Fashion illustrator Blair Breitenstein artfully interprets top runway looks from Harper’s BAZAAR editors’ choice selects. It wasn’t enough the Spring/Summer 2014 collections were delightfully enchanting, Blair depicts those brilliant designs through charming watercolor portraits. Beside each illustration are excerpts from the experts. “The Givenchy show was a stunner in so many ways, but what really galvanized the audience was the spectacular crystal makeup—further elevating this already-incredible sequined finale look,” says Sam Broekema, Executive Accessories Editor on Givenchy Spring 2014. Continue below for more illustrations and commentary from the editors.
CÉLINE — “Phoebe Philo took a new turn for the season, exploring print inspired by Brassaï’s photographs and street art. I love this graphic print mix with a nod to the ’80s.” Nicole Fritton, Fashion Market and Accessories Director
PROENZA SCHOULER — “Proenza Schouler was my favorite collection in New York. The designers have an innate way of knowing just how a woman is going to want to dress. This tri-colored metallic dress was a show-stopper and instantly landed on my spring wish list.” -Joyann King, Digital Director
DRIES VAN NOTEN — “I love the juxtaposition of the intricate, voluminous pleated skirt pared down with an easy gray sweat shirt.” -Joanna Hillman, Style Director
BALENCIAGA — “Alexander Wang’s second runway show for Balenciaga brought the magic that only Paris can—with mirror play and the designer’s particular—and not entirely expected—take on femininity. This sculptural pink dress was a standout.” -Kerry Pieri, Senior Digital Editor
Blair Breitenstein does not believe in erasers. She states on her Etsy page, “People are not perfect and neither is art! BlondeLasagna is meant to be spontaneous, quirky, sassy and free.” With transcendence in mind, Blair has created illustrations featured on Vogue Daily as part of their ‘Favorite Voguestagrams‘ to painting portraits of chic ladies in fashion, including CEO of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso. This is how I discovered BlondeLasagna. I follow @nastygal on Instagram and last week they posted @blairz’s “amaze drawing of @sophia_amoruso“. It was love at first sight! I sent Blair a super sweet email with hopes of having my very own portrait created. To my surprise she obliged with the illustration you see above. Look at me-ow, I’m a work of art!
Check out Blair’s work below with images directly from her Instagram account. And don’t forget to visit her Etsy page where she has prints available for purchase here.
Thanks to my pal Pink Horrowshow I discovered the glorious and opulent Olga the cat! This über chic kitty is the official feline to the ONESIXTYNOTEPAD.com site.Although I was unable to gather information on Ms. Olga on such short notice, as I wanted to publish this blog post immediately, we owe our thanks to the gentleman at ONESIXTYNOTEPAD.com as the creators of this fancy new style icon. Olga spends her days lavished in Céline, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler. I imagine her having an endless wardrobe full of couture ensembles with the most amazing accessories. I guess Fifi Lapin has met her match! Below are Olga’s best looks. Follow her on Instagram: http://instagram.com/olgathecat
Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss surrealist sculptor, famous for his strangely elongated human forms. Photographer Gianluca Fontana, inspired by Giacometti’s statues and sketches, photographed painted models donning headpieces by milliner Federica Moretti. Models Eloise, Nomi, and Federica Marchetti Parma of Elite,were drawn on and covered in plaster having the effect of life imitating art. Hair was kept in an upsweep by hairstylist Gianluca Guaitoli, as makeup was sketched and sculpted by artist Anna Maria Negri.
In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist’s obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession.