Stunning photo by Ana Clara GarmendiaA gown from John Galliano's Spring/Summer 2010 haute couture collection for Christian Dior, variously inspired by dressage, Millicent Rogers, the Gibson Girl and Charles James.
Yeah, it's just okay. I'M KIDDING THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF CHIC OH MY GOD CAN'T YOU SEE IT??? If Cammy Diaz doesn't wear this dress to the Oscars I'm-a be VERY upset!! The tableau also reminded me of a fabulous Prada-inspired room from Domino:
Kind of uncanny, right? But like Stewart on MadTV I'm taking my own route, so let's round up Johnny G's muses and gorgeous palette (including the set pieces) and decorate our living room. From the ground up:
Yes, I'm still pimping this jute rug from Overstock.com. Ideally it would run wall to wall like a big hay loft. Because horses eat hay. But I'd layer a Jonathan Adler geometric over it to mimic the dress's aqua and blue architecture:
image by Derry Moore for Architectural Digest via NYTimes
Nancy Lancaster yellow, of course. Believe it or not Benjamin Moore "Yellow" (names department fell asleep on that one) is a beautiful shade, especially in oil-based high-gloss. Points for anyone who can tell me the current owner of the armchair at bottom right.
Curtains: we're stealing the unlined taffeta look from Domino but in pale lavender, and no mismatched panels. Trust me. It works.
I'm loving all the pure white in our inspiration pic so let's neutralize the upholstery:
In the main seating area I'm feeling this English Roll Arm Sofa from Restoration Hardware in white linen with a pair of blue embroidered Ankasa pillows to match the dress's skirt (though the same satin would be nice), and this oblong yellow one with its Belle Epoque swirls at the center:
In front I like a Japanese coffee table to match our Geisha Gibson Girl (note the Gaga-esque lightning bolt at center):
To anchor the corner of the room I see a marshmallow-y Vladimir Kagan sofa from Room & Board (echoing the room's goopy moldings) with the same orange throw:
And a small red lacquer Directoire coffee table in front of it as lipstick (did you think I was actually gonna go for one of those lips sofas??):
Oh, and this bouffanterrific bentwood chair from Steven Sclaroff pulled up beside:
And an organic celadon garden seat next to it for drinks:
Back to our Enlish sofa but keeping to porcelain, I want a pair of peacock blue Christopher Spitzmillers
on either side (sitting on a gueridon and chest ... you find 'em) and this massive Frank Stella painting above:
Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 240 inches, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
It has all our colors and then some! I could go on forever but simply can't live without this cuckoo Victorian reading chair (thinking Charles James at the DeMenils) on one end of the sofa
And a Milo Baughman chair and ottoman on the other (black leather for Galliano's riding boots!):
How many couture gowns can you buy for what I've spent here?