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February 20th, 2011

Backstage At Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Runway Show

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Model Closeup

Paola Suhonen brought back her signature label Ivana Helsinki to New York Fashion Week for another season. With the previous show running an hour late, all signs pointed that backstage should have been chaos, yet no such thing occurred. By the time I got there the models had their beehive hair and charcoal black eyes done and ready for the runway. L’Oreal’s Edward Tricomi, was armed with hairspray and still fixing up an occasional beehive. The models, already in full makeup and hair, were mostly looking for ways to amuse themselves until the show starts; taking pictures of each other, making funny faces at photographers. There was a feeling of ease in the air.

If Spring 2011 had a strong nautical theme, the Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 collection was about rich velvets, knits and feather prints – thus appropriately dubbed “Velvet Lake”. Paired with patchwork chunky boots (a collaboration with Seychelles) there was a strong 60’s Mod vibe to the collection. Feathers were everywhere; embroidered, etched, hand-painted and printed; on either velvet or silk dresses. Just when you think the feather theme might be too strong, a hand knitted tunic or a fringe dress will come along, so simple and chic, and just like a palette cleanser will put everything in perspective.

Funny fact. Did you know that this season, Paola Suhonen added her own name underneath the Ivana Helsinki logo because Ivana Trump sued her aledging there can only be one Ivana in this town? I think we all know on who’s side we are.

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Model Cellphone

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Model Talking To Adward Tricomi

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Beehive Hair

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Makeup

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Edward Tricomi

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Edward Tricomi Styling Hair

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Models Talking

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Feather Print Dresses Rack

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Knits Closeup

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Feather Prints

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Dresses Rack

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Seychelles Patchwork Boots

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Sequin Dress

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Velvet Dress

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Feather Knit Dress

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Feather Knit Closeup

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Fuzzy Knit Dress

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Model Beehive Hair

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Model Stare

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Models Taking Picture

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Racks Of Clothes

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Fringe Dress

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Jukka Puljujarvi

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Model Making Face

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Model Fixing Something

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Spraying Hair

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Creating Beehive Hair

Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Backstage Paola Suhonen Interview

[All images by Fashion Lover]