Thursday, February 26, 2015

SpyGirl Watches: L.A. Frock Stars

I have been invited to preview: 
L.A. FROCK STARS on the Smithsonian Channel 

Sophomore Season Once Again Features Vintage Fashion Guru
Doris Raymond and Her Hollywood Boutique The Way We Wore®

Smithsonian Channel will premiere the second season of its critically-acclaimed original series L.A. FROCK STARS, which follows the doyenne of Hollywood vintage, Doris Raymond, and her Los Angeles shop The Way We Wore®, on Thursday, MARCH 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The new season will be comprised of six hour-long episodes. Among those who stop by The Way We Wore during the season are burlesque artist Dita von Teese, designer Jeremy Scott, actress Debi Mazar, actress Kirsten Vangsness, top Hollywood stylist Jen Rade, American Horror Storycostume designer Lou Eyrich, stylist to the stars Seth Chernoff and Academy® Award-winning costume designer Mark Bridges.

In a series US Weekly called “a feast for the fashion lover’s eye,” and the New York Times said was both “refreshing” and “engaging,” L.A. FROCK STARS features Raymond and her colorful staff assisting an endless stream of clients, from celebrity stylists to top fashion designers, all searching relevant pieces of vintage fashions from the past. Raymond is prized for her tenacity in finding hidden gems and for her encyclopedic knowledge of designer fashion. Back for season two are store manager and vintage virtuoso Sarah Bergman, and sales associate Shelly Lyn, who is close to launching her The Way We Wore inspired jewelry line. A new face this season is assistant store manager Angelika Sjostrom, a recent vintage convert, whose intelligence, enthusiasm and cheerful disposition have made her an invaluable asset to the store.

Raymond, an expert in the history of vintage clothing, has been buying and selling vintage clothing for over thirty years. Her boutique sells women’s fashions from the 1900’s to the ‘80’s, ranging from high profile designers to the world's most iconic fashion figures such as Versace, Chanel, Halston, Dior and more. Over the years, Raymond has also supplied wardrobe for numerous film and television productions, including Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and American Hustle.

[most of the text above is from the Smithsonian Press Release]

Stay tuned for episode recaps and some Digital Catwalk action, Fridays after each episode airs.
Meanwhile, I want to brush up on Season One, which I somehow missed.

Here's Doris! (just her head -- can't reveal the whole sketch until March 20!) 
See interviews with the store staff and more on

Monday, February 23, 2015

SpyGirl Watches the Oscars

I drew 22 quick sketches while watching the televised Oscars' Red Carpet and the Oscars Ceremony.
Along with the TV, I was simultaneously streaming ABC's OTRC on my laptop, fact checking on Twitter,
and Instagramming from my phone. A social media three ring circus!

Here are thumbnails, in rough form:
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Will I ever get them colored up? Time will tell.
I think my top favorite looks were Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein and Zoe Saldana in Versace.
Which one(s) did you like?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

52 Pick-me-up: Magnolia

A flower-themed week again! This time, the Magnolia.
photo by Irene Grassi on Flickr 
Magnolias can be found in a range of colors, pinks through whites:
photo by liz west on Flickr 
Our street has white ones like this:
photo by omk_489 on Flickr 
Instead of wearing something pink and white, I'm going with some Magnolia branding!

THIS Magnolia!
Yes, I sketched a Magnolia cupcake on a box lid!
This is the same Magnolia made famous in Sex and the City.
The vanilla/vanilla are my favorites!
Mmmmmm. Now I crave one.
Severo gave me all these garments. I'm wearing the tee back-to-front so you can see the Magnolia in the graphic.
Hey! It's a Visible week! I'll be there, later today.

Feeling flowery? Link and tell!