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.

Still Going Strong

Having become a wardrobe staple of mine, I’m delighted to see that one of my favourite trends in a long time is still going strong. Now that the weather is gradually becoming more Spring-like, a maxi skirt is perfect for teaming with Spring patterns and slubby tees.

I have a few dressy things coming up in the next few weeks so I’ll be embracing the maxi for night-time glamour and dressing it up with statement jewellery, naturally.


Elizabeth for ASOS

As much as I love ASOS, I’ve never checked out their blogs/lookbooks/magazine etc. Until now that is. The March edition of their online magazine sees Elizabeth Olsen on the cover in various SS12 trends in mostly quirky, eclectic patterns.

I had a browse through the rest of the magazine while I was at it and was more than pleasantly surprised at the contents within. This issue features the obligatory ASOS pieces – to be launched online in April – such as peplum tops, Aztec backpacks, patterned jackets, crop tops and a host of other new season trends given an ASOS overhaul. Needless to say, I’m now trying to desperately claw together the funds for April! By the way, ASOS doesn’t accept Irish student cards (boo hiss), but it does have free P&P so that’s some form of compromise.

What impressed me moreso were the feature interviews with bloggers Connie Cao of K is for Kani and Audrey Rogers of Frassy, bloggers whom I had never heard of up until a few days ago, and am now following religiously. How bad!

To see the March edition of ASOS Magazine, click here.


Alexa Chung for Vero Moda S/S12

Never ever will I tire of this woman! Alexa Chung is seen here in Vero Moda S/S12, in what is one of the most gorgeous campaigns I’ve seen for what is essentially a high street brand.

Always a fan of their pretty basics, Vero Moda have stepped it up this season, aside from the addition of stellar stylista, Alexa Chung.

I have to admit, I’m really intrigued by this new direction Vero Moda are taking, it makes me see the brand in a whole new light. Which I assume was their intention? Either way, I’m seriously impressed. In case you guys hadn’t realised!

Also, for a fashion-esque film of the campaign, see below. I love this campaign!


Mixing It Up with Preen S/S12

While I caught most S/S12 collections when they debuted, Preen’s managed to somehow slip under the radar. That is until I happened to see Nicola Roberts on the cover of InStyle’s February edition, wearing a dress from the very collection.

While I adore the floral patterns that make up the majority of  the Spring 2012 collections, I love Preen’s digitized, pixellated take on the trend, combining facets of various other textures and prints. It’s a fresh take on a trend that could possibly become a little stale.

Being a fan of the androgynous look, Preen’s digital prints combined with tailored two-pieces are exactly what I’ve been looking for (I’ve convinced myself that I will possess an item from Preen S/S12 sooner or later, whatever it takes…).

In the meantime, if I don’t manage to get my hands on the very dress Ms Roberts is wearing on the cover of InStyle, I can always compensate with a piece from Preen’s collaboration with high street legend, Aldo. The collaboration is part of the shoe giant’s Aldo Rise Initiative, in conjunction with other designers such as Mark Fast and Christian Cota. As you may have guessed though, Preen is my favourite.