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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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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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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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As the first snows of winter dust the streets of Stockholm, my thoughts turn to Iceland. Right about now, it would be nice to be warming my toes in the Blue Lagoon or some of the other geothermal heated pools with dot the North Atlantic land mass perched between North America and Europe.

I once took part in a fashion photo shoot by Börkur Sighortson on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
What has Börkur been up to lately? An excursion on the Internet turned up these images Börkur took of the S/S 2012 collection of swimwear by Nikita of Iceland.

Hair & makeup by Fríða María Models: Andrea Röfn, Bryndís & Rós
Photographic assistant: Héðinn Eiríksson

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Wallenberg singer in a streamlined version of her costume

Paulina, lead singer of the moody pop group Wallenberg, had by far the most striking outfit at a book release party held at Södra Teater on Wednesday evening. She makes all of her costumes herself. The outfit pictured to the left with the triple-ball headgear is actually a simplified version of the costume she uses when performing.

“The full costume is huge,” she explained.

Some samples of the group’s tunes can be found on Myspace. Check out the song “Blonde or Rouge” on Youtube.

The party at Södra Teater was a release for a richly illustrated new book, “Burleska Bastarder,” about Stockholm’s famed Hootchy Kootchy burlesque club. Since 2006 the neo-burlesque club has been creating extravagent, sexy shows with a big dose of satirical humor. Photo: Queersense.com

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One of my big favorites on the Scandinavian fashion scene, knitwear queen Sandra Backlund of Sweden, will be this year’s recipent of a major grant of 300,000 kronor (42,000 dollars) from a government agency. (more…)

Walking down a street in Finland on Monday, I glanced in a store window and saw this curvy furniture that stopped me in my tracks. Even though I was late for an interview, I had to take a quick look at the curvy beauties by Punkalive. Its no accident that Helsinki has been selected as World Capital for Design 2012.
Photo: David Bartal

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David with wet hair

Nearly everyone has issues with their own hair. If you are like most people, you probably feel that your hair is too curly, too thin, too short or too long, a boring color or the wrong texture. A museum in Stockholm is currently collecting anecdotes, photos and memorablia related to hair for an upcoming exhibit in fall 2012.

The Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet) wants to know everything about your hair. They have launched a webpage where the general public can share their thoughts, reflections or stories relating to hair, beards, body hair and related matters. It’s a Swedish language site.

We learn on this hairy webpage that Matilda, 41, recently cut her hair in a short pageboy style, and is happy not to be bothered by the feeling of hair on her neck. A 20-year-old woman named Linn with straight blonde hair describes the complex steps she takes to achieve an effect that looks entirely natural: Instead of using hairspray on her bangs, which would make them stiff, she applies it to a comb, which provides just enough strengthening affect to prevent the bangs from separating into separate units.

A bushy-haired dude named Richard says he doesn’t care about his hair. He used to spend a lot of money on haircuts when he was young but he finally bought a electronic clipper and now just cuts his hair once a year, and washes it twice a week.
The museum website reminds me about a non-commerical Internet art project called A Total Waste of Time. This collaborative project explores an interesting phenomenon: How men are inclined to take pictures of themselves in bathroom mirrors. I once contributed a self-portrait photo to this project, fresh out of the shower.

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The Autumn Contemporary Sale of Bukowski’s Auction House in Stockholm included a rare print of Richard Avedon’s “Dovima with Elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955.” (Click on the picture to see a larger version of this magnificent photo).

The 130 X 106 cm image was sold on November 16 for 3 million kronor, making it one of the most expensive photos ever sold in Sweden. The photo is signed by the photographer, and numbered 13/50. The dress worn by the model Dovima is the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.

Alvedon once said of Dovima: “She was the last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties…the most remarkable and unconventional beauty of her time.”

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