Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
After exploring FIN Olso's website and reading their philosophy, I haven't managed to get their beautiful work out of my mind.
A brief overview
FIN Olso was established in 2007, with an idea to produce environmentally sustainable high fashion. Per Sivertsen is the head designer and according to the website, colours, shapes and organic fabrics are the main elements that communicate his signature 'effortless look'.
There is no distinct hint that this label grows on the green side -the design lines, silhouettes and attention to detail all scream high fashion without the eco element. It is in fact the textiles utilised that give this collection their environmentally friendly element -the textile compositions and 'flowy volumes' are what caught and held my attention to this label.
Textiles used by the label include: organic cotton, organic cotton jersey, organic pima cotton, organic bamboo, alpaca, wild handspun silk, milk voile, organic cotton blended with recycled polyester satin.
Prices are definitely reasonable for high fashion. Organic cotton (and organic cotton jersey) tops cost approximately AUD$ 116 - AUD$ 190, shorts for AUD$260, dresses from AUD$170 -AUD$420. Also knits range from AUD$358 - AUD$460. (All prices are approximate conversions from the Norway Kroner).
Favourite looks from the Autumn/Winter 2009 collection:
Favourite looks fromSpring/Summer 2010 collection:
*Also adore this intricate 100% organic cotton batiste long sleeve shirt -seems so comfortable to wear and would easily dress up a pair of jeans or shorts any day. (Available on their online store)
Can't wait to see FIN Oslo's development as a label and concept.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
'Denim Dress, made from 41 pairs of Levi 501's. Jeans were originally made to be a long lasting workmen's uniform, since becoming a fashion garment they are discarded long before their use is over. Other dresses are made from discarded wedding dresses, laundry bags and t-shirts. All of which have an accompanying statement about why that item of clothing was chosen.' (http://www.stylehive.com/bookmark/gary-harvey-creative-443380)
Fashion and Earth are two contradicting words, but two of my biggest loves.
Borrowed Jewel is a metaphor for the Earth -something that is price-less and precious; and which we only ever truly borrow. We are born on Earth and then leave once again...
I have always considered myself an Earth-loving and caring person, but I only ever had a superficial understanding of Earth's condition/need for sustainability. I never understood HOW I could make a difference to its state until earlier this year when I was introduced to the concept of sustainability in fashion and textile design at UTS, during my third year of the course. I have taken a year off from studying to continue modelling full-time and be able to travel to Europe. This blog is my exploration in understanding how precious our Earth is and finding ways/learning how to protect it, just as I would a borrowed piece of expensive jewellery.
‘Glance at the sun.
See the moon and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings.
Now, think.’ - Hildegard Von Bingen’ (McDonough and Braungart 2002)