Monday, September 20, 2010

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, in Nautical Knots.

My heart skips a beat. 
Invite From: IVANAhelsinki
Oh! Could this be? Is it? Click.
Please take a moment to confirm your RSVP online by clicking here.  Click. I went into full happy dance... which lately is The Jerk.
 Then I remember, the curtains are open and I'm dancing in full view of the outside world. Let's take a seat and happily gaze at the twinkling Philadelphia skyline. A flicker of fresh type breaks the moment - RSVP Update Notification. Thank you for confirming your RSVP to IVANAHELSINKI. Your RSVP status is now YES.  I'm confirmed for the Ivana Helsinki Show!  Ohhh, and look at this:
The King Collective invites you 
to attend the presentation of the Spring 2011 Collection -
Well now, we can all relate to that? Who hasn't asked, where the f*ck is my sailor at one time or another? No? Just me?  I don't believe you... you're being shy. Wink.

Night of the show, Mother Nature flexes her muscles, shuts the Long Island Railroad down, and causes signal problems for Amtrack..... EVERYBODY is hunting a taxi!  Took me 20 minutes, but I'm finally splashing down 8th Avenue towards Lincoln Center!

Front row, right next to Zelda Kaplan!  All those sacrifices to the fashion Gods were worth it, this is going to be fun!

The lights dim..... an overwhelming recording of seagulls creates an anticipation I can't really explain... a little like Tippi Hedren in The Birds. In hindsight, .... more like the sounds you'd hear if you were stranded on a deserted island in the Pacific... looking for your missing sailor.  The first look rounds the corner, and the model marches slow and deliberate in a rope printed pleated dress, and red rope necklace. 

Designer Paola Suhonen has set the mood. 

And this IS a new take on the nautical theme. The reoccurring rope print is intriguing because up close, its so literal. At a distance, it's an optical illusion creating flattering movement and 'waves' in the fabric. 

Most of the silhouettes were very girly, almost baby doll, and the rope/knot accents and accessories gave the baby doll a little delinquent twist. There was another fantastic reappearing print that looked like a mish mosh of classic sailor tattoos.  The kind of ink you would get, if you were a sailor in the 50's and had a reputation that the girls happily whispered about. It was a wonderful mix of mermaids, anchors, ships and seagulls..... perfectly modern, and perfectly vintage. 

The accessories! Ropes, knots, and more ropes and knots.  Thick twisted rope headbands, nautical knot necklaces, mesh hats, crocheted sleeves and..... twisted rope boots!

*Hats - Rike Feurstein
*Jewelry - Michelle Lane
*Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens
* To Watch the Show - Register at First Comes Fashion
*Below are more pics and great Nautical themed giveaway. 

Another special Style Shepherd Giveaway!  
A beautiful Nautical Necklace from BROOKLYNrehab! Its 'Knot' your typical necklace. "Flat ship knot" interwoven bib on a light weight gold tone chain. 3" x 1-1/2" cotton cord knot on a 18" chain.  To win, you must be a follower of the  Style Shepherd of course, and leave a comment telling us about your favorite piece of BROOKLYNrehab jewelry and follow IVANAhelsinki on facebook. All comments must be posted by Sunday September 26th, 2010 11:59PM. The winner will be chosen by and announced Monday September 27th, 2010. Comment as many times as you like (no translation yet, comments must be in English). Good Luck!  


  1. I like the Fork and Spoon Shakers
    I am a Fan on facebook - Lyudmila Sizova
    lusizova at

  2. I follow your blog.
    My favorite piece of jewelry (I love her other items as well) is the Passementerie Series No1
    and, I "like" IVANAhelsinki on facebook

    Donna Hufman Warrington

  3. I also love the "The Little Key" piece


  4. Tribal Chic piece made me laugh, I wish she had an elephant one as well.


  5. The Freeze Frame piece is equally as nice.


  6. The Garden Pal is Back is also cute item
    lusizova at

  7. kitchen note set.

  8. I'm a follower. I love The Little Key. I'm a Facebook fan of IVANAhelsinki [Aik Chien].

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  9. I like the Grade School Seating Napkin Rings .

    I follow on FB (Alexandra Schnaider) and I follow via GFC (Alexa1202)


  10. I also like the Custom Tree Slices


  11. Hi,
    my favourite item is:Woodland Chic they are so lovely!
    I follow your blog as "orchismoria"
    I follow ivanahelsinki on facebook, as "antonella mazzariol".

  12. Rehabbed Souvenir Pigeon Mug is interest item for me too
    lusizova at

  13. So excited with the giveaway. I would like to participate in it.
    Anw i am totally follower through Google Friend Connect name liz.

    Contact me dear <3

    Anw, you can join my first giveaway which is F21 peach statement ring at
    my blog. The merrier is more fun :)

  14. I follow (follower name is Damla).
    I like the Gifty Horseshoe Charm Necklace.
    I'm a fan.

    annabell_lee_dk (at)

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  16. i don't know why ... i guess its just so simple ... plus its the whole skeleton key thing but this - = is my favorite piece.

  17. i'm also a follower of this blog as well as IVANA

  18. I follow your blog-jbabbagirl
    I follow ivanahelsinki on facebook-jbabbagirl
    I like the little wooden key necklace, so neat! Thanks!

  19. fabulous giveaway! :)

    followed your blog!
    followed IVANAhelsinki on facebook

    my favorite piece of BROOKLYNrehab jewelry is the Tribal Chic piece (i loved the other pieces as well, but the Tribal Chic piece really caught my attention!)


    thank you! :D

  20. My favorite is the Freeze Frame.

    I follow StyleShepherd and fanned IVANAHelsinki!

  21. Wow cool necklace!
    I follow Style Shepherd via GFC as Monik.
    My favorite is Passementerie Series No1.
    I follow IVANAhelsinki on facebook, as Monika Lintang Retnani.

  22. I'm a GFC Follower, and on Facebook I'm a fan of IVANAHelsinki (my username there is wunderfraulein).
    My favorite piece is the "Freeze frame" necklace!

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

  23. I follow through google friend.
    I like the Wooden Key Necklace.
    I like IVANAhelsinki on facebook.Shari D cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  24. I also like the Gifty Horseshoe Charm Necklace.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. The Freeze Frame Necklace is pretty too! cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  26. My favorite piece is the faceted necklace
    ziggyga athotmaildot com