Meet Inslee Haynes

Illustrator Extraordinaire Inslee Haynes talks to us about her favourite era, the celebrated calendar girl and exciting art projects!

Nyambura.co - Meet Inslee Haynes

Loved your blog ’14 Reasons to..’, It’s such a hilarious take on the world of the millennials. If given a chance which era would you rather live in, à la ‘Midnight in Paris’?

I would choose the 1950’s! I absolutely adore the couture gowns from that era. I also love how delicately the women posed. They posed which ever way made their waists look the most delicate. And I don’t hate it. As much as I am a proud female entrepreneur, I do love a lilting pose with the hands floating inexplicably below the chin like little doves that happen to be attached to the wrist.

Nyambura.co - Meet Inslee HaynesTell us about your bold and Uber-Glamorous (she looks so glamorous munching on fries!) alter ego Daphne..Will your life in a few years mirror hers?

One could only wish! The trouble with creating a fabulous alter ego is just that – she’s fabulous. While i’m lugging my groceries up my NYC walkup apartment, Daphne is somewhere sunny, wearing a plunging back one piece and being served frozen margs every hour, on the hour.  Let’s just say if in a year i’m no longer a regular at Duane Reade i’ll call it a victory.

Nyambura.co - Meet Inslee Haynes

I love how you write the calendar girl’s thoughts for each month, What are your thoughts for September?

This month’s Calendar Girl is caught in a whirlwind moment between NYFW shows. One of those moments when everything is just on point and the paparazzi are loving it. I wish I could say the same! While I will be attending some NYFW events, my life will not be as glamorous as hers. In a way, September is the calm before the storm. As we transition into October, the holiday rush begins and the requests for commissions really flow in!

Nyambura.co - Meet Inslee HaynesWhat exciting projects are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I have been busy illustrating some of my favourite looks from New York Fashion Week! This season I was drawn to all-white ensembles, specifically looks by designers Jason Wu and Zimmermann.

Nyambura.co - Meet Inslee Haynes

Tell us about some of your favourite projects..

I recently branched into designing fabrics with my friend Roxy, founder of Society Social! We are still in the beginning stages but it is so exciting to see her bring my artwork to life in a whole new way! It’s also fun to see how the colors compliment Roxy’s designs.

Nyambura.co - Meet Inslee HaynesFollow Inslee Haynes’ sketchbook for more of her beautiful illustrations.

You can also take a look at ‘Master’s of Fashion Illustrations‘ by David Downton, a book Inslee recommends to everyone who loves fashion-illustrations.

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