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Aalto Arts University and Juni Agency present Exhibition of Finnish Fashion Designers

An exhibition celebrating the best of Finnish young design talent has been organised by Helsinki-based communication and production agency Juni in collaboration with Aalton University – one of the world’s most prominent art, design and architecture academies – being ranked 15th in the world. The designers whose works are being showcased are all Aalto graduates and are represented by Juni.

SuomalainenA design by Maria Suomalainen

finnish piece jellow dressA look from the collection by Anni Raasmaja

Ilona Hackenberg will be presenting her royalty-inspired collection accessorised with ceramic jewellery designed in collaboration with Matias Liimatainen. Furthermore on show will be Maria Suomalainen’s collection – a result of her studies on the way that form and body can interact and complement each other.

finnish piece printed pieceSeparates by Marianne El – Khoudry in her signature Hawaii print

The exhibition will also showcase Marianne El – Khoury’s pieces inspired by Parisian Haute Couture from the 1950s and ‘60s as well as holiday attire with Hawaii patterns and themed embroidery.

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A fringed silver jacket by Anni Raasmaja

Lastly the visitors will be able to admire Anni Raasmaja’s minimalist collection featuring unique embroidery technique developed by the designer herself.

iloa hackenbergA look by Iloa Hackenberg

by Magda Pirowska

The exhibition’s private view will take place on February 2 at 6pm and open to open from February 3 – March 4, 2016.
Gallery at the Finnish Institute, Snickarbacken 2-4, Stockholm

Kenzo Pre-Fall 2016 Collection Announced

Japanese brand Kenzo have announced their pre-fall 2016 collection. Kenzo’s creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim said of the launch, “For our women’s collection for pre-fall 2016, we were inspired by the power of women. Our woman is equally a member of an all-girl biker gang as of a group of demure urban professionals.”

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Kenzo pre-fall 2016 jacquard lacquered pants with matching double breasted cocoon coats

Leon and Lim ensured that the collection appeals to a modern woman who is not afraid of being a leader and expressing her personality through her fashion choices. Lacquered jacquard trousers with matching double breasted, origami cocoon jackets, printed indigo denims and floor-length dresses lend themselves to special occasions or days when one wants to experiment.

print separates and gold bootsKenzo pre-fall 2016 printed separates and gold ankle boots with rectangle kitten heels

For everyday staples, the collection offers pleated stretch skirts, flattering tunic tops, classic separates and jersey dresses and add a bit of luxury with mohair and cashmere knitwear. To cover up in the colder months there are shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves, puffer maxi-jackets and patterned swing coats.

 bomber jacketsKenzo pre-fall 2016 shaved shearling bomber jackets with kimono sleeves

Main silhouette of the designs is “spacious, layered and oversized”. It furthermore carries bold colours and distinctive prints of  “graphic Tanami flowers, half stars upon stripes, rising suns and soft abstract clouds” of separates in bold colours, flattering tunic-tops, the mid-length skirts and classic jeans.

jumper with leather pants imageKenzo pre-fall 2016 graphic knitwear in mixed mohair, cashmere and wool

Japanese influences carry into the accessories range made up of belts and embroidered chest plates. The sharp graphic angles also feature in the ankle boots with distinctive rectangular kitten heels, whilst the platform ballerina flats designs have been brought out back from Kenzo design archives.

pront dress balerinas and a bagKenzo pre-fall 2016 platform ballerinas and Champ bag

The biggest treat however have been reserved for the bag lovers as Kenzo brings the Tanami flowers’clutches alongside two new designs: a rectangular leather satchel Rizo and the nylon jacquard Champ selection of functional sports bags distinguished by origami construction.

by Magda Pirowska