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Internationally acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess knows a thing or two about style, haute couture and looking fabulous. You’ll recognise her iconic illustrations on the covers of Candace Bushnell’s books, not to mention at Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Dior …to name a few illustrious brands she works with. Megan was recently in London to host a fashion illustration class, which I was lucky enough to attend, to mark the launch of her book Fashion House (£16.99). It’s a visual feast of the clothes you’ld like to wear, the homes you would like to live in and gives a witty insight into the world of fashionistas and style icons. Want to know how to channel Coco Chanel’s mood via your clothes and furnishings? Feeling a bit Audrey Hepburnish? Or perhaps you want to slip into a pair of Fashion Editor’s heels? You’ll find fabulous advice on how to achieve these styles. Not to mention gorgeous pictures. For more inspiration take a stroll through Megan’s site and read her inspiring answers to our questions below www.meganhess.com (picture of Megan from http://www.meganhess.com). Nataliex
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Your book Fashion House captures the unique styles of fashion types and personalities. If you were to be a chapter in the book what would your ‘get the look’ fashion and lifestyle items be? Well, there is a section in the book called The Artist’s Studio and this is based on my real studio. The feature colour is that beautiful Tiffany blue. I have a mix of framed photos and prints on my wall. All my furniture is custom made to fit the studio space and its just filled with all the little things I love.
Is your fashion style like your illustrating style? I think I mainly draw clothes that I’d love to have or wear. I also love drawing completely over the top creations – clothes that inspire!
Illustrating for a brand like Tiffany’s or the cover of a book like Candace Bushnell’s Sex And The City is very much about matching and capturing each unique style and essence of the client in question. A bit like us matching someone’s Fashion Fingerprint™. Do you have any particular process or approach to this? I think its very important to have a really good understanding of a brand before I start drawing for them. Its about creating a completely new illustration but keeping very true to the look and feel of their brand. Sometimes this can be challenging but ultimately it’s very rewarding.
 
Who are your favourite designers? I love the classic and timeless look of Chanel and the very conceptual look of British designer Mary Katrantzou.
What inspiration would you give to someone who thinks they cannot draw? If you want to be able to draw just practise and don’t pressure yourself, kick back and relax while you work – the style will come.
What are your tools of the fashion illustrating trade? I use a custom Montblanc fountain pen.
We have just launched an outfit builder on our site…do you have a go to outfit that always pulls it out the bag for you? I always say add a scarf. Great jeans, a statement jacket, vintage jewellery and a great scarf – My favourite outfit.
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Gizzi Erskine food writer, celebrity chef and television presenter took a moment during London Fashion Week to host a cooking workshop at pop-up venue ‘Maison Triumph’ and talk about her role as one of the stylish ambassador’s for the Triumph Maker’s Campaign. Lingerie brand Triumph launched the initiative to offer support to women breaking out into the creative industry. Here she gives Dressipi a few of her unique style insights:
What appealed to you about the Triumph Maker’s Campaign: I know what it is like when you are working towards something and no-one is supporting in you.  I was fortunate enough that people invested in me which is what has got me to where I am today.  This is such a good opportunity for me to now invest in other people.  I love that the whole campaign is about women and supporting women, it is so important.
What piece of advice can you give to women who are looking to “take that leap and make a change”:  I have a quote that someone tweeted me recently “A dream without a plan is just a wish” and I think it’s a good motto to stick too.  It’s about hard work and having a plan for how that is going to happen.  Dedicate yourself to your craft and don’t be afraid of any hurdles. Invest in education or work alongside a master in your trade.
Is there any one dish you love cooking:  I actually rebelled against cooking a signature dish but the Korean fried chicken with smacked cucumber has become the dish I am known for. 
Would you say your cooking style is like your fashion style: Definitely. I am big into fusion fashion as I am with fusion food. 
How did you fall in love with all things vintage: I loved the rock and roll scene from a young age. I also didn’t want to conform. 
What are your secrets when it comes to dressing your body shape: My biggest secret is to look at what suits you.  I’ve made so many fashion mistakes but as you get older you learn what suits your shape. 
Do you have any absolute fashion favourites in your wardrobe and why: I absolutely love vintage – I have Betsy Jackson off the shoulder bodycon that I got in New York. It is great to dance in and great to cook in! 
To any women out there who have a phobia of the kitchen and of cooking what can you say to them: The missing ingredient is being immersed in it.  Relax and enjoy it, make sure your ingredients are prepped and have a glass of wine!
Maison Triumph runs from 12th September – end of December 2013 at 57/59 Monmouth Street, 7 Dials, London, WC2H. For more information visit www.facebook.com/triumphuk