NYC Fashion Week editorial

One of the reasons I have not posted pictures from New York City yet, besides working all the time, is because many of the sketches I did in New York were for my second editorial, which is appearing in this weekend’s National Post.

National Post 16-02-08

You can click all of the images in this post to see larger sizes.

I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to do an editorial featuring the Canadian designers who showed their Fall 08 collections in New York City last week. I spent a lot of time at each show, before the show backstage, and during the show, collecting brief gestures, overheard remarks and other observations.

I feel overwhelmed to see that I have a whole page. I am very grateful to the editors at the Post for considering my work worth printing.

I also feel like I missed an opportunity in a way. All of my sketches of Jeremy Laing‘s designs were omitted, and the fashions – played second fiddle to a few off-the-cuff vignettes. What I wanted to be the main focus of the story – the designers and their collections – did not come across. I learned that it is important for me as an illustrator (and reporter) to participate in the layout stage.

The story is online today as well, but the images are not. I feel compelled to show the world what I worked so hard on last week, because I think it turned out well – I will do it Monday morning. The designers were all really nice and let me hang out and do my thing quietly in the corner, and it was a pleasure to watch them all working their big moment in New York.

Canada Catwalk

Danielle Meder, National Post Published: Saturday, February 16, 2008

CANADIANS IN NEW YORK: A FASHION WEEK SKETCHBOOK Last week in New York City, three Canadian fashion designers — Arthur Mendonca, Jeremy Laing and Rad Hourani — presented their visions for Fall 2008 to an international audience. All three share a gutsy determination to show the world what sets them apart. What sets them apart from each other is their distinctive styles and personalities. I went to New York City to see their shows, and I sketched my observations.

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17 thoughts on “NYC Fashion Week editorial”

  1. Bummer that they shrunk your work so much… I like the sketches. I just came back from San Diego Dr. Sketchy’s and thought of you while doodling away!

  2. Heya Danielle,

    Wow!! Your illustration work has progressed so much! I’m loving the raw energy, immediacy and emotion in these fast sketches… you’re really developing your own personal style and the confidence and freedom you’re feeling is really coming through in your work.

    It’s so inspiring to be able to watch how you’ve grown and developed, and also how you seize opportunities and give things a go as you fearlessly(well it appears that way!) work towards fulfilling all your dreams. You demonstrate clearly how talent and hard work and persistance pay off.

    Can’t wait to see more of your work. You deserve all the breaks you get.

    Do you have a seperate illustration portfolio or is all your work posted here?

  3. Congratulations Danielle! Despite your disappointment, this is a major accomplishment. Sorry the editor decided to cut your illustrations and some of your story. That’s life in the print biz. Thank goodness for your blog – where you’re in control and can publish what YOU want! I look forward to seeing your Jeremy Laing illustrations on Monday.

  4. Rachel – I shouldn’t have posted that! Ah well, it was how it was to me at the time. I have since come to terms with being edited =)

    Thanks everyone for the cheers!

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