Posts Tagged ‘summer dress’
This has been such a historic year for plus size fashion. From the plus model feature on the cover of Elle Quebec to the first plus runway show at New York Fashion Week, plus fashion has continued to gain ground inside the realm of straight fashion.
Eden Miller showed her spring/summer 2014 Cabiria collection at NYFW this month, which garnered a lot of attention and praise. It was a small collection and unfortunately it didn’t feature the excellent FEATHERS print, which is my favourite Cabiria dress (illustrated above). But the runway did showcase other great fabrics, fun prints, and chic details, and proved that Miller has the effortless knack of combining comfort with elegance. I’m looking forward to her next line already.
I would love to see more plus size collections at straight size events. Cabiria is a strong collection, but my only critique is that the silhouettes were very traditional for plus dresses. Flattering? Of course – I can easily see myself buying and loving one or more of these flirty dresses. Risky runway extravaganza? Not quite. One of the things I love about straight fashion shows is the over the top drama, and I would be thrilled to see more risks taken with plus runway at future fashion weeks across the globe.
I sketched and painted this plus size illustration yesterday while rewatching The September Issue (wonderful documentary).
While Grace Coddington talked about colour blocking, I was laying out my paints – that’s how this sketch ended up with orange hair and such a vibrant dress!
Basically the illustration turned out to be a plus size rainbow pride flag. As I am a bisexual woman, and newly wedded to my wife, I think it’s ok that I ended up with a fabulous rainbow dress!
Labour Day is fast approaching and I am totally ready for the last long weekend of the summer! It’s nice to enjoy a few more lazy sunny days before fall kicks in.
Meet Kassidy, perched on top of her packed bags, making last minute travel arrangements for a fabulous summer getaway.
Montreal has a very short spring season – and it’s already pretty much over. I would have liked a few more weeks of mild weather and spring jackets, but mother nature always has other plans.
Time to keep cool in pretty summer dresses and enjoy the sunshine!
Enjoy the May flowers, everyone!
Yesterday, I went to see a Shakespeare in the Park performance of The Taming of the Shrew. It was a perfect night for it- nice weather, clear skies, no mosquitos! The actors were uniformly good, with a lot of wonderful comedic timing. It was lovely to spend a summer evening outside with a picnic and a play.
I finished this sketch on Thursday but hadn’t settled on a name for her. Now I’ve been inspired by the pretty younger sister in the play- good-hearted, (mostly) sweet-natured, well-mannered Bianca.
I saw her coral lips to move,
And with her breath she did perfume the air;
Sacred and sweet was all I saw in her.
Lucentio, The Taming of the Shrew, Act 1, Sc. 1
Without further ado- meet Bianca, out for a summer stroll in a light purple sundress with sweet ribbon details, and pretty pink rosette shoes.
I’ve been very productive lately! I guess that doing so much art is a good way to get my mind off this heat. Montreal has been sweltering these last few days.
I was so excited about the outlining result in the last painting that I decided to try it again. I am really loving the thick black outline- I think it looks like I dipped my art in Illustrator (which was the effect I was after). What do you think about the new effect?
Meet posh Clara- you just caught her as she is about to pop off to the shops for a little summer shopping. After I drew her, she looked a little plain so I decided that she needed a cheery floral print dress. Doing the print was quite time consuming and challenging on the gathered bodice, but I think it looks great after it’s been painted bold orange.
My main artistic influence, after fabulously animated Disney movies, was Impressionist painters. I spent a good deal of my childhood drawing Disney heroines, and a good deal of my teenage years fascinated by the interplay of light on objects.
I was never much of a painter, and always shied away from colouring my work. But the rare time I did paint, I never outlined anything and tried instead to focus only on light versus dark colours to define anything.
I have since moved on from these constraints, although I still love Impressionism. Still, in many ways I am a novice painter, and I am in the process of learning my style and what works for me. Today I reached a little outside my comfort zone- first I drew a girl with more fashion forward style than usual; second, I outlined her in thick black pen to see how it looked. When I started, I was convinced I had ruined the art and I decided not to post it. But as I went on, I liked it more and more, and now I think it looks quite sharp and very modern.
Meet Jordan, ready for a fun Friday night out with the girls at a nice restaurant or a club. Decked out in a vibrantly yellow dress with a gray sleeveless top, Jordan is ready to stay out until the break of dawn.
I’m loving the pastel dresses I keep seeing online this summer, but I haven’t really seen that many on the street. Maybe I’m just not looking hard enough, or maybe I just haven’t forayed downtown lately where people might be more likely to don a pretty pale frock?
As much as I love looking at them, I don’t think the trend is for me- I never wear pastels well. Something about them don’t suit my skin tone, I think.
But that won’t stop me from drawing them. Meet Dorothy, in a pretty blue dress with ruby red sandals. The life of every party, there’s no way she will click her heels to go home anytime soon!
This is another illustration from the long weekend- it was a productive holiday! All holidays should be spent doing something you love, I think.
For some reason, I was thinking of Maid Marian from Robin Hood while I was drawing this, so that’s where her name comes from! Marian is wearing a pink striped dress with a floral fabric brooch, and she has a lovely oversize purple cardigan. I based the pose and general look on this beautiful photograph.
Marian is my third illustration added to my new Etsy shop (Emily in my last post was the first illustration to open the shop), so check her out if you would like to buy a print. I’m gradually adding more to the store, I know it looks quite bare at the moment.
Canada Day and the long weekend has come and gone- three lovely days of sunshine and relaxation here in Montreal. The weekend before was also a long weekend (St Jean Baptiste), so I feel doubly lucky- but it certainly makes it tougher to go back to 5 day work weeks!
Over the weekend I did some drawing and painting. In fact, I dedicated most of Monday to art, putting in some long hours in my wicker chair, drinking home-made iced coffees, pencils and brushes in hand. I’ve been drawing more original sketches, and I’ve decided to give them names. So… meet optimistic Emily, ready for summer in a lemony yellow sundress with daisy-embellished shoes.