Illustrations: Paris Fashion Week's Colors and Proportions

Welcome to our new column featuring fashion illustrator, designer and creative director Shane Ballard’s weekly style observations. Having applied his illustration and graphic design expertise to a diverse cross-section of industries and disciplines—not to mention, creating imagery for the Olsen Twin’s Elizabeth & James clothing line, The Gap, Polo Jeans, WWD and branding experts Graj and Gustavsen—Ballard utilizes visual artistry to communicate the styles, attitudes and ideas of modern culture. For this first installment, Ballard focuses on experimentations with color and proportion as seen at Paris Fashion Week’ spring/summer ’11 collections.

“Visionary Gareth Pugh created this architectural a-line tunic over a body-mapping second skin in pale dove grey… ideal for a cinema heroin from the forthcoming film Tron-Legacy,” he observes. “Prolific designer, Alber Elbaz delivers a study in minimal glamour for the house of Lanvin with high impact hues in this one shouldered gown with voluminous vermilion skirt.”

All images © Shane Ballard 2010.

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