The Instagram Account Every Fashion Girl Needs To Follow

Photo: Courtesy of Molly Cranna/Carly Kuhn.
So you create an Instagram account. You get some followers. You get some likes. Maybe you're pretty pleased that your sunset picture got a lot of love. But how would you react if Sarah Jessica Parker reposted your Insta, and subsequently tons of outlets and brands took notice of you, including Prada? Yeah, then you're officially living the Instagram dream.

That's how Los Angeles-based illustrator Carly Kuhn — a.k.a. The Cartorialist — got her foot in the door. When the gigs kept rolling in, Kuhn was bold enough to pull a complete 180 and quit her TV job (she was an associate producer on Chelsea Lately) to become a full-time artist and illustrator. "That's what I think is great about Los Angeles," she told us. "It's a city that allows you to pursue your passion and then switch paths altogether. I think L.A. is a growing culture hub."

So far, she's been commissioned by Elle, L'Officiel Italia, and jewelry brand Alexis Bittar, and can count Rachel Zoe and Jeremy Scott as fans, in addition to SJP. She was even chosen as one of five illustrators for Prada's Raw Avenue eyewear campaign. "I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I was up for the challenge because, well, it's Prada," she told us. Who can argue with that?

For Kuhn, part of the appeal of drawing is being able to immerse herself in the fashion world — sans expensive credit card bills. "While I may not get to wear a white Chanel suit, I can draw it," she said.

Ahead, peek nine of our favorite illustrations and get the inside scoop behind the drawings, straight from Kuhn herself.


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Photo: Courtesy of @thecartorialist.
"This image was inspired by a post from FarFetch's account. How could I not be inspired by all the colors and shapes in this image?"
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"This was for the Prada Raw eyewear campaign. I was asked to interpret their new line of sunglasses in my own artist style. While I draw a lot of people, I enjoy the simplicity of an object. You can give it a personality of its own through art."
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"I drew this a week after Mad Men ended. The wardrobe in Mad Men has always been on point. And I think everyone knew that scene of Peggy walking down the hall smoking her cigarette was going to be an iconic moment people would always remember."
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"I am inspired by almost everything Balmain/Olivier Rousteing creates. The image this was inspired by caught my eye because of the model's gorgeous features, the shape she created with her body, and the geometric lines on her dress."
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"This was one of my earlier drawings and one of my favorites. It was inspired by an image of Daria Werbowy. I gravitate to simplicity. I love creating images that just have black and white with a pop of red. This is a really popular image of my work. I think people like simplicity in this image and the laid-back vibe it evokes."
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"I love a good beach-themed drawing. I saw this image of a girl on a yellow-and-white beach towel and wanted to capture that in a drawing. After I posted this, a lot of my friends texted me requesting this print. People love the beach."
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"This drawing was inspired by an old advertisement from 1973. I love discovering vintage advertisements and campaigns to draw off of."
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"As soon as Tom Ford posted this image, I knew I wanted to draw it. The model Daphne Groeneveld has such beautifully exaggerated features. I tend to gravitate to faces that are interesting and bold. Her intense eye makeup and large lips were very fun to draw along with the Tom Ford fringe earrings. It's all drama here, and I love it."
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"I follow the account @candelanovembre. When I saw the image of her in this dress, I was immediately inspired and drawn to the simplicity of the black-and-white polka-dotted dress. I experimented by creating the silhouette of the dress all through dots."
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