The September Issue

by Grace Bonney

Design*Sponge September Issue
Every year fashion-lovers wait in anticipation of Vogue‘s epic September Issue. It’s the magazine’s huge issue full of trends and ideas for the full year going forward that’s become so legendary they even made a movie about it. We’ve had so much fun being inspired by fashion this month that we thought we’d cap off our fashion week fun with our own version of a September issue. From color trends to materials and even production missions, we’re roundup up the things we think will be on trend this year and popular with makers and customers alike. xo, grace

*The cover of our September issue is the latest home renovation project from Percy and Tara of Jersey Ice Cream Co.! The photograph was taken by Beth Kirby of Local Milk and we’ll be sharing the full home tour on DS soon, stay tuned!

Click through for the full list of trends after the jump!

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Black: It started on the runway with beautiful black coats and glossy black nails, but black is back in a very big way. We’re seeing a lot of black creeping back in the form of matte black porcelain, rich black velvet and matte black seating. One of my favorite examples is this re-issued Eames chair that looks like a sleek modern take on a mid-century classic.

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Rich textures: Namely in the form of velvet, textured fabrics are the name of the game for wall and winter, when having a little extra coziness around you is never a bad idea. Our favorite version of this trend is offset with a little bit of sparkle and metallic detailing, like this black velvet pillow at Jayson Home.

Dark, Dramatic Floral Patterns: Floral patterns are almost always on trend in some version or another, but this season dark, oversized patterns seem to be what’s resonating most strongly in the home market. Ellie Cashman’s beautiful floral wallpaper is a great example – I think using this sparingly in a small pocket bathroom or even a beautiful closet would be beautiful.

Ethical Production (with a slant toward Domestic when possible): While being ethical should never be a trend, we’re seeing these issues become more and more important not just to buyers, but to retailers, too (who don’t always look to produce things in a way that costs more for them). In every press release I’ve gotten this season, makers and brands are emphasizing fair working conditions, eco-friendliness and ethical production methods. I hope this becomes less of a trend and more of a way of life from now on, but that fact that retailers are finally starting to think more about this is a great sign. Here is a great list of online shops that carry exclusive, or at least partial, collections that are fair trade. One of my favorite new businesses that supports craftspeople and provides ethical working conditions and fair pricing is Anou. The rug above is one of the many pieces they sell from local makers.

Earth Tones contrasted with Bold Dark Prints: Inspired by mudcloth and similar prints where a bold dark color contrasts against an off-white or tan background, we’re seeing more and more furniture and wallpaper pop up that utilizes this high-contract look. One of my favorite examples is this chair upholstered in linen fabric that combines two high contrast patterns. This looks differs from the black and white trend we saw this summer and focuses on a high contrast look that’s a bit softer because the ground colors are ecru, pale pink or other neutrals that are off-white.

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Marble Accents: Marble always feels a bit cool for winter to me, but little marble accents seem to be showing up in shops everywhere right now. From marble tabletops to mirrors and accent pieces, sneaking in a bit of marble is very much of the moment. I think a nice affordable way to do that is something like this marble light from Crate & Barrel that’s simple and won’t require 5 people to move into your home.

Jewel Tones: Perhaps it’s all the neutral black/tan that’s happening this season, but designers also seem to be offering up some gorgeous jewel-toned goods as well. I love how perfect these feel for fall- they’re the sort of rich deep colors that feel a little bit warmer when the temperatures start to drop. One of my favorite examples is this deep purple duvet cover.

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