Sunday, November 29, 2009

beauty tools

I had to draw some hands for school, so I worked this little story up. Then I remembered an etching I made in college of a similar theme. Above is my drawing beauty tools, and below is nipple tweezers and other minor adjustments from my series "Pretty sluts"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

my galliano girl

bubbles filled with smoke, pouf pouf,
rays of red and orange lasers,
vapors on the runway
whimsical face paint by pat mcgrath
at john galliano Spring 2010.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

my rodarte girls

three versions I drew of two of my favorite girls, kate and laura mulleavy.

rodarte's dream weavers

Thursday, November 19, 2009

fashion dumpster diving

not really dumpster diving...Just asking my super about the nice batch in recycling.
Fashion is always recycling itself anyway. Here are a few things that I found in some old nylon, black book, inked, gig, blender, and paper magazines that were fashionably recyclable.

Monday, November 16, 2009

flair bear

This girl's stuff is awesome. Another sweet flickr find, Chanel Kennebrew, designer of junkprints, is a funky little brookie cookie (moved to Brooklyn in 2005). Originally from Cali, Chanel is bringing all the sunshine and flair to New York in the form of electric neon prints.

I have a friend that could build me a mansion with a paperclip and a screw if I were stuck on an island. Chanel could work me up some funky little palm leggings and hip sunglasses to rock while I was there. Well, at least until the jetliner flying above caught a glimpse of a curlyheaded ray of hot pink beaming around in the sand below.

Girl's got some off the hook style. Turn on the brights!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

korean girls have more fun

Some colorful fashion spreads from elle girl korea and vogue girl korea.

Korean Vogue does Gossip Girl (above and below)

Monday, November 2, 2009

ruben toledo's monstrously glamorous illustrations

In a collaborative piece with Isabel Toledo, Ruben paints a dark, monstrous silhouette for the background while a model poses in one of Isabel's dresses. Photo taken at lecture by Lauren David Peden

Isabel Toledo, Elda Rotor, and Ruben Toledo at F.I.T.
Photo taken at lecture by Lauren David Peden

Last Thursday, Ruben and Isabel Toledo graced F.I.T. with their presence for the second time. This round, the talk was focused on Ruben's artwork and his recent collaboration with Penguin Classics, reinventing the covers of Wuthering Heights, The Scarlet Letter, and Pride and Prejudice.

As I would have expected from his sometimes spooky, gothic aesthetic, Wuthering Heights was Ruben's favorite of the batch. He said, "It was the most twisted and perverse." And with it's Robert Pattinson looking Heathcliff, there's no doubt it will be one of the most popular with all of the young fans of the Vampire teen drama, Twilight.

The moderator, pictured above between Isabel and Ruben, Penguin's Elda Rotor, said, "It's interesting because of the whole Twilight phenomena. Bella reads Wuthering Heights. It's almost as if [Ruben] drew Bella and her vampire boyfriend on the side."

I came to the lecture with a batch of questions for my thesis and found that they were answering them all through the talk. Ruben disclosed that the "spooky" aesthetic of his work was something he picked up when he moved to the United States as a little boy. He said, "As a kid, I was obsessed with monsters and Dracula." Monsters, the Adams Family, and naked trees were all things he learned about in the United States. Cuba didn't have those things. He said, "I learned darkness here in America."

Ruben himself was actually nothing like the creatures he illustrates. He was beaming with optimism and chirpy throughout the whole talk. His desire to help all the young, budding fashion illustrators in the crowd was plentiful.

When I finally thought of a replacement question, I asked him if he drew spooky monsters and Dracula characters as a kid. He answered, "I drew a lot of architecture and backgrounds." It wasn't quite what I was expected, but then he said that across the street from where he lived, there was a decrepit Victorian house, which he drew all the time. He also drew a lot of crumbling buildings and burning houses, "like those in Hitchcock films." There's what I was looking for.

As for any inspiration coming from his native Cuban roots, Ruben added that he was certainly affected by Havana's architectural filigree and the dark soulfulness of Afro-Cuban art.

As for next year, Ruben and Elda revealed that Ruben would be doing three more Penguin classics: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, and...drum roll...Jane Eyre. More burning houses to come.

For additional info on the lecture, check out Lauren David Peden's The Fashion Informer.

Ruben Toledo set illustrations for Nordstrom with a storm at sea

Ruben Toledo set illustrations for Nordstrom with looming blackbirds.

In an early illustration, Ruben's satirical wit shines through: Ruben writes: "Be kind to animals! Grow your own fur this winter!"
Note the tufts of pubic hair that have been braided into a long, swinging bikini bottom.
Photo taken at lecture by Lauren David Peden

Once again, mr. satire gives us a little note on the stretch clothing fad in one of his early fashion illustrations. It reads: "SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Prolonged use of stretch fabric may be dangerous to your hips, thighs, breasts & buttocks." Photo taken at lecture by Lauren David Peden

Ruben Toledo illustrations for MOCA skin and bones exhibit, showcasing parallels between architecture and apparel.