Vetements x Manolo Blahnik Collaboration

Monday, June 12, 2017


Watercolor fashion illustration of Vetements x Manolo Blahnik Collaboration boots by Dena Cooper.
This week I finally got around to illustrating one of my favorite pieces from the Spring 17 runway.  Vetements has been controversial in the fashion world for the last few years.  Founder, Demna Gvasalia, has been praised for his fresh vision and original take on street style but criticized for recutting branded clothing and styling it for the runway.  Whichever camp you’re in, you can’t deny the power of starting a dialogue, something which Vetements has done with ease time and time again in the short time they've been showing in Paris.  

I was reminded of this fresh new brand when reading last week that they are pulling out of fashion week for the foreseeable future, bringing up the big question that the fashion industry has been pondering lately:  Are runway shows still relevant?  Gvasalia claims, “I got bored.  I think it needs to enter a new chapter. Fashion shows are not the best tool.  It’s become repetitive and exhausting.  We will do something when there’s the time and the need for it. It will be more like a surprise.”  I couldn’t be more excited to see where Gvasalia takes his presentation of Vetements for the next few seasons. 

For now, I will definitely still be revisiting their past collections for gorgeous jewel toned inspiration.  I couldn’t resist the waist-high satin boots from their Manolo Blahnik collaboration or their dramatic long sleeves and oversized hoodies that elevate the way we see street style and challenge the way we dress for every-day life.  Tomorrow I’ll be heading over to Dover Street Market in Manhattan to see the current collection up-close and personal.

The Runway Illustrated: Marchesa Fall 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


The Runway Illustrated is what I hope to be the bread and butter series of Brushstroke a la Modé.  I will be illustrating some of my favorite looks from the runway and talking about how some of my favorite designers have changed my perception of fashion.  This week, I’m starting with my all time favorite lady-team, Marchesa.  

Marchesa is one of those collections that I can’t wait to explore every season.  I started stalking Marchesa on the runway in college and would say they were a great inspiration to my aesthetic in design school.  Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman have such a unique eye for the modern-day Cinderella in all of us.  At a time when fashion has veered from conventional femininity, Marchesa has stayed true to their vision, celebrating the female figure with intricate detailing and voluptuous silhouettes.

One thing I love about Marchesa is their affinity for fashion illustration.  They’ve had artists like Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion illustrate live for their bridal presentations as well as for their social media accounts.  They also share fan artwork with the tag #marchesafanfriday on their Instagram on Fridays.  It’s so exciting to see designers with a real appreciation for fashion illustration. 

The look that caught my eye from Fall 2017 was a romantic lavender gown with soft feather details.  The oversized draped bow is delicate in combination with gorgeous embroidery and embellishment giving the look a true Marchesa romance.  I love illustrating such intricate details in a gown as it brings such dimension and contrast to the finished artwork.

If there are designers you’d like to see illustrated in the future, please let me know in the comments.

You can see my final illustration featured this month on DrawADot.

by mlekoshi