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Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Thom Filicia discuss home and fashion

The worlds of fashion and home design came together during the High Point Market for a lively discussion on the similarities and differences between the two.

Thom Filicia joined fashion designers Lela Rose and Christian Siriano as guest panelists at the High Point Market Press Breakfast, in a session moderated by Cheminne Taylor-Smith, the High Point Market Authority's vice president of marketing.

All three attested to looking for, and receiving, inspiration in the styles and detailing of both disciplines: Stitching, trims, fabrics, tailoring and, in Siriano's case, furniture legs interpreted as heels.
"There's such a great synergy between the two worlds, they really draw from each other," he said. "I love looking at interiors, and how decorators mix different colors and textures in such interesting and exciting ways."

Filicia spoke to the importance of branding across both fashion and home, and how important it is to create designs that all work together, that can build upon past collections, and that maintain the same level of quality, price and point of view.

Rose and Siriano agreed on some of those points, but noted that fashion requires a new and unique set of design introductions every season, with little room left to be "similar" to past collections. While consumers make more of a commitment when buying furniture -- they'll hold on to it for two or three years instead of two or three months before replacing it with something new -- fashion designers create two to four brand new collections a year.

"That might be one of the biggest differences," Siriano said. "When you show something on a runway, you're pretty much done. It's more immediate and fast-changing."

Rose said that her wedding collections are showing right now, but tomorrow she will start on pre-fall. "There are so many more collections, and we have to get them to market so quickly. We're constantly starting a new season, constantly sourcing and looking at details." Some retailers, she said, will purchase a look from the runway and put it directly on their website for pre-sale.

Asked about other sources for their design inspirations, Rose said she finds a lot while biking through New York. "It lets you experience things more close-up, at a different speed - you notice more details... the buildings, the light," she said.
Siriano has been finding inspiration in ballet, specifically the American Ballet's performance of The Dream. "I came away thinking I was going to do all these nature themes but it turned into pink and seafoam," he said. Filicia referenced recent furniture designs based on themes as diverse as an airplane and the shape of a cigarette.

Filicia said he is currently busy at work on new fabrics and trims for Kravet (90 new SKUs), new rug designs for Safavieh, and a second wall décor collection for Soicher Marin for next April.

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