New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week: Marimekko Spring 2013

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Pictured:  Carmen Dell’Orefice, 81, on the Marimekko runway at New York Fashion Week.
Photo:  Dianna Baros

If you’re not familiar with Marimekko they are a classic line of colorful prints produced in Finland since 1951. Jackie Kennedy was a fan and wore their styles. I’ve always said, if it’s good enough for Jackie, it’s good enough for me 🙂  For the first time Marimekko showed their fabulous prints at New York Fashion Week. Unfortunately, I had to miss the show because my Mother was ill.

Pictured: Marimekko on the runway captured by Dianna  Baros 

Enter my emotional rescue in the form of fellow Blogger, The Budget Babe. She was kind enough to attend the show for me, take some pictures and share the show with all of us.  The show featured one of the first runway supermodels, the 81 year old Carmen Dell’Orefice who began modeling at age 15. I love that Marimekko showed that fashion is for all ages by including the still beautiful Carmen on the runway.  Here’s my friend Dianna Baros, aka The Budge Babe’s report on Marimekko at New York Fashion Week.

Pictured: Marimekko on the runway photo: by Dianna Baros

“If you’ve ever shopped at Ikea or Crate & Barrel, then you’re probably familiar with Marimekko, a Scandinavian line best known for their happy prints, which showed its Spring 2013 fashion collection for the first time at New York Fashion Week. The mood was relaxed and upbeat as models of all ages walked the runway, including legends like Carol Alt, Carmen Dell’Orefice, and Pat Cleveland. Abstract prints looked tropical and lush on loose tunics while the brand’s signature graphic designs popped on sundresses and boxy sheaths. Hair and makeup was equally colorful, as were the funky Marimekko x Converse sneaks (some models even walked barefoot, adding to the carefree vibe). I was swooning over the Marni-esque statement necklaces and (let’s be honest) the Marimekko tote bag that guests received as a parting gift. My takeaway? Lighten up and embrace the transformative power of color now and next Spring.” –Dianna Baros,


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