Now my rather public stint at the Wellcome is over (I think they're scrubbing it off today) I've decided to start showing more of my work process.
In my fashion work, my biggest inspiration is never the catwalk but everyday style. I'm always stunned when an outfit that surprises me but that also works on the street (as Gabrielle Chanel said, "An elegant woman should be able to do her marketing without making housewives laugh").
I saw this woman sitting in the Blanc Brasserie restaurant in Oxford yesterday, and made a quick sketch.
She must have been in her 50s or possibly even early 60s, her beautiful tanned and lined heart-shaped face sporting a permanent private-joke grin. She was dressed in a cobalt sweater that fitted her neat figure perfectly, and a brown felt fedora over her grey-tone wrap-around glasses, which she didn't take off all lunch.
In an industry where most models and many garments (minishorts, platform heels, anyone?) seen designed for the very young, it's easy for an older woman to feel lost. With a nod to the currently fashionable (that hat, the cobalt of the sweater) this woman preserved her identity along with a strong sense of style, it seemed, effortlessly.