How NY's Most Vibrant Fashion Blogger Does Fashion Week..

You've probably already heard of Caroline Vazzana, author of best selling book Making it in Manhattan, and of her site with the same name, MakingitinManhattan.com, which shares style, career and fashion tips, and more. If you haven't yet, you'll want to! This 'Stylist/Writer/Editor/Influencer' also happens to be the most vibrantly dressed Fashion Blogger in New York!! In a city that's famous unofficial uniform is black, she's bringing something fun and fresh to the streets!


Inspired by her rainbow of style, and designer aesthetic, I felt she'd be the perfect woman to feature for my NY Fashion Week Illustrated Style Profile!


.....Okay! Are you ready to see what she wore to the September 2019 New York Spring Shows?

Look 1

Dress: Leaf Xia

Contrast plaid midi dress with a ruched bodice and flared skirt.

Shoes: Celine

Ribbed flat wedge sandal with ankle strap.

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Look 2

Entire Outfit: Laurence and Chico

Denim and lace collared vest with ostrich feather fringe.

Draped asymmetric cropped textured denim pant.

Crochet bag with ostrich feather trim

Matching lace and denim trim pumps

Look 3

Dress: Tadashi Shoji

Multi colored floral dress with sheer lace inserts

Clutch: St Xavier

Handcrafted fuchsia clutch embellished with red roses

Shoes: Cecelia New York

Beaded, heeled sandals with bold red flowers

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Look 4

Dress: Asos

Slit front belted dress with keyhole neckline and placement floral

Shoes: Charles Keith

Cyan buckled heel

Look 5

Outfit: Cinq A Sept

All over sparkle sequin set with draped peplum and wide leg pant

Bag: Louis Vuitton

Vintage Contrast Logo Bag

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Look 6

Caroline and her mother

Outfits: Nicole Miller NY

Polka dot printed midi dress with front neckline twist and flutter sleeve

Floral printed midi dress with smocked bodice and tall cuffed sleeve

Yellow Bag: Lutz Morris

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik , Carel Paris

Look 7

Top: YSL Pants: Sachin and Babi

Printed contrast top with peasant sleeve tucked into a wide leg fuchsia pant

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Printed flats with a pointed toe

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look 8

Outfit: Farfetch

Floral dress with a v neck, flutter sleeve, and sashed waist

Shoes: Balenciaga

Square toed, squared heels with a golden emblem

look 9

Outfit: Anna Sui

Fuchsia and Plum Skirt suit with matching handbag and square toed fuchsia cut out pumps

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look 10

Top and Skirt: Noon By Noor

Wide ribbed sweater with cuffed sleeves, tucked into sheer, layered flared skirt with tiered trims

Bag: Ming Ray

Double buckled handbag

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Red kitten heels with a pointed toe

look 11

Top and Pant: Sally La Pointe

Brushed sweater with fur cuffs and a turtle neck, tucked into a wide leg pant

Shoes: Kenneth Cole:

Silver metallic sneakers

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look 12

Dress: Cynthia Rowley

Combo placement printed maxi dress with slit

Handbag: Koree Loo

Shoes: Sophia Webster

Look 13

Dress: M Missoni

Marled knit dress with long sleeve and side slit

Fanny Pack: Lutz Morris

Contrast snakeskin box bag

Shoe: Sophia Webster

Black and White loafer

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and that’s a wrap on NYFW! Follow Caroline on instagram to continue her style journey through Milan Fashion Week!

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Do you have a favorite look here?! Which outfit would you totally wear?! Let me know ~ Leave a comment below!!! <3

New York Fashion Week S20 RTW - Trend Review Part 1

Have you been keeping up?

The NYFW Spring20 shows are in full swing! This year’s fashion week calendar is looking a bit different than usual as more designers are straying from the regular schedule, but the energy in NY around this time each year is still unmatched!

We’re barely halfway through, but the trends flying off the runway are so fresh that I’m popping in early with a quick trend report to get your appetite wet. [A full NYFW Trend report is coming up later this month so look out for that too!]

Future Vision: Looking at Spring 2020

At a quick glance:

The usual spring neutrals are making a reappearance. Denim is especially strong again for this 2020 season. Boxy tops, long skirts, wrap overs and belted waists are just some of the patterns to be found in many of the shows.

Now on to the sketches! (Pay attention to the bold trend words below!)

Mara Hoffman and Nells Nelson - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Mara Hoffman and Nells Nelson - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Sketch Above:

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman’s Spring Line had me thinking ‘Vacation in the tropics’. She used a beautiful parrot print and many warm colors—but the outfit I pulled out to sketch is this sage safari dress with a utility vibe. (Do you have a parka in your closet right now that sort of looks like this?—I think most of us do). I want to note the sleeves here. It’s a sleeve shape I’ve also seen in many of the other designers shows. I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of it too now.

Nells Nelson

Nells Nelson showed some clean cut, gorgeous long wrap skirts. I loved the d-ring sashed belt here— and of course, the cargo pockets.

Alexander Wang and Red Valentino - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Alexander Wang and Red Valentino - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Sketch above:

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang is always on the top of my list. His collection took two different directions. I tried to sketch a piece from each so you can get the gist of it. Wearing fringe and denim, his models came down the runway with long dark braids. There was definitely a western vibe. He also showed a lot of leather and suede. This black look above is a studded mock wrap skirt paired with a masterfully draped cowl neck top. Many of the looks, the above two included (though it may be hard to tell in the sketch), were topped off by multiple layers of belts around the waist.

Red Valentino

My favorite piece from the Red Valentino line was this beautifully seamed dress. Doesn’t it look like it would fit like a dream? Tonal denim blues are pieced in to create the A line shape. The bodice has a multi-seamed bow panel, which ties back into the more obvious bows sashed across the waists of other items in the collection. The thin strapped black dress next to it has a sheer over layer and oversized bow belting the waist.

Tadashi Shoji- Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Tadashi Shoji- Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Sketch Above:

Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji showed a beautiful spring gown collection in iced pastel tones of pinks, blues and greens. The floral embellishments and tonal sheer layers carried the very essence of spring down the runway as the models walked in them. His pastel gown collection was mixed with some darker looks and also included beautiful satin brocades. Many of his looks had cuts and shapes reminiscent of the kimono. This inverted black and wine colored look has a high low wrap skirt with a contrast liner. (The sleeve shape here matches up with the Mara Hoffman dress above, doesn’t it?)

A zoomed view on my favorite Tadashi Shoji Look

A zoomed view on my favorite Tadashi Shoji Look

Do you have a favorite look from the Designers shown above? —a trend you’re already in love with? Sound off in the comments below!!

Making History with the WeJustWorkin Fall Fashion Show

This past weekend one of New York’s most historic events got a fresh update—and made history all over again! In it’s 40th year, the Richmond County Fair took on a whole new level when WeJustWorkin hosted the first ever Fashion Show and Urban Stage!

I was excited to be there along so many creative, talented and fun people and to watch my Illustrations come down the run way on my collection of Fall Totes!

Seriously, how cool is this venue?!

Seriously, how cool is this venue?!

Set in an open air open brick structure deep in Historic Richmond Town, (who’s historic preserved buildings date back as far as the 1600’s), WeJustWorkin brought together Artists, Musicians, Models, Djs, and performers from all across New York for a full schedule of entertainment. The party continued all weekend but the runway show took place on the Sunday, mid day.

Fall Fashion Forward, the many men’s and women’s looks were a compilation of pieces from all local and New York brands. Warm tones, graphic sweatshirts, heeled boots,—and my personal favorite for Fall 19: Glen Check Plaid— ,and gorgeous jewelry by ShervaJewels made their way across the stage. (*Men’s suiting prints, like the Glen Check are a key player in this season’s women’s trends)

Pictured below are just some of the many fun looks that were shown that day. (These four below featured some of my Illustrated totes!)

Model/Face Painter Lori with the ‘ Fall Stroll’ Tote

Model/Face Painter Lori with the ‘Fall Stroll’ Tote

Model/Actress Erica poses with a DeannaKei Tote

Model/Actress Erica poses with a DeannaKei Tote

The worn stone and brick walls created a beautiful setting for photos. Art by local painters can be seen in the background and was displayed through out the structure.

Weeks earlier this location had been an mess of over grown weeds but it was cleared out just for this occasion! I hope it will continue to be a unique venue for future events.

Model Katie carries my  ‘Fifth Avenue Girls’ Weekender

Model Katie carries my ‘Fifth Avenue Girls’ Weekender

Musical Artists  Prema777  with a DeannaKei tote, and CosiPari (Left to right)

Musical Artists Prema777 with a DeannaKei tote, and CosiPari (Left to right)

The runway was set inside the stone walls, lined with artwork

The runway was set inside the stone walls, lined with artwork

A window from the past, a window to the future: New design collections displayed next to the stage are shown through this window (originally built many decades ago)

A window from the past, a window to the future: New design collections displayed next to the stage are shown through this window (originally built many decades ago)

The Fall Fashion Show in the Richmond County fair was the perfect close to this Summer! — Now who’s looking forward to New York Fashion Week!?!

My new obsession: Society6 : Custom EVERYTHING!

I've been having a little too much fun with Society6 lately and I'll tell you why you should be too!

For those who are unfamiliar with the site, Society6.com is the more artistic and free-spirited version of Snapfish. Society 6 is an online shopping platform where you can essentially order art printed onto useful every day items, like phone cases, notebook and even shower curtains!

There are a handful of other sites along the same string but so far the variety, quality, pricing and customer service puts Society6 in my number one spot.

Another amazing thing about Society 6? --They're almost ALWAYS running a sale! --and if you're an artist, you even get a discount when you order your own designs!

My first order from them was this glossy, soft cover notebook. 

Its a fun way to keep my ideas organized. I chose a lined book but they have lined unlined options and special pricing if you order sets.

 

My most favorite item so far has got to be their pillows! Pictured above is their 16 x 16 Indoor Cover with Pillow Insert. You can opt for just the cover to save money but for a few more dollars they offer the pillow insert too. I was amazed by the quality!! To be honest, I was expecting a decorative pillow that would look nice but not really get used but I was blown away.

 

The cover has a sturdy canvasy feeling though it looks sleek. It expect it to last a long time. It zips off in case you need to clean or replace the pillow. The actual pillow is thick and quite comfortable. I actually bought this one for my Mom for Mother'sday to match her living room set. She liked it so much she just ordered two more. [Pictured is the indoor pillow but they also have an outdoor option.]

 

Coffee Girl Stationary

Coffee Girl Stationary

Even their card sets have flawless printing. Their stationary comes in sets of 3, 5 or 10 and comes with the corresponding amount of white envelopes. The paper is a heavy card stock but it's a much higher quality than anything you'd get at Staples.

I just recently ordered a cosmetics pouch for myself. I actually use it to carry my art supplies when I travel to jobs. It never hurts to advertise yourself a little. I chose the bitter rose print again because the black matched best with my portfolio case. I was once again really surprised by the quality. I had gotten pouches printed from a different site in the past and those don't even come close to these.

This pouch even has pockets inside!! Although its not pictured on the site, mine arrived with a cool faux-leather puller tab through the zipper puller.

Here are a few products I haven't tried yet but are on my wish list:

Busy Blogger Phone Case

Busy Blogger Phone Case

So far their quality seems to be consistent. Their customer service team is readily accessible and always responds to my concerns in a timely matter. Even if you're not an artist yourself, the site has so many wonderful pieces you can search and shop. They're always adding new products too!

 

*If you'd like to get $10 off your next purchase (of anything on Society6), leave your email (and say so) in the comments below and I'll send you the promo link.

Wait! Before you toss that bouquet--!

This project is actually from a  few months ago but as Valentine's day has just passed and many of you may soon find yourself with falling petals, I felt it was timely to share.

I was recently a bridesmaid for a close friend's Wedding and the Bride gave us the most beautiful bouquets. It was a fall wedding and the flowers were vivid autumn colors. I kept mine for as long as I could but when the petals started shedding it was time to give it one final run.

 

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To compliment the deep orange/yellow hued petals, I tipped the edges in red ink.

 

I had seen petals worked into fashion illustrations before but never tried it myself. It was actually very relaxing. The petals provided a loose medium that could be re-positioned and adjusted on whim. I was able to rework them into an endless amount of shapes on the same base sketch. 

 

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It was somewhat like draping in that I could design on the form with a 3 dimentional value and not have to reach for an eraser.

I also scrunched some, dipped them and used them as a press to add texture. 

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I worked other components from the bouquet into the image as well, such as the leaves and twigs. For this final look I tore some of the petals and scattered them, adding black ink and really allowing it to smear and splatter across the page (and my entire kitchen table).

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The petals may have ended up in the garbage but they were preserved in the photos I took off the process. Next time you have a bouquet on the way out, give this a try! It's loads more fun (and messier) than you'd expect. 

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is my most favorite time of the year. It can also be one of the most stressful times as you scramble to complete your shopping. To make things easier I've put together an Illustrated holiday gift guide to help you check off that fashionable-someone on your list. The best part is that all of these items are from makers and small businesses so each has a personal touch.

 

       

 

 

 

1.)Fashion Totes

Fashion Tote

 

  • Fall Fashion Girl Illustrated Tote by IndigoBeri

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This Illustrated Fashion tote is printed on sturdy PolyPoplin and measures 13"x 13"

Get it here

2.)Kid's Tees

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  • Lead Vocalist Kids Shirt by Hip Kid Apparel

A sassy band tee for the lead vocalist in your life. Available in kids sizes. Part of the Family Garage Band Collection.

Get it here

 

3.) Prints and Mugs

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  • Watercolor Feathers Mug by 622 Press

A beautiful ceramic mug with a calming watercolor feather design. The perfect mug to house your morning coffee.

Get it here

 

 

  • You Got This - Motivational Fashion Print by IndigoBeri

A downloadable motivational print for that busy bff who could use a reminder that she's awesome (hanging on her wall).

Get it here

 

  • Pug Art Poster Hipster Pug - Fine Art Print By Aberleigh

Know some one who liked Pugs before they were cool? They'd probably love to have this print as home décor.

Get it here

 

  • Rocket Ship Digital Download by AshleeBinderinDesign

This Fun rocket Ship printable adds a little whimsy to any room.

Get it here

 

 

4.) Fashion

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  • Be Your Own Beautiful Top by The Confetti Collective

These self-love tees are all about loving yourself as you are. They come in both women's and girl's sizes.

Get it here

 

 

  • Sea Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings with Gold Wire and Gold Hooks by CraftyLittleGnome

Beautiful lime green handmade earrings. Nickel-free

Get it here

 

5.)Phone Cases

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  • Miwako Inspired Pink Sugar i Phone Case by IndigoBeri

This colorful smart phone case will protect your phone while keeping it super cute. Available for the Iphone 4 and Newer models.

Get it here

 

 

6.) Books and Accessories

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  • Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Transformation Brooch by Chibee Studio

This handmade resin replica pendant is perfect for fans of the 90's cartoon super hero, Sailor Moon. It's available as a brooch or key chain.

Get it here

 

The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary by Dana Lardner and Deanna Kei

The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary is perfect for the young fashion savvy jet setter on your list. It's a style driven coloring book and design journal packed with creative prompts to get an aspiring fashionista designing her own runway collection. The book introduces ten fashion girls from around the world on coloring pages and includes tidbits about each country. Fashionista's can have fun and be creative while closing the global gap.

Get it here

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: VictoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

Happy Shopping! Have a favorite holiday gift? Share in the comments!

Introducing: The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary

        It’s out!  I no longer have to keep it a  secret! For the past month and a half I’ve been working on a very exciting joint project. In collaboration with Dana Larder of HowInTheWolrd.org, we’ve created The International Fashionista’s Lookbook Diary. We released it earlier this week on October 11th, The International Day of The Girl.

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        The book features 10 international fashionistas in coloring pages as well as tidbits about their respective countries and drawing prompts to get fashionistas creating their own designs. It’s recommended for girls ages 8-13.

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        I was really happy to be a part of this project. I had always wanted to work on some sort of fashion coloring book so of course when Dana proposed the idea I was ecstatic.

 

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        One of the most difficult things for me was deciding on the outfits for each of the girls. We wanted the book to have a current, trendy vibe, so unlike many other fashion books that introduce characters dressed in the traditional garb of their cultures, I looked to international fashion bloggers for inspiration. That’s where the difficulty came in.  In this age of instagram, girls all over the world are sharing their styles. There are subtle differences of course, but the same black leather jacket you might find on the streets in Japan could also be worn in Turkey.

 

        With this realization in mind, we wanted this book to express the idea that we’re not so different and to teach young girls that no matter where they’re from, we are all human.

 

        I had a lot of fun drafting the outfits for the girls and then drawing their final looks one by one. Aside from touching on all the trends and silhouettes, I also took merchandising into consideration, making sure to include pants, dresses, skirts, jackets, hats—and so on.

 

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        I did each of the backgrounds as a separate layer and then combined the pages on Photoshop. The backgrounds took an equal amount of research. I wanted to capture recognizable scenes but keep them basic enough to not take the focus away  from the girl.

 

        Creating all of the sketches was a blast! Dana came up with a bunch of great diy and diary pages to keep the readers involved and inspired. She also included information about each of the countries to compliment each section.  I'm looking forward to getting some feedback! I hope girls enjoy it as much as we did while making it!

 

You can grab a copy of the book at:

HowInTheWorld

and

Amazon

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: VictoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

Runway Review - Marc Jacobs Resort 17

The Marc Jacobs Resort collection was everything good abut the 80's! It's decade inspiration was unmistakably vibrant, whimsical and fun without being the least bit tacky. It's rare I see an 80's inspired show that actually looks current but he pulled it off beautifully. The line pairs prints with solids, tulle underskirts with oversized bombers, gold with animal print and everything in between. Each look comes to life with it's own distinct attitude yet manages to remain completely wearable at the same time.

(I think Jem and Kimber would agree.)

Sketch: Jem and Kimber in Marc Jacobs - Resort 17

Sketch: Jem and Kimber in Marc Jacobs - Resort 17

Blogger Series: Monika

This past month I've been working on a mini series of blogger sketches. I'm excited to be able to introduce each of these ladies to you through my Illustrations.

First up:

Meet Monika of Violetroots.com!

+VioletRoots is your new go to blog for Creativity prompts, Music recommendations, Style tips and more! ~

Monika of Violet Roots Blog - Fashion Illustration

Here’s the low-down from Monika herself!

1- What City/State are you based out of?

Monika- I live in a suburb in the NYC area. 

2- How would you describe your blog?

Monika- My blog, Violet Roots (violetroots.com), is a lifestyle blog with a focus on music, style and creativity.

3-Where do you find inspiration?

Monika: I find inspiration from all over. Sometimes it's in a song, an experience or in a particular color and in other times it's just a feeling. I'm an abstract artist and sometimes the paintings I make also lend themselves to ideas for the blog.

4-How would you describe your personal style?

Monika: My personal style is definitely focused on comfort, details, and experimentation. I love wearing vivid colors and interesting pieces like green cowboy boots or blue and green fur vests and jackets. It's fun to try new looks but I usually always try my best to be comfortable too. It's rare that you'll find me in heels. I'm usually wearing combat boots.  

 

Make sure you check her out!

Website - http://violetroots.com

Instagram - http://instagram.com/violetroots

Twitter - http://twitter.com/violetrootsblog

Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/violetrootsblog