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:
<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/18871727/?claim=wcu5m7djs9d”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>
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
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!
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
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.
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!
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:
Pouch: Lulu Guinness
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
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!
J. JS Lee
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.
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.
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!)
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’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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
So let’s get to the major theme of this post…
Highlights of 2015 for Adriana Deco
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.
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!
Heels: Kurt Geiger
Clutch: Lulu Guinness
Scarf: Miss Selfridge
Photos by Adam Kaniowski
A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Metro Acoustic to perform over at their acoustic night promoting unsigned singer songwriters and bands.
To me it was a great experience, knowing that in the large halls of the building my idols have recorded their songs – Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson are just a couple to mention.
I was performing a set of my original songs, including the acoustic premieres of my upcoming singles. It was truly special to me to sing these songs for the first time in a place of such musical history importance. One of them is Destiny, which video you can watch below.
Many thanks to Yasmin Mirdamad, who took the video and photos – being a great saxophone player and musician herself.
Fascinator – Hania Huzarska
Jacket – Simple
Skirt – Lazy Oafs
Sandals – Topshop