8 Design Lessons I Learned From Zoolander 2
Non-stop laughs, former models, saving beautiful pop stars — this doesn't exactly seem like the typical formula for great design advice. But believe it or not, we realized that Zoolander 2 can actually teach us quite a bit about home decor, fashion and so much more.
Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz star in this long-awaited sequel, and I've soaked up all their hilarity and translated it into some bite-sized design takeaways for you.
Embrace Your Passion for Fashion
If you, like Derek Zoolander, can't get enough when it comes to fashion — don’t fight it. Use your home as a place to show off your favorite collections, like this gorgeous hat display. You can get creative with this idea and show off all sorts of collections: think vintage purses, sunglasses, scarves or even vintage jewelry collections.
"Blue Steel" Is Where It's At
Zoolander is famous for perfecting his trademark "blue steel" pose. Get inspired by the blue steel color scheme, and try incorporating some of these hues into your home. This chic living room seamlessly combines blues, grays and metallics to create a beautifully pulled-together space.
When It Comes to Color, Go Bright
Fashion and color truly go hand-in-hand. While color trends change year-to-year, you can almost always count on bright hues to show up on the runways. This light-filled blue and black bathroom manages to pull off the perfect combination of bold and bright. Small spaces (like a guest bathroom, closet or a petite guest bedroom) are a great placr to experiment with color or pattern if you want to try going bright.
Bring Street Style to Your Space
Graffiti art has always been associated with fashion and style and is a great way to bring in some edge to your space. You might want to hire an actual graffiti artist and paint a phrase that is particularly meaningful to your or your family. Or for an easier dive into the graffiti look, consider using a piece of art.
Get Inspired By Fashionable Fabrics
Fashion designers often experiment with unique fabrics and patterns. Try bringing some of this look into your space by using patterned wallpaper. If you're nervous about wallpapering an entire room, try using wallpaper on a single accent wall. Or if you'd rather keep the patterns a bit more undercover, you can even cut pieces of wallpaper to size and use them as drawer liners.
Duck Lips? Yes, Please
Derek Zoolander is quite a big fan of the Kylie Jenner-perfected duck lips pose. If you're guilty of using this look in some of your own selfies, we promise not to judge. But you may as well go all in and embrace some bird-themed decor in your space, too. You can go for ducks if you'd like, but we also support the more liberal interpretation.
Men's Suits as Decor
You'll see some truly unforgettable suits in Zoolander 2. These suits are so fabulous and trendy, they were a great reminder that you can actually use fashion as decor or art in your own home. A vintage mannequin or valet stand is a great option for displaying your favorite suits. This will also allow you to switch up your displays based on season or color (in case you want to mix things up down the line).
Go All Out With Your Closet
One of the best ways to honor your fashion addiction in your home is with a completely tricked-out closet. If you want to go all out (and have the space), you might want to consider turning your closet into more of a dressing room. This would allow you to bring in elements such as seating, art and other small decor items that would help your closet feel more like a living or sitting room.