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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

DIY Inspired by Lalaloopsy

Few weeks before Christmas, my friend called me to ask for help to hunt some toys on the interwebs. It turned out that her kids (3 & 5) were into a new kids show (well, new over here) called Lalaloopsy and she wanted find some play sets that weren’t available in Finland. In the end I found this set on the Ebay and boy, was it a hit with the kids:

via amazon.com

Me and my friend had several discussions about these and reminisced our own childhood. We would have gone nuts over these had they existed when we were kids.

All the cuteness of Lalaloopsy led me to get inspired by them and I got an idea to sew something Lala-related myself. At first I thought about making some kind of play mat and I even ordered bunch of themed ribbons from Ebay. However, I knew I wouldn’t necessary get them on time for Christmas so I decided to come up with a back-up plan and I started doing more research on the dolls themselves. Then I found this image:

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I fell in love with the Marie Antoinette’esque dress and then suddenly thought, wouldn’t it be fun if the girls could BE Lalaloopsy-dolls themselves?

Of course it would  be.

I went through my vintage fabric stash and pulled all the fabrics that I thought had the playfulness of the dolls. In the end I had six choices:

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My first choice was the pink one in the middle but I felt it was too faded to handle kids’ play. Then my second was the yellow plaid but I didn’t have enough for two dresses. The yardage I needed ( and the concept I had in my head) lead me to use the teal plaid.

At first I wanted to do two dresses but knowing the kids, I decided to make a top and a matching skirt and for that I came up with the genius idea altering a T-shirt. Mad rush to H&M and a fantastic deal, 3 for 2 on organic cottons, then back home via the fabric store and I was ready to sew.

I began the process by taking off the sleeves, preserving the seam allowances so there wouldn’t be any unravelling, and used them as a template to create a puffy sleeve:

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Winging it comes with a cost. I managed to eff up the sleeves on both tops by forgetting to cut seam allowances. Luckily I have lots of yardage of this fabric. Anyhoo, I sewed a simple puffy sleeve and added an elastic in the hem. I also left a small opening in there just in case the sleeves would be too tight or too loose on the girls’ arms.

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Looks so sweet! But a little bit plain for Lalaloopsy-play so I added some details on the front using another one from my fabric shortlist but pictures of that later….

The skirt was very simple to do. Basic, rectangular piece of fabric that I hemmed and sewed together, adding a separate waistband with an elastic inside:

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On my mad dash I had stopped by at the fabric store to get some shock pink tulle with a plan to make a light tulle under skirt. In the end I decided to add it on the hem as the skirt was full by itself. Do you want to see the full outfits? Of course you do:

IMG_20141217_135933 IMG_20141217_173125 The girls look so cute wearing them! I want to do more of these dresses but I’m not sure if they would realize that this set was also done by me and thus I’d burst their Santa Claus-bubble. I’m all for speaking the truth but some things should have magic as long as possible. Here’s the older kid wearing the outfit:

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I am a super-duper sewer and a crafter and a friend indeed. How did your Christmas crafting go? Anything really good and appreciated? If you have any questions about making these, I’m happy to answer :)

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. A total cost for these two outfits was about 25 euros. The most expensive was the main fabric, which is from 60s.

From Nespresso to Ooh La Laa

Spotted on Iltalehti

outilespyy, trashion ,nespresso

Image via outilespyy.com

Every year on December 6th,  there’s a ball at the presidential palace to celebrate Finland’s Independence Day. It’s televised and we get to judge all the outfits as the guests arrive to greet the president and his spouse. Yes, this pretty much is the only real red carpet event in Finland.

This year Finnish artist/blogger/designer Outi Les Pyy, who is Finland’s foremost authority on ethical fashion and recycling, got invited by Nespresso to design a dress for the event using their coffee capsules. It’s amazing, that’s all I have to say:

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Photography Kanerva Mantila @ outilespyy.com

You can read more about the dress by clicking the links (in Finnish) but I’m sure you can get inspired even if you can’t speak Finnish:

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I, however, got depressed. Other people make amazing evening gowns and I can’t even be arsed to finish a pattern for a basic top that I started two months ago. *le sigh*

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Today’s Good Homo News

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Image via out.com

All is not bad in Finland. Even though gays over here can’t get married, they can sleep in their very own sheets! Wow! Finnish homewear manufacturer Finlayson teamed up with the Tom of Finland  Foundation to produce a line of sheets, towels and whatnot.

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Via out.com

Admittedly these are very cool. You can buy yours from HERE and if bedsheets aren’t your thing, there are items for kitchen coming out too! Hopefully all the products stays in production for long time. That would solve my Christmas giving problems for years to come!

Well done, Finlayson, well done indeed.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can read about the line in English HERE. In Finnish HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

Mayday, Mayday. This Is Finnish Fashion Scene, Reporting an Emergency.

Today I spotted on my Facebook-feed a link to a Daily Fail– story about North Korean fashion week. Yes, really. I was ready to get all harhar-this-is-funny but then I saw this:

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Then this:

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And this:

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I don’t know about you but it seems to me that North Korean prison camps have surprising level of technical knowledge and design skills, and not to mention, produces sexier and more sellable crap than most Finnish brands.

This can’t be right. I would take that black suit in a heartbeat. The original story is HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-