By Andrew Beres, Sarah Bulmer, and Morgan Tucker
“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” – Diana Vreeland, former Editor-In-Chief, Vogue
High fashion reflects and influences all aspects of the visual world around us and that includes the world of hospitality.
When a change in our industry happens, we feel it in the air. As autumn looms and New York Fashion Week rapidly approaches, new introductions to the LMT portfolio from our manufacturer partners are also walking a runway of their own.
There have been a few growing currents that you’re going to see manifested on the tabletop this coming season. Just as a couturier designs a gown to make the wearer more enchanting, these collections make food and drink shine.
Little House on the Prairie
Wayne, a collection of barware from Nude Glass, is a prime example of the Wild West as seen through the lens of Hollywood and executed for the tabletop. These hefty rocks and highball glasses, named for the Duke himself, evoke the mid-century silver screen in a completely new design, featuring vertical scoring and a horizontal channel at the sham. The American West has also inspired Saloon, a wood handled flatware collection from Amefa. These sturdy pieces combine the look of natural materials with hospitality-grade durability and are perfect for adding a touch of warmth to the tabletop.
Two dinnerware collections have also drawn inspiration from this era, albeit in strikingly different ways. Lily from Ariane Porcelain reminds us of a cherished patchwork quilt. This subtle embossment completely transforms white banquetware, adding visual and tactile interest. Earth and Forager by Robert Gordon pull from the terra firma itself, reflecting the organic shapes and textures of the plains, whether in America or Gordon’s native Australia.
As much as millennials take credit for all things pink, there’s certainly a touch of the tubular 80s in our Chena Matte Pink dinnerware collection from Anfora. However, unlike the perky tones (lest we forget the neon eyeshadows!) of the decade of excess, these plates offer a subtle take on LMT’s flagship color. Just about every tabletop vendor is now offering a pop of pastels in both matte and glazed finishes. However, if you prefer to go bolder, grab your shoulder pads and let Figgjo airbrush your porcelain in true 80’s fashion!
It may be difficult to picture a winter wonderland, given the steamy New York summer, but Villeroy and Boch is getting us ready for an alpine vacation with Artesano Montagne. This modern, decorated dinnerware collection gives new life to après-ski with a pattern in grey and red inspired by traditional Norwegian knits. Hygge, indeed.
Even when referencing the past, our partners have one thing in common. As Vreeland put it, “Style—all who have it share one thing: originality.” We hope you’re as excited about the season as we are!