Interior Design Meets Fashion: Glenn & David Dixon

Dixon House

Design by Dixon House - Glenn & David Dixon

Glenn & David Dixon

Toronto-based interior designer Glenn Dixon, is well known from his work on television including the W Network’s, “Take This House and Sell It.”  In 2009, to celebrate Barbie’s 50th birthday, Glenn was commissioned by Mattel to develop a home line of furnishings and accessories to promote the occasion.  His work has been profiled in many magazines and he’s been a guest on several television and radio programs throughout Canada and the USA.

His brother David Dixon, is a fashion designer who had apprenticed under Alfred Sung in 1995, before establishing his own line in 1999.   Rejecting the more common approach of radically moving from one trend to another, David has a modernist openness towards emerging fashion design preferring the quiet elegance of simplified and modern silhouettes.  It must be working because he’s garnered a loyal following among film and fashion celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and others.

Four of Canada’s most creative siblings came together at this year’s Interior Design Show, to transform one 600 square foot space each, into a unique statement of design.  The Dixon brothers’ 600 square foot Room of Wishes, is a harmonious juxtaposition of Glenn’s pizazz-filed interior design and David’s elegant minimalist approach to fashion.  Light, softly diffused by hundreds of paper cranes hanging from the ceiling, provides serene illumination to an interior that is contemporary, gender neutral, with an air of Classic Chanel to it.  The L-shaped sectional is replaced with a more inclusive and space-saving C-shaped one, complemented with a round rather than square coffee table.   Their creative collaboration goes beyond the project for IDS11.  If fact, they’ve recently embarked on a joint venture – an interior and product design (furniture) company called Dixons House.

Glenn was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule at IDS11 and give the followers of It’s All Style To Me a quick interior design tip.  Below is the IDS produced background video of Glenn and David talking about the Sibling Revelry challenge, followed by Glenn’s message to It’s All Style To Me:

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Opening Night: Toronto Interior Design Show 2011

IDS11

“All You Need Is Love,” was the theme of last night’s 13th annual Interior Design Show Launch Party and industry, media, local celebrities, and anyone with enough love to fork out $55/$60 for entry were rewarded justly.  The interior design aficionados, all eager to get an early jump on the latest in home and commercial design, braved the queues to pack the mammoth three hundred thousand plus square foot North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  The conference centre pulsated to the beats of DJ JJ Flores, as free samples of double-macaroni and cheese pasta, ice cream, chocolate drizzled waffles, pretzels, and Zaza espresso provided the fuel to navigate the maze of over 300 exhibits.

Timothy Oulton

Timothy Oulton, UpCountry

One of the highlights of the opening night was a chance to get an early look at First Seating, presented by Plan B, Vitra, and Swarovski Elements.  First Seating is an auction of 20 retooled iconic Vitra Panton Chairs by Canada’s leading architects, designers, and stylists that include Bruce Mau Design, Cecconi Simone, Greta Constantine, Karim Rashid, Katherine Newman and II by IV, all in support of Casey House.

Attendees also had a chance to preview the Sibling Revelry creations.  Four of Canada’s most creative siblings:  David & Glenn Dixon, Jason & Lars Dressler, Sarah & Theo Richardson, and My & Thien Ta-Trung, partnered up in transforming a 600 square foot space into their own unique statement of design.  I spoke with celebrity television interior designer Sarah Richardson, who explained that in addition to the time and space constraints of the project, there was the added challenge of reverse engineering the design of the space by starting rather than ending with key design pieces such as the Rich, Brilliant, Willing lamps.  Theo Richardson, who is one third of design studio Rich, Brilliant, Willing, provided the primary-hued designs, which became the inspiration for the brother-sister team’s overall vision for each of the rooms within the 600 square foot space.

Sarah and Theo Richardson - Sibling Revelry

Sarah and Theo Richardson - Sibling Revelry

The show runs between January 27-30, and includes a debut Canadian lecture from internationally acclaimed designer/architect Jean Marie Massaud.  Massaud will talk about his experience working with Chanel and Dior, as well as his award-winning collaboration with Glas Italia.  American Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne (UofT Graduate House, Toronto and Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles) will also be there, as will British-born designer Michael Young (PSi Tower, Hong Kong).  Celebrity guests to include Sarah Richardson, Steven & Chris, Massive Change’s Bruce Mau Design, famed industrial designer Karim Rashid, Toronto’s 3rd Uncle, and the local fashion design stars of Greta Constantine.

Too many to list, I’ve gone ahead and posted my top picks on the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.  The show is open to the public on Saturday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m and Sunday January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You can purchase your tickets online, or head down to Front Street and buy them at the door for $22.  For more information please visit the IDS11 website at www.interiordesignshow.com.

Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 – Men’s Top 20 Picks

Paris FW11 Top 20

Below is a list of the It’s All Style To Me Top 20 Picks (semi-alphabetical order) from the FW11 Men’s Collections Paris Fashion Week, January 19-23, 2011:

1) Acne – Jeans, Boots, and Mash-up Destination Themed Printed Shirts

2) Dior Homme – Jagged Neckline Sweaters

3) Dries Van Noten – Fur-lined Sports Jackets and Coats

4) Louis Vuitton – Motel Red Accessories (Glasses, Scarves, Bags)

5) Louis Vuitton – Belted Knit Herringbone Cardigan and Orange Gloves

6) Hermès – Chunky “H” Knit Turtleneck in Mustard Yellow or Baby Blue

7) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black, Grey, and Gold Quilted Leather Motorcycle Pants

8) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black James Bond Tuxedo

9) Paul Smith – Light Knit Cardigans and Offset Duffel Coat

10) Junya Watanabe – Nordic/Fair Isle Print Sports Jackets

11) Mr. by Roland Mouret – Single Centre Pleated Pants

12) Mugler – Padded Pants

13) John Galliano – Entire Suit Collection and Silk Scarves

14) Viktor & Rolf – Check Patterned Suit

15) Raf Simons – Patterned Sweaters

16) Yigal Azrouël – Knit Sweaters and Cardigans

17) Kenzo – High Waisted Pants and Patterned Sweaters and Sweater Vests

18) Lanvin – Loose Knit V-Necked Sweater, Slim Fit Pants, Shoes

19) Maison Martin Margiela – Outerwear

20) Yves Saint Laurent – Check Plaid Suits, Pants, and Jackets

Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 – Men’s Top 20 Picks

Milan FW11 Top 20

Below is a list of the It’s All Style To Me Top 20 Picks (in semi-alphabetical order) from the FW11 Men’s Collections Milan Fashion Week, January 15-18, 2011:

1) Burberry Prorsum – Fur Collared Outerwear and Bags

2) Bottega Veneta – All Leathers

3) Canali – Entire Suit Collection

4) D&G – Furs, Pop Art Print Sweaters, Accessories, Slim Cut Suits

5) Dolce & Gabbana – Velvet Suits and Tuxedos

6) Ermenegildo Zegna – Glen Plaid Printed Pants and Coats

7) Etro – Cowhide Coats and Jackets, Pthalo Blue Shearling Jacket, Printed Shirts, Sweaters, and Cardigans

8) Salvatore Ferragamo – All Creams and Whites

9) Gucci – Entire Suit Collection, Shoes, Men’s Clutches, and Bags

10) John Richmond – Fur Scarf and Matching Fur Lined Coat

11) Pringle of Scotland – Chunky Knit Sweaters

12) John Richmond – Single-Buttoned Pinstripe Suit

13) Bally – Motel Red Sweaters and Black Leather Lace-up Boots

14) Gianfranco Ferré – Double-Breasted Red Velvet Sports Jacket

15) Umit Benan – Printed Three-Piece Suit

16) Versace – Textured Black Leather Sweaters and Outerwear

17) Roberto CavalliMetallic Coloured Suits

18) Z Zegna – Lamp Blacks

19) Z Zegna – Emerald Green Belted Coat

20) Vivienne Westwood – Printed Sweater

Lanvin Men’s Collection Fall/Winter 2011

Moving away from some of their harsher urban looks, Lanvin’s FW11 collection is introducing elegance to a new generation of young men.  “People aren’t used to associating this word elegant with young men.  It’s always about sexy, or cool, or hip,” said Lanvin Creative Director, Alber Elbaz.  Lanvin has developed a concept of neoclassicism defined by designer Lucas Ossendrijver, as a hybrid of classic tradition and contemporary design.  The result, elegant active wear.

Lanvin has tailored their outfits with cuts inspired by the world of sportswear.  The clothes are aerodynamic, fluid, rounded, and voluminous.  Baggy pants were all over the Paris runways for FW11, and Lanvin’s asymmetrically pleated trousers were no exception.  Layering was another key element in a show where the turtlenecks became the undershirts.  I can only imagine that Alber and Lucas are bracing themselves for an unprecedentedly cold winter next year.

Not sure if it was the mysterious look created by the oversized Amish-styled fedoras, the long overcoats, or the suits, but all I kept thinking about was the video for Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal.  There were some charming pieces to put on next year’s wish list.  I would recommend the coloured loafers, the red and black velvet jackets, the overcoats, a textured grey V-necked sweater, the slim fitting pants, the gloves, and the grey an asymmetrical sweater.

Lanvin FW11

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