Last Friday, for the first time in months, I had a day all to myself and I thought I would share with you my day as illustrated by Miss Magpie Fashion Spy. A friend took Daisy to school so that I could get ready without rushing. It was bliss. I wore a new black lace and crepe dress from & Other Stories, black leather and suede boots, pink coat and M.A.C.’s red lipstick in Lady Danger.
I was off to the Thea Porter talk by fashion curator, historian and editor, Laura McClaws Helms at Bath In Fashion, but first, I was meeting fashion illustrator, Niki Groom, aka Miss Magpie Fashion Spy.
I have been a huge fan of Niki’s work, since discovering her last year on Instagram. I love the fact that within minutes she can create a beautiful girl wearing to-die-for outfits that are also fun and quirky. I also have to thank her for making me look like a glamorous ‘fashioninsta’!
Niki has produced work for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, Cosmo, Accessorize and Clinique to name but a few. I’ve been dying for her to do an illustration for me, but while she sat next to me scribbling these beautiful images below from the talk, I didn’t have the nerve to ask. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when the picture above was emailed to me later that day. A keepsake for sure.
Over coffee, we hatched a few very exciting ideas, so in the future, who knows, there may well be a Yellow Dress and Miss Magpie Fashion Spy collaboration. In the meantime, Niki is launching Miss Magpie Fashion Spy stationary in the autumn, and has more exciting plans in the pipeline (check her Instagram for updates).
My next task is to ask her for a sketch of Daisy and I together. I would love that.
Niki sketched ideas while we listed to the Thea Porter talk at Bath In Fashion
Adding a touch of colour to the world of Thea Porter. Can I have the lilac dress please?
Fashion curator and historian, Laura McClaws Helms wearing vintage Thea Porter
Thea Porter’s famous Gypsy dress
Miss Magpie Fashion Spy at work
My sketch in the making