Throughout the years my artist inspiration has constantly been re-shaped and re-defined, yet I always find myself drawn to the clean lines and vibrant hues of contemporary pop art. I’m inspired by the likes of Warhol and Lichenstein, but I also found a kindred spirit in between the striking stylized graphic lines of Patrick Nagel‘s 1980s vision of women.
If you’ve never heard of Patrick Nagel, then perhaps you’ve seen his work before. He was best known for his illustrations in Playboy and for Duran Duran. During the 80s, Nagel’s work re-defined and re-shaped fashion illustration. In his work, he presented women that were trendy, classy, and timeless. Nagel’s vision of a woman is daring, undeniably sexy, and fashionably flawless. The clean lines and the vibrant hues are the pops of color needed to add personality to each work.
To date, his works are still referred to for fashion inspiration and innovative design concepts. And on a personal level, I admire the trendy style of his works. Whenever I see a Nagel work, I’m instantly intrigued and persuaded to grab a pen and start working on illustrations. My only hope is that over time my work can become très chic, the same way that Nagel’s work has molded fashion illustration and fashion art.
I’m still finding my style as an artist, but I will say that it’s slowly becoming a fusion of Nagel, Warhol, and Liechtenstein. I’m drawn to bold lines, simple forms, yet striking complexity of shapes and color arrangement. And I’d like to bring more class to my work, so I think I’m going to start deriving some inspiration from the works of Nagel. Secretly, I’m a fashionista, but it’s often hidden behind my affinity for gaming, technology, and house music.
I went to go see the Hobbit, and I loved it. The craftmanship, the funnies, the killing of filthy orcs-es, the sexy dwarves (um, can you say Thorin, Kili, Fili?). Anyways…
It was the second time I went to see The Hobbit, that I realized how much of a gangster Bilbo is. To leave his beloved Shire and possessions and to go on an amazing, unbelievavle quest…in a velvet jacket. Dang.
That’s when I realized that every day is a new adventure, and I hardly dress the part. I want to be like Bilbo, dressing myself with some dang beitzim. So I went home on a mission.
Now some of us are nerds, but we’re not all strutting down the street bragging, “I got me a replica of the One Ring to rule them all.” We’re inspired and captivated by the strange lands, sexy elves, and details in the making of, but we’re not trying to learn Elvish. But as I started looking for the Middle Earth knapsacks that got my fashion sense tingling, I found that you can get mighty close without looking like you’re on your way to Comic Con.
…You Middle Earth gangster you…
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Photo: Alamy
For those bold enough to go into the world with a velvet blazer:
For those who prefer to stick with wool…
Supreme Loro Piana Wool Overcoat
I like to call the “Griffin Bladecut Jacket” the Radagast jacket. (Also in black-below)
I loved Bilbo’s backpack. I found some for the Ladies (and/or gents) below, but if you find some post them in the comment box!
Celebrate the darkness with the Dark Shadow tee by Rick Owens:
When you find yourself giving up, you’re going to need an article of clothing that reminds you of home. Think about this Stone Island Cardigan.
What items do you bring on your quests? What would you add to this list? Post it in the comment box! And if you haven’t seen The Hobbit: An Expected Journey, do!
NYE is right around the corner! I still have no idea what the heck I’m doing, and I really have no idea what I’m going to wear either. But I must say the men out there have a lot of options to pick from this year, including this hilarious yet kind of cool flashy Disco Tuxedo Jacket.
Maybe it’s just the hilarious print ads for the jacket, but there is something that is sort of cool about it. Question is, if a guy walked up to me wearing this, would I talk to him? The answer is yes, I would marry that man. He must have a boss-awesome personality to be that daring to wear a Flashy Disco Tuxedo Jacket. Oh and if has the matching pants, wow, sign me up for a date! LOL Mr. Personality
P.S. There is more disco themed items. And in general, this clothing line, Betabrand, has a lot of awesome cool clothes work checking out.