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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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We recently created this video about Stockholm artist Valeria Montti Colque for www.sweden.se, the website which calls itself the “Official Gateway to Sweden.”

I’ve long been a fan of Valeria, a multi-talented artist who stages wild performances with robots and skeletons. She recently started to paint enormous wall murals.

One day, we got to follow Valeria and one of her collaborators up a tall ladder, and through a broken window into a dilapidated, abandoned factory. Our mission was to find interesting junk which the artist could use to construct robots.

In my next life, I want to be an artist.

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Is this cool, or what?

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The Spring/Summer 2012 collection of Cheap Monday casts a glance back to an older generation with a Polaroid palette of bright orange, dark blue and mint. New for this season is a line of ‘Second Skin’ jeans that are tight – even tighter than last year.

Erik Möller of Cheap Monday gave us a tour of the showroom on the south side of Stockholm.

Video: David Bartal and Alexander Farnsworth

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If you are looking for a copy of a film called “Meet the Hollowheads” or a vinyl recording of psychedelic lounge music from Mongolia, Larry’s Corner is the place for you.

Owner/manager Larry Farber, an expatriate Yank, has spent decades digging around in the cellars and dusty attics of the civilized world in order to discover the most quirky and funky books and music he can find. This Indiana Jones of weirdness appreciates his merchandise so much that if he has come to love a certain CD or book too much, he may suddenly decide he doesn’t want to part with it after all. In other words, Larry isn’t a very zealous capitalist.

Larry’s Corner is located on the corner of Grindgatan and Blekingegatan. The owner brags that he serves the “the best mediocre coffee in all of Stockholm.” How can one resist a deal like that?

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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.

Maybe it is the atmosphere, the excitement of the people crowded around the runway at her catwalk shows, the attitude of the models, or maybe it is something about the passionate design of the clothes created by Kjersti Vatle Toresen that commands attention. It seems to me that this is a Norwegian designer who is going places.

Kjersti got back to me today with some answers I posed to her via e-mail. She says that her brand is “for the people who dare to be their self. It’s a combination of avant garde and expressive pieces with character. The label Vatle Designs will be presented on the European market next season.

SF: Do you have any new projects or collaborations under way?
I’m working with different Norwegian artists, I love making pop fashion for pop artists. I just had a collaboration with Norway’s Mariann Rosa and Fretex. I love Mariann’s style and its nice to do something with value and help others as in working with Fretex.

At the moment I´m working with a new collection. The new thing this season, is that (more…)

The Arctic Jungle Fashion Gala, which took place in late September in New York City, raised over $12,000 for the rehabilitation of victims of mass rape and sexual assault in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funds will be transferred securely through Norwegian Church Aid.

Among those who took part in this ‘Haute couture’ event at La Pomme were Finnish supermodel Angelika Kallio and top model Rosa Korhonen . Kallio led the live auction of frocks by designers such as Nicole Miller, Anna Sui and IVANAhelsinki.
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It’s made of silk organza and cotton, and it has lots of hooks. The roughly 10 meter long wedding dress by Iselin Engan of Norway is a modular garment, which can be worn at a conventional length or extended to suit someone exceptionally tall, who is standing in a room with an exceptionally high ceiling.

The scary and romantic art-dress by Iselin which was recently exhibited at a Stockholm art gallery plays a leading role in a fashion film called “Rend Fou.” The fashion designer is currently studying film in Lodz, Poland, at the college where famed director Roman Polanski learned his craft.

“I think fashion and film go very well together,” Iselin explained, when we recently met at Galleri Duerr exhibit.
Iselin is something of a celebrity designer in her native Norway. Crown Princess Mette-Marit, a fashionista of the first rank, has been photographed several times wearing her frocks. Iselin says that her next collection, which will be launched next year, will be “a more complex expression.”

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People often ask me why I like to write about fashion. One reason is that I get to meet fascinating and creative people like Naim Josefi, who have a vision all their own. Check out this runway show of his Melonia collection, where the models are all connected to one other.

The Melonia footwear, which Naim created in collaboration with Souzan Youssouf, is as original as the rest of the collection. Naim made “the first 3D-printed haute couture shoes in the world and comes from the concept of no waste.”
His idea is that you can go to a shop where your feet are scanned, and a shoe is “printed.” The image can than be used the next time you need a pair of shoes. Magazines and fashion blogs all over the world have reported about the unique, skeletal-like shoe. (more…)