Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Double Trouble, Fluff and Cuddle

Fashion animals illustration Double Trouble, Fluff and Cuddle © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion animals illustration : Double Trouble, Fluff and Cuddle © Shell-Sherree}

You could be forgiven for thinking you spent too long at the pink champagne fountain during our last post  {after all, Hugh was there ...}, but fret not, you aren't seeing double. 

Today's fashion illustration is inspired by another walk down Jean Shrimpton memory lane ~ and I couldn't help but think a couple of kittens would enjoy fluffing around amongst the froth and feathers.  Not to mention it takes away the ever-present conundrum of what to do with one's hands when being photographed. 

You'll be glad to see we're wearing flats today, though it looks like we aren't actually walking anywhere ~ so I could have brought out the stilettos big-time. Say, we could go-go dance in situ while the going is good !  What do you say ~ are we game?  And on that note ...

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fashionable Flashback : Hatted Pale Pink Pixie

fashion illustration, Hatted Pale Pink Pixie copyright Shell Sherree
{Fashion illustration : Hatted Pale Pink Pixie © Shell-Sherree}


This is my kind of hat.  Simple, elegant and large enough to shelter an armful of kittens or puppies if needed.  And I challenge new freckles to get past this one.  {While I love my freckles, I have ample to suit my current needs.}

Today's fashion illustration is somewhat inspired by a vintage Vogue cover with Jean Shrimpton ~ who, incidentally, is my new inspiration-obsession, so prepare for more where today's came from ! 

Where are we off to ?  How about the races for a start?  Pink champagne fountains are popping in our marquee, along with nose powdering stations and complimentary gold-trimmed paper fans should the temperatures unexpectedly rise.  And on that note ...

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Have Tux and Frenchie, Will Shop


{Fashion illustration : Have Tux and Frenchie, Will Shop © Shell-Sherree}

If the AIRFRANCE ad that inspired today's fashion illustration is anything to go by, I'll need a tux, a trolley and trail mix to sustain myself for the shopping experience.  Egads!  But it certainly looks pretty !  In for a penny, in for a pound ~ a cute little French bulldog for company must surely help. {I borrowed the adorable Miss Olive for this one!} Perhaps she can carry an emergency flacon of vitamin B on her collar Saint-Bernard style ... brandy would slow the process rather than hastening it, and I know which I'd prefer.

More than one of those bags contains emergency ballerina flats for those who would prefer them.  Black velvet might stand more of a chance on cobblestones than satin ~ since we're going formal for the occasion.  And on that note ...

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Kittens on the Keys

fashion illustration, Shell Sherree illustration, cat illustration, Kittens on the Keys,
{Fashion illustration : Kittens on the Keys © Shell-Sherree}

Chez Shell, we do have a piano and Ella has played kitten on the keys a couple of times {once late at night and scared the bejeezus out of me !} ~ but it's of the grand piano variety, not this one.  Sometime soon, I might be tempted to recreate something along the lines of Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys ~ and perhaps even illustrate it.  Today's inspiration, however, keeps us in the here and now with Karlie Kloss in Delpozo {by Patrick Demarchelier for Glamour magazine}.

Any suggestions as to our playlist while we see how many upright pianos we can squeeze into one Parisian apartment {with balcony}?  There's also a pianola in the corner if anyone wants to work off their miniature salted caramel scrolls and champagne.  And on that note ... 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Pastel Daydreams : A French Bulldog Pup in Prada Wonderland

fashion illustration, Shell Sherree, French bulldog Prada illustration
{Fashion illustration : Pastel and Frenchie Pup in Wonderland © Shell-Sherree}

Holy sugar rush, Batman !  I think gelato was flavour of the month at Prada ahead of their Fall/Winter 2015 showing ~ and I, for one, am passing around the candied high fives.

I might possibly have eaten my body weight in sweetheart lollies in preparation for illustrating this one.  Or maybe I just imagined it. One could be forgiven for thinking there's a touch of Willy Wonka going on here ~ but Alice in Wonderland is more my cup of tea so let's run with that, per favore.  The Cheshire Cat was preoccupied with steeping organic edible rose petals for the Mad Hatter, so our little French bulldog pup has come along for the party.  Full length gloves are in order for such an occasion ~ and don't feel obligated to choose pistachio as your gelato flavour.  Everyone's favourite is available.  And on that note ...

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Fashionable Paris Friday : Floral Coral and the Eiffel Tower

Floral Coral and Eiffel Tower, Shell Sherree, Paris illustration, fashion illustration
{Paris fashion illustration : Floral Coral and the Eiffel Tower © Shell-Sherree}
In celebration of Autumn here in Brisbane, I'll turn my gaze towards the Northern Hemisphere and the arrival of Spring in Paris, which is pending according to astronomical parameters but already in place according to meteorological ones.  {Don't ask me why ~ I'm neither astronomist nor meterologist, though know a thing or two about being a Sagittarius. Maybe we need a groundhog to weigh in on things ...}

Today's fashion illustration is inspired by an image of Australian fashion blogger Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl.  Forgive me for occasionally omitting our signature kitty mascot or a puppy dog ~ they usually find their way into my illos, but sometimes they pull the Greta Garbo card.  {Don't we all ?!}  I have matching cashmere cardigans stashed strategically behind bushes in case the bare arms are premature.  Bunches of flowers for all of us and we're set to go.  And on that note ...

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Agent Violet at Le Meurice

paris illustration, fashion illustration, shell sherree illustration, violet rendezvous
{Agent Violet and the Gilty Rendezvous: ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}


Today's Paris fashion illustration is inspired by this image from the Le Meurice hotel to mark Paris fashion week.

Show me a trench coat and I see a detective ~ or a secret agent.  I inevitably google up kickboxing and martial arts classes when I'm home after a night wearing one.  Then the espresso wears off and I do yoga instead.  Maybe I can catch a potential adversary off guard with a sudden Lord of the Dance pose in the meantime. 

Agent Violet, on the other hand, has mastered the art of disarming with a glance instead.  I like her style.  She has some openings for apprentices ~ do we have any takers?  And on that note ...

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Harlequin Hat Box and the Kitty Stowaway

shell sherree, fashion illustration, cat illustration, travel
{Harlequin Hat Box and the Kitty Stowaway : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Seems there's no such thing as excess baggage charges Chez Shell.  Praise the Lord and pass me another trunk.

Where is our fashion illustration whisking us off to this weekend?  Navy is nautical but that's by no means a hint.  Classic neutrals are at home anywhere in my book, and Paris is as fetching a destination as any.  Or ... is there someplace else that sets your heart a-racing? 

Our jaunty harlequin-inspired hat box {known in the kitty smuggling trade as 'the package'} lends a spot of derring-do ~ perish the thought that we be predictable !  And on that note ...

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Ruffled Vintage Glam

illustration, Shell Sherree, fashion illustration, vintage glam
{Ruffled Vintage Glam in Black and Gold : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

I haven't yet scored Chanel at my local animal welfare thrift shops, but I have been lucky with a Max Mara shirt dress.  Much as I tried, I had to concede gingham is not really my best friend so I donated it back to make an animal-loving gingham-fancier's day.  But I scored a keeper in a black Lacroix knit with ribbon ties in strategic places so I can gift-wrap myself for our Hugh or his fun and fetching doppelgänger when he dances along with pet dogs in tow. 

On the heels of last week's vintage Dior, today's fashion illustration is very loosely inspired by vintage Chanel and Christy Turlington back in the 90s.  I took a lot of poetic licence with the top, as it just looked black, black and black to me.  I don't wear much black while the sun is up nowadays, but come nightfall, I'm still a helpless schmuck for its bewitching siren call.  Perhaps you'd like yours in deep purple, cafe au lait or charcoal-grey?  Pop behind the screen and when you're ready, we'll match our ruffles with gold-foiled truffles.  {The chocolate kind ~ not the pig-snuffled kind.}  And on that note ...

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fashionable Francophile Friday : Vintage Dior Blooming in Paris

{Vintage Dior Blooming in Paris : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Say Bonjour to your DIY project for the weekend Shell Sherree-style.  If you have a satin nightgown and a cornucopia of blowsy blooms from the markets, just close your eyes, wave some pixie dust et voilà, this vintage Dior creation can be yours.  The view of the Eiffel Tower might take a little more fabrication than upcycling some wire coat hangers but keep waving that pixie dust and who knows ~ anything is possible here.  The perfect match for champagne silk satin is champagne and there's a gold tray of macarons au caramel fleur de sel with rose-petal ganache floating around somewhere.  And on that note ...

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Pawsing on the Oscars Red Carpet : Felicity Jones and the Silver Sheen

{Felicity Jones and the Silver Sheen : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Ella the Catwalk Kitty reporting from the red carpet at the 2015 Academy Awards.  Forgive the delay but there was a minor incident with security that required a bath and restoration of feline dignity.

Felicity Jones was the first to catch our eye, a shimmery vision in a beautifully feminine Alexander McQueen duchesse satin gown and vintage Van Cleef & Arpels jewels and clutch.  While I can't help wishing there was a hint of a slightly-undone top-knot peeking over her head for a touch of counterpoint with the flowered and beaded bodice, her smooth tresses were an elegant choice and likely the wiser one ~ so I restrained my pen and brush from embellishing the truth on this occasion. 

And now, the champagne corks are still sighing, so shall we slip into the Governors Ball for some of Wolfgang Puck's 'comfort-food-meets-pure-decadence-bites' and trademark pizzas?  Our gowns come with built-in spontaneous drycleaning.  And on that note ...

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Fashionable Friday : From Russia with Love

Harlequin and the Snow Queens illustration, Shell Sherree, fashion illustration, dog illustration
{Harlequin and the Snow Queens : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

When you live in a locale where snow would be a most beautiful novelty, the daydream of gamboling around with a bunch of fluffy Samoyeds glistens and sparkles in magical territory.  And it's abundantly worthy of a lavish full-skirted gown to safely obscure thermal undies and matching wool-lined gumboots. 

Actually, I have no idea if my illustration's gorgeous inspiration via Ester Abner haute couture was shot in Russia ~ my cyrillic is a little rusty.  But Russia works for me. Should we channel our Anna Kareninas this weekend? Too much drama?  Let's pull up some logs and faux fur rugs, and discuss over vodka martinis {aka kangaroo cocktails ~ I kid you not!}  We can escalate to vodka shots as the hypothermia threatens to kick in.  And on that note ...


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