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!

Burlesque Manga Illustrations by Matsuo Hiromi

Manga-inspired illustration continues to impress and inspire me. Thanks to Tumblr, a great source for illustration from all around the globe, I was able to find Matsuo Hiromi.

by Matsuo Hiromi

by Matsuo Hiromi

Manga-heavy with a splash of Mucha and Art Nouveau, Hiromi’s art is classy, frilly, stunningly elegant. Though I’m fairly certain it’s digital , it has a very traditional feeling to it, through use of soft water-colors and textures.

by Matsuo Hiromi

by Matsuo Hiromi

I love that she’s taken extra time to focus on the little details in her clothing and jewelry. My eye is drawn to so many elements here; her whimsical curly hair with purple peacock feathers, the jeweled drop necklace, her layered lacey top, the delicate rings on her fingers, the criss-crossing lace on her leggings… everything was painstakingly thought out and beautifully rendered.

by Matsuo Hiromi

by Matsuo Hiromi

Hiromi’s sense of fashion and style is astounding. The dresses she comes up with are absolutely gorgeous and have amazing textures: silky, frilly, pleated, you name it. The accessories and hair on her subjects always complement their outfit. The background here is pretty as well, rendered in warm purples and yellows to bring out the soft greens in her corset and gloves.

by Matsuo Hiromi

by Matsuo Hiromi

All of her women have soft dewy eyes, windswept expressions drawing you further into their world. Her grasp of nature and architecture on top of fashion is really astounding. Having  the rigid structure behind her contrast with the flowing soft flowers provides a beautiful contrast and really shows off her skills.

by Matsuo Hiromi

by Matsuo Hiromi

The art nouveau elements in her style really help frame her characters and give a classy edge to the work. Just as much attention is given to clothing, furniture and backgrounds as is given to the girl here.

by Matsuo Hiromi

by Matsuo Hiromi

Her color palettes are soft, luscious, warm and inviting, reminiscent of spring and summer. They look slightly yellowed and vintage, as if the viewer is remembering a dream or a party from long ago. By using outlines in different colors than black, such as brown and pink, or by leaving them out all together, her dreamy colors are really able to shine.

by Matsuo Hiromi

by Matsuo Hiromi

Her work looks like it gets published a lot, both through books and products. I won’t lie; if I saw her illustration on a package of eyeshadow I would be strongly inclined to buy it! You’re welcome to visit her website, though it may be a bit tricky to navigate since it’s in japanese. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find an english source to purchase any of her work and it doesn’t seem to be available through amazon.com/ca, either. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can search for it through tumblr or visit a mirror of her work here.

Fashion Inspiration 21-03-12

I haven’t had a chance to start anything new since I finished the Cherry Blossom abstract piece on Sunday, so here’s some fashion that’s caught my eye recently.

Dark Beauty, via A White Carousel

There are several aspects to this look I really like: the lacey patterns, the transparent layers of fabric, the dramatic makeup and the voluminous hair. I immediately thought of painting this girl when I saw her; there’s a great balance of patterns and textures. The sequins are carefully placed to avoid being too flashy, and instead give the look an elegant edge.

via Melanie Castillo on Pinterest

The black and white palette works really well to unify this composition which might be a bit busy otherwise. The combination of different textures, fur, leather and shine, are an aspect of fashion I really enjoy. The graffitti on the wall and the snow on the ground, with imprints of feet, helps to define the model.

Vogue Japan, via Tom & Lorenzo

This page is out of Vogue Japan. In contrast to the previous image, I like how busy this one is. It captures a sort of energy and is exciting and flashy. I like the main model’s long sleek hair against the gold detailing on her dress. It’s like she’s from the future, visiting present-day Japan. Go check out the other photos from this shoot, they’re gorgeous too!

Lilybrush evening dress

Green and pink, perfect colors for spring! The fabric in this dress looks so luxurious, flowing and rich. I love the tie in the middle and crown of blossoms in her hair. Again, this is something I’d love to paint. The creases give the dress a lot of depth and character, I could have a lot of fun with that.