Illustrations by Lillian Jang

Hi guys!

I have been obsessed by these illustrations that have been popping up on my Instagram feed:

                                                                        Cara Delevingne   |   @CaraDelevingne

                                                                        Cara Delevingne   |   @CaraDelevingne

                                                                       Negin Mirsalehi   |   @neginmirsalehi

                                                                       Negin Mirsalehi   |   @neginmirsalehi

                                                                                Shea Marie   |   @peaceloveshea

                                                                                Shea Marie   |   @peaceloveshea

                                                                        Oscar de la Renta   |   @oscarprgirl

                                                                        Oscar de la Renta   |   @oscarprgirl

Who is the artist? I started to investigate and found her! The talented illustrator is Lillian Jang. Lillian is a fashion design student at Parson's in NYC (fashion school students unite!). I asked Jang for a moment of her time to ask about her past, present and future.

O.C.O: How long have you been drawing?

L.J:  I have been drawing since I was able to write. Or maybe earlier, I can't remember. All I know is I always enjoyed drawing more than I enjoyed writing.

O.C.O: What inspires you?

L.J: All the other artists, especially the young aspiring artists, inspire me. When I see them working hard to take their interest and turn them into passion, I want to work just as hard as them.

O.C.O: Who are your favorite bloggers? Why?

L.J: I have to say that I personally love the style of Rumi Neely. I like to dress down, as minimal as possible, and am afraid of wearing color (it's actually kind of easier this way when I'm rushing to class after sleeping in), so she is my style icon of all times. If I weren't so afraid to wear color, however, I would love to dress like Miroslava Duma. She's amazing!

O.C.O: Name one article of clothing you can't live without?

L.J: I cannot live without my plain black top because... You can never go wrong with a plain black top! When I feel like dressing down, I style it with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a cute clutch, and when I feel like dressing up, I style it with a signature necklace and tuck it into a cute high-waisted skirt.

O.C.O: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

L.J: In five years, I will be graduated from Parsons the New School for Design and hopefully have started my own line. (I am actually a fashion design student!) I also plan to continue doing fashion illustrations on the side for as long as I can.

O.C.O: What is your advice to someone wanting to start a blog/business?

L.J: Honestly, I never even thought people would enjoy my illustrations this much. I just started my blog for fun but seeing people enjoy my drawings motivated me to draw more and work harder. From this, I learned that as long as you don't give up on your passion and continue to keep moving forward, you can always achieve what you want. Just don't forget why you started to do what you do!

To have Lillian do a custom illustration, they are available to purchase here. It is the perfect gift for the fashionable friend in your life. I cannot wait to see the illustration Lillian is doing for me :)

Follow Lillian's blog: http://jangyooneui.tumblr.com

Instagram @_yooneui  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jangyooneui                

xo

Kosi

Style Tribute: Beverly Johnson

With September issues coming out in all directions, I thought it would be great to pay tribute to the first African American supermodel Beverly Johnson. The New York Times named Johnson one of the 20th century's most influential people in fashion.

Beverly made history when she rose to fame as the first black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974. A year later, she became the first black woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle.

Johnson would go on to appear on more than 500 magazine covers, including her groundbreaking Vogue cover in August 1974. Johnson's appearance on the cover changed the beauty ideal in fashion, and by 1975, every major American fashion designer began using African American models.

W Magazine recently featured Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Rihanna in a September 2014  styled by Edward Enninful.  The trio came together for a story celebrating fashion brand Balmain's 28-year-old creative director, Olivier Rousteing.  

The spread is a major step for fashion magazines, it is nice to think that Beverly's work 30 years ago paved the way to make spreads like this a reality today. #progress

xo

Kosi

Into The Mind Vol #1

Hey guys!

I decided to start this Polyvore set series "In to The Mind" which will showcase my current mood,  my favorite things, items I want, motivational images, aka whatever I am thinking of at the moment haha! I'm a Gemini and a creative mess that is why this is a series!

With pre-Fall email blasts in every other day and the recent coverage of San Diego Comic Con the first board represents my wants for the next few months.  Turning 30 a few months ago, I am working on getting more timeless pieces then ultra trendy pieces: the leather pant, the menswear watch to name a few. And... a secret purchase that I will debut in the Fall :) lol TREATYOSELF! 

 

I downloaded Girlboss by Nasty Gal Founder/CEO Sophia Amoruso.  The book has received great reviews so I am looking forward to it.  Sophia is such a BOSS it is inspiring for me to see how far she has come as I started going into business for myself. 

That sums up Into The Mind Vol #1, what is on your mind? 

xo

Kosi