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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London, Street Style

Live Illustrating Aldo Press Day: Drawing Zara Martin

A couple of weeks ago I had one of the most glamorous and beautiful live illustration sessions. I have been invited to perform live over Aldo ‘Reign or Shine’ FW17 press day in heart of central London.

It was an exclusive session for stylists, bloggers and influencers, as well as the brand itself to capture some gorgeous dreamy shoes from the collection.

The best part for me as live illustrator is the opportunity to engage with people and direct contact with the model. Some people laugh how chatty I am over my live illustration sessions, but to me this is as important as every stroke I do on the paper – as it is directly affected by the nature of the person, their style, their voice… And how inspiring it is for me, when I have a chance to directly engage with some of the key influencers and get to know them in such unique way!

Whenever I had a chance, I drew the shoes from the upcoming collection. The FW17 is truly lush – pink pastels and grey tones  are truly romantic and feminine. Fluffy furry accessories will make you want to snuggle all winter long. However, there were a couple of really bold embroidered pieces that made sure the collection isn’t monotone. I especially will look out for the silver and shiny long boots!

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One of the highlights for me as an artist was to draw a couple of significant bloggers and VIPs over the event. Without a doubt beautiful DJ Zara Martin was one of them!

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Another lovely lady who was waiting in line to get her portrait done was blogger Freddy – I tried to depict her sweet nature!

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Finally the third of my favourite bloggers I drew was Mona’s Eyes – she is incredibly smart, kind and was very happy to receive a lot of applause from her 🙂

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Thank you Aldo and BPCM PR for a beautiful day!

What I Wore: 

Shoes: Aldo

Dress: Topshop

Film by: 

Eleonora Cecchini

 

 

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Fashion, London, Street Style

3 ways to wear a bandana and look Avantissimo

There are certain accessories that will never go out of fashion and small bandanas are certainly one of them. A bit retro, pin up and rebellious – they add that extra punch to a look, whether you keep it chic or playful.

Italian fashion is known for their love for colour and accessories, therefore there was no wonder that luxury fashion outlet Fidenza Village teamed up with 5 worldwide known illustrators to produce 5 exclusive limited edition bandana  in tribute to futurist artist Depero. Very graphic and vibrant designs printed on solid, high quality italian cotton can finish any look and add that juicy touch to any fresh spring look.

My favourite bandana was done by Roman Muradov and here is how I styled it in 3 ways compromising current high street trends.

 

LOOK 1 – BANDANA AS HEADBAND

The classic bandana on a head always reminds me of 50’s pin up girls and I think they just look plain girly sexy and fun.

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LOOK 2 – BANDANA ON WRIST

These bandanas are so colorful and beautiful, that I thought they could look amazing as a bracelet on its own. The geometric shapes made it look like piece of art and it brings a lot of attention to your handbag when you hold it as well – so make sure your bandana matches a bag you carry.

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LOOK 3 – BANDANA ON NECK

Final classic look that was very trendy last year. This is perfect for an formal or office meeting.

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Bandana: Fidenza Village – Kreativehouse – design by Roman Muradov

Check the post and recap of the collaboration by Kreativehouse

Skirt: Zara

Top: Miss Selfridge

Shoes: Miss Selfridge

Bag: Zara

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

Grazie Kreativehouse & Fidenza Village!

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Fashion, Street Style, Travel

Depero Il Mago – inspired by Futurist trends

I never say no to any opportunity to visit Italy – as soon as I received the invitation to see the exhibition of Depero – one of Italian leaders of Futurism I was ready to go.

My art has been inspired a lot in the past by Constructivism and Futurism, but Depero’s name appeared new to me. After briefly familiarizing with his iconic works I knew it would be an inspiring trip – both for my art, as well as for fashion sense – as the use of colour that Depero used and how geometrically played with is truly inspiring and remains very modern in today’s aesthetics.

I wanted to wear something bold and graphic to match the theme of the exhibition, but also glamorous to keep my inner Italian chic sparkle. Therefore the jumpsuit sewn with a lot of detailed embroidery felt like a perfect choice for the occasion – the blend of avant-garde with a strong feminine touch.

Upon arrival you are greeted by unusual hosts – graphic characters from Depero’s artwork in the garden!

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Who’s more graphic?

The exhibition is held at Fondazione Magnani Rocca and it’s located in the midst of the beautiful region of Parma. Surrounded by the spacious fields with the distant sight of the hills, the palace shines in the early spring sunlight and made me feel of being invited to an intimate private view held for true art connoisseurs.

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The exhibition was a fantastic retrospective on Depero’s evolution in futurism as an artist. I was truly impressed by the perfection and cleanliness of his cuts and lines in graphic works and very adventurous use of colour and geometry. I admit, that as much as I am familiar with futurism, I think it was Depero where I have seen most vibrant and almost ‘pop’ use of colour, which made a lot of his designs timeless and still modern.

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It would be hard for me to select which artwork was my favorite, as the exhibition was very diverse across the decades of the artist’s work. However, my eyes were naturally most drawn to later work of Depero, which included his famous covers for Vogue and Vanity Fair. I truly enjoyed seeing his commercial work influenced by the architecture of New York, which is also one of my beloved timeless inspirations.

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And what would be an italian celebration without a party? Especially where you find out some art trivia like the bottle of Campari has been designed by Depero himself. That was followed by some Italian Parm ham (would be a sin not to eat while in Parma region, despite I stick to vegetarian diet), cheese and tortellinis!

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Grazie Depero and Kreativehouse for as usual beautiful, lasting memories!

Visit: 

Depero Il Mago – Fondazione Magnani Rocca

What I Wore: 

Jumpsuit: Miss Selfridge Premium Collection

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Choker: Swarovski

Photography by:

Kreativehouse

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London, London Fashion Week

London Graphic Centre x Fashionary – Video – live illustration demo

To celebrate London Fashion Week I had a wonderful opportunity to present my live fashion illustration at my beloved arts store in London – London Graphic Centre. In the heart of Covent Garden, the spot regulary crossed over the fashionistas attending the shows, I had a pleasure to present my skills and tips while drawing on beautiful templates provided by Fashionary.

I can’t express how excited I felt when in the store that few years back I was in awe as a first year LCF student I spotted a huge poster promoting my session.

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But the real joy came when the attendees started to arrive. It was a great crowd – interested in my process of drawing, patiently waiting for their illustrations. Some great art and smiles were produced that day.

Credit: Adriana Stan

 

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Credit: Adriana Stan

 

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I had a chance to also present some of my favourite art materials, but the main spotlight was reserved for Fashionary – a leader in producing unique fashion sketchbooks. I was drawing live an illustration in the postcard.

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It’s been truly one of the best experiences I had as a live illustrator, surrounded by lots of joy. I do hope soon there might be some new exciting adventures I will pursue with London Graphic Centre… so watch out! 🙂

Big thank you to London Graphic Centre, Fashionary, Min Joo Chan, Adriana, Bansri and all dear friends for the support that day.

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Credit: I Shoot People

What I Wore: 

Jacket: Bershka

Top: Balmain

Glasses: Aldo

Film by: 

MinJoo Chae

Photography by: 

Adriana Stan 

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London Fashion Week, Street Style

3 Last Minute LFW Must Haves

Are your LFW outfits all ready to go? Or you’re not quite there yet? Trust me, it took me a while to finally decide what to wear to my favorite weekend of the year, making sure I check the boxes for current season hot style, comfort and that effortless stand out factor. I always invest in my LFW key pieces while making sure that these will be the items I will love to wear not only during the event. After researching in stores, observing street style in London and what really looks cool and chic I made the selection of 3 key items that are LFW must haves (and beyond!) Bonus? The selection I picked actually will go along with all the other products… so if you’re still searching – here you go!

1) METALLIC / WHITE SNEAKERS

Effortless, comforable to run between shows – nothing beats a good pair of sneakers. I do love heels, but since last year I allowed myself for the first time (!) to wear flats – I discovered a new world. And those sneakers just look so plain good and simple. And that metallic + white combination is super chic and look fantastic both with wide leg trousers as well as jeans.

My buy: Lacoste

2) Luxury brand Logo Top

Gucci broke my heart. I bought my dream Gucci t-shirt with 80’s logo replica (not mentioned, as it’s sold out 🙁 ) only to find out a day later that it’s been out of stock. It was my major fashion investment for this year and key piece with my outfits. I had to let go off my pain (practice non attachment!) and find a back up plan asap – and found the alternative in Balmain. A great investment in practical luxury, that will go beyond fashion week days and keep a luxurious tone with casual wear.

3) Collar Fur Coat

Even though winter in other parts of the world is much harsher than in London (reminder when I went to Liverpool last week!) – fur coat is also welcome in warmer weather. Especially if we are considering and focusing on fur more of an accessory and attachment, which almost looks like a scarf. I especially love the nude and rose tones or just keep in simple black with oversize fur collar.

My buy: Karen Millen

What are your top 3 buys for LFW? Do you agree with my selection? Watch out for the street style looks where I am wearing my top 3 buys and enjoy LFW!

 

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, Travel

Live Illustration for Rotary Charity Ball (and medieval retreat at Hotel Krasicki)

Slow early January? That hasn’t been a case for me. I have been busy with my freelance work and also my first live illustration gig happened for the first time for me in Poland – in the region, where I come from. I have been invited by Rotary club to perform live illustration over their annual charity ball. It was the first time as well when the illustration was treated as in the form of charity – all the money spent on each individual portrait was going for the cause.

I was wearing this unique red dress from Lou – I wanted to be stand out and I thought that the collar and long sleeves with the waist ruffled bottom made it look super classy and elegant.

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I drew a lot of beautiful ladies that night dressed in very chic ball dresses, but I had to make a highlight on this lady who was also in red!

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It turned out to be extremely popular – while everyone was dining and wining, I was working super hard until 2AM!! And not everyone got drawn… I had to rest eventually after 5 hours 🙂

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Luckily I could catch a breath next day, as the event was taking place at the magnificent hotel Krasicki – have you ever wondered how it is to spend a night in medieval castle? Well, the ride up to northern part of Poland (Warmia & Mazury) could be just the right destination. The area is famous for many medieval castles and this one has been magnificently adapted to a 4 star hotel. You may think it is very cold inside (hence the winter full of snow outside) – but i was surprised how well heated the room and corridors were!

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It has a SPA (treated myself with a facial and massage after long night before), swimming pool, sauna… It does feel funny when you walk the corridors which are truly complex – you might actually get lost! I literally felt as if I was visiting one of those castles which are museums, but wandered off the official tourist trip and just was visiting it on my own and was allowed to touch all the objects 😉

The restaurant also was special – again had that museum vibe to it with a traditional elements of regional folk design. And traditional polish cuisine served with the top notch taste was delicious.

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credit: hotel Krasicki

It was a perfect getaway for me to enjoy live illustration, party, and the stay at the nice hotel… Travelling to Warmia (FYI the cleanest part of Poland) is very easy and cheap from London – since the opening of the new airport in Szymany, you can get a flight from… £7,99! I think that was the cheapest flight I ever took in my life – it was more expensive than luggage!

So, anyone fancies a medieval get away?

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Fashion, Motivation, Street Style

Look Up High – Move On. Happy 2017.

img_39702016 didn’t begin well for me.

I was disappointed, drained and confused. In fact, in the midst of the NYE party with friends, I burst into tears.

I felt overwhelmed and hopeless. Despite the new dream job I had I was very stressed with it, I felt like I was losing my purpose and felt like I won’t be able to get out of where I was. I was stuck.

So here we go a year later…

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I feel empowered. I feel joyful. The sense of purpose of my passions is back and I evolved.

I made so many necessary steps to move on, with small steps I committed in 2016 to heal myself. I knew that state of mind on beginning of 2016 was temporary – my heart kept telling me – there MUST be a way to get out of it. Even though my mind felt stuck – my heart kept whispering that I would be able to get out of that dark place.

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And there is and was – I don’t own it all to myself, but also to many wonderful new friends I made, beautiful adventures, travels and celebrated success.

The major ones were undeniably my One Day video – my most beloved, personal project – to achieve so much success over the world on the fashion film festivals. These were the seeds that I planted with so much sweat and pain a year before – only to see them grow in 2016.

This was such an inspiring process that helped me to heal and grow – and move on.

Even if you feel stuck – keep working, keep believing. Rest, observe, analyse and step back if you need to. That’s what I did – I needed to reevaluate my dreams and goals in order to make necessary and beautiful new changes happen.

I have so many ideas to share and plans already to be done in 2017, but that energy I thought that would have never been back is with me – and I am so thankful for the beautiful and inspiring lesson I received in 2016, that also marked my dreams coming true.

One of my goals is to finally be more open and inspire – and be more committed to my art. I have so much to tell and if you are willing to read and listen – I am here.

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Have an inspiring and full of blessings 2017 – full of positive signs from here and above.

Skirt: Topshop

Top: Minkie

Shoes: River Island

Bag: Lulu Guinness

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

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Art Direction, Fashion, Fashion Illustration

My Top 4 Illustrated Christmas Campaigns

Most anticipated, beloved, inspiring, sparkling… and yet most stressful, with most pressure, sleepless nights time in retail and fashion industries? Yup – it’s Christmas time ladies and gentlemen!

With all the galore of sparkling wishes and promising gifts comes that huge responsibility of packaging your anticipated gifts and selling them in the best way possible! How to do that, when the market is so saturated with all those emailers to the point when all the Christmas graphics start to blend into one convoy of big red background with some bling?

Well… I always have one advice for this.

Be FUN!

Festive time is perfect to be light hearted and joyful. I absolutely LOVE Christmas (I am that cheesy kind of Christmas fan) and even at work I couldn’t think of approaching it any other way.

I have been blessed to work this season as illustrator and graphic designer with great British fashion & retail brands this season and I am delighted to show you all the branding, art direction and creativity I offered to them. In following order: Dune, Lulu Guinness, Antler and Sabine Getty!

DUNE

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I cannot lie – this has been my favourite Christmas brief in 2016. I have been working with Dune since last year, but it was the first time when I have been asked to create their official Christmas card both in online and print.

The idea was to show a lady with shoes, but I took it further with the idea of the GIF and some cute elements like the dog, snow, unwrapped bags etc.

I hope you have spotted that one in newsletter if you ever shopped with Dune! 🙂

Lulu Guinness

I worked for a year as graphic designer at Lulu Guinness and recently left, but I managed to work on their  Xmas campaign (as early as in August)! The idea was to merge my illustrations as props with the actual shoot of bags. So the actual illustrations were transformed from A4 ink illustrations into these massive A0 boards and… here’s the final effect! Absolutely love the final outcome (worked on this with the PR & Marketing team).

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Antler

I supported the brand as freelance graphic designer over the Xmas period. Since Antler’s branding is minimal and clean, I thought I could introduce some sparkle for the special festive occcassion. Here’s the jumping deer (aka Antler’s logo) joyfully promoting the Xmas sale!

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Sabine Getty

Falling jewellery instead of snow anyone? That was sort of the vision for designer Sabine Getty and her Christmas card. Sabine is the daugther of the founder of Getty images and I was requested by her team to create a GIF depicting her collection falling out of Xmas sock. The graphic was used as Xmas email card and appeared across social media.

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What is your favorite Christmas campaign I worked on? Do you have any questions and thoughts on creative process? Feel welcome to reach out and comment!

Wishing you wonderful, blessed Christmas x

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London

London Graphic Centre – How to draw clean

A couple of weeks ago London Graphic Centre organised a Students Day, greeting warmly new arts students with events, workshops and special discounts in their flagship store.
Although I have graduated a while ago I still remember the days of when I was a London art student and since then I have been a regular customer and fan of the store and all the great supplies that London Graphic Centre has to offer. And I was more than happy to receive a couple of goodies that arrived in my bag!

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I am most popular for live illustration and quick drawings, so I like to work quite clean.

I always start a sketch with a pencil and that must basic tool for any designer wasn’t missing in the bag! I did a quick outline of proportions and composition with the pencil.

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I am a fan of markers of all sorts and I was happy to find my all time favourite Staedler Pigment Liner which I always use for my sessions. It is perfect for details of the face and gestural accents.

Finally I usually finish my illustration with ink and brushes to add the contrast and bold lines, however I found a great alternative for this with this pocket size, cute thick marker. I was surprised how great it can replace the bold edges if you run out of ink!

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If you are a student make sure you get a 15% off discount card from London Graphic Centre. As a student it saved a lot of my budget and at the same time I did not need to compromise on the quality of the artwork I was creating. The best deal is that it works with the current instore promotions and you can especially get amazing deals on sketchbooks – you can never have enough of them!

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When it comes to style I am quite obsessed with the trend of slip dress. Now that we have colder weather it’s even more fun to layer it over other pieces. The romantic 70’s embroidered shirt with a collar is toning down the dress that could also be worn as an evening piece. I finished it all with jeans which almost look like jeggins and I thought it’s cool to see how each individual strong pieces from different styles come together and can keep you a bit warmer and more daring!

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What I wore:

Dress: Mango

Shirt: Mango

Jeans: Miss Selfridge

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

Thank you London Graphic Centre!

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Fashion, London, Street Style

White Mist – Collab with Luxemme

Officially we may have a calendar spring, but you can hardly see it in London. Rain, cold temperature, grey sky… not much has changed since February!

However, it is definitely a lot of brightness coming up in my heart due to exciting projects I will be releasing in May.

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A lot has been going on in my career – juggling it with my full time role as graphic designer at Lulu Guinness – but I am definitely positive to say, that things are moving and also had a couple of exciting comissions, which I will soon write about.

I feel like received a touch of light wings when I found out, that my unreleased video ‘One Day’ (premiere 6th May) has been nominated at Bokeh Fashion Film Festival by Mercedes Benz in Capetown. This is my absolute debut as a musical art director and I am thrilled to see, that dreams started to see reality…

But! I will be more writing about it in next posts – as there is a lot to share!

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In the meantime I am glowing in a beautiful dress from Luxemme, the beatiful sheer draping in white made me feel like a dove. The dress is of an excellent quality and I definitely think it is a strong piece that could make a good entrance at a cocktail party (If only it became a bit warmer!). I matched the matte white with holographic accents to give the look a classy, shiny statement.

All photos were taken by my favorite street style photographer Zac Mahrouche, who I am extremely proud of for recently getting accepted at London College of Fashion. Well done!

What I wore:

Dress: Luxemme

Pouch: Lulu Guinness

Shoes: Simple

 

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Fashion, London Fashion Week, Street Style

London Fashion Week AW16

Do you remember that feeling as a child when you were waiting for Christmas? How excited you were about decorating the Christmas tree, Santa coming to town bring you presents, the joy and excitement, feeling as if world was turning into fairy tale?

Not that I am no longer a Christmas fan, but the feeling I used to anticipate during holidays when I was little around  I discovered again a couple of years ago, when I first attended London Fashion Week. I am always so much looking forward to that time, because this brings out the emotions in me as if I was living in a chapter from fairy tale. The shows, running around through showrooms, spotting vibrant street style, bumping into old and new fashion friends… This is what makes my heart race!

I have been regularly working with 55 Factory aka 55 Pages and I became a regular contributor to the magazine with my fashion illustration trends, which allows me to get to enjoy the LFW to the fullest.

MY LOOK – DAY ONE

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Day one always has been the busiest for me – so I know that I had to wear something comfortable (meaning no high heels!). I decided to wear for the first time trainers from Max Mara – I invested in them with the thought of LFW and since I am a devoted shine lover I knew these need to belong to my wardrobe. I combined these with a long t-shirt / cape from the Ragged priest – (which I also thought is a weird LFW kind of thing when buying) and mermaid sequin skirt from Mohito.  My style is always about mixing something extravagant with elegant, therefore I toned it down with a shirt (Cos) which I thought nicely layered with shiny fabric and  grey hat (Miss Selfridge ) . The silver shine continued with jewellery and disco ball pouch from Lulu Guinness – of course I had to promote the brand I work for!

 

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I knew my outfit worked in the crowd of greatly dressed fashionistas when I was spotted by L’oreal and Label M street style photographers – I hope to find my photos across their blogs, if you do please do not hesitate to let me know!

THE SHOWS

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The day started off with attending the show from J. JS Lee which was held in the official BCF space. I have seen the last season’s show and the designer introduced bolder elements in her AW16 collection. I especially loved the suits that matched with the shoes in the same cross patch, colorful fabric. The whole collection was elegant, showcasing classic and well-toned silhouettes- I definitely think it was a stronger collection than last season.

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Clio Peppiatt

After that I rushed into presentation of one of Clio Peppiatt – designer I am very happy to see evolving. I spotted for the very first time her collection a year ago in Freemasons Hall showrooms. I see a great progress in her branding, design and art direction. Since I have been a fan ever since I met Clio I love to attend her presentations, which are quirky, fun, retro and bring a lot of glamorous shine! I have a sweet spot for kitsch in fashion, therefore Clio wins my heart every time.

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This season Clio invited her audience to her vision of motel – 60’s extravaganza in embelished motives, colorful furs shades of pink but with a fiery spirit (prints with matches!). It almost felt like as if her motel was taken over by Nabokov’s Lolitas, giving flirtatous looks in black berets with veils. The guests were served tiny cupcakes with a glittery cherry on top, which only later I found out was actually edible… (after long contemplation whether I should eat it and have my lipstick ruined wind made the decision for me – it blew it away!)

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The collection was also a collaboration with Tatty Devine, famous for laser cut colorful jewellery (which I am a fan of also). I am very keen on seeing where Clio’s art direction goes and her brand definitely is on fashion radar.

Edeline Lee

Edeline Lee’s AW16 collection took a monochrome minimal direction and oversize shapes. I mostly admired the white, heavy weight fabric oversize dress with slouchy pockets which definitely was the focal point of the collection. I could see that dress look amazing in white snow scenery (if there is going to be any next winter?). However, it worked extremely well with the set design which was created for the presentation. It was an art form on its own – the geometric shapes mixed with mirror triangles, large chess pattern looked as if were taken from the edgy music video. There were also piles made of torn out colorful paper… I must admit that the props took my breath away, and it was hard to leave the spot once you finally could get into the front row of excited crowd taking pictures of this beautiful scenery.

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Point Blank

Point Blank was a curious case. The invitation spoke of invaders, cosmos, toys and aliens… The presentation was held at one of the rooms of ICA. It was a show which you could attend at one time only about 15 people with allocated seats. In the small space there was a big round prop of some unknown planet filled out with toys and odd tiny objects. In the middle of the room – big ladder… The show started with model riding on the scooter, very high glittery boots were the focal point of her look. Another model would carelessly join playing a phone, or with a plastic rod, fishing plastic old school fish toys from the weird planet that started to spin around… Sounds abstract? I loved the idea and the concept, but it wasn’t well executed. The presentation was way too long and it was almost as if there was an amazing promise of great art direction which unfortunately got lost in the middle. I loved the initial concept of theater play – something that designers could be definitely taken further – but don’t make the audience stuck too long!

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Manuel Facchini

Faccchini’s collection was breath taking. I would definitely put it on the list of top 3 I have seen live over this season. The structural game of pattern cutting, elaborate knitwear, innovation in shoe design and execution of detail was a sign of mastery and fashion design of highest quality. The geometric, sharp silhouettes were brought out beautifully in a peaceful surrounding of library and among the large mirrored triangle props. There was an element of gothic darkness and disturb hidden within the strong textiles of these designs, which were masterfully brought out in advanced design craft. I was truly inspired by this collection.

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Fyodor Golan

Fyodor Golan is a designer duo whose new collections I am always looking forward to seeing. Known for the bold neon colors, shiny fabrics and pop approach to fashion they do win my heart and the collections are entertaining to watch. This time Fyodor Golan claimed to be inspired by the theme of birth of Venus  – but enhanced by 60’s pin up and industrial pop.

The motif of Coca Cola, Pin up girls appeared on the looks, following the trends from Moschino or Anya Hindmarch… In my opinion these weren’t the strongest and most innovative designs. However, the collection definitely had its break through with super shiny, large pattern cutting coats or heavy embellished trousers had their entrance to the catwalk. I also loved the bald model who appeared in the show – it was an interesting twist in the show and was a curious interlink between the concept of Venus and industrialization.

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Paul Costelloe

The final show of Day 1 for me in a beautiful scenery at one of the London’s old hotels, where Costelloe’s large fashion illustrations on canvas were on display. The AW16 collection is ‘…Armed for adventure, (…) adding a dramatic edge to the classic style’ (press release). The jaquard, check prints mixed with leather was definitely for a strong woman. The music from Joe Cocker evoked the subtle sexual context and models definitely were bringing out an alluring tease wearing the short dresses with lace. Nevertheless, the collection remained its elegance and the designs were of Italian fashion design great craft. I think that it was the great tailoring kept the collection on higher level, otherwise it could have gone into a wrong direction of too ‘provoking’… Which fortunately wasn’t the case.

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Day one of London Fashion Week was a day to remember and soon I will be posting my fashion reviews from Day two – stay tuned!

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London

Live Illustration at TOD’S

I can’t believe it’s going to be a year since I have been comissioned for my very first first fashion illustration event. My journey started off in a true grand way – in the heart of Old Bond street, famous for being an epicenter of luxury boutiques in London. Tod’s happened to be my very first live illustration client and I was drawing guests over their Valentine’s breakfast. I remember I was very excited but at the same time a bit nervous about the outcome… How on Earth will I be able to draw a portrait under 10 minutes? Will my quirky fashion portraits appeal to high-end luxury clientele and bloggers?

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Photo: Hannah Harley Young

And to my surprise they did – beyond my wildest expectations! The guests were lining up for hours to get their portrait done and it brought so much excitement to the event! I had to stay an extra hour over my session. It was a massive success and eye opener to my new passion…

What I absolutely love about live illustration is what standard illustration is missing – is connection. The bond I create with person I draw, the pace, the emotional scan. Even if the illustration is fun and of course quite abstract – I get so much satisfaction when the portrayed person sees themselves in it.

My first live fashion illustration session at Tod’s was life changing and carved a new path and passion in my artistic career, which I am definitely pursuing.

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Photo: Hannah Harley Young

I already have some exciting live illustration sessions booked in upcoming months!

Don’t miss out my live illustration session this weekend at We Built This City – loveliest art gallery and stylish souvenir store in heart of Carnaby street, that also was awarded as the best independent business in Soho of 2015!

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I have been invited to bring some lovely rosy vibes in style of Valentines. I will be drawing between 1:30-4:30 PM 13th-14th February – the entrance is free and only £10 per portrait. Bring your second half / friend / lover – as the aim is to do double portraits with a person who stole your heart 🙂

Find out more details about the event here!

Are you an entrepreneur looking for an exciting entertainment for your event? Get in touch via info@adrianadeco.com and book a live illustration session, would love to hear from you!

All photos in courtesy of Hannah Harley Young

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Fashion, London, Street Style

Seeds of 2015

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This post will be slightly different – and it will be the first step to the new direction of my blog, where I will start sharing thoughts and experience. This is an urge driven by my soul – I feel that by being honest about my past and journey I could help and uplift. I hope that my reflection can be universal, but I have a special intention to inspire creatives and artists – those, who often need the support the most on the path, that often is full of road blocks. I am still on mine – and I constantly follow my heart – and by surrounding myself with like-minded creative tribe I receive energy that helps me keep moving forward as well.

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So let’s get to the major theme of this post…

Highlights of 2015 for Adriana Deco

  • winning a competition and creating illustrations for H&M Oxford Circus
  • I became a head graphic designer at Lulu Guinness
  • recording my EP ‘Destiny’, completing Urban Development course
  • filming two professional music videos with top notch film makers
  • discovering new passion – live fashion illustration – leading to top clients like Tod’s, Moet Hennessy, H&M (Vogue Fashion Night Out), Mahiki Club
  • starting this blog and eventful London Fashion Weeks
  • I was hesitant about X Factor, but I decided to include it as a bullet point – it’s a twisted and unfair story, but making it to the Wembley was still an achievement – and greater achievement was overcoming the pain and getting back on track
  • meeting a lot of supportive people, who shared their talent, wisdom or advice with me.

It is quite a long list and for each experience I am extremely grateful; however, my most beautiful realization is that my music videos – projects that come truly from my soul – are the ones I am mostly proud of. Even though I haven’t received any applause, exposure or financial rewards (yet! 😉  – these are the projects that make me feel most connected to my soul purpose.

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I can’t wait until official campaign of my Destiny project starts – it is more than an EP – it is a personal story, where my music and visuals finally create together a vision. To bring it all together to this point the roller coaster of emotions definitely paid off.

Wishing you all a prosperous, inspiring, fulfilling year – full of positivity and strength to create your DESTINY in 2016!

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Wearing:

Dress: Guess

Heels: Kurt Geiger

Clutch: Lulu Guinness

Scarf: Miss Selfridge

Photos by Adam Kaniowski
www.adamkaniowski.com

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London

Adriana draws at H&M over Vogue Fashion Night Out

In September I have performed one of the most exciting live illustration sessions. I have been invited by H&M to support their flagship store in Oxford Circus as part of the Vogue Fashion Night Out.

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It was a great night that brought many fashionistas, who seemed to be more interested in getting my illustration than shopping – even if that meant standing in the line for about one hour! It was so challenging and yet made me so happy that my crazy fashion portraits turned out to be the attraction that brought so much attention. Drawing for 4 hours without any break was hectic, but extremely rewarding. And it went so fast!

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Thanks to that night I met wonderful people with whom I already started collaborations. I will be writing about them soon on my blog.

Are you looking for entertainment for the event? I am now taking bookings for Christmas season and will be happy to add sparkle with my drawings! Don’t hesitate to get in touch or recommend me!

 

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, London Fashion Week

LFW AW15 – fashion Illustration for magazines

 

London Fashion Week SS16 is just round the corner and my excitement over approaching season builds up everytime I receive post invitation to ucpoming shows. While putting into calendar the LFW schedule and preparing outfits (still confused what to wear!) I decided to do a little throwback to fashion illustrations published as tribute to AW15. They were comissioned by London based fashion magazines – Disorder and 55 Pages. For Disorder I have illustrated couple of the funky looks from Mens Collections. I have been collaborating with 55 Pages (as part of 55 Factory) for 4 LFW seasons so far and it is an exciting journey to be a contributing editorial artist.

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Fyodor Golan

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Balenciaga

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Jonathan Saunders

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