On Friday afternoon, a big announcement was made on Twitter and it didn’t take long before the news went viral on the design blogosphere.

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Carolina Irving has been named Creative Director of Home at Oscar de la Renta and will be replacing interior designer Miles Redd who is leaving to focus on his own interior design business. The textile designer will oversee the creative direction and execution of the Oscar de la Renta Home collection that comprises gift and entertaining pieces as well as Oscar de la Renta for Century furniture, the fabric and wallpaper collection with Lee Jofa, and the rug collection with Elson & Company.

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“I can think of no better person than Carolina to continue to develop our Home collection”, says de la Renta. “Her taste is fabulous…we trust that Irving will bring her own striking look to the collection.”

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  “I am incredibly excited to work with Oscar,” says Carolina. She adds: “His style is iconic; if any fashion designer has legitimacy to do home, it’s Oscar. He has the most fantastic sense of color and scale.”

Born from a Venezuelan family in Miami, then raised in Paris where she studied history of art at The Louvre, she worked  for ten years at the now sadly defunct American House and Garden as Editor at Large before working for Vogue Living with Hamish Bowles (a recurring theme on this blog). She then set up her own fabric company Carolina Irving Textiles in 2007 which she will continue to run alongside her two other joint businesses, Irving & Fine (clothing range)
and Irving & Morrison (furniture and home accessories). She also currently writes for T Magazine‘s column “In the Air” as a contributor.

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A-Gent of Style has had the pleasure to meet the charming Carolina on several occasions over the years and currently works on an ad hoc basis for the two London-based companies that represent both her textile collections and also her furniture and accessories business, Redloh House Fabrics
and Irving & Morrison respectively.

With her effortless elegance, impeccable taste and timeless style, A-Gent has very little doubt Carolina Irving will shine in her new role, and wishes her every success.

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Carolina Irving for Hollywood at Home

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    Lee Radziwill's Paris apartment photographed by Francois Halard, styled by Carolina Irving for T Magazine

Lee Radziwill’s Paris apartment photographed by Francois Halard, styled by Carolina Irving for T Magazine

– Photos by Vogue, The World of Interiors and Lonny


“A captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014”


Pantone 18-3224’s Radiant Orchid is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones; it inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm”.


 Radiant Orchid has polarised opinions and has had a ‘Marmite’ effect on people, eliciting strong feelings of love and hate since it was first revealed to the world at the end of last year. A-Gent of Style must admit his first, visceral reaction was rather not adulatory. The actual word “vile” might have been overheard from this side of Bayswater.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

After much research, A-Gent wouldn’t go as far as saying that he has been converted to Radiant Orchid but he will concede that some of the pictorial evidence shown below have mellowed him on the matter. Radiant Orchid surely livens up a neutral palette and energises and unifies diverse spaces or outfits when used as the odd accent here and there. It also seems to complement greens, turquoises and even light yellows rather well. A few overpowering, garish interiors suffused with various hues of purple made A-Gent of Style think twice about how to use purple, not only in interior decoration but also in fashion and design. There is no denying that purple, in its various hues and tones to which Radiant Orchid belongs, can be uplifting and unifying. Whilst the colours in the images below are not always spot on ‘Pantone 18-3224’, A-Gent of Style tried to show how various shades of purple could bedazzle us and hopefully enhance our daily life for 2014.

But as we all know, one doesn’t have to follow trends!

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Selman Marrakesh hotel, Morocco

Selman Marrakesh hotel, Morocco

Sinhala Linen Print in Jewel by Schumacher

Sinhala Linen Print in Jewel by Schumacher


Soho Hotel, London by Firmdale Hotels

Soho Hotel, London by Firmdale Hotels



Elsa Schiaparelli's home by Jeremiah Goodman

Elsa Schiaparelli’s home by Jeremiah Goodman


Raffle by Quadrille at Tissus d'Helene

Raffle by Quadrille at Tissus d’Helene


By Eddie Lee

By Eddie Lee



Sharon Osborne's bedroom by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s bedroom, L.A by Martyn Lawrence Bullard


Hamish Bowles's apartment, New York

Hamish Bowles’s apartment, New York


By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake

Marie-Helene de Taillac's New York home

Marie-Helene de Taillac’s New York home


By David Collins

By David Collins







Trellis Background by Quadrille at Tissus d'Helene

Trellis Background by Quadrille at Tissus d’Helene

By Dimore Studio

By/with Dimore Studio


By David Hicks

By David Hicks


By Vanderhurd

By Vanderhurd


Annabel's (rug by Vanderhurd)

Annabel’s by Adam Bray and rug by Vanderhurd


Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles


By David Collins

By David Collins


By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake


The G Hotel, Galway, by Philip Treacy

The G Hotel, Galway, by Philip Treacy


By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake




One of A-Gent of Style’s favourite window displays this year – including
John Lewis’s tour de force featured here a few weeks ago – was Harvey Nichols’s with its show-stopping, bright and colourful neon lights in the shape of glitzy stars, snowflakes and ray of lights surrounded by modern stained glass windows and featuring mannequins dressed in the latest looks by Hervé Léger, Jimmy Choo, Moncler and Philip Armstrong. This year’s theme takes inspiration from the Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalks’ religious iconography seen in Alexander McQueen’s stained glass prints, Pinko’s gem stones and metallics, and also ornate fabrics from Dolce & Gabbana.
















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