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Heikki Salonen

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DECONSTRUCTED CLASSICS

London: An Erdem alumnus and currently a consultant at Diesel, Finnish designer Heikki Salonen has a solid resume. His eponymous collection, established two years ago, is nothing like either of the labels with which he has been involved, its aesthetic leaning instead towards Japanese avant garde labels like Comme des Garçons. Salonen is known for deconstructing classic pieces, adding an unexpected flounce here and a raw edge there, and this season the designer continued his exploration. Black ruffles crept out of one side of a raw linen sheath, and menswear-inspired trousers were chopped off at the knee. Old-school skateboarders were an influence this season; a black scribbled boxy top was a sophisticated rendition of a graphic tee, sporty hooded jackets were made edgy with ripped-off sleeves, and a black and white print looked like a page out of a vintage comic book. These grungy-chic looks are sure to garner more attention for this promising designer.

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