To Richard Haines, New York City is an endless runway. Richard first moved to the city to pursue a career in illustration. Yet instead he found his calling as in fashion design. Working for brands such as Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Sean Combs and Bill Blass, he developed a keen eye for the often overlooked details of form, fabric and draping. This laid a foundation for his illustration work and after years in the world of fashion design, his career has now comes full circle allowing him to emerge as one of todays most sought-after fashion illustrators.
His wildly popular blog, "What I Saw Today," documents the clothes and attitudes of New York's every day trendsetters and fashion icons of all ages. It is not uncommon to see Haines seated front row at fashion week's most desirable shows. He sits busily sketching images for magazines and blogs who hire him to record the nuances that cannot be captured on film. His sensitive renderings of his vast array of subjects uncover a deeply sentimental treatment. His fascination with the people behind the styles informs his every stroke; propelling his work into spaces where art and fashion intersect.
Most recently, his solo exhibit “A Room of One’s own”opened in the fall of 2015 at Daniel Cooney Fine Art.
In 2012 Miuccia Prada chose Richard Haines to create the artwork that would become the iconic imagery of the “Il Palazzo” men’s collection campaign. He attended a presentation of the men’s collection for inspiration to create series of sketches that became a 150-page concept book sent to top global fashion editors. In addition, his illustrations were transformed into a virtual reality iPad app (created by James Lima) and a capsule tee collection sold in Prada flagship stores in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Richard also covered men’s shows for NY Times T Magazine and has documented menswear trends for a weekly column for the Sunday Times London. Among his clients are Prada, J.Crew, Pennyblack, Il Palacio del Hierro, Calvin Klein, Coach, Georg Jensen, Bobbi Brown, Unionmade Goods, Barneys, Mr. Porter Grazia, The New York Times Style Magazine, Man of the World, GQ and GQ Italy.
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