live sketching at BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2013
Every time I go to a fashion week, I send out lots of little emails to PR people requesting to attend fashion shows. I explain who I am and what I do. I rarely have a recognizable media client to mention when I go to shows (the sketches tend to find their owners after the fact), so if I ever get into a show it’s just on my own modest merits. Often, I am ignored, politely declined, or given a standing ticket which makes sketching a kind of acrobatic act. Sketches done while standing are rarely worth posting.
So imagine my surprise when BCBGMAXAZRIA emailed me back with total enthusiasm for my work, a seated ticket and a backstage pass! I’ve never received such a positive response from a major label like that before and so bright and early this morning I was backstage at the tents, sketching my heart out.
This is what I looked like, in case you wondered. Thanks to Roman Yee for the photo! The staff backstage were incredibly accommodating. A security guard helped me find a low-traffic piece of floor for me to sit with an excellent view of the dressing and staging area. She even watched over me to make sure no one stepped on me. Having the time before the show to warm up was invaluable, and I even got photographed and interviewed a few times.
The models were all natural beauties with long insouciant hair and wicked over-the-knee boots.
Once I slipped into the massive, packed runway room, I was amazed that a PR girl saw me with my stack of paper and brushes in hand, grabbed me and placed me in not one but TWO seats, so I had a place to set my paintings once they were done. This was incredibly useful because I’m working in a larger format this season, 10″ x 18″.
The looks were so much fun to draw, bundled-up LA cool girls in graphic furs, cropped swing jackets and long sheer tunics.
This was without a doubt the greatest live-sketching experience I’ve ever had at any runway show ever. Heartfelt thanks to BCBGMAXAZRIA for making it happen, what an incredible way to start New York Fashion Week.