Editor’s Pick: Satu Maaranen Spring 2015 RTW

Helsinki based fashion designer and the winner of the Grand prix at the Hyères festival in 2013 Satu Maaranen presents her latest collection for Spring/Summer 2015. Named “Geometry of Futufolk,” Maaranen’s newest SS 15 collection was inspired by Finish folk craft techniques and the scrolls of Hermitage. For the collection Maaranen also influenced by couturiers André Courrèges and Pierre Cardin who were known for avant-garde style and Space Age designs. Both using the geometric shapes, metal and plastic in their design. The inspiration for the silhuettes and cuts comes from the 60s Couture, but the looks are a combination of Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear.

Maaranen has undertaken specific work with the materials in the collection. Her expressionistic prints are handprinted and coated with an open silkscreen and some digital prints are of birch braid, granit and wooden plank. She has personally experimented with these techniques, and has hand-painted on top of digital prints, embroidered on open silk screen prints, and printed on top of the embroideries.  Her strongest influences in design stem comes from her childhood memories, where she spent her holidays at family’s summer cottage, surrounded by lake and forests.  Using these hyper-visual memories, she infused her work with landscape prints and natural materials.  The tradition of each garment being handmade by Maaranen herself places her among other Finish designers including Aalto, Sarpaneva, and Nurmesniemi, who appreciate the use of natural materials.

Currently she’s working as a freelance designer for Marimekko under the new Creative Director Anna Teurnell. But looking into the future, new collaborations certainly plastered on the horizon for Satu Maaranen, including repeat what she did last summer for Petit Bateau.