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The Style Line NYFW: Virtual Sketchbook SS15

THIS FASHION WEEK We’re looking to CELEBRATE THE TRUE SYNERGY BETWEEN FASHION AND ART. WE BELIEVE IN SHOWCASING THE ROOT OF WHERE FASHION STARTS: AT THE SKETCH. NOW WE’RE BACK AND KICKING OFF THE WEEK WITH A VIRTUAL SKETCHBOOK SHOWING ILLUSTRATIONS AND CREATIVE PROCESS FROM our first ever  GUEST ILLUSTRATOR, MEGAN MORRISON. The images pictured here, are final rendered illustrations of sketches Meagan created in real-time this past week in collaboration with The Style Line.

Though the rest of the fashion world might be onto London, Paris, and Milan, my heart is still very much in New York.

I just spent one incredible week illustrating from the most stunning SS15 collections, on and off the runway, with The Style Line.

I  would like to say it was like a dream but that would be misleading. It wasn’t a dream, it was very real, every brushstroke, every racing train ride to and from the shows, each jaw dropping moment backstage at Lincoln Center and beyond. And if it were a dream that would mean I would eventually need to wakeup, and friends I simply don’t want to.

When Rachel, The Style Line’s founder, first asked me to guest illustrate for the site’s NYFW coverage, I was both elated and anxious. Illustrating at fashion week was not exactly new territory for me, but being photographed and video tapped while doing it was. Not to mention we wouldn’t be attending just one show this season, we were scheduled for upwards of 12!

We kicked off our collaboration at the WHIT SS15 presentation in a pop-up Chelsea Gallery on Wednesday September 3rd, and I could not have asked for a better show to start my live illustrations. The collection was a complete homage to fashion-meets-art, with gestural paintings on the wall, and colorful confetti piled in a corner. When I pulled out my sketchbook to start capturing the glorious looks, cameras started flashing from all corners of the room, and our journey officially began.

Everything I experienced in those 7 days I will cherish for a lifetime. From illustrating Coco Rocha live backstage at Noon by Noor, to finally meeting my favorite Canadian sisters, the Beckerman girls, at the breathtaking Jill Stuart show. There was something particularly special about this experience for both Rachel and I, because for an entire week straight, it felt like anything was possible. Each show we arrived at brought a new wave of inspiration, a new set of eyes, a greater sense of anticipation.  New York always has a rapid pulse, but from September 3rd through the 11th it beat louder, faster, quicker, harder, and I didn’t want it to stop.

I feel so fortunate to be able to say that this feels like just the beginning for me. I’m now two week’s into my new adventure as a full-time fashion illustrator and I can’t wait to see what more the future has in store. As long as I have my brushes and paint the world will be open.

This personal essay was written in conjunction with our recent collaboration with fashion illustrator Meagan Morrison of Travel Write Draw. Our goal was to showcase and celebrate the synergy between fashion and art by showcasing live-sketches and illustrations at select New York Fashion Week shows this season. The images pictured here, are final rendered illustrations of sketches Meagan created in real-time this past week. To see more of Meagan’s real-time work, please visit us on Instagram and Steller.