Pre-Helsinki: Fashion from FinLand


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When I have a chance to see young designers from somewhere other than Europe, I usually jump at the chance to see them.  Free from the constraints of conventional fashion-speak, from stores or certain editors who might approve or disapprove; they are really the lifeblood of the fashion industry.  This was the case at the HELSINKI presentation that was in LE MARAIS during fashion week in a Gallery, a fitting place.  Here you could really tour the designs, speak directly to the designers and see it first-hand.  The creation process is much like theater school; you try things that work, and some of it does and some of it does not.  But this group was very edited with really the best that Finland had to offer.

A rare treat that ranged from hand-painted graphics, bold prints, unusual combinations of textures, even a new version of what could be called Mininimalist. Some Designers were really on the verge of greatness, and some were just getting started. So much you see in a show like this is both inspirational, instructional, and also you can spot the stars, too. 

This group of designers are destined for the Barney's New York audiences and specialty boutiques worldwide.  They are not for the timid or mainstream person but remind us that creativity and art in fashion is still alive, and well. 

Here's the list of designers who showed there:  




Sasu Kauppi

Siloa & Mook

Satu Maaranen 


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Pikke Allen

Pikke Allen is a Writer and Principal Consultant for her own Content & Branding Atelier. Her passion for all things French is a tribute to her dad, a French teacher and devoted Francophile. She grew up on the left bank in Paris during one of the most fruitful periods in art, fashion and culture in the 1970s. Pikke has been published on a variety of travel platforms including 'Girls Guide to Paris'...(Read More)

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