Fashion illustrations: What about them?

Editorials, photo shoots and campaigns are so widespread these days, there’s an undeniable level of saturation; fashion illustrations are a fantastic way of challenging this. Fashion illustrations render a link between the finished piece and that which is merely a drawing, for don’t all designer creations start out as sketches? Dignified and understated, Teri Chung’s illustrations capture the flow and vitality of designs from Jil Sander, Comme des Garcons and Balenciaga as does any photographer worth their salt. Something I’m looking to focus on more, is fashion illustration an untapped market? Or have I just been ignorant to it thus far? Overlooked by the mainstream media for the most part (I feel!), indie publications such as i-D and fashion photographer Rankin’s The Hunger magazine make great use of fashion illustrations, some of which I will post here for you all soon.

“Wear it in and wear it out”

From the man who gave us skin-tight lycra and Kiss-inspired make up in ‘Let Me Entertain You’, Robbie Williams has moved on to menswear, cultivating a label and burgeoning brand that represents the new Robbie most perfectly (having undergone his miraculous life change over the past few years – a combination of maturity, ambition and the love of a good woman). Accompanied by his Head of Design, Ben Dickens, formerly of Burberry, both have laid a solid foundation with their collection of high-end classic menswear with a twist, in what I hope is a successful endeavour for Mr Williams. It goes without saying that I’m usually dubious of artists-turned-designers. It’s early days yet but so far, Robbie carries off his new role with aplomb, initiative and his quintessential cheek, with his influence abundantly clear in their AW12 campaign. To shop Farrell or for more on the brand, including the origins of the label’s motto – “Wear it in and wear it out” – click here.

ASOS Curve: The lookbook

Finally,  a collection for curvy women I can get on board with! ASOS Curve’s AW12 lookbook has gone live, and as would be expected, is so jaw-droppingly gorgeous, it’s a sure sellout. Offering plus-size ladies what they have been calling out for, ASOS Curve is the label to do away with plus-sized fashions of old, which, let’s be honest, have been rather dismal up until now. At times, it appears plus-size retailers feel curvy women should be applauded and deemed stylish for doing away with the grey sweats and throwing on a multi-coloured tunic, or some other equally unflattering curvy girl’s ‘uniform’. In this case, ASOS Curve provides real fashion for real women – not the derogatory term that ‘real women’ has become in the wider media however – but with pieces that are affordable, fashion-forward and most of all, flattering. So on-trend and so lust-worthy are this lookbook’s offerings that I found myself checking them and similar other items out online, and now have a considerable selection saved in my shopping basket (some of which will hopefully make it to the checkout eventually – especially that leather snapback and seriously statement chain).

//Fashion Gone Rogue//

Farrell & Anderson

I have been such a bad blogger lately! Between interning and my part-time job, it’s hectic. Nonetheless, there are obvious perks. Perks such as being invited to preview menswear label Farrell’s AW12 collection in Brown Thomas ahead of its debut launch on Irish shores on Friday. An intimate gathering of some of the Irish fashion industry’s biggest movers and shakers, it was chaired by Lorraine Keane, with PR by Caroline Kennedy and Glenda Gilson grabbing a piece for Xposé.

Why the fuss over another menswear brand to be housed in Brown Thomas? The reason being that reformed hell raiser and Take That ‘manbander’ Robbie Williams is behind the label. I won’t go into too much detail as I will post a more in-depth piece on the collection itself in the coming days. But I will say this – Robbie, unsurprisingly, is a serious charmer, but also down-to-earth and clearly devoted to the label. Speaking exuberantly and with pride of the label founded as an homage to his beloved grandfather, Jack Farrell, Robbie has high hopes for the brand and its future endeavours.

Alongside his Head of Design, Ben Dickens (formerly Head of Menswear for Burberry, no less), Robbie sees Farrell as a line “for the working class peacock. It’s somebody that wants to make a statement, without making a statement. I think a lot of people do a lot of stuff that becomes more ‘costumey’ than it does actual day-to-day wear. Farrell is still very much dapper but, like I said, Saville Row quality at high-street prices!”

In other events from Friday, I popped into Topshop to catch a glimpse of JW Anderson X Topshop. Unfortunately, there was a slight mishap with the order and a good portion of the stock has been ‘misplaced’.  I was more than happy with what I did get my hands on though, mainly the above puffa-style paisley pencil skirt. While I haven’t purchased it as of yet – I’m still mulling over it – the skirt is gorgeous, and a total investment. I also tried on the matching shell top, but as is obvious, the bulky shape doesn’t do much for me.

En route to Topshop to check out the collection, I was stopped by two lovely girls from missguided.co.uk for a street style snap. It should be online in a few days or so and I’ll post it then. In the meantime, will anybody be shopping JW Anderson X Topshop? Or Farrell’s AW12 for that matter?

Pitfalls

It’s a tricky thing posting about collections due to the sheer fact that there are so many on such a regular basis. I feel that once I comment on one, there is an owness on me to follow up with another collection, then yet more again, until I have posted about all related collections. Take the recent Resort collections for example. Toned-down versions of the SS collections, they were previews of sorts to the AW collections, a mixture of the two seasons in one annual collection. When Vogue and co., and all fashion bloggers and co., have said all there is to say about the SS and eventually, the Resort, collections what is there left to say? In this case, I’ve had Markus Lupfer’s Resort Collection (sourced from Knight Cat) bookmarked for the guts of a month, leaving me gagging to say something about it, but not wanting to fall in to the afore-mentioned trap. Giving my bookmarks a good ‘summer cleaning’ (there’s a new one), I realised that instead of needing to post this collection, I wanted to, albeit terribly late. Of all the Resort collections, it was Markus Lupfer’s that stood out for me. This particular collection still makes my breath hitch, even after all this time (in fashion terms), something which few of the high-profile designer’s Resort collections do.