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. 😉

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!

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.