Fashion Scout » Marimekko Pt 1.

September 24, 2009

Mika Piirainen - Uranus Dress


Mika Mika Mika! How did you know that my closet’s been courting polka dots & stripes ever since my mother lost control of my fashion back in the early 80’s? In his Fall/Winter ’09 collection, Mika Piirainen, designing for Finnish uber-label Marimekko since 1994, uses some of the company’s very best patterns from past and present (Annika Rimala’s Raide stripes from 1966 & Kristina Isola’s Komeetta dots from 2008) to create bright, bold dresses that scream for attention but retain the delicacy and elegance signature to any Marimekko look. Check out the full collection of smocky dresses, nerdy chords, oversized tees & killer socks here.

One thing is for sure: Marimekko style is timeless. I unknowingly wore a 1967 Marimekko Keidas dress (another great Annika pattern) to my senior prom years ago. After moving to New York, the piece only emerged from it’s garment bag for the most special of occasions. Years into my design career I suddenly (like, anvil-on-the-head suddenly) realize that my prized dress had to be a Marimekko. Sure enough, the tiny label sewn into the collar proved me right…

Check back as I celebrate Fall at Marimekko with reviews of Samu-Jussi Koski’s latest collection and the badass pattern-making skills of Aino-Maija Metsola!


Mika Piirainen - Rois Dress

Where to buy:

Find a Marimekko near you : Store Locator
Online : Finnish Design Shop

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