Lovely Finnish designer Riitta Immonen, founder of Marimekko, has passed on. Her patterns were impeccably Scandinavian.
Here is her obituary in the New York Times today:
I snapped this photo in the Goodwill thrift store on the Upper East Side. I stopped this beautiful lady because of her elegant, pulled-back hair and stylish and fun outfit. If you look closer you can see little mythic creatures dancing around on her skirt. I also love the big dramatic collar on her blouse. We spoke for a while about her experience in New York teaching children. She had so much grace and charm and seemed to know everyone in the store. I hope to run into her again.
This stylish woman was very interested in knowing what my blog was all about. I let her know that I was documenting mature, stylish street wear and that her look had caught my eye. The splash of shocking pink has a great effect over this simple dress. I also think that the tip of her hat and her over sized sunglasses add glamour to her overall appearance.
Often when I stop someone on the street for a photo they ask me if they should a smile or not. I let them know that it’s really up to them and that I want to capture a little bit of their style and character. This woman knows how to make an impression with her elegantly draped scarf and eye-catching accessories over a black backdrop.