Even in the impressive category of women so famous and fabulous they go by one name only, Iman manages to stand out. The internationally-adored symbol of ageless chic is not just a model, actress, entrepreneur, author, and major philanthropist; she’s a design fiend with impeccable taste.
I met Iman when I was lucky enough to have her as a guest on my talk show, back in 2010 when she was launching a textile line. I immediately fell in love with her, and her style, and the feelings have only grown since. The fabric line has also since grown to a collection available at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, and you can get a regular dose of Iman from her out-of-this-world website DestinationIman.com. There, you can shop her favorite velvet pieces, and check out my own guest editor post!
Read on for Iman’s thoughts on design, specifically her newest favorite decorating combination. It’s definitely one to try at home… if you’re bold enough!
When it comes to decorating “rules”: Is there such a thing and if so, is there one you constantly break?
My love of color and print is how I break the rules. When I was a model I had the privilege to work as a muse for the iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent for an haute couture collection, and through him I learned how brilliant, amazing colors can actually work together. He was a master at that, and gave me the confidence to apply that to my homes.
I also travel and collect, so I have witnessed how diverse cultures have a lot in common and can actually work harmoniously. Mixing exotic elements with a degree of sophistication… I call it Global Chic!
What’s your signature touch in your home or your personal style?
Personal and collected treasures from our travels that conjure family memories, artwork from my husband and my daughter. This mix makes a room unique and full of past memories – while still leaving room for new ones. Also, I have always loved textiles, which is why I have a home textiles line – IMAN Home Fabrics, available at Jo-Ann’s.
What does your dream house look like and where would it be?
A treehouse in Bali.
What is the most unexpected thing in your home?
A black-and-white vase by [Italian design legend] Ettore Sottsass next to African sculptures.
What are you currently obsessed with? Leopard prints with a velvet! Leopard is always in fashion and never loses its spot… I consider it a neutral! But now I’m loving it next to velvet… Aaaah! The juxtaposition of the wild and the sophisticate is just delicious!
All photography courtesy of Iman