Illustrator Love…Bernadette Pascua

Art and fashion simultaneously work so well together and every so often we have clients who request that we do a little something special with their portfolios to outline their creative , playful and fun side. To help them envision their ideas we have a creative team add a touch of colour, line and texture to their imagery and the outcome is not only rewarding but inspiring for both our studio visitors and our art department.

An illustrator that has caught our eye recently is none other than Bernadette Pascua, a fashion illustrator and multidisciplinary artist based in New York who lives in Brooklyn with her partner, photographer Andrew Stinson and their Shiba Inu, Rocky.

Her client list is nothing short of impressive with W magazine, Vogue, French Glamour, Madewell and J Crew being but a few to mention, her work has a simplicity to it that leaves much to be desired and her clean approach to colour use and linear shapes left me wanting to own each and every illustration featured on her blog http://www.decadediary.com

We so enjoyed visiting her website and blog and the combination of photography and illustration seen throughout is incredibly exciting and interesting to take in visuall.

It’s official, we’re hooked on her work, see more of it here

And now for some of our personal favourites…..

All imagery and artworks by Bernadette Pascua.

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Santa Baby…..

OK, so for most of you it might still be a tad too early to be diving head first into all things Christmas, but lately a lot of our clients have been coming in to our studios to shoot Christmas cards, wintery styled shoots along with some family portraits featuring the best Christmas jumpers I’ve had the pleasure of laying my eyes on in a while. Now, as you can imagine with all this going on, in and around the studio it has been almost impossible to not get into the spirit of things.

For those of you who have been to our studios, you will already know about the importance of a mood-board it simply outlines the feel and aesthetic you are aiming to achieve through your photo session with us, so for those of you conjuring up an idea for Christmas cards I thought we would share some of our favourites – a festive feast for your eyes, if you will!

enjoy!

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Dovima a Christmass ball dress by Dior, December 1950 Photography Richard Avedon.

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Nailed it……

Derek Lam’s florals, a major fall favorite. To achieve this runway-inspired look on nails, Elizabeth used different sized variations of the flower pattern with a black or white base and painted flowers on top using paint pens.

The Charlotte Olympia cat plats, are my personal favourites!

Stella McCartney Spring 2012-Inspired Nails
For these nails, she started with a white base then created blue and red polkadots with black centres to get the look of the cutouts and white details on top of the dots.
Comme des Garcons Play- Inspired Nails
The beauty team at The Face London, loved this one!
These Louise Vuitton inspired pastel nails might be better for spring/summer, but I certainly adore this look!
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And for all those Christopher Kane fans out there…..
To get the look use Sally Hansen Salon Effects denim nail stickers with Chanel Holographic “gems” on top and  nail art pens to paint individual flowers on top of OPISignificant Other Color.
Photos via Mark Iantosca and Vogue.com
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Lauren Maccabee…..

Just recently I stumbled upon the genius photographer that is Lauren Maccabee.

Every single image transports me into a beautiful, serene and oh so dreamy world.

The colour palettes for her imagery are as if you were doing back flips into  giant milkshakes, not to mention her choice in subject matter.

I’m completely bowled over by her wonderful work, which you can see more of here www.laurenmaccabee.com/

enjoy!

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Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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Matt Wisniewski….

It’s been some time since we last posted about our latest art muse, designer crush or creative goodie so it’s with much excitement and delight that I share these incredible images with you today.

The name is Matt Wisniewski and for all those digital art junkies out there-He’s a wonderful source of inspiration.

A New York-based artist, he first picks out a portrait and then seamlessly incorporates different combinations of textures to the image. The end result? Gorgeous and inspiring mash-ups that highlight the beauty of the human form and nature.

 Matt describes himself very simply-“Hello. My name is Matt. I make things work on the Internet. I like looking at pretty things and making some of my own.”

I think he is pretty amazing, here see for yourselves…

From the series “Futur couture”

From the series “Futur Couture”
From the series “Head Full of Air”
Click  to his website to see more of his incredible works.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
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Photo of the week….

This week was another toughie deciding on which clients image “knocked it our the park” the most.

With much attention to detail, we finally came to a holt with our final choice and we are most pleased with it indeed.

This week we chose three images from the sublime Aleona, you were a dream to work with and we hope you love your images!

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Style Crush….

It’s Autumn and the leaves are no longer as green as they were a few weeks ago… I could go on a long whimpering moan session about how I am not ready for a change in Season(being a sun enthusiast and all), but  instead I think I will take this moment to focus on the positive…”the optimist see’s the bagel, the pessimist see’s the hole.”

A half full kinda-mantra, if you will.

Autumn weather is ideal for dressing up, you can get away with teaming your favourite T-shirt and trench or a maxi skirt and oversized fluffy jumper.

It’s not too cold to be daring and work your favourite wardrobe essentials alongside each other, even pairing together the most unexpected items can achieve a much desired look.

A perfect example of just such an eclectic and visionary style is that of Belgium super model, Hanne Gaby Odiele.

The super cute 25 year old is pure eye candy and so are all her inspiring outfit choices.

Yes, this is our most recent style crush…

See for yourselves…

Above Image taken by, Tommy Tom.

Hanne Gaby, outside the Anna Sui Mercedes Benz Fashion week show.

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Eat, Sleep, Design…..

Lucas Maassen, a Dutch designer, ingeniously employed his three sons, Thijme (9), Julian (7) and Maris (7) to paint the furniture hand built in his factory. The boys get paid 1 Euro per piece of furniture painted, as agreed in their contracts and due to Dutch child labour laws they are only allowed to work three hours a week. This motivates the boys to paint fast, influencing the final aesthetic. The resulting pieces are simple, honest and revelatory of the manufacturing process.

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images by Mike Roelofs.