Designer Sketches for NYFW Fall 2014 {Part 2}

Here in New York fashion week is in full swing and fortunately I've been a little busy with unexpected fashion show invites and pop up projects so thats why part 2 of my designer sketch round up is coming at you a little delayed. First up of these designer illustrations just may be my favorite sketch of the whole season, by Rebecca Minkoff. Her illustration (shown above) exemplifies everything I love about fashion illustration. Its sleek, stylish and edgy while being a completely readable fashion illustration and a beautiful visual. I actually saw Rebecca at NYFW in the lobby of Lincoln Center a few days ago and was tempted to say hi and gush over her illustrations but instead decided to play it cool (or wimped out! You decide. ;)
Next up is NYFW staple DKNY. These two designs are whimsical and fun collage illustrations that use swatches of actual fabric and patterns from the collection atop stylized fashion figures. College is unexpected medium in fashion illustration and can be hit or miss but these are great. I love the intricacy of the faces and that unexpected pop of color with bubble gum pink hair.
This watercolor illustration by Vera Wang is sassy and simple and a departure from the regular illustration style to come from Vera. Perhaps this more casual illustrative look is hinting at whats to come in her fall 2014 collection. Regardless its nice to see watercolor and gauche used in fashion illustration and always makes me want to whip out mine and start experimenting.
I love unique poses and this profile pose that Milly used is perfect. It compliments the design, showing off the exaggerated collar and the drama of such a full gathered skirt. Its also a nice example of a pen and ink outlined sketch and how you don't have to over render features to have a successful sketch. In contrast is the Charlotte Ronson sketch, shown on the right which is fully rendered and quite realistic with the detail in the facial features. Both work, it just comes down to the look you're going for and your comfort level in drawing.

Check back in a day or two for the final selection of designer sketches and flip through WWD and NY Magazine for more designer inspirations. And for Part 1 of my Fall 2014 round up click here.

(All Illustrations by Designers)

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