Chic and Elegance
The interest of doing illustrations in the fields of fashion and style is that sources of inspiration are inexhaustible.
You can find inspiration in the street, in the shops, during haute couture or ready to wear catwalks, in magazines where you see models showing off the latest work of young creators or of big fashion designers, during expositions, in books. You can also find inspiration in Paris or Milan but also when travelling in Asia or in America. Women open my eyes upon the numerous possibilities of assembling materials, textiles, jewellery, accessories and colours.
There is only profusion of elegance or bad taste, colour or grayscale, an overflow of eccentricity or flat monotony, but in any case, in fashion, the diversity of species is not in danger. 😉
FASHION, GIRLY OR STREET STYLE ?
My job as a freelance illustrator has taught me everything there is to know about fashion and little things on how to carry out a good makeover.
Thanks to characters from the TV show presented by Cristina Cordula “Splendid by Cristina” – on the channel Téva-, I now know how to wear a short jacket when you have a small chest, or why we should avoid three quarter length trousers if we have thick ankles.
My projects in Asia have allowed me to affirm my taste for the colours in my fashion illustrations. And they have opened up for me a range of possibilities: To go motorcycling while wearing a sari with a surfboard under your arm, yes you can do it. There lies the whole point of being an illustrator.
Clients and projects in the fields of fashion and style :
Nail Pro (USA), Biba (Paris), Elle, Le Figaro (Paris), Marie-Claire group (Paris), Parenting group USA (USA), “Be Stylish” by the indian stylist Pernia Qureshi, Inno Store (Belgium), Delsey, Lancôme, “Magnifique by Cristina” on TEVA TV, by the stylist Cristina Cordula, Anthony Peto (Dublin, Paris),
Exhibitions : Galeries Lafayette (Paris), “Across Poland with best fashion illustrators” / fashion week (Poland)
Best fashion illustrators / Exhibition / 03/05/2016
Exhibition of fashion designers
News and pictures of the fashion illustrators exhibition “Across Poland with best fashion illustration” in which I participate, with many fashion artists such as : Stina Persson, Antonio Soares, Paula Sanz Caballero, Caroline Andrieu, Gary Fernandez …
I was REALLY happy to participate especially since I have always loved fashion illustration. Among the designers selected by Tomek Krolikiewicz, I very much like the creations of Stina Persson, Antonio Soares and those of Decue Wu: colours, style, graphics and refreshing spontaneity! One regret: unfortunately I could not make it this summer to see the exhibition. The pictures presented were often very different from the projects that I make for the stylist Cristina Cordula for part of her program “Magnifique by Cristina”! There are no televisual constraints in this kind of creation which allows this spontaneity and creativity that one can find in most reproductions.
Picture : a woman on a terrace
Tomasz selected in my work the illustration “on the terrace” that I had carried out for the magazine ELLE India : the drawing of a very stylized and very colourful woman, moving through an urban environment evoked by a red line. It’s a picture I like and you can find its original in my fashion portfolio. I had already exhibited some of my works on canvas at the Galleries Lafayette. The “large-format” and “canvas” approach of the drawings, highlighted in an eye-friendly environment, is very different for me who is used to seeing my designs printed in magazines, in the press or on book covers … An experience that sometimes makes me want to delve into this terrain and think about a scenography, but also an atmosphere of sound and light! Well why not?
Fashion Tips / Fashion sketches / 12/18/2015
There are new looks, trends, as well as basic clothing. Here are some fashion sketches of women that I draw for Cristina Cordula‘s TV show : “Magnifique by Cristina” :
I still enjoy illustrating new trends, colours, materials of the moment ! But beware, beyond actual fashion, the rules for a successful look are sometimes subtle ! : based on your morphology, a particular item of clothing can be worn … or not, or at least differently. These are Cristina’s tips that I explain with my illustrations in this program. Even with the most beautiful clothes in the world, some notions of morphology are needed to enhance every woman with its own specificity.
For example, would you know how to recognize in these sketches of women the reasons what make Cristina say “No” to certain outfits ?
First plate : the woman in the middle has a bit of a belly, in this case, Cristina says better not to tuck your shirt into your trousers: leave it out, just like in the drawing alongside.
Trend plates for fashion tips:
Second plate: the woman on the left has an H and square body shape: in this case, putting a belt around her jacket makes her seem even larger, Cristina says better leave the jacket straight without a belt. The woman with a coordinated twinset (do not do) is wearing the pencil skirt the “Grandma” way (One of Cristina’s expressions) : pearls, flesh coloured tights, the headband, the twin set, no! Get inspired from the silhouette just next to, this is a modern way to wear a pencil skirt: the skirt is fitted, there is a lot more fabric, worn with a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a bucket bag, original sandals and a loose bun. It’s much better, don’t you think ?
Third fashion plate : the woman with the red dress is small, in this case, better to avoid mid-calf boots : it cuts the leg and makes her seem smaller, better to wear open shoes.
Fourth : the woman in the grey dress has strong calves ; in this case, it’s the same, Cristina says it is better to avoid mid-calf boots : it cuts the legs, draws attention to them and makes them look a lot wider, better to wear open shoes or high boots that hide your calves.
5th : when you are “petite”, you shouldn’t wear short pants, Cristina says that they cut off your legs !
And you, what do you think about Cristina’s advice ???
Fashion sketches / 12/18/2015
How to wear a denim shirt ?
Wear a white jacket with sunglasses and straight pants to go to the office, a denim skirt, a Panama hat and sandals for the weekend, or a little black dress, a silver clutch bag and evening shoes, for a “magnifique” look at any hour of the day.
How do you make a “fashion illustration”?
Cristina Cordula is up to date on the latest fashion trends. In this section, we speak about the “24 hours of a garment” on how to wear clothes all day in different circumstances. Today, it’s the denim shirt. Cristina defines the looks and Paula, her assistant, sends me pictures of the clothes and accessories for the outfits.
For this section, it is the same young woman who wears different outfits, who changes hairstyles depending on the time of day.
In my fashion illustration, called I “dress” my girl with clothes and accessories that I design in order to highlight them, and I send the illustrations without backgrounds to Paula. They are then mounted on the show and presented by Cristina in the fashion TV show “Magnifique by Cristina” every Sunday on TEVA.