See How Fashion Lives in New York Splendor


In New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Rooms, Wendy Moonan brings readers into the city’s finest interior spaces. The book shares images of every type of grand home in New York from opulent French-inspired townhouses to sleek glass and concrete-constructed apartments, outlining their defining design details and what makes them fabulous. Among the covetable residential rooms of the artists, architects, and penthouse dwellers featured in the tome are the beautifully curated homes of several fashion designers. With these spaces, Moonan offers a glimpse into how fashion creators have made a stylish space for themselves. Here, CR looks at the most remarkable rooms of the designers included in New York Splendor.

Lela Rose
The transformative 6,000 square foot Tribeca maisonette owned by Lela Rose and her husband boasts a central ground floor that doubles as a studio and event space, perfect for hosting fashion presentations, atop their two-floor basement living quarters. The entire home was designed by associates of Work Architecture Company, who assisted Rose in creating a multifunctional space that joins her family’s needs with her fashion business. A portion of the glass ceiling can descend at the push of a button and become a dining table or a catwalk when joined with a long Japanese-style table in the adjoining room.

Red was the central color of Adolfo F. Sardina’s nineteenth-century Fifth Avenue mansion, which he vacated in 2014. His designs were spotted on the backs of New York socialites like Jacqueline Onassis, C.Z. Guest, and Babe Paley. The foyer, pictured above, shares just a hint of his home’s opulence, filled with Old Master portraits from France, Holland and across western Europe that matched the decadence of his collection of Chinese and French antiques.

Gloria Vanderbilt
The patchwork-themed bedroom Gloria Vanderbilt designed in her Upper East Side townhouse was inspired by a happy accident where she and her husband happened upon a store that sold only American patchwork quilts. After that, she began collecting them, which led her to cover the walls, ceiling, and floor of the bedroom in quilt work patterns. The resulting effect is a kaleidoscope of print and color that creates a lively space to take refuge in.


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