Get inspired by the colors of Gucci for your next project
I recently traveled to Broward County to see a movie at a multi-screen theater in Pompano Beach (which is a short drive from Palm Beach). The movie was “House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, and I would recommend it.
Some of my friends had told me that they expected the film and its stars to be nominated for an Oscar, so it was a surprise when they weren’t.
But other friends who understand the motivations of those who vote for the Oscars told me that Lady Gaga was not yet considered part of the Hollywood community, even though she was nominated for best actress for the version 2018 from “A Star is Born”. Hollywood people, my friends said, tend to nominate and vote for Hollywood people, not foreigners who do a movie or two, no matter how good their role.
But being a Hollywood outsider myself, I would gladly have voted for Lady Gaga, had I had the chance.
When I think of Gucci, I think of its famous logo made up of overlapping capital Gs. But just as important in my mind is the fashion house‘s signature color branding – a single red stripe bordered on either side by bands of green. The color combination perfectly complements the color of the Gucci leather goods.
If you’re decorating a room in your home — perhaps a library, living room, or family room — you might take inspiration from Gucci colors when planning your space. Here’s a bold scheme in that vein.
Start by painting your walls the color of Gucci Ribbons Green, then lay carpet on your floor – or lay vinyl tiles – in Gucci Ribbon Red.
For the seats, I would choose a light colored leather upholstery, perhaps on a three-cushion sofa. Accent the couch with red and green throw pillows. To cover your club chairs, I would consider a nice red, green, yellow and blue plaid.
Then think of that sparkling Gucci logo and choose lamps with gleaming brass bases topped with rich red linen shades. For the walls, hang Piranesi lithographs or prints to give the space a chic Italian vibe.
Today’s Gucci look can also include the color coral. A beautiful vase of coral dahlias – set on a brass-legged coffee table with a glass top – would bring the room to life.
Another note from Gucci: If you’ve seen the new advertising campaign for the Gucci Pineapple menswear collection, you may have noticed that the fashions were photographed in Palm Beach at The Colony. Backgrounds include the colorful bedrooms and hallways our team at Dorothy Draper & Co. created many years ago.
The advertising campaign is worth seeing, as is Lady Gaga and Adam Driver in “House of Gucci”. I know the Oscar nominations committee disagreed with my opinion of the stars. But I also remember that Errol Flynn has never won an Oscar, any more than Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Betty Grable or Glenn Close. It’s a world where not everyone can be the winner.
Palm Beacher Carleton Varney is president of Dorothy Draper & Co., an international design firm with offices in New York, West Palm Beach, London and White Sulfur Springs, W.Va. His new book, which will be published in the spring, is titled “The High Life of Dorothy Draper.” Visit CarletonVarney.com or email him at [email protected] Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.