Fashion illustrator and Creative Director of The Sartorialist
Illustrator, Instagram inspiration and Creative Director of iconic fashion blog The Sartorialist – Jenny Walton is ours (and 188k others) fashion month muse. We caught up with the style authority ahead of her busy fashion week schedule to chat about her love of vintage, what it’s like to be one of industry’s leading illustrators and key tips on prepping for the shows…
Get inspired by Jenny’s unique style in statement tailoring and detailed dresses, and keep your look fresh with the perfect accessories.
Read the full interview with Jenny Walton below:
Where did you develop your much admired sense of style?
JW: Its kind of a mix of three things: my mum had me and my two sisters watch a lot of old Hollywood movies when I was growing up. She also was an amazing quilter as well so we all grew up sewing and she also really a loved a great bargain so I think a mix of those kind of three things really interested me when I was growing up and shaped me.
I really relate to that though the sewing skills I missed out on!
JW: You know it’s so funny, my fiancée Scott, who does The Sartorialist, he went to school for fashion as well and he is an amazing sewer, he hems all of his pants and the stitch-work is insane.
Who would you recommend we follow on Instagram?
JW: My favourite is not fashion related at all, it’s called @oceana. They're a non-profit that works to protect and also try and help restore the world's oceans and I think working in an industry like fashion you have to be aware of our impact on the world.
Do you have a style icon that you would like to emulate?
JW: I really like the Hepburns, I like Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn a lot. Even though both very classic in their style there is something very tomboyish about both of them.
Have you always wanted to be an illustrator?
JW: No you know it’s funny, it’s not something I ever thought about doing. I used to have this hour long commute every day and after a while I started to realise I should be using this time and I should be sketching and this was around 2014 when Instagram was becoming such a huge thing, so the end of the train ride I would post my sketch and it was great because I would just get this immediate reaction from people. It was really exciting for me to try and turn that into a career.
How satisfying to do something that you love.
JW: And if you can do it like I do it with my two year old beagle, Charlie, sitting on my lap all day that's really the dream, let me tell you.
Sweet cuddles all day! How would you describe your personal style?
JW: I think that my personal style is classic, but hopefully its still modern. You know I think its rooted in being classic from growing up watching those really beautiful women, but I don't want to look like I am at a vintage fashion fair or something.
It's fashion month, an editor's nightmare to have enough clean clothes to last throughout the month. How do you make your wardrobe work hard for you?
JW: For me the way that I can do that is really relying on my accessories, I think that's a great way to do it.
Thank you so much for all your sartorial advice Jenny, its really appreciated and we hope you have a fabulous fashion week. Hopefully see you on the front row!