Friday, 28 December 2012

Tina Turner in Gianni Versace, by Thierry Perez, 1992.

It's been a rather slow month for posts as I concentrate on commissions, the new issue of Decoy, my book, and eating my own weight in christmas snacks. However this little delight surfaced on Tumblr this morning that I've never came across before, and it ought to be shown. I consider myself to know quite well which pieces of Thierry's work is online, and know there is a vast amount that isn't up, high quality or not. So it's great to discover this gem, Tina in Gianni Versace Spring Summer 1992.

Don't forget the huge post on the rest of Thierry's work here.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Peruzzi vs Versace

Baldassare Tomasso Peruzzi 'Crouching Figure of Atlas' (Italian, Ancaiano 1481–1536 Rome).
Herb Ritts - Gianni Versace ad, 1991.

Always fun to notice similarities . . .

Gary Card - 'Inflate Redux' for Dazed & Confused ipad edition.

An exclusive for Decoy, Gary showcases the original colour format works for 'inflate redux', a series of illustrations commissioned for the ipad edition of Dazed & Confused, originally published back in october 2010 in black and white. Love Gary's eye for colour and his ink use in these.

"A couple of years ago I designed costumes for an experimental editorial for Dazed and Confused with Anthony Maule and Robbie Spencer, making our models into strange amorphic, distorted creatures by over padding and layering clothing with my bizarre latex costume pieces. I was delighted when dazed then asked me to re-interpret the shoot by illustrating the shoot for the i-pad edition of the magazine."

To view more of Gary's illustration, click here.
To view the original editorials, click here.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

A Dark Fantasy - Homme Style Magazine issue 5, December 2012.

A few illustrations I produced for a Spring Summer 13 catwalk report in the new issue of Homme Style, Nicklas Kingo reimagined posing in Mugler being a personal favourite. Some works are also double page foldouts! Also included here is a look from the Prada show which became an outtake.
To view more of the issue, which features Tony Ward on the cover, one of my all time top hotties, go here.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Richard Gray - New Personal Work

Richard Gray's agency site Serlin Associates (who prestigiously only represent Richard and David Downton) have just released images of his stunning new personal works.
True to Gray's style, the hand illustrated patterns are intensely strong compositions, created from intricate detailings of flora, bird legs, feathers, butterfly wings and ribbon to create the dragon motif which recurs throughout. I'm a BIG fan of these.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Mats Gustafson - Red Romance.

Mat's new editorial for Vogue China's new December issue is a study on the most memorable red pieces and silhouettes from the AW12/13 collections, featuring Marc Jacobs, Alexander Mcqueen, Galliano, Gucci, Dior, Valentino and Comme Des Garcons.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

David Downton for Luxure and L'Officiel Italia

I'm a little late in making this post admittedly, but it's nonetheless still worth posting, as Downton scores again with a double whammy of september issues.
L'Officiel launches it's debut Italian issue with an exclusive cover of Shana Zadrick wearing Armani Privé, and Luxure commemorates it's fifth anniversary by commissioning Downton's for it's cover artist. Hopefully most readers will be aware that David famously drew Cate Blanchett for Australian Vogue's 50th anniversary issue, with a varied range of covers, all of which now impossible to find or buy online. Make sure you buy these while they are still available, regardless of content, as they will certainly become collectors items in the future. (for collectors like myself!) is regularly updated with all of his latest work, and his book Masters Of Fashion Illustration (which is truly recommended) has recently been released in paperback.

Cedric Rivrain for Lanvin

Over the last few years Cedric has created a handful of rare ads for Lanvin menswear, featured exclusively for magazine Paris, LA, so I've decided to place them all into a singular post (I might have posted the top one long ago) so the full effect of his work for them can be seen. Looking at them together, it really does beg the question 'Can't this be seen more often in advertising?'
Surely it could serve to break up the monotony of endless similar ad imagery, models with two bags swinging off each arm. Kudos to Lanvin for letting this happen.

Cedric also recently released his stunning first book 'Selected Drawings', where 28 of his works are reproduced on a 1:1 scale. To view more information or purchase a copy, visit dopepress

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Richard Haines for Prada.

Always the innovators, Prada commissioned Haines for a multi-platform project featuring the fashion house’s collections for the season. “Il Palazo,” according to Prada, references the ‘palace of role play’ where “Hollywood leading men Gary Oldman, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Jamie Bell walked a red carpet runway.” 
For those unfamiliar with the concept, the project will unfold in stages, starting with a series of rare and collectable book releases of Haines’ original sketch work and culminating in a project app and dedicated platform on The last element will showcase a “virtual Palazo” in which visitors will be able to discover “rooms” full of Prada accessories, as well as Haines’ Prada-based artwork. Dazed Digital have an exclusive interview with Haines about the project and more information.
Click on the Prada tag at the bottom of this post to see more of their projects involving fashion illustrators.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Christian Lacroix for Tank Magazine

Tank magazine's fall issue features four different covers illustrated by couturier Christian Lacroix, who made collages and drawings based on editor Caroline Issa's selections from the fall 2012 collections. The magazine, which hits newsstands on September 15, contains a full fifteen plates of his work, as well as scented pages created by Finnish artist Sissel Tolaas. 

Original text from Tank's website:


Text by Caroline Issa
Illustrations by Christian Lacroix

The autumn/winter shows are always my favourite. There is just so much more to look at. Think of all the layering pieces: the coats, the jackets, the jumpers. I was rewarded with spectacular visions by designers that entirely reflected my own tastes - promises of the trouser suit, rich brocades, deep purples and plenty of leather. 
When we were planning this issue, I wanted to ensure we had a collections story as a visual reminder of the shows that had made my heart sing. From Valentino's impressively feminine show, Thakoon's vibrant trench coat and feather confections, to Maison Martin Margiela's beautiful, if exaggerated, tailoring. These were the key looks that stood out. More than anything this season is about a new line, a shape and form that wants to take off somewhere new. Asking the great couturier and creative genius, Christian Lacroix to interpret 14 looks of the season was the easy part. And it was mind-blowing when he agreed. 
These are looks from shows I really admired. Christian with iPad and stylo (his tool of choice nowadays) generated a series of sketches, combining his legendary illustrations with new collage techniques. His digital tools only enhanced his personal touch, his distinct fingerprint on such delicate details was perfectly in tune with this issue's theme of technology and sensuality and so unmistakably Lacroix with his incredible genius to make us dream. I love his interpretation of the looks of the season by fellow creators, and hope you do too. 
Production & coordination: Jérôme Puch

Continue Reading . . .

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Menswear SS10 by artist Donald Urquhart.

Back in 2009, artist and Saatchi favourite Donald Urquhart was asked to produce a series of illustrations to accompany Ponystep's seasonal menswear review (back in the pre-magazine days of their website). Impossible to find anywhere online since the website closed, I've been able to chase them down after a good while and can show them again! Looks include Romain Kremer, Dunhill Raf, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent. . . . I think.
In honesty, the main appeal in these images is more to do with the stylistic and humourous approach that Urquhart takes, and showing the general notions and shapes that menswear was taking in 2010. Would love to see him interpret the next season.

Myself and Julie Verhoeven were also asked to produce the accompanying illustrations for the other seasons. To see Julie's click here. For mine, click here.

 (T/Y Richard Mortimer!)