Fashion Illustrator Pippa McManus for Style Voyeur @ MBFWA

The ever so fabulous and incredibly talented Fashion Illustrator, Pippa McManus of Workable Fixative blog (pictured above) shares her highlights from the MBFWA shows with Style Voyeur readers in this one-off exclusive. Image by Cheyne Tillier-Daly. Words and Illustrations by Pippa McManus.

Akira Isogawa

Akira constantly turns out incredibly beautiful womenswear. But this year I got to see it up-close and the spectacle of a small stagnant show. Press usually have 5 mins or less to get into the room take photos and get out. This time we had about 20 mins which gave me an oppourtunity to actually draw! One by one Akira lead each model out by the hand and very gently helped the girls up onto a plinth. THAT was my favorite part. I always thought models got treated like crap, but not in Sydney and not by Akira.

Ellery

Kim’s incredible astetic shined through in her clothes yet again. One of those catwalk shows where I’m sitting there going ‘I’ll have that, I’ll have that, one of those in the black…” I’m shopping on the job, what a life! Beautiful draped gowns (which are new for her, everything Ellery is usually quite tailored) and a great hand drawn filigree print. The show was off-site which meant Kim had the option of doing everything her way, and which resulted in an international looking parade. Oh and there was a Pomeranian front row!

 

Alice McCall

The hair and make up was just so pretty!

Aurelio Costarella

One of the rare shows of the week I was given the chance to go backstage! It’s always an excellent chance to draw and take photos and most of all see the garments up close and have a better understanding of how they work. The show was perfection with a dramatic start which was then followed by great music, bright clothes and jaw dropping gowns. The best part? The floor length, cream, disc sequin gown that made the most beautiful noise (even over the loud music) when the model walked past and back again.

Manning Cartell

The most wearable of all my favorite shows. Cute little floral balloon shorts paired with metallic woven cropped jackets, a massive blown up hounds tooth and an unusual, slightly furry, diamond weave, fluro pink fabric. So feminine and pretty but with a structured cool-girl edge. Again I got to go backstage for the hair and make up and have tried duplicating both at home: piggy tail plaits woven with fluro clip-ins and secured at the top of your head. Amazingly I got to chat with one of my favorite models, Ruby Jean!

Romance Was Born

By far this was the best show to illustrate because it was so jam packed with colour and imagery. It was the first show of the week so it set a very high standard! I was standing there waiting for it to start and may have been a bit distracted by the hoards of celebs walking past me, but it took me a minute to notice three guys in white HAZMAT suits with pump pack back packs and face masks carefully spraying the bitumen around the catwalk with water to give the whole scene a slick industrial feel! It’s the little things…

Pheonix Keating

Peoenix Keating!? Woah!!!! Amazing religious/bondage with the best fabrics and cuts! He called his show De-Sex. So early Westwood meets early Dolce & Gabbana.

Above Images (Akira – Fabsugar, Ellery – Dailygloss, Alice McCall – Jaime Lee pic, Costarella – Six6 Photography, Manning Cartell – Maxconnectors, Romance Was Born – Mindmyann, Pheonix Keating – Absorb)

THANK YOU SO MUCH PIPPA!!

What an incredible young lady, she is a true inspiration!

To see more of Pippa’s work, visit her blog or follow her on Facebook..

xxx SV xxx

 

14-05-2012

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4 Responses

  1. Mary-Anne

    super stylish thanks for your illuminating illustrating insights to Fashion Week ’12.

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