Heathered Stripe: Behind the Design + Styling Tips
Nicole LaMotte for Parachute
What goes into making a best seller? Our Heathered Stripe Duvet Cover Set sold out last season but due to popular demand, we brought it back for a limited time – and in three colorways. From the design process to the photoshoot, get a behind the ‘seams’ look at how this set came to be – and how to style it in your own home, courtesy of our Product and Photoshoot squad.
The Product team begins the design process by brainstorming and developing seasonal themes (Fall 2016 is all about layers and texture). Each new product is woven into the existing assortment of home essentials to maintain a cohesive brand aesthetic. This involves reworking colors, testing different textures and fabrics, and coordinating closely with the Planning and Merchandising teams.
When conceptualizing the Heathered Stripe Duvet Cover Sets, Amy Hoban and Meghan McGrady – our Creative Director and Product Development Manager – created a dimensional fabric exclusive to Parachute with our Portuguese manufacturer. The heathered fabric is a unique twist on Parachute’s core color palette, with the speckled effect produced by twisting yarns together in various shades of a single color. To complete the subtle, textured look, a small amount of elastic is woven into the twill stripe to pucker the fabric.
As the samples of their designs arrive at our headquarters, Amy and Meghan style the bedding in actual bedrooms to check measurements, quality and fit. This allows our Product team to get a holistic sense of the new bedding and how it complements our current assortment.
Once the designs are finalized and produced, Amy and Meghan work with LA’s premiere prop stylist, Scott Horne, to plan and execute an editorial photoshoot. First Amy and Meghan organize the logistics – the photographer, location, set design and construction. Then they provide a shot list (which outlines the assets needed for our website, press and blog).
The extensive planning pays off on shoot day. “It is a lot of fun, especially because we work with some great personalities,” Amy shares, “It makes a really long day interesting! We get upwards of 30 shots done, which is quite challenging, so the shoots always feel like a solid accomplishment.”
When designing the set for heathered stripe, Scott mixed timeless raw materials like wood, metal and leather. Meghan explains, “We wanted to place these duvet cover sets in a warm room – evoking both California modern vibes and the fall season.” Scott adds, “Above all, we focused on quality and craftsmanship – core tenets of the Parachute brand.”
By incorporating both modern accessories and vintage pieces, this set captured current home decor trends. For consistency, Scott chose props that would vibe with previous photoshoots. Some of his favorite places to find furniture and accessories for Parachute include Amsterdam Modern, Mid Century LA and Shop Class.
How to Style Heathered Stripe at Home
Because the Heathered Stripe Duvet Cover Set is casual, there’s no need for rigidly-made beds with hospital corners. Instead, take a cue from the shoot and loosely drape your linens. This allows the bedding to naturally fall into place for a comfortable, lived-in look.
While the set is part of our fall 2016 collection, it can work year round. Try pairing heather stripe with a cool, crisp Percale sheet set in white for the spring and summer. The contrast will instantly brighten the look and make the texture pop. Here are a few of our favorite ways to style the collection for warmer temps: Heather grey + blush linen (soft, light and airy), heather blue + fog linen (coastal cool and relaxed) and heather tan + navy Percale (New England prep at its finest).