NYFW Spring 2020

New York Fashion Week has officially come to a close, and this year’s shortened schedule didn’t sacrifice any of the glitz and glamour. Traditional runway shows have become immersive experiences, transporting audiences figuratively and literally into the designer’s world.

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Here I am channeling fashion week vibes in Chicago with pops of red. I’ve wrapped up my favorite NYFW shows and looks from the Spring/Summer 2020 collections!

Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren transported the fashion set back to the Jazz Age with his show’s party atmosphere. It all unfolded at “Ralph’s Club”, a ballroom on Wall Street that the designer transformed into a swanky nightclub. Much like the setting, the collection itself centered around a return to classic glamour—with tuxedo suits, standout red carpet gowns, and a hefty dose of sequins. The show had a black tie dress code and featured a live performance by Janelle Monáe, who climbed on tables and prowled the room on her hands and knees while models and show-goers alike sipped champagne from crystal flutes. As America’s ultimate aspirational lifestyle designer: at Ralph’s club, it’s members only.

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Oscar De La Renta

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House designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia took the Oscar woman on a glamorous vacation for Spring 2020, finding inspiration in De la Renta’s native Dominican Republic. The Cunard building was outfitted with palm trees and giant fruit baskets, emphasizing a getaway state of mind as models strolled down the runway in party shorts sets and woven raffia numbers.

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As soon as I saw this look I immediately thought of one of my favorite quotes from the late designer. When he was asked by WWD in 1967 to describe his customer, he responded: “When she jumps off a yacht, it’s the biggest one in the French Riviera.” It had to be sketched…

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Next up: London, Milan, and Paris!

Molly E.

Cape Cod Style

I took my first trip to Cape Cod over Labor Day weekend, and it was exactly as I had imagined: a quaint town full of hydrangeas and picture-perfect clapboard homes.

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We stayed with friends in West Dennis and had the chance to explore nearby downtown Chatham. My friend Fenton found adorable lemon earrings at a local beach shop. Fun statement earrings are so perfect to wear on vacation! Also making an appearance is my “Beach Birkin” (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VPH3DD2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) I painted this bag by hand and couldn’t wait to finally reveal the finished product at the beach!

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I left my trip feeling inspired by the preppy and all-American atmosphere of Cape Cod. This sketch was inspired by a photo Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam in Nantucket. Her classic style is just what one would expect to find on the Cape. I’m definitely investing in nautical stripes and floppy beach hats for my next trip to the East Coast!

Molly E.

By:Fashionaholic One Year Anniversary

Another day, another live sketch 😉 I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to sketch at By:Fashionaholic’s one year anniversary party on Wednesday night! 

Chicago’s fashion scene celebrated in style with By:Fashionaholic founder Janet Mandell. Guests came in their best looks, with many of course wearing pieces from the By:Fashionaholic showroom. These exquisite dresses, handbags, and shoes were invigorating to draw! 

The Real Real team was there and played a fun “Real or Fake” quiz to see who could spot designer dupes. I really thought I would nail this test, but only got half correct 😂 I’ll stick to art. Here are some of my sketches from the event! 

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It could not have been a more beautiful May night at the Peninsula Chicago. You can’t beat their stunning rooftop view of the John Hancock building!

Congratulations Janet on your successful year and thank you for bringing couture to Chicago! The By: Fashionaholic community is a special group who support each other and clearly all share in a deep appreciation for fashion. I am so grateful to have been a part of the first birthday celebrations! 

Thank you to By:Fashionaholic and everyone who came for an amazing evening!

 

Molly E. 

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Bloomingdales Garden Party Live Sketch

I illustrated customers at Bloomingdale’s Garden Party and Fragrance Fair this past Saturday. My second live sketching event with Bloomingdales was so fun! It was a party in the department store complete with a DJ, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. My table was set up in the middle of the action between Chanel and Bobbi Brown. I have shopped with Bloomingdales for as long as I can remember. It still feels surreal to sketch at the place where my love of fashion began! 

I met and drew some really sweet people throughout the afternoon. It was a great time capturing their outfits and personalities in quick sketches. Once again, I brought my favorite Copic markers for these custom illustrations. They are the best for live sketching! 

This event was a great time, thank you bloomingdales for having me and to everyone who came to say hi! 

 

Molly E. 

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Monica + Andy Mother's Day Event

I did a live sketching event with Monica + Andy last week to celebrate Mother’s Day at their beautiful new Lincoln Park store!

Monica + Andy is an adorable children’s clothing line offering organic essentials from newborns to toddlers. The brand has some of the cutest and most clever prints. “Flamingo Floatie” and “Grey Elephant” are two of my favorite patterns. I wish they came in my size!

It was so sweet sketching “mommy and me” portraits of guests while they shopped and enjoyed live music. What made the day even more special was that my own mom was able to attend with me. See pictures from the event below. Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you for having having me as a part of your event, Monica + Andy!

Molly E.

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The Met Gala 2019

The Met Gala has become fashion’s biggest and most exciting night.

The annual fundraising gala is for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The event marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Every year, the night is centered on the theme of the new exhibition.

This year’s theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, meaning exaggerated fashion. The exhibit is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”

The attendees did not disappoint, there were so many over-the-top looks it was tough to narrow down my favorites!

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I sketched Hailey Bieber’s Alexander Wang look on my iPad while watching E!’s coverage of the “pink carpet”. As soon as I saw this pastel pink sequined dress, I knew it had to be sketched! This is one of Hailey’s best moments ever, both feminine and unexpected.

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The Jenner sisters shut down the carpet with their bold and bright feathered Versace gowns. Kendall and Kiley looked gorgeous, their looks were different from their typical styles and they had fun with the theme. This is camp!

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Feeling inspired by the fashion risks I saw on the carpet, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and tested out a new artistic style for this piece. My muses for this project were Kendall and Kylie Jenner. I was drawn to the color palette and feathers. This was a fun one to paint! 

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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has chaired the Met Gala since 1995. She paid tribute to her friend and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld with her look, her custom Chanel feathered gown was the last dress he made for her before he passed in February. Camp fashion is extravagant, it is Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel! Anna Wintour looked stunning and very camp with her pink and purple feathered jacket and embellished dress.

The Met Gala and annual museum exhibit celebrate fashion as a true art form. This year was the craziest yet, I hope to go see the exhibit at the Met soon!  

 

I will be live sketching at Bloomingdales this Saturday from 2-4pm. I can’t wait to see you then!

Molly E.

Sketching at Dior

It was a dream come true sketching at Dior to benefit the Joffrey Ballet.

The night was full of inspiring people and even more inspiring fashion to draw. From tulle layered dresses to vintage Dior suits, all the guests were dressed to the nines! It was so fun to sketch all the different styles that came together to support an amazing cause and see how they added a little Dior to their own personal flare.

I don't know whether it was spending the evening in one of my favorite fashion houses, being surrounded by exquisite designs, or being surrounded by a community who appreciates fashion for all that it is - but I left the night with a renewed sense of inspiration (and an even longer wish list of Dior!)

Thank you to Joffrey and Dior for having me!


Molly E.

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May Essentials

Layering is key during May when you never know what the weather is going to do! Safari inspired styles and floral patterns are two of my favorite spring trends.

From Cinco de Mayo to Memorial Day, my May essentials list has you covered for the month! Happy almost summer!

Molly E.

Military Inspired jumpsuit

Poolside bag

Chanel Earrings

Zimmermann floral dress

Fendi boots

Re/Done tie dye hoodie

Mackenzie-childs umbrella

Custom Invitations

I created these custom invitations for a special bridal shower! The sketch was inspired by an elegant Oscar de la Renta gown. For a personal touch, I added Big Ben in the background to my Oscar Bride as the couple met while studying abroad in London.

I designed the complete invitations with my art and placed the order through printing services. I am so excited with how they turned out! For inquires on custom design projects, please email mollyefallon@gmail.com!

Molly E.

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PartySlate x Molly E. Fallon Props

I created custom photo props for PartySlate’s spring cocktail party, “Will You Accept this Rosé?” with special guest Jordan Kimball of the Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.

This project was a blast! Fitting with the theme, I drew Rosé bottles, glasses, roses, and designer accessories for guests to pose with in pictures at the photo station. To make these props I printed my illustrations on cardstock, cut them out, and added sticks.

The photo station was a hit at the event! Guests had fun clinking illustrated wine glasses in GIFs. The red rose was perfect for Jordan and all of bachelor nation. It was so cool turn my sketches into props, stay tuned for new photo prop updates on my shop!

I am proud to be a PartySlate event partner! Check out my Event Pro profile before planning your next event. 

See my props in action below!

Molly E.

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Live Sketching at Bloomingdales

I had a blast live sketching at Bloomingdale’s biggest beauty event of the year, “The Makeup Date”! I created personalized fashion illustrations for guests while Jane Monzures of WGN TV’s “Living Healthy Chicago” delivered the scoop on the top new season beauty trends.

I brought my collection of Copic markers and used Canson multipurpose paper for my sketches. When I sketch live, I like to define lines with colored pencils. Caran d’Ache are my favorite colored pencils because they don’t smear when layering with marker or paint!

I am lucky to have sketched such a great crew on Saturday, a very special thank you to everyone who came to The Makeup Date! 

Shout out to everyone at Bloomingdales and 900 North Michigan Shops who put together this amazing event. Thank you for having me! ♥️

Molly E.

 

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Sketching with Dana Rebecca Designs

I had the pleasure of live sketching with Dana Rebecca Designs at their second flagship dinner this week! Dana Rebecca hosted an amazing group of women to celebrate their latest jewelry collection and her newest venture: leading the Chicago Chapter of the Female Founder Collective with Rebecca Minkoff and Eberjey.

I sketched personalized fashion illustrations for each guest on beautiful Shinola notebooks with Copic markers. Each took me about 10 minutes. Such a fun idea and keepsake from the event!

I am in love with Dana Rebecca’s jewelry designs, it was a dream working together! Be sure to check out their line here and follow the Female Founder Collective’s national campaign launch.

Thank you to Dana Rebecca and her team for having me be a part of their special evening!

Molly E.

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The Oscars with By:FASHIONAHOLIC

To celebrate The Oscars, I partnered with By:Fashionaholic to create red carpet inspired sketches for their Instagram story this past weekend! I selected dresses from the By:Fashionaholic showroom in Chicago for my fashion illustrations of a few of our favorite celebrities.

Here are the highlights from my Instagram story takeover:

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A very special thank you to the By:Fashionaholic and MDPR teams for helping put together this fun collaboration. Be sure to check out byfashionaholic.com for more info on how you can work with one of their celebrity stylists and rent couture for your next event!

Molly E.

Fashion Week Essentials

It’s time to pack your bags, NYFW is around the corner! Even if you aren’t attending the runway shows, dress like you are sitting in the front row with my top picks for Fashion Week.

Molly E.

Hermès Birkin

Chanel Slingbacks

GRLFRND Straight-leg jeans

Ganni dot mesh turtleneck

Veronica Beard skirt

Gucci Barette

Fuzz Not Fur Coat

February Essentials

Happy February!

This month I’m loving pink, red, and cream hues. Fun, statement accessories will be key for fashion week, Valentine’s Day, and long weekend trips. Here are my top picks, click the image to shop! ❤️

Molly E.

Saint Laurent Loulou Sunglasses

Co Sweater

Red Chanel Bag

Lele Sadoughi Hoop Earrings

Cartier Love Ring

Red tweed skirt

Stuart Weitzman Nudist Crystal

Surviving the Cold in Style

Stay warm and look chic during the record breaking cold this week! Whether you are braving the elements or working from home, bundle up with these cozy fashion picks.

Molly E.

Sorel Boots

Apparis Coat

Louis Vuitton Scarf

Lingua Franca Sweater

Fendi Socks

Le Labo Lotion

Hermès Blanket

January Essentials

January is here!

Start 2019 on a high note by elevating your looks. Personal style is an expression of your creativity and makes a statement. I once heard, “you present as the person you want to be”. Fashion has transformative power: clothes influence the way you feel and are a key part of how you portray yourself to the world. You can be whoever you want to be, dress the part!

Here are my top picks of the month, click the image to shop!

Molly E.

CHanel boots

the kooples faux fur jacket

Celine sunglasses

Dior handbag

alberta ferretti t-shirt

statement coat

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2018! It’s been a big year, from my first fashion art show to the launch of my website… I can’t wait to see what 2019 will hold.

Here is my roundup of the best style moments of 2018:

Met Gala 2018, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination”. After the ball, I had the opportunity to view the exhibit at the Met Museum. This year’s theme was my favorite to date!

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The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle. I loved seeing what the guests in attendance chose to wear for the historic occasion.

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Vueve Clicquot Polo Classic in New York City. The annual event was a fun day of people watching and polo, I hope to go again in 2019!

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Favorite collab: Dior’s Lady Art series. Dior enlisted an all-female lineup of artists to reinvent the brand’s iconic Lady Dior bag. I look forward to seeing creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri continue her support of female artists!

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Style crush: Olivia Palermo. Year after year, OP continues her reign over the street style scene.

As we begin a new year, I want to share a few of my favorite quotes with you to keep in mind:

  • “You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

  • “If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done”

  • “Every artist was first an amateur”

  • “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it”

  • “Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded”

  • “Life is short, buy the shoes”

Happy New Year!

Molly E.

My NYC Packing List

I am so excited to be heading to New York City this week for a couple of meetings and to visit my best friend!

I’ve always heard the city is truly magical this time of year. I can’t wait to experience New York’s holiday traditions for the first time. Please comment below with your recommendations of the best things to do in NYC during the Christmas season!

Packing tips:

First of all, consider your destination. Ask yourself: what’s the vibe of this place and what kinds of activities will you be doing there? Thinking up a mental picture helps to get your creative juices flowing. Imagine the types of outfits you envision yourself wearing there. Take it a step further and pull inspiration pictures from Instagram or Pinterest.

Bring layering pieces that you can mix and match. Pick a color story when deciding what pieces from your closet to bring so everything is cohesive. For example, I stuck with a black and white theme while putting together this list. Play with accessories such as headbands or fashion jewelry to add variety to your outfits and create more looks.

Think of ways you can dress each piece you pack up or down. To elevate your typical legging and sweatshirt uniform at the airport, add a chic leather jacket and a great bag. Comfort is key, make sure to only bring items that you feel good wearing and not those cute heels you haven’t broken in yet—this helps you to avoid blisters and overpacking!

Finally, take pictures of your head-to-toe looks to reference later. This is a major time and stress saver!

Here is a peek at what’s in my suitcase. Hope this helps as your guide for wherever your holiday travels take you!

Molly E.

 

Leather Jacket

IRO Ashville Leather Jacket

Puff Sleeve Top

A.L.C. Kati Tee

Crystal Embellished Headband

Lele Sadoughi Headband

Stripe Sweater

TIBI Merino Wool Sweater

Over the Knee Boots

Stuart Weitzman “Lowland” Boots

Statement Earrings

Chanel Ruthenium Bead Earrings

Tailored Coat

Alexander Wang Tweed Coat

Mini Backpack

Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack

Crewneck

Knowlita New York or Nowhere Sweatshirt

La Mer Travel Set

Cult-favorites from La Mer Skincare

Passport Cover

Goyard Passport Holder

lingerie

Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Silk-Blend Briefs