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Welcome to the Racked Awards, our annual celebration of the best in fashion, beauty, shopping, and health. Below, see our nominees for the Best Instagram You're Not Following Yet.
Artful cappuccino foam, Valentino Rockstuds, avocado toast, repeat. If you think your Instagram feed has gotten a bit monotonous lately, it probably has. Once a platform for discovery, Instagram has become inundated with big brands looking to increase sales by way of the double tap, bloggers buying followers, and models showing off swag. Even so, it's still a great way to get original work seen by the masses—and yes, there's still original work to be seen! We've rounded up five of our favorite fashion-y accounts that are absolutely worth a follow.
This is for those of us who have ever wondered what Frida Kahlo would look like in a Céline tee. While you're waiting for the Alexander Wang for H&M collaboration to drop, Chris Rellas is collaborating with Johannes Vermeer and Sandro Botticelli. A sophomore at Georgetown University, Rellas sneaks the latest runway pieces and beauty trends into old-school fine art. Girl with a Pearl Earring becomes Girl with a Chanel Earring with the crafty inclusion of some interlocking C's. Even Wang's spring 2015 sneaker bag has gotten the @copylab treatment.
Donald Robertson is the artist illustrating fashion's latest obsessions. For his day job, Robertson heads creative development at Bobbi Brown, but he spends his early mornings sketching. Once Robertson began posting his drawings on Instagram, the breadth of his work widened and he was soon discovered by big names like Carine Roitfeld and Jenna Lyons. Fun fact: He designed a wallpaper print for the home of Warby Parker's Neil Blumenthal, which was then discovered by designers for J.Crew's children's line and will appear on Crewcuts clothing soon. He is a fan of the ceaseless nature of Instagram, telling the New York Post, "You get to react in real time. It used to be that you did a painting, but you'd have to save it for your next art show. We live in an ADD culture, so I want constant flow." For example, Robertson was able to post his illustration of Moschino's Barbie collection moments after it left the runway. Robertson's unexpected social media fame has even resulted in him scoring a solo exhibition at the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton. His work has moved off paper too, with three-dimensional works like a Kermit the Frog Birkin (Kèrmes!) and a box of Coco Chanel Puffs.
A scroll through Philippa Stanton's Instagram account will inspire you to purchase perfectly mismatched china, grab some fresh flowers, and maybe even make the switch from coffee to tea (maybe). Stanton is an artist living in the UK who photographs beautiful table arrangements that typically include beautiful blooms and her favorite afternoon drink. They are part of her still life composition series entitled "The Table," which has garnered her more than 360,000 followers. You'll feel like you're relaxing in the English countryside, even if you're really just browsing the beautiful feed on a crowded subway.
Giulia Scalese of The Collecteur assembles clothing and accessories on solid backgrounds that pop to construct totally quirky, truly unique Insta-art. A Mansur Gavriel bucket bag-turned-flower pot? Genius. The Collecteur began as a place for Scalese to catalog her favorite pieces on and off the runway, but soon became a whimsical fashion feast all its own. These are the images you dream of covering your apartment walls with (and you can!).
Parisian illustrator and all-around creative force Cédric Rivrain has had his work featured in magazines like Número and designed clothing for big-deal brands like John Galliano, Nina Ricci, and Kenzo. He was introduced to fashion by his mother, who would bring him along on outings to Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, and was always drawing, even as a child. His main focus is on the eyes, piercing and memorable. Through the work he promotes on his account, Rivrain seeks to bring a handmade touch back to an industry that has become increasingly digitized. As he told Interview, "I think fashion illustration brings some poetry back to the commercial fashion world. It's something authentic. Fashion [images] are all so digital now and with illustration, you know there's a human behind it."
So, who's the Racked Awards winner? We love all of these accounts (really, follow them!), but this year's very best is @thecollecteur! Giulia Scalese's serious skills and winking appreciation for fashion generate eye-catching arrangements unlike anything else out there.