Archive for the ‘Finnish’ Category

Designer Daniel Palillo, based in Helsinki, Finland makes clothes with a street-feel laced with a dark sense of humor. The women’s and kids’ outfits which are also part of his Spring/Summer 2012 “Never Mind” collection are just as wild.

Inspired by the time spent in America, Daniel Palillo’s latest collection draws from the anarchy of the designer’s teenage music heroes, while painting a portrait of his everyday lived experiences: Saturday evening soccer matches and Sunday morning cartoons.

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Store mangagerAnna Harju shows off a colorful frock in Marimekko's first "kiosk boutique"


The iconic Fnnnish textiles and fashion company Marimekko recently collaborated with Converse of the USA on a new line of sneakers. Earlier this week, Marimekko opened its first company-owned retail store in Oslo on fashion street Hegdehaugsveien; a new Marimekko store was launched in Stockholm’s Sturegallerian in mid-September; and in summer 2011 they opened a store in Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport.

On their home turf in Helsinki, the company’s flagship store has achieved a cosy atmosphere with an in-shop kafe that makes it a popular place to hang out. Another fresh idea is a trendy new “kiosk boutique,” located on Uudenmaankatu 13 in Helsinki.
Small can also be beautiful.
Photo: David Bartal

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Walking down a street in Finland on Monday, I glanced in a store window and saw this curvy furniture that stopped me in my tracks. Even though I was late for an interview, I had to take a quick look at the curvy beauties by Punkalive. Its no accident that Helsinki has been selected as World Capital for Design 2012.
Photo: David Bartal

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Is this cool, or what?

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Helsinki, Finland will next year take over as “Design Capital of the World.” To celebrate that happy occasion, the Finns plan early next month to share their best sounds and design with their Swedish cousins. The art gallery of the Finnish Institute at Snickarbacken 4 will spotlight illustration agency Agent Pekka, interior architect Vertti Kivi, artist Janna Syvänoja, architect Pekka Harni, fashion designer Jasmiine Julin-Aro and textile artist Heli Turoi-Luutonen.
Just across the street, at the S7 gallery, one of Finland’s most successful independent fashion labels—Ivana Helsinki – will be staging a separate exhibit of their “Velvet Lake” AW/11 collection (slideshow above). We can expect to see handmade Finnish knits, feminine printed silk and velvet dresses featuring peacock feather and “Jack Frost” embroideries, crushed velvet coats and “fluffed” knit dresses.
During the same period—October 4 to November 3, the Moi! Music festival will present the best of modern Finnish popular music, everything from pop to elektro, world music to hard rock.

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Finnish textile artist and designer Suvi Suikki combines pen-and-ink drawings made on hand-made paper with knitted fabrics, extending the possibilities of both media. She seems to operate in a grey zone between good and evil, the delicate and the grotesque.
That is the description, at any rate, contained in an invitation I got today to an exhibit of Suvi’s work which will be shown August 30-September 28 at the Finland Institute in Stockholm, located at Snickarbacken 4 in Stockholm (just a hop, skip and a jump from Stureplan).
Looks like cool stuff to me.

Looking at my window at a grey sky punctuated by a boring drizzle, I wish that an Indian Summer with above-normal warm temperatures would arrive in Stockholm. IvanaHelsinki, the stylish Finnish label, founded by the Suhonen sisters, will in any event be bringing a collection called “Indian Summer” to the Big Apple on September 9, during the New York Fashion Week. The spring/summer 2012 collection features a “Scandinavian version of western romantics, feathers, endless hot summer days, hippy girls and freedom dreams.”
Designer Paola Suhonen has created two original prints for the collection: one based upon feathers and the second on dreamcatchers.

The postal service in Denmark today unveiled two fashion stamps at City Hall in Copenhagen which pay tribute to the contribution to Danish culture made by fashion designers. Accessories by Silas Adler, the founder of the Soulland menswear brand, are featured on one of the stamps, while a sketch by Malene Birger of a design for women appears on the other. These aren’t the only designers in the Nordic region who can brag about stamp tributes. Minna Parikka, the queen of sexy high-heels, was recently honored with a postage stamp in home country Finland.

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Clogs seem to be making a comeback this summer. Check out this cheeky footwear from Saara Kivimäki of Helsinki. You can try them on at the Napa Shop if you ever happen to find yourself near Eerikinkatu 18 in the Finnish capital. The bright shoes are available in sizes 41-45, with laces in various colors.

I find it practical to keep a pair of old-school white clogs—big as aircraft carriers– stashed right behind my back door. They’re indestructible, and perfect when I’m barefoot or in socks and want to go onto the lawn on a cold, rainy day.

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Pirjo Suhonen

IvanaHelsinki, one of Finland’s most popular and successful fashion brands, is no longer in legal conflict with Ivana Trump, the former wife of real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Ivana Trump had filed a lawsuit against Paola Ivana Suhonen, creative director of the fashion label, charging that Suhonen had improperly used her Ivana trademark.

According to Finnish evening paper Ilta Sanomat, the American celebrity had sought tens of thousands of dollars in damages and a certain percentage of the revenues from clothing sales.

IvanaHelsinki founder and CEO Pirjo Suhonen– the sister of the label’s designer– says that the legal fireworks are over.

“We have agreed to no longer use IvanaHelsinki as a single word, and will instead put a space between Ivana and Helsinki,” she told the newspaper. The only people who benefited from the lawsuit were the lawyers, she added.

Ivana Helsinki will be showing its Velvet Lake collection for Fall/Winter 2012 on February 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NY. It is not known if Ivana Trump is on the guest list.

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