July is already upon us and somehow the weeks have rolled by and here we are in the middle of the glorious Haute Couture shows in Paris. (Illustrations of which will be coming soon I hasten to add.)
From New York through to the final Menswear shows in Paris I worked on a special collaboration with a fellow men’s wear devotee (and extraordinarily talented) illustrator based in the USA, DIS PATER.
It was such a special project to have worked on together. I ended up taking much more from it than some fancy pants new illustrations for my folio. Not only did it force me into breaking out of my mould and trying a new digital medium and working against the deadlines of a different timezone, but I also found a like minded creative chum for mutual encouragement and creative banter. Which in all honesty has been a god send since working alone. (As much as I love laughing at my jokes, even my plants are starting to wilt.)
I love to work in solitude, as most do. However just having someone there for a small nod of appreciation and nudge of encouragement in the right direction is all you need sometimes to completely change your direction for the better.
I began to see my work evolve in a different light of which has now led me onto new directions with some personal projects I am working on currently. Hope you all enjoy the new direction!
Back to the Menswear…what a season. As always, I am in absolute awe and so very much in love with the creative geniuses out there transforming menswear right now. It reminded me of a course I attended last year; ‘Menswear and Masculinities’ over at the V&A. The content of which was elegantly presented by Dr Benjamin Wild and very significant as to how men’s fashion has evolved and is still continuing to evolve and push at stereotypes today. It reflects what is happening in our societies, and acts as a powerful tool for movement and change for the better.
I have always loved Menswear, and it’s fantastic to see each and every season the change and growth in the collections. There was too many of which I adored to illustrate, here’s just a few of my favourites from the past month.
Please do follow over on instagram to see all of the DISPATERxEM collaboration illustrations in all their glory.
Thank you and enjoy the gorgeous July sunshine