A Peek Into My Drawing Portfolio!

Ive been given the luck of actually having time and motivation and the same time to draw three drawings in one week…this rarely happens nowadays so I’m actually really excited! All of these drawings were fashion-inspired in some way, as I am really focused on improving my style-illustrations for future fashion university applications. Hope you like:)  

 This first drawing is inspired by New York Fashion Week and how I envision the hectic backstage scene may look like. I decided to focus on one model (not specific to a show) and show her passing the time before walking down the runway on her phone. I really found this fun and different to draw, as I also got to practice a bit of my fonts as well.
  For my next fashion illustration  collection, I was really inspired by Native American cultures in early American history and this sketch-although I decided on not coloring it-was a way for me to practice and visualize the direction I may want to go in for the collection in the future:) 

 This last look was inspired by the photograph I had printed, as I rally wanted to practice drawing from photography. 🙂 I really tried to experiment with a style I usually won’t draw with here, attempting to draw a more realistic face rathe than a really cartoon-ish one I always portray, and I also decided on shading in her skin grey to really make the clothing pop. 

What do you guys think? If you have any ideas for what you want me to draw next, I would love to hear! 

  

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OOTD: For The Love of Plaid

Plaid has been my favorite pattern for the longest time-maybe even forever😂. So, naturally I had to post an ootd featuring my favorite print. I decided to pair this faux-leather skirt to give the boxy top a bit more of a girly shillohette but still having an edge to it. I rather like this look, and yes this also means that I’m quite disappointed with the fact that I can’t really wear this outfit for the fall season :/  
    
 

Top: Forever 21

Skirt: forever 21

Shoes: Bakers

  

My Attempts At Drawing: Peek Into My Fashion Portfolio! 

If you were to ask me what my lifetime career goal was-at my age right now, at least-I would quickly respond with similar answer each time: I want to be able to drastically improve my artistic skills, in order to be a successful fashion designer in the making. Of course that would be an amazing career and life, but although I may not be old enough to see this dream become a relality just yet, I’m deciding to take the steps right now, and really hone in on drawing and fashion illustration, so design school could be a breeze! 

For this drawing, I really focused on the technical aspects and well as my ability to recreate a photograph, including the shades of each color with the limited supplies that I have. I have to say, that I was actually really happy to see how the final image turned out! I was so surprised at how similar my drawing really ressembled the photo, and it just motivates me to continue to do these types of projects in the future:) 

  I was really trying to experiment as much as possible in this illustration, and I really focused on how I drew and later color, instead on focusing much-or any, for that matter-attention on the actual design-hence the simple shift dress. I decided to try out only coloring in the clothing, and I was actually pretty pleased how this looks, making the clothing catch the eye, before the model which is definitely something I want to try to capture.

For this project, I used watercolor pencils and a watercolor soft brush of medium size. Both came from Barnes and Noble, and although with an affordable price tag of a low $12 for 24 pencils, I was really pleased with he pigment of the colors. (The skin was shaded with a lead pencil and a shading tool.)

  ^The sketch before it was shaded and colored. 🙂

  

OOTD: Bringing Boho Back

 When the boho trend first resurfaced around the middle of last year, I really wasn’t a fan of it. Maybe it was my strong opinion of dislike towards the stereotypical 70s look we’ve seen so much of, or maybe it’s just because I always think of wide-legged pants…but at the instance I didn’t really like it.

That didn’t last really long, and for whatever reason, everytime I entered a store, their window displays and looks that were featured at the front of the shop started to look better to me! (Yeah it’s kinda weird I guess) I tried to bring a little inspiration and recreate a look with a more toned down feel of boho. Hope you like it:)   
    
 

Fringe Top: …not sure:/

Leggings: Nordstrom 

Necklace: forever 21

Shoes: Timberland  

 

My NYFW Review: Desigual 

(On a random note before I start my review, if any of you know how to pronounce this label, I would be grateful for your knowledge😂…is it De-see-gul? Or maybe…de-see-goo-al..? I have no idea…) 

Okay, well anyways here’s my review:

I really loved every single look that walked down the runway this season for Desigual, and I’ll be the first to admit that this is in fact the first of this brands’ collections that I’ve not only reviewed, but also ever heard of! With that being said, I don’t really have any background knowledge about the label, its target audience, aesthetic etc. Therefore, it could pretty much be assumed that his review will be supported mainly by my own opinions. I’ll try to be as little as biased as I can. 🙂 

These three looks above are my absolute favorites, and it was quite difficult to narrow it down, even the the collection didn’t have over 60 looks. Even so, the line was able to capture so much in this small lineup, making a great first impression on me for sure. The first aspect I noticed here was the inspiration which I could only imagine borrowed from the middle eastern vibes and bright color scheme. I thought the looks were very fun and bold, and easily the prints were the focal point in this collection. 

Every look has a very fresh and new vibe to it, blended however with traditional, yet revamped- looks, such as the head peices. Overall, if you have asked me to describe in three words this collection, it would be: eclectic, eccentric and absolutely fearless. The bold mixture of print and color give this collection a carefree look, yet somehow remains cohesive in doing so. 

 One particular detail I really can appreciate  from this lineup, is how easily you can see each peice is truly ready-to-wear. In comparison to other designers-although with breathtaking gowns and eccentric accessories that seem to come straight out of a Star Wars movie-this is truly what this season is about. I can definitely already see department stores stocking up on looks such as these very close in the future. 

Oh, and let’s not forget the one thing everyone remembered most from this collection: the models with…selfie sticks. Now, like many people, I’m not really a fan of this selfie-crazed market, but at the same time I could see how by having this aspect tied into the collection was not only another bold move, but may aid in the label’s outreach into a younger market. 

  I think it’s safe to say that this Spanish brand is one that I’ll absolutely look forward to seeing from now on, as I always love to leash about new labels and this was one of the highlight of the opening days of NYFW. It’s the eclectic nature and highly cultured inspiration that brings such life and fun into this collection, that I fell in love with. It’s the use of decorative Mohawks, and headphones, it’s the wide array of patterned shoes, and color blocking. And it’s the fact that I can easily tell why Iris Apfel attended this show in particular: it is most certainly her style. 

To wrap up this review, I would say that if you want to stand out, and live to make fashion statements and risks, than this collection is perfect for you. If you like more toned down as sophisticated looks however, as the orange lipstick may not be at your liking. As everything, it comes down to personal taste and opinion. Mine however is definitely at a positive note:)
Rating: 4.6/5  

 

My Attempts At Drawing: Rapunzel in Watercolor! 

This was pretty tough, as I’ve only drawn one other watercolor photo in the past. However, as time consuming as it turned out to be, I was really happy with the end result, and thought I’d share it with you:) 

 I found that the color and saturation was really light, so I ended up going over a lot of it in maker, and I thought it gave it a really cool effect, so I keep this throughout the whole sketch:)

Supplies Used: 

Watercolor Pencils: Barnes and Noble

Paper: Strathmore Watercolor Paper 

Brushes: contemporary crafts 

  

OOTD: The Darker Side Of L.A.

It’s definitely been getting colder here in Chicago lately, so I figured I would wear I outfit that would…show how much I would rather be in California right now where the weather is probs perfection. I really love this blouse, it’s from Forever 21, and I just think it’s such a unique statement piece and the fact that I found it here instead of a really high class boutique I know I can’t afford, it’s crazy!   
    
   

Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Vans 

NYFW Review: Nicole Miller

Nicole Millers collection this season for New York Fashion Week was certainly one of the standouts for me personally. With its grunge and gritty vibe, this definitely coincided with my personal taste. Here’s my review on the outstanding lineup…

  By first glance, it’s apparent that Miller’s sole inspiration for this collection was graffiti and street art in general, with these opening looks. This featured print definitely had a New Yorker street style vibe to it, which was meant to be the style that the label went for this year, creating a new younger audience and coustumer base to her brand. 

Mentioning the fact that she looks at things “quite literally”, Millers aesthetic shines though this collection. However, at the same time, this review wouldn’t be quite complete without a mention to what everyone fashion-knowing person is thinking this season…it hardly seems as if the same designer has debuted this collection! Although I completely agree with this statement (I myself excepting impeccable silhouettes, with clean and crisp looks, and a simple color scheme with bold colors), I also think however that changes as these are what make the designer and brand grow. I’m absolutely all for it, and more of a fan than I already was before! 

  Coming back to my past tangent, as I mentioned before, her collection was heavily inspired by graffiti. The brick wall underlay is a touch that makes the reference both literal as well as giving the peices a pleated effect which I thought looked very interesting on the runway. I am not certain about the fabric that was used for the jumper and top on the third look, but I love how it resembles denim…it’s the upscale version of it I would have to guess. 😂 

I am such a fan of these buckles used on the straps as seen in the third look in the photos above, and another look in the collection. I just think it gives the collection a very playful 90s feel to a rather bold look. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing looks similar to these quite soon. 

  Going on further in the lineup, we reach this black and white pallete after a rather bold couple of looks. However, although not as colorful, they maintain to the standard and are just as bold. I am absolutely in love with this street style look, and it really shines through on the looks above. Sporting chumky patterned gym shoes and caps with formal skirts and work tops really give these looks an edge to a rather normal everyday look. 
 Perhaps the most feminine of the looks this season, we have these three beautiful prints to accompany the graffiti featured pattern. Although not entirely cohesive in print and cut, I can see the connection with a very similar buyer for all of these looks. With the extremes in different silohettes  and transitions from gym shoes and heels…the whole collection is definitely a risk, but nevertheless an overall great and original breath of fresh air to the label. 

Rating: 4.5/5

Any other collections for NYFW you’d like me to review? Let me know in the comments! Also, what did you think about this collection? I’d love to hear your opinions:)  

 

NYFW Review: BCBG Max Azria    

  To kick of my reviews this fashion week, I decided on beginning with BCBG Max Azria. So, let’s get started! 

So, the first thought that came through my mind when the first looks began to walk the runway was: “Boho-chic”. And rightfully so, as after the show and a bit of pre-research, I found that this was the trend that BCBG really wanted to capture this season. In any department and mainstream store you walk into lately, boho is certainly the standout style this year, and from the debut, I think it’s safe to assume that this trend is not going anywhere for quite some time.

What I love particularly about these looks are the girly vibe each clothing item has on its own. Every piece is very versatile and easily whereable for an every day look, but still keeps its chic designer finish. I’ve personally been into boho lately, and honestly I never really felt that this label coincided with my own style…but this season gave me a new perspective for the ever-evolving brand..and needless to say, I love their re-invented aesthetic and can only hope that it continues through their next season. 
  

Perhaps favorite look was the middle photo, above. I absolutely love the cut of the blouse, and the sinching at the wrists with this very thin and semi-translucent fabrics give the look a very playful yet feminine look. I also enjoyed seeing the return of these leg-warmer inspire socks, yet another aspect of BCBG’s 70’s inspiration. 

Oh, and the bucket hats. Can we just take a moment to talk about them? Love it. Seriously. And the funny thing is, I always considered the shape of these hats to seem a bit childish, but somehow, I really loved these.

Anyways, I feel like these looks will defiantly resurface by the time coachella rolls around again, as these looks truly compliment the California laid/back summer style. (A destination Lubov Azria was herself was inspired by for this collection). So, get ready to see a lot of bucket hats, leg warmers and Aztec prints very soon!

Although this collection was no-doubt a California inspired lineup, I couldn’t help but be drawn to these three looks above. I was very happy to see a darker and more colorful side to BCBG’s usual all-while and neutral color pallete. It was a very refreshing difference, and I think that this move really widens the market for more girls that are more edgy and love the peices above such as this beautiful gold blazer and  oversized Aztec-printed outerwear number. 

Overall, the inspiration and laid back summer feel was perfectly captured in this collection, and with a widened color pallete and daring old trend-redesigns, I think really made this lineup one worth looking forward to. 

Rating: ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚪️ (4/5 stars) 

What would you rate this collection? I would love to hear what you thought! Leave it in the comments below, also let me know what other NYFW show you guys would like me to review next! New fashion show reviews coming soon!