Despite being a friend of mine, I had no idea Phoebe Dickerson was such a talented illustrator until I saw these fantastic, elegantly stylised drawings, commissioned by Livia Firth (married to Oscar winner Colin- lucky, lucky lady!) to celebrate the ‘Heart Necklace’ produced for her green-chic store, Eco Age.
I think fashion illustration is having a real moment as legend in the field, David Downton, starts his own Vogue Blog and as brands and fashion image-makers seek to capture the charm of ‘human-crafted’ creativity, that photography has arguably lost in its glossiest digital form. (We love the iphone Hipstamatic app precisely because of its glitchy hazy ‘imperfection’.)
Phoebe’s feminine, abbreviated style also feels deeply appropriate for where fashion is now- glamorous and luxurious but still graphic, even minimal. She has loved drawing since childhood, but it took two of author Brooke de Ocampo’s young children, who Phoebe was tutoring, to encourage her to ‘go pro’. So you’ve them to thank for this peek into Phoebe’s sketch book.
Watch this space to see what Phoebe and her pen do next…
Do you remember Lesly who I met in Nagaland and featured a couple of days ago in ‘She Wears It Well’? Lesly is author of the kookily entitled Lazymanxcat blog and a girl after my own heart- she loves trawling second-hand stores and stalls for vintage clothes and accessories. In the West ‘vintage’ is a staple of most girls’ wardrobes, but in India it’s still practically unheard of and there is still a certain stigma attached to wearing clothes that aren’t brand new.
Lesly was inspired to start vintage shopping after seeing repeated references to ‘thrift’ and ‘Salvation Army stores’ in her favourite American blogs. We went thrifting together in her hometown of Dimapur and she showed me some of her favourite finds in her wardrobe. Her style philosophy is simple- if you love it, wear it!
Lesly’s love for vintage extends beyond her wardrobe too- her room is a tribute to ‘lo-fi’, retro, shabby chic taste. Complete with an old type-writer salvaged from her father’s study…
Lesly’s mother, who comes from a remote tribal community in Nagaland, collects the original tribal jewellery, which is great fun to study and get inspired by!
Fashion is an international language, don’t you think?