Extreme humor is a questionable form of flattery—especially in the case of Alexsandro Palombo. The mysterious illustrator/writer/designer from Italy is notorious in the fashion world for his Humor Chic illustrations. Fashion legends such as Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfield are characterized in the form of the Simpsons, always accompanied by controversial text. They were ultimately passed out as flyers outside New York fashion week venues.
It seems uncanny that Palombo is a fashion cynic, for he is a designer himself. He started his own line, aleXsandro Palombo, in 1998. Immaculately well-tailored lace jackets; sweepingly-long knit cardigans; and high-contrast colors—all beautifully wearable clothes—sits on the opposite extreme of his cynicism. His clothes seem to celebrate fashion.
So I look at his fashion illustrations; fashion in its purest form. They are extremely simple: stick-thin figures in color-blocked “garments”. Looking closer, I see focused hand-drawn details that are: humble. Alexsandro Palombo’s work takes me to his three different spectrum of fashion, and I am left simply, amazed.
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About will pitton
Born in New Zealand, growing up in Australia then Japan, fashion journalist/illustrator Will Pitton now resides in San Francisco. Language and cultural barriers throughout his life motivated him to communicate in visual forms, leading him to love and appreciate drawing and creating, especially fashion garments. His art can be seen at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and personal blog, "Canvas Bare".