SEALED WITH A KISS Dis­cover the wit and tongue-in-chic panache of the il­lus­tra­tor Don­ald Robert­son in a fash­ion-filled new vol­ume

Don­ald Robert­son’s af­fec­tion­ately play­ful wit is beloved by Bazaar and le­gions of his fash­ion­able fans

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Known as ‘Draw­bert­son’ to his 190,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers, the Cana­dian-born il­lus­tra­tor Don­ald Robert­son has spent decades chron­i­cling the fash­ion and beauty world with his char­ac­ter­is­tic brio and hu­mour. Hav­ing tried his hand at liv­ing in a gar­ret in Paris, Robert­son re­lo­cated to Amer­ica and promptly be­came the first artist-in-res­i­dence at MAC. He’s now a self­styled ‘cre­ative dis­rup­tor’ at Estée Lauder, where his projects range from the el­e­gant to the ec­cen­tric. ‘I cov­ered a Cadil­lac in the red lips I de­signed for Smash­box cos­met­ics and drove it around Art Basel, just for fun,’ he says.

His mag­pie eye and pas­sion for el­e­vat­ing the ev­ery­day are cel­e­brated in a new book that doc­u­ments his work. Dubbed ‘the mod­ern Andy Warhol’, Robert­son has pro­duced a pro­lific out­put that in­cludes hand-embellished Whole Foods bags. Th­ese un­usual art­works have be­come cov­eted col­lec­tors’ items, even fea­tur­ing in Bazaar ’s an­nual art sup­ple­ment. ‘There are seven of us in my house­hold, plus two dogs, so you can imag­ine how many gro­ceries we get through,’ says the fa­ther of five, when asked what in­spired him to use brown-pa­per bags as a can­vas. ‘I re­ally have the best of both worlds: fash­ion and fam­ily.’ cg

‘Don­ald: The Book’ (£60, As­souline) is pub­lished on 11 Septem­ber.

This page: a se­lec­tion of Don­ald Robert­son’s

art­works. Bot­tom right: the il­lus­tra­tor

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