keskiviikko 30. marraskuuta 2011
I´m looking for photo models to my upcoming book! If you live near Helsinki and would be intrested in getting your face printed in pretty trashions send me your infos. I´m looking for girls and boys of all ages. I´m not going to tell you that I´m looking for a particular body size since I believe a personality is a must and it does not necessarily come in size zero. But you should love the camera and be able to do more than just one face. I love people who don´t take themselves (or photographs of them) too seriously <3 The shoots will be held in Helsinki starting this Christmas and continuing to next spring and summer. Since this is a DIY project, there unfortunately won´t be any money in it. But you will get the photos and possibly a few original OutsaPop pieces.
I you´re interested send me:
Your full name
2-3 recent face/full body photos of yourself
age and contact info
measurements: height / bust cm / waist cm / hips cm
jeans size (in inches)
To send me mail, click "contact us" from the bottom banner. Or click "share" and post it to your facebook if you think some of your friends might be intrested!
Body Pretzel by Heather Huey.
Heather Huey is back! The design is called body braids - eye catching harness-style accessories that reweave the fur felt and her millinery talents into a new type of statement piece. After a long season of chain harnesses these feel like a Heidi-type fresh breeze of mountain air. (even though I never get tired of chains..) Body braids are a part of a IDLM charity project, meaning that 50% of all sales will go to Designers Against AIDS. If the price tag is still too much, take a few t-shirts and cut them to strips and practice braiding.. Available at I Don't Like Mondays.
During these dark times, crafts are a simple and cheap therapy-like hobby. I love this concept of an existential doily. Everybody needs one. If I´d make mine today it would read "What do my clothes say about me today? Is is my true fashion identity?" When they someday take me to the looney bin and I get to wear my pj's and bunny slippers all day, this is what I´ll be sewing there.
What would your doily say?
Via Stitch Therapy.
This article is translated from a Finnish Kuningaskuluttaja tv programme in Finland that specializes in consumer information and rights. The original article is by Terhi Simola, Kuningaskuluttaja / Yle Tutkiva asia. I´ve said it a million times before, but in order to become an ecological fashionista you have to read about where your clothes come from and how they are made and not just believe what advertising people and brands lead you to believe. And if you are studying to be a fashion designer you HAVE TO know this stuff because it will eventually effect your label if you´re planning to be eco. If you want to edjucate yourself in textile production and chemical use, read this blog Eco Textiles.
When manufacturing clothes, there are many chemicals used. Are there toxins also present in the process? For the consumer it is really hard to say what the colors and finishings to to them when they wear the garment and especially what is their effect to the environment. Journalist Terhi Simola asked some important fashion questions from research doctor (I hope I translated her title correct) Marja Rissanen from Tampere Tech University.
1. True or false: Textiles that come in direct contact with your skin (also bed sheets) must be washed before use?
- True. Cotton and viscose products, for example underwear and bed sheets should be washed before use. They might contain formaldehyde, which is a part of many softening chemicals, that might irritate skin. This applies also to baby clothes. Formaldehyde has a sharp smell to it and it washes out in water. The biggest problem is the coloring and finishing chemicals that should be mostly removed in the manufacturing process but sometimes traces are left in the garment.
2. True or false: Dark/black and brightly colored garments have more poisonous chemicals used in the making process than in lighter colored garments?
- False. It is impossible to determine how dangerous a garment is by just looking at it. It is true that dark and bright colors require more dyes, but when it comes to toxicity, the quality of the dye is important, not the amount. Some dyes are so poisonous that EU banned them from production and import, but they are still in use in some countries that don´t have such strict legislation. But these dyes are most harmful to the factory employees that process them and not so much to the end consumer.
3. True or false: organic/eco cotton is always a safe choise?
False. The ecological trademarks of cotton only applies to the growth of this fibre. It does not say anything about the rest of the manufacturing phases, like dyes or finishes. If the garment is made in a country that does not have such a strict legislation that EU does, it is possible toxic chemicals are used in the process.
4. True or false: bamboo (fibre) which is often marketed as "eco" has many toxic chemicals used in the fibre processing?
- Unfortunately true.. The fibre marketed as "bamboo" is not a natural fibre that is directly exracted from the plant, but a manmade bamboolike cellulose fibre. Basically it is like viscose which has many toxic chemicals used in the process (and loads of fresh water!!). Often it is produced in countries that don´t have a very strong environmental law and this is why it is very likely that much of the chemicals are released to the environment. Bamboo fibre is often falsely marketed as anti microbic and UV-protective which it is not as it is made like viscose. It´s ability to adsorb moisture and being antistatic is the same as viscose. Nothing more..
5. True or false: "made in EU" is a guarantee of a safe product?
- This is true. At least then you know that the garment has been produced within EU legislation or the laws of the EU country where it was made. But if the garment reads "designed in EU" (another marketing trick) it does not guarantee anything! The importer companies have a great responsibility in fiding these things out and the whole manufacturing chain should be as short and clear as possible.
Here are some more facts about bamboo fibre: Via Organic Clothing blog.
Bamboo the plant is wonderfully sustainable; bamboo the fabric isn’t so easy to categorize. There are two ways to process bamboo to make the plant into a fabric: mechanically or chemically. The mechanical way is by crushing the woody parts of the bamboo plant and then use natural enzymes to break the bamboo walls into a mushy mass so that the natural fibers can be mechanically combed out and spun into yarn. This is essentially the same eco-friendly manufacturing process used to produce linen fabric from flax or hemp. Bamboo fabric made from this process is sometimes called bamboo linen. Very little bamboo linen is manufactured for clothing because it is more labor intensive and costly. Chemically manufactured bamboo fiber is a regenerated cellulose fiber similar to rayon or modal. Chemically manufactured bamboo is sometimes called bamboo rayon (another fancy word for viscose..) because of the many similarities in the way it is chemically manufactured and similarities in its feel and hand.
tiistai 29. marraskuuta 2011
I adore people who do their thing and wear what they want. Especially if their clothes make me smile. This jacket is awesome. I finally have an idea where to put all the old metal watch wrists I ordered from Etsy a while back. Via Fred Butler Style blog.
Refashioning inspiration from Angela Brandys SS12 @ Not Just A Label. This is where tibetan tribal and punk meets your aunts wardrobe.
maanantai 28. marraskuuta 2011
Candy from Taylor & Demolish made a tutorial on how to make these wax coated jeans. Quite a nice looking pair, eh? I´m just thinking it would also be cool to paint the entire jeans, especially ones colored ruby red, to get a similar pair to these ones I´ve seen around the blogs this fall. Paint your jeans and you would get them to look like real leather from a distance! Cropped red leather pants are a must this season. Kate Bosworth Katie Holmes for example has been spotted wearing them. Add 4-6 zippers to the front and you´ll have a Balmain/Marant inspired "leather" pant.
Photos by Taylor & Demolish, weinspireus, Natalie Off Duty and Shopbop.
The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard is a brilliant video everyone should watch. If you´ve ever bought something and continue shopping, this video should be a part of your general knowledge about how consumerism works. Posted just in time before you go get your Christmas gifts. I´ll put my money on DIY:n my gifts and sustainable/eco products and shopping at Etsy for handmade. But this is just for the near and dear. Most just get a smile.
sunnuntai 27. marraskuuta 2011
These circular shapes have been created with a tool called hole punch (Finnish reikämeisti). They make a hole in materials that don´t fray, like leather or felted wool. Use the type of tool that has a separate punch fo different sizes. You also need a (rubber headed) hammer and a wooden cutting board to use as hammering surface. The scissor shaped hole punchers are crap. You can find these tools sold online in leather craft shops and hardware stores.
Model: Alys Hale
Clothes: David Koma
Photos: Paul Scala
V Magazine Online, Via Fashion Gone Rogue
lauantai 26. marraskuuta 2011
Tervetuloa vaatteidenvaihto- ja tuunausiltaan torstaina 1.12. klo 17-20! Tunnelmallinen tapahtuma järjestetään Pauligin vanhalla huvilalla (Mechelininkatu 36, Helsinki) ja järjestäjinä toimivat Luonto-Liitto, Nuorisoasiainkeskus ja Pääkaupunkiseudun 4h-yhdistys. Ilta on kaikille avoin ja ilmainen. Tapahtumassa voit vaihtaa hyväkuntoisia vaatteitasi toisten tuomiin ihanuuksiin ja nauttia mukavasta seurasta. Lisäksi illassa on mahdollisuus tuunata ja korjata omia vanhoja vaatteita osaavan ohjaajan avustuksella. Vaihtamatta jääneitä vaatteita kenenkään ei tarvitse raahata takaisin kotiin, vaan ne myydään myöhemmin kirpputorilla Luonto-Liiton hyväksi. Tarjolla on pikku purtavaa ja halukkaille myös keittoa omakustannehintaan. Keitosta saadut tulot ohjataan Nuorisoasiainkeskuksen Hyvis-hankkeen kautta Suomen Pakolaisavun työlle Sierra Leoneen, missä niillä tuetaan nuorten ammattikoulutusta. Ilmoittautumiset ja lisätietoja tapahtumasta ja sähköpostitse: nelliheinimo(ät)gmail.com.
Pauligin vanha huvila
torstai 24. marraskuuta 2011
When I first read the name of this piece, "shoe lace knit", I thought it was just a name for some fancier flat knitting thread. But no! This knit, or the front panel to be exact, is knitted from actual shoe laces! All sorts of shoe laces. And it teams up perfectly with a sheer maxi length dress. I wish I could knit because this would be such a cool trashion project for the winter.
"SHOELACE KNIT FRONT TANK"
by BEDFORD STREET LAUNDRY, designer Jessica Yuen
via I Don´t Like Mondays.