AALTO's 'FACES' Collab Celebrates Diversity In An Unexpected Way

Finnish womenswear may not be an apparel category you’re familiar with, but AALTO is here to change that. The Finnish brand started showing collections at Paris Fashion Week in 2014, and it didn’t take long for AALTO’s designs to begin making waves within the industry. In 2016, it was a finalist for both the prestigious LVMH Prize and the Andam Prize.Most recently, the brand collaborated with photographer Johan Sandberg and makeup artist Karim Rahman to produce “FACES” as part of its AW19 collection launch. The end result? A visual installation that explores the face as a cross-cultural way of communicating our inner selves to the world. In this project, Sandberg and Rahman take inspiration from the different ways of using face paint and makeup across diverse regions and traditions. And when these influences are mixed, layered, and combined, they illuminate how beauty can emerge from cultural clashes and encounters.Fittingly, the fabrics used in AALTO’s AW19 collection are