Lee Jofa, a Kravet Fabric company, has announced that legendary and iconic haute couture designer, Oscar de la Renta has designed a second wallpaper and fabrics collection for the brand. This announcement comes two years after the very successful launch of de la Renta’s first collection for Lee Jofa. According to Lee Jofa the new Oscar de la Renta collection will delight with, ” new embroideries, saturated ikats and ethnic-inspired patterns, all exhibiting the fine tailoring and detailing that is the Oscar de la Renta signature. From romantic floral chintz to exotic embroidered kuba cloth, one sees the same sensibility he brings to his clothes. The collection features traditional colors and patterns, rendered in a thoroughly modern scale and ideal for upholstery and drapery that adds sophistication and elegance to any space. ”
Carolina Irving, Creative Director of Home shares that Oscar de la Renta’s second collection for Lee Jofa is a, “very iconic collection, in the sense that it most reflects Oscar’s lifestyle and sense of refinement, and all that he loves the most: His passion for gardens, his love of romantic chintzes, exotic prints and rich saturated colors.” She adds that, “This is a diverse collection that can live in a country house, a New York apartment or a tropical island, but always with the same connecting thread, Oscar’s sense of elegance.”
Introducing the Beautiful Prints, Weaves and Papers of the Oscar de la Renta Collection
Colored animal prints have been a strong design element for the last four years, and may, very well, transition from a long-running trend into becoming part and parcel of the everyday design vocabulary in the worlds of fashion and home decor. Oscar de la Renta embraces the power of animal prints – with rich colors – in his Le Leopard fabric (shown above) which is a,”luxurious velvet rendered in rich jewel tones to keep this timeless skin modern and fresh.” The Syrie weave shown on the drapes is, “a deco chevron that was inspired by 1930s block prints, resulting in a beautiful masculine and graphic print. ” I also feel as though it gives a respectful nod to the bohemian tribal influence seen gracing so many fashion runways over the last two years.
The Hedges wallpaper shown above is, ” a hand-printed wallpaper designed by Miles Redd in keeping with the tradition and the taste of Oscar. This lovely wallpaper echoes Oscar’s own garden, divided into a series of “green rooms” made of perfectly clipped hedges. An entire room covered in this wallpaper would make a wonderful transition between indoor and outdoor, bringing the garden into the house.” The Montespan Satin fabric beautifully fitted to the dressmaker form is, ” available in a staggering selection of 55 perfect colors, from opulent jewel tones to warm and cool neutrals, is a solid heavy upholstery weight silk satin.” True to form, Oscar de la Renta’s penchant for chintz makes several appearances in his collection for Lee Jofa. In this case, the Jessup fabric used on the skirt is a more traditional, romantic chintz re-interrupted with a bit of a masculine edge.
Harkening back to Lee Jofa’s rich heritage, the Morning Glory wallpaper (shown above and below) in Oscar’s collection is a, “graphic reinterpretation of an Arthur H. Lee document from the early 1800s, found in the Lee Jofa archives.” The garnet colored loveseats are covered in the luxe Diamond Maze weave is, “a geometric velvet in a fantasy maze pattern.”
The Prescott chair shown above is dressed in the rich Pamook fabric from Oscar’s collection. The Pamook is, “an exotic printed velvet reminiscent of the upholstery aboard the historic Orient Express.” The Cosimo Crewel print on the drapery panels is another beautiful find from the Lee Jofa archives, “is a brilliant reinterpretation of an Arthur H. Lee document from the early 1800’s, found in the Lee Jofa archives. The original panel design has been translated into a repeating pattern and is now being intricately hand embroidered in India. Cosimo is a true testament to the beautiful textile artistry of years past. ”
Oscar de la Renta lends his signature romantic floral-inspired print to the Felicity wallpaper shown above, and we once again get a glimpse at the bohemian and tribal influence in the collection with the Kuba Embroidery shown on the chair above, it is,” A decidedly glamorous take on African textiles.”
All images copyright Kravet.