Monday, March 29, 2010

Step by Step Fashion Illustration Tutorial With Famed Fashion Illustrator Alfredo Cabrera - How To Draw Beautiful Fashion Sketches

Hello Fashionistas! We're very lucky today to have the famed Fashion Illustrator Alfredo Cabrera as our contributing editor to show us how to sketch up a beautiful fashion illustrations!  He is a seasoned fashion designer whom had designed for Geoffrey Beene, Polo Ralph Lauren, Victor Alfaro also had lend his talented fashion illustration skills to ad campaigns & window displays to Henri Bendel, Missoni, Gianfranco Ferre, Tommy Hilfiger, Hollister and many more famous fashion houses.  Today, he gave us a step by step tutorial how to draw a beautiful fashion illustration! so now get your pencils and color markers ready!

A good friend suggested that a “How To” post on drawing M & B would be of interest. The task: Babes sporting one of Marni’s sweet little cocoon suits for fall. I’ll try to go step-by-step.

Step 1: Consider the silhouette and what pose will show it best. In this case, hands in the pockets will emphasize the cocoon shape and knees together will keep the slim skirt slim. Map out the gesture. Be sure she’s standing firmly on the plumb line.

Step 2: You aren’t technically “drawing” yet, so you don’t want to use contour and fashion sketches should be editorial, so SIMPLIFY; block out the masses of the figure with geometric shapes.

(Tip: Once you have a well proportioned figure who’s standing you can create dozens more by simply changing the placement of the arms and leg that isn’t carrying weight. Flip these figures on a Xerox machine and you double the number.)

Step 3: Dress the figure. After you’ve drawn a zillion of these you can skip step 2 and just start blocking clothing shapes on the skeleton. Be mindful of proportion: Where does the jacket hem hit? How many skirt lengths fit into a jacket length? Don’t be afraid to exaggerate a little to get at the “essence” of the look.

Step 4: Using your penciled shapes as a guide, block out the skin, hair and clothing shapes in color. Don’t just “fill in” what you’ve sketched but try to build the masses with color. It’s ok to go outside the lines or not fill them in to the edge.

Step 5: Build shadows and start adding texture in color. Don’t draw in ribs or cables or other texture in pencil, but in color- it’s closer to visual truth.

Step 6: Render the tweed. This beautiful Marni suit is in a great saffron and black, nubby tweed. We’ve already laid down the yellow base color and shadows, now we’ll go in with the side of a black Prisma pencil. My trick is to use a textured surface (shown peeking from beneath the sketch) to get the slubby look.

Step 7: This is the point to create darker shadows, punch up texture and add prints or patterns- BEFORE going in with a highlights and holding line. I used a white gel pen for the pattern on the sweater and a darker brown marker to add dimension to the sunglasses and block out the shoes.

Step 8: Believe it or not, this is where the actual drawing comes in. Some artists like a soft look and may use a soft pencil for a sensitive thick & thin contour line. I like a more graphic look and uses ball point and felt tip pens to get variety of line. Don’t outline everything; you may even want to leave some areas undrawn. (Baby’s hair never has more than a few curls drawn in.)

Finally, add highlights with a white Prisma pencil and a white-out pen, which you can also use to clean up bleeding edges and mistakes. Voila! You now know more about Babes than you have any right to.

XOXO Alfredo Cabrera

Ok everyone! isn't this tutorial fabulous & easy to follow? Remember, practice makes it perfect! So don’t get discourage when your first couple sketches doesn’t look as good as Alfredo’s ( well to my opinion, not many people can sketch as good as Alfredo! His sketches are just one of the kind fabulous!). So whenever you have time, sketch away! Let your creative mind go wild and develop your own style of fashion illustration!

If you are interested to see more of Alfredo's fabulous artworks, don't forget to visit his official blog "Mamie N Baby" ! Click on the link here to visit

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug :-)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Fabulous House of Versace & Donatella Versace Exclusive Interview by Colin McDowell

Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved anything that’s in bright vivid colors and growing up in the 80s and 90s, when “More is more” very much the mantra in the fashion scene and glammed-up supermodels reigned supreme, of course Gianni Versace was one of the designer who inspired me to perused fashion design as an carrier.

I am sure all of the fashonistas remembered the super talented designer Gianni Versace! Whom dominated the late 80s and early 90s fashion world by storm with his vibrant, colorful & daring designs that has set himself apart from the rest of the designers & lured us into his fashion fantasy world till he was tragically allegedly killed by his casual encounter Andrew Cunanan.

After Gianni’s death, his sister Donatella Versace had shown strong courage to take over this fashion empire and continued his late brother’s legacy and successfully brought the company to another level of glamour & style that we all love today!

Versace 2010 Spring-Summer

Donatella Versace (born May 2, 1955) is an Italian fashion designer, as was her brother, the late Gianni Versace, the founder of the Versace clothing brand. Her current title is Vice-President of the Versace Group and Chief Designer of the fashion line. She owns 20 percent of the entire stock market assets of Versace. Her brother, Santo Versace, owns 30 percent. Donatella's daughter Allegra Versace inherited 50% of the company stock after Gianni Versace died.

Allegra Versace (Left) & Donatella Versace (Right)

Versace was one of the 1st fashion house that’s responsible for the early 90s “Supermodels” phenomenon! & paid each supermodels $10,000 per show, back in the days that’s a record high price for a 30 minutes show!

Gianni Versace 1992 Ad Campaigns

Versace 1997 Ad Campaign Featured Rock Singer Bon Jovi

This plunging deep V-Neck Versace dress skyrocketed Jennifer Lopez's career & capture the world's attention! OMG! can this dress be anymore FABULOUS?! We Love J-Lo & Versace!

Here is an exclusive video of Donatella Versace, interviewed by Colin McDowell for Click on the video below to see

Donatella, thank you for carrying on your late brother Gianni's work and his company so we can continue to enjoy and admire Versace’s fabulous creations season after season! And YOU GO GIRL! Donatella! It’s not easy to be on the 24/7 non-stop Glamazon! It's a hard work but someone's gotta do it right?!

Here is a video to walk down the memory lane of Versace’s 1992 fashion show features ALL the top supermodels …. Ah the golden era of fashion in the early 90s !

To see more of the fabulous VERSACE collections, please click here to visit their official website

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Friday, March 26, 2010

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2010 Bags - Photos & Price Lookbook

We all love Balenciaga's fabulous bags! Thanks to our friends at Balenciaga, we just got the latest photos & prices for their new spring 2010 bags!

Balenciaga Classic City Bag Linen Stripes Green $1395
Available @ Bergdorf Goodman
Call Handbag Manager Jesse Kopischke (212) 872-2519

Balenciaga Classic City Bag Linen Stripes Yellow $1395
Available @

Balenciaga Classic City Bag Hemp Stripes  $1395
Available @ Bergdorf Goodman
Call Handbag Manager Jesse Kopischke (212) 872-2519

Balenciaga spring 2010 Classic Straw Beach Bag $945

Balenciaga spring 2010 Extra Large Sunday Tote Bag $1395
Available @

Balenciaga spring 2010 Large Sunday Tote Bag $1345
Available @

Balenciaga spring 2010 Transformer Leather Bag $1395
Available @

Balenciaga spring 2010 Transformer Linen Stripes Bag $1395
Available @

so which one is your favorite? I want all of them! haha. Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan +  Mei-Mei the pug

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Get The Rocker Girl Chic This Spring With Givenchy Melancholia Studded Shoulder Bag

I am so excited the bag I’ve been on the wait list for couple month has finally arrived!! (I feel like a kid opening the christmas presents haha) The Givenchy Melancholia bag with brass spikes strap. Givenchy updated this bag with rocker girl chic for their fans this spring & summer 2010!

This bag is has the perfect look & functionality to be carry during the day and when the sun sets, it’s also a perfect bag to carry for the night out! The bag is made of super soft matte finished leather with a subtle Givenchy Logo at the bottom & contrasted with this super edgy, downtown rocker look “Spiked” shoulder strap makes this bag stands out of the crowd!

I love it that you can wear it as a shoulder bag or carry it as a oversized clutch and let the spiked strap hangs at the front. The roomy bag measures 8.5" H x 11.25" W x 2" D that can fit all your stuff in perfectly!

There are so many elements to admire here! It is a must-have for all fashionistas to add it into your wardrobe! The bag is available at

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Front Row View of Dries Van Noten Fall-Winter 2010 Collection, Fabulous!

With the tempature still rather cool & chilly in most the cities in the U.S.A & Europe, watching the new Fall & Winter 2010 collection just taken place last month was a treat! all the beautiful coats, jackets and sweaters makes me want to buy them all! (I can't possibly wait 6 more months till they show up in the store! haha). Dries Van Noten's fall winter 2010 collection feels just right for these cold weathers still hoovering over us. Here is a front row view of the Dries Van Noten's beautiful collection!

The collection was a serene piecing-together of classic menswear tailoring, washed-out military fabric, fifties & sixties lady like shape and sweatshirting. What makes it's cool is that all the pieces are such a simple, in a very wearable way that none of the pieces screams "FASHION!!" and the subtle details and "feel" of each pieces that mix the uptown girl look with a street feeling. Not sure how to explain it, but that shows the genius of Dries Van Noten!

Click on the video player below to see his fall-winter 2010 collection

To see more of his collection, please visit his official website:
Dries Van Noten or click on the photo below

Until next time, be well and look fabulous !


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Utterly Fabulous Artistic Short Fashion Film "Portent" by Nick Knight & SHOWstudio

I've been a big fan of this super talented photographer Nick Knight! his unique vision as captured many unforgettable images for many famous fashion houses such as Dior, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, YSL to magazines like Vogue, V-Magazines….etc. His vision doesn’t just stop at taking utterly beautiful photos, now he has also taking his visions into short films! It is truly a “Moving Art” !

Naomi Campbell for V Magazine in 2007

Devon Aoki for Alexander McQueen, Visionaire, 1997

A photo shoot for "Fashion Fight Against Racism"

Here is one of the "Fashion Film" I am just in love with! A unique collaboration from a wealth of fashion creatives, "Portent" is a sensual, delicate and poetic exploration of romantic Classicism almost a little Gothic through the male and female form. This, Nick Knight's latest fashion film, was specifically created to celebrate the introduction of women's collections to, the online 'department store' launched by YOOX Group. Released in tandem with the collections' appearance online, the film showcases an allegorical love-story expressed through Autumn/Winter 2009-10 fashion from a raft of the world's finest designers, including Maison Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens and Viktor & Rolf. Here are some of the images from this fabulous film.

Ocourse those beautiful screen shot can't do justice of how beautiful this film is, click on the video player below to view this utterly fabulous fashion shor film "Portent"

To see more of his work, click here to visit his official website @ Nick

Untill next time, be well & look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

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