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Fashion as Event Inspiration

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Hi, I’m Kati Driscoll, author of The Finer Things, an entertaining and design focused blog for

Although stationery is the primary influence for many of my posts, the trends that I see in runways, in shops and on the streets play a big part in inspiring many of my posts – especially Tuesday Trends. It’s no secret that the patterns and colors we see on the catwalk eventually find their way into textiles, home goods and, yes, even stationery. So how can the designs of Marc Jacobs, Monique Lhuillier or Dolce & Gabbana enliven and inspire your event?

1. Play with Pattern
Whether it’s festive florals, folk patterns or sweet and simple stripes, let patterns and motifs be your guide.

Pictured above: lace pottery, a look from Isaac Mizrahi’s Spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection, lace napkin rings, yellow and gold dinner plate, yellow lace invitation

Pictured below: Taika plate and pasta bowl, Kate Spade Oaxaca invitation, scrimshaw serving set, cobalt glassware, a piece from Anna Sui’s Spring ’09 RTW collection

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2. Play with Color
Twice a year Pantone releases their fashion color report which serves as a guide for designers and party planners alike. In addition to highlighting the hottest hues, these reports illustrate how designers combine popular colors with secondary and tertiary shades to give their looks more dimension. Consider borrowing a page from their sketchbooks and pair rose with grey, fuchsia with blue or citron and salmon.

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Thanks, Kati – for the beautiful guest post!  Be sure to visit Kati’s amazing blog – The Finer Things – for more stylish & creative event inspiration!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

7 responses to “Fashion as Event Inspiration”

  1. Amy says:

    Just found this site…lots of fun and amazing ideas!!! It would be cool to see people’s real-life decorating! Jen~ I bet it would be really cool for you to showcase your home and then you could feature others as well! Awesome site!

  2. jenn s. says:

    Thanks, Amy! That’s a great idea :) It would be especially cool to focus on kitchen, dining, & guest room areas…hmmm…this is definitely going on the list!

  3. julie says:

    The lace napkin rings and invitation are fabulous! Great post!

  4. Kati – This is a fantastic guest post! The plates on the Mizrahi post are so dainty and lovely.

    Fashion, parties and one more thing are the ultimate trifecta. What was that 3rd thing? Wine. That was it. Definitely wine.

    Great job, as usual!

  5. Aw, thank you!

    I am deep in the throws of a lace/doily details obsession so I had to include those plates.

  6. These are such beautiful inspiration boards.

  7. I love using fashion as inspiration for almost everything. I love fashion and seek inspiration from it on a daily basis. I love all of these boards! They are truly beautiful and chic!