Last night, the Metropolitan Pavilion was buzzing with anticipation for New York’s third season of IvanaHelsinki. Ivana’s powerful SS11 debut had earned her a devoted following of fellow artists and industry insiders.
The showing opened up with a short video projected onto the wall – images of young girls in an open coastal plain, tiptoeing the line between playful and otherworldly. An acoustic, folksy rendition of R.E.M’s “The One I Love” began as muted reds, blues, dusty auburns, and tribal prints charged the runway. Models, adorned with paint on their faces and hands, presented Paola Suhonen’s signature motif of seasonal inspiration -- a “balance between white arctic summer nights and endless winter sadness.”
“I design for the ones who love moonlit fields, pirates, dark forests, crummy motels, champagne states of drunkenness, fragile butterflies, passionate relationships, cowboys and guardian angels,” Suhonen proclaims.
IvanaHelsinki... you had us at "pirates."
Post by Amanda LaMela