When it comes to beauty products and fashion accessories, I can be very easily persuaded by a dose fashion illustration on these items, especially when they are quite whimsical or feminine in nature.
A few weeks ago, while grocery shopping, a small tub of Nivea moisturising cream caught my eye simply because it had some rather cute and colourful fashion illustration on it. I looked it up when I got home and was found out that it was actually a collaboration between Nivea and Giles Deacon (he’s widely known as a British fashion designer but is actually also a very talented illustrator) launched in September last year to coincide with London Fashion Week. Not sure how I missed it in stores all this time! Anyway, that little Nivea tub got me thinking about products that have caught my attention due to the fashion illustrations on them, so I put together this little post to catalogue these old favourites which still inspire me today.
1. Percy & Reed haircare (designed by Smith & Milton) – my absolute favourite haircare product design. I rave about the design so much a friend gave me a range of their products and a vanity bag featuring the full set of illustrations for my birthday last year, (and I’m obviously still very excited about this today!). There’s some stunning detail in the pencil illustrations for this project – I remember googling to find out the designers behind the packaging right after seeing it in a store just because I was so impressed. You can read more about the idea behind the design here by the team at Smith & Milton. Percy & Reed products are still available in stores in the UK.
2. Juicy Couture scarves (illustration by Fifi Lapin)- Silk scarves by Juicy Couture in 2012 which featured the whimsical illustrations of the Fifi Lapin bunny in various outfits. This is really cute and I do regret not getting them when they were available. Alas, it’s too late now, but her blog is still full of lovely illustrations to look at!
3. Nivea Soft cream (illustration by Giles Deacon) - This is the Nivea and Giles Deacon collaboration which I mentioned above. What’s really amazing is that these are illustrations are ‘drawn’ by hand on iPad! Watch this video to listen to Giles explaining his idea behind the illustrations. You can still purchase this at the Nivea UK site.
4. DSW 20th anniversary tote bag (illustration by Dallas Shaw) – This was a limited edition tote bag for the 20th anniversary of DSW in 2011 featuring very feminine fashion sketches by Dallas Shaw. Gorgeous! I love that the focus is on the bottom half of the body and obviously, shoes. Check out Dallas’ website to look at her other projects and illustrations.
5. Miss Marc / Marc Jacobs (illustration by William Broome) - The Miss Marc character illustrated by William Broome is a recurring character in Marc Jacobs’ accessories range. Miss Marc is not the normal feminine illustration you find in fashion, but there’s something unique about the combination of high fashion with a dark, humorous illustrated character. Miss Marc continues to be featured in different seasons of the Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line but one of my favourites remain the large totes that were released a few years ago.