Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hi my dear friends!

This blog has moved to

I created this new website as a tool for showcasing my work, and help people growing artistically providing them with updated content regarding the everchanging fashion industry.
Through is now possible for me to distribute free content such as templates, photoshop actions, sample trendboards, and so much more, to let everyone practice with the provided resources after looking at my tutorials, since I believe DOING is so much more important than just watching.
I hope you enjoy this project!
Thanks for being so supportive!!!! All of this is happening because of your incredible feedback and positive energy!
See you on!

...and keep drawing!!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

free hand fashion illustration demo

Hi everyone! I'm sorry for the poor quality of this vid, I was drawing while I was filming with my phone in my other hand, and I have to say it wasn't easy to keep a firm hand while focusing on the drawing itself!!
I was very inspired by an incredible illustrator on you tube (!
I just HAD to draw this sketch as soon as I saw one of his vid with this technique, which I had never tried before!!
It felt great once in a while not to think about the outlines, and to start with color!!! 
I think I will experiment more with this technique, since I it's a great way to draw quick, dynamic fashion sketches. 
Try it yourself!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

CREATING TREND BOARDS PART 2: How to create a successful trend board?

So: hands on on the board: I recommend you to bring all of the images you've collected on your workspace. This really helps visualize what you have, what you want to use and what you don't want to use.
The second thing you should do is to try to seth relashionships within images: same shapes/colors/textures really go well together and reinforce your theme.
Consider also the viewer is going to read your board top to bottom, left to right.
Place your images to match this criterias.
Your goal is to create a circular motion that will seamlessly lead the viewer eye from each image to the next, never getting tired of looking, because of the many elements it will find on it's way.
Another really basic rule is: big elements communicate better than smaller one. Proportions whithin different images is crucial for an effective communication.
Be sure to enlarge your main elements to make them visible among the others (you are creating focal points while you do so!).
After you set similar images groups, work on each separate one, fine tuning it.
For each group add a variety of examples (not only fashion related): a fabric detail, an object, a landscape, a location, a painting: showing similar images in terms of color/shape/texture ecc, but very different since they all are distinct things, makes your board successful. You are demostrating and bringing evidences of your trend in different products and fields, which reinforces your concept!
Use diagonal as guidelines where to put related images, color palettes, fabric samples: this creates movement and flow.
When you compose your board, be objective: use images for the sole pourpose of communication, not because you love them. Sometimes what is beautiful is not right for a board! Ask yourself questions: why this image is here? is it communicating what it should in the proper way? Be prepared to review the whole work and to redo it last minute! Sometimes it takes time to find the right path within the images! Pick images that speak universally, not only to yourself!
Sometimes less is more: EDITING is your friend, crowded boards are not professional, don't be afraid to delete, you'll use it next board!
Same time, fill the board with enough informations, poor boards are sad to look at.
Consider the board as a story: it needs a main hero, secondary characters, you have to describe what happens, why and when, and how the story will end.
On a trend board, our main character is our forecasted concept: we want to show how this concept develops i different fields, we want to show all of it's characteristics and it's possible future developments.
We don't want a boring story, with lookalike characters, missing connections, and no conclusion!!!

When you are done adjusting your layout, add your color palette, and fabrics and trimmings.
Please note every element has to relate to each other. Create gradients (usually lighter colors at the top and darker colors at the bottom, creates a nice ascending flow), and connect gradients to what's happening in the background.

Consider those are a very few guidelines for something that takes years of experiences. 
But I wanted to share with you all of the secrets I know in the shortest possible time, and I hope you liked the tutorial.
Consider concept boards are one of the most effective tool for communicating ideas. They are then crucial in the life of ANY designer, and as soon as you will learn how to express your creativity through them, your professionalism will reach a really valuable level. 


creating trend boards PART 1: WHAT IS A TREND BOARD?

We could define a trend board as a "visual speech".
Trend boards are inspiration boards that provide an aesthetic display of upcoming colors, themes,shapes, materials, textures, silhouettes and moods.  Their primary objective is to provide informations to clients in a simple, visually appealing manner.  
Visual elements can communicate a great amount of information very quickly, that's why trend boards are so common whitin different design fields such as interior decoration, product design and so on. 
Trend boards provide inspiration and creative direction.  They can set a mood for a clothing designer as he creates a new collection or help a buyer as she prepares to stock shelves for a new season.  Magazines use trend boards to provide ideas about editorial content and layout, while trend forecasting companies often use trend boards internally to show some work in progress whithin collegues, or externally as a presentation tool to supplement text-based informations.  
Trend boards can be in either physical or digital form.  In both cases trend boards look like collages, when in physical form,they usually include actual fabric swatches and trimmings, which add a three-dimensional quality.  
 Digital trend boards have the advantage of digital imaging softwares such as Photoshop, which can augment the collage-making process or give creators more control over images and color.
You can get the best results when you use both methods: digital to get that super sharp, crispy, perfect layout, and phisical, to add some threedimensionalism and a  strong visual rithm otherwise missing on the flat board.

Before starting a trend board, trend forecasters first conduct research of contemporary trends. As you probably saw while I was talking, I made a huge research based on parametric architecture, wich I think is really intersting. But sources of inspiration include society itself, industry leaders, designers, artists, photographers, trade shows, fashion shows, art exhibitions, retail observation, street fashion, individual interviews, magazines, trade publications, books, and online research, including social events, political changes, enviroment issues and so on, deeper and deeper in what looks sometimes like an antropological research more than a fashion research.
After conducting researches and identifying major patterns and trends, trend forecasters then collect a series of images and sometimes words that represent these overreaching developments.  Images and elements include silhouettes, product images, color swatches, photographs, paintings, and sketches.  The final collection of images and elements is edited and then arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner on the board. Finished trend boards typically depict one trend or complimenting sets of trends.  For different aesthetic movements or conflicting trends, separate trend boards are created.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PS6 workflow example for digital illustration

Hi everyone!!!!
I'm finally back:) I'm sorry it took so long, I'm still busy with the end of the semester and my styling work, that's why I came back with a PS tutorial instead of a hand just takes less time! :) But I'm planning to answer to some of your requests soon...stay tuned!

Anyway: this is a quick tutorial that shows an example of how to work with photoshop6 to compose a digital illustration.

a few tips and tricks:

- drag and drop your subject on a bigger workspace

- always use a low opacity, (soft edged) eraser, unless you don't need to be super precise

- download creative inspiring brushes for free on or other wbsites

- when the brush tool is selected, simply click on the little wheel in the brush option palette and choose "load brushes", then pick the abr. files you saved, then load them. you'll find your new brushes at the end of the basic ones

- every brushstroke has to be on a separate layer, for endless variations

- the layers' blending mode is up to you, feel free to experiment with different things!

-  free transform or edit-transform-warp are great ways to adjust shapes to your needs: play with dimension and form!!!

- a real quick way to add a pop of color is to create a new layer, set it as a multiply, then color on it

- after coloring, image-adjustments-hue/saturation: feel free to play around with the cursors and explore different results

- burn/dodge tool is a great way to add shadows and highlights to your images

-filter-filter gallery is a fun way to discover unexpected results

-play around with layers' order to obtain different effects

- always save as a PSD also, before flattening into jpgs, for endless adjustments

- as a final touch consider duplicating the flattened image, then adding filter-blur-gaussian blur to the duplicate, then erasing the blur effect to get back some sharpness (usually in correspondence of the focal point)

- last thing: burn tool works great for custom vignetting too, other than for shading

hope you enjoy!!!!

music by: buromashinen
model: Nichole Martinez by Joshua McCaghren

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

EStile concept bookshop in Rome

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The best (and actually the first, and only!) bookstore in Rome for Fashion Design, and more.
Gathering place for all the Fashion Design professionals, as well as Designers in general and students, it's the right place to be when looking for inspiration!   They have ALL the last publications, national and internationals about Fashion Shows, Trend Forecasting, Fashion Resources Catalogues, some incredible PANTONE design products, as well as selected accessories from interesting artists, and a lot more.
check their website
look for directions

10 CORSO COMO fashion design concept store, in Milan

10 Corso Como is a multifunctional concept store dedicated to art, fashion, music, design, cuisine and culture
10 Corso Como was founded in 1990 in Milan, Italy, by gallerist and publisher Carla Sozzani.
It has been described as "a so-called concept store, a mini lifestyle emporium", and has been identified as an inspiration for stores in London and Paris
The complex began with an art gallery and a bookshop. Other spaces soon followed: a design and fashion store in 1991, the 10 Corso Como Cafè in 1998, a small hotel (with only three rooms) in 2003, the Roof Garden in 2009.
10 Corso Como and the 10 Corso Como logo are designed by American artist Kris Ruhs.
In 2002 10 Corso Como opened in Tokyo in partnership with Comme des Garçons, designed by Rei Kawakubo and Kris Ruhs.
In 2008 10 Corso Como opened in Seoul in partnership with Samsung Cheil, Samsung Group, designed by Kris Ruhs
A must see when in Milan.

How to get there

please note: the entrance is sort of hidden, when you reach it just go in, cross the courtyard, ignore the restaurant on your right (or maybe not!) and get in the shop, at your left!

when there don't forget to explore the wonderful Galleria Carla Sozzani , a wonderful exibit space as well as a very interesting bookshop.

happy day dreaming!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hi everyone! I'm just back from my surf trip and I wanted to let you know that the engine is rolling and new content will be uploaded soon!
Stay tuned on Glamnicism!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Are we still afraid to look towards the future?

 Mad Men is one of TV’s style success stories, influencing fashion audiences en masse. In conjunction with the show’s success, 50’s fashion has been used widely across the catwalks; as seen at Michael Kors fall/winter 2008/09, followed by Louis Vuitton, Prada, Giles, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs while a resurge of mid-length dresses and feminine silhouettes has emerged throughout the high street.

Looking to the past in Paris and London

The Palace of Versailles and the Musée Galliera in France present an exhibition dedicated to the influence of the 18th century on modern fashion.


"Italian luxury brand Missoni has announced a partnership with the U.S. retailer Target, to introduce a fashionable range of women’s, men’s, girls and babywear at mass market friendly price points.

trends a/w 2012.13 (concepts)

inflated smoothness

Thursday, July 28, 2011


-Vertecchi: is an art supply store close to the Spanish Steps, with a variety of office,
graphic design and art supplies, wrapping and artist papers, boxes, stationery, fountain
pens and beautiful leather briefcases.


 The Jewish ghetto is the area to find many fabric and notions shops along the tiny streets. Many of the shops went out of business in the last decade, but you can still find some of the best ones, with the same old wood cabinets full of wonders.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Art and Photography in Italy 1850-2000

Art and Photography in Italy 1850-2000
Exploring the interplay between Art and Photography trough the analysis of key episodes occourred from 1850 to 2000.
From 06/12/11 to 04/03/12
At: GNAM - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A.I. Fair

 Craftmanship is the real essence of made in Italy.

A.I. Fair (Artisanal Intelligence) is an exibition/market that took place at Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome on july the 11th 2011, with the aim of celebrating unicity, luxury and tradition in various fields of design.

Monday, July 11, 2011

43 creations by 43 designers.
25 days to complete their task.
luxury,  tradition, haute couture, hand made to the maximum.
This was Moda e Modi, the Final Work 2010/2011 of the students whom attended the third year of the Koefia Haute Couture Academy in Rome.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Silvio Betterelli
Sergio Zambon

Fashion goes artisanal in Rome at LIMITED/UNLIMITED. Young designers show off their creations in a whole new view on luxury.

Woman as a Landscape

Fabrizio Talia "Woman as a Landscape" presentation didn't fail to impress. 
His three unique creations were exposed at the Iosseliani boutique at Pigneto on thursday july the 7th.
They were a beautiful interplay of volumes and colors, minimalism and redundancy.
Iosseliani jewels were of course the perfect complement to the designer's creations.
Fabrizio's wonderful collages were exposed to show part of the creative process behind the collection.
Very good suble electronic music was played live during the event by Dj Rocco, and some  lovely Primo food and drinks were served to the guests.  
The presentation has been featured on

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Woman as a Landscape celebrates an Haute Couture style that discloses his beauty in the Roman urban scenery, where tradition and modernity coexist.
Ferrè textile designs inspired by De Kooning work and produced for Dior Haure Couture in 1990, have been used to make the garments.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

During the New York City Fashion Week,  16 emerging designers will be featured in the PLITSZ  ”Designer Showcase Presentation” on Friday & Saturday of September 9- 10, 2011.
The Designer Showcases will take place in the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s Fashion district in New York City.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Erevos Aether's Gaping Void

Erevos Aether debut collection for AW 2011-2012 is a powerful aesthetic statement.
Inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s poetry in Flowers of Evil, “Gaping Void”, really stands out for uniqueness.
It’s not dark, it is obscure.
It’s not futuristic, it is primordial.
It’s not erotic, it is sinful.
As Baudelaire used to extract the beauty from the malignant, in the same way the London based designer let the sartorialism exude from each neoprene fiber.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

every Don Quixote has a Sancho Panza

Alexander McQueen collections designed by Sarah Burton still make the fashion people discuss a lot.
The overall opinion seems to be that she took over in style, but still there are a few journalists and bloggers talking about her being too literal in repeating what has been done before by McQueen himself.
There's even someone hinting at the fact she's doing what she's doing just to prove SHE was the genius since the beginning. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

fashion rough sketches and creative use of medias and supplies

Hi everyone! I'm finally back with a new tutorial, this is about expanding your creativity and transforming a very rough and quick sketch in something interesting and different.
hope you enjoy!

see you soon!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

black lace tutorial, advanced

hi everyone! I'm here today to show you how to render black lace.
hope you like it, and please excuse mi very bad english :P

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

denim tutorial, advanced

hi everyone, here's my first tutorial.
it's about one of the most common fabrics: denim
the level is advanced since this tutorials doesn't explain anthing else but the fabric rendering itself, even if it shows the whole process of a fashion illustration.
if you are interested to hear about the fashion basics, fashion figure drawing, garments structure, and so on, please be patient, I'll do more tutorials soon for beginner and intermediate too, just stay tuned ad check often my playlists, since I will post randomly, but I'll cleverly organize my tutorials in main topics and levels.
I'd love to hear your feedback!
see you soon on glamnicism!