The Style Line NYFW: Virtual Sketchbook FW2015

Last season we started a guest illustrator program for NYFW 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 this season’s guest illustrators, Emily Brickel and Lily Qian. Keep checking back as they share a glimpse into their real-time illustrations with us all week long…


Tia Cibani @ The Wolcott Hotel

“Day 1 Of NY Fashion week has begun and what a way to make an entrance! The show today was Tia Cibani and she welcomed us in with hot cider and dreamy fall looks. The Wolcott Hotel made an opulent impression with gold gilded busts and leaf work sprawled throughout the lobby in a French Art Nouveau style. Inside Tia showed luxurious ensembles in jewel tones with rich fabrics like panne velvet, duchess satin, lame, and marled wool in moss, jade, quartz and jasper.  Blush colored satin maxi trousers and tops looked ravishingly chic. Accordion pleated dresses in organic moss colors were wrapped in rich velvet scarves that were both cozy and luxe, while sophisticated maxi dresses in ruched panne velvet and willowwood printed silk gowns were suited for ladies of leisure. For beauty, natural was key with each model sporting an ethereal glow and unkempt tresses tied back into a messy up-do. This show with Shiseido, it was all about the statement eyebrow and a rich nude lip.” –EB

“To celebrate day 1 of New York Fashion Week, Designer Tia Cibani presented us a beautiful feminine and bohemian dream world inside the Wolcott Hotel.  Inspired by the works of Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh and Art Nouveau. Tia’s girls lounged around with beautiful teased hair, soft candle lighting with grand piano tunes. We were immediately drawn to her dutchess satin slouch trousers and pleated dresses, soft sculpted shaped capes, and a heart felt approach to refining her craft.” – LQ


Brand Assembly: Maria Dora @ YouTube Space

Designer Maria Dora’s girls lounged around backstage, giggling and hanging out in their cool marbled and color blocked ribbed knits. We loved her neutral color palette mixed with pop warm tones of rosy pinks and reds. We especially admired her black and white textured sweater and matching knit pant combo.

DEGEN @ Pier59 Studios

Designer Lindsey Degen’s fun and quirky knits certainly brightened up our day 2 at NYFW. I was immediately drawn to Rena’s look all in black – beanie, sweater and skinny pants, which grounded the collection full of rainbow cloud prints. Also loved Miranda’s cropped rugby stripe tank, paired with oversized slouch pants. – LQ

Brand Assembly: Hunter Bell, Nikki Chasin @ YouTube Space

Day 2 of NYFW went off with a bang with really strong collections from the designers at Brand assembly.

First up backstage passes to view the beauty team #getstylisted at Hunter Bell. With a minimal yet edgy cut-crease cat eye in a muted grey tone, and mused up hair, Hunter Bells models were sending off subdued sex-kitten vibes. Black, white and grey flanked the brands new must have staples like a dressed up matching plaid tracksuit with black leather sleeves and easy to wear geometric print laden capes and frocks. Splashes of deep green, hot pink, mahogany and blue watercolor patterns and graphic prints graced long bi-patterned maxi dresses and smart separates. Hunter herself was quite a doll and made a point to chat it up with us behind the scenes before her presentation – So fun and we loved it!

Next was Nikki Chasin, where she showed prints in a muted navy with splashes of cranberry and cream on slacks and relaxed peplum dresses as well as a striped dress and drawstring pant. Casual and cozy separates were the name of the game here and this was for sure The Style Line founder, Rachel Schwartzmann’s favorite collection.

Katie Gallagher @ Pier59 Studios

Then we hit up Katie Gallager where the contrast of the freshly painted stark-white backdrop of Pier 59 against the vampire-esque garb parading down the space made for quite an impression.

Strong, powerful and sultry; this collection was a mix of Vampire Diaries meets little red riding hood and the Matrix combined.  A sleek modern take on crisp hooded capes, bowed collars, red and black turtlenecks with arm bands ands flowing ankle length and maxi skirts. I really loved the bold red and the grunge factor here that was executed in a really fresh and wearable way. -EB


Wes Gordon @ Milk Studios

We had a great start to our Day 3 of NYFW at Milk Studios, illustrating Wes Gordon/L’Oreal backstage beauty looks.  We loved the hair style direction – inspired by 90’s young, but very elegant and strong look, an undone and not restricted feminine feel.  Models’ hair were styled with a clean center part, low pony tail, twisted into an undone small messy knot. Also at the show we got to meet and sketch Vogue EIC Anna Wintour!

Kate Spade @ Center 548

We wish to live in Kate Spade’s dream world of audacious femininity and adventure! We want to wear every single piece from the collection. Immediately upon arrival, we fell in love with her rich warm red woolen plaids and flannels, mixed with pretty pink accents and elaborately adorned fabrics. Girls in big flirty bows, cheeky fox clutch, elegant loafers, and the heart warming illustrated wall papers, it was perfection! – LQ

Rebecca Minkoff @ Lincoln Center

Oh the hustle and bustle of #NYFW, always a buzz with energy, lots of people and lots of mayhem, in the best possible way of course! We spent Day 3 backstage at Rebecca Minkoff with Stila Cosmetics. Seeing the fresh-faced models get done up is always exciting. For this look the girls were channeling a 60’s vibe with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray and lots of mascara. The lower lid was rimmed with this sultry look, keeping the rest of the face clean and minimal. I loved the Nude Interlude Color Balm Lipstick and Stay All Day Brow gel and brush. The models were decked with clip in bangs, a really cute and fun way to switch up your look and add some retro bombshell. -EB


ICB @ The Glasshouses

Walking into the ICB presentation was much like going to someone’s home. At first sight, a modern and understated apartment that looks liked the models strolling about actually lived there. Vivid orange was the color of this collection paired with crisp whites, blacks, shades of grey and strong beaded appliqués. It was gorgeous and completely wearable yet modern and polished. There were cable knit cape- sweaters with exaggerated arm selves, cozy grey wraps and glamorously sparkling white knit arm warmers. Loved this collection!  -EB

Banana Republic @ 64 Wooster St.

We had a blast live drawing backstage beauty and first looks at Banana Rebublic!  There were good vibes and a great team working behind the scenes.  Everyone was super nice and enjoyed watching my speed drawing process.  We immediately fell in love with model Victora Anderson’s glamorous rosy makeup and wavy hair by Stila Cometics and TRESemmé. We can feel Creative Director Marissa Webb’s cool edgy influence on the collection.  Some of our favorite pieces: Charcoal/Ivory ribbed sweater, stunning color blocked Cobalt blue/black suits, lux plush scarf, over-sized and cropped navy blazers paired with olive silk blouse/vest, and a cool camo print bag with a pop warm yellow hue. We left the show feeling relaxed happy and inspired. 

Made Fashion Week: Collina Strada, Sandy Liang, Isa Arfen @ Milk Studios

First looks at Milk Studio before the madness began: We were obsessed with designer Sandy Liang’s romantic coats in pink brocade, plush dust blue and soft neutral shearling trims. Loved Isa Arfen’s edgy elegant girls in drapy dresses in textured metallic stripes, subdued gold tones, and the coolest shaggy yellow coat. Last but not least, Collina Strada’s modern chevron striped cut out dress, and we need those camel slip-on flats! – LQ


Karen Walker @ Pier59

On our way to Karen Walker, we spotted a true style maven on the L train, with her chic and beautiful in her long black and ivory shaw collar wool coat and green knitted hat I just had to capture it! We loved Karen Walker’s effortlessly cool 70’s retro girls in her signature shades, shaggy hair, warm earth tones, sapphire blue denims, and psychedelic patterns. What’s not to love! 

Alice + Olivia backstage @ The Prince George Ballroom

We loved drawing Alice and Olivia’s rock and roll girls inspired by the late 60’s and early 70’s. Makeup by Stila Cosmetics, presented modern cat eyes with an added edge to the classic Biba-inspired Art Deco look. Just before the show we caught a glimpse of her gorgeous pearl embellished white gown with soft romantic shaggy feathers. -LQ

Walking into the steamy backstage area of Alice and Olivia, the hair dryers, curlers and steamers were in full effect. Little did we mind to get a break from the outside’s less than frigid temps.  Inside the heat was turned up, and not just because of the styling tools but because of the stunning hair and makeup was so chic and glam. The look was “Swinging Starlet” and a bold merlot hue was applied to the lip in Acai Crush. A modern cat eye with bold brows accentuated the beauty of these models.  For hair, a slicked back center-parted chignon was adorned with matching merlot hued flowers and emerald green leaves.  The effect was striking and the mood was glamorous and opulent.  Sneaking backstage to see the girls dressing, pale peach sweaters embellished with silver-grey pearls and crystal were paired with pale blush floor length ostrich feather skirts with crystal-encrusted belts.  Gorgeous jacquard dresses in golds, silvers and lace were shown with mock turtlenecks, which are just about the chicest thing ever right now. You had to pry me away from this collection, there was so much detail, so much to see and everything was so stunning! – EB 

Nanette Lepore backstage @ Pop14

We wrapped FW15 Fashion Week with a double dose of beauty. What a great week it was and so many gorgeous things to draw and see. Today at Nanette Lepore, the #PoshRebel theme was carried out in the hair by Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and makeup by Maybelline.  A stunning fuchsia lip and layered spider-like eyelashes made for a bold yet wearable look, while hair took on a life of its own. A twin ponytail at the crown of the head was twisted onto itself with the tail end of the hair swept over the face and to the side as if it were make-shift bangs.

Bibhu Mohapatra backstage @ Lincoln Center

At Bibhu Mohapatra, the mood was very dark yet romantic with hair by L’Oreal Paris and makeup by Jay Manuel. A sculptural hairstyle was created again starting with two ponytails, curled in sections, pinned atop the hair to cool and then molded into place. The makeup was sultry and modern with a teal smolder of smudged shadow beneath the lower lid and a shimmery neutral terracotta color smudged on the top lid with a nude lip.  I would definitely recreate this makeup look on a daring night out. -EB

Today we focused on illustrating beauty looks backstage at Bibhu Mohapatra. The look was dark yet with elements of romance: smokey sapphire eyes, rich black polish, sleek high pony with sculptural pinned curls – very interesting to illustrate! – LQ