Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Winter Blue


I wanted a little change in theme as I have been making a lot of Autumn inspired pieces lately.
The drawing is done with a mix of markers, colour pencils and soft pastels.
I am testing my new Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils a lot lately.
You can read more about them here:
LINK

Based on the lovely stock photo by Fae: LINK
40x30cm/16x12"

Monday, August 27, 2012

Breaking Lily

My latest drawing, Breaking Lily. It's a drawing from a month back that I lost inspiration for but when one of my great friends came back online I found my passion for it and finished it in one go. I am happy how it turned out, and loved creating the wall. I have do that again soon, that's for sure :)

Pastels, colours pencils, markers.
21x29.7 cm |8x12"

Available through the shop:
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Full body girl

My latest work, a full body girl with charcoal. This drawing is special to me and I will tell you why when I finish the drawing.



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

C&A AND CINDY CRAWFORD COLLECTION


Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford (American model)has collaborated with C&A on her first clothing collection.

"I have always dreamed of having my own fashion line and am thrilled to be partnering with C&A on this venture. It is important to me to be affiliated with a company that offers feel-good fashion with an unparalleled customer offering," said Crawford. "My goal is to help design comfortable fashion for everyday wear."

The supermodel has designed a 31-piece collection, called Cindy Crawford Collection @ C&A, that includes, Blazers, sweaters, cardigans, T-shirts, jeans, leather jackets and outwear. The pieces in the collection are all about comfort with prices ranging from €12 for a top to €149 for a leather jacket.

The collection will be sold in 1500 C&A stores across Europe, the range will also be sold online. Germany will kickstart the launch of the collection on August 27 in 500 stores and online.




more: Cindy Crawford Biography


Cynthia  was born February 20, 1966, in De Kalb, Illinois. Cindy's big break stemmed from a lucky meeting she had with a newspaper photographer when she was 16 years old. During their chance encounter, the photographer insisted on taking a picture of Cindy, who was pollinating corn at the time. The photo and the positive feedback surrounding Cindy's photogenic talents were enough to convince her to quit her summer job and take up modeling.

Following two summers of modeling with Elite Model Management in Chicago, the all-American beauty decided to focus on expanding her mindset rather than her portfolio. Specifically, Cindy traded in the glamorous life a model (at least temporarily) to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University on scholarship.

The former high school valedictorian pulled off the same exceptional grades in college as in high school, but she didn't stick around long enough to see where a degree in engineering would have taken her as she left school in order to pursue a full-time modeling career. After working for photographer Victor Skrebneski in Chicago and becoming a success, Cindy took her supermodel assets to New York City in 1986.

To no great surprise, it didn't take long for Cindy to establish herself as a model. After two years, she was walking down catwalks for the biggest fashion designers and posing as a cover girl for fashion magazines. She had become one of the first to enter the elite group of original supermodels, along with models Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Linda Evangelista, and she had the salary to prove it.

In 1988, Cindy made more history as the first modern supermodel to appear in Hugh Hefner's mag. Her Playboy spread not only impressed men around the world, but it lead to her 6-year stunt as host for MTV's House of Style.

Always the entrepreneur, Cindy launched a series of swimsuit calendars and fitness videos, which were both tremendously successful. Her business savvy also came in handy when Naomi Campbell, Elle MacPherson and Claudia Schiffer invested in the Fashion Cafe chain, while Cindy saw potential in the then lucrative Planet Hollywood.

With contracts for Pepsi, Kay Jewelers and, most notably, Revlon, Cindy and her company, Crawdaddy Inc., began to see the fruits of her name, reputation and beauty. Always one to take risks, Cindy decided to pose for a different kind of cover shoot for Vanity Fair in 1993, posing with the recently "outed" K.D. Lang.

Named the planet's highest paid model by Forbes magazine in 1995, Cindy set out on more business ventures with her book, Cindy Crawford's Basic Face: A Makeup Workbook.

She even ventured into the movies (albeit unsuccessfully), in the 1995 film Fair Game, co-starring William Baldwin.

Her personal life has been nothing short of exciting. In December 1991, Cindy and Richard Gere were married after a 4-year courtship. Although People named the pretty woman and Pretty Woman star the Sexiest Couple Alive, the couple divorced after 3 years of wedded (and sexually questionable) bliss.

After allegedly being romantically linked to Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, Cindy finally became Mrs. Rande Gerber in 1998. Proof of the consummation of the relationship came with the birth of Cindy's children, Presley in 1999 and Kaya in 2001.

With the combination of her new responsibilities at home and the fashion world's obsession with stick-thin models, Cindy has opted to stay out of the limelight and concentrate on her family and non-profit pursuits. For instance, Cindy is a huge supporter of leukemia charities (her brother Jeff dies from the disease) and donates proceeds from her products to fighting cancer.

On the whole, Cindy has proven that a supermodel needs a lot more than beauty to make it in the catty world of fashion; brains and personality are also required -- and a million-dollar mole doesn't hurt either.

Monday, August 20, 2012

All new Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils

Last week I made a fantastic discovery - the local art shop Creas has new pastels available.
I'm a big fan of Caran d'Ache pencils, I find them amazing. I use both their Graftwood graphite pencils as well as Supracolor pencils. I am yet to find a product from them I don't like.

These new pastels are amazing. They are extremely creamy and nice to work with. The different colours blends in nicely and the colours actually stick to the paper when applying new layers. It's a problem I've often had before; layers disappearing a bit when adding more layers on top. These Caran d'Ache pastels aren't so bad at this, which makes them easier to work with.
Another big plus with these pastels are the fact they are lightfast and the tones you can get are amazing. I love the golden matte tones, especially the dusty lilac/purple, Aubergine, and the neutral peach/brown tones.
You can see the colour palette here:
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All in all I am very happy with these pastels and highly recommend them.

This was my first drawings using the new pastels, using only those.
 
You can find the pastels on Caran d'Ache's website:
LINK

James Perse explains how to achieve laid-back West Coast style


Californian fashion designer James Perse explains how to achieve laid-back West Coast style.
Foundation first -The three main 'foundation' pieces you should have in your wardrobe are a T-shirt, chinos and pair of tennis shoes.
The perfect shade - The tone of a colour is everything in a T-shirt. Always opt for more earthy tones, such as olive, brown and any type of grey.
Dress for the occasion - There are so many different trends with dresses, whether they're loose and casual or fitted and sexy. The best option is to go for easy, casual sundresses, beach dresses and anything that looks like a holiday cover-up.
The bottom line -Jeans have become the everyday casual trouser, but it's always nice to mix it up and try casual khakis or chinos.
Leave the leather - I'm really looking forward to a new wardrobe and a new attitude that involves bomber jackets - in particular the 1980s-style silk ones, which are very modern.
Bag to basics - You can partner a casual outfit with a canvas tote bag to complete the look, they're very easy to use. People have found ways to make a Hermès Birkin bag feel casual, but it's because they're putting it with a nice, laid-back outfit and aren't head-to-toe in expensive items.

more: here

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Coco Chanel


Fashion designer Coco Chanel, born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France, is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits, and little black dresses.

The French born designer's was made famous by the  jersey-and-tweed suits which closed the distance between male and female fashions and created a product that afforded women both comfort and tremendous style. At the time inequality ran rampant, Coco Chanel took the hands of feminism by the designer short hair by doing away with rigid corsets and cinched waists, in favor of pants and suit jackets for women - Coco Chanel emerged as a pioneer for women's fashion and women's rights.



In 1912, she was backed by a wealthy man named Arthur Capel, who provided initial funding her first hat shop. In the 1920's, Chanel's designs became very popular thanks to word of mouth. Even though this was a time of economic despair many people still found they could afford a $700 Chanel designer suit, from one of her Paris or Biarritz shops. Eventually Coco Chanel would invent Chanel No. 5 perfume, at that time Chanel's name was on everyone's minds, so much so that director Samuel Goldwin commissioned her to dress the stars of his films, including Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1940, Chanel was unfortunately forced to shutdown her boutiques and turned to nursing during war. When she got romantically involved with a Nazi officer and fled to Switzerland, Chanel was exiled for fifteen years from her beloved Paris, only to return to fashion in the 1950s, when she caught the appreciative gaze of American Hollywood.

Katy Perry Covers Elle Magazine September 2012


Katy Perry covers the September 2012 issue of Elle Magazine, which hits newsstands on August 14th. Inside her covers tory, Katy Perry: Hard Candy, the pop singer speaks about her career, being a role model, marriage and much more.

For her Carter Smith-directed photo shoot, Katy‘s adorned in statement necklaces and printed dresses from Etro, Bottega Veneta, and YSL with a sexy Versace Fall 2012 pump.
For high-shine hair, stylist Renato Campora used Frédéric Fekkai Coiff mousse on Perry's deep-purple hair while makeup artist Jake Bailey chose smoky black eyeliner to craft a dramatically dark cat eye. Perry worked her own girly glamour into the shoot, enthusiastically switching up her nail art for different looks and weighing in on clothing choices. By the looks of it, the time she spent in the front row of Chanel, Miu Miu, Viktor & Rolf, and YSL at Paris Fashion Week last spring paid off in spades.

Alexander McQueen - Spring/Summer 2013 Paris Fashion Week


Alexander McQueen just released the Pre-Spring/Summer collection 2013, and once again chief designer Sara Burton has created a collection both luxurious and cranky at the same time.








The collection featured sparkling colors of silver, gold, and black. Each ready-to-wear was designed with high-fashion glamour and eye-catching appeal. Today, let’s focus on several types of dramatic dresses from the collection.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

BOSS Black Campaign Men/Women


High-end brand Hugo Boss has released a video, shot in Napa Valley, California, as part of its new BOSS Black campaign. In the video, Swedish model Alex Lundqvist and American model Hilary Rhonda present the Fall/Winter 2012 collection, featuring graphic prints on shirts and ties in a dark color palette of purple, grey and brown hues.

BOSS Black Womenswear: here
BOSS Black Menswear: here

Friday, August 17, 2012

3.1 Phillip Lim - 'Kill The Night’ Fall 2012 Comic Book

COLLECTION AND THE NEO-NOIR HEROINES WHO EMBODY IT.
CO-WRITTEN BY PHILLIP LIM, THIS IS A STORY OF DUALITY.
DAY AND NIGHT,
BLACK AND WHITE, LOVE AND BETRAYAL.

Fashion designer -Phillip Lim has a thing for comics his Pre-Fall 2012 collection was emblazoned with blown-up "Ka-Pow" graphics, and his Fall 2012 collection continued the obsession, sourcing inspiration from neo-noir comics like Sin City and V for Vendetta.

Now, Phillip has taken the love to a new level. He co-wrote an original comic book, drawn by Jan Duursema of Star Wars comic book fame, to celebrate the arrival of his Fall 2012 collection. Kill the Night, as it's called, takes Lim's fall neo-noir heroines -some based on his friends—and envelopes them in a story "of duality and metamorphosis, day and night, black and white, love and betrayal," according to the release.

Kill The Night officially launches September 6, and will only have limited distribution. To get your hands on a copy, sign up at 31philliplim.com.

Stine Goya's "La Parade Merveilleuse" Spring Summer 2013 women's collection

Stine Goya's "La Parade Merveilleuse" Spring Summer 2013 women's collection debuted at Copenhagen Fashion Week last week.
 Inspired by Harlequins, the most striking details of the collection included incredible watercolor like prints, a range of metallic gold and soft pastel palettes, as well as carnival inspired hair and makeup.
This  fashion collection, which embodies the Goya brand philosophy of seeking individuality in the day to day, is perfectly suited for the ladies who love a little glitz and glam but still desire the practicality of casual and relaxed cuts.

Joel Kinnaman new face of H&M


Joel Kinnaman is the new face of H&M‘s menswear line and his campaign images have been released!

The 32-year-old The Killing actor will be featured in the fall campaign shot by famed video director Jonas Åkerlund. The new H&M collection video will be released October 5.

“H&M makes it easy for a guy to look great every single day and create a personal style,” Joel said. “Their men’s collection always gives me a choice of how I want to dress, whether it be sharp in a suit and polo-neck, or more relaxed in jeans and a tweed jacket. That’s why I’m so happy to be the face of H&M this season.”

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Vacation mode

I am still a bit absent at my blog, which you can tell if you are still visiting. My life been kind of up and down for a while and I find it hard to find the time and inspiration to really blog with thought.

Summer finally arrived here late July and with that came the headaches I summer from through out mid summer. It's been pretty bad this year for me and I've spend most days with a headache unfortunately. It is why I look forward to Autumn and already am in the Autumn mood.
A few drawings from past weeks:
This week I got some new pastel pencils and I can't wait to show you my review of them one of the upcoming days!:)

Elie Saab Couture Paris Fashion Week Autumn /Winter 2012-13

MODEL of the moment Karlie Kloss opened the Elie Saab show.  It was an elegant and restrained opening look – and one that set the tone for the rest of the collection.

Over the years Saab has become known for his red carpet gowns and it has become all too easy to think we’ll know what we can expect on the catwalk from him before it’s even been seen. But that wasn’t the case today. Yes, the Lebanese fashion designer went pretty and elegant and shimmery , but it was also restrained and refined.

Saab launched his label in 1982 at the age of 18 and by 2000 had been invited to show in Paris by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. In 2007, he was made a corresponding member. Evening gowns have always been at the heart of what he does.

Saab drew upon a pastel palette to promote his vision. After the series of black lace dresses came those in nude and white, and then those garnished in gold. We then saw pink and peach gowns with splaying skirts, cinched-in waists and bejewelled bodices.
The collection then moved onto a blue section; starting in shades of teal before progressing onto baby blue and then combining the two with yet more helpings of gold. And while gold was used in its plenty, shapes and embellishment were always considered.