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By: Mike Mills

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Left image: 'Classic and Modern Fabrics' by Janet Wilson
Right image: Cotton fabric by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Although the Dutch magazine Residence normally is full of, well, the name quite reveals its content already, but it's full of residences, this summer's July/August issue is also interesting for us fashion freaks... The issue starts with a six page spread on miss Donatella Versace's 'modest' interior of her Milan apartment. The bright-lit colours of modern artworks by Mimmo Paladino and Giorgio de Chirico and her 'sunset' couch that's made of glass mosaic (one of her favourites), clash immensely with the classical Medici feel that has such a strong hold on the rest of the space. The result is an interesting mix of old and new, that shows off the true Versace spirit.

Images show Donatella Versace's apartment in Milan. (Source: Residence, issue July/August 2010)
The mag continues with nearly twenty pages of the most colourful fabrics. If this doesn't bring the real summer sway alive, I don't know anything else that will. My favourite is the one on page 41, a cotton fabric with black handwritten texts printed on stripes in seven different colours. 'Il était une fois' by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, a French fashion designer, designed exclusively for Maison Boussac.

Interested in fabrics? Janet Wilson, teacher at the London College of Fashion and fabricdesigner explains everything there is to know in 'Classic and Modern Fabrics'. Interesting, inspiring and educative!

Next Residence: a look inside Diane von Furstenberg's house...

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