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Marimekko takes a new direction

Finnish design house Marimekko introduces Marimekko Kioski, a curated collection of unisex streetwear pieces. The first edition of Marimekko Kioski features a range of androgynous, wearable wardrobe staples and the brand’s iconic, bold patterns from the Sixties. The collection will launch in September.

“The first edition of Marimekko Kioski is a collection of athleisure pieces such as hoodies, caps, T-shirts and shoppers. I wanted to create unisex streetwear that introduces our most iconic flower print, Unikko, to a new, urban crowd,” says Marimekko’s head designer Satu Maaranen.

Marimekko’s famous poppy pattern Unikko was born in the Sixties as a rebellious act of doing things your own way. After Marimekko’s founder Armi Ratia announced that Marimekko would never print a flower pattern, the opinionated Finnish designer Maija Isola protested by designing an entire series of floral prints, among them Unikko. ‘The flower of rebellion’ stands for creativity, courage and freedom, and Marimekko Kioski updates it for the modern day.

Finnish design house Marimekko was founded in 1951 and has since become known worldwide for its bold, original prints. Marimekko Kioski introduces the Marimekko brand and values to a new generation of urban youth, with reinterpretations of the design house’s iconic patterns and colors alongside products that have not been part of the collections before.

Exhibitions, Uncategorized

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

This summer the Fashion and Textile Museum is hosting an exhibition ‘A Life in Pattern’ showcasing the work of Orla Kiely

This is the first exhibition to feature her work. She set up her company in 1995 after graduating from the RCA . Before that she worked as a textile designer for the company Esprit. After leaving the RCA she produced a small collection of accessories for Harrods. Originally she was producing hats. After attending a trade show with Orla, her father suggested she venture into producing bags, as he had noticed that he hadn’t seen a single woman wearing a hat but they were all carrying bags!

Her work is inspired by the patterns of the 1950’s and 1960’s, by designers such as Mary Quant, Shirley Craven and Lucienne Day. IMG_1455

Nature is the most significant inspiration for her designs. Each design is developed carefully by drawing and refining the essential organic elements that are the foundation of her repeating designs.

The exhibition is presented thematically rather than chronologically, and explores all aspects of Orla’s creative output, from lifestyle and fashion ranges to use of colour and detail and the geometry of pattern.

The exhibition draws on an archive of over 20 years work, offering visitors incite into her methods and concepts, exploring sketches, mood boards samples and a range of techniques.

The exhibition charts the growth and success of the Orla Kiely brand from her first hats presented in London Fashion Week 1994 through the advent of the iconic Orla Kiely bag in the mid nineties to her freelance work for department stores undertaken from her kitchen table in 1998IMG_1472
Orla’s patterns work on any scale, and the exhibition brings a playful element with super sized dresses alongside tiny dolls in replica dresses.

Her dresses and bags are displayed on the mezzanine floor. What strikes one after a while is that the work has evolved and is still evolving. Pieces from different collections and different years, work well together. IMG_1457

The work is beautiful, original, well thought out made to the highest standards. The exhibition is a must see. It has been put together by Dennis Nothdruff Head of Exhibitions at Fashion and Textile museum and by Mary Schoeser Exhibition curator and Textile historian. There is an excellent book published by Conran Octopus called A Life in Pattern that I shall be reviewing soon on the blog.





Blog, book review, Book Reviews

The Grown up Guide to looking Fabulous STYLE FOREVER by Alyson Walsh

Being great fans and followers on Twitter of  That’s Not My Agewe are delighted that Alyson has written this much needed book for generation FAB (fifty and Beyond) Packed full of wisdom from those in the know about style trends, looking after your body and mind as well as favourite places to go, the book is small enough to carry in your bag and precious enough never to lend to anyone.

Advise on proportion is given by none other than the late professor Louise Wilson head of MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins. We are shown how to wear colour without looking like a crazy lady and the art of layering without looking frumpy.

Dr Sam Bunting, Harley Street based dermatologist is quoted as saying ‘Take a healthy approach to skin care making the most of you best feature is far more important than having a face full of filler. I may regret saying that, as I’ll do myself out of a few clients’

Six beauty experts tell you which are their best ever products.

As Alyson says ‘That’s not my age allowed me to start a conversation about grown-up style. To share advice and ideas, to meet FABulous women, and most of all, have a laugh. I did sometimes wonder if I was having a midlife crisis on line, but gone are the wobbly ‘is this it’ days of my mid-40’s. I am my age and I’m happy with that. I strongly believe that you don’t have to have youth to have style. That is not about age, but mindset.’

  This book continues the conversation with Alyson’s favourite role models industry experts and women who have inspired her with their attitudes and achievements.

A must buy at £12.99 from hardie grant  books.