In a fantasyland of exceptionally fabulous and fashionable dinner parties, who would make your guest list? For Kelly Wearstler, the dreamiest invitees (Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Dries Van Noten) have a special place in her heart, not to mention her closet.
The Los Angeles-based interior designer created a place at the table inspired by each of her all-time favorites, using her latest collection of home wares. You’ll also be surprised to know that even pieces from her jewelry line figured into the mise-en-scène.“I like the idea of incorporating nontraditional things into a setting,” she says. “It’s good to take a few risks instead of going with flowers. Objects can be multipurpose.” What look like Art Deco–inspired napkin rings are actually cabochon-studded cuffs. And those eye-catching sculptured candleholders were brass-wire bracelets in a former life.
According to Wearstler, a charming mismatched approach to decorating starts from the bottom up—each seat at the table should reflect the guest’s personality, like Van Noten’s plush powder pink armchair or McQueen’s regal gothic throne. The same goes for flatware, wine goblets, and cutlery. Arguably the pièce de résistance of each setting here, though, is an objet d’art name holder. What could be more fitting for shoe virtuoso Christian Louboutin than a gilded stiletto heel, for example?
In Kelly world, the quirky unexpected details make all the difference—flip through Rhapsody: Kelly Wearstler, a new book chronicling the designer’s most striking interior projects in recent years, for further proof. “Did you notice the letter opener in the shape of legs next to Christian’s plate?” she says. “So perfect.”