No. / 32

NYFW Dreams

Bon Voyage

When I worked as a fashion designer in NYC, I never got to attend any of the fashion shows.  That statement may seem odd to some people and it feels awfully strange to write that.  But the reality of the fashion industry is deadlines, deadlines and more deadlines.  When I worked at Ralph Lauren, the possibility of even going to the fashion show to help dress a model was between slim and none.  Dressing models doesn’t sound glamorous but it’s better than sitting at my desk browsing through the runway photos on style.com.  Now I’m back in my native Los Angeles, eagerly waiting to see the Spring 2016 season by my favorite designers at New York Fashion Week (known as NYFW for those in the industry).  And once again, I’ll be viewing the shows from my laptop.  Woe is me.

That is until my friend introduced me to TRINE, an experience boutique agency.  They curate memorable experiences around the world in the areas of art, fashion, sports and entertainment for special events and all one has to do is just show up for their luxury package.  Sounds like a lustworthy experience to me!  Once I was introduced to Abigail, TRINE’s Director of Marketing, I knew I could totally trust her for all fashion insider needs.  Abigail and her team of experts would ensure the best possible schedule in NYC.  From backstage access complete with designer meet & greets, to private shopping experiences at top designers showrooms and private homes.  TRINE’s NYFW itinerary for their clients is more than lustworthy, its on my bucket list now!

After Abigail and I discussed the access TRINE would be providing for their clients, I knew I had to capture this NYC experience in an illustration complete with NYC landmarks and icons.  I’ve handpicked illustworthy goodies from the various designers they are working with and captured it all on the runway. My favorite part of this illustration was being inspired by Lie Sang Bong’s butterfly runway background. With his Spring 15 collection, he wanted to “share the positivity that is brought on by the beginning of spring and the promise of a new day.”  I was definitely feeling the energy and the promise of a new day in NYC as I painted circles with colors inspired by his background.  I can’t wait to see his Spring 2016 collection along with what he has in store for the walls of his runway.  In the illustration, Abigail is NYFW’s social butterfly and Tommy Ton, the iconic street style photographer is ready to take a picture of her!

Misha Nonoo:  This Little Black Monique Ribbon Dress is perfect for any island.  Manhattan or Hawaiian.  It’s Island Time in the City!
Gigi Burris:  I’m in love with this Grand Peony Comb and reminds me of how I used to love flowers in my hair when I lived in Hawaii.  Now anyone can wear a statement flower in their hair in the city.  But don’t expect to be a wall flower with this beauty!
Lizzie Fortunato:  This Excess and Elegance necklace reminds me of a mini Hawaiian lei and this will help to enhance this city island look.  I absolutely adore the Port of Call Clutch in Palm and this is essential to complete any NYC islander-about-town outfit.
Giulietta:  Abigail sent me a photo of this fabulous pair that she loves and I can’t help but to smile just thinking how perfect this NYC Islander style is complete with colorful sparklers on her toes.
Now, if I could get away from my little boys for a week and ask my husband for an early birthday present, I may be able to swing this trip.  Or not.  A girl can dream!
Make sure to follow TRINE on Instagram and Twitter as they will capture NYFW live from the runways!
Please follow me on Instagram and Tumblr for updates or to see what I’m working on long before they are posted on the blog.
Merci!
xox
Karen
The Illustrienne

 

comments

  • Kristen said

    Beautiful!
    • Karen said

      Thank you Kris! xox
  • Jason Case said

    Awesome picture and great write up!
    • Karen said

      Thank you Jason! I'm so happy you like it!! xox
  • Abigail said

    This is absolutely stunning Karen! It is SUCH an honor to be included in your post blog and mentioned as "NYFW's social butterfly!" I can't wait to take you to a show with TRINE! <3
    • Karen said

      I loved illustrating NYFW Dreams and thank you for the inspiration! Ooooh... I'd love to go to a show with TRINE!! It would be a DREAM come true!! xox
  • Matt said

    Awesome piece, thanks for sharing!!!!
    • Karen said

      Thank you!! So happy you enjoyed this piece!
  • Ilene said

    You are very talented! Beautiful illustration and write up, gave me goose bumps reading it. Love our social butterfly!!!! Good luck to you and I hope your husband sends you to NY for your birthday.
    • Karen said

      Hi Ilene, thank you so much for your sweet words! Wow! Goosebumps! Now, that's a compliment! Abigail is the most perfect social butterfly. ;) I'm not going to NYFW this time as I realized that our little one is starting a new toddler program around that time and I want to be there for him during his transition. Another time! Thank you again! xox

leave a comment

Required fields marked *