Recently Riina O had the incredible occasion to collaborate on the pair of shoes made by the very talented Caroline Groves for the wonderful Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg!
Whoopi Goldberg, best known for starring in a ´90s movie “Sister Act“, now a co-hostess of the TV talk show “The View” on ABC site, she is known to be a huge footwear fan.
These shoes by Caroline Groves are rather unique. Eash shoe is in contrasting monochrome colour. In addition to the tiny pair of Riina O gloves one of the shoes, it is also bearing a little top hat and a walking stick, while another sports a veiled bowler hat with a little scarf.
Caroline says, the inspiration for the shoes came from her earlier work that Whoopi was infatuated with. She suggested the one white and one black shoe. One with top hat to represent her show business background and a bowler hat on the other toe in memory of her mother who used to wear a bowler.
The other collaborators on this pair of shoes were the milliner Louise Pocock and a silversmith Jessica Hickman-Woolcott , who made the tiny cane.
Riina O mini gloves, seen in several of our recent Instagram posts, made it to the top of the shoes and onto the screen at “The View”.
See them live:
At the end of March Riina O had the pleasure of joining the amazing traditional bespoke shoemaker and designer Caroline Groves at her New York Trunk Show at Kimberly Hotel.
Riina O presented a selection of our timeless handcrafted leather gloves that go great with Caroline´s beautiful handmade shoes.
Meanwhile in Estonia…
While the nights are slowly getting darker and longer, Estonian designer Oksana Tandit has been thinking about the midsummer “White Nights”, presenting her gorgeous new same-titled resort collection.
The créme de la créme of Tallinn fashion crew was transported nearly 100km out of town to the historical Vihula Manor. The show was accompanied by a gourmet dinner along orchestral music from internationally well known musician Andres Mustonen and his orchestra.
For her latest show Oksana was inspired by symbiosis between nature, fashion and music. The collection paints a picture of a weekend escape from the busy everyday life to relax and rejuvenate in the countryside. Soft feminine silhouettes, luxurious materials from cashmere to silk come in pastel shades inspired by nature. Inherent to her signature style, a lot of attention is paid to the details and femininity is skillfully joined with masculine elements.
Riina O has collaborated with Oksana Tandit over a few recent years and it has been a true pleasure to do so. Our collections seem to telepathically speak the same language, without having to coordinate the creation process before it is finalised. Riina O latest collection happened to similarly wander out of town in search for the inspiration, heading for the desert instead.
London Collections Men is in full swing and this season we had an amazing opportunity to do a show collaboration with London-based designer Matthew Miller.
He has previously referred to the freedom of speech being the last authentic art form and has used this medium in his collections, turning the wearer of his clothes into a walking piece of Socialist Youth art that gains more value and relevance with every mark it picks up, adding user-generated worth with wearing.
I quite like this idea of item becoming more valuable with memories gained along the way. This also applies to leather gloves that form to the shape of the wearers hands with wear, becoming their own and one of a kind.
Matthew Miller´s collection for AW16 is mainly inspired by “Nouveau Riche” and Caravaggio´s painting of “David and Goliath”, with details of oil on canvas draped around the models. His clothes adhere to classical silhouettes, adding modern touch and utilitarian details. Men´s clothes were elegantly mixed with rather masculine-looking women´s ensembles. I personally really loved the whole collection.
Riina O men´s and women´s gloves added the final touch to the looks.
View Riina O show collaboration with Matthew Miller in full here.
This year again we had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with Jean-Pierre Braganza for his London Fashion Week catwalk show.
Jean-Pierre, who just launched a collaboration with River Island, presented his high end ready to wear AW15 collection “Excelsiora” in Somerset House courtyard showspace.
JPB woman is a modern incarnation of exacting film noir vixen and a war-time heroine. Designer referred to the terrifying beauty of fighter jets, symmetrical as human body on the outside and asymmetrical mechanics on the inside.
Riina O presented our view on the same subject, just from another angle. The glance at our new collection “Tempus Loquendi”, that derives from the same terrifying source, softening the impact by exploring contrasts and making them work together. Soft hairy ponyskin gloves embody cosiness, safety and protection, while bearing encrypted laser cut messages.
More details to come…