While Karl Lagerfeld's drawings are pretty visible, most modern designers never (get to) show the illustrations that lies behind their collections. Therefore I really appreciate these two books; Young Fashion Designers and Fashion Illustration by Fashion designers.
I got Fashion Illustration as a birthday gift from my boyfriend, and I can really recommend making this as a Christmas gift - for yourself or for someone else. The selection of designers are really good and I appreciate that the author Laird Borelli also has ventured outside the big fashion cities in her search for interesting illustrators.
I have to say I was completely blown away by some of the illustrations in this book. It's clear that several famous designers could easily have made an career as artists as well.
I love the scribble style of Sonia Rykiel's drawings.
As for my winter jacket, well that project is on the back burner since I got a really stubborn back pain this weekend. It's slowly getting better but so far the only tangible result (except the pattern) is this: