Well Hello July Weather Girl. It is time to enjoy the sunny days and the sun really feels hot-hot-hot. Many of us Finns have their summer vacation in July. it is time for new adventures, free time, meeting friends and distant relatives. People escape to summer cottages to enjoy the nature. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries ripen. July is the time to load batteries in the green woods and the thousand lake sides all over Finland.
In Finland each month has its own character and weather type. Four main seasons, but even each month has something of their own.
Shoe heels clatter was the first impression in Kukontori (Cock plaza) in Forum top flat. Cape-like coat when viewed from behind and wild hair upright. Interesting. What about the rest? Surreptitious glance at the front. Who owns the heels clatter like this? Wow, what a denim dungarees! But I got an angry challenging gaze back. Okay, it’s better move forward…
But anyway, have you ever seen high trouser cuffs like this? I think his style is wonderfully original.
We have had some sunny warm days in Helsinki. I stress the word some, because we can count in one hands fingers the total amount of the summer days, when heart and soul is melting of the warmth of blessed sunshine. Therefor I think that the concept of summer clothes is more or less meaningless in Finland. If you own a summer dress it lasts your whole lifetime. Total amount of using the dress is still very little.
When a sunny warm day appears a good advise is to leave everything at once and run outside enjoy the rarity. Another thing in warm days is, that people start to look at each other. I mean, like what do we people look like when all the outer layers of clothing are away. In one of those days I spotted this summer man whose style was kind of nice.
Sad news arrived. Early pioneer of street style photography, Bill Cunningham has died in 87 years of age. He had his own street style column in New York Times for 40 years. Bill Cunningham recognized the value of what people wore in their everyday life.
Bicycling with his camera in New York his outfit became his trademark: blue French worker’s jacket, khakis and sneakers. Simple and practical uniform that let him focus on the essential, style on the streets.
Few years ago I bought a blue blazer. Lightweight denim kind of fabric and straight simple cut. Every time I have used it I have thought of Bill Cunningham. This blue coat I have called my billcunningham-coat.
To me the blue coat of Bill Cunningham is a symbol of joy. Joy of marvellous people, joy of finding perfect forms of style on everyday people. No matter if they were celebrities or not. Style is the only thing that matters.
In this case his story and attitude has resonated to my feelings and views when walking under Helsinki City sky. On this far north side of Europe I keep spotting interesting styles that makes me smile eyes beamed. And later draw what I see.
Staring the blue sky is an act of joy. Stunning blue. Let me show you. I took this photo last October with phone. To be able to stare the blue sky whenever I need.
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The good thing with Bill Cunningham, that we can be happy about, is that he lived a long apparently happy life with the ability to follow his passion to the last moment. That is not self for sure thing.
To the good end I share two links to nice articles about Bill Cunningham.
May I present you Miss June in my Weather Girl portrait series. June is the first official summer month in Finland. High hopes is set for June. Like oooh, the warmth will come… and the sun will shine… picnics in the park… chilling outdoors… nature blooming… All of this is possible. But then, it may occur that the temperatures stay quite low and stormy rainy days is a norm.
It is a risky business to arrange an outdoor festival in June. Like last Saturday Helsinki Samba Carnaval had simply awful weather. Still the wet dancers were brave and did their performance in good spirit. And the loyal fan club like me with my daughters stood in the rain and strong wind enjoying the show. Wet and happy.
Capricious is June. Therefor this lady has a bit strict expression. Around her head is a flower wreath, woven with the natural flowers, which nature offers plenty. Birch wood frames the background.
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This is already sixth in the Weather Girl portrait series. In Finland we have four main seasons, but even each month has a character of their own. By the end of the year we have all twelve sisters together. Here is a link to the Introduction of Weather Girl Portrait series, if you are interested.
Lately on catwalks we have seen plenty of floral patterns on both women’s and menswear. Especially Gucci has led the way along this path. As you see in this illustration, some echoes of this trend is seen on Helsinki streets also. This fellow had nice mix with soft tinted floral pattern shirt that had hints of russet color. Cleverly he had the same accent russet brown on cap and sneakers also. What could be your favorite accent color?
This lady is my submission for Draw A Dot Open Call to draw something from Christopher Kane SS 2016 collection. This time I chose to make paper cut illustration.
In Instagram you can check hashtag #DrawADotChristopherKane to see all submissions.
The problem with me as illustrator seems to be that I always want to experiment with different materials and drawing techniques. I look at the subject and then decide what is the best fit to it. The negative side is that there is no signature style in my illustrations. But never mind, drawing should be fun. And sure it is!
It seems that the hat of this summer is captain cap. On a short stroll in city center yesterday I saw about ten persons with captain cap. And why not, combined with striped T-shirt, it feels like summer and salty sea. Style classics rules.
In summer we all sail in terms of holiday more or less. Sailing on leisure time and free thoughts, at least.
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More about Captain Cap and the style corner stones in this post:
Captain Cap Makes the Style.
How joyful sight it is to see a senior lady walking down the street in a bright red classic dress skirts swaying. A dress like strawberry. Blooming like red geranium. It feels so summery!
I imagine that she is going to meet her friend and they drink some coffee together and tell stories and laugh like friends do. Oh, let’s all meet some friends and have some refreshing time at weekend!
It is weird. Often when May starts it is like magic. Suddenly days are warm, almost every day is sunny day, temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees warmer than last week. Fast adopters go in shorts and T-shirt when slower still uses down jackets. Flowers arise, blue Anemone Hepaticas, white Wood Anemones and Dandelions give joy. Here we have a May Weather Girl.