Satu Maaranen and the Spring-Summer Collection 2015 for Lookbook Friday

[row_fluid][one_half] Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 4.36.23 PM [/one_half][one_half] [dropcap custom_class=”normal”]I[/dropcap]n this age of fast fashion it is hard sometimes to remember that fashion can be, and is often considered a work of art. We all fall prey to coveting the latest trends and lusting after the who’s who in designer brands. And yes this quite a guilty pleasure of mine, but I also like to embrace the one-of-a-kind exclusivity and the designer as artist mindset that is also found in fashion. So in today’s Lookbook Friday we are looking at the Spring-Summer 2015 collection of Satu Maaranen, a Helsinki based fashion designer with a heavy artistic influence.In this collection which is called Geometry of Futufolk, the designer sites Finnish folk crafts, Hermitage scrolls, 60’s couture, space age design and designers Andre Courreges and Pierre Cardin as influences. I would describe the collection as an architectural expression of fluidity and structure—a breath taking balance of swirling color forms and draped elegance. Using a variety of techniques the pieces in this line have a timeless and arresting presence to them. From hand painting fabrics with silk screen overlays and digitally rendered prints to beautifully structured pieces this collection is modernly romantic.[/one_half][/row_fluid]

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]The vibrant palette of hot corals and pinks with the jewel toned blues and greens stands in contrast to the black and white pieces peppered with dusty pinks and metallics. These saturated swatches of color and splashes of vivid paint strokes across structured fabrics is at once unsettling and hypnotic. One of my personal favorites is the burgundy jumpsuit with it’s flowing pant leg and it’s fitted bodice in a rippling play of color and light. It has just enough artistic expression to get you noticed and is quietly chic enough to make you feel like a million bucks. [row_fluid][one_half]

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[row_fluid][one_half] Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 4.35.31 PM [/one_half][one_half] Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 4.35.41 PM [/one_half][/row_fluid] [row_fluid][one_half] Screen-Shot-2015-06-06-at-4.31.22-PM  [/one_half][one_half] Screen-Shot-2015-06-06-at-4.31.56-PM [/one_half][/row_fluid][dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Recently nominated to the British Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year Awards in the Fashion category which includes such heavy hitters as Raf Simons and Rodarte, Satu Maananen is one designer to keep your eye on. To read more about her and see more of her work head on over to and happy Friday everyone.


Allie founder and creative director for ALLIE NYC

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  1. Jackie Harrison
    June 12, 2015 / 9:50 am

    Love the print but the style not to much. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. June 12, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Oh my, the black and white numbers all have the name Accidental Icon written all over them. Thanks for turning me on to this designer.

    Accidental Icon

  3. June 12, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    I have never heard of her but I love her collection. Thanks for sharing.

  4. June 12, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Both the silhouettes and prints are really artful. That burgundy jumpsuit totally caught my eye as well. It’s striking enough to make a statement without being OTT.

  5. June 12, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Oh, I remembered many many years ago when Pierre Cardin was all the rage back in Malaysia but there’s barely a peep nowadays. I love the abstract art in this collection however it’s not something that I see practical in day to day ordinary people’s wardrobe. I think it would look fabulous when worn by a celebrity walking down the red carpet but there’s no way in hell I’ll be able to pull any of these off. Still it doesn’t take away the fact the collection is a treat to the eyes.

    ps: Satu means one in Malay language, made me smile when I read that. 🙂

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  6. June 12, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    There is art everywhere. I truly feel if you’re doing something creative, you’re making art. Like the saying goes… “Without art the EARTH is just… EH”
    Fashion IS art. 🙂

  7. June 12, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Wow, her line is really unique! 🙂

  8. June 13, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    loving the pattern of these outfits! so unique xo

  9. June 13, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    What a fun collection! I love the bold colors and the futuristic feel 🙂

  10. June 13, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Hello Allie, wow great pieces., I also love your last outfit post you look fantastic, that bag is really pretty I look for it here but i think they do not sell it here yet, sad! Have an amazing weekend.
    Glamoury Armory Blog

  11. June 14, 2015 / 9:44 am

    Crazy, beautiful works of art.

  12. June 14, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    So beautiful! Definitely a work of art – super architectural too, which I love!

  13. June 14, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Oh my, these creations are stunning. Fashion is art to me, and the creativity and inspiration behind each collection is so much more important to me than some fleeting trends.

    Great post, really enjoyed it.


  14. June 14, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    This is a very unique and painterly collection. I do admire it very much. But wearable ? I think not. OH well, it is art, after all!
    xx, Elle

  15. June 15, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Hi Allie,

    I have to somewhat agree with Jackie and Shireen, I do adore the artistic aspects of the collection, especially incorporating those heritage elements and all, not too huge on the silhouettes though. Not necessary everyone can pull of some of these shapes *_^

    But then again, its a designer’s call and I admire those who believe and stay true to their art and vision in telling something or in this case, bringing something uniquely herself into her work! Kudos for that.

    Yes, Shireen is right. Satu means ONE in our “Bahasa Malaysia” (Malay language). It caught my attention, actually.

    Hope your week is off to a great start, my friend.

    Big hugs,

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