Although I understand the concept behind the dry January, I am one of those who boycott social, season commitments.
It may be due to the addiction; but not the one you may think of. It is the addiction to sparkle and shine! And, that doesn’t need to involve alcoholic drinks.
Since January is claimed to be the most depressing year of the month, it is only because it will freshly expose you to a fresh start of the year and possibly some deep conversations from within. It is the time when we confront and reevaluate our path(I get it, that detoxing from alcoholic may actually be a good idea at that point in same cases…) However, the other extreme is to me like running into another opposite, which may not be entirely healthy either.
And once the month is over… was it all about the physical detox or detox of the mind?
I do enjoy the shine that is still so available this winter season; even after NYE party. And because I have been obsessed with the sparkly Kendal Jenner inspired silver dress, I couldn’t resist to this gorgeous dress from Poster Girl. Wear it on your own and don’t be surprised when you will be the centre of attention…
I am practical though (hello winter in London) and if you want to have that glamour but remain a comfortable and not ‘too flashy’, tone it down with a velvet, bottle green blazer. Combining it with high knee boots instead of stilettos will make you look less formal. Also adding a faux fur coat will keep the spirit of glamour; just make sure it’s of darker color if you want to look classy.
With this combination you will keep the super-sexy chic look and be ready to rock both a sophisticated and semi-casual event!
Happy new year… and don’t be dry 😉
Photography: Paul Damien Hammond
Champagne Bar: Searcys St Pancrass
It wasn’t hard to depict on the streets what the hottest trend of this Autumn and Winter season is… it’s all about the check print!
The grey tones of this classic print in my opinion look best with a little help from a bold colour. Thankfully, the orange red which is also very seasonable comes with help to bring out the best of this monochrome pattern.
I wouldn’t have felt complete without some accessories added to make my look more fun. Thankfully, another hot trend of the baker’s hat came in handy and perfectly filled in the missing gap. I also opted for the quirky socks I got from Henrik Vibskov as souvenir from my trip to NYC.
That’s my take on winter / fall trend in a nutshell! Just before it get truly shiny and glittery for Xmas and New year’s 😉
Photography: Jovana Mladenovic
Shop the Look
I could go on and on how much inspiration NYC gives me.
Finally my last trip motivated me to create something that has been on my mind for a while… more art direction – animation – graphic design focused editorial.
Since I am a fashion illustrator and designer, I wanted to find the link between my passion for street style and multi media in one. There is so much digital content out there combining gifs, animation and fashion that I finally knew there was a time to incorporate it into my blog!
I hope you enjoy my animated editorial… While I think how to get back to NYC 😀
Photography: Will Mars
Jumper: Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes, Skirt, Shirt: Zara
Back to school – or back to arts? I love autumn, as it holds the refreshing air of new beginnings. It brings new ideas, motivation and definitely some creative vibes!
It was great to have this enthusiasm vamped up by my favourite art store London Graphic Centre , as I attended their special Student Day. You could get involved in all day workshops and activities to get your creative juices flowing. And of course get a goodie bag!
I couldn’t skip the possibility to leave quite a big mark on the shop’s space right at entrance, where you could draw with Posca markers! I have used them in the past a lot for illustration on paper, but only now I realised that they can be applied to fabric and glass. They work fantastic on big scale too. What do you think of my illustration of the beret girl?
Another treat available at store was the embossing of the Moleskine. Everyone’s most desired sketchbook always looks better with your name on it 😉 I went for red as it’s this season’s hottest colour and finally got myself a sketchbook with storyboard frames. Excited to use it for my film brainstorming!
The online 20% off discount with code SD17 is now available to all students – don’t miss the great deal, this is the time to get into your creative flow!
(Please note this discount does not apply to products already on offer or discounted, pantone guides, digital printing and technology or studio equipment category products.)
I just came back from my beloved city in the world – New York.
It wasn’t the first time I was visiting the Big Apple – but it was my debut to NYFW as part of Fated & Fabled Magazine team as art director.
It was a breath of fresh air, a boost of pump in my veins, the realigning of my soul. I’ve always had a very deep bond with this city, and I realised how much good has this trip done to my heart. It helped me to ground and find myself. I couldn’t get rid of the thought and the internal dialogue I’ve had with this place.
I’ve been feeling off for last couple of months, trying to figure out my next step and goal in my career. Once I landed and started to walk these streets – I felt like my true self just got back to me with the answers, energy and positivity.
This trip has inspired me tremendously and as always when I am in NYC I cannot be grateful enough for the fascinating observations I gain over the time I spend there. Soon I will be posting more NYFW looks and exciting illustrated content! 🙂
Photography: Will Mars
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!
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!
Another lovely lady who was waiting in line to get her portrait done was blogger Freddy – I tried to depict her sweet nature!
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 🙂
Thank you Aldo and BPCM PR for a beautiful day!
What I Wore:
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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.
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.
LOOK 3 – BANDANA ON NECK
Final classic look that was very trendy last year. This is perfect for an formal or office meeting.
Bandana: Fidenza Village – Kreativehouse – design by Roman Muradov
Top: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: Miss Selfridge
Grazie Kreativehouse & Fidenza Village!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Grazie Depero and Kreativehouse for as usual beautiful, lasting memories!
What I Wore:
Jumpsuit: Miss Selfridge Premium Collection
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
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.
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.
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.
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.
What I Wore:
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
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!
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.
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!
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 🙂
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!
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.
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?
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…
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.
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.
Have an inspiring and full of blessings 2017 – full of positive signs from here and above.
Shoes: River Island
Bag: Lulu Guinness
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.
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!
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! 🙂
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).
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
What I wore:
Jeans: Miss Selfridge
Thank you London Graphic Centre!