In honour of Toronto Fashion Week, here are a few stores and interiors created by, or for the top fashion houses. I've skipped the obvious. I want you to see how they combine details and materials for their own use, not those that are created to be sold mass-market.
Prada, New York - the contemporary space feels more like a gallery than a store. The perfect backdrop for the creations to be the focus.
Prada - blanketing varying surfaces in art... a simplistic overall palate, allow the free-style of the art to take centre stage. I would translate this shot into an interior by having one fantastic chair upholstered in this style, or a massive wall installation or mural, where the balance of the space is simple, solids and textures.
Gucci - Metal and glass with warm natural stone. The overhead sign could just as easily be scaled down into a wall sconce design, or smaller still could translate into a bracelet or earring. The simplistic details and material palette is classic.
Gucci - No one uses warm metals better than Gucci. Their gold and brass clasps and buckles carry throughout their line. Like the orange undertones and simple lines of the model clad wood above, a design that has stood the test of time decade after decade. The charcoal mohair sofa, and Rihanna's Gucci dress in the image above, are as relevant today as they could have been in the 70's. Classic, timeless style.
Chanel - Nothing is more powerful then creating the perfect white space. This image isn't new or exceptional. It simply shows us that sometimes the best design need not be new. White drapes, tone on tone monograms. The dark wardrobes of the viewers finish the classic Chanel black on white design. An example of allowing the uncontrolled elements to become a part of the end vision.