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!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

autumn treats

I like the cold period of the year when you can hide with a glass of tea on your sofa and watch the leaves turn yellow and red or enjoy a nice walk on a crisp and sunny day. Believe it or not, we have seen the first snow flakes here already.

Perfect for a lovely autumn day, I have two nice and simple dishes from Alsace for you!

Helsinki, Arabianranta


one chicken cut in pieces
(you can also just take pieces of it according to your liking, but keep in mind the meat with bones gives better taste)
150g butter
2 onions
3 carrots
500g champignons
30 cl Riesling
1 bouquet garni
500 ml water
salt & pepper
crème fraiche (optional)
 fresh parsley

1. fry the chicken pieces in 100g of the butter until they get slightly colored from all sides.
2. add the sliced onions, carrots and champignons and fry together for a while then add the wine.
3. add the bouquet garni and the water, season with salt and pepper and let it simmer on average heat for 1 1/2 hours.

Coq au Riesling - under construction

meanwhile prepare the dough for the Spätzle
325 g flour
3 eggs
15ml milk
salt, pepper & nutmeg

4. mix all ingredients together until you have an even smooth dough
5. take a big kettle and bring water to boil
6. take a wooden kitchen board, flour the surface and add a one cm layer of dough
7. divide small pieces of dough with a spatula and let them slide into the boiling water
8. let them boil for five minutes, then take them out and fry them in the remaining butter
9. back to the Coq au Riesling, after the 1 1/2 hours have passed take out the meat and the vegetables and arrange it on plates. Reduce the sauce, if needed and add some crème fraiche, if you like. Serve with sauce and decorate with some leaves of fresh parsley.


Baeckeoffe - ready to eat


400g meat ( beef, lamb and pork)
2 gloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
30cl Riesling or Muscadet
50 g beacon
400g potatoes
2 carrots
1/4 celery root
1 leek
1 onion
salt & pepper

1. cut the meat in 2 cm big pieces and mix with wine, garlic and bay leaves  and let it marinate over night.
2. on the following day, save the liquid into a different bowl. Take four small oven dishes and grease them with the beacon.
3. cut the beacon into small cubes and the vegetables into thin slices and preheat the oven to 180°C
4. take half of the potatoes and fill the forms with it. The next layer will be the meat, then comes  a layer with all other vegetables. Season every layer with salt and pepper and thyme. Finish with a layer of potatoes.
5. add the wine marinade and close the forms with aluminum foil. Let it bake in the oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then remove the cover and bake another 15 minutes.


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Soundsuits by Nick Cave

Lately I came across some interesting projects which achieve the symbiosis of different aspects of art and design which I would like to introduce to you.

The first example are the the soundsuits by Nick Cave who is a performance artist and fabric sculptor from the USA where he teaches fashion at the School of Art in Chicago. He has been creating wearable sculptures for nearly twenty years now and with his work he creates a symbioses between fashion, art, architecture, music and dance. 
Each piece is formed from an wide array of materials such as sequins, twigs, feathers, knit pieces, buttons, beads, wire, metal, human hair and voodoo dolls. 

Nick Cave, who has also worked as a dancer, incorporates his appreciation of human form and movement in the development of his soundsuits. The pieces are intended to be worn, because the quality of each ensemble is further enhanced by the dynamism of the person inside the outfit. 
Every soundsuit creates a different sound and invites to dance, feel and dream art while another function is also to protect the person who wears the sculpture and create a shelter. 

Monday, 15 October 2012

birthday dinner

I celebrated my birthday this year in my home town in Germany and went to the restaurant where my passion for France and French food has started: 
La Provence in Hanover.

It's a lovely place and you can sense the passion for food and details of Heike & Jürgen Piquardt in every little corner of this place. We were lucky to get the chance to enjoy a great dinner in the glass pavilion as the restaurant will close at the end of month.

The couple will retire and move to Provence, but for all lovers of French cuisine, they will offer summer courses.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

To Rome With Love

If you haven't seen the new Woody Allen movie yet, go and see! After "Midnight in Paris", Woody Allen takes us to another mythical city and shows us the Italian culture and life style through his big glasses with a lot of humor, passion and neurosis (after all he is Woody Allen). 

But beware, you might get travel fever!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

fashion week special - spring/summer 2013

The last weeks were all about the new spring/summer looks for the next year 2013 and I loved to watch the different shows from different places. I always try to give you a summary of my favorite looks at the beginning of each season, but as fashion is always faster than the weather I will show you already some key looks and tendencies to get some inspirations and to have something to look forward to.

_ the New York look
Diane von Furstenberg

The New York look can be described as sporty, elegant as there is always a casual nuance in most looks. Escada convinces for example with simple elegant cuts and creates accents with strong colors or patterns. The color palette varies between nude shades and a bright yellow and green. Patterns are also a topic in the collection of Diane von Furstenberg. Special in her collection is also the color blocking of red and turquoise which creates a strong contrast.

_the London look

One of my favorite shows was the Burberry Prorsum shows. The look is very elegant and the collection takes inspirations from the 50s and 60s with its feminine silhouettes of pencil skirts and capes. Though with the metallic pastel shades a very unique and modern collection has been done with some potential of finding new favorite pieces. 

Burberry Prorsum
Tom Ford

Tom Ford has also taken some inspirations from the 60's and I also liked the soft nude and pastel shades in his collection.

_the Milan look

But the show which I liked most of all was from Dolce & Gabbana. It was the 50s Italian beach holiday atmosphere which caught me on a rainy weekend here in Helsinki. The Sicilian folk look is so detailed and playful that I got so many inspirations for next season, I can't wait to try out.

In general the italian look has two tendencies: the maximalists and the minimalist. From the maximalists, I also liked the collection of Aquiliano. Rimondi which its rich fabrics and patterns. 

Aquiliano. Rimondi
Dolce & Gabbana

On the minimalistic side are Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo. The Gucci collection uses also bright, clear colors like pink, blue, turquoise and yellow. The cuts seem simple and floating and the silhouette is once again inspired by the 60s. 

Salvatore Ferragamo

The Salvatore Ferragamo collection is special for it's laced summer boots, leather tops and the pastel shades and different textures. Albeit the richness in material the collection looks very minimalistic because of the use of one shade of color for each look though the color palette includes different shades of nude and pastels, yellow, black and white.

_the Paris look

Another great collection is from Alexander McQueen. The topic all about bees created wasp waisted silhouettes and oriental looking textures which seem to be from a different century or world.

Alexander McQueen
The collections from Balmain and Lanvin differ a lot in material and pattern though they have one thing in common; they emphasize the shoulders as a memory of the late 80s and 90s. 
The Balmain collection goes even a step further to the 90s by using stripes and checks on light blue, yellow and white background which we know from so many outfits of our favorite punk and rock stars. Jean-Paul Gaultier dedicated even his whole collection and show to the stars of that era.

Paul & Joe

Very elegant and feminine looks can be seen in the collections of Valentin Yudashkin and Elie Saab who both have amazing maxi dresses in florals and feathers.

Valenti Yudashkin
Elie Saab

The topic in Haider Ackermann's collection is the combination of different graphical patterns in a layered look. The color palette varies in between dark shades of grey, brown, purple and blue.

Haider Ackermann
So much for a sneak peak towards the next season. But now let's enjoy the autumn and winter!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Frida Kahlo artist and style icon

"Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe 
where you were sure of finding shirts." 
Frida Kahlo

Undoubtedly there is a myth about Frida Kahlo who seems to be an inspiration for many, partly because of her work, but also because of her unconventional life and experiences of pain and disease. In her work which consists of many self-portraits, she let us take part in her emotions and struggles in life. Though her works also deals with social and political problems. As a convinced Marxist, she expressed her hopes and opinions also in her work, as for example "El Dara marxismo salud a los enfermos" (Marxism will bring cure to the ill) from 1954.

      self-portrait, dedicated to Dr. Eloesser, 1940  
self-portrait with thorn necklace, 1940

She was a strong woman, a passionate revolutionist and patriot which can be also seen in her clothing style, as she dressed and made her hair up in traditional way. With her style and the self-made jewelry, she emphasized her indigenous background which still today is rather uncommon in mexican society, but seems so natural for a woman who made herself three years younger, not for vanity, but because she wanted her life to begin with the birth of a free Mexico. 

Frida Kahlo working on her painting "The two Fridas", 1939
Her work is inspired by the Pre-Columbian Mexican art of the Aztec and Maya and she reflects the history of European art as well. One can also find surrealistic influences though she strongly rejected those. 

Tuesday, 2 October 2012


For those who think menswear is just black and white and boring, here are some material inspirations which I consider my darlings for men. Once again everything is about the right mix of colors, patterns and textures. Feel free to experiment.

The picture in the middle is from Burberry's fall collection all others are from Gucci.