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Fashion First

Martyn discusses how fashion and interiors work hand in hand.

By Martyn Lawrence Bullard

The tale of this week's episode for me is really the fact that fashion and interiors are so closely connected. When paired together they make the most delicious results. You see this executed perfectly by me (even though I say so myself) in this episode with my beautiful friend and longtime client Tamara Mellon, founder and creator of the Jimmy Choo Shoe and accessories empire and one of the most famous fashion designers in the world. We decorate her ultra-luxurious sex pit of a penthouse in New York city together whilst carefully being influenced by all things Jimmy Choo. Tamara lives for her brand -- she is the brand -- so her home has to be an extension of this brand. You will see the beautiful leopard prints, lacquers, mixed metals, and glamorous finishes, shimmering 1960's chandeliers, amazing gilded walls, and luxe designer furniture juxtaposed against fine artworks.

You also get to see the inspiration behind the Marilyn Minter (one of the most collected modern photographic artists internationally) Jimmy Choo campaign that graced the pages of all the top magazines. The shoes she used in the ads were covered in liquid pure gold! Then these dripping creations were shot with one of the most famous supermodels. After the shoot Marilyn signed these shoes and now they have become valuable, historic artworks that I decided to encase and become part of the interior design of the $30 million apartment. You get to see the process and installation of these, plus a tour around the newly completed penthouse and a peak into what we intend to do to Tamara's spectacular 5,000 sq ft terrace.

My darling Kathryn Ireland struggles this week to create a chic interior for her impatient client Shannon Factor. Using her connoisseur's eye, Kathryn artfully puts together some beautiful schemes for her client, all magnificently presented in the most professional manner -- but sadly her client just doesn't seem satisfied. Stay tuned to see how Kathryn will juggle these difficulties, and I'm sure create yet again another of her award winning interiors.

Mary, also continues the theme of fashion meets design this week with her creation of a chic home office for fashion designer Jill Roberts. Mary successfully installs one of her signature painted floors to maximum impact and beautifully guides her clients taste (slightly reshaping it to Mary's vision of course) to create a wonderful, fresh, and full-on glam fashion pad!

Sadly we don't get to see much this week of the charming Nathan Turner, other than a brief encounter at a designer hot spot "Hollywood at Home" where he shops tong in cheek with his gorgeous side kick Mary. . . Obviously he's saving some marvelous decorating to wow us with next week. . .

And Jeffrey shows us his talents as a chef when he manages to cook an onion tart under the watchful eye of master chef Suzanne Goin. I'm sure it was delicious!

So once again Bravolettes I encourage you to decorate with abandon, let your imaginations run free, take inspiration from all around you, and never be afraid to pull ideas, colors, and shapes from fashion. Be it the embroidery on your blouse, the color of your T-shirt, or the leather stitching on your shoes -- when translated into interiors this becomes a match made in decorative heaven.

Live, love, and decorate -- on Bravo, of course!

X Martyn

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