Commentary on Hyéres Fashion Festival

hyéres fashion festival 2015, Karl Lagerfeld, Caroline Princess of Monaco

Karl Lagerfeld and Princess of Monaco, Caroline. Via hs.fi

Finnish fashion scene (at least according to Helsingin Sanomat) has been buzzing.  We had four people, three collections in the finale of Hyéres Fashion Festival 2015. Super! I knew that they were in the finale but hadn’t seen the images of the collections until today in the aforementioned/linked Helsingin Sanomat article. The writer, Sami Sykkö, wrote rather brilliantly about the festival and gave commentary about Finnish fashion (hah) industry and the challenges it is facing (all the challenges, BTW, brought on by the industry itself).

Anyhoo, back to the finale. I can understand why these collections made it to the final round. The clothes were colourful and the designers had used tons of different techniques. Finnish fashion design used to be about screenprinted A-line skirts and T-shirts, mainly because designers over here don’t have access to good fabric stores and these collections are breaking the stereotype of Finnish/Scandinavian design:

However herein lies the problem. It’s great that fashion students have learned layering and pattern mixing. Moving away from the one dimensionality. These looks are very different what designers in Finland are offering right now, which is a good thing BUT what they have forgotten that we don’t live in a bubble, there’s a whole industry out there. An industry, that in the same time is about looking for a new thing and offering consumers what they want now. And these collections are not now. They are not fresh. Fresh in Finland, yes, but this Ukrainian Ann Demeulemeester-look is not current. It’s good for a designer to have their own vision but they should be using that vision to interpret the culture and times people are living now. If you look at the winning collection by Annelie Schubert:

Annelie Schubert, winner of Hyéres 2015, finalist

via arcstreet.com

You can see the collection is sophisticated. There are layers, there are textures but they are not fighting with each other. The silhouette is current and the overall vibe is a nod to 90s Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. And what is the very decade every design disciple is drawing from as inspiration?

Hyéres shortlisted finalists 2015, arc street

via Luxury Touch

Anyway, I’m happy that there were so many Finnish finalists. Finnish fashion industry has a long way to go still but at least designers are not to be faulted with the slow development. I DO have one beef though…The way Sami Sykkö reported this, it gave an impression that our three finalists were selected because they were Finnish. It makes mockery of the entire industry and the history of art & design. And art & design do not have a nationality. Sure, the nationality of the designers might explain/influence the form but it’s not the end all and be all. Although this is not only Sami Sykkö’s sin. It can be seen in any kind of reporting about Finnish people making it out there. Not ever they write that person is making it because he or she is good at what she does. No, they are always good because they are Finnish.

Le sigh.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Additional reading on Hyéres here: arcstreet.comvillanoailles-hyeres.com, style.com

It’s That Time of the Year Again…

eurovision 2015, austria, conchita

Last night I watched the final of Melodifestivalen, Swedish Eurovision Song Contest. As per usual their show was muy fantastic. They even had Conchita performing in the opening spectacle.

(I’m writing this muy jealous, because even though Finland is getting better at putting together a show, it’s still way too behind when it comes to style and showmanship. Dammit, I’m a loyal Eurovision-fan, I must be rewarded accordingly with a proper show!)

Anyhoo…I decided to take a peek at the Eurovision-website to see what kind of songs have gotten through so far. In my personal opinion, way too many slow songs but it bodes well for our punk song. (But I do like the fact that there a tons of female performers this year.) I don’t have favourites yet but I’m giving these guys another chance to impress me: Serbia, Slovenia, Malta, Belgium, Georgia (who is totally channeling Ruslana), Belarus, Germany and Sweden.

Have you checked out any of the songs yet? Last night I was tipped on Twitter about this guy, who unfortunately didn’t make it to the final of Melodifestivalen. I think we lost something here:

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Crafty Exhaustion

Valentine’s Day was a month ago. I had this super-fantastic idea to make cards for everyone I know. Well, not everyone I know. For the people I know and care about at least on some level.

I’m a joy to be with.

Anyway, guess what happened? I managed to make cards for even less than half of my list, sent only half of those and I’ve been crafty burnt out ever since. Good times.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. It was not all wasted effort. At least I came up with the way to use my Instagram-photos in crafting.

Vintage Style Valentine Heart (With Video!)

valentine heart in vintage style

vintage valentine heart DIY, paper heart

 

Couple of weeks ago, I got inspired by these vintage Valentine-cards and came up with my own. Very simple to do, no need for fancy cutters or anything. Just some cardstock, glue, glitter, and a gel pen and you are good to go.

Just a note about the video….Editing a video is DIFFICULT. And it’s made even more difficult when you haven’t noticed that your camera has stopped filming at some point. There’s some music in the beginning and the rest of it is silent, so if you’re not from Finland, there’s no language problem. But I digress…Here’s the video, enjoy! And please, give me some feedback! I need it!

-Thrifty Finn-

 

DIY Love Lights

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Do you still want to make a Valentine’s gift for someone special? This one is cheap and quick to make but has a big impact. I know. I just sent the one I made to my god-daughter and she has been ooh’ing and aah’ing over it for better part of the day. Here’s how…

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn, materials, cupcake

You need bunch of these paperstock cupcake cups. And…

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

One set of LED-fairy lights. Mine was a leftover from Christmas decorating. Then all you had to do is take your craft knife and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Cut a very small criss-cross pattern in the middle and push a LED-light through. Do this for all the lights and voila, you are done. No glue necessary! But if you want to fancy up the cups even more, you can take out your heart punch and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Punch away until you have a heart for every cup in your light string and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Very pretty! Now all you have to do is test if the set looks good:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

It does! Then you can wrap it in pretty pink paper and give it to your loved one.

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

There are lots of ways you can decorate the cups with. I used a heart punch but you can go crazy with glitter, markers, buttons, cut words and letters from newspapers…Whatever you fancy. Total cost for this project was 5 euros, so it really is a thrifty craft <3

-Thrifty Finn-