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Fashion illustrations are back

I took a fashion styling course in London College of Style many years ago. The course really opened my eyes to fashion and style, I really enjoyed it. It was the fashion course that led to me setting up Fashion and Style Police. Although, my career as a fashion stylist never really took off, the knowledge I gained from the fashion styling course shaped my view on all things fashion. I fell in love with fashion illustrations many years ago, and I had the opportunity to really play around with fashion art while taking the fashion styling course at London College of Style. It was an amazing experience.

 

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What is fashion illustration?

It is art. It is conversing fashion ideas in a visual form through sketching, drawing, and painting. If you are blessed enough to be able to illustrate fashion through sketching, drawing or painting, you deserve an award.

Fashion illustrations are just so creative. It is amazing how stylish they look even on paper! I am glad to see fashion has retuned to the drawing board, and back and better with more illustrations about. A lot of thought and energy goes into creating these illustrations and it is through them many pieces and accessories we put on are created. Fashion illustrations are simply creativity on wheels!

 

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Apart from fashion illustrations being creative and easy on the eye, they give me loads of styling ideas. I get a lot of style inspiration just by looking at them. That was one of the main reasons why I bought many fashion magazines back in the day. The fashion illustrations kept me glued but nowadays, I happily browse the web to have a look at what’s new in the fashion and style world.

What do you think of fashion illustrations? Can you sketch, draw or paint fashion? Do sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

 

 

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The Fashion Designer Dream

I once had a dream to be a fashion designer many years ago. Fashion and Style has always been my thing, so naturally I had a fashion designer dream. Along the way, I discovered I didn’t have what I needed to succeeded as a fashion designer. Loving fashion and creating fashion designs are 2 different things. I need to know how to sketch, sew, make clothing adjustments and more. Being a fashion designer is a dream for many young girls, but to succeed as a fashion designer, you need certain skills.

 

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Life as  a fashion designer didn’t happen

Once I realised fashion designing was not for me, I moved over to fashion styling. I didn’t need the sketching or sewing requirement for a successful fashion designer. All I needed here was an eye and love for fashion. I found the London College of Style Styling Course very exciting. It was a distance learning course I took for a few months in 2012, and I graduated with a good mark. However, midway into the styling course, I realised it wasn’t quite what I want. The reality of my life as a fashion stylist wasn’t appealing so I decided to pursue the personal shopping route which I did for awhile.

 

The fashion styling journey led to a different destination

My dream of becoming a fashion designer then a fashion stylist led to the birth of Fashion and Style Police. Having a fashion blog was a requirement for the styling course at London College of Style. This blog started off as fashion blog required to finish off my course but it led to a whole new career. What this has taught me is that life is complicated and sometimes what we want is not what we need. It has also taught me that the destination we are aiming for is usually not where we end up. We end up where we are meant to be.

 

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My love for fashion and style continues

I am happy where I am. Fashion and Style is still very important to me. I enjoy writing about fashion but the whole fashion designing/styling career no longer appeals to me. Life as a fashion designer won’t have worked for me long term if I am being completely honest. I have also stopped the personal shopping. I did that for some time and it worked great when it did but it is not a career I want for myself anymore.

 

I have gone through many career changes but every change takes me to a better place. I am about to embark on yet another change and this is a big one. Very different from anything I have ever done but it is so me. I will be shedding some more light on this career in the next couple of weeks, so keep reading.

Have you had any major career changes? How did you find it? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please drop your comment in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Why I Won’t Be Attending London Fashion Week

When I started blogging in 2012, Fashion and Style Police was purely a fashion blog, and I was super crazy about fashion. I still am crazy about fashion. It is one of my first loves, but I have other loves as well, and I have found a way to creatively write about them all, which works amazing well.

 

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Back then, fresh from London College of Style, all I was breathing was fashion. And the only blogs I was following then were mainly fashion blogs. I noticed many of these bloggers attended fashion week, so I was determined to attend one of the shows, especially the shows in London. But I never had the chance in the early days because I was a new fashion blogger. Which brand would want to waste an invite on a fashion blogger with no strong following? Well not many, if any at all. And I was not prepared to hang around the fashion show location (like many fashion bloggers do) just to get my photos taken. Not trying to shade those who do, but for me, it was all or nothing. So I got nothing but kept hoping for the day when I would get an invite from one of the fashion designer houses.

I have been blogging for over 3 years when I got my first invitation to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and London Fashion Week (LFW), and guess what? I turned them both down.

 

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I turned down both invitations because I decided earlier on in my blogging career not to go out-of-pocket for nobody. That means I won’t attend events, including fashion shows just because I am invited. I will need my travel expenses (and accommodation if necessary) sorted at least before I can even consider attending any event.

Many brands/PRs find this difficult to understand and I am not sure why. The same way they won’t got o work for free is the same way I won’t work for free. It is the same way I won’t attend a fashion show and blog about it without my expenses and fees being paid.

Even if I was living in London or in New York, I would still turn the invitation down if my travel expenses were not sorted. I am a blogger not a magazine editor with a salary. I create my income, so every penny counts in my world.

I do hope I can attend one of the big 4 fashion shows – London, Milan, Paris and New York, but I won’t settle. I have gotten to a point in my life where I refuse to act a fool.

 

What are your thoughts on this?

 

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