23 novembre 2012

Fashion Illustration and the City. A talk with Meagan Morrison from Travel, Write, Draw



Illustration and fashion have a symbiotic relationship. Before photography, as a representation of fashion and cover of magazines, comes the art of Illustration. And even before a dress or a suit comes its sketch. So, we can ever never doubt about the importance of Fashion Illustrations. And, talking about this art, I could not talk about my illustration crush, Meagan Morrison. Even if Fashion Illustration has been undermined by fashion photography, we can't deny the glamour of this art. So, today I'd prefer to be in a trendy cafeteria in Manhattan, talking with Meagan and admiring illustrations drawn by her, but I have to be in a cold (very cold) italian city, admiring these illustrations on the blogosphere and talking with her by emails. Meagan Morrison is a young, ubercool, canadian girl based in New York City. I discovered her thanks to her blog "Travel, Write, Draw" and I've been catapulted in this amazing world of amazing Illustration. "Travel, Write, Draw" are three words representing three passions. The inspiration comes from travel and all that surrounds, she writes and draws about her travels around the world and about her New York experience. And about fashion, obviously. She's illustrated events for both Urban Outfitters and Lord & Taylor's Fashion's Night Out in New York. She has done editorial illustrations for Flare and IDEE FIXE Magazine. She has exhibited her works at two consecutive shows at W HOTEL in Times Square New York. Meagan is definitely trying to live this dream. So, we talk (in my imagination in a trendy cafeteria in NY, in the reality in front of a computer by emails, Facebook and our blogs) about our passion and I decided to interview her about some topics. (I absolutely advise you to visit her shop online  where you can find amazing Iphone cases and Illustrations). 

On starting painting:
 I've been painting since I was old enough to hold a paintbrush.What and how I paint has changed so much overtime though. Before my first degree I was more of a fine art painter, very abstract expressionist. Then after my business degree at McGill I discovered the field of fashion illustration and started channeling my art and painting towards fashion accessories and figure drawing. I still prefer painting above any other medium ie sketching, sculpting, or digital illustration. It is just so loose and exciting; there are so many more possibilities for happy accidents when you paint. 

 

15 novembre 2012

Your #Bestnightever with Asos, Azealia, Ellie and Charlotte.

Il party look indimenticabile quest'anno lo propone Asos. Con l'hashtag #bestnightever, il famoso shop online dedica una sezione del sito ai look perfetti per le feste con tre volti: Azealia Banks, Ellie Goulding e Charlotte Free. Non solo testimonial, ma vere e proprie ispirazioni e stylist per l'occasione.

Your amazing party look this year is proposed by Asos. With the hashtag #bestnightever, the famous online shop dedicates a section of the website to perfect outfits for holidays with three famous faces: Azealia Banks,  Ellie Goulding and Charlotte Free. Not only faces, but real inspirations and stylist for the occasion.


Charlotte Free: Volto noto sulle passerelle di tutto il modo, Charlotte è famosa per le campagne Maybelline ed il suo look ribelle e chic.

Charlotte Free: Famous face on around the world catwalks, Charlotte is famous for Maybelline campaign and a rebel-chic look.

 

6 novembre 2012

Nicolas Ghesquière lascia Balenciaga.




 Sono passati quindici anni da quando la maison Balenciaga diede il benvenuto ad un giovane Nicolas Ghesquière. Ed il 5 Novembre 2012 François-Henry Pinault annuncia il divorzio tra lo stilista e la maison: "Cristóbal Balenciaga era un maestro, un genio dalla visione d'avanguardia che ha dettato tante tendenze nella moda e ha ispirato generazioni di creativi. Nicolas col suo talento ha saputo portare alla maison Balenciaga un contributo artistico essenziale al rinnovamento della griffe" ha dichiarato Pinault, Ceo di PPR che dal 2001 è proprietario di Balenciaga. La notizia non è delle più gioiose per gli estimoatori di un artista come Ghesquière, definito nel 1999 da Suzy Menkes come "il più intrigante ed originale designer della sua generazione". I motivi del "divorzio", in totale accordo tra la maison e lo stilista, non sono ancora noti a noi comuni mortali. Voglia di rinnovamento per la maison? Bah...ma quando mai? Proposte da altri gruppi o maison per Ghesquière? Mmmm, possibile. Colpa del fatturato Balenciaga? Odierei questa opzione. E adesso Alexander Wang chi copie...ops volevo dire "reinterpreterà"? E da qui ripartirà il toto nomi per l'erede della maison di Cristobal Balenciaga. Avete già spedito il CV o quello di Stefano Pilati è arrivato prima del vostro? 

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, December 2003
“When I was a boy, I didn’t want to go play with the other kids. Instead, I was drawing all the time—cars and clothes! One day—I must have been ten years old or so—my aunt looked at what I was doing and she said, ‘You know, Nicolas, what you are doing is fashion drawing. You are designing clothes.’ And as soon as I realized that there was this thing called fashion—that there were fashion designers—that was it! I understood instantly that that was going to be my thing. Really and truly, there were no questions after that of what I wanted to do in life.” (from Vogue.com )


Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, August, 2003

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, January 2008
Yours Cristina L