(The Whitepepper dress, Comme des Garçons Tricot bag, Maison Martin Margiela shoes)
Summer dressing has never been my forté. The heat in Perth during Summer is unbearable; even if you wear next to nothing it is slightly better, but still unbearable. So, when I come across pieces that are comfortable and easy to wear in the heat, I am instantly happy. This dress is one of those pieces. I have already worn it to death this season and will continue to wear it till Summer’s end.
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.