Journal

Sylvester Sessions #102

Kanoa wears Tropo jumpsuit

Journal

Sylvester Sessions #102

Kanoa Lloyd

Presenter     
Auckland, New Zealand          
Kanoa wears Tropo jumpsuit

How do you approach getting dressed for television vs day to day life? And what are your goals in terms of feel and function? 

I often talk about my “real life” clothes versus my “work life clothes”. They’re quite different although I’ve learned so much about what I love in real life through my work wardrobe. My colleague Sarah Stuart, who has styled me for about five years at Three, pushes me to try things I thought I could never wear and she has helped me realise that I have features I should celebrate, like a waist! 
I’ve even learned how to wear heels for special occasions - I used to resemble a newborn foal - but now when I put them on I feel ready to werrrk!  

When it comes to real life, I try to invest in pieces that will bring me joy for many years to come. I have dresses and coats which I associate with a certain person or a special place and I love revisiting that feeling when I put them on again. Overall I’m a bit less polished and maybe slightly more masculine than at work. I love a day old blow wave, a pink suit with sneakers or a dreamy dress with boots - I like to feel special  without being overcooked.

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Sylvester Sessions #101

Grace wears Scuba suit and Scuba leggings

Sylvester Sessions #101

Grace Stratton

Founder of All is for All  
Auckland, New Zealand       
Grace wears Scuba suit and Scuba leggings


You’ve really shaken up the fashion scene in New Zealand! Tell us about All is for All and your ambitions for this project.

That’s very nice of you to say, we’re definitely moving slowly, because we want to be intentional. But we love having the support of people like KS. And are so thrilled that people are listening. So thank you.

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Sylvester Sessions #102

Kanoa wears Palms dress

Sylvester Sessions #102

Kanoa Lloyd

Presenter     
Auckland, New Zealand          
Kanoa wears Tropo dress

How do you approach getting dressed for television vs day to day life? And what are your goals in terms of feel and function? 

I often talk about my “real life” clothes versus my “work life clothes”. They’re quite different although I’ve learned so much about what I love in real life through my work wardrobe. My colleague Sarah Stuart, who has styled me for about five years at Three, pushes me to try things I thought I could never wear and she has helped me realise that I have features I should celebrate, like a waist! 

I’ve even learned how to wear heels for special occasions - I used to resemble a newborn foal - but now when I put them on I feel ready to werrrk!  

When it comes to real life, I try to invest in pieces that will bring me joy for many years to come. I have dresses and coats which I associate with a certain person or a special place and I love revisiting that feeling when I put them on again. Overall I’m a bit less polished and maybe slightly more masculine than at work. I love a day old blow wave, a pink suit with sneakers or a dreamy dress with boots - I like to feel special  without being overcooked.

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Sylvester Sessions #99

Zeenat wears Palms shirt and Zig Zag skirt

Sylvester Sessions #99

Zeenat Wilkinson

Founder of Sauce Mag and Stylist   
Auckland, New Zealand    
Zeenat wears Tropo shirt and Zig Zag skirt


Tell us about your background, how did you come to work in fashion, and develop your own platform?

It’s very hard to pinpoint when I first discovered fashion and my love for working in publishing, I think it might have been something from my subconscious, as no one in my family worked in the creative industry. I was born in Mumbai, I studied in an all-girls school, and I have a degree in Psychology and Political Science. I later studied fashion at Central Saint Martin’s in London focusing my time on Trend Forecasting and Fashion Marketing to get a bigger perspective on the industry. While I was there, thanks to some weird cosmic alignment, I ended meeting some amazing creatives, and I briefly worked with a showroom on London Fashion Week. I think it all kicked off from there.

After years of working in publishing (styling for Grazia magazine and a few European magazines ), I decided to move to New Zealand.

As for SAUCE, I noticed a gap in the market for a digital platform that bridges the gap between traditional and digital media and that’s sort of how the idea for SAUCE was under way. I wanted it to not only be a website/community platform on the forefront of diversity in fashion and beauty but also to really push the envelope and do more culturally important work.

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Sylvester Sessions #101

Grace wears Checked top and Sunray skirt

Sylvester Sessions #101

Grace Stratton

Founder of All is for All  
Auckland, New Zealand       
Grace wears Checked top and Sunray skirt

You’ve really shaken up the fashion scene in New Zealand! Tell us about All is for All and your ambitions for this project.

That’s very nice of you to say, we’re definitely moving slowly, because we want to be intentional. But we love having the support of people like KS. And are so thrilled that people are listening. So thank you.

Read more…
Sylvester Sessions #102

Kanoa wears Angel dress

Sylvester Sessions #102

Kanoa Lloyd

Presenter     
Auckland, New Zealand          
Kanoa wears Angel Dress

How do you approach getting dressed for television vs day to day life? And what are your goals in terms of feel and function? 

I often talk about my “real life” clothes versus my “work life clothes”. They’re quite different although I’ve learned so much about what I love in real life through my work wardrobe. My colleague Sarah Stuart, who has styled me for about five years at Three, pushes me to try things I thought I could never wear and she has helped me realise that I have features I should celebrate, like a waist! 

I’ve even learned how to wear heels for special occasions - I used to resemble a newborn foal - but now when I put them on I feel ready to werrrk!  

When it comes to real life, I try to invest in pieces that will bring me joy for many years to come. I have dresses and coats which I associate with a certain person or a special place and I love revisiting that feeling when I put them on again. Overall I’m a bit less polished and maybe slightly more masculine than at work. I love a day old blow wave, a pink suit with sneakers or a dreamy dress with boots - I like to feel special  without being overcooked.

 

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Sylvester Sessions #99

Zeenat wears Checked dress

Sylvester Sessions #99

Zeenat Wilkinson

Founder of Sauce Mag and Stylist   
Auckland, New Zealand    
Zeenat wears Checked dress

Tell us about your background, how did you come to work in fashion, and develop your own platform?

It’s very hard to pinpoint when I first discovered fashion and my love for working in publishing, I think it might have been something from my subconscious, as no one in my family worked in the creative industry. I was born in Mumbai, I studied in an all-girls school, and I have a degree in Psychology and Political Science. I later studied fashion at Central Saint Martin’s in London focusing my time on Trend Forecasting and Fashion Marketing to get a bigger perspective on the industry. While I was there, thanks to some weird cosmic alignment, I ended meeting some amazing creatives, and I briefly worked with a showroom on London Fashion Week. I think it all kicked off from there.

After years of working in publishing (styling for Grazia magazine and a few European magazines ), I decided to move to New Zealand.

As for SAUCE, I noticed a gap in the market for a digital platform that bridges the gap between traditional and digital media and that’s sort of how the idea for SAUCE was under way. I wanted it to not only be a website/community platform on the forefront of diversity in fashion and beauty but also to really push the envelope and do more culturally important work.

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Sylvester Sessions #101

Purple Pilgrims wear Dotty Maxi, Sparkley Top & Sparkley Skirt.

Sylvester Sessions #101

Purple Pilgrims

Musicians    
New Zealand    
Purple Pilgrims wear Dotty Maxi, Sparkley Top & Sparkley Skirt

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

We’re really looking forward to the release of our second album. We feel like we’ve grown in so many ways since our last body of work and we’re proud of the development, personally and creatively. We recorded and produced the majority of the album ourselves at home - there’s always a certain amount of trial and error that goes along with that - and it’s that experimentation that we love most about making music. We’ve always been very DIY, and quite insular in our process, but this time around we were lucky enough to collaborate with some amazing musicians and an actual sound wizard. This new approach was a great lesson for us in being slightly more malleable and open with our work. 

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Viva Magazine September 2019

Claire maxi dress.

Viva Magazine September 2019

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Kate Sylvester Love Letters NZFW

Katie wears Edie coat.

Kate Sylvester Love Letters NZFW

A year ago, Kate Sylvester discovered a box containing hundreds upon hundreds of love letters her parents wrote to each other during their courtship in the 1950s. The letters are beautiful, strong and true. This collection is Kate’s tribute to their love. 

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Cool Pretty Cool

Kizzie wears Bobby coat.

Cool Pretty Cool

Cool Pretty Cool shoots our NZFW fittings.

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Kate Sylvester Reloved

Kate Sylvester Reloved.

Kate Sylvester Reloved

We are excited to share with you Kate Sylvester Reloved, our special new home for you to buy and sell preloved Kate Sylvester.

Evolving from a determination to keep our garments out of landfill and out from the back of people's wardrobes, Reloved intends to find new homes for once-loved Kate Sylvester, extending your garments use beyond first life.

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Sylvester Sessions #100

Yeshe wears Splash midi dress

Sylvester Sessions #100

Yeshe Dawa

Founder of The Midnight Baker      
Auckland, New Zealand          
Yeshe wears Splash midi dress

 

You’ve recently launched a new menu at Midnight Baker, tell us about collaborating with your new chef and the direction you want to push the cafe.

We’ve been wanting to move towards a more seasonal menu for some time now and with Freya de Beer Smith joining our team as the new chef, this seemed like the perfect time to transition. Freya immediately understood our ethos around sustainability.  She is passionate about the connection we have with our food, knowing where and how our food is grown.  She brought on board local urban organic growers at OMG to supply us with fresh produce which has been great; they’re literally just up the road from our cafe. 

 

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Sylvester Sessions #101

Grace wears Edwardian dress.

Sylvester Sessions #101

Grace Stratton

Founder of All is for All  
Auckland, New Zealand       
Grace wears Edwardian dress

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Sylvester Sessions #100

Yeshe wears Splash blouson dress.

Sylvester Sessions #100

Yeshe Dawa

Founder of The Midnight Baker   
Auckland, New Zealand       
Yeshe wears Splash blouson dress

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Black Magazine August 2019

Meg shirt and Martha skirt.

Black Magazine August 2019

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Sylvester Sessions #100

Yeshe wears Admiral coat and Admiral flares.

Sylvester Sessions #100

Yeshe Dawa

Founder of The Midnight Baker   
Auckland, New Zealand       
Yeshe wears Admiral coat and Admiral flares

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Sylvester Sessions #99

Zeenat wears Admiral coat and Chambray trousers

Sylvester Sessions #99

Zeenat Wilkinson

Founder of Sauce Mag and Stylist   
Auckland, New Zealand    
Zeenat wears Admiral coat and Chambray trousers

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Fashion Journal July 2019

Winnie jumper.

Fashion Journal July 2019

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Elle

Elle

Sylvester Dancehall Trench, Dancehall Flares and Dancehall Bucket Hat in Grass Green.
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Sylvester Sessions #97

Katie wears Sparkley dress

Sylvester Sessions #97

Katie Brown

Musician/Designer   
New Zealand     
Katie wears Sparkley dress

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Marie Claire May 2019

Lillian shirt and Faye trousers.

Marie Claire May 2019

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Sylvester Sessions #98

Ana wears T-Rex sweater and Sparkley skirt

Sylvester Sessions #98

Ana Scotney

Actress & Artist   
New Zealand      
Ana wears T-Rex sweater and Sparkley skirt

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Sylvester Sessions #95

Rosie wears Dimity top and Chambray trousers

Sylvester Sessions #95

Rosie Herdman

Writer & Fashion Assistant at Viva Magazine   
New Zealand   
Rosie wears Dimity top and Chambray trousers

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Sylvester Sessions #98

Ana wears Dotty maxi

Sylvester Sessions #98

Ana Scotney

Actress & Artist  
New Zealand     
Ana wears Dotty maxi

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Fashion Quarterly

Fashion Quarterly

Kate Sylvester Madaline Dress in Red

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VIVA.

VIVA.

VIVA.

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Badlands Journal

Badlands Journal

Badlands Journal

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In Style

In Style

Kate Sylvester Wynne Skirt in Mint

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Sunday Mag

Sunday Mag

https://bit.ly/2FJ3T7k Kate Sylvester Katherine Dress in Pink

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Viva

Viva

Kate Sylvester Blyth Coat in Leopard

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Viva

Viva

Kate Sylvester Scarves Dress

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Sylvester Sessions #96

Purple Pilgrims wear Dimity dress

Sylvester Sessions #96

Purple Pilgrims

Musicians  
New Zealand   
Purple Pilgrims wear Dimity dress

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Sylvester Sessions #97

Katie wears Speedy top and Chambray trousers

Sylvester Sessions #97

Katie Brown

Musician/Designer  
New Zealand    
Katie wears Speedy top and Chambray trousers

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Sylvester Sessions #98

Ana wears Stripey tee & Chambray trousers.

Sylvester Sessions #98

Ana Scotney

Actress & Artist 
New Zealand    
Ana wears Stripey tee & Chambray trousers.

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Sylvester Sessions #95

Rosie wears Cowboy shirt and Chambray trousers

Sylvester Sessions #95

Rosie Herdman

Writer & Fashion Assistant at Viva Magazine 
New Zealand  
Rosie wears Cowboy shirt and Chambray trousers 

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Sylvester Sessions #97

Katie wears Broderie dress.

Sylvester Sessions #97

Katie Brown

Musician/Designer 
New Zealand   
Katie wears Broderie dress.

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Sylvester Sessions #96

Purple Pilgrims wear Checkers dress & Checkers shirt dress.

Sylvester Sessions #96

Purple Pilgrims

Musicians  
New Zealand  
Purple Pilgrims wears Checkers dress & Checkers shirt dress.

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Sylvester Sessions #95

Rosie wears Broderie dress.

Sylvester Sessions #95

Rosie Herdman

Writer & Fashion Assistant at Viva Magazine
New Zealand 
Rosie wears Brodiere dress

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Fen Hong Se

Fen Hong Se

Kate Sylvester Striped Scarf in Pink/Orange

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Fashion Quarterly

Fashion Quarterly

Sylvester Sunburst Swimsuit in Black.

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Sylvester Sessions #94

Raukura wears Stripey Tee & Chevron Bathers.

Sylvester Sessions #94

Raukura Turei 

Artist & Actress   
New Zealand     
Raukura wears Stripey Tee & Chevron Bathers

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Sylvester Sessions #94

Raukura wears Broderie Dress.

Sylvester Sessions #94

Raukura Turei 

Artist & Actress  
New Zealand    
Raukura wears Broderie Dress

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Sylvester Sessions #93

Sylvester Sessions #93

Jenny Zhang

Writer    
Brooklyn, New York   
Jenny wears Tropical Shirt and Tropical Shorts

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Sylvester Sessions #92

Dana wears Broderie Shirt and Chambray Trousers.

Sylvester Sessions #92

Dana Covit

Writer  
Los Angeles  
Dana wears Broderie Shirt and Chambray Trousers

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Marie Claire

Marie Claire

Kate Sylvester Penrose Trousers in Black Stripe.

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Amy Love

Amy Love

Kate Sylvester Meg Dress in Lemon Pink.

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Fashion Journal

Fashion Journal

Kate Sylvester Baba Midi Dress in Lilac.

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Jones

Jones

Kate Sylvester June Dress in Day Sky.

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Black Magazine

Black Magazine

Kate Sylvester Quilla Jacket and Penrose Trousers in Black Stripe.

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Sylvester Sessions #94

Raukura wears Tied Up Dress.

Sylvester Sessions #94

Raukura Turei 

Artist & Actress
New Zealand   
Raukura wears Tied Up Dress

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Sylvester Sessions #92

Dana wears Tied Up Shirt and Tied Up Skirt.

Sylvester Sessions #92

Dana Covit

Writer    
Los Angeles  
Dana wears Tied Up Shirt and Tied Up Skirt

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Sylvester Sessions #93

Jenny wearsFlorette Midi Dress.

Sylvester Sessions #93

Jenny Zhang

Writer   
Brooklyn, New York  
Jenny wears Florette Midi Dress

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Sylvester Sessions #91

Niamh wears Dancehall Trench

Sylvester Sessions #91

Niamh Peren

Film Maker & Environmentalist      
New Zealand 
Niamh wears Dancehall Trench

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Sylvester Sessions #91

Niamh wearsChambray Dress.

Sylvester Sessions #91

Niamh Peren

Film Maker & Environmentalist     
New Zealand
Niamh wears Chambray Dress

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Sylvester Sessions #93

Jenny wears Dancehall Trench and Dancehall Flares.

Sylvester Sessions #93

Jenny Zhang

Writer  
Brooklyn, New York 
Jenny wears Dancehall Trench and Dancehall Flares

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Sylvester Sessions #92

Dana wears Marley Polo and Dancehall Skirt.

Sylvester Sessions #92

Dana Covit

Writer   
Los Angeles 
Dana wears Marley Polo Top and Dancehall Skirt

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Sylvester Sessions #91

Niamh wears Chevron Swimsuit and Chevron Skirt.

Sylvester Sessions #91

Niamh Peren

Film Maker & Environmentalist    
New Zealand
Niamh wears Chevron Swimsuit & Chevron Skirt. 

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Elle

Elle

Kate Sylvester Avalon Jacket and Josefina Trousers in Red.

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Fashion Quarterly

Fashion Quarterly

Kate Sylvester Sakura Dress in Red Crane.

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Blk on Blk

Blk on Blk

Kate Sylvester Tyrell Coat in Honey Grey.

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Black Magazine

Black Magazine

Kate Sylvester Bo Jumper, Beta Dress and Sylvester Dress Shoes.

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Sylvester Sessions #90

Ophelia wears Snow Lily Top and Snow Lily Trousers.

Sylvester Sessions #90

Ophelia Mikkelson

Artist   
Tairua, New Zealand.  
Ophelia wears Snow Lily Top and Snow Lily Trousers 

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Sylvester Sessions #89

Chelsea wears Snow Lily Trousers.

Sylvester Sessions #89

Chelsea Jade

Singer/Songwriter   
Los Angeles, United States.  
Chelsea wears Snow Lily Trousers

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Sylvester Sessions #88

Bonnie wears Confetti Jumper.

Sylvester Sessions #88

Bonnie Wroe

Illustrator   
Wellington, New Zealand.  
Bonnie wears Confetti Jumper and Dots Mini Dress. 

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Sylvester Session #87

Eliza wears Snow Lily Dress & Snow Lily Trousers.

Sylvester Session #87

Eliza Wexelman

Girls at Library   
Los Angeles, United States. 
Eliza wears Snow Lily Dress & Snow Lily Trousers

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Sylvester Sessions #90

Ophelia wears Quilted Bomber.

Sylvester Sessions #90

Ophelia Mikkelson

Artist  
Tairua, New Zealand. 
Ophelia wears Quilted Bomber

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Sylvester Sessions #89

Chelsea wears Stripey Knit Polo.

Sylvester Sessions #89

Chelsea Jade

Singer/Songwriter  
Los Angeles, United States. 
Chelsea wears Stripey Knit Polo Stripey Knit Polo.

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Sylvester Sessions #88

Bonnie wears Marley Stripe Dress & Confetti Jumper.

Sylvester Sessions #88

Bonnie Wroe

Illustrator, Welcome to Babeville  
Wellington, New Zealand. 
Bonnie wears Marley Stripe Dress & Confetti Jumper.

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Vogue

Vogue

Kate Sylvester Clo Top and Koo Trousers in Green Light.

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Vogue

Vogue

Kate Sylvester Sakura Dress in Red Crane.

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Sylvester Sessions #87

Eliza wears Wild Shirt Dress.

Sylvester Sessions #87

Eliza Wexelman

Girls at Library  
Los Angeles, United States. 
Eliza wears Wild Shirt Dress

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Sylvester Sessions #90

Ophelia wears the Pebbles top and Utility skirt.

Sylvester Sessions #90

Ophelia Mikkelson

Artist 
Tairua, New Zealand.
Ophelia wears Pebbles Top and Utility Skirt

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Sylvester Sessions #89

Sylvester Sessions #89

Chelsea Jade

Singer/Songwriter 
Los Angeles, United States.
Chelsea wears Marley Stripe Top and Parachute Wide Leg Pant

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Sylvester Sessions #88

Bonnie wears Trackie Jacket and Trackies.

Sylvester Sessions #88

Bonnie Wroe

Illustrator, Welcome to Babeville 
Wellington, New Zealand.
Bonnie wears Trackie Jacket and Trackies

Your illustrations are so detailed and delicate, tell us about your process.

To get such intricate detail I need to draw from a photo, so my process usually starts with roping my friends into recreating some weirdly specific image in my mind so I can photograph it. I start by laying down the entire outline of the drawing, then gradually fill it in with colour - generally starting with a face and spreading outwards from there. I have a tin of 135 different coloured pencils, and each time I start a different element of the drawing - say, skin - I pick up to 20 different colours to make up the tone I'm after. Skin is composed of so many different colours, and different tones of colours - lilac, cream, rose pink, red, navy blue etc. so to recreate realistic looking skin I need to blend all these colours together seamlessly. My drawings are made up of endless amounts of tiny marks, all layered and blended together to create a smooth surface. It's a slow process, but as it's quite an intuitive thing for me I can kind of zone out and achieve a real sense of peace while doing it - it becomes almost meditative.  

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