Harlequin patterns are the dernier cris. Early 2023 showed handbags with harlequinade motifs in virtually every international fashion brand’s offerings. The Versace Virtus bag collection features quilting in Harlequin’s distinctive elongated diamond shape on fur or leather.
Textile companies that supply products to professional designers are making sure to include the look in their lines. Style leader Dedar weighs in with Amulato and Tiger Beat, luxurious jacquard velvet upholstery fabrics available at Theo Decor.
The first prize goes to Georgio Armani. The Spring Summer collection “Prive” is 100% Harlequin inspired. Garments are feminine, flattering and elegant. The music accompanying the runway show is classical and beautiful. A delightful change after the rough edges of the last decade’s couture collections.
The accessories are so clever. Diamond colour-block pumps, T-strap shoes with a flower, small dressy bags, variations on the tiny hat worn over one eye. The multicolour satin camisole would jump start any number of outfits. The runway show demonstrates that Armani has the skill to compose variations on a theme that rival Beethoven’s ability to spin variations on a melody.
I cast my eye back to moments in the past when culture was inspired by Harlequin and found Yves St. Laurent couture, Leon Bakst for Ballet Russe and Picasso who kept returning to the character from 1901 to 1970.
I have been wondering why this influence is appearing again now. Could one reason be in the diamond shapes? Much like hexagons, triangles and diamonds are meaningful geometric forms that make up nicely into patterns, merging intelligence with aesthetics. And since any Diva worth the title is as smart as she is beautiful, dear reader, I bring this to your attention.
A long standing member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Lois Macaulay holds a 1st place award for residential design 2018, 2nd place for 2017 and 2 presidential citations for contributions to the profession from ASID. “I love creating beautiful settings for extraordinary women--and men,” she says. The strong fashion/design connection in these posts owes its source to her first career as a fashion designer, coordinator and national fashion magazine editor.