Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

Don't forget the sparkling and New Year's donuts!
Best wishes for 2013!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

dress in progress

I have shown you before the december dress, today I was sewing the lace part of it. It is a beautiful fabric in brown and copper with small sequins in matt brown and dark pink.

It's not yet ready, but I think I have deserved a little break for today... I also have to find a fitting name for this beauty in progress... ah well, Diana of course!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

season's greetings

Merry christmas from the North !

I hope everyone is having a wonderful christmas time with the loved ones!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

christmas turkey

This year for christmas there will be turkey. My Dad has this funny "tradition" to name the  birds he gets with very old-fashioned German names like Erna, Kunigunde, Frieda. My mom always just rolls her eyes, but it reminded me of this scene out of the movie "Giants" with Liz Taylor and James Dean.

But a christmas turkey is a serious business, so let's get back to the preparation. I found this tempting recipe which we will try out.

3 onions
6 cloves garlic
100g smoked beacon
100g pork belly
400g pork neck
200g veal
1 turkey
150g boiled chestnuts
200ml cream
50g pistachios
50ml Armagnac
100ml white port wine
olive oil
salt & pepper

1. Cut onions and garlic into small pieces and fry them slightly in olive oil. 
2. Cut all the meat except for the turkey into small pieces. You can also use a kitchen machine.
3. Mash the chestnuts together with the cream, pistachios, Armagnac and port wine. Add the garlic and onions.
4. Mix it together with the meat and season with salt and pepper.
5. Stuff the turkey with the farce. Keep it closed with a kitchen thread.
6. Rub the turkey from the outside with oil, salt and pepper.
7. Let it roast for approximately 3 hours in the oven at 120°C. Keep it humid by basting the turkey with its own liquid from time to time.

Enjoy & a merry christmas!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

christmas is coming

Are you already in christmas mood, or are you still chasing for presents, baking huge amounts of cookies or simply just trying to get the work organized before you can enjoy the holidays?
I am in the middle of all of this, except maybe for the cookies as I am waiting for the package my mom has send me... but now it's time for a cup of tea and watching the blizzard outside here. Just couple of days to go!


Friday, 7 December 2012

Finnish Independence - a reason to celebrate Finnish Design

I couldn't resist and were watching yesterday the first time in my life the president's reception. But you need to know that there is quite a hype about who is designing whose dress for this very special occasion. 
I was especially interested in Teemu Muurimäki's design for the sailor Mikaela Wulff as the first pictures and sketches were quite promising. And indeed it turned out to be my evening's favorite.

Another dream, this time in red was worn by the actress Mari Ylipää. The dress is designed by Hanna Sarén. The complete look is very stylish, with the hair laid in vintage waves and the simple red satin with stunning details.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

my december dress

December is probably the most festive month of the year in the Finnish calendar. And today is the Finnish Independence Day, which means that probably ninety percent of the population is sitting in front of the TV to watch the Reception at the President's Palace and to praise and curse the dresses and outfits of the invited. 

I got also in a more festive mood and started to experiment with different materials.

The pattern is based on a show dress worn by Diana Ross and I am working on the underdress right now, made of chocolate brown silk. The main fabric will be a lace fabric with brown and pink sequins as you can guess from the picture.

I will show you more later, but for now: 
Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

London: tea time for fashionistas

Just two days till London. And what could be more traditional for a visit in London than attending an afternoon tea. The Berkeley Hotel offers a special Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea for fashion victims like you and me! 

Inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world, the Prêt-à-Portea adds a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs. 

The new Autumn/ Winter 2012 Prêt-à-Portea collection:
- Manolo Blahnik "Neurotica" pink polk a dot cake pumps with gianduja cream
- Yves Saint Laurent fashionista's favourite "Cabas Chyc" green Victoria sponge cake handbag
- Fendi sell-out maple and ginger ankle boot biscuit with yellow and black icing
- Marc Jacobs double breasted chocolate biscuit blazer with show stopping sparkly pink icing
- Lanvin chocolate and orange mousse topped with mouth-watering French meringue
- Diane Von Furstenberg pink lady apple mousse and kalamancy cremeux topped with playful interlocking sugar puzzles
- Giambattista Valli red macaroon with rose ganache and lavish chocolate ruffles
- Prada red-carpet favourite nougatine and beriolette mousse with geometric pattern
- Burberry Prorsum layered praline, dulcey cream and chocolate mousse trench coat topped with stylish violet umbrella 

The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Oulu - different shades of beige

All those pictures were taken during the nearly 5 years I am living here in Finland. The city is Oulu and a bit special for me, because it was my first destination of exploring the country. So there I am holding the hand of the market policeman in 2008 and just one week ago. We both haven't changed a lot, as you can see, his outfit is still the same and my jacket too! It's one of my favorite pieces.

I realized, I like the smokey eyes in the picture a lot. Have to try it again, it's a perfect winter look!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

London Calling - about a story teller and a master of couture

Just one week, and I am in London  for a weekend! I have found two great exhibitions which are both in the Somerset House, which is famous for the London Fashion Week.

The topic is fashion, seen from different perspectives. The first exhibition "Story Teller" takes us to the surreal world created by fashion photographer Tim Walker. Whereas the second one shows us the world of fashion through the eyes of designer Valentino - "Master of Couture".

Tim Walker - self portrait with cakes
Valentino & Red

When you find yourself suddenly surrounded by

80 white rabbits,
20 ballerinas,
17 mirrored geese,
250 ostrich eggs (sprayed gold),
1 box of giant hands,
20 Christmas trees
and 1 Rolls-Royce

you are not dreaming; you might have ended up on a photo setting of Tim Walker. He is one of the most exciting and influential fashion photographers working today and his imagination seems to be sheer limitless. While he claims, that the camera ‘is simply a box put between you and what you want to capture’ the exhibitions shows a glimpse of Walker's surreal world: there are installations and a selection of the extraordinary props and models on show like the giant grotesque dolls for Italian Vogue and an almost life-size replica of a doomed Spitfire fighter plane.


"Valentino: Master of Couture" 

celebrates the life and work of the fashion designer. We all have the famous Valentino Red in mind and the exhibition will showcase exquisite haute couture designs worn by style icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren.


The exhibition gives a private view of Valentino's world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the master. The second part takes the visitor on a journey into the secretive world of Italian couture. While walking on the catwalk one hundred and thirty Valentino haute couture designs can be seen.

Monday, 19 November 2012

resort 2013 - a pattern cruise

As the end of year is getting closer and closer the first spring looks from the resort collection make us dream already of lighter and warmer times. One motive throughout  the collections are strong patterns. I have collected here my favorites from Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen and Balmain.

Roberto Cavalli has created a powerful complete look inspired by fine porcelain pattern. 

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The look of Alexander McQueen is inspired by David Bowie. His androgynous look of the 70s and 80s is a source of inspiration for many designer who search for extremes. The look combines high waists, an elongated leg and peaked shoulder to give the female silhouettes a harder and more precise shape with a masculine edge. The colors participate in the game of extremes and vary between a pure black and white and the coolness of silver and the warmth of gold.

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The collection of Balmain takes us on a journey to Miami in the 80s. The soundtrack for this mix is already in my mind... the theme of Miami Vice. We see strong pattern mixes in black and white combined with florals. The shoulders are getting wider. We see washed and pleated denim jumpsuits and pastel shades. 

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Enjoy the journey and don't forget to mix and match!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

working title: Ornella

A short update from the sewing table... I have found this amazing silk fabric and started to work on another dress idea. I have some really great vintage patterns and created a dress out of two different patterns. 

The first pattern is a dress in 50's style, which I have adapted into a skirt, the second one is a blouse from the 40's. I have called the dress-to-be Ornella, after one of my favorite Italian actresses from my childhood. 

I have the first pictures of the sample dress just taken. The lower part of the dress will be made of the printed silk and the upper part gets the plum colored chiffon.
It has been a lot of work for a weekend, but I can't wait to start with the real material.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween vintages

          Yvonne de Carlo
                    Ann Miller

                                       Cid Charisse
Ann Miller

Here some treats for you! Happy Halloween!

Monday, 29 October 2012

boutique - the exhibition

The second art project, I would like to introduce to you is a great exhibition here in Helsinki's Amos Anderson Museum called "Boutique". You still have couple of days left to watch it! It is an exhibition combining fashion, art, dance and music.

Rauha Mäkilä & Jualiana Harki
Rauha Mäkilä & Jualiana Harki

The museum facilities were transformed into an area containing a shop-in-shop idea created by the architects Jaakko Pesonen and Klaus Aalto, which gave artists and designers the space to present their collaborative works they created as a team. 
Also the exhibition's logos are a work of collaboration, based on photographs prepared by artist Rauha Mäkilä and photographer Jualiana Harki.

Tero Puha & Teemu Muurimäki
The first work while entering the exhibition, is a piece by artist Tero Puha and fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki which revolves around a luxurious perfume called Body Beautiful. In their work, the pair examines branding and how a product can be formed into a desirable product using visual methods.

Katja Tukiainen & Samu-Jussi Koski
Katja Tukiainen & Samu-Jussi Koski

Artist Katja Tukiainen and fashion designer Samu-Jussi Koski have created an installation named "Tyttöevakot". Tukiainen has designed a composition of girl statues, for which Samu-Jussi Koski has designing a Karelian-influenced clothing range. Their work tells a story both charming and political, in which the good triumphs over the evil.

Paola Suhonen & Mikko Ijäs
While exploring the work of fashion designer Paola Suhonen and artist Mikko Ijäs, one dives into a labyrinth of rooms. Each room has a different atmosphere based on the short films by Paola Suhonen, onto which Ijäs has painted his own paintings using iPhone technology. 
Paola Suhonen & Mikko Ijäs
The performance installation 15% by clothes designer Timo Rissanen and space designer Salla Salin comments on the side of the clothing industry which remains unseen by the consumer. The work poses questions on the true price of the global market economy by forming a production line in the museum producing "cheap" white T-shirts.
Jani Leinonen & Minna Parikka
Jani Leinonen & Minna Parikka

The work by artist Jani Leinonen and shoe designer Minna Parikka emphasises the link between fashion and art in the form of a surreal spatial piece. They have created a three-room space installation presenting Leinonen's wallpapers, which draws on influences from pop art and comics. Minna Parikka has designed special shoes with the same wallpaper which are presented in the room and melt together with the surrounding!
Heidi Lunabba & Nutty Tarts
Artist Heidi Lunabba and artistic duo Nutty Tarts (a.k.a Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri) have produced a collaborative art project named Cultural Dresscode. Their aim is to investigate the ways in which different groups distinguish themselves and build their own identity through style and dress. The group of artists has invited people to participate in the work and share what kind of group they feel they belong to and how they express their social place in their look. The answers are presented in changing room like constructions telling the story of different people using photographs and video.

Heidi Lunabba & Nutty Tarts
Heidi Lunabba & Nutty Tarts

Choreographer Anna Mustonen, clothes designer and photographer Jasmin Mishima and Federico Cabrera (Gilles et Dada), video artist Timo Wright, sound designer Heidi Lind and dancers Saara Töyrylä and Masi Tiitta combine dance, fashion and sound design as well as video art to examines how clothing shapes us, how we move and our identity.
The exhibition is still running until l November 12th!