Archive for the ‘Swedish’ Category

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.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Advertisements

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. (more…)

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...

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

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

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

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

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

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…)

Citrus accents at H&M

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Swedish, Trends
Tags: , ,

Looking out my window all I see is various shades of gray. It was therefore nice on Thursday to see the cheerful colors coming our way in H&M’s Spring 2012 collection. For the ladies, you can expect to see white and neutral colors with fruity accents of yellow, orange and apple green, as well as lighter hues of apricot and blue. On the men’s side, orange has a prominent place in the casual wear.
Photo: David Bartal

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Another garment by Nakkna transformed me into a silver night bird.

this fluffy, stitched poncho like coat with a sewn on scarf by Swedish Nakkna is just a perfect protection for the winter chill!

This fake fur coat by Ida Sjöstedt and knitted dress by Rodebjer, spiced up with my vintage jewelry, made an interesting match. I felt a bit like a spoiled London it- girl

Last week I tried on some outfits from high fashion brands at JUS, a concept store located at Brunnsgatan 7 in the Swedish capital. I took the opportunity to mix and match a Margiela coat with a Comme des Garcons shirt. It isn’t every day that one gets to slip into some Rick Owens wedges, a warm coat by Nakkna and a festive jacket by Ida Sjöstedt.

In the spacious and moderately designed interiors you can enrich your warderobe with the lastest collections by Sweden’s Carin Wester, Nakkna, Ida Sjöstedt, V Avenue Shoe Repair, Rodebjer and international designers such as Ann Demeulemeester, Maison Martin Margiela and Kris van Assche.

But luxury is not the greatest principle for the selection of the apparel. As a shop assistent tells us, the philosophy behind JUS is to provide quality garments of different, yet universal design which can be used in spite of changing fashion trends.

Model and text: Veronica Fraticelli
Photos: David Bartal

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Fashion retailing giant H&M has pulled a new marketing trick out of its corporate hat. The company today (November 11) unveiled a large glass-walled structure at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm containing samples from its Versace-for-H&M collection, which will be launched in 12 Swedish stores and in its online shop, starting on November 17.

H&M always tries to surprise its customers and we want to do something glamorous with a party feeling to attract attention surrounding the Versace for H&M campaign,” says Sofia Jegerborn, marketing manager for H&M in Sweden.

People who visit the Stockholm installation this weekend can use their mobile phones to compete in a contest to win a Versace-for-H&M outfit. You use your smartphone to scan in the QR-code shown in the Norrmalmstorg display, which will allow you to choose a tune to be played in the installation’s Fashion Jukebox while simultaneously competing in a contest to win a Versace outfit.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Lisbeth Salander, the rebellious heroine of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy would probably be pissed off to learn that her personal style has been reincarnated as a fashion collection for H&M, one of the world’s biggest retail chains.

Luckily, the anarchistic computer hacker with a violent temper is only a fictional character in the books, so she is not about to start smashing department store windows or kidnapping business executives.

The collection has been designed just in time for the Christmas shopping season by Trish Summerville, costume designer for the upcoming American movie based upon the best-selling book: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The press release for the tough-looking collection says that Salander’s look is “all about individuality as well as survival.” Black leather racing jackets, a hooded wool coat with a diagonal zip that wraps across the body and leather or slashed denim pants are part of the mix.
Photo: H&M

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine