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Illustrator Katy Smail Talks Artful Inspiration in a World Overrun with Photoshop

LOOKBOOKS editor-in-chief Cator Sparks explores the lost art of fashion illustration with artist Katy Smail. See the interview and fantastic gallery of her whimsical work below.

With the amount of air brushing going on these days, models in magazines look nearly good enough to hang in the Louvre. Their skin so dewy, their teeth so white and their eyes so clear, so it only make sense that the fashion world is rediscovering the lost art of illustration.

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BEAUTYFUL | February 23

#LFW Beauty Trend Alert: Cat Eye

As London Fashion Week came to a close, we were on the lookout for all the Fall 2012 beauty trends from our English-speaking friends across the pond. And it looks like Amy Winehouse‘s influence doesn’t solely lie with Jean Paul Gaultier‘s Spring 2012 haute couture collection. The cat eye is everywhere in all different shapes and sizes, making it a definite trend for fall. Click to see our wingtip gallery after the jump.

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Winter Florals are in Full Bloom

It may be cold and the trees may be bare, but it’s possible to create your own tranquil spring garden before the first April showers arrive. We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite winter floral pieces that will carry you from winter to spring and right into the warm rays of summer.

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LINKLOVIN | January 19

British Fashion Council Names 2012 Fashion Forward Winners

Henry Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Louise Gray and James Long got a little help from their friends over at the British Fashion Council. The four were crowned the winners of the BFC’s 2012 Fashion Forward initiative, the Brit equivalent of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Along with business support from the Council, the winners also get some much-needed cash to help in showing their latest collections.

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LINKLOVIN | November 28

Sarah Burton, Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane and Stella McCartney Win Big at British Fashion Awards

In a rare, and unstaged, show of emotion — public or otherwise — Victoria Beckham wiped away a tear as she collected her award for Designer Brand at the 2011 British Fashion Awards. Thanking her husband and 13 children, Beckham beat out industry vets Tom FordBurberry and Stella McCartney – who still managed to win the Red Carpet award – to snatch her first BFA trophy. Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton was awarded the Designer of the Year award while Christopher Kane beat out Erdem and Jonathan Saunders to take home the inaugural New Establishment prize, which recognizes “a particular movement in British fashion that is taking the industry by storm.” Gallery and list of the winners follows after the jump.

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