Silja Manninen; Vauxhall Fashion Scout Exhibition; Freemasons’ Hall

I have never googled someone to this extent and found such generous a number of page results, all of which contain nothing substantial about the designer. Then of course, Google starts asking what year did Silja Manninen graduate from highschool and would I maybe like to print out a missing person’s ad… (I KID) No, I’m absurdly behind with these LFW posts, so I’m skipping the scenario of adding Silja Manninen as friend on Facebook and going through a lengthy So who are you again? Remember me, girl with the blue coat. No…? Anyway can I have some information? No…?, I will just cut to the chase by posting what I saw and felt. Unprofessio…what?

Shows at the Freemasons’ Hall was running over a little on the 20th so we had some time to burn at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout exhibition; this is where I found Silja’s AW10. Remember the craze about body chains, chainmail bras and leather cages? Here’s the rope equivalent. But this Finnish-Ukranian designer has been doing this since her student days at CSM 7 years ago, her MA pieces at LFW AW 2003 had been a series of parachute bondage, complete with ropes and body restraining knots. Her designs are now considered as (erotic) underwear, but you can see how beautiful the ropes render the hand dyed yellow satin, I personally think it should always be worn as outerwear, maybe minus the butt-wedge.

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  1. Love these!

  2. That last dress looks fantastic.

  3. very interesting and different :)

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  4. Wow – how innovative! Love the term “parachute bondage” . . . more like “tangled up in a parachute with a long way to fall”.

  5. Amazing.. Really innovative. I like this!

  6. fantastic, inspiring!

  7. we love your blog!

  8. Yey Finland! These are really inspired and out of this world!

    juliet xxx

  9. I love these especially the boob visors. They definitely work as outer garments. I think that it would be like being 4 again to wear these and figure out new and different ways to tie each item much like laces on shoes.

  10. ^^Luls at boob visors. I’m incapable of saying no to body adornment, and the twisted curtain fringing/ tasselesque quality of the rope is just up my street. She is way ahead of the game.

    Haha, gosh, how lovely you are, thank you – you’re totally bringing out the inner fangirl in me. Ah, the holy grail of blogging – the camera. I stalked you a little (a lot) myself and was oh so pleased when your Q&A informed me that you also use the Canon 400d with 50mm f1.8 (this as exciting as it gets for me, unfortunately). What’s the verdict on the Sigma 30mm f1.4? I’ve convinced myself I need one. I DO RIGHT?

    The photo was awesomeness, thanksss, I may or may not cheekily ask to borrow it (credited, of course) for the blog. Probably may.

  11. Very interesting. There’s a hint of Versace in the first piece.
    x

  12. I loved these so much, did you see Askh and Florencia Kozuch too? They were totally amazing. Nearly drooled over the beauty of their clothing! haha.

    x x x

  13. I remember these, they were so cool in person, definitely bondage/futuristic like but the whole concept was awesome. Loved the rope hangers and the contrast between the hard plastic and the soft silk!

    Oh and yes…I was indeed tweeting you in one of the photos, haha didn’t think anyone would notice!

  14. wow. just wow.

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  15. Wow, these are amazing. It’s like Fannie Schiavoni’s gone rock climbing…

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    x

  16. That first piece is crazy, but in a strange hot way.
    Just discovered your blog, I’m hooked.

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  17. Great photos! Will keep an eye and ear out for this designer.

  18. it all looks really amazing . . . i agree i can see it as outerwear. it’s much too beautiful to be put in the erotic undie category.

  19. Parachute bondage: fabulous! Yeah, I’m not into butt wedges either, but this is quite clever.

    I know what it is about you, Shini: we have a similar eye because we have the same sensibility (& sense of humour). I can just see you going thru the missing person’s ad, and adding them on facebook.. anyway, you got there in the end. And I think she’s really onto something. I’d love to see these as red carpet dresses, in a paler range.. pale blues & nudes.. but that’s just me.

  20. Whoa, very creative. Really like the first photo. And I agree, the butt wedge is just one of those things that would probably receive a few disagreeable looks outside.

  21. Hey, beautiful pictures!

    Youre on my blog! I spotted you at LFW and snapped you in your blue coat so you’re part of my funkylookingpeople collage :)
    x

  22. Wow! Very avant garde

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  24. very unique

  25. all those strings are very unique! i esp. like the clothes hanger ^^
    ps. i think i’ll stay in korea until middle of april..but in summer i will be here in seoul again!
    what about your korea trip?

    mi <3

  26. wow! i also had to google her cuz i havent heard of her before and i´m surprised i couldnt find any information even in finnish. actually i would have wanted to see more of her designs but maybe we´ll hear more about her soon :)

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  27. Haven’t herad of her before but really lovve the work!

  28. i think the first photo is one of the coolest things i have ever seen. simply amazing.