Mercedes Fashion Week Illustration- Top Looks

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week  Illustration

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Illustration- Top Looks- 2015

Fashion Week Illustrations- The Top looks of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015


Alice McCall – Fashion Week Illustration

Fashion week illustration



Bec and Bridge Fashion Week Illustration

Fashion week Illustration


Maticeveski- Fashion Week Illustration

Fashion Week Illustration

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Designing a Handbag- Inspirational Video on Design Elements of a Dior Handbag

Designing a Handbag is Easy-  Or is it??

Today we share with you the amount of effort and time and workmanship that goes into designing a handbag- at Christian Dior…

This video is absolutely AMAZING!  I must say I watched it at least 10 times!  If you want to design handbags for a living- this is certainly an inspiring video to watch!

Christian Dior is a leader in clothing and handbag/ accessories market worldwide…

Designing a handbag- step by step- Dior

The quality of a Dior bag is second to none-  and this video shows the process that each and every handbag goes through to be made- by hand.

First they lay the leather out flat, then they cut each piece of the handbag out using a template or pattern.

How to design a handbag

They then make a mould for the embossing design, and lay the leather over that mould, and use a special leather tool to emboss the pattern into the leather.  From here, they stitch around the edge of each line in the embossed design.

They then hand emboss the Dior logo in silver foil- for the inside lining.

They then use a special leather hammer to glue the interior of the bag to the exterior of the bag, forming the shape and silhouette of the handbag.

A dedicated screwdriver secures the metal hardwear in place- the buckle  that will close the handbag, before the bag is then stitched together.

Designing a handbag- metal hardware needed for a dior bag

A chunky silver chain is then threaded through the handbag for the shoulder strap, and secured in place.

And Voila- a Dior ‘Savoir Fair’ handbag!

No China production line here- just quality workmanship!  You can understand why these Dior handbags have a price tag of $3,000- $6,000k… they have so much work involved!

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How to Draw a Fashion Face- Step- By- Step

Drawing the model’s face is one of the most difficult challenges in fashion illustration that a fashion designer or illustrator have to deal with.

how to draw a fashion face step by step

Having a beautifully illustrated face for your fashion sketch will help demonstrate and communicate your design. You won’t have to leave the face blank anymore. Go follow those simple steps and make her beautiful!

How to Draw a Fashion Face Step by Step!  

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Step 1 The blueprint

Draw a circle and mark it’s centre. Don’t push too hard with the pencil.

How to draw a fashion face step 1

Step 2
 Draw another one on top of it. The second circle should overlap the first one and touch it’s center. Put a Centerline for both the circles.

how to draw a fashion face step_02 Step 3 Nose and chin

Slightly below the center of the first circle mark a dash. This indicates your model’s nose.
Make the chin in the bottom most part of the first circle.

how to draw a fashion face step 3


Step 4 A feminine jaw

Draw smooth and graceful line connecting the chin with last point before the circle starts to narrow. Try not to splay the lines too much, keep them close to the blueprint.

How to draw a fashion face step 4 Step 5
  Finish the outline of the head by joining the circles.
It the middle of the space between the nose and the chin draw a horizontal line. 
Draw two lines with about the same length as the mouth. Start from where the two circles cross each other and countinue towards the Centerline.

Note: The space between the eyes would be approximately equal to the size of each eye.

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Step 6  
In the half-way between the nose and the mouth draw a short line indicating the upper lip. Put another line in the half of the mouth-to-chin distance.
A bit under the eyes you already marked draw parallel lines .

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Tip: You’ll add glamour to your illustration if you keep the eyes not too large and opened. Fashion faces love cateyes.

Step 7
  Close the eyes as shown. Stay away from the head outline.
Draw a wide “U” where you marked the upper lip and repeat it upsized in the middle of the mouth Centerline.

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Step 8 Beautiful lips

Smooth the eye’s sharp angles as shown.
Finish the mouth. Use the marks you already have drawn and start from them. It looks better if you don’t pull the lines of the lower lip right to the mouth Centerline.

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Step 9 Delicate nose
  Draw the nosetrips where you initially marked the nose. Hint the nose tip and the bridge.

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Step 10  
Just under the lower lip put a short line that will indicate the chin.
Draw che cheekbones pointing towards the nose. Keep soft and close to the eyes.
The eyebrows will go up until they reach the blueprint circle and than curve however you want their shape to be.

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Divide the eye in three parts. Draw two half circles in second 1/3 of the eye.
Finish the eyebrows. Leaving them too fine they will make them look unnatural.

how to draw a fashion face step 11

Step 12 
Put the ears starting from the eye line to the nosetip. The ear are frequently covered by hair, but you might need them.
The necks of ashion illustration models are longer and thiner than normal. Start the neck from the line where the lower lip ends and make it at least half head long.
Finish her eyes. Put the makeup paying attention to the original shape of the eyes you’ve drawn.

Step 13 
Divide the forehead in 3 and fill the frst part with hair. 
Be creative and give your beauty a lovely hairstyle of you liking !

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The same face base looks so different with different hairstyles. Try your own and have fun!

fashion face Examples

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Fashion Design 2015- Top Designers of 2015 to Inspire You!

THE SPRING CAMPAIGNS are beginning to arrive, and so far, Valentino is a favourite.

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (born 11 May 1932 in Voghera, Italy), best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company. His main lines include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma and R.E.D. Valentino.

For Spring / Summer 2015, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli selected new photographer, Michal Pudelka, from Slovakia to shoot his first international campaign, and the result is a work of art. Models Vanessa Moody, Hedvig Palm, Maartje Verhoef, Grace Simmons and Clémentine Deraedt frolic about in the trees as fairies and wood nymphs in gossamer gowns, and along the shore as mermaids amongst starfish and pale blue skies . . .

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Ad Campaign : Vanessa Moody, Hedvig Palm, Maartje Verhoef, Grace Simmons & Clémentine Deraedt by Michal Pudelka for Valentino Spring / Summer 2015 // Stylist: Karl Templer // Hair: Tomo Jidai // Make-up: Petros Petrohilos // via Visual Optimism & Studded Hearts

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Fashion Design 2015 Become a Fashion Designer Valentino

If you would like to make 2015 your year to develop your fashion design skills and take up fashion as a profession, we have the course for you!

Our Professional Fashion Design ebook is a great way to get started in the fashion industry- it includes all the helpful tips to get into the industry, as well as fashion design templates to help you illustrate your designs and ideas professionally!  Check it out here:

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Fashionable Tie Dye- Tie Dye Skirts and Dresses Fashion Design Inspiration

Fashionable Tie Dye- Tie Dye Skirts and Dresses Fashion Design Inspiration

Fashionable tie dye concepts to melt your heart and give you inspiration for your next fashion collection if your a designer, or just give you style inspiration for your every day wardrobe!

Tie- dye isn’t just for the bohemian hippie types- its a high fashion trend that can be applied in so many ways!

Fashionable Tie Dye

Fashionable Tie Dye Skir

Fashionable Tie Dye

Dip dye: The word already explains the meaning: dip dye is the process of making it seem like your clothing were dipped in dye. It’s similar to ombré, but its more obvious, and not necessarily in the same colour tones, fading to one colour to the next. The second difference between ombré and dip dye is that the latter usually uses brighter, bolder, less natural colours. Hot pink, sea green, bright orange,… Go wild!

Fashionable Tie Dye Summer Dress Obre Dip Dye

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Spiral Tie Dye Effect:

Fashionable Tie Dye

Fashionable Tie Dye

Tie-dye is a modern term invented in the mid-1960s in the United States for a set of ancient resist-dyeing techniques, and for the products of these processes. The process of tie-dye typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment and binding with string or rubber bands, followed by application of dye(s). The manipulations of the fabric prior to application of dye are called resists, as they partially or completely prevent the applied dye from coloring the fabric. More sophisticated tie-dyes involve additional steps, including an initial application of dye prior to the resist, multiple sequential dye and resist steps, and the use of other types of resists (stitching, stencils) and discharge.

Unlike regular resist-dyeing techniques, tie-dye is characterized by the use of bright, saturated primary colors and bold patterns. These patterns, including the spiralmandala, and peace sign, and the use of multiple bold colors, have become cliched since the peak popularity of tie-dye in the 1960s and 1970s. The vast majority of currently produced tie-dyes use these designs, and many are mass-produced for wholesale distribution. However, a new interest in more ‘sophisticated’ tie-dye is emerging in the fashion industry, characterized by simple motifs, monochromatic color schemes, and a focus on fashionable garments and fabrics other than cotton.

Fashionable Tie Dye Skirt

Fashionable Tie Dye Skirt

Fashionable Tie Dye

Fashionable Tie Dye Dress High Fashion Inspiration

Fashionable Tie Dye Skir

Ombré Tie Dye: At this very moment, ombré is quite a hype. It’s actually a French word (of course, those fashionable French) that means  shadow. Basically, ombré in the fashion industry just means everything that fades from one into another colour. 

Fashionable Tie Dye

Fashionable Tie Dye Maxi Dress Inspiration

Fashionable Tie Dye Maxi Skirt

Fashionable Tie Dye

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How to Draw Fashion Figures For Beginners

How to Draw Fashion Figures For Beginners- Tricks of The Trade

This is a really helpful video demo on how to draw Fashion Figures really easily! Courtsey of Garo Sparo- Professional Fashion Designer.

Top Tips on Drawing Your Fashion Designs

Tip 1:  Have your own ‘Fashion Crouqui’.  A Fashion Croqui makes it easier to draw your designs quickly- and acts as a figure template that you can trace over and draw clothes on top.
Tip 2:  Always use pencil to begin to draw your designs- its a lot easier to erase mistakes this way.
Tip 3: Draw the silhouette of your design first, then progress with the detail of the design- such as seam lines.
Then give additional details such as fabric type like lace or plaid.
Tip 4: When using pen- to draw your final outline of your design- you can use whiteout if you make any mistakes. When you scan your final image into the computer- whiteout doesn’t show on the sketch!
Tip 5: Keep your lines long and smooth and fluid as much as possible!

How to Draw Fashion Figures- Using a Fashion Magazine Tear/ Clipping

Another approach for Fashion Beginners is to use a model pose from a Fashion Magazine.
You can use sheer tracing paper to trace over the model’s figure and stance, to develop your own Fashion Croqui.
It will also help get you familiar with proportions of the Fashion Model.
Pro Tip: What he doesn’t mention here in the video above is you may like to make your figure thinner- than what you are tracing.  You will notice that when you trace the outline of the fashion model, your sketch will make the model look fatter then she does in the photograph.  This is because the photograph is showing a ’3D’ image of the fashion model, with shading- to create depth.  When you transfer an image from 3D form to 2D-  you will have to make the lines of the silhouette smaller- to make the model look thinner.

How to Draw Fashion Figures- Using 9 Head Approach.

The common way that a lot of Fashion designers use is the ’9 head’ approach.
How it works is that the fashion figure is made up of 9 heads.  You first draw the head of the body, then draw 8 exactly the same proportioned heads underneath it. This then forms the basis of the proportions for the rest of the body.
2 heads down is the bust line, 3 heads down is the waistline, 4 heads down is the crotch, 6 heads down is the knee, and 8 heads down is the ankle, 9 heads down is the floor.
You will notice that this approach is making the models legs ‘extra-long’ then usual.  The normal fashion figure does traditionally have long legs!  Think about a supermodel!  You can see the demonstration below..
fashion figures 9 heads
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Fashion Design Inspiration Ideas- Lady Gaga Style

Fashion Design Inspiration Ideas

The very talented fashion designer Maya Hansen, presented her Spring/Summer 2015 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid. We are really inspired by her 3D Sculptural designs that are both feminine but really inspiring in terms of shape, finish and silhouette.

We love her use of fabric and construction- and her feminine but ‘edgy’ style!  She has dressed some high end celebrities- including ‘Lady Gaga’!

Fashion Design Inspiration Ideas La Mode College

Fashion Design Inspiration Ideas Lady Gaga Style

Fashion Inspirational ideas

Fashion Design Inspiration Ideas La Mode College of Fashion

Fashion Design Inspiration

Metal and plastic bones corsets made with both rigid and elastic fabrics. Softer silhouettes tan previous collections. Long dresses and cocktail dresses in elastic fabrics and bolero jackets. Skirts with volume pieces and leggings. Ultra soft and feminine garments with and architectural touch.  Maya uses Heavy weight fabrics (300 and 400 g/m2), printed and solid satin and elastic taffetas, brocades chantilly laces and dyed laces.   She also uses elastic and sequined fabrics, transparent fabrics in front of opaque fabrics. Her designs have an lingerie aesthetic, architectural shape and retro-futuristic style.

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Fashion Design Inspiration Ideas 2015

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The Maya Hansen brand was founded in 2006 and, since the year 2010, Maya Hansen’s collections have been presented at Madrid Fashion Week. She took part initially at El Ego de Cibeles, where her collection entitled “Lace Wings” won the L’Oréal Award for Best Collection from a Newcomer. Then in September 2011 she was incorporated into the established designers’ fashion show schedule, which makes up Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid today. In 2012 she was admitted as a member of the Fashion Designers’ Association of Spain (ACME) and was chosen amongst the 15 Finalists at Vogue’s “Who’s On Next” Competition in the years 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Maya Hansen has been selected as a finalist for the Young Designer National Fashion Awards.

Maya Hansen’s unique style always departs from the feminine silhouette of the corset, the clothing item around which her collections revolve. She has also developed tight silhouettes in other kinds of clothing, as well as some entirely cutting-edge creations, for which she habitually collaborates with artists and craftsmen in different disciplines.

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Fashion Design Inspiration Ideas


We are in owe of her style, and we would like to help budding designers that would like to develop their talent to Maya’s level, to participate in our fashion design mentoring program.  For more details visit:

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Dolce and Gabbana Summer Dresses- Capri Launch 2014

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Dolce & Gabbana fall 2014 couture collection presentation held in Capri.

Dolce and Gabbana chose a truely unique and dramatic location to hold their latest collection of summer dresses-  on the Island of Capri in Italy!

The models cascaded down the cliff top to the audience, seated in blue and white striped deck chairs, alongside the glittering ocean!  What a backdrop to impress!

Fashion Designer- Dolce and Gabbana Fall Collection 2014 2015

What’s especially catchy and wonderful about the Dolce & Gabbana Capri fall 2014 couture collection is that apart from introducing the chicest alternatives, the line also features a universal range of garments, meant for perfecting the looks for any season, from the warm and hot to cold ones.

The glam and luxury of the pieces are, of course, out of question and the accessories like crowns bejeweled with extremely sumptuous jewels and adorned with uber sassy and sensual design patterns only contributed to the creation of absolutely stunning and unforgettable looks. (

Fashion Designer Dolce and Gabbana

So it all starts with the uber-gorgeous and totally to-die-for princess gown, adorned with a train tail and exclusively cool patters like florals for the top and blue and white stripes for the bottom. The off-shoulder design of the dress and the super chic looks it has makes it a real wonder in this collection. Other fairy tale like dresses include curious design patterns like brocades, completed with the traditional sweet and charming looks and the magical crown.

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So yes, do consider the Dolce & Gabbana Capri fall 2014 couture collection as an absolute wonder for any season and occasion and you will surely be the star of the show at the first time!

The thing is that apart from introducing the chicest and the most wonderful pieces we’ve seen, the whole show was held in the open air, literally on the rocks of the sea, surrounded with the ultra-glamorous and breathtaking beauty of Italy. “It’s about the beauty of Italy – we don’t really have Alta Moda here – we wanted to do something for our country,” Stefano Gabbana noted about the collection and the way it was presented.

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Fashion Design Sewing Patterns for Dresses

Downloadable Sewing Patterns For Dresses

Get the right fit with custom made sewing patterns!

Dresses in particular can be hard to get a custom fit if you aren’t the same size top and bottom. Maybe you have a large bust and small hips, or a taller torso then others, or large hips and small waist.

Sewing Patterns for dresses

New technology by Bootstrap fashion makes it easy to get custom fitted patterns made- exactly to your measurements- emailed to you within minutes!

This amazing technology allows designers to access thousands of dress patterns at a click of a button, and order any pattern in the exact size they need!

For such an amazing service- you would expect it to be expensive- but to the contrary, these patterns will only set you back a mear $7!

Vera Wang sewing patterns for dresses

A custom fit dress pattern- exactly to your size- or your clients size- for only $7?!! It does sound to amazing to be true- so we put it to the test!

Since we are a fashion school, many of our students like to hire pattern makers to make the patterns for their designs. The only thing is – it can take pattern makers around 4-8 hours to complete a pattern, and at $20- $50 per hour, this can be a costly exercise.

What we liked about Bootstrap fashion’s service is that there is already hundreds of patterns in their system, all with great fits- that you can easily adapt and customise to your own style. You can purchase a shift dress pattern and change the neckline slightly, add different trims and use your own fabric- and then all of a sudden you have your own design.

We ordered a pattern from them, typing in our own unique body measurements, and within 5 minutes, the pattern was emailed to us! The great thing is- this pattern could be sent directly to your manufacturer or supplier making your designs, or you can print it out from your own home printer- if you are making the dress your self. All you need is an A4 printer, and the pattern pieces join together. If the pattern piece for the dress pattern is larger than the size of a A4 sheet of paper, it will print it over several pieces of paper, and a diagram will show you where to connect the pieces. It truly was amazing!

Vera Wang sewing patterns for dresses

So, your probably sold on the process- so next question your prob thinking is- what dress design patterns do they have?

Here are a few examples of the patterns that you can order for only $7..

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Bagdley Mischka sewing patterns for dresses

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Fashion Business Course Online


Online Fashion Business Courses- For Starting Your Own Fashion Label

In this fashionable and fast paced world, their are millions of budding designers who are trying to find their way in the fashion industry. Many designers dream of  opening up their own fashion label, and strive to win the market with their designs. It can be a fierce and competitive market.

If you are one of those designers who are struggling to make your way in this dominating industry then the fashion business mentoring program of ‘Fashion Design Success’ is your saving grace.

Double Your Profits with Fashion Business Knowledge

Even if you already have some success with your own label but would like to double your sales, or increase your brand awareness and get some major retailers on board,  a Fashion Business Course will give you the business and commercial knowledge to help you achieve your goals, and build your fashion brand.


Doing a Fashion Business Course Online

The great news is that you don’t have to go to university full time to study fashion business.  There are some great programs out there that will allow you to get the knowledge you need to be successful in your fashion label- while you study online from the comfort of your own home.

There are also fashion business courses that are directly targeted at helping you start your own fashion line- and will help you  find clothing manufacturers, help you with pricing your designs for profit, and will help you with marketing your label- to get orders from buyers!

The great thing about doing a fashion business course online is that you wont need to travel to a school or city to attend an actual class-  and you can work on your fashion label by day,  and get the business skills you need at night- or on the weekend- when it suits you.

The Most Cost Effective Fashion Business Courses Online

Some Business Schools can be expensive, and can be very ‘theory’ based  and not so relevant to giving you the knowledge that you need right now- to help you build your fashion business.

Look for colleges and programs that will deliver downloadable templates- so that you can use the templates and edit it with your own fashion business name, and use them straight away.  It also helps if your fashion tutor has been in business before, as they will have practical advice and tips that they can share with you.

The program by  offers a fantastic fashion business program  for only $49 per month-  with the option to unsubscribe at any time.


Besides having a price tag that every designer can afford, the Fashion Design Success fashion business program is directly targeted at helping students develop and launch their own fashion label, and it teaches students the business skills they need to make their line profitable.

In Addition, in this program you also receive mentoring from a designer that has already made it in the fashion world,  with valuable advice on how you can sell your designs to clothing stores, and design advice to learn how to design ‘best sellers’  that sell like hotcakes!

Fashion business advice

Having the skills to design is just not only enough to be a successful fashion designer; you need marketing techniques as well. This program also gives you Marketing and PR contacts,  Press Release Templates, Social Media Training and Step-by-step instructions on how to market and sell your label to department stores!

So no matter how good of a designer you are, if you don’t have the basics of marketing or business, chances are you wont be able to make a living from it. This program of business mentoring saves you from any business disasters and launches you as a successful fashion designer.


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