Hello All, it's been such a long time since I have blogged and I honestly have missed it terribly.
Now that my life is starting to regain a semblance of normality I will resume blogging regularly!
Until then here are some pictures of my Birthday party in March.
I wore: A costume from a 'Vegas Showgirls' online store and bodypaint by the MOST amazing artist (Will post her link after I ask her permission). Oh and some prosthetic ears :)
My Amazing cake
Fire twirling with Poi's staff and sword - thanks to my Cousin and her Boy (will link their entertainment company soon too - pictures do no justice).
PS: the party theme was fractured fairytale's and Mythological creatures.
I won't bore you with all the costumes but it was so much fun!
New job has kept me at the point of exhaustion for quite a while now.
Finally things are settling down though and getting back to normal!
I've got some exciting little events coming up soon which will of course warrant blogging about.
I've also made tonnes of purchases that are in line for a photo session so I can show and tell on here too.
This weekend I am off to our Nations capital to style my first photo shoot!! Which I am very excited about and more than a little nervous about too so wish me luck on that one.
I have some interviews in the works too and some more fashion history posts to keep you informed on the history of stylish men and women throughout the ages.
First historical fashion article: Installment 3 - Shaping our style...
this time I was recently lucky enough to interview my current favorite designer; the talented Minna Parikka. Minna's designs came to my attention about a year ago and I've been stalking her website ever since and admiring her work.
I was so excited when she agreed to answer some questions for my blog and I hope that you all appreciate her amazing work as much as I do. I'm currently saving up for some items in her latest collection!!
Thank you so much Minna!
Note: the clothes, gloves and masks are also available under at Minna's website
First of all can you describe your personal style and the influence if any that it has on your designs?
Idesign things that I can wear myself. All the designs come from me and they resemble my personality and the idea of beauty I have.
Is there anyone in particular who has influenced your personal style?My mother. she used to change my nappies in red lipstick and red varnished nails.
What made you decide to become a fashion designer, have you always felt drawn to this career?
I have know that I am going to be a shoe designer from the age of 15.
Favorite colour? leopard print
Did you face criticism from relatives or friends at your choice of career or were you supported throughout the process?
My sister was the one who had the idea that i was to become a shoe designer. My family and friends have been extremely supportive throughout the whole process of having my own brand. Without them i would have given up a long time ago.
How would you describe the aesthetic of the label?Sensual, fun and high quality.
What fabrics do you favor? leather. my shoes are all in leather: uppers, linings and soles. my favorite is high shine leathers or on the contrary buttery soft nappa or suede. I like to mix hard fetich image and innocent soft image.
What is the fashion scene in Finland like? Fashion scene here in Helsinki is tiny. We have only few brands that have international potential and that are ambitious. The good thing is that everybody has their own style and brands are not copying each other, everybody knows each other here.
Do you perceive that there is a pressure on you to conform to local idea's of fashion and style; does this limit your creativity? Not at all! it is totally the opposite. Here I feel like I don't need to run after seasonal trends or other influences. Here I have space to create the things that I think are beautiful and what i would want people to wear. My style is not Finnish at all. It is really difficult to spot the origin of my design style. Mostly people think that i am from London.
Do you ever draw inspiration from fashion history? I love history and nostalgia. My collections will always have a hint of the past. I used to have a very vintage look but now my style has grown up more and I am going into a more high class and elegant look without losing the enjoyment of designing.
Who do you see wearing your collection? I have so many different kinds of women as my fans here in Finland as well as internationally. It can be a sharp business woman, fashion victim, older lady or a rock star. Pretty much any woman with attitude and personality.
What would you like to achieve for the company over the next 5 years? We are working hard to get the brand known internationally. I am well known in my own country we have a boutique and a webshop and we are stocked in 10 different countries. I want to get more retailers internationally.
What’s your take on the plus size model debate? Luckily shoes don't have this problem. A pump will fit a size 0 or plus size model.
If you could give an aspiring designer one piece of advice what would that be? Find your own style, stick to it but always remember to follow your time and keep your senses open. People will have so many opinions and suggestions what you should be doing. Trust yourself.
Do you ship worldwide? we ship nearly world wide.
Anything else you would like to add?
I want to design shoes that are fun and attractive. I find that sometimes when men design shoes they are bit too over the top. They are not actually something that I as a woman would like to wear. It is important that there is a certain sense of wearability. There is always some elements that can be added to shoes to make them just that little bit more comfortable.
Following up on Rubin Singer (above) by delving into his famous fathers past as a parisian born designer who became one of the soviet unions most celebrated designers and modist to one of the worlds most infamous dictators.
I've also got another installment of the history of the crinoline in the works and I'll be going back the the days of the Farthing wheel and the Pannier.
Also I have a very exciting interview lined up with a desinger I adore and I just know you will too.
Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview some of the members of a fresh and relatively new label Sosume.
Sosume is no ordinary design team however the members met in New York and the member reside in Melbourne, Sydney and New York
They also have a strong commitment to Eco friendly fashion which is what really caught my attention.
My long term readers know I am very interested in 'fashion that cares'.
As their website states all collections are made with organic and natural fabrics from the most accredited mills in the world
all garments are manufactured in Australia
three percent of the proceeds of each garment are donated to a small number of charities which
promote and aid sustainable development and practices
So without further ado here is my little Q&A session with the lovely designers from Sosume
Tell me about Sosume’s commitment to charity and eco friendly practices; was this a focus when creating the label or did it come about after the fact?
Sosume’s commitment to bringing awareness to the sustainable movement is deliberate. We are a young, cool brand that cares about the world we’re growing up in. Our focus when creating the label was, and still is, to utilize eco-friendly fabrics, reduce our carbon footprint, and influence our own generation to do the same. We have always given a percentage of our profits to environmental agencies.
Do you see the future of fashion moving towards a more environmentally and socially conscious model?
Definitely. There are so many different industries - such as energy, automotive, and even beauty/health products - that are using new technology and developments that sustain resources and are a more responsible and healthier option. Fashion has been moving in this direction for years and it finally seems to be transcending the hippie/earth mother stigma into an exciting new way of dressing for the fashion and environmentally savvy.
The Sosume team is spread between Australia and the USA how did you all come together to collaborate on the label?
Alex (Melbourne based) studied and graduated from college in New York City, where we all met a few summers ago. He wanted to start a fashion company and, after various meetings and much consultation we came up with Sosume and started developing our first season. Soon after SS 9/10, Alex relocated back to Australia and we continued to develop our second, and now third, seasons.
What challenges if any are presented by the location of your colleagues?
Communication is essential and it is very demanding to sync schedules across different time zones - sometime deadlines in Australia are literally one day ahead of NYC, so time management is crucial. We video chat regularly and send emails everyday around the clock. We all have Smartphones so sending and receiving emails between all entities involved is easy. Of course, traveling is often necessary since we are on opposite sides of the world; we all do what's necessary.
Do you draw inspiration from fashion history? Tell me about the inspiration behind the collection?
Fashion history is very important to understand and reference, especially when trying to understand the way trends cycle over time. Right now, while working on our new spring collection, we are looking back at utility dress and military uniforms, focusing on the functional aspect of the designs.
How would you describe the aesthetic of the label?
The current aesthetic of the label is a very modern, clean look. All of the pieces in the collection can be layered over one another. This aesthetic is meant to reflect the way people live in a post-modern world, giving the option of making unique, individualized put-together looks with a palette of easy pieces.
Who do you see wearing your collection?
Anyone! We purposely designed a collection ranging from basics to more fashion-forward pieces to satisfy every young, eco-conscious person; whether you're a die hard environmentalist, or just discovering your inner sustainable fashion self. We even invited young guys to take part by adding a small men’s line to this collection, plus many of our pieces are genderless.
Potential clients: Aygness Deyn, Cameron Diaz, Rihanna, Kate Moss, Natalie Imbruglia, fashion blogger muses of NYC/LA/Sydney/Tokyo
What made you decide to become a fashion designer, have you always felt drawn to this career?
Paulina: My Mom was always well dressed and took me with her while shopping. I've always been obsessed with clothing, playing dress up, making dresses for my Barbies, buying second-hand things and cutting them up... I never thought about other options; fashion was always what I saw myself doing. I would devour fashion magazines as a teenager and love to find antique and vintage items - now I have collections of random things and references, like a library of inspiration.
Rachel: How I got to this point is just by doing what I liked, really. I lived for arts and crafts as a kid and that eventually led into making my own clothes. I didn’t really pay attention to fashion like I do now; I just loved to sew. Figuring out how to make something was the funnest kind of puzzle to me. It’s when I moved to New York at 17 that I really understood that I could do what I loved as a career.
How cute is this playsuit? Anyone want to buy me one?
Can you describe your personal style?
Paulina: My style is constantly changing-it’s always quirky, but balanced, and I have the right mix of vintage + modern pieces.
Rachel: My style is experimental; I have fun with clothing, it's playful-I never take myself too seriously.
If you could give an aspiring designer one piece of advice what would that be?
Paulina: Be passionate, work hard, listen to your gut instincts, and develop a point of view.
Rachel: Don’t pay attention to limits…there is always a way to make something work!
You can check out the Sosume website (they have an AMAZING sale on at the moment 50-80% off some of the items in the SS09/10 collection. They also have a list of stockists there.