Pop culture and pop art is at the heart of Heikki Salonen’s inspiration with his fourth collection (SS20) with Vyner Articles.
“I was looking at ancient photographs from the wild west, specifically of gold miners and their environment, taking this particular American workwear idea and transposing it into a pop culture mash up where Andy Warhol meets Skinny Puppy. Bringing bright pop elements into a much darker context, adding cultural elements of my native Finland where opposites melt to create an organised chaos” explains Salonen.
Californian gold rush of the late 1800 collides with Warhol bright pop in a full gold suit in foiled cotton canvas is presented along T-shirt stating Total Chaos in a very organised manner. Animal prints, specifically leopard takes a twisted turn when looked up close, where some of the animal spots spell out Chaos, again in methodic formation for animal lovers like one of Salonen’s all time favourite band, Skinny Puppy who were fighting for animal rights in the Vancouver of the early 80s with industrial music.