Dressin’ Up

One of the parts about the Candy Girls painting I recently finished, that I both loved and hated, was the detailing of the dresses they wear. Making fabric look like silk or cotton is challenging and involves techniques that I haven’t quite mastered yet.

The fashion images below display all kinds of fun details I’d like to include in illustrations or paintings in the future.

© J.Baxter 2009 (via for-redheads on tumblr)

© J.Baxter 2009 (via for-redheads on tumblr)

Where to begin with this one! First of all it’s got loads of pink, a beautiful vanity fan, a gorgeous chair, a cute model with curly hair… it’d be both fun and maddening to translate this to canvas. It’s fairly monotone in terms of palette but sometimes this is a good thing. Despite all of the detail in this image (look at that crazy wallpaper!), it’s not overwhelming because of the simple palette.

(via Wander World Wonderlust on tumblr)

(via Wander World Wonderlust on tumblr)

The multi-layered beaded necklace frames this model’s face beautifully. Additionally, the teal-white color really pops against her red hair. Her makeup (more pink!) helps to bring out her eyes and cheek bones. This would be an interesting photo to paint since the lighting is a bit more complex, coming from different sources and different colors.

(via fckyeah ANTM on tumblr)

(via fckyeah ANTM on tumblr)

Tattoos and texture! I’ll be honest… I haven’t had the pleasure of painting or drawing a person of color yet. It’s not that I’ve purposely chosen not to, I just haven’t made a specific effort to. It’s something I look forward to trying very soon, as I have so much fun with colors, and variety is the spice of life! Her rich lips and bouncy hair frame her face, with bold eyes and brows, spectacularly. Her dress really jumps, with shiny gold paired against layers of transparent silk.

(via localshop on tumblr)

(via localshop on tumblr)

Floral patterns on folded fabric is the hardest thing to master! It’s really a matter of drawing what you see, and not what you think you see, since the folded shapes don’t look much like flowers. The colored floral jumps off the black silk and is complemented nicely by her crown and earrings.

So far art school is going amazingly well, but more on that later. 😉

Surreal Dreaming & a Glimpse of the Future

Whether it’s through the mashing up of texture or through beautiful photo composition, fashion continues to inspire me on a level far beyond what I can wear. Now when I look at clothing, I’m not only thinking of how it would look on me, but how it would feel to draw and paint. Who would wear this outfit? What would he/she be doing in it?

Vogue Korea June 2012 (via Trendland)

Vogue Korea June 2012 (via Trendland)

The oranges and blues give this composition a surreal feeling. The model’s dreamy expression and silvery outfit reflect this as well, coupled with the strange netting covering everything, and the bubbles. It’s like she’s in that state of sleep where she’s still slightly awake, but just fading off into dream land. The netting actually helps draw all these different elements together, where otherwise they might just look cluttered.

Abbey Kee Kershaw photographed by Tom Munro (via Localshop)

Abbey Kee Kershaw photographed by Tom Munro (via Localshop)

Rather than her outfit, this model’s pose caught my eye first. It’s a pose of strength and defiance, like she’s standing up to something. With a black and white photo, the viewer’s eyes will be drawn to tiny details, without color to distract them, which is perfect for this stringy dress. The dress itself is pretty, but the accessories and hairstyle of this model really make it edgy.

dolce gabbana 2006 (via Monsieur J)

dolce gabbana 2006 (via Monsieur J)

The element that makes a piece of art, design, outfit or dress stand out to me the most is contrasting and lining different textures next to each other. It’s hard to explain why this appeals to me so much; perhaps it’s because to do it successfully, you have to be very careful to include one similar element or color in each piece for them to work in harmony. In the gorgeous dress above, we have flowers and sheer ruffles divided by a lace-like ribbon. This works for me because the colors on either side are nice together, and having the black between them really gives the combination a clean-cut look.

Flaire September 2012 (via WanderWorldLust)

Flaire September 2012 (via WanderWorldLust)

So futuristic! Seeing each generation’s version of what futuristic should look like is hilarious and inspiring. Lately it seems to be about mirror-like or reflective surfaces, like the girls’ glasses above. The background is really blown out to draw attention to them, and the pure white has a very clean and modern feel to it as well. Their simple bowl-type haircuts against their layers of clothes and accessories provide an interesting comparison of styles. I like how even though the background looks kind of dated, their fashion screams bleeding-edge.

As the weeks continue before school starts, I find myself settling into the blogger lifestyle pretty happily. 🙂 I’ll have to keep this in mind when I start to make serious decisions about my career down the road.

Until Friday!

The Cool & Sexy Illustrations of Babs Tarr

Babs Tarr’s style is a funky mix of fashion and cartoons, with lots of sharp lines and curves to bring her subjects to life. I love how animated her figures are and all the bright color she uses, along with line-work and splotches of texture that look traditional, even though most of her work is digital.

toothpick by Babs Tarr

toothpick by Babs Tarr

The limited color palette in this image helps draw attention to the figure, grey/green among the pink and blue. Tarr’s grasp of anatomy is excellent, allowing her figures to almost strut across the frame. I love how many little details she includes, like the girl above chewing away on a toothpick, the script tattoo on her arm and the tooth through her ear lobe.

RAD Girl by Babs Tarr

RAD Girl by Babs Tarr

This screams 80’s and rather than being cheesy, it really pops! Unlike the first drawing, this one doesn’t any thick black outlines, allowing the neon colors to really show through and sort of burn your eyes the way neons did back then. The pink cheetah-skin skateboard with bright green wheels is just hilarious! She uses white in subtle ways to brighten the area around the subject, through the cheetah pattern and finger prints.

July 4th 2012 Outfit by Babs Tarr

July 4th 2012 Outfit by Babs Tarr

The chunky brush textures here remind me of a pastel or pencil crayon drawing, though this is digital. It becomes obvious pretty quickly that Tarr puts a lot of effort into the fashion aspect of her work. In fact, in the above drawing of her very own outfit from the 4th of July, she lists off each piece of clothing and and where you can buy them, on her deviantart page! I thought this a really nice touch and love that she shares her style with everyone.

Spy Girl by Babs Tarr

Spy Girl by Babs Tarr

This gets me excited for the new James Bond movie coming in November! Tarr’s subjects are beautiful and flowing but she’s also able to create breath-taking and narrative backgrounds. I struggle with making my subjects really fit into the background, but here the flow is effortless. I love the way the bright pink explosion lays a pink light on everything. I’ll be honest, I just love that there’s a bright pink explosion.

At the Moma by Babs Tarr

At the Moma by Babs Tarr

Though she does a lot of illustration and more cartoon-y work, she has a background in oil painting techniques as well. The above is an oil self-portrait, from a photograph her sister took of her at the MoMa in NYC. I particularly like the way she painted the windows in the buildings across the street. Her shapes are well blended and shaded in a very life-like manner.

The Noise by Babs Tarr

The Noise by Babs Tarr

The symmetry of the subjects here is really cool. This work is another one of her oil paintings. The clouds are vibrant and flow in such a way to draw your focus around the two subjects. The girls’ black clothing really stands out against the richness of the colors in the sky and clouds. It’s impressive that she painted the individual bits of zipper in the jackets, and links in the chains they’re wearing. The texture in the jeans is very nice as well. Her deviantart page for this drawing mentions that the shoes are inspired by Alexander McQueen.

Rolling Bulls by Babs Tarr

Rolling Bulls by Babs Tarr

Drawings on their own are one thing, but making the illustrations appropriately spaced for text and information is another skill all together. The figures above flow in such a way to draw your eyes to the text at the bottom. I love the sketchy-feel of this piece.

To be a successful illustrator, I think you have to have the fundamentals of art down: be awesome with a pencil, know your lighting, be comfortable with anatomy and know how to make a great composition. She has all of these skills in spades and it really shows. Great work, Babs!

Ideas for Black Clothing in your Wardrobe

I have a lot of black in my wardrobe and used to get teased a lot about it in school (goth jokes, funeral jokes, etc) but there are tons of ways to wear black. It’s extremely versatile; of course it’s formal and can be worn at serious occasions, but it can also be paired with pops of color or with white for a party outfit. And, band tees with jeans never go out of style! (You heard me!)

frank ocean sweet life outfit (via College Fashion)

frank ocean sweet life outfit (via College Fashion)

College Fashion is a website I stumbled on to while looking for fun things to add to my closet for school this fall. They list all kinds of sales, create outfits based on trends, interview fashionable people on campus and loads more. They’re totally worth a visit! I love the 3/4 length leather jacket above paired with the heels, with a touch of silver to top it off. Studded-collared shirts are starting to trend, but I’m still undecided on them. Regardless, you could pair the jacket with a lighter (or brighter) tank or dress to tone down the black.

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2012-Inspired Outfit 1 (via College Fashion)

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2012-Inspired Outfit 1 (via College Fashion)

I love those pants! With darker pants you could wear a lighter jacket and accessorize in colors with a purse, earrings, belt or shoes. Those leopard flats are definitely cute but personally, I’d prefer something with a bit of a heel. I think wedges would work well here. If you’ve got some neon accessories left over from the neon craze earlier this year, you can still use them here!

Vogue China (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Vogue China (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

This is a bit more stylish than practical, but the sports jacket/dress on the left is super sexy and fun! If the cut is a bit low, you could always wear a nice tank underneath or dress it up with a fun scarf. It could also be worn with some leggings and boots in the chillier weather.

anne sofie madsen (via Trendland)

anne sofie madsen (via Trendland)

The dress on the right is a beautiful matte black with gorgeous long sleeves and some texture at the bottom to spice it up. Paired with booties and some layered necklaces, this would be great for a day on the town or in class. A thick brown or tan belt would look great with this as well.

Old Skool Glam (via Super Shardom)

Old Skool Glam (via Super Shardom)

Pink is my favorite color to pair with black. Something about contrasting cute and fluffy with macabre always gets my attention. Flowers and floral patterns/colors look great on black, as shown above in this chic vintage gown. It looks a bit like evening wear, but with a tank underneath or a wrap over top it could easily be worn out during the day.

So don’t be afraid of black clothing, even in the summer! Black tops, bottoms or dresses are a great way to rock colored accessories and shoes that you might not normally get to show off with a more neutral or bright-colored look. Have fun with it!

Pretty In Pink

Sorry I didn’t get this up on Saturday! I’m afraid I can make no promises about timing of posts over the next two weeks. We’re moving on the 27th and have a lot to do before then, so I’ll try and make posts when I can.

One of the great things about fashion is that it has so many different aspects, from practical to artistic. I like to observe trends and keep up with style, but at the same time I love to see completely out-there looks that you’d never find in a store window, bordering on costume. These outfits are the fashion-version of paintings to me.

via acceptable (on tumblr)

via acceptable (on tumblr)

Anything involving strong colors and flowers pulls me in immediately. I’m a big fan of fantasy books and movies and love observing all the different takes on that kind of fashion. The veil over her head adds an interesting texture to the mix and throws the colors into a beautiful chaos. The ambiguity of our subject makes it more interesting still.

via BeforeYouKillUsAll

via BeforeYouKillUsAll

The nose to ear chain here is really intriguing. Paired with the suit, it really stands out. I love how his eyebrows have been reshaped with pink makeup. The palette in this photo is fairly minimalistic, sticking mainly to pink, white and brown, bringing unity to all the different elements of his style.

via localshop (on tumblr)

via localshop (on tumblr)

There are a lot of different textures happening here: silky, furry, smooth, floral, beaded… it’s hard to tell where she ends and the clothing begins. It’s kind of hard to tell what’s going on in this picture, but that makes me want to examine it all the more. There’s a subtle gradient of purple to pink from the bottom up, emphasizing her fur shrug/collar. All the elements of this photo exist in a delicate balance, the composition guiding your eye around in a loop to take it all in.

via Trendland

via Trendland

This model’s larger-than-life hair gives her the appearance of a doll which is definitely what her clothing reminds me of. I wish her expression was more playful, though. The pink and green really work well together; I wouldn’t think much of the belt and the dress apart, but together they make sense.

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 | Paris Haute Couture via FashionGoneRogue

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 | Paris Haute Couture via FashionGoneRogue

Her sandals are gorgeous! I love shoes that have lots of straps, even if they aren’t necessarily practical. There are a lot of contrasting patterns in the design of this dress. I really like the ribbing of the corset against the huge flowing panels of fabric. Layers of floating fabric and patterns give the illusion that she’s floating down the runway.

T-minus one week until I leave work, and two weeks until we move! Here’s hoping I can keep my sanity throughout this adventure. Weeeeeeee!

Fashion Watercolors by Sara Ligari

Fashion illustration is a specialized kind of art, different than what I’m used to doing. Negative space plays a huge role in drawing your eye around the drawing. The model needs to be attractive enough to show off the clothing without distracting from it. Sara Ligari mixes lush watercolor illustration with the world of fashion for pieces that instantly draw the eye.

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

I love her combination of vivid colors and flowing lineart! Most of the detail work in her pieces is dedicated to the outfits in question, but occasionally strays to other elements of the work like accessories and makeup. The careful watercolor splashes above her legs give the illusion of fur, contrasting nicely against the pen work of her lace top.

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

I love those shoes! Drawing shoes, and feet for that matter, has always been challenging for me. When I was younger I would draw people and cut their feet out all together, but now I know better. The detailing on the straps of her sandals is really lovely.

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

The way the above drawing is composed leads me to believe that it might not be fashion illustration, but rather an ad for a skincare or haircare product. Her greens are very vibrant and refreshing; maybe this was drawn for spa-related?

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

Her linework varies quite dramatically, leading me to believe that she works with calligraphy pens and brushes. This method takes a lot of patient but definitely pays off, helping the work to pop and giving it lots of character.

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

The majority of her work uses detailed outlines and contours to form the outfits and models who wear them. I especially like the way she details hair, very believable and flowing. Bodies aren’t fully detailed, with foundation shapes sometimes left in the final drawing. This gives depths to the bodies and faces but at the same time downplays them so they don’t draw away too much attention.

by Sara Ligari

by Sara Ligari

The above piece shows that her style is varied and not centered on pen contour drawings. The blending with watercolors here is expertly done, especially with the eye which is very lifelike. By using a few key paint strokes, she’s able to convey the detail in the hat without drawing 100% of it for us. This style sort of makes me think of what you would see if you glanced at someone on the street as they walked by; getting the main idea and colors of the outfit.

Happy Monday everyone! For the canadians among us, enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

Jackets & Blazers with Summer Outfits

My perfect summer would last all year, with temperatures of 25-30C, refreshing light breezes, and sunshine all the time. Unfortunately, this is not usually what summer is like (in NB anyway). There can be rain, cold spells and stretches of cloudy muggy days. Don’t let that put a damper on your new awesome summer outfits though! Even if it’s a bit chilly or rainy outside, you can still rock your shorts and tee/tank by pairing it up with a light jacket or blazer.

(via 9to5 Chic)

(via 9to5 Chic)

(via Kryzuy.com)

(via Kryzuy.com)

Keep the jacket or blazer fitted, as over-sized ones can become cumbersome or make you sweat faster than you’d like. Cute shorts or skinny jeans and a tank  are nicely complemented by a simple black blazer. Adding a few gold or silver accessories really ties the look together and makes it a bit classier, more appropriate for coffee or dinner.

(via Toyko Fashion)

(via Toyko Fashion)

That leopard dress is adorable and looks great with the trench-coat! A trench-coat just feels right on a rainy day, but looks great in any kind of weather. If you’re nervous about wearing patterns like this, a plain jacket would help tone it down a bit. I can picture wearing this outfit to see a local band at my favorite pub. Those comfy booties reinforce that look and look great for dancing/walking long distances.

(via COTTDS)

(via COTTDS)

Sneakers wtih shorts are super popular this summer and may be more practical if you do a lot of walking. I love sandals and showing off nicely painted toes, but while walking to work in the rain the other day, one of the heels on my prized gladiators came apart, leaving me limping the rest of the way. (Also my umbrella got bird poop on it and then promptly broke, leaving me soaked as well, but that’s beyond the point.) Sneakers may have been a better plan for me. You can still give your look a chic edge via the blazer and jewelry. A sparkly blazer is a really fun way to jazz things up and goes well with most jewlery as long as you don’t overdo it; the jacket already provides a lot of bling.

THE COLORS OF LOVE BY NICOLE L. HILL

THE COLORS OF LOVE BY NICOLE L. HILL

Neons are still in and blazers are available in almost all the colors you could want. If you want to keep things informal or casual, choose your favorite bright color and have fun! Colored blazers go well with shorts, skirts or even skinny jeans. Bright colors look great against most neutrals. Jackets and blazers also help to cover up against the sun, if you’re going to be in it for long periods of time. Don’t forget the sun-screen!

Have a great and sun-filled weekend, everyone! And, for us Canadians, Happy Canada Day!

P.S. And for me happy birthday (tomorrow). 😀

Flowing Summer Prints

The trend of bright colors continues, from neon in the spring to bold colors and patterns in the summer. What better way to show them off than in the bright sunshine?

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Prints have really made a come-back. The dress on the top is gorgeous, modest yet chic for summer. The pattern looks like it’s been taken from a kaleidoscope and is easily accessorized with anything black. I really like the super-high-waisted skirt in the bottom image, with a simple top (though not one that cuts down quite that far). I’ve been seeing a lot of dresses and skirts paired with leggings, making this look great for spring and fall as well. Accessorizing with prints is easy; stick to colors found in the prints and you’re good to go! It’s really cute how she’s used bracelets over-top of her heels, whether they’re part of the shoes or not.

 

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The photos above caught my attention because of the model; she looks like she’s sweating from heat. Displaying summer clothes on someone that’s sweating (or made to look like she was) makes sense! We should embrace the weather instead of trying to hide from it. The peplum top is very cute and is hopefully made of a thin shear fabric, otherwise, and the shiny silver may generate more heat. The second outfit is really cool; I love the mix of the netting against the overalls, though normally overalls don’t do it for me (perhaps the bottom half is a skirt?). The mix of textures continues in the third image, swirly cotton against smooth silk. Her fire-red shoes really pop against the cool colors of the rest of the outfit.

 

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

I really love the color palette in the shoot above, so warm and dreamy! The whole care-free-flower-child look is really cool, even if I wouldn’t wear it myself. Long flowing fabric is in this summer (think maxi skirts/dresses) and can be worn tons of different ways. The dress above is a little shear in my opinion, but with another layer or two it’d be very wearable. I would like to see different skirt-length options for dresses this summer, though. I’ve seen lots of skirts I’d love to try but they end up dragging behind me and I can’t help but cringe thinking how dirty they’d get.

 

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

The subject matter above is very interesting; a black wedding gown instead of white, flowers hair pieces, the block of black against the top model’s forehead and the orange eye makeup framed with the very popular beachy-waves hairstyle. These portraits draw your attention more to the model and her expression, rather than the fashion, and I like that. The second photo is a bit more traditional but still beautiful, especially her hair.

Looking at what ties all these images together, I think it’s safe to say we should keep the makeup and accessories simple this summer; let the prints and fabrics speak instead!

Satin and Tennis Balls

Starting off the week with some real progress! I did an awesome afternoon stint of painting on Saturday after whittling away on this piece an hour or so a day for the prior week.

Models painting, in progress by Jess Lingley

Models painting, in progress by Jess Lingley

The ladies are are really starting to take shape! The skin looks pretty bad as I’ve only done one pass with color so far, but the dresses are looking better all the time. I’m especially pleased with the middle girl’s dress as it actually resembles a satin material (though it’s hard to tell from this cell phone photo, apologies). Painting shadows using complementary colors really helps make them pop, gives them depth. I fixed her shoe as well so the heel actually matches the toe. Once this dries, I’ll be going over the blue cloth parts some more with darker, richer hues and adding lighter hues to the pink at the bottom. I’ll also bring in some lighter skin tones on the girls and work on skin shadows/highlights. The eyes are really bugging me, but I don’t dare touch them until I’m happy with the skin, lest they become painted over.

Watercolor Fun

Watercolor Fun

Pop Art ideas

Pop Art ideas

After visiting the pop art exhibit downtown I decided to get a move-on towards a pop art piece of my own! I saw another painting, possibly during the road trip, that was a normal object made interesting through use of geometry and color. I’d like to combine these two ideas by painting a tennis ball in lots of psychedelic colors! My first thought would be to use acrylic since it dries quickly and easily provides thick bright pigments, but to make it more of a challenge, I’m going to do it with watercolors.

As you can see above, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble getting nice bright hues from them. This also gave me a chance to break out the water brushes I purchased on my trip. They require a light touch, but I like them a lot. They let you paint a larger area without having to dip your brush in water again and again, allowing for seamless blending. I’m still trying to iron out which color combinations I want to use, but I’m almost there. Then it’s onto a light but detailed graphite pencil drawing.

possible idea for wood panel

possible idea for wood panel

Yesterday morning I was struck with an idea for an original painting, so I sketched it out before I forgot it. This is a really rough drawing but I’m pleased with the composition and think it would be suitable for the wood panel I bought to paint on. I’ll need to do a more detailed drawing first though, especially where there are flowers and nature involved that I can’t just make up. Rather than drawing right on the wood and possibly dent it, I’d like to figure out how to transfer a graphite drawing on. I’ve heard it can be done with tracing paper…

So, three projects for me to work on! No excuse for slacking off now!

Flowers, Sneakers and Candy

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a lot of really nice, soft colors in fashion that are very attractive without being flat and boring.

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

The colors in this photo-shoot are very soft and warm, like a summer morning. The deep rich colors of the plants and tree trunks in the background keep the bright floral colors of these outfits grounded. I really like the subject matter here, especially the pink blossoms. The models seem to give off a natural sort of beauty, with minimal makeup and subtle accessories. This trend is something I’ve been trying to incorporate in my own makeup routine by leaving out the eyeliner and taking it easy on the bold looks. I feel much better in the warm weather with less makeup on, and besides, I’d rather be outside in the sun than inside, slaving over eyeliner that will likely smear off in the heat.

"schlachthofbronx" (via Print & Pattern)

“schlachthofbronx” (via Print & Pattern)

"schlachthofbronx" (via Print & Pattern)

“schlachthofbronx” (via Print & Pattern)

Here we have a cotton candy-colored palette accented with bold hair styles and sullen models. I’m not sure if I dig that contrast or not, to be honest. It lessens the carefree nature of the look, which otherwise, I like. The platform sneakers are very appreciated, since I can use all the extra height I can find (5″1), and heels aren’t always the most comfortable alternative. The leather jacket with the frilly dress is a really fun mix of edgy and cute. The cut of the dress in the second image is very flattering as well, following the peplum trend of this season. I’m not sure if the puffy shoulders and gold sneakers really go together, but I could totally see myself wearing them separately.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 campaign (via Elle Decoration)

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 campaign (via Elle Decoration)

I’m loving these candy bubblegum colors! They really show that colors found on younger clothes can work in more mature, sexy outfits. I may be drawn to these colors since they go nicely on a variety of skin-tones, even someone with really fair skin (which is my situation). Looking more closely at the white floral fabric on the dresses in the second half of the image above, I could swear it was almost the exact same fabric from another shoot in Tokyo which I covered in an earlier post. Looks like this may be a trend!

It seems that pattern has a huge role to play in keeping soft colors interesting. I would gravitate towards something with an intricate pattern on it (embroidery, layering, etc), even if it’s in a softer pale color, instead of a bold colored plain article of clothing. Softer colors also have the benefit of working together much more easily than brighter, bolder colors, so choosing outfits can happen more quickly and effortlessly.