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 ...

Happy Fashionable Francophile Friday to you !

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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 ...

Happy Oscars 2015 to you !

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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 ...


Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fashionable Fairytale Friday: Behold Carefully, the Glass Slipper


{Behold Carefully, the Glass Slipper : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

{Dior Cinderella and the Glass Slipper : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}
Happy Valentine's Day or thereabouts !  I'm all for anything that celebrates love in general, along with the romantic kind.  By happystance, from cali {a loyal regular at our comments parties}, asked for my take on Harrods' exclusive line of Cinderella-inspired designs by nine shoe designers, from Jimmy Choo to Charlotte Olympia to Salvatore Ferragamo.  How could I resist?  And coincidentally, it fits Valentine's Day's foot rather nicely, too ~ so it turns out this post does have a romantic bent after all.

Alors, the real-life shoe designers have prudently taken the glass notion philosophically rather than literally, given their shoes aren't being conjured up by those of the fairy godmother persuasion.  As I have no such restrictions, the glass slippers I've designed for Cinderella are made of breathable Comfort Glass ~ classic with a twist.

Our Cinderella is inspired by Jennifer Lawrence and her beautiful Dior-clad tumble up the Oscar stairs in 2013.  Guess who leapt to his chivalrous feet along with her co-star Bradley Cooper?  Our Hugh, but of course.  The universe works in mysterious ways ~ though if she was wearing one of my glass slippers, it would have explained everything. And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Fairytale Friday to you !

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Fashionable Friday: Flowing Felines in Milan


{Flowing Felines in Milan : ink pen, pencil and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}


Hang onto your magical purple-velvet-tufted-and-gimped flying love seat ~ we're in Milan this weekend for the first time ever Chez Shell !

Today's illustration with its nebulous nod to the Duomo cathedral is inspired by Alberta Ferretti, though as per usual, I've tailored the gown colour to suit myself.  {It's all about me, after all.}  Nothing against sea-green but it rhymes with pea-green and we don't need to confuse things by dreaming up the owl and the pussycat right now when clearly, their romantic boat trip has Buckley's and none of ending up here.  Any thoughts on how best to amuse ourselves?  The customary pastries and champagne are on the menu ~ and we'd fit in nicely for a night at La Scala.  Let's see what other mischief we can get up to ~ and on that note ...


Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Fashionable Fairytale Friday: Into the Forest with Van Cleef & Arpels

{Into the Forest in Aqua and Bijoux : ink pen and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Today's illustration is inspired by the Van Cleef & Arpels collection inspired by a French fairtytale named Peau d'Âne {Donkey Skin}.  As fairytales go, this one peaks on the Weird-o-Meter !

But as for the jewellery, the Van Cleef & Arpels bijoux tell a spectacularly pretty story.  Our damsel is luxuriating on upholstered seating most graciously provided by the forest.  {Such a thoughtful forest!} And she's not wearing a donkey skin, for which I'm sure you're as grateful as I am.  This particular scene, to be specific, was inspired by a Financial Times spread including the Robe Couleur du Temps necklace, so we have them to thank for her choice of attire. Phew!  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday Fairytale to you !

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fashionable Friday: Vintage Red Road Trip

{Vintage Red Road Trip : ink pen and watercolour vintage fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

It's Sunday here but play along and pretend it's Friday.  Actually, it's a long weekend so it feels like Saturday again, just to further discombobulate matters.  We're celebrating Australia Day on Monday and while I started off thinking today's fashion illustration would be dedicated to that, I lost myself for a while on a breadcrumb trail of links that started with Australian inventions. 

I knew some of the basics ~ like the Hills Hoist for drying clothes in the backyard, Australian Rules Football {designed to develop exceptional physiques in the males of the species ~ with an entertaining sport as a handy by-product} and the wine cask {trust us to invent something to simplify pouring wine and keep it drinkable for longer}. But I confess, I wasn't fully aware of just how many awesome and significant things we've invented.  Such a resourceful bunch we are !  The black box flight recorder, wi-fi and solar power.  Spray-on artificial skin, ultrasound, bionic ears and the pacemaker. And thank heavens ~ notepads and the clapperboard for movies ! Imagine the chaos and disarrangement of shopping and motion pictures without them?  No, it doesn't bear imagining. And we invented our Hugh.  What can I say.

But on to today's illustration !  On the long list of achievements, you'll find the ute, a iconic Aussie vehicle with the comfortable cabin of a sedan and the rear of a small truck, invented in response to a request for something that could travel to church on Sundays and take the pigs to market as well.  Nowadays, it's the vehicle of choice for builders and tradies, aka tradesmen. But while looking for a suitable vintage ute to inspire me, this image captivated me instead. So we're leaving the sweet pigs snuffling happily around the pastures and going for a road trip in a convertible.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Australia Day Weekend Friday to you !

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Giddy Up, Buren


{Giddy Up, Buren : ink pen and watercolour Paris illustration by © Shell-Sherree}


Today, there is potential controversy here in our fairytale kingdom where boxes of macarons replenish eternally, and our favourite music is regularly punctuated by the gentle sigh of champagne corks popping while conversation and laughter bubble over long into the starry night. {And being a fairytale kingdom, there is no such thing as enduring sadness, trouble and strife.  We shall leave those behind for a respite while we're here.}

Today, for the first time, I have turned my illustrative fancy to Les Deux Plateaux, aka les Colonnes de Buren, aka the Buren Columns in the Cour d'Honneur in the Palais-Royal, Paris.

Actually, there's no particular reason why it hasn't happened to date ~ I bear them no grudge, although I'm aware they don't float everyone's boat.  They remind me of cylindrical peppermint humbugs, which could explain my partiality towards them.  I'm not sure why I was drawn to a wintery equestrian-inspired wardrobe choice on this very warm summer day here in Brisbane, but she does bear bare legs and strappy stilettos to counter the riding jacket, felt cloche and snowy-soft faux-fur muff.  Perhaps subconsciously I was hedging my bets to welcome differences of opinion on Les Multitudes de Humbug-Like-Doodads.  {Let's not stop at three aliases ~ so last year.}  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Ruffled Over the Thrill of the Chaise

Fashionable Friday Ruffled Thrill of Chaise ink and watercolour illustration Shell-Sherree
{Ruffled Over the Thrill of the Chaise : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Today, I'm allowing my cares to float away on a sea of ruffles tumbling from tangerine waves into pale pink fairy floss ~ and feeling grateful and blessed for so many things.  Expressing love, beauty and gratitude are the ways to my happy place.

Would you like to join me?  We might need another one of those chaises.  What's a gathering of more than one chaise? A charisma of chaises?  Come to think of it, maybe we're talking love seats, anyway ... or fainting couches.  Who can tell under this delectable proliferation of fluffy goodness?  How about I pour some tea while we make up our minds ~ and on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Inspiration: Giambattista Valli couture Fall 2014

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Fashionable Friday: Falling for Wenda and the Silver Ghost

{Falling for Wenda and the Silver Ghost : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

We've needed smelling salts in the past here Chez Shell {this time springs to mind}, and in all the post-New Year's excitement, we need to break them out again.

Today's illustration inspiration source is Norman Parkinson, English portrait and fashion photographer {and successor to Cecil Beaton as photographer to the royals}.  For me, though, this one's dedicated to his gorgeously glamorous muse Wenda {who makes me want to take copper hair for a twirl again! Join me?}  Wenda over the Rolls {1951} features Wenda in a divine Molyneux satin evening gown and a 1907 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce.

Ours is in perfect working order.  Where are we off to tonight?  The theatre?  A picnic under the stars? A stroll along the boulevard?  One thing's for sure ~ we have champagne and salted caramel macarons on board.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Falling for Wenda and the Silver Ghost
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pink Ballooned Pretties: Come Fly With Me


{Come Fly With Me, Pink Ballooned Pretties : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}


'Tis New Year's Eve.  Come Fly With Me is bound to bob up on my playlist tonight, along with some smoky French versions of jazz standards minus the smoke. {Hello, Hipster Cocktail Party on Pandora ! } Close your eyes while looking at this and those balloons could start to resemble pink champagne bubbles, especially closer to midnight.

Today's New Year's Eve illustration was inspired by this whimsical Tim Walker image.  It's hard to go wrong with a beautiful gown and a proliferation of pale baby-pink balloons aplenty ~ but wait!  Could it be?  Is one of our favourite beaus Chez Shell hiding behind that embellished doodad {which might be a giant chess piece? That's kind of where I went with it ... }?  Hmm, perhaps even more magic will unfold ~ and on that note ...

Happy New Year to you !

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Come Fly With Me, Pink Ballooned Pretties
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Paris Christmas Daydreams: Eiffel Like Playing with Cartier Kitty

{Eiffel Like Playing wtih Cartier Kitty : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Whiskers on Cartier panthers and bright, hopeful kittens ... these are a few of our favourite Christmas things.

We've somehow landed in the clouds in Cartier's Winter Tale with its sweet, playful snow leopard cubs ~ but let us not forget our tree-trimming duties in all the feline excitement.  And it seems they were all out of brown paper packages tied up with string ~ pastels and gold will have to do!

Wishing you a festive season filled with love, happiness and dreams come true ~ and on that note ...

Happy Paris Christmas Daydreams to you! 

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Eiffel Like Playing with Cartier Kitty