“MYLADY” was out at the cinema yesterday. Although she likes Renée Zellweger, she much prefers Grace Kelly on DVD. The glamour of Monte Carlo is in her soul and she loves flowery prints, plaster ornaments, ivory and rosewood furniture. A waft of Coco Chanel and Jacqueline Kennedy hangs in the air. While she pours a cup of coffee, her gaze is caught briefly by the Wedgwood cup and then wanders over the scene of Vienna pictured on the damask tablecloth. But let’s leave her in peace and breathe in the rest of the atmosphere. Here we find Napoleon and the Empire. COLOURS of cool pastel shades with lots of white and gold. MATERIALS of silk, viscose, linen, fur, jacquard and lace are all around. FABRICS of plissee, ajouré, cloqué and chintz. DESIGNS of fish scale, snakeskin, crocodile and turtle. Plus, tonight my lady is meeting her “Aristocrat”.
“ARISTOCRAT” is springing out of his armchair to put on the B-Side of his 1952 recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto. Today is his day and he can devote himself to all that he holds dear. The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Gropius, the art of Sonja Delaunay and, not least, the collections of Paul Smith. The interior of his house is modelled on his favourites – refined, modern and functional and constructed from a wide variety of woods, metals and natural stone tastefully combined with concrete and glass. Heavily tinted intense COLOURS combine with iron, bronze and brass. His favourite MATERIALS are flannel, suede, corduroy, lambswool, cashmere, moleskin, velvet and leather. He’s also fond of striped and textured wallpaper, floor coverings with ornamental patterns and textured blinds with stripes or check-inspired DESIGNS . And tomorrow he’s going for a drink with the Rebel.
The “REBELL” is different. He’s cool. He’s the James Dean of today. Only today he’s not home. First, a private Man Ray viewing and then American Football. Time to look round. His style is an effortless mix of accessories from the 50’s and 60’s and the functionality of the Bauhaus style, the Ettore Sottsass Memphis Group and Le Corbusier. The COLOURS are intense and sporty with off-white, pure white and steel. Scandinavian furniture exudes solidity, functionality and purity. The INTERIOR consists of ceramics, earthenware, granite, undressed stone, plastics, parquet flooring, tongue-and-groove pine-clad walls and high-gloss blinds. MATERIALS : textured cotton and linen, synthetics, denim look, twills, gabardine, côtelé, canvas, rips and double-face. DESIGNS include stripes, checks and op-art and pop-art shirt designs of the 50’s and 60’s. As soon as he’s back, he’ll be phoning his Smart Girl.
She’s a “SMARTGIRL”, living in a smart world. Her world is colourful and her bath foam is pink. While she is caught up with Conny Froboess, Doris Day, Elvis and Pat Boone, we have time to look around her fascinating world of “funny romantic” – with Bambi, angels, shepherds and Love Story. COLOURS: pink pastels and warm tones with pure white and silver. MATERIALS : cotton, batist, fil à fil, voile, Vichy check, nylon and viscose, in woven and knitted, toile, macramé, crochet and ruffle. DESIGNS : flowers, birds, animals, poetry designs with angels and madonnas, bambis and shepherds and postcard motifs. In the INTERIOR too kitsch dominates. There are prints on the bedspreads, floor mats, bathmats, carpets, wallpaper and curtains, cushions and lamps with ruche frills. It may be hard to believe, but Smart Girl and My Lady are meeting up to go to the cinema.