Friday, January 31, 2014

Waking Up to Dior.

Waking Up to Dior.

It’s Thursday and everyone is holding on by a thread.

For us Fashion folk, the exhaustion has surpassed critical. Even chugging that 3rd Grande cup o Joe before 4:30 PM leaves you feeling the same….or the same plus the sugar high off that ( I have no idea how this got here) double fudge chocolate cookie. Yea, I have NO Idea where it came from, but I m sure glad it did, conveniently micro waved 20 seconds to gooey perfection. The universe is too good to me.

Why all the complaining? FASHION WEEK.

So In my spare time on the NJ Transit, I started perusing The Couture shows.
Reminding myself that sleep is really not an option for the Couture clad. At least I have 4 hours of slumber and 10 minutes of hitting the snooze button to look forward to tomorrow morning. Mmmm comforting thoughts.

DIOR. This dress is pretty bad ass. As a child I never wanted to be a princess but I was convinced I was a witch, and every branch on the ground was my broom stick.  This is our little secret, thank goodness this is a super private blog with username, password and security back ground check log in criteria (run on sentence? Eh).

If I had to be a princess for a day, this would be the gown of choice.  It’s girly with an obvious edge.  The layered flowers overlap on a sheer fabric the look depth and personality as the model makes her way down the runway. The only adjectives that come to mind are witchy and whimsical. Witchy whimsical it is. Perfect.

What I was really drawn to about this gown was the neckline. It wasn’t plunging because it was the focal point. It was a slight cowl that let the rest of the dress speak for itself. It was refreshing. I got to focus on the detail of the textile rather that the cut of the silhouette. It is simple but stunning and I can’t wait to be able to afford this 20 life times from now.

Sleep well! I will be gluing something to something broken I’m sure.


Fashion Illustration by Alessandra De Gregorio and Design by Christian Dior

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Giorgio Armani Meets My Favorite Color…Green.

Before I begin, a little update:

1.     It’s freezing again. Polar vortex #2 to be exact.
2.     I have been preparing for a Day After Tomorrow situation, in which I will be stuck in the NYC Public Library with Jake Gyllenhaal. IT WILL HAPPEN, DON’T CRUSH MY DREAM.
3.     I have eaten half a bag of Monty Bojangles Fine French Dusted Plain Truffles.
Ashamed? Yes and No…Mostly No.

Back to Pre Fall 2014.

Green is my favorite color, always has been, always will.
Any hue of green I love. Even if it’s difficult, I somehow find a way to think it’s the best color in the world. One of my favorite Italian designers in the world happens to be Giorgio Armani. So, naturally, Green and Armani were meant to pair up and make this lovely silhouette (illustration above).

If you know me, you know I love anything with an architectural flare. 
I gravitate towards clean lines, complex shapes, and texture. 

This look features a great full-legged cropped trouser with deep front pleats, a matching above the knee coat in more of a textural woven fabric, and paired with a lime green heel with a gathered leaf like detail and black leather gloves. 

The model really embraced this look elevating its appeal with an edgy side pose. Highlighting the great lines and detail of the coat, trousers, and heels. It must be awesome being that tall!

This look continues to stand out to me as I review Pre Fall 14 and I loved illustrating it.

Enjoy your Thursday!
You’re almost free to sled your way down a hill and into the weekend. Huh?
…as I continue to think I make sense.


Fashion Illustration By Alessandra De Gregorio and Design By Giorgio Armani

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stay Warm and Fancy.

Stay Warm and Fancy.

Hello New Yorkers…Are you cold yet? I have two layers of tights on.

I know the Polar Vortex has passed but winter is going to be sticking around for a while. So pull out your heavy sweaters and try your best to look cute while resembling a woolly mammoth.  
Spring, oh how I miss thee.

Over the course of the latest ice age, I took comfort in the one and only….and oatmeal with bananas….and almond butter…ahh ok and 3 dashes of cinnamon. Why 3 you ask? Because 3 is an awesome number and dash1 and dash 2 are never enough.  I like cinnamon.

Now for fashion.

Pre Fall 14.  I spent an entire Saturday and Sunday going through every single show (dedication, my friends). Some of them I even looked through 2-3 times (dedication x  2-3 times) .  Most designers really impressed me with some of their fresh ideas. So in honor of Pre Fall 14 I will be posting new illustrations of my favorite looks.
So stay tuned!

The Chloé look book was definitely a favorite. From the color choice, the Silhouettes and the shoes. I loved how laid back, yet structured it felt as well as romantic and bold. My favorite look (illustrated above) is the shearling coat. It is absolutely beautiful. From the striped paneling to the styling, I can’t think of anything I would change. Other standouts include a fun dot print mini dress with a ruffled bottom, a cocoon like coral coat that tied high above the waist, and a sheer striped lace skirt and top number that overlap to create a wonderful visual effect.  Honestly, I loved every look and I am convinced Clare Waight Keller is a layering genius. On a final note, please don’t forget to take a look at the shoes. I have a crush on them.

If you haven’t checked out the Chloé look book I suggest you drop everything and have a adventure.

-Alessandra De Gregorio

Fashion Illustration by Alessandra De Gregorio and Design by Chloé