16 AUG 2012

Mashup: David Hicks & Mary Kantrantzou

This week we are enamoured with the explosive patterned interiors of 1960s-1980s British designer, David Hicks and the brash outfits from young London based designer, Mary Kantrantzou.

At the height of his career in the 1960s and 70s, David Hicks was known as an eccentric interior designer, with a fiery temper, who was devoted to outlandish colour parings and beyond-bold patterns. Whether he was designing his own coffin, his mother's house or the apartment for the Prince of Wales, Hicks never shied from this firmly established aesthetic and his persistence after perfection. The legacy which Hicks has left Britain (and the world of design, in general) is passion for colour and courageous prints. After a handful of decades and a recent trend towards simple-chic, the world of fashion and interior design is seeing the resurgence of outrageous, maxamalist prints. British designer Mary Kantrantzou is playing the 'David Hicks Card'; taking the fashion world by the horns. She creates whimsical, bold prints which, ironically, celebrate the mundane and the ordinary. Amongst the silks and chiffons of her Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection are images of colourful flowerbeds, bathtubs, typewriters and bathtubs. Colour has taken to the high street, confirming the success of the Mary Kantrantzou brand. Her ready-to-wear collection through Topshop sold like 'that'! And colour on the street, means more colour in the home or office. Kantrantzou and Hicks give us permission to wear chartreuse and magenta and to look beyond beige for our interiors. In light of this stunning wealth of creativity and colour, let us take up our pallets, brushes and swatches again. Add a bold print to your throw pillows, choose an ultramarine statement chair, invest in a graphic rug, embrace clashing colours, "love what you love without hesitation" and most of all, celebrate life in all of its' everydayness.

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