Heikki Salonen A/W12

Salonen combined leopard and organic prints with braiding and a 18th century feel for a dark and eclectic show

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Shaman arts and crafts, 18th century anarchy and Eastern philosophies were at core of Heikki Salonen’s Paris menswear debut in a conjoined presentation with Laitinen. Leopard and organic prints added a 'flora & fauna' feel to an otherwise constructed collection, in a predominantly black and beige palette. There was a serious amount of tying and belting going on: braided leather on the hips on top of frock coats, strings at the ankles of baggy chinos to keep them off the ground. Frayed sleeves acted a grungy embellishment – but it was the slick control of cuts that held the show together.

Dazed Digital: What is the main theme in this collection, what are you introducing?
Heikki Salonen:
I’m introducing menswear, and presenting for the first time on men's fashion week in Paris. Lots of unisex shapes for both men and women.

DD: What was the biggest challenge in the show?
Heikki Salonen:
To get the shoes from UPS depot on Sunday. UPS won. We had to improvise. Once again.

DD: What materials are you using - any experimentation there?
Heikki Salonen:
Yard dyed Leopard motif cashmere wools, and vintage Japanese twills.

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