This afternoon was one of those rare occasions that I actually do want to waste a little time sitting in front of the television mindlessly flipping through channels. I happened to flip onto The Jetsons, one of the many excellent cartoons that I used to watch as a kid in the 90s. I took one look at Judy Jetson and I thought, hey – look at her, being all fashionable. I couldn’t help but do an illustration of her, slightly altered to modern silhouettes and trends, of course. What caught me most was that hair of hers. Completely loving it. Ai

 

 

Don’t even get me started on Hawaiian prints. It really curious how human psychology works collectively in the fashion industry. Last spring, I had taken a good friend thrifting for the first time. For whatever reason, I’d been hell-bent on finding the perfect button down Hawaiian printed shirt – a difficult task, if you think about it. There are so many variations of the print that instantly reel you back into the original stereotype of the tourist. One must tread carefully. Yet take a look at the Hawaiian print I’ve posted above. Look at the contrast between the black background and the orange foreground. Isn’t it beautiful? Perhaps it’s the black that gives the print that chic edge – after all, black is always in, no? To back track to my original story, the friend that I had been thrifting with was absolutely aghast. Why on earth would I want that kind of print? You’re never going to wear it, she said. I went right back and told her – give it a season or two. Watch it be on trend. Lo and behold, there have been several designers who have already gone in that direction. Take Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer RTW collection, for example. He uses the print in an unconventional way, mixing it a sort of chic sportswear kind of vibe. On the same note, Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2011 RTW collection bore prints that told tales of a distant tropical jungle, with Hawaiian-like graphics on their textiles.

 

Left; Alexander Wang. Right; Givenchy

 

Left; Alberta Ferretti. Right; Versace Spring 2012

When done right, what’s not to love about this print? 
It’s fun, it’s chic, and I’ve been utterly inspired by this trend.  
Below are two illustrations I did recently inspired by Alexander Wang and Givenchy.

 

Blog Entry for AAU Fashion Business. Seeing that I enjoyed writing this assignment so much, I thought I’d share on my wordpress. Ai

 

Every time I physically write down the date at my job, I can literally feel the days rushing past me. My last full month in New Jersey (for awhile) has been slipping by faster than I can imagine. I’m not so sure how well this sits with me. On one hand, I’m extremely ecstatic to be moving across the country to San Francisco – where, mind you, I hardly know anyone – and yet I feel those obligatory pangs of homesickness already.

Though I regretted the repetitive schedule into which my life has slipped into this past year, I’ve gotten used to it. Wake up, work, go home, do classwork, go to sleep, get up, start again. By the end of January, I’ll be uprooting myself and adjusting to a completely new environment. I’m looking forward to the flood of inspiration I’ll surely be getting, the new people I’ll be meeting (the new places I’ll be eating!). Until then, I’m going to make the best of the time I have left at home and get a few collaborations with a fellow New Jersey creatives under my belt. Cheers. Ai