our windows, as designers such as Etro, Dries Van Noten and Marni reimagined curtain-like fabrics into opulent pieces fit for a style queen. Fashion and soft furnishings have collided. Brocades, damasks, embellished and beautifully threaded silks in rich jewel shades set a sumptuous tone for the season, while contemporary shapes and sharp silhouettes keep the look modern rather than medieval. How to tackle the trend? Take one upholstery-style piece and pair it with sombre neutrals, and choose a piece with a neat fit – rich, textured brocades can easily overwhelm, especially if you have a small frame. A miniature-print paisley is also a good option for petities. On the high-street, Oasis, River Island and Sandro have bought into this trend beautifully. If you’re looking for a designer piece that offers a more subtle take on the trend, take a look at the Rochas metallic midi skirt (available at net-a-porter.com) or Niamh O’Neill’s exquisite gold brocade coat (available at Arnotts). Scroll on to view five of the best A/W15 upholstery-style items worth investing in.
Medallion-print top, €39 (on sale now) at Whistles
Paisley jacquard dress, €81 at Oasis
Brocade jacket, €89.95 at Zara
Stretch alpaca coat, €2,590 at Marni
Lotus dress, Caroline Kilkenny, €265 at Arnotts
Holding image by Etro
For more new-season fashion inspiration, pick up the November issue of IMAGE Magazine, out now.