I first saw this incredible Oscar de la Renta gown on Oscar PR girl’s instagram a while back (instagram.com/oscarprgirl) and fell in love. It’s also featured in a stunning Vogue shoot with SJP/Matthew Broderick. It’s one of my favorite sketches. I recently sold off the original but you can still buy a print of it here.
I decided I might make this a sort of ODLR-week on the blog. As a largely fashion-driven illustrator, fashions from great designers have played a huge part in my creative journey and driven me as an entrepreneur and artist, and no modern designer inspired me more regularly and fantastically than Oscar de la Renta. I’m no fashion editorialist, but to me, he had the magical ability to hearken back to that lost golden age of couture without losing the sense of being in the moment and modern. Somehow his designs were both timeless and timely.
Today is my little tribute to one of the most inspiring designers ever Oscar de la Renta. What an incredible creative legacy he’s left that will continue to inspire for decades to come!
It’s Monday, but today’s girl’s still in weekend mode – guess that’s what comes of warming my creative juices up on a Sunday evening in prep for the week – wishful weekending!
It’s Friday! Here for your enjoyment is this random pretty lady that I sketched for a little project I did this summer. Her skirt reminds me of a circus tent stripe, which kind of makes me happy. On that note, have a happy weekend!
Have you ever noticed this formula for naming famous paintings?”Marie Antoinette with a Rose,” “Mary Magdalene with a Night-Light.” I’ve coopted it today. I give you, “Kelly in the City with Luggage.” I think it works.
It’s Monday, and if there was ever a Monday-pick-me-up in the form of a wardrobe, it can be found on the bright and cheerful blog of Kelly in the City – all turquoise and hot pink and stripes and monograms. So if my illustration was not enough cheerfulness for your Monday, click over and enjoy a cascade of sunshine-in-the-form-of-clothing.
It’s Friday, and this is a long-overdue commission post! Stephanie is the owner of Polished Plans, an online fashion classroom! Great idea, right? If my fifteen year old self, who was fairly certain she would take the fashion-design-world by storm someday (and perhaps be breezing her way through the ranks of Michael Kors or Marc Jacobs, or be the star student of Tim Gunn by the time of her early twenties) could have seen this website, I think she would have been pretty excited. Stephanie tapped me to create a “fashion classroom” for her landing page, fulfilling my fifteen-year-old dreams to some abstract degree. Stephanie, my fifteen-year-old self thanks you!
I’ve decided this second illustration in my vintage print collection is part sixties retro, part Audrey-Hepburn-as-Eliza-Doolittle (which if I’m not mistaken was filmed in the 60s…I’m going to say I did that on purpose.) Just imagine that Eliza Doolittle was a sixties chick with blonde BFF, and this is them faking their way through the upper echelons of derby-watching society, peering demurely through their mascara-ed lashes.
Or, you could just decide it’s a just a couple of retro gals in black and white. Somewhat closer to what was on my mind at the time, but a lot less interesting, right? In any case, you can retro-up (or Doolittle-up) your own space by snagging this print, here. You know you want to, so what are you waiting for? C’mon! Move your bloomin…
I absolutely loved the warm tones and sixties patterns from the September Vogue spread that this sketch is taken from. Not sure how well it translated into an illustrated version, but all that fall fashion goodness is worth sketching nonetheless!
This lady from last year is stepping out of the archives for a jaunt on the blog today, her steps echoing of springtimes past and springtimes yet to come…
Every year there is one color that I obsess over for fall – this year, it is…burgundy! So far I have bought a burgundy sweater and a burgundy pair of flats – before September even hit! This illustration is carrying my favorite flower (my mother’s as well) – the burgundy dahlia. Purchase her as a print here!
Happy Monday! This week I’m introducing a new line of prints and stationery to the shop! Inspired by my one of my favorite style eras, the 50s-60s, the Vintage Collection is going to be all about glamorous, retro style from the golden age of fashion. First up is this sweet and glamorous Betty Draper-esque blonde in her swinging chiffon and bold red pattern. Stay tuned for more additions to the Vintage Collection line, and check out the shop to see the latest available!
Megan was the winner of my recent giveaway with the lovely Carly of the The College Prepster! I had a ton of fun with her portrait request – she’s looking darling in her Cynthia Rowley outfit!
The lovely people at Yellowberry recently asked me to create some illustrations for their brightly-colored and adorably-named bras for young girls – these cuties are the result!
A wishful sketch from last weekend as I’ve been dreaming of a more functional office. Normal humans’ tech-splurge dreams might consist of a jumbo flat screen TV with some nifty sound system, but as a freelancer and blogger who’s spent the past two years typing, Photoshopping, uploading, pinning, emailing and generally squinting through my contact lenses at my modestly sized laptop, I’d trade a million flat screens for one of those gleaming white iMacs that crown every impeccably styled home office in my Pinterest feed!