Lately I've been working on a few different projects and trying to complete a new addition to my Handbag Project which is really exciting. She's utterly gorgeous and I'd let you know who she is, except I don't want to ruin the surprise when it's finished. She likes lots of colour so I got together some colourful bits and pieces to inspire the drawing. And I also bought the latest LOVE magazine. It never fails to confuse me that every editorial within the magazine looks so much like an advert, but in a way it makes the whole aesthetic of the magazine look so coherent and streamlined. I've also featured the Harper's Bazaar: Greatest Hits book which is a complete wealth of fashion inspiration through the ages and something I use to inspire me when I'm feeling uncreative. I'm also having a severe case of failing to time manage everything I do in a consistent way lately. Can you relate? Most of the time I half complete ten things rather than fully complete five. I definitely need some tips!
Most fashion photography that's taken when the models are walking down the runway is pretty formulaic. Either the photograph is taken of the model front on, striding down the runway towards a huge pit of photographers, or it's the horrifically blurry Instagram kind of photograph that magazines are so fond of posting via social networking these days. Either way, most of the images are laid out so that we get the best view of the clothes, which is obviously the point. However, there is something to be said for someone who can portray the clothes whilst also giving the viewer a sense of the show atmosphere. Kevin Tachman took these absolutely beautiful photographs for Vogue.co.uk to show the 'dizzying pace' of fashion week. I think they're so much more interesting than the usual kind of images we see, and their abstract nature makes great inspiration for fashion illustrations.