The aesthetics of wine have entered the fashion and beauty world. Vibrant vineyard hues and nuanced shades found in grape varieties like Chardonnay and Cabernet are influencing everything from lipstick shades to handmade boots. With a bevvy of designers looking to their favorite beverages for inspiration, here are 10 products influenced by the wine world that you should keep an eye out for.
Inspired by: Pinot Noir
Vibrant red with a touch of black faux leather trim, this hip-length jacket calls to mind the hue and flavor of Pinot Noir. Front and back princess seams and a stretch viscose/cotton material help accentuate curves. Carlisle also makes a matching Pinot Noir skirt.
Inspired by: Champagne
Created by Nashville native and New York City resident Anna Niedermeyer, the Buchanan handbag is an edgy composition of silk, calfskin and gold. “The idea for OPIA’s first handbag collection was born over a bottle of Champagne,” says Niedermeyer, co-founder and creative director of OPIA. “We wanted to capture its celebratory, magical, glamorous nature. The designs began with photographing Champagne with confetti mixed in, then printing it on silk to use as the patterning on the bags.”
Inspired by: Provençal Rosé
“I think this pink and gold scarf evokes a sunset beaming through a glass of sparking rosé from Provence,” says Michelle McCormack, senior vice president of creative at Printed Village, an online community of global artists and designers. “You can just imagine sitting on an ancient balcony overlooking the rolling vineyards with this piece on.”
Inspired by: Brandy
“We were drawn to the rich, deep hues of this brandy color,” says Zoe Cleary, co-founder and head of design at Nisolo, a leather goods brand known for its commitment to fair trade, sustainability and ethically made goods. “The Emilio boot is classic, ages well and pairs with anything, like a good brandy,” says Cleary.
Inspired by: Wine Barrels
These cufflinks are fashioned from reclaimed oak wine barrels sourced in the heart of California wine country which are inset in tungsten. In the words of Kyle Goleno, co-founder of Cask Jewelry in Napa Valley, “Terroir is hard to wear, unlike our cufflinks.We wanted to create something that embodied the essence of the wine barrel, but was small enough to carry with you at all times.”
Inspired by: Chardonnay
Whether you’re a bohemian bride or plan on keeping things traditional on your big day, the Chardonnay wedding dress is both formal and fun. Details include romantic ivory-lace appliqués adorned with pearls and bead work that overlay a light gold bodice, all intended to mirror the shades of Chardonnay. “Like its namesake, the Chardonnay gown is light and summery, with a touch of sparkle to evoke bliss and celebration,” says Christina Blanchette, vice president of sales and marketing at Maggie Sottero Designs.
Inspired by: Cabernet
Indie makeup brand Trust Fund Beauty has gained a following for making vegan and cruelty-free beauty products. “This polish takes its cues from the bold, assertive flavors and the deep, rich color of a fine Cabernet,” says Samara Granofsky, the company’s founder.
Inspired by: California Red Blends
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Heritage Red, a blend of California Syrah and Merlot, with a touch of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, was used to dye the lining of this rustic unisex shirt by hand (it comes with a wine-dyed bandana, too). “The Vintner’s Shirt was designed from a vintage denim Western that my uncle, Mr. Crawford, wore while working in his vineyards in Central California,” says Susie Shaughnessy, owner/designer of Crawford Denim and Vintage Co. “We dyed the contrast lining to match the color of the wine in a glass.”
Inspired by: Merlot
Looking for a lip color as full-bodied as your favorite wine? Gerard Cosmetics’ matte lipstick recalls the deep berry shades found in a glass of Merlot. It’s cruelty-free, gluten-free and made in the U.S.A.