WORDS FROM THE OUR FRI DESK
The FRI baton is back in New York! Richard comes to us via a pass from our very own Sujean Rim. You'll know her from her happy and light water colours featured on The Daily Candy. To be perfectly up front here, I'd not landed on his name before and after a little dig on Richard realised quickly that FRI was doing what it was meant to ...we'd landed on one of those people who inspire the bigger names. Richard's work as a fashion illustrator puts to paper the energy and soul of a collection for the fashion world's nobility. His chirpy and loveable nature brings such an approachable and easy to consume rendering of his clients' ideas. I have yet to meet the man in the flesh, but I will be digging in to his FRIs with gusto!
WORDS FROM RICHARD HAINES DESK
To Richard Haines New York City is an endless runway. When he first moved to the city to pursue illustration, he instead found a successful career as a fashion designer. Through fashion design, working for such brands as Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Sean Combs and Bill Blass, he developed a keen eye for the often overlooked details of form, fabric and how a garment falls on the body. This laid a foundation for his illustration work and after years in the world of fashion design, his career has now come full circle allowing him to emerge as one of today's most sought after fashion illustrators.
His wildly popular blog, "What I Saw Today," documents the clothes and attitudes of New York's every day trendsetters and fashion icons of all ages. It is not uncommon to see Haines seated front row at Fashion Week's most desirable shows busily sketching images for magazines and blogs who hire him to record the nuances that cannot be captured on film. His sensitive renderings of his subjects, whether they are men on the street, friends, or fashion models, uncover a deeply sentimental treatment. It is his fascination with the people behind the styles that informs his every stroke, propelling his work beyond mere sketches into the world where art and fashion intersect.
His work straddles the border between fashion illustration and fine art, In July 2009, Haines had his first solo show in New York at the cutting edge art space and gallery, Envoy Enterprises. In 2011 his work was exhibited in a solo show at Fuller + Roberts in Los Angeles.
In 2012 Miuccia Prada chose Richard Haines to create the artwork that would become the iconic imagery accompanying the “Il Palazzo” men’s collection campaign. He attended a presentation of the men’s collection from which he drew inspiration to create series of sketches, which over a yearlong collaboration, became a 150 page concept book which was sent out to top global fashion editors. In addition, his illustrations were transformed into a virtual reality iPad app (created by James Lima), and a capsule tee collection sold in Prada flagship stores in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Richard has also covered the men’s shows for NY Times T Magazine and is currently documenting menswear trends for a weekly column for the Sunday Times London.
Among his clients are Prada, J.Crew, Pennyblack, Calvin Klein, Coach, Unionmade Goods, Barneys, Mr. Porter, Grazia, The New York Times Style Magazine, GQ and GQ Italy.
Recipes or restaurants...
Your FRI: THE BROKEN ARM, PARIS
One of my favorite places to shop and eat is The Broken Arm, in Paris. They carry the newest Vetements, Jacquemus and Raf, the food in the cafe is light and wonderful, and the people watching is heaven!
Others worth a mention...
THE SMILE - My go-to in NYC is The Smile, on Bond Street. Great food and adorable wait staff.
LITTLE SKIPS - When I need to go out for a coffee in Bushwick, my go to is Little Skips. My friend Linda opened this right after I moved to Bushwick. It became a kind of canteen for the pioneers that moved here, and my allegience to it is fierce.
Beverage, barista or bar stool...
Your FRI: HAPPY FUN HIDEAWAY
My favorite places to grab a drink are in Bushwick - local places that have a very cool vibe where I always feel welcome and at home. The two best: Happy Fun Hideaway, and Flowers for all Occassions.
Others Worth A Mention...
Online or offline...
Your FRI: AMI PARIS
I realized when writing this I'm not much of a shopper. I love to look, see what's new and how people shop, but in terms of buying - not so much. I am fortunate that designers occasionally give me things. Among my favorites are the French labels AMI and the new Editions MR. I love the way French brands take classics and rework them - a new chesterfield coat, new shape jeans...always with a certain something new.
Others Worth A Mention...
Silverscreen, series or soundbite...
Your FRI: CRITERION COLLECTION
I can never get enough French culture, and an ongoing obsession is French cinema. If I can't find a film online on the Criterion Collection via Hulu or Amazon Prime, I'll splurge and buy a DVD from Criterion Collection online. Anything by Jean Renoir is sublime, and have watched 'La Règle du Jeu' endlessly...
Podcasts to popstars...
Your FRI: RAVI SHANKAR
Spotify, of course. Currently listening to Ravi Shankar and 'Discover Weekly'.
Staycation, vacation or relocation...
Your FRI: MAISON COCTEAU
I love to travel, but my go to is Paris. The more I go, the more I need to go back, and I've been going on a regular basis for 40 years.
Current obsession of a trip within a trip is Maison Cocteau, about an hour outside Paris.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Treatments & tonics, tried & tested...
Your FRI: AESOP
Haha I don't think I'm much of a beauty expert. I usually use stuff that's given to me in a goodie bag at an event. I do like the products at Aesop, and use the moisturizer daily. Aside from splashing water on my face, that's about it.
Fun or function...
Your FRI: GOOGLE MAPS
Google Maps, which makes the world more managable.
Treat them or teach them...
Your FRI: URBAN JUNGLE
Does a 19 year old daughter fall into the category of 'Kid'? She's in college now but when she comes home we always go shopping at Urban Jungle - incredible vintage and again, the people watching is the best. Right now we are looking for pale blue washed jeans cut off at the hem...we have very lengthy convos about what's happening now and what's next!
Many Hands Make Bright Work...
Your FRI: UNICEF
Too many children in need...