I have to start off with a confession, for the first time in four years, I am not live sketching any fashion weeks this season! I used to sketch anything I could get into and hustle for invites, but this season I just found my interests were elsewhere. I still love live sketching runway shows, but I feel an itch to diversify myself creatively and start expanding into other areas (street style, print design, packaging design etc.). Also generally I'm just busier work-wise, (which is great as a freelancer) but sadly paid work has to trump passion projects, which fashion weeks have always been for me.
That being said, everyone needs a break from client work, so I still find myself wanting to sketch runway looks in my free time. I may not be physically there, but thankfully with social media I've got more than enough reference to work off of. Sketching from photographs is a lot different than live, mostly just because I take more time. I take about 10-15 minutes to do these, instead of less than 5. The extra time allows me to be more careful with the choices I make, from what looks I want to draw, to what brushes I want to use, or how I want to lay out my composition. The lack of spontaneity and instinctual choices is made up for by a more refined process. I still want to keep these sketches with a gestural quality and a time constraint, but I've found that the occasional switch in my process keeps me fresh and challenged. I like to avoid getting into habits and formulas with my work if I can, nothing makes me lose motivation more than making things too automatic. I'm a very logical thinker and I approach my art the same way, each piece is a new puzzle to think through. Thoughtfully done art is always more successful in my opinion.
So I decided to start a series of blog posts, one covering each of the 4 major fashion weeks, New York, London, Milan and Paris, and my picks for what collections I enjoyed the most, accompanied by sketches. I like to think of this as an illustrator's perspective to fashion because my taste definitely bends towards what I think makes good art primarily, fashion is second. Fashion month is about to wrap up in another week, but I'm posting the sketches from each week separately over the next couple of weeks so make sure to come back to check out the rest.
So here we have my take on New York Fashion Week:
This is always a go-to pick for me. I love this designer every season, it's consistently bright and bohemian, and never goes too off brand by being trendy. I picked the final look in the show to sketch, it's very feminine, a beautiful colour palette, has a sort of metallic mint base to it. Remember when mint was everywhere a few years ago and then completely died out? I feel I haven't seen it much recently, so looks like enough time has passed (at least for me) to appreciate it again. My favourite colour tends to be one I haven't seen in awhile (some form of art specific A.D.D.?), so at least for the 10 minutes I spent on this, I'm all about mint.