Fashion and Interior Colour Trends, Dressing for Dinner – ‘New Neutrals’ for SS18

I’m pretty sure it’s not just me but do you find when you go out for dinner you subconsciously dress to match the restaurant interior? I suppose it is just the animal in us wanting to look comfortable and belonging in a given environment.

You have also probably noticed that current interior colour trends and fashion colour trends, more than any other year I can recall, are very closely linked.

The love of rose quartz pinks, cool pale blues, camels, coppers and brass in interiors are also abundant on the catwalks for this Spring and Summer 2018 (SS18). In fact tea rose interior paint for walls has been described as the new white by Elle Decorations Michelle Ogundehin)

If you would like to look the part in an interior inspired by Miami’s Art Deco shapes and colours (of which there are several lush dens such as Leo’s Nightclub and restaurants such as Sketch London), you need look no further than a silk Sandy Eclipse tie.

*The background camel colour of this tie is very difficult to photograph but it is a glorious bronzed camel which plays with the light beautifully at the twist of the knot.

Sandy Eclipse Tie next to an Interior in Elle Dec

Sandy Eclipse Tie next to Elle Dec cover

Inspired by that very place, Miami.

sketch book for tie design

Freedom Tie was also inspired by Miami, by the iconic facade of Freedom Tower.

Freedom silk tie

Freedom Tie inspired by Freedom Tower, Miami

And Lovewell silk tie (perfect for a wedding) which was inspired by Howard Lovewell Cheney’s iconic Miami Beach Post Office building designed in 1937.

Lovewell Silk tie

Lovewell Silk Tie

Sketch book for Lovewell print tie

Tune in for the next blog post if you have a yacht party to dress for 😉

Do interiors inspire your choice of clothes? 

Introducing Silk Twill & Hopsack Ties

You will probably have noticed a slight sharpening up with the clothes we are currently choosing – the psychologists tell us its connected to the more serious discussions we face in the world. Whatever the reason, I felt it was definitely time to bring out a range of silk ties.

Kiss Kiss graphic silk tie designed by Niki Fulton

Kiss Kiss Silk Tie

I have to confess I did get rather obsessed when it came to choosing a silk base cloth but after several months of testing and trialling different weights of silk with various different printing methods, I finally found a beautiful weighty silk twill to print on. As I’m sure you will know, twill is recognised by its diagonal parallel ridges on its surface – which when made up into a tie sit horizontally (ties are cut on a 45 degree angle). When the knot is tied the silk catches the light beautifully and gives the print an added depth of colour.

Lovewell Silk Tie designed by Niki Fulton

Lovewell Silk Tie

So here is where it gets a little obsessive. I really like silk hopsack too. Hopsack (named after the woven sacks they collected hops in) is a plain, ‘basket’ weave. I love it. It has an understated look about it, has a stunning surface texture, very fine in this case, and is woven but is also sharp. It’s the perfect cloth if you like linen but need something a notch sharper. So the ties are available in a choice of twill or hopsack…the difference is very subtle between the two cloths, the choice is really only there in case you, like me,  have a ‘thing’ about either hopsack or twill 🙂

Breton Signal Silk Tie designed by Niki Fulton

Breton Signal Silk Tie

There are several new designs plus some of the old favourites have made the silk collection. They are also now available with a standard 8cm or a narrower 7cm blade. Most of the new prints have been inspired by iconic buildings which are all described on the shop but I would love to tell you a little about ‘Freedom’ print just now.

Freedom Silk Tie designed by Niki Fulton

Freedom Silk Tie

Freedom print was inspired by Freedom Tower, in Miami which was built in 1925 and designed by architects Schultze and Weaver. The building was originally constructed as a printing facility for the Miami News but later became an administrative centre for Cuban refugees in the 1960’s. It is  is now a prominent museum and cultural centre. The printing facility appealed to me as the tie of course is printed. The design has a slight retro Cuban vibe to it, a nod to the refugee centre, and great to think of a building which has successfully reinvented itself throughout history as ties have done too. 

The colour palette is Biscayne Sea blue, bronzed sand to reflect the tower’s render and nearby beach and the deep brown of Cuban cigars. The linear shape and the rectangles represent the many windows of the tall tower. 

Several of the new prints have a connection to Miami as I was commissioned by Dr.Stacey Hunter of Local Heroes Design to create new work which would encompass a feeling of contemporary luxury within a  colour palette from Miami’s Art Deco period. It was an exciting commission which triggered a whole series of new work which lends itself to being printed onto silk.

‘Kiss Kiss’ print (first photo) has no real connection to Miami though, I shall tell you about that print next time.

Thanks for reading and if anyone has been to Freedom Tower in Miami I would love to hear about it!