Helsinki's Finest: Meet the Designers to Watch from Finland
Although it’s chilly and gray most of the year in Finland, the nordic country is now the latest hot spot on the fashion map. Young designers have been filling the ranks of Europe’s top fashion houses, making finalists’ lists, and often winning, the biggest fashion competitions including France’s Hyères Fashion Festival, ITS in Trieste, Italy and the coveted LVMH prize. But not everything happens abroad: every year, the country's capital city turns into a fashion circus with multiple events--including Aalto University’s annual Näytös grad show, two new events, Helsinki New and Pre Helsinki, and a runway show held on the tarmac of the Helsinki Airport--to highlight the country’s latest fashion designers. Here, the highlights.