Yelena Bryksenkova is inspired by a domestic love of everyday objects, as well as a fascination with the mystical and mysterious. We love the craftsmanship and intricate patterns of her pen and watercolor paintings. Plus, we respect anyone whose procrastination techniques involve chocolate layer cake.
Becca Stadtlander was one of our favorite illustrators even before she sealed the deal with two artisanal GIFs (straight from her studio to the Internet!). We love the way she layers rich, deliberate palettes in her intricate pastorals. “Color is the most important thing for me because people respond to it on such an emotional level.”
Derek Blasberg knows a thing or two about parties. Publications like Vogue and Style.com have heralded him as one New York’s most-invited guests and sought-after plus-ones, and something of a social genius, to boot. (For his thirtieth birthday extravaganza he threw what was later called the “chicest barnyard bash in history”; other party themes have included a “mod-velous ball” and “trailer park couture.”) But there’s no rest for the weary—when the party’s over, Blasberg goes to work as Harper Bazaar’s youngest-ever editor at large and a New York Times bestselling author two times over.