Runway to Table 2014: Paint the Town

We took inspiration from one of this season’s hottest runway trends and created a colorful and creative design perfect for your next fundraiser or dinner party.  Featured on United with Love.  Learn how to DIY your own dip-dyed napkins here.  For more painted event design inspiration, follow our Pinterest board.


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Special thanks to our fabulous vendor friends who helped make the shoot possible.  If you want this look for your next event, be sure to contact them!

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events






Runway to Table 2014: Blue and Orange

Inspired by this year’s hottest runway trends, we created event designs ideal for the fashionista hostess.  Be sure to check out our blue and orange-inspired design below and in the feature on United with Love.

Some DIY elements we had fun creating with materials from places like Michael’s, HomeGoods and JoAnn Fabrics include:

  • Hand-painted table numbers
  • Gilded fruits
  • Personal collection of blue and white vases and candlesticks
  • Figurine accents

For more ideas on how to incorporate this season’s color trends into your next event, check out our Pinterest board.

Special thanks to our fabulous vendor friends who helped make the shoot possible.  If you want this look for your next event, be sure to contact them!

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events

2014 Runway Trends

Inspiration for event design can come from a variety of places.  One industry that directly influences us is fashion.  The colors, fabric details, eras that are hot one year on the runway will often be the hot new look in events months later.  Here are a few of the 2014 runway trends we are watching.


Colors:  Grey, Bright Blue, Orange

2014 Runway trends colors

Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano


Details:  Extraordinary Embroidery, Painted Effects, Cut Out

2014 Runway Trend Embroidery

Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Temperley, Pucci

2014 Runway Trend Painted

Chanel, Monique Lhuillier, Isa Arfen, Burberry Prorsum

2014 Runway Trend Cut Out

Thom Browne, Balmain, Stephane Rolland, Tony Ward

For all photo credits and more runway inspiration, visit our 2014 Runway Trends Board on Pinterest.

Runway to Tabletop: Pattern, Color and Great Gatsby

Each year, I like to take a look at the fashion, interior design and restaurant/food industries and consider how their current trends could influence my events.

This year’s runways and red carpets were full of colors, patterns and styles that provided me with ample inspiration for creating a truly stylish event.

Trend:  Mix it Up

Florals, Pattern –Mixing, and Color-Blocking were prevalent throughout the 2012 runway collections.  When considering your event décor, be bold with your use of colors, textures and patterns.

Images via L-R, Valentino, Diane von Furstenburg, Sophie Theallet

Inspired by the Diane von Furstenburg image above, this design features bright, bold colors and varying textures to create a modern, playful look.

Trend: Great Gatsby Glamour

The much-anticipated remake of The Great Gatsby was reflected in several runway and red carpet looks.

Images via L-R: Ralph Lauren, Elie Saab, Ralph Lauren

The HOT color of the season, Mint, with romantic details make this look fitting for the Hamptons crowd of Gatsby’s era.

Trend:  In the Nude

Nude was one of the most popular colors on the red carpets this year.  From romantic to contemporary, this is one color that does it all.

Images via L-R: Gucci, Calvin Klein, Dior

Inspired by the Dior gown above, this look embodies soft, billowy romance and proves that neutral tones can have big impact.

Trend: Modern Lace

Lace is always a classic choice, but this year we’re seeing lots of lace with modern twists.   From laser cut patterns to oversized applique, lace is clearly not just for brides and grandmothers anymore.

Images via L-R: Valentino, Dior, Louis Vuitton

The Valentino gown above inspired this design where we combined different lace patterns with the hint of a nude background to create a soft, romantic look.

Trend:  Fit for a Queen

Most likely inspired by the Royal Wedding and our current fascination with fairytales, the runways and red carpets were dripping in gold this year.  By contrast, there was also a return to basics with simple, but dramatic combinations of black and white.

Images vi L-R: McQueen, Dior, Marchesa

With a nod to the Alexander McQueen design above, this gilded design would make anyone feel like royalty.

Many thanks to Hannah Colclazier for her beautiful photography and DC Rental for the rental equipment.

Stay tuned for my next posts on interior design and food trends.

Runway to Tabletop: Bold Patterns and Shimmer

A few more event design ideas inspired by this year’s fashion trends.

From the Diane von Furstenburg runway


To your cocktail party tabletop

From the Marc Jacobs runway


To your Summer supper party

From the Oscar’s Red Carpet:


To your next gala

All equipment provided by DC Rental.  Accents provided by Elizabeth Duncan.

Runway to Tabletop: Bright and Bold

Inspired by this year’s fashion trends, here are a few fabulous event design ideas incorporating bright and bold colors

From the Yves Saint Laurent runway


To your wedding reception

From the Prabal Garung runway


To your next dinner party

From the Viktor & Rolf runway


To a sophisticated, modern reception

All equipment provided by DC Rental.  Accents provided by Elizabeth Duncan.

Runway to Tabletop: 60s Elegance

Some of this year’s runway trends included bright colors, lace, retro looks from the 40s, 60s and 70s, bold ethnic patterns, shimmer and ethereal white with origami details.

I’m excited to post some photos from an amazing afternoon I spent at DC Rental with my good friend and industry colleague, Liz, designing tabletop ideas inspired by some of this year’s fashion trends.

First up, two beautiful looks that I think would be perfect for a Spring or Summer luncheon, perhaps to honor the bride and her bridesmaids or to celebrate the fahsionista in your life.

From the Oscar de la Renta runway:


To your luncheon tabletop:

From the Oscar de la Renta runway:


To a sunny, Spring luncheon:

All equipment provided by DC Rental.  Accents provided by Elizabeth Duncan.

What to Expect in 2011: Fashion Trends

I have always been enamored with fashion design.  I believe it is one of our greatest forms of artistic expression.

Here are some of the looks from this year’s runways and red carpets that I think will define the fashion of 2011 and thereby influence my own event design work.

2011 Trends from the Spring and Fall Runways

All images from

2011 Red Carpet Looks that Exemplify Runway Trends

All images via, except Florence Welch via

I know everyone is gaga over Mila Kunis, and I do agree that she is fast becoming a major fashionista.  Personally, I have been the most impressed by Hailee Steinfeld.  She has made absolutely lovely, and age-appropriate, choices for her first foray on the red carpet.

In my next post, I will present some ideas for translating these high fashion looks into your event.

Fit for a Queen

I can’t help but join in on the excitement about Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton.  I have vivid memories of waking up early to watch the wedding of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer.  This royal wedding is sure to have the same media and public frenzy.  For me, both stories are proof that a girl really can dream of becoming a princess!

There has already been a tremendous amount of speculation on the wedding, but the question I have been thinking about most these days is, “How will Kate manage to be the bride she wants to be amidst the royal and public pressure of the bride she should be?”

One of the first decisions a bride makes about how she will outwardly express her own personality and style on her wedding day is in the selection of her wedding gown.  Every bride can relate to the struggle of what to wear on your wedding day.  It is a day when you want to look and feel your most fabulous!

Weddings within the House of Windsor span the decades.   Long trains are a must for those dramatic walks down the aisle.  Sleeves and a modest neckline will be necessary too.  Oh, and don’t forget the tiara!

Credits: Daily Mail, Mirror, BBC, Wikipedia, Daily Mail

I don’t envy the designer challenged with creating a gown that transforms Kate Middleton into Princess Catherine, future Queen of England, with all the world, and more importantly, The Queen of England, looking over their shoulder.   For Kate’s sake, I hope  that she can work with a designer who can combine decorum with drama and youthful whimsy with timelessness to design a gown that very much encompasses Kate the bride.  Not an easy task!

Will one of these British designers carry the fashion flag for the future of the British monarchy?

Credits: Marchesa, Vivienne Westwood via SF Examiner, John Galliano for Dior via StyleHive, Bruce Oldfield via Wedding Inspirasi, Sassi Holford via Youandyourwedding, Issa via Shopstyle