Fashion Week Fun Times: Spring 2018

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Fashion illustration of New York Fashion Week spring 2018 by Dena Cooper
Going to fashion week is always invigorating at the beginning and exhausting by the end, but it’s a small price to pay for a week packed full of inspiration, networking and (most important) FA-SHUN! I had my first live-sketching event at a show, sketched backstage and met a few of my favorite designers, so the week was a definite success. I share an illustration from each show with the designer and their PR team as a thank you for their invitation. Below are a few of my favorite looks illustrated and combined with some stand-out trends that I saw on the runway.

Fashion illustration for Vivienne Tam at fashion week by Dena Cooper

The central motif of Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2018 show was the Chinese animated film, Monster Hunt. Tiny whimsical characters from the movie were printed, repeated, draped and embroidered into the fabric of the line (literally). Soft pink and baby blue prints were paired with structured khaki and denim outerwear to create conventional layers. Slogan tees, fanny packs and layered patches gave the show a playful vibe. Tam emerged at the end of the show with a giant dancing Wuba, the main character of Monster Hunt, and a huge smile as they made their way up and down the runway.

Fashion illustration for Leanne Marshall at fashion week by Dena Cooper

I always look forward to Leanne Marshall’s shows - she never fails to drop jaws with her gorgeous fluid gowns. Her Spring 2018 show was a veritable wealth of color and silhouette. Short structured pieces accompanied her signature flowing dresses in a color palette that was reminiscent of a Hawaiian sunset. Diamond cutouts and artistic prints with a striped edging detail were some fresh and unexpected details in this season’s show. I ended up sitting front-row next to Miss USA and Miss Universe, who were absolutely stunning in person and so much fun to chat with before the show.

Fashion illustration for Tadashi Shoji at fashion week by Dena Cooper
Tadashi Shoji’s Spring 2018 show had a definite bohemian California edge. Pieces ranged from easy day time frocks embroidered with beautiful pink roses and greenery to elegant gowns that glistened with astrological motifs for night. Cropped tops and off the shoulder dresses gave an easy feel to sophisticated ensembles. Embroidery, stripes and tassels combined in bright hues to grace a multitude of silhouettes, while delicate lace was pleated and layered to create a softer side of the collection.

Fashion illustration for Lela Rose at fashion week by Dena Cooper

This season I had my first-ever live-drawing event with Lela Rose which was a brilliant cocktail of anxiety and triumph. My illustration style is a long drawn out process of pencil drawings and watercolor that takes hours, so when I was invited to illustrate LIVE as part of Lela Rose’s Spring 2018 Presentation, I was over the moon and maybe a little terrified. In true Lela Rose form, the presentation was full of feminine touches: soft florals, lace, and figure flattering separates. Silhouettes were simple yet stunning and the combination of neons and pastels was brilliantly executed. I met and sketched the lovely Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam and watched the presentation unfold from behind an easel (dream come true).

NYFW Spring 2018 was one for the books - had my first live illustration event, met some exciting new connections (more to come on that soon) and completely immersed myself in inspiration, which is a welcome break from back-to-back commissions. I will definitely be sharing my favorite looks from fashion month soon and talking about some amazing new projects that came from networking at the shows. As always, any questions you have are welcome in the comments section or via email. Stay golden, people!


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