Monday, July 25, 2016

The OGs


Krush Groove

Photo Courtesy Of Eloisa Santos 

Sitting here fangirling over Eloisa Santos' pixie cut and burgundy corduroy (on corduroy, yes mama!) pants.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Illustrations

  Illustrations By Nancy Riegelman

These are some of Nancy Riegelman's fairly recent drawings. Elaborate, and executed to illustrate various rendering techniques (particularly drawing floral, patterns and deep drape). I studied by this artistry, but still have troubles with markers. It sucks to be frank. Everything ends up looking cartoonish. Luckily I've since found redemption using water-soluble pencils and crayons instead.

The Illustrator

  Photo Courtesy Of Nancy Riegelman

HOW ARE YOU TODAY AND WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?
Fine, thank you. I am in my studio waiting for my students to arrive for a Saturday class in fashion drawing.

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
San Francisco.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A FASHION ILLUSTRATOR?
I loved drawing as a little girl. After art school I showed my portfolio to ad agencies and they directed me towards fashion. I was hired by a number of fashion houses, particularly Japanese, to do fashion drawing.

WHERE DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR TRAINING?
Berkeley, UCLA and Art Center College of Design.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I get my inspiration from art and many other sources. I draw all the time.

WHAT QUALITIES DO DRAWINGS HAVE THAT PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILM DON'T?
Surprisingly, they actually share a lot of qualities in terms of the content of the image, its mood and purpose. Drawing has the human touch and you of course can draw things that exist only in the imagination.

YOU HAVE AUTHORED SEVERAL BOOKS AND ARE ALSO A LECTURER, DID YOU EVER PONDER BECOMING A DESIGNER YOURSELF?
I make up designs all the time in my drawings and design most of the garments I myself wear. I also design cards, packaging, bags. Up until now I haven’t designed a line of clothing, which is a very different proposition. It’s not out of the question I will do so,though, one day. My focus has been on educating people in fashion drawing and design. Many of my students are designers or working in fashion houses or the fashion industry.

DO YOU FOLLOW THE FASHION WEEKS RELIGOUSLY AND WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT COLLECTION?
No, I am not religious about anything, except chocolate, though I do look at them frequently. For me a perfect collection is one that is transcendent, with a poetic quality. I see some new collections—not too often though-- and they give me chills.

WHAT ART APPEALS TO YOU AND WHO ARE THE ARTIST YOU ADMIRE?
I have very broad tastes, from medieval to contemporary art. In contemporary art I love minimalism, post-minimalism, artists such as Agnes Martin, Jan Schoonhoven, Dan Flavin, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Mangold, Raymond Pettibon. I also love Asian art.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I practice extreme martial arts on my significant other. I also go hiking, read a lot and spend time in Barneys.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

H To The Izzo (H2O)

Photographed By Ellinor Forje 

Water, water, water has been a reccurent theme here recently. And yes, although I should be consuming more of this liquid, it's summer and easy to forget when the matcha lattes reign salutary and the virgin elderflower punches rule salubrious.

That said you guys, I've found a way around it, I think. Mineralizing water by Vichy. It's "cheating". But, to hydrate and nourish your skin as part of your daily drill, it's perfect. I'm presently using their Soothing Eye Makeup Remover and Cleansing Foam Radiance Revealer. I'm a novice at their beauty products. Thusly, I'll see how this ritual goes, then maybe amp it up with body care later.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bruna Schmitz

Photo Courtesy Of Bruna Schmitz

WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP IN MATHINOS, BRAZIL?
It was awesome. I come from a really small town, and I love the fact that I was able to have so much freedom. Everything was so close: I rode bikes all over, walked to the beach, and if I could go back, I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER THE OCEAN?
My parents always took us (my siblings and I) to the beach from when we were very young. I was familiar with the ocean since toddler, but the passion started when we moved to Matinhos. I was around six years old.

HOW IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO BECOME A PRO SURFER AT AGE 15?
I started competing when I was 11, and it just went on from there. You start on amateur events and when your level improves you move on to professional events. I took that route a bit earlier than my friends at the time.

HOW MANY HOURS OF TRAINING DO YOU PUT IN A DAY AND WHAT’S THE MOST TECHNICALLY CHALLENGING ASPECT OF THE SPORT?
To surf everyday it depends mostly on swell. If it's flat I can’t surf, so I do other exercises like Pilates and yoga. But I would say cardio, and your arms and shoulders always need more love when I stay out of the water for a bit. We call it out of surf shape. It's the worst, but it usually takes me two to three days to get back on it.

WHAT IS THE CHARM; THE EXCLUSION, THE ONENESS WITH THE ELEMENTS OR LIVING ON THE EDGE?
I’ve always loved not knowing what comes next. I wouldn’t know how to live in a different way.

ONLY A FRACTION OF ALL SPECIES LIVING IN THE SEA HAVE BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR AND REPORTED. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING OUT THERE THAT MADE YOU GO, “WAIT A MINUTE”?
Not really. It's hard to see anything when I'm focusing on something else, but I think I also don’t wanna see it. I try to avoid the thought of creatures underneath me, if you know what I mean…“sharks”.

WHERE ARE THE BEST WAVES FOUND IN THE WORLD?
There are amazing waves all over the globe. But I would say on islands are my favorite places to surf.

WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE OUTSIDE OF YOUR PROFESSION?
Many. Cooking, playing golf and tennis with Dane (fiancĂ©), movies, and lately the one thing I can’t avoid: planning a wedding.

WHAT DO BEAUTY ROUTINES DO YOU SWEAR BY CONSIDERING THAT YOUR SKIN AND HAIR ARE CONSTANTLY EXPOSED TO WATER AND THE SUN?
Hydration. Water, water, water. Sunscreen, religiously. Moisturizing, exfoliating, and lots of beauty products.

SWIMWEAR, HOW DO YOU STAY ON TOP OF THE TRENDS?
My friends, and Roxy.

OH, IS LIFE A BEACH?
Absolutely.

Bruna's Life

Photos Courtesy Of Roxy