Erika Bearman of OscarPRGirl, inspired by the style of her iconic instagram outfit posts
let me tell you a little story...
This past Tuesday evening, under the deepest oaths of secrecy, the communications team at Oscar de la Renta contacted me to request a birthday sketch of their fearless leader Erika Bearman, who you may know as OscarPRGirl. They needed the artwork by Thursday, so we decided the safest (and most fun) way to get the gift to the birthday girl was for me to stop by the Oscar offices to deliver personally since I was up in New York anyway for the day.
Thus begun the most beautiful hour of my day, week, maybe my year. Although they seemed to think I was doing them a favor by hand delivering the birthday gift, it really felt like it was the other way around.
Erika (who, by the way, was wearing the exact outfit I had sketched her in) and her lovely assistant, Gabby took me on tour of the office. Highlights include visiting exquisite pieces from Resort 2012 and Spring 2012 as they were carefully pieced together by dedicated seamstresses, taking a turn through the new shoe collection display and mentally making a shopping list of which ones (all of them) that I wanted to buy, watching the designers discuss the spring fabric selections, visiting Oscar's personal office to see some charming candid black and whites of he and Audrey Hepburn laughing over pasta and of course, getting to sit an chat with the girls in the "communications nook"
It was incredible to stand right next to the works of a legend as they were stitched, one ruffle at a time, into perfection. It was a magical start to my New-Yorker-hood, and a day I will never forget.
I am bursting with inspiration.
Off to sketch, have a lovely weekend!
a little mid afternoon dose of cliche for you all.
So a new commission has led me on an immersion tour of the glamor and grace of 1960's style. I am now thoroughly depressed that I missed this decade and that today I had no reason to wear fake eyelashes.
Before I started drawing, I decided to check in with the experts - my mother and her friends to tell me what it was really to be young and fashionable in the 1960s. Seventy five emails later, I was armed with so much new information about the '60s look that my head was spinning.
I had never really focused on how amazingly turned-out the glamor girls like Twiggy, Audrey Hepburn and Julie Christie were back then. I was so excited to have rediscovered these beautiful muses and to have found a new one I'd never heard of before - Jean Shrimpton.
Jean Shrimpton is by far my new favorite 1960's icon. Her face is almost too beautiful, her bone structure is almost so flawlessly symmetrical that I can barely look directly at her. But I found myself pouring over montages of black and white photographs taken of her painted with heavy black lashes and bigger hair than I thought humanly possible wishing there were more.
So I decided to do this quick portrait of my new historical model crush, if you'd like to buy a print, please click here
I wanted to keep it soft because its such a reflective pose shes striking and because I worked from a black and white photograph. I loved discovering the feminine reserve found in Shrimpton that made the early part of the '60s such a beautiful time to be a woman.
But of course, as one of my mom's friend's emails pointed out "the 1960's were a decade in which hem lines went from below the knee to below the bottom!" So, while I'm here, I thought you all might enjoy a glimpse into how one woman transformed with the trends as she came of age in this radical decade. First, behold my mother at 17 as a dead ringer for Mary Tyler Moore...
And now please notice how indeed this decade was a revolution of hem lines for women everywhere, even my mom (now a college student, living life in the fast lane of Southern California)....