Over the past couple of years, Scandinavia has risen from the shadows as an unlikely contender in the fashion field. The Scandi can throw a look together, a seemingly inimitable aesthetic with zero effort (or at least, so it seems !). Known for unique design, clean lines and unconventional silhouettes, dressing like a Scandinavian has never been so on-trend.
If you want to see the coolest Scandi street looks with your own eyes, you can’t miss the Copenhagen Fashion Week: the biggest and most prestigious fashion event to take place in the Nordic Region, held annually every February and August.
Here you have some Scandi looks for your inspiration :
Isn’t fall just the best time for wearing stylish hats ?! If you like me, love hats this is the designer to look up ! Laura Apsit Livens’ AW16 collection ‘Puerta’ is fantastic. The collection is inspired by the colours of bright Mexican doorways, pastel colours and Matisse.
I wanted to share with you some photos of the very talanted fashion photographer that I love ! What touches me the most is the tremendous sensuality in his images !
Born and bred in Paris, Lorieux embarked on a career in fashion photography at the city’s progressive Studio Harcourt, before swiftly ascending the ranks of glossy style titles such as Vogue Paris and L’Official during the 1970s, where his alluring, high-contrast view on life and style defined the era.
‘The visual aesthetic of Lorieux’s work bridges the optimistic exuberance of the 1970s and the cultures of new consumerism in the 1980s and 90s. Inspired by pop art, his signature photographs combine high contrast colors with graphic shapes. Working with some of the top names of his time, including Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Milla Jovovich and Linda Evangelista, his models bear feminine physiques that radiating a confidently overt sexuality.’ Alicia Reuter
The 94-year-old New Yorker is the subject of “Iris in Paris,” a fashion exhibition and pop-up shop at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche department store that celebrates her famous and forthright style. The icon’s exhibition features 10 of her signature colorful, quirky looks. A dream for any fashionista !
“Apfel called Parisians’ style “chic and perennial but not daring enough for my taste.”
Gucci paid homage to David Bowie at the presentation of the AW16-17 Men collection in Milan yesterday with a black cardigan with “Bowie” written across the back, accompanied by animal embroidery and a large red heart.
Maiko Takeda is a milliner and jewellery designer currently based in Tokyo. She’s a surprising artist and her designs succinctly combine material clarity with a surreal sense of transformation. Trained in jewellery design and millinery, her pieces combine aspects of both trades and are made with finely-cut strips of acetate affixed to a contemporary chainmail base. Her designs are almost from another world ; poetic, exotic and surreal …
“I believe my work lives its moments once they’re worn on the body, rather than being displayed static in a museum.”
You might have seen Björk wearing Maiko Takeda’s surreal jewellery pieces in the past and more lately for the digital release of Björk’s new Vulnicura album.
Ruaimi Orly is a painter and jewellery designer and her company was launched in San Francisco in 2012. Orly’s works are modern, made of eco friendly, recyclable and conflict free materials. The pieces are architectural, raw- modern metals and already spotted on the arty and edgy crowd. So keep in eye out for this avant-garde designer, you will defenitely see more of her in the future.
“I’ve always been fascinated with “practical” objects which explored opportunities to create new colors, forms and textures.”
The collections, draws inspiration from nature, fashion and human culture, with a combination of a mechanical touch to show that both can create a beautiful and interesting union. She uses an abstract painting approach to create wearable and sculptural art. You’ll likely recognize pieces of bike and drive chains, steel rebar, nuts, bolts and other bits of mechanical hardware utilized in ways they were never intended.
Each piece is sculpted by hand with an organic and industrial flair – combined for a distinct new look. The collection speaks to anyone who appreciates fine art and looks for a cutting edge and innovative identity.
Salima Abdel-Wahab is my latest discovery in the world of fashion and I wanted to share her with you today. She is not only a designer but also a true artist.
Salima Abdel Wahab, Photo by Alan Keohane
For me, her clothes are like pieces of art, the way fashion should be (but very seldom is) ! The collections embody her mixed cultural background and origins. You can feel her strong personality in the clothes, like a statement of her unique style and her inner world of imagination.
Her universe is colorful and diverse, a fantastic mixture of textures, styles and colors ! There is a feeling of bohemia and poetry in her creations, always close to nature and flowers. You leave with a sensation of strongness and of softness, both at the same time, probably a reflection of her true diversity…
Boutique Salima Abdel-Wahab : Rue Cinema Goya -Tanger- 33 Rue Majorelle : 33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent – Marrakech- Intensité Nomade : 139, Avenue Mohammed V – Marrakech- http://www.salimaabdelwahab.com/
If you drop by Helsinki on one of your trips, don’t miss the Design District Helsinki. Helsinki is paradise for any design lover, what I love about this city is that you have good design everywhere ! Helsinki was also awarded the World Design Capital in 2012.
The Design District is a creative melting pot in the heart of the city, an area full of design and antique shops, fashion stores, museums, art galleries, restaurants and showrooms. A place where you can find interesting new names, avant-garde, trend-setters and more.
-creativity, uniqueness, experiences, design and Finnish urban culture in one district –
In the heart of District is the Design Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Forum Finland, a gallery and a shop that presents the latest trends in Finnish Design.
In a couple of days I’m finally going back to Paris ! Even if it’s only for a few days this time, I’m really looking forward to Inès de la Fressange’s newly opened shop on rue de Grenelle. For me she incarnates the French chic at its best !
It’s a shop full of limited editions and exclusive finds but it’s not a concept store, more like a bazaar. The clothes are stocked alongside other designers’ work, objets, home furnishings, sculptures and shoes are all mixed together. It’s a chic combination of new and vintage fashion and home decor.
“You may go in to try on shoes or a dress,” De la Fressange says. “But you could well leave with a broom, a throw, or a pencil sharpener in the shape of an iron.”