I love doing beauty illustrations, and I really wanted to do something Summery. What better than do draw a flame-haired Miss with spacebuns and freckles? This one is based on one of Vivienne Westwood’s Spring RTW beauty looks, just with a darker lip. I used Faber-Castell pencils and watercolour for the hair and spattered freckles for this one.
Hello! Well, I revisited the Chanel No.5 illustration and threw in more of the flowers which are included in this curiously harmonious fragrance despite the extensive list of ingredients. These are the flowers only, which makes a bouquet of May Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Lily of the Valley, Neroli, Bergamot, and Ylang Ylang!
I love Schiaparelli’s S/S 2017 collection since it’s heavily inspired by classic Elsa Schiaparelli motifs, so I drew 3 of my favourite outfits from it.
Every time I see a lobster motif I think of Elsa Schiaparelli and Isabella Blow in that order. Two fashionistas of excellence.
As an aside, motifs seem to have been a recurring theme in many fashion collections over the last few years, which is something that Vogue picked up on within menswear in this 2016 article. I don’t really see that easing up any time soon, and here’s some of the research I found on a cursory look:
The Schiaparelli F/W 2014 couture look above just really got me, and it got me wondering when the motif of hearts and arrows in fashion first originated. Then I saw this gorgeous costume which Ginger Rogers wore in a 1938 film called Carefree. I might have to get my sewing machine out and make myself something based on this dress because it’s so adorable.
Big shoutout to WhatGingerWore @ tumblr for their posts on this dress, including this post.
There are two costume designers listed as working on the film Carefree – Edward Stevenson and Howard Greer. A large, placed motif like this really sums up the 30s for me, so it doesn’t surprise me as a costume design in a film of this time. Weird and wonderful motifs were a big deal running right into the 40s and beyond, and Schiaparelli was very fond of using them in her designs, as well as my forever fave, Gilbert Adrian.
Then in the 40s, Susan Dannenberg created the ‘Suse” sweater, which was directly referenced in Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2016 lookbook.
I really hope this trend continues and grows. It brings some much needed fun into the world.
A little late for Easter, but if you celebrate this holiday here are some bunnies from Louis Vuitton’s F/W 2009 collection!
One of my favourite books to read to relax in the evenings and Sunday mornings is Perfumes: The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. The descriptions are often beautiful, sometimes snarky and hilarious, and I’d recommend it to absolutely everyone whether they’re a perfume enthusiast or not. I was also very pleased, nearing on smug, when I found that my personal favourite perfume Mitsouko, is also the author’s favourite. They didn’t like my other favourite, though: Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. Can’t win ’em all, I guess.
Since I’ve been going back to this perfume book like a comfort blanket over the last few weeks, I decided to do a series of perfume illustrations, and where better to start than with the most famous perfume: Chanel No. 5? Through my trusty copy of the Perfume A-Z, I learnt that Chanel has its own fields of may rose and jasmine which are farmed exclusively for them in Grasse in the South of France. The flowers are harvested twice a year and form the heart of several of Chanel’s perfumes, including, of course, No. 5.
I want to do a series which features of perfumes positively exploding out of the bottle, so here are roses, jasmine, with hints of ylang ylang, iris and neroli bursting out of the classic bottle, along with the musky smokiness in the background. I may do this picture again and add in more of the flower notes of this perfume, which also includes lily of the valley and iris.