Hamptons Magazine Sketches

Hamptons Magazine kicked off their very first Shop Hamptons page yesterday and I'm thrilled to say its adorned with Brooke Hagel sketches! Editor In Chief Samantha Yanks commissioned me to sketch out illustrations for the new page that each week will feature her top picks for Hamptons summer essentials of locally made products and artisan boutiques.
For the header I illustrated a quintessential Hamptons beach, dunes and all, with a girl laying out surrounded by her must-haves. I also drew a bunch of smaller illustrations to act as icons for categorizing the fab finds; shopping, home, beauty, food and wine. I'm excited to follow the page throughout the summer for all Samantha's spy luxe Hamptons treasures!
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Delta Airlines x Zac Posen | Live Sketching

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of live sketching custom fashion illustrations at Delta Airlines press event announcing designer Zac Posen has signed on to redesign their uniforms. It was a unique event to live-sketch because the guests were all Delta employees who flew in for the day from various cities across the country. I met and sketched pilots, flight attendants, customer service reps and even grounds crew members and loved hearing where each guest was from, and how excited they were for their designer uniform upgrade. A highlight of the day was Zac Posen came over to my drafting table and even snapped a few photos (shown above) of some of the sketches I drew beforehand inspired by vintage Delta uniforms that were displayed throughout the space. It was exciting to see such an accomplished designer admire my illustrations.
I met and sketched so many wonderful Delta employees from across the country throughout the three hour event, drawing over 20 custom sketches actually. All the guests (even the men!) were thrilled to be turned into a fashion illustrations and have a memento of their current and soon-to-be old uniforms. I'm excited for them and really looking forward to seeing what Zac Posen and his team come up with for the lovely Delta team.

If you're interested in having me live sketch custom illustrations at your next corporate event or party email FabulousDoodles@gmail.com for availability and rates.

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Live-Sketching Bridal Fashion Week for Brides Magazine

Recently I attended Bridal Fashion Week to live sketch designers final looks on behalf of Brides Magazine's social media channels and it was without a doubt one of my favorite projects to date. With my sketchbook and art supplies in tow I attended Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa's Spring 2016 Bridal Collections along with a photographer and camera crew to record me live-sketching for photos and time-lapse videos.

I was invited to arrive early to each show for a closer look at the gown I'd be illustrating. The first was Reem Acra and it was an exquisite cream colored re-embroidered metallic lace long sleeve dress with circular tulle underlay. (Sketch shown above) I took some photos of the dress details, watched the models in hair and makeup, then headed out to my seat for the show. Promptly after the show I scooted backstage with the camera crew where my model was waiting for me in the finale dress to pose. I completed the sketch in about 15-20 minutes and she was thrilled with the outcome, and said she'd actually never been sketched before. I then thanked and shared the sketch with Reem Acra. She loved it and was quite complimentary of my work, which she had checked out prior to my arrival. (Ekk!)
Next up, Monique Lhuillier. Again I arrived early and was brought backstage for a closer look at the finale gown. Waiting for my sketching location I sat backstage for quite a while watching the models and snapping pix. They said if I liked another gown more I could sketch whichever gown I thought would make the best illustration so instead of the long-sleeved finale gown I chose a strapless tulle ballgown with a delicate lace bodice with lace appliqués that trickled onto the skirt, to differentiate it from the dress I drew that morning. After the show I got set up in the room they were shooting the look-book in, so again, the model was right there and got to see her final sketch along with the Monique Lhuillier (see below.)
Lastly Marchesa, which unsurprisingly was flawless. When I arrived early backstage I was told the design team wanted to meet with me. Two of the head designers came out and showed me the three contenders they had in mind for the sketch. I chose this gown (below) because of the unique gathered bodice and beautiful three dimensional florals throughout the etherial skirt. I didn't realize at the time, but this was in-fact the finale look. Being a presentation situation, not a runway show, I was able to set up with the camera crew and sketch while the model posed on the pedestal. I saw the two Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig during the show but unfortunately not after, once the sketch was complete.
It doesn't get much better than sketching Bridal Fashion Week for Brides Magazine. It was a dream project and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to do it again. Through the years I've attended countless New York Fashion Weeks but up until now, actually only one bridal show, and I have to say I'm sold! Beautiful New York venues showcasing one stunning fairytale gown after the next, it was a fashion illustrating dream come true. You can check out more of my sketches and a time lapse video over on Brides Magazine instagram account. Thank you to the team at Brides and all the designers who welcomed me!

For more of my bridal illustrations you can check out my bridal print shop: Brooklit Bride.

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VOGUE and Viktor & Rolf | You're Invited

You're invited to join me and Vogue this Thursday as I customize my haute couture inspired sketches of Viktor & Rolf designs! We're celebrating the first anniversary of Bonbon, Viktor & Rolf's bow bottled fragrance directly inspired by their avant-garde fall 2013 haute couture collection and would love to have you there: 

Saks Fifth Avenue 
Viktor & Rolf on One
Fifth Avenue & 49th Street
Thursday, April 23rd 6-8 PM
RSVP: 212.940.4169

I've been a longtime fan of the couture design duo. Their legendary Russian doll collection featuring Maggie Rizer in layer upon layer of couture was one of the first shows I remember truly being blown away by and was shown the same year I delved into fashion as a fashion design major at FIT. Illustrating their designs, and having my sketches pre-approved by the designers for this Vogue event was definitely a "pinch me" moment in my fashion illustration career. I hope to see you all at the event where I'll be customizing these croquis to your and other Vogue guests likeliness!  

Vogue & La Mer | Live-Sketching Illustrations

Last week I live-sketched custom fashion illustrations at a private party for Vogue and La Mer at Bloomingdales Manhattan flagship. I've admired and occasionally indulged in La Mer products for years so needless to say I was thrilled when my friends at Vogue asked if I was available for this intimate event. La Mer Executive Director Clyde Johnson (shown above with his custom illustration) and Vogue Market Stylist Cara Crowley hosted the party which included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, an array of La Mer products and my custom fashion illustrations of all the gorgeous guests as personal gifts for each of them to bring home. It was another fun Vogue event and I hope you enjoyed this little sampling of photos and sketches from it.

Interested in having me live-sketch at your next corporate event or private party? Simply email FabulousDoodles@gmail.com to check availability and receive rates and information. 

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Sunglass Hut Custom Illustration Gifts

Custom fashion illustrations as Valentines were my month long project last month commissioned by Sunglass Hut and Ray-Ban and today I'm sharing a few of my favorites. Sunglass Hut gifted fashion bloggers and style influencers with frames from their newest collection then asked each recipient to strike a pose giving a kiss-face. The photos were sent to me and I sketched them up into custom illustrations that they framed and mailed to each influencer. The first illustration was of their spokesmodel, Georgia May Jagger (sketch shown above as well as styled in my studio in a sneak-peek photo I instagrammed a few weeks ago also shown at the bottom of this post.) Her wavy blond hair, bright fuchsia lips and round tortoise frames made ideal sketch inspiration.
Drawing while taking inspiration from fashion bloggers is always great, as they have such unique looks and are always so well styled and perfectly posed. And when working on a project like this, I'm  often introduced to new ones to follow like the women sketched above: Urban Bush Babes Takenya and Cipriano Quann, Nicole Alyse and Jessi Afshin, The Darling Detail.
If interested in commissioning a considerable amount of custom illustrations for corporate gifts or an event, email fabulousdoodles@gmail.com for information and a quote.  

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