Last week I had the opportunity to attend some business seminars as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. My favourite was fashion illustrator Bil Donovan’s. Whilst captivating us with his vibrant, charismatic energy, he discussed his journey to where he is now; a renowned artist, illustrator and educator. Based in New York, Donovan creates works for many fashion publications and exhibitions, and as Christian Dior’s first ever Artist-In-Residence, he also creates works exclusively for them.
During the presentation we were able to watch Bil create pieces live using watercolour. His technique was incredible. Focusing on the negative space, the flow of his lines were fluid and perfect.
To read more about Bil Donovan, visit his website here.
Below are some of my favourite works by Bil…
(images via bildonovan.com)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Thomas Townsend / MODEL: Chloe Sobejko / STYLING: Myself / STYLING ASSISTANT: Tristan Robert
1 + 2 Y’s ruffle shirt, Peachoo + Krejberg embroidered sheer dress / 3 Y’s ruffle shirt & wide leg pant, Peachoo + Krejberg embroidered sheer dress, Marsell boots, Lady Dior bag (stylist’s) / 4 A.F. Vandervorst wrap dress, Peachoo + Krejberg sheer cropped pant / 5 + 6 Peachoo + Krejberg sequinned dress / 7 Ann Demeulemeester shirt dress / 9 Comme des Garcons hat (stylist’s), Tsumori Chisato crochet coat, Y’s wide leg pant, Marsell boots / 10 + 11 A.F. Vandervorst dress, Vivienne Westwood Gold bustier jacket.
All clothing available from DILETTANTE (unless stated otherwise).
‘The Other Box’ was originally an analogy that Tristan and myself created to describe the sector in which we and many of our friends fit in to. Dressing slightly off kilter in a city like Perth often draws uncomfortable stares and judgemental whispers; an all-round sense of distaste from the mass public. We are all firm believers of individuality, that everyone deserves the freedom to express themselves without judgement from others. This shoot is an ode to all those in ‘The Other Box’.
A big thank you to Dilettante for allowing us to borrow their beautiful stock.
(Hair by Head Studio at Marie Cain’s Creative Direction)
Perth-based fashion designer Garth Cook recently showed his Spring/Summer 2013/14 collection ‘VRH’ at The Terrace Hotel. Garth approached me to help style the looks for the show; I couldn’t have been more ecstatic.
The aesthetic of his latest collection differs greatly from his previous works; an exciting new direction. There were numerous variations of the Garth Cook staple, the fun, feminine party dress, where Garth experimented with silhouettes, ranging from the more tailored to the softer, floaty pieces. More ‘out-there’ fabrics were explored too, with metallic animal prints, sheer metallics alongside ponti with a metallic grain. Crisp, white cotton was used on tailored shirts and shirt dresses; pieces which can we worn day and night. The final looks were by far the most luminous. On the runway the metallic pleats of the mini dresses shined in all directions and it was clear that their construction was far from easy.
The show’s journey from the conservative to the shiny, bright and daring follows the loss of conservatism in a world like Las Vegas, a theme in which the collection is loosely based. I wish I had taken more photos, but here are a few from backstage. It was such an incredible experience.