The New York-based daughter of Ashley and Allegra Hicks has garnered an impressive 59.7K Instagram followers for her satirical etchings that riff on the news of the day. Her work often takes the form of fake magazine covers or advertisements, with cheeky taglines, like ‘All Hallows Yves’ on a YSL pumpkin for Halloween, or a ‘mike drop’ graphic of Mike Pence’s head. Her big break came courtesy of family friend Martina Mondadori of Cabana magazine, who asked her to illustrate 60 place cards for guests at a party, and since then the work has not stopped coming, with clients from Net-a-Porter to Bumble.
A former model and ballet dancer, Central Saint Martins graduate Clym Evernden sketches long limbed, sharp-angled figures like himself in his elegant fashion illustrations for the likes of Chanel, Acqua di Parma and Claridge’s. He’s also a front row reporter at fashion week, whose chic drawings capture the trends as they happen for the likes of The Telegraph and Vogue – something of a disappearing art in this digital day and age. Not that he’s at all old-fashioned: his work often incorporates multimedia elements too.
The accidental creator of the smart set’s favourite new homeware brand, Bell Hutley is known for her whimsical drawings inspired by nature and fairytales. Her signature designs are undoubtedly the beetle and the evil eye, which have captured the imaginations of everyone from Lady Amelia Windsor to Alexandra Tolstoy, Frankie Herbert to Rosie van Cutsem. Now available to buy on everything from placemats to lampshades, it’s easy for everyone to get a little Hutley magic in their own home.
With fans including Lady Kitty Spencer, Skye McAlpine, Lady Bamford and Jemima Cadbury, illustrator Susannah Garrod is undoubtedly a favourite amongst the smart set. Her colourful and whimsical designs have appeared everywhere from Annabel’s festive fair packaging, to Papier’s Valentine’s Day letter-writing paper, The Berkeley’s Christmas card to Jessica McCormack’s party invitations, with her signature whimsy making her work seriously joy-making.
A champion of the dip pen and ink method, Fee Greening has worked with the likes of Gucci, Alexa Chung, Aerin Lauder and Florence + The Machine, who turn to her when they need illustrations that tell a story with wit and whimsy. Her style is inspired by medieval, gothic and Flemish art, with decorative flourishes like heraldic suns with faces, twisted vines with banners and signalling hands. Her ‘collective noun’ matchboxes at Polkra – which feature designs including ‘a skulk of foxes’ – can be seen in smart homes up and down the country.
French-British artist Tatiana Carrelet founded her brand Tatiana Alida in 2018 and hasn’t looked back since. As well as being commissioned to illustrate everything from wedding invitations to party menus, she’s also worked with Victoria Beckham on a series of T-shirts celebrating inspirational women, from Josephine Baker to Marlene Dietrich, while her #IStayedIn2020 T-shirts for Suitcase Magazine and the Red Cross during the first lockdown were worn by everyone from Zenouska Mowatt to Leah de Wavrin. Her signature line-drawn ladies are reminiscent of Matisse’s work, with her choice of vibrant hues adding a vibrant David Hockney-esque pop to her pieces. She also takes on personal commissions for A1 sketches: her recent Valentine’s Day series was a runaway success.
Willemien Bardawil’s joyous, characterful ladies are instantly recognisable and often seriously well dressed, too, in floaty dresses and wide-brimmed hats. Using watercolours and inks to create fluid, jaunty designs inspired by her love of the Renaissance, her work is currently sold at Liberty, following collaborations with Maison Flore and Wicklewood.
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