Hey Fashionistas!This is Lambrina(21), and Marina(19), Kelapostolou's blog S4SisterStyle they are 2 sisters from Greece that share the same love for fashion! Here they show our Donkey Boots Tee in the sunshine.
This week we just can’t get enough of adorable Dalmatians, so have decided to put a spotlight on our standout white vest which is made complete by our favourite spotted pup printed proudly upon the chest. This stylish pooch is shown wearing thick-rimmed bold purple glasses, adding a bright pop of colour to this otherwise monochrome Brat and Suzie creation. Our fashionable purebred canine is named Lillie and her coat has revealed most of her stunning spots by now, but she still has a lot of growing to do before she reaches her full size like her strikingly svelte parents.
Originating from Croatia, Dalmatian’s have been a popular household pet for many years, and are a statement breed, being instantly noticeable from the other mutts charging around in the park. Made even more famous by Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel ‘101 Dalmatian’s’ and the subsequent two Disney films that we all know and love, the charming black and white dog is one that children and adults alike can’t help but point out when spotted out and about.
The use of Dalmatian’s as a fashion statement goes back many decades, so why not get on board add one to your collection? As irresistible as they may be, an energetic new puppy tends to set you back by about £400 - £600 but our 100% viscose vest is a snip at £28 (and requires a lot less of your time!) Replicate the style of our little Lillie by contrasting brilliant spots with showy striped accessories to look as impressive as the stunning dotty Dalmatian dog.
Written by Sophie Seymour.
You can take a look at the whole feature and Olivia's super stylish blog at Whatoliviadid
You will know Andrea Burrows, one of Brat and Suzie’s best-loved illustrators, from our brand new Aztec Cat t-shirt, as well as from many other popular designs. Her work has been featured in both our collaborations with Warehouse and New Look, and we just can’t get enough. Constantly producing incredible, detailed animal illustrations that portray heaps of personality in each little critter, this is a talent we know will go far.
We caught up with Andrea nearly a year after our last interview with her, to see where her wonderful world of stylish illustrated creatures has taken her.
What has changed for you in the past year since you were interviewed for the Brat and Suzie blog last summer?
I’ve started to do other types of design, such as wedding invitations and logo designs. I’m also selling prints of my illustrations now, but illustrating fashionable animals is still what I enjoy most.
What has it been like seeing your work in retail giants such as Warehouse and New Look, as well as online at Asos?
It’s so exciting! It almost felt surreal when I walked into Warehouse and saw my illustrations being sold on their clothes; it’s the best feeling.
How would you describe your personal style of illustration?
Most of my work is inspired by nature in some way. I would say that it’s very detailed, often in black and white with splashes of colour. I would like to think my illustrations have a quirky style to them.
If you could choose only one of your designs to best represent your work, which one would it be?
At the moment I think I would choose the stag with the Aztec print antlers. The stag is a classic beautiful animal and I have given it an up to date twist with a popular Aztec print.
Your work seems to heavily feature the use of birds. Would you say that our feathered friends are your favourite to illustrate?
Yeah I love illustrating birds; at university I choose birds to be my inspiration for my final project that I named ‘Flutter of Feathers’. I really enjoy adding details to the feathers, or patterns on the wings.
Where do you work best and what do you like to be around you?
The only thing I would say is essential for me to work is some good music. Other than that, as long as I have a sketchbook and pens it doesn’t really matter where I am.
Which mediums do you use to produce your images? Describe your work process.
I start off with doing a rough drawing in pencil, and then I add in all the detail with a fine liner. Next I scan this into the computer and edit the illustration on Photoshop, adding any colour at this stage if desired.
What do you think makes a successful illustration? How do you judge what is going to prove popular?
I look at what is currently popular, which illustrations of mine have worked in the past, and I always like to keep an eye on what trends are emerging. When it comes to illustrating something new I try to predict how the trends might develop for the next season, then just keep my fingers crossed that they will be popular.
If you weren’t doing this, what do you think you might be doing instead?
I always used to think I would end up working with animals, so if I hadn’t discovered illustration I would probably be working in a vets or a zoo.
Who are the illustrators that you most admire and look up to, and why?
I love Sandra Dieckmann’s work, everything she does is stunning.
I also love Julia Pott - her work has a really cute and quirky style.
What does the future hold for you?
A move to London could be a possibility for me, as it seems to be the best place for the industry... and hopefully more and more illustration work too!
By Sophie Seymour.
Meet Poppy and Sam. These two beautiful lovebirds are some of the latest creatures to be included in the recently released Brat and Suzie collection, and are featured on the brands new bright coral dip dye tee. As this is one sure item to become a staple in your wardrobe this summer, we decided it was best to interview the inseparable pair before they flew off to pursue more of their dreams. Read on to find out what it has been like to be part of such a dazzling duo since they have made it in the fashion world.
First of all, how did the two of you meet?
Poppy: It was love at first sight, across the aviary. I was so nervous but couldn’t resist flying over to him to introduce myself. I was barely more than a young chick at the time, but I knew he was the one I wanted.
Sam: I saw her shake her tail feathers and that was it for me. She’s such a stunning bird, I couldn’t ask for more. Plus, we just look great together and you can’t beat that.
Can you tell us what your favourite trends are this season?
Poppy: I’ve loved the ombre trend since it first appeared and I’m so glad that is has stuck around because it works so well against the colours of my flight feathers. I have to admit, I did go on a victory flight when I found out that our Brat and Suzie debut was going to be on a two tone t-shirt; it was exactly what I wanted.
Sam: We both really like the whole festival fashion vibe that comes around each summer. I think our t-shirt really fits in with that cool summer vibe and can be worn so many ways. I’ve always liked bright, standout colours so it’s nice to see that’s really popular at the moment.
What has it been like being featured on a Brat and Suzie t-shirt?
Poppy: Amazing… I couldn’t believe it at first. We’ve had so many compliments since it has been available to buy. The illustration is great, I think it really shows off our colouring.
Sam: It’s all good - Poppy and I are really pleased with how it has turned out. We even have a copy of the portrait back at home in the birdcage. We’ve had a lot of recognition actually; it seems to be a bestseller in the making!
Do you have many plans for the future? What will you be doing this summer?
Poppy: I think we’re really going to focus on getting ourselves more involved with the fashion and art worlds now. We’ve been approached about a series of photographs of us in flight and would also love to do another collaboration with Brat and Suzie.
Sam: It’s not going to be all work though if I have anything to do with it. I think maybe it’s time to go travelling or at least on some lengthy holidays – I’d love to visit Morocco and have always wanted to go to Mexico as well.
Written by Sophie Seymour.