Licking the Salt from the Biscuit of Life - Fashion!

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March 6th, 2009

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04:32 am - Fashion!
I discovered a great fashion blog: Hel Looks. It's a picture record of street fashion in Helsinki, Finland, along with nice little stories about where the people got their clothes. I do love to people watch - it's one of my great pleasures in life - and this blog exactly scratches that itch.

One entry in particular caught my eye. Have a look at this man here. Note the dodgy moustache, the smoke-fine hair, the awkward posture, and that though he's wearing a rather nice suit he still has an indefinable trampish air. Yes - I think it's the Finnish Howard Moon! This one's blonde, of course.

I found one more wonderful fashion blog, this one in Belgium. My God, this woman has an incredible sense of style, with such fun and colour. Here she is, on the pink blue whale fashion blog.

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Date:March 7th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I really like that 'Hel Looks' blog. It reminds me of the pages in i-D magazine, where they'd stop people on the street and photograph their look.
Also, it's great to see people are still take pleasure in recycling clothes and wearing second-hand pieces, and they talk about their outfits WITHOUT using the words 'retro' or 'vintage' like it's a deliberate fashion choice.

And yes That IS Howard Moon's Finnish cousin! Or could it be Jurgen Harbourmaster....??
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Date:March 7th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm addicted to Hel Looks! It's completely inspiring. I love the way they let the people describe what they're wearing and how they feel about it in their own joyous words, instead of there being some catty fashion critic commentary.

About 80% of the people on the blog are wearing second hand! It's fantastic! You wouldn't get that over here, to be proud of wearing recycled. Most people here freak out at the thought, which I never quite understand. After all, if you go to a hotel you're sleeping on second hand sheets - surely that is worse? I think it must be a Finnish cultural difference. I noticed they kept mentioning UFF as a source, so I looked it up.

"UFF collects funds for development cooperation through sale of second hand clothes. The clothes are sold partly in 8 shops of UFF, partly as wholesale. 20-25% of collected clothes are sent to partner organizations in Africa.

In 2007 UFF Finland collected and recycled an unprecedented 6,5 million kilos of clothes.

UFF Finland runs 8 second hand shops in the largest cities in Finland: 6 shops in the capital Helsinki, one in Tampere and one in Turku. In 2007, a total of 400.000 paying customers visited the UFF shops.

UFF Second Hand Shops are distinguished by their high quality and fashionable selection of clothes, clear displays, alert customer service and development country information."

It seems like a huge operation. Second hand in Finland must be huge.

A lot of the people on Hel Looks also seem to make their own clothes - and not just skirts or bags, which are easy, but shirts, trousers and even shoes. Even the ones that don't make their clothes from scratch customise - which handy if you're buying second hand and need to make old things up to date.

A lot of people also wear clothes from their friends or family - old stuff from their grandparents especially. That's so sweet! Isn't that nice?

I'm totally pumped by this. As you know, I have a huge African fabric collection, and last year my mum gave me even more. I'm definitely up for learning how to make a simple tunic dress so I can have at least one for summer time to wear with jeans. That would be so cool. I've seen really nice ones in the shops and they look pretty simple. How hard can it be?

I also want to learn how to knit a tunic dress for next winter, using old jumpers I have. They're my favourite thing in the world right now. I just can't get enough.
Date:March 8th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
A lot of people also wear clothes from their friends or family - old stuff from their grandparents especially.

Yes, that's what I meant - they wear clothes donated by elder members of their family, and they don't bang on about them being vintage or retro, as somebody in the UK would do. Recycling and making clothes seems a toally natural activity for them. More people in the UK need edu-ma-cating.

I'm so jealous of your dress-making skillz. Home Economics was always one of the classes at school I dreaded the most, even though I wasn't that bad at it. I can do basic things but anything I try to make comes out looking wrong. :/
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Date:March 11th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
I felt a bit jealous of all the men/women wearing their grandparent's clothes since my grandparents are all dead and didn't leave me any. I want living grandparents too! When I was a kid I was too stupid to appreciate them. I have a few tiny brooches which I'm scared to wear in case I lose them, and that's it.

I've been looking at dresses to figure them out. You can buy dress patterns but I don't know if I'm going to bother with that. I would have to get my head around reading patterns on top of everything else then. I just want something simple to start. It's all in the fabric, I think. You have to make the dress shape to suit the fabric. The only thing is that I definitely want sleeves and for it to have a waist just below the bust. That complicates it, but I don't suit balloon-shaped dresses.

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