Its a beautiful day in London today, the wintery blue sky is littered with wisps of fast moving cloud. After a brisk walk this morning, I decided to revisit one of my favourite Fall Couture shows, and what is fast becoming one of my favourite brands, Valentino.
After the legendary designer stepped down from his brand in early 2008, many people wondered where the brand would go and who would be able to take on such prestige. Enter Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.
This romantic duo have been slowly altering the brand of Valentino into a beautiful, innocent woman, refined and redefined as less overtly glamorous and more sensual and natural. Their latest Couture collection, shown last July in Paris, was no difference. This is just one of the multiple phenomenally beautiful dresses which were shown, based on Russian Tsar’s and Haunting Fairy-Tales.
And here is my sketch, the show actually opened with this dress, which really says alot for the other pieces in the show.
I really had to go all out for this illustration, pulling every material and trick out of my magic pencil case. Watercolour, Pencil, Crayon, Silver and Gold pens, Yellow ink pens, Orange felt tips, tippex, fine-liner and many other little elements make this amazing ombre tulle embroidered dress stand out.
Here is one of the closeups, just layers of different medias and outlining, nothing too precious or overworked, as usual.
Here is the beautiful effect the watercolour made. Almost a wooden and very earthy feeling is made by just adding more and less water to areas.
I thought I would show you how much I do depend on all the little tricks and pens I have in my magic box. here is the basic watercolour and pencil sketch compared to the finished, worked drawing. Really is quite a difference, and both have such different qualities that I like.
(All Illustrations copyright, Runway image from Vogue.fr)