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Odd Molly takes a cold shower

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Photo: Christian Löveborg

The spring and summer 2012 collections of Odd Molly, a Swedish fashion retailer listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, have gotten a chilly reception this year by fashion buyers. The order value for the collection is off by 31 percent compared to the same period last year.

After seven years with the company, CEO Christina Tillman is moving on. Odd Molly’s concept store in Los Angles is now history, and its menswear’ line Post Fire Dew has been discontinued. Operations in the USA are being “reevaluated,” according to company’s financial report.

The decision of Odd Molly to sell menswear has always struck me as odd. After all, how many guys will go into an Odd Molly shop to go shopping? The label is exclusively known for its girlish, Boehme-chic women’s’ collections.

The company founded by former skateboard champ Per Hollknekt isn’t the only listed Swedish fashion firm feeling the pinch from lower consumer spending. Kappahl, RNB (which owns the JC chain), Björn Borg and Wesc have all seen the value of their shares shrink substantially this year, according to newspaper Expressen

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Finnish textile artist and designer Suvi Suikki combines pen-and-ink drawings made on hand-made paper with knitted fabrics, extending the possibilities of both media. She seems to operate in a grey zone between good and evil, the delicate and the grotesque.
That is the description, at any rate, contained in an invitation I got today to an exhibit of Suvi’s work which will be shown August 30-September 28 at the Finland Institute in Stockholm, located at Snickarbacken 4 in Stockholm (just a hop, skip and a jump from Stureplan).
Looks like cool stuff to me.

Fashion designers come and go, but only a few can win approval from the critics year after year like Sweden’s Ida Sjöstedt. Rather than following prevailing trends, she goes her own way with designs ranging from the romantic and girlish to glamour and glitter bordering on kitsch. Together with film maker and director Gary Fabbri, I visited Ida in her studio recently as she prepared with her assistants for a runway show. We were given a grand tour of the entire production process. She showed us the fabrics which which are an important part of her inspiration, and the story board for her new “Twisted Palace” collection.” Gary and I did this fashion video, as well as several more in the pipeline, for the website http://www.sweden.se.

Sustainable styles: Photo--Daniel Pedersen


Robert & Blads is opening a new chapter in the evolution of sustainable fashion. The Malmö fashion firm announces that its collections will in the future remain pretty much the same from season to season, with only a limited number of new items added occasionally. The idea is apparently to go in the opposite direction of the “use-and-throw-away” excesses of our consumer culture.

”Sustainability for me is not just a question of using an ”approved” fabric. The material, design and construction has to be of a good quality. So that the garment lasts a long time, so that it is durable. A t-shirt labeled as “ecological” that looks ugly after only a few washings isn’t sustainable, its junk,” says designer Helle Robertson Forslund.

Robert & Blads uses Swedish jersey which is 95 percent comprised of hemp, and 5 percent of elastan, a synthetic fiber of high elasticity. The fall 2011 collection will also use Global Textile Standard Cotton from Germany and recycled wool from Portugal.
The brand has also launched a webshop so that it can market its goods to the whole planet: http://shop.robertoblad.com/

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The downstairs 2.35:1 club at Berns in Stockholm was the scene on Friday of a runway show spotlighting some bright-colored cotton jumpsuits from OnePiece of Norway. The brand representative said that OnePiece has had release parties in London this spring, with celebrities like Will I Am from Black-eyed peas and Rihanna attending the parties. “One Piece is based on one grand rule, one basic principle and that is comfort,” the announcer proclaimed before the start of the show.
Photos: Jean Malnory

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Lady Gaga liked the look

Fashion and pop-music legend Lady Gaga was spotted wearing one Vera Thordardottir’s frost-inspired creations only a few days before Vera graduated from Istituto Marangoni in East London earlier this year. The Italian-American singer wore a frilly outfit from the Icelandic designer’s graduation collection when she performed at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball. (more…)

Gina Tricot Takes on Germany

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


Gina Tricot, which describes itself as Scandinavia’s fastest-growing fashion retailer, plans to enter the German market. The first two German stores will open in Dusseldorf and Cologne in September -October.
“It was time to go into another country,” Tricot founder and managing director Jörgen Appelqvist told Dagens Nyheter. “After our success on the Nordic market we have had our eye on other countries, including Germany. We have our mind set on becoming an international player.” (more…)

Read in style, Photo: Claes Björnberg


Residents of the university town Umeå in Northern Sweden can now go to the public library and borrow a few scary novels by Stephen King, and take the opportunity at the same time to loan a pair of high-heeled shoes. The library in this northern Swedish city has since July 7 operated the country’s first permanent lending library for clothes. (more…)