Research day at the Coney Island Aquarium.
...and another research day in the New York Public Library's Image Collection room, pulling photos of shells.
More inspiration at two back-to-back NIN shows.
Fighting NIN fans for this view: worth it.
Sourcing textural inspiration, like this reptile paper in New York Central Art's specialty collection.
The Polaroid mood board process.
The mood board, completed.
Picking up gouache.
Creating a palette from the mood images.
More inspiration at the annual Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck.
Getting inspired by agate chips, painted psycho blue.
Sourcing fishbone fabrics.
Sourcing fabrics that look like wet rock.
Nailing the perfect fishbone organza from Italy.
The patterning process: measuring the pieces for the digital print.
Fitting the angora dress using pink-striped scrap angora.
Draping the flares on the silver party dress.
Perfecting the fit of the metallic twill dress.
The factory gives us seam finishing options.
Fitting minute details on the gown.
Drawing a map of the patterns for Justin to use while he paints the print.
Illustration of the print inspiration and flow for Justin.
Justin projects the pattern layout onto his canvas and designs on top of it for a 3D flow.
Retouching instructions for Justin.
Cropping out the print, actual size.
Best part of the season: buying epic shoot shoes.
The collection arrives at the studio for shoot #1.
Styling only with rings.
...and then a real Polaroid.
Map of the book-inspired tattoo art for the FW14 campaign.
Artist Katy Farmer tattoos Ella for hours.
Everyone was pretty psyched about this.
More fun with real Polaroids.
Caroline touches up Ella's perfect face.
Setting up panes of glass.
The team takes a picture of itself.
Our metallic blue suit appears in WWD in April.