When our friend Jane Folds invited us to a lecture and show at the National Arts Club by illustrator Richard Haines, we jumped at the chance. Haines is currently causing a stir with his street style blog, What I Saw Today. Now before you say "oh, not another person with a street style blog", let us point out that Haines draws what he sees, often telling a story in just in a few quick but well chosen lines.
That's Jane above, instantly recognizable in her signature heart shaped glasses. (An artist in her own right, only days later Jane had a quite inventive piece in the Round Table show at the NAC which we were lucky enough to see -- a marionette entitled Erotic Picasso. Trust us when we say that the name says it all!)
We were stopped by this handsome devil, artist William Varner, who introduced himeself as a graduate of the School of Visual Arts who attended at the same time as our very personal favorite illustrator of all time -- Joana Avillez. Small world. We had a look at some of William's great illustrations (on his iPhone, of course - oh, modern times!), and could see why he was interested in this program.
What I Saw Today is "a visual record of cool stuff guys wear and other things that inspire me". That's Richard above, in the black shirt and glasses, holding the mike.
Some pictures feature strong colors; others are more monochromatic.
His ability to shift focus from street style to the salon is evident in these following two rather dreamlike visions. Doesn't this one remind you of the well known photograph of the author Colette?
Love this Great Gatsby / David Hockney couple.
We were seated behind Angelica Melendez. (Since we were in the last row, we were technically sitting behind everybody that evening. The one advantage to the last row? You don't have to take off your hat when the show starts.) Anyway, we loved Angelica's glasses! It turns out that she and her friend with whom she was sitting -- Thomas Raab -- both work for one of our favorite designers, Donna Karan. Angelica is creative director for Donna Karen Intimates and Thomas is a designer for DKNY Jeans (mens).
Richard Haines said he was recently inspired by chairs and had started a series of drawings of chairs.