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Designer Daniel Palillo, based in Helsinki, Finland makes clothes with a street-feel laced with a dark sense of humor. The women’s and kids’ outfits which are also part of his Spring/Summer 2012 “Never Mind” collection are just as wild.

Inspired by the time spent in America, Daniel Palillo’s latest collection draws from the anarchy of the designer’s teenage music heroes, while painting a portrait of his everyday lived experiences: Saturday evening soccer matches and Sunday morning cartoons.

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Model: Dorothea Barth, Photo: Peter Farago (Click to see full size)

After an extremely successful debut in Stockholm, Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz Farago’s exhibition “Northern Women In Chanel” is shifting to Copenhagen. The Designmuseum in Copenhagen will show 50 large prints and 25 more intimate black-and-white portraits.

The exhibit is the result of a unique two year collaboration between the photographer duo and Chanel. The project has resulted in a lavish coffee table book entitled “Northern Women in Chanel.”

This is a must-see exhibit for anyone who loves Chanel and fashion photography at its finest.

The women represented in the book and exhibit are Nordic supermodels like Helena Christensen, Caroline Winberg, Freja Beha, Louise Pedersen, Dorothea Barth Jörgensen, Frida Gustavsson, Suvi Koponen, and Kirsi Pyrhonen.

The Exhibition will be launched on February 1, which coincidentally is the first day of the upcoming Copenhagen Fashion Week. The exhibit will continue until April 8, 2012.

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Fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld seems to have taken the wrong turn in Paris and ended up on a concrete wall in Aspudden, a rather anonymous suburb of Stockholm. The photo, which was taken by Lotta Söderberg, found its way to a street-art website.
If you visit the site, be sure to check out the images by Max Magnus Norman of a psychedelic cat walking on water.

The miraculous cat is part of an unusual Advent Calendar, where participants can use mobile phones or Google maps to find a different street-art installation in Stockholm every day, during the period leading up to Christmas.

In Swedish the project is called the “Kladdventskalendern,” which can roughly be translated as Grafitti Advent Calendar.

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Children and babies are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals than adults

Christmas shoppers on their mission to buy presents for family and friends may be bringing home sports and baby clothing that contains poisons. Clothing which claims to be “anti-odor” often contains tiny silver particles which are poisonous for the natural environment. Some tests suggest they could also be harmful for human health.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has conducted tests of sports clothing made of synthetics as well as “anti-odor” clothes for babies. The results of the tests were “worse than we expected,” Anne-Marie Johansson of KEMI told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The watchdog agency randomly bought clothing and textiles in Swedish stores which are marketed as “anti-odor” or claimed to provide “lasting freshness,” “hygenic protection,” or to be “antimicrobial.”

Of the 30 articles tested in a laboratory, 16 were found to contain silver nano-particles and anti-bacterial agent Triclosan. Although the use of silver particles was most common in sports clothing, investigators also found it in children’s pajamas and other types of clothing.

One of the products containing silver was a hair-band from Buff with a Winnie-the-Pooh design.
Three fourths of the silver particles in the hair-band had been leached out after three washings, according to the Swedish study.
“One can really ask questions about usage, especially when it comes to children’s clothing. There are concerns about the effects on health; children may suck on their clothing,” Anne-Marie Johansson of KEMI told DN.




For a country with a population of only about 320,000, Iceland seems to give birth to a surprisingly large number of wildly creative people. It must be the magic vibrations coming from the amazing lunar landscape. One of the biggest new creative talents is multimedia artist and fashion designer Harpa Einarsdottir. The first collection of her label Ziska, pictured above, is a knock-out!

Harpa is still waiting to get the collection from the manufacturers.

“It will be sold online on my website Ziska.is and in Eva N.Y. on Bowery, and in a store here in Iceland,” the designer informs me via a Facebook message. “I´m working on the winter collection, actually two of them so I´m quite busy these days,” she adds.

In addition to her work in fashion, Harpa (aka Ziska) is an exceptional illustrator, envisioning a mystical, sometimes scary world where good and evil reign side-by-side. (I’ve included one image of a collage from a series called “Memories of a Glacier.”

Photographer Brynjar Snaer, Model Edda from Eskimo, make up Isak Freyr

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Three months ago fashion was not a big interest of 15-year-old Julia Schneider, the new Swedish winner of the international Elite Model Look competition. She had never gone on a catwalk and had reportedly never even worn high-heel shoes.

“I have definitely never been interested in fashion,” she told a reporter from newspaper Arbetarbladet in one of her first telephone interviews, shortly after getting the prize at a ceremony in Shanghai from world-famous singer Kylie Minogue.

Julia was surrounded after the win by her mother Mia, her father Anders and her younger sister Malin, who is 11 years old.

Until this fall, the lanky Swedish teen had played ice hockey with both girls’ and boys’ teams for about 10 years. After putting her skates on the shelf following a broken arm, she has spent most of her free time with her horses. Read the rest of this entry »

Window shopping may seem a trivial sport, but some encounters with a store’s window display may result in an aesthetic experience beyond your expectations. When commerce meets with creative aspirations, the wildest creatures can come to life. This is the Christmas display at Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm. NK Department Store is the most traditional and luxurious shopping mall in the Swedish capital. Their windows always draw huge crowds of visitors.
Text and photos: Veronica Fraticelli

This gigantic Santa-Octopus is the star attraction in one of NK’s windows


Poor, busy Santa' just got condensed into a Matrix-like memory machine...


... his new dress made someone in the crowd wonder if Santa is gay.


Old Nick is a dedicated fashionista. What should he put on today? Probably something from one of over one hundred posh boutiques at NK...

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Julia Schneider: Winner of the Elite Model Look 28th World Final

Fifteen year old Julia Schneider from Gävle, Sweden is this year’s winner of the prestigious international Elite Model Look competition. The crowning of Julia took place December 6 in Shanghai after castings in some 800 different cities in 70 different countries on five continents.

“We’re so happy and excited. She has the perfect face for a model,” Kristen Lane of Elite Model Stockholm said in a phone conversation.

The spectacular win means that Julia could well follow in the footsteps of other former winners of the same competition, such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, Fei Fei Sun or Constance Jablonski.

To win first place in the world final also means a three-year contract with the Elite Group, and a guaranteed salary of 150,000 euros.

Julia was just a typical Gävle teen before the competition, a girl with a pet rabbit who played ice hockey for years until she broke her arm. She loves her two horses. But Julia, who is a statuesque 1m79 tall (5 ft, 9 inches), may find things changing a bit when she becomes a professional model.

“I’m very happy but also a little bit in shock,” Julia said one day after the the win: “I was the girl who was always in the stable with horses. I’m still going to do that but my life has been completely changed. Now I’m going to go home for Christmas – it’s really nice in Sweden. As for the future, we’ll see what happens!”

Photo: Hannah Hedin

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This short film pretty much tells the story, how Norwegian twins Kine and Einy Paulsen moved to California to attend USC Marshall School of Business, and got the idea of making fashionable three deminsional viewing glasses after seeing a 3-D movie.

I found several more short promotional films by Ingri-Dahl on Youtube, including a quirky clip featuring a hungry rabbit.

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