Find the Faces

Find the Faces

I had just about given up on posting anything here as it turns out the iMac in my room comes equipped with the smallest keyboard in the world rendering it useless when faced with a Mavis Beacon-trained typist like myself.  Thank god for a PROPER iMac in the lobby complete with a cool light feature hanging over my head.  Ostwald Helgason is a designer that has fallen victim to being featured on this blog on more than one occasion but I could not let the SS 09 collection go as I feel like they’re getting into their stockist stride, having seen that they are now available at Beyond the Valley and Kokon to Zai in Portobello.

As always, Ballet Russes is their source of inspiration and for SS 09 they have chosen Les Noces (The Wedding) as their focal point.  Look closely at the pieces and ye shall find old Russian portrait photographs hidden amongst the prints and revealing themselves to you in different ways (would enlarge the pics to get a better idea).  They have also done a play on matrushka little-big proportions by making pieces look both fitted and oversized all at once (the check jacket below is a good example).  Though they have taken Russian folk garments as inspiration, I’m glad that it is the prints and the colours they have used and not the shapes as they have kept everything really sharply cut in a way I have not seen them do before.

The excitement over the Ballet Russes exhibition in 2010 continues…







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  1. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2008-12-12 at 4:48 PM

    HOW much do I want the jacket in the second image? The answer is: lots x

  2. Gemma

    2008-12-12 at 4:59 PM

    omg that dress. LOVE!

  3. Dressed and Pressed

    2008-12-12 at 5:46 PM

    Gorgeous! the printed pieces remind me of African dutch wax designs… and now I’m homesick.

  4. naboonies

    2008-12-12 at 5:59 PM

    the prints are somewhat geometric and i love it! the check blazer is unique and i think it’s soo man-able for ppl like me!

  5. WendyB

    2008-12-12 at 6:03 PM

    Very beautiful.

  6. Kabes

    2008-12-12 at 7:26 PM

    Ah cool, will you let us know about cool places to visit in paris? I think I’m going next year.

  7. Liz

    2008-12-12 at 8:30 PM

    The print on that dress and its fit is to die for. Very chic and beautiful!
    If I wore that downtown along with the gorgeous diamond necklace from that my fiance bought me I would look like such a fashionista.
    I’m so jealous!

  8. Jennine

    2008-12-12 at 8:55 PM

    wow, i’m so in love with that plaid bolero, and the patterns are so great too. also, i’ve been trying to think of a new hair style, and aside from the blonde part, i really like hers.

  9. Anonymous

    2008-12-12 at 9:59 PM

    wow this collection is intriguing! i really love the plaid bolero

  10. Anonymous

    2008-12-12 at 9:59 PM

    wow this collection is intriguing! i really love the plaid bolero.

  11. Greg Jackson

    2008-12-13 at 12:23 AM

    hey susie
    may i ask what your job consists of at dazed?
    just curious!

  12. Alicia/InstantVintage

    2008-12-13 at 12:30 AM

    I love how they pulled off the proportion play in the first jacket. This is a great interpretation of inspiration.

  13. yu shan

    2008-12-13 at 12:53 AM

    wow, totally lusting over that laser cut blazer…lol

  14. Mode Monitor

    2008-12-13 at 2:47 AM

    The jackets are very cool – timeless in a futuristic way.

  15. enc

    2008-12-13 at 3:20 AM

    I’m glad you didn’t let this collection escape. It’s very cool. I love the dresses.

  16. dayna

    2008-12-13 at 5:33 AM

    I love those prints! xx

  17. ~vivi

    2008-12-13 at 5:47 AM

    wow, I LOVE IT!! Do you know any place in HK I could get these?

  18. Stefanie

    2008-12-13 at 7:17 AM

    This is fabulous, the tailoring is really really cool.

  19. Emma

    2008-12-13 at 7:29 AM

    that first jacket is amazing. the tailoring is so different.
    please check out the new issue…

  20. Drusilla

    2008-12-13 at 10:09 AM

    First off: happy birthday, Susie!
    The jackets really are gorgeous, though. In fact, it’s all lovely- and I’m not even a big fan of Russian-inspired prints. That exhibition does sound fascinating though..

  21. nuvonova

    2008-12-13 at 1:07 PM

    Wow, how amazing, I’ve never heard of this designer actually, which is quite embarassing as I am on the cusp of the industry. Thank you for educating me today!

  22. songy

    2008-12-13 at 1:24 PM

    I can barely endure one pattern in an outfit. These are totally wild. I wouldn’t mind having that dress though.

  23. elisabeth

    2008-12-13 at 2:51 PM

    this is amazing! i am a pro dancer with the nerdiest love for dance history. and the ballet russe is my fav time in dance history! this is awesome.

  24. Brandon

    2008-12-13 at 3:48 PM

    Happy Birthday Susie! Have to say I’m loving that plaid bolero as well and those prints are so creative. How do you find all these amazing people?

  25. KD

    2008-12-13 at 3:50 PM

    The prints are amazing,especially in the 2nd and 3rd pics. Also, I’m just parroting Brandon, put happy birthday and how do you find thee designers?

  26. Cate

    2008-12-13 at 6:49 PM

    He’s a Scandinavian designer, isn’t he? The name sounds Scandinavian, anyway. I could have told, the designs look very Scandinavian = cool.

  27. Diana

    2008-12-13 at 6:49 PM

    I know it wasn’t the point of this post at all, but it’s great to see a label using Paul Pavlovska as their model! And the dresses are beautiful as well. Oh and happy birthday too.

  28. hek

    2008-12-13 at 6:59 PM

    The prints are fantastic. And I really like the volumes and the colors… Love it all!

  29. Pan Holiday

    2008-12-13 at 7:35 PM

    I like the way it both fitted and oversized at the same time. It make your outfit more fun when mix up with something else. I love strange proportion, their prints is cool too and that white shirt.. everybody should have one. I got one similar though but i want more!

  30. Miss Glitzy

    2008-12-13 at 8:10 PM

    Beautiful and inspired, exactly what I love in fashion.

  31. Trisch

    2008-12-13 at 8:20 PM

    Happy Birthday

  32. Susie

    2008-12-14 at 12:38 AM

    Happy birthday!

  33. chuany

    2008-12-14 at 2:39 AM

    Happy birthday!from china’s friend

  34. tara

    2008-12-14 at 5:34 AM

    hey susie!!i’m tara from INDONESIA. just see my blog in HOTTALOTTA.BLOGSPOT.COM. your picture at here with diana rikasari. And send u’r comment in DIANA VS SUSIE. ok!!!i’ll be waiting soon……

  35. Deep In Vogue

    2008-12-14 at 2:13 PM

    i love this line, it s absolutely fantastic !

  36. Make Do Style

    2008-12-14 at 6:27 PM

    Geez Happy Birthday Bubble – glad you are in Paris to be an indulgent materialistic gal – I’d be worried if I saw you in the Shetlands!!
    Missed your posts whilst in sunny Barbados taking time off from being student to become a complete want it all materialistic scumbag and was right to think along these lines with yet another inspiring gorg black jacket by ballet russes(I’m a sucker for ’em). I noted their use of gingham as I was reading up on Brigitte Bardot, I did spend my days with school books not mags so some dose of brain food!

  37. Nicole

    2008-12-14 at 10:49 PM

    Perfect. I’m highly into unexpected plaids!!

  38. Nicole

    2008-12-15 at 1:53 AM

    Perfect. I’m highly into unexpected plaids!! happy birthday!!

  39. Keri Hope

    2008-12-15 at 5:32 AM

    The optical illusion prints are fantastic, just the right mix of proportion. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  40. kim

    2008-12-15 at 9:53 AM

    I like the dress in #4. Is it me or does the pattern make tummies look flatter?

  41. zizzle

    2008-12-16 at 8:20 PM

    the prints look v. v. basso and brooke (who are amaaaaaaaaaaaazing and never get the press or fanfair they soooo richly deserve)
    hmph! can i request a stylebubble post flagging up the immense genius of b&b pleeeease!
    p.s. susie you (and your fearless pursuit of fabulousness) rocks my world

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