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8 looks from Australian Fashion Week 2022 that will turn into interior design trends

This week, the style set celebrated Australian Fashion Week here in Sydney, and we couldn't help but notice a few fresh runway looks that translate beautifully into interior design. From standout texture and a new take on tropical prints to the nostalgic colour of the moment—do try these trends at home!

a runway model wearing a red, tropical-print jumpsuit by matteau next to an image of a dining room with brown tropical wallpaper

Toned-down tropics

Australian Fashion Week showcases designers' resort collections, so it’s no surprise that tropical motifs were spotted across numerous looks, including this hibiscus-stamped jumpsuit by Matteau. Unlike go-to green, holiday prints cast in earthy tones feel more grown-up and grounded—an approach that bodes equally well in interiors, whether you embrace printed wallpaper or wall art.

A runway model wearing a bright multi-coloured slip dress by Gary Bigeni next to an image of a table full of multi-coloured drinking glasses

Rainbow brights

Gary Bigeni’s rainbow slip dress showcases a mashup of the hi-glow colours seen in numerous collections this season, from magenta and neon green to sunshine yellow and cobalt. We’re already seeing this vibrant trend translate into homewares by way of coloured glassware made brilliantly by brands like House of Nunu—and it shows no signs of slowing down.

A runway model wearing a macrame sleeveless dress by Wynn Hamlyn next to an image of bed with a tufted bedspread and a bamboo bedhead

Homespun texture

This macrame dress by Wynn Hamlyn was impactful on the runway, and an array of equally expressive textures are making their mark on the interior space. Whether it’s a snug bouclé armchair, tufted cushion, macrame planter pot or natural materials such as rattan and bamboo, these homespun textures usher in dynamic visual interest and an inviting atmosphere.

A runway model wearing relaxed army green pants and a black tank top by Matteau next to an image of a lounge room with an olive green slipcover sofa and a black and white rug

Refined utility

The last few years have cemented what’s truly important: form, function and time in nature. Matteau’s refined take on utility dressing nods to all three, and these guiding principles can sit stylishly in the home, too. What’s not to love about a gorgeous green sofa with an easy-to-clean slipcover?

A runway model wearing a bright pink ankle-length tiered dress with puffy sleeves by Aje next to an image of a table set with vases of pink flowers, a round water jug and glass goblets

Feminine silhouettes

Aje is famous for its frothy silhouettes and signature puff sleeves—a softness appearing in equal measure across furniture and decor. Think cushions with scalloped edges and fluted detailing on dining tables to bathroom basins. Even pressed glass that forms subtle floral motifs and the womanly shapes championed by Ancient Candle Co. emphasise the femme trend.

A runway model wearing a long skin-tight black dress by Michael Lo Sordo with spaghetti straps and a cut out at the stomach trimmed with silver sparkles next to an image of a kitchen with a marble benchtop, black stools and a gold pendant light above

Luxe monochrome

Thanks to metallic accents and elevated materials, black and white have never looked so good. If you’re a fan of the monochromatic look, take inspiration from Michael Lo Sordo’s luxe evening wear and pair it with a glimmer of gold or shimmering silver using pendant lights to decorative trays. Take note: swirling marble finishes and fine furniture won't be weighed down by the high-contrast combo.

A runway model wearing a lilac tunic top and matching lilac trousers by Bondi Born next to an image of a grey lounge room with lilac cushions and a lilac feature wall

Purple reign

Chalk it up to the Y2K resurgence and Pantone’s pick for colour of the year, but shades of lilac and lavender popped up everywhere during Australian Fashion Week. Bondi Born presented multiple head-to-toe looks, but when it comes to the home, start small with a few purple cushions and a decorative vase, or bring the nostalgic shade into your sleep space with a soft lilac quilt cover that conjures tranquillity

A runway model wearing wide-leg orange trousers and a matching orange tunic top with contrasting red sleeves that form a draped bodice by Bianca Spender next to an image of a lounge room with throw blankets draped over an an armchair and a sofa

Relaxed draping

Exaggerated draping exudes comfort and elegance and, in the case of this Bianca Spender look, creates extremely flattering clothes. The styling trick can easily be appropriated for the home by draping throw blankets over your sofa and chairs (our guide to styling throw blankets is full of tips) or upsizing your bed linen to create a luxuriously oversized look.
Natalie Mell 13 May, 2022

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