Clearly, I’m not yet ready to let go of summer as I’m just relishing these works from illustrator Angela Mckay, of Ohkii Studio! As a surface pattern designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, Angela uses gouache and watercolor to depict scenes of carefree adventure and moments well spent at the beach. I just adore the patterns, colors and sense of calm. I know for certain, once the novelty of the fall season wears off, I’ll be looking back at these images, waiting for yet another summer to arrive . . .
Becoming a designer was never a choice for Christine Alcalay – it’s who she always was. After immigrating to New York City from Vietnam, at the age of three, she was introduced to a needle and thread. She spent most of her childhood alongside her mother, who worked as a self taught tailer and pattern maker in gritty, overcrowded clothing manufactories. Sewing, making and designing clothing became second nature and years later, Christine pursued her dream of becoming a designer by attending Parson’s, interning for Christian Lacroix, opening a clothing boutique and eventually, launching her own eponymous label. Her clothing is effortlessly beautiful and elegantly simple, as evidenced by her latest collection. Relaxed silhouettes in soft, earthy hues and prints are influenced by Georgia O’Keefe and her love of the desert. What I love most are the drop waisted dresses, paneled skirts and flared shorts, all of which can be worn layered or as is.
Do you remember the Invisible Man? We featured Liu Bolin back in 2011, after he had become known for perfecting the art of blending into various backgrounds by using his body as a canvas. I love seeing that, all these years later, he’s still at it. The Chinese artist is currently the face of Moncler‘s fall campaign and the shots, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, are mesmerizing. It’s amazing how he’s able to camouflage himself so seamlessly into each scene. So in addition to sharing photos from the campaign, I’ve pulled some of my favorite works from the last few years, just so you, too, can appreciate the magic of The Invisible Man.
Hello, semi sheer swiss dot blouse with billowing sleeves and a voluminous pussy bow . . . I love you. It turns out, this stunner of a blouse isn’t the only thing I love from Mahsa. The New Zealand based label uses raw fibers, like silk, cotton and wool, and sophisticated tailoring to create a modest collection of romantic, trans-seasonal blouses, trousers and dresses. Every piece manages to delight in unique details while maintaining a sense of simplicity. Love, love, love.