ANTHROPOLOGIE: AW12 PREVIEW

So today I pottered on down to the¬†Elms Lesters Painting Rooms (a paint-spattered, spray-painted space that has been visited by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Hot Chip, apparently…) to have a quick gander at the new Anthropologie offering. The press show was styled by the in-house visual merchandising team (aka geniuses – or should that be genii? Hmm, well, clearly I’m not one…) so it was a real treat…

As always, hard to condense such loveliness into a single post, but here are the highlights: Firstly, brand new plates from entomologist-ceramicist, Lou Rota, featuring swans and goldfish…

There were lots of nice new knobs and knockers (pardon?), too – I particularly like the ones which are dipped in gold, and the rustic bone-effect toggle designs, which remind me of a duffle coat I had in the 1980s…

Geology (like, rocks and crystals, innit) seems to be a real trend in the design world this year; From Tokujin Yoshioka’s crystallized Venus chair to this new Anthropologie wallpaper – rock on!

Cushion-wise, it was trend-o-clock, as per; Painterly watercolours, fluorescent graffiti spray-painted patterns mixed with 3D geometrics, reflections and watery symmetry – including imagery of Venice itself – the trademark Anthro-eclectic-tribal-style types (of course) and impressionist-inspired textured treats in the new bottle green and sunny yellow combo. Did any of that make sense? ANYWAY…

All around the room, there were some lovely styled vignettes, as you’d expect. Naturally, I strayed into the heady realms of fashion – strictly for research purposes and not for any sly shopping-related motives, of course. The hot tangerine bag against the denim blue spray-painted wall was particularly LUSH I thought…

…as was the curiosity-covered wallpaper – and the artfully-arranged half-used tins of paint surrounding it! ‘Twas all a joy. But if I had to choose a favourite, it would be this new bedspread, featuring an etched tree-filled landscape design…

This really reminds me of Rembrandt’s The Three Trees¬†etching (below) – from the 1600s (!) but it looks SO achingly cool and VERY 2012 when combined with the blue embroidered border details! Good old Anthro.

 

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