Best of 2017 Runway Review – Spring/Fall – Couture/Ready to Wear – Fashion Illustration

Every year, fashion houses and designers debut their collections to crowds of buyers,celebrities,industry giants and of course spectators. While I’m no professional fashion critic, I enjoy seeing the new designs. I enjoy illustrating the designs even more so.

Hence, the reason for this post. I selected my favorite pieces from various designers, seasons, and type all from this year and created matching fashion illustrations. All of which were painted by hand with watercolors.

The original is on the top, click to see the rest of the collection. My illustration is on the bottom for comparison, click to see more info. Which did you like best? Also, what pieces did you like from your favorite designers?


Tommy Hilfiger Ready to Wear Spring 2017


Classic, timeless colors topped with a cute scarf!I loved how effortlessly cool this look was, she could walk out on to the street and not look weird. The boots add some edge and scarf add some attitude.

Tom Ford Ready to Wear Fall 2017

Office to Restaurant to Gallery Opening all without missing a beat.Black is always in style and this look would have some real longevity in your closet. The brightly colored socks add some color to keep the pieces from being too depressing.

Zuhair Murad Ready to Wear Fall 2017

Stoppin’ traffic. Or fellow rich debutantes who envy your wardrobe.Zuhair Murad is one of my favorite designers to watch, simply because his work is always beautiful, feminine and he doesn’t seem to skimp on the glamour, even in his ready to wear pieces. This dress is just too cute. ‘Nuff said.

Oscar de la Renta Ready to Wear Fall 2017

Taffeta sometimes has a bad reputation, but it’s one of my favorites to work with. It just needs a great cut with no fuss so it’s trademark sheen can be seen. The pockets are also just perfect!

Valentino  Ready to Wear Spring 2017

Granted, I’d never wear a neckline that plunging, even with the sheer paneling. But the flounce, cut and shoes of this piece along with the color combination was something I couldn’t ignore.

Lanvin Ready to Wear Fall 2017

The way this dress combines both grecian draping and casual cool is realy appealing. Wear sneakers and the dress is a casual, wear with flats for garden party, wear with heels and shiny accessories for an evening party.

Elie Saab Ready to Wear Fall 2017

I love coats, though I don’t live in a place where the snow rises 3 feet every winter. Regardless, this coat caught my eye. It’s nice to see a coat that stands as a stylish look on all it’s own.

Elie Saab Couture Spring 2017

Elie Saab is another of my favorites, since his clothes are always romantic and opulent in nature. This neckline is different but, felt new, it complemented the lace and bead work of which he’s so well known.

Zuhair Murad Couture Spring 2017

Zuhair Murads Spring Couture Collection this year was jaw-dropping. In fact, it was very difficult to choose a favorite since each one was stunning. This one won out by a very slim margin. The bright, rich color of sapphire blue however, along with the pleats on the side were just beautiful!


Thank you for bearing with such a long post, feel free to comment on your favorite!

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