• photography by POPPIE MAYIESKY

    stylist RAHAJENG PUSPITASARI

    make up & hair LYRA

    models LOVE / Perfect10 &

     IVAN ZAKHAROV / Posh

    Wallflower

    Photography by Poppie Mayiesky by Michaela Widergren

    LOVE

    white dress & sequin jacket MISCHA

    asseccories VINTAGE COLLECTION

    IVAN

    shirt MASSIMO DUTTI

    jacket PVOMO

    fur shawl YELLE

    one shoulder dress WEASLEY JUBILANT

    accessories VINTAGE COLLECTION

    headpiece RICA HARDIAN

    embroidered dress MISCHA

    headpiece STYLIST’S OWN

    LOVE

    white tulle dress WEASLEY JUBILANT

    IVAN

    bib front shirt PVOMO

    chino DR DENIM

    fur shawl STYLIST’S OWN

    shirt PVOMO

    wool jacket ZARA MAN

    wool jacket ZARA MAN

    chino CHEAP MONDAY

    shoes DR MARTENS

    socks TOPMAN

  • Interview with Maria Nilsdotter

    Written by Michaela Widergren

    It’s the 28th of August and it’s fashion week in Stockholm. I’m on my way to the event of Maria Nilsdotter, where the Spring / Summer 2013 collection “Lost World” will be presented.

    It’s a busy time at the party, people are conversing and drinking wine while admiring the new collection worn by angel-like models and exposed in showcases like exotic installations.
    Maria and I have a seat at a small table on the terrace, crowded by bloggers, PR-people and other fashionistas.

    The first question I ask her is about the choice of material.
    -Because I’m quite traditionally schooled, material and quality always comes first. I work mostly with precious metals. I love working with gold, it’s soft, yet strong and very worthwhile to work with, but silver is my main material and sometimes I also use bronze, which is a lasting and beautiful metal.

    How much time does the process of creating a new collection take? And how important is the practical part?
    Hmm when I do my jewelry I always start with research and sketching, after that I start creating models to try the ideas. Next I make the first original. It takes quite some time and a lot of puttering with details. It’s all a long process connected with everything around it. The practical part is important because I am able see the process from idea to reality. There are a lot of changes made when the jewelry takes form in 3D.

    She tells me she feels contempt and is well aware of the dirty business connected to mining, and that it’s often hard to find well regulated distributors. She always buys her metals from relatively local distributors in Sweden and England; countries where the regulation and standards are high. Some of her pieces contain details of fur and leather, which are all vintage and hand colored.
    It’s evident that her love for animals can be seen in both her aesthetics and her way of production. One animal, specifically the raven, is frequently recurrent in her pieces.

    Tell me about your fascination with ravens and their symbolism? Which other animals do you incorporate into your jewelry and which animals do you avoid?
    I like the raven because it’s such a powerful bird! If you ever see one you’ll be astonished by how big they are! They are just so interesting, for example: they often pare up to form lifelong relationships, then there are also interesting ravens in mythology such as Hugin and Munin.
    I often find inspiration from mystical and scary animals, I like to combine them with precious metals and sparkling stones, it’s a fun and unexpected combination. I don’t think I would avoid working with any kind of animal. In school I made fun little animals like pigs, donkeys and monkeys :)

    Which jewelry would you not leave your home without? And which is the most precious to you?
    I always ware one of my silver claw rings on my pinky. One of my most important jewelry pieces is a big Zuni (Native American) Indian ring from Santa Fé, that I got as a gift from my husband.
    I love how jewelry, because of its solidness can wander through generations, possessing a lot affection and stories.

    The new collection for Spring / Summer 2013 is called Amaranth, inspired by the book with the same name. Amaranth is about an old lady during the 17th century who finds another world, a place that becomes her escape from reality - her own personal truth, her own lost world.
    Maria read the book during her study at Central Saint Martin in London, and now it’s become one of what I think will be her most prized and recognized collections.

    Will sagas and folklore be a continual inspiration for your designs?
    It will always have a place in my heart, I’ve loved sagas and mythology since I was a little child, so I’m sure the fascination will last forever.

    Her artistic vain can be also be seen in the scarves she makes for each collection. The garments are often covered with beautiful and enigmatic illustrations, incorporating everything from animals, insects, skeletons and female silhouettes.

    You’re a brilliant illustrator, if you weren’t working with jewelry, would you be a painting artist?
    Oh, thank you, I don’t see myself as an illustrator but I do enjoy drawing. I draw and sketch a lot during the design process and I think it’s fun to use my sketches for look books, etc.. If I didn’t work with jewelry I would definitely do something else creative, possibly painting.

    Our time is running out and there are a lot of important people for Maria to meet. I feel grateful that she had time for our conversation, on probably one of her busiest days.

    Lastly I ask, if there’s anything that journalist’s write about you, with which you disagree?
    They often write that Madonna wore one of my head pieces during her Super Bowl performance. And actually she didn’t, her dancers did ;)

    tank top NORRBACK

    RALPH LAUREN sequin skirt

    dress JAN AHLGREN

    styling MEGHAN SCOTT / Magnolia

    MICHAELA MYHRBERG hair & make up

    model CLARA J/Stockholmsgruppen

    SAMUEL ÖFVERSTEDT photo assistant

    all jewelry by MARIA NILSDOTTER

  • photography by SANDRA MYHRBERG
    art direction CIA BLOM
    stylist MEGHAN SCOTT
    make up MICHAELA MYHRBERG

    models UNIVERSITY OF DANCE AND CIRCUS
    hair FAIZA IBRAHIM
    photographer’s assistants
    ANNA GRANBERG & INA NEDERDAL
    stylist’s assistant JOHANNA TONENTSCHUK

    The sideshow

    Photography by Sandra Myhrberg

    ANAïS
    dress & faux fur stole VINTAGE
    claw necklace MARIA NILSDOTTER

    suitcase LOUIS VUITTON

    TOVE
    polka dot shirt worn underneath TIGER OF SWEDEN
    dress VINTAGE
    SARA
    long dress BY MALENE BIRGER
    neck piece BEDAZZLED

    BEN
    trousers GANT

    t-shirt BLK DNM
    necklace BEDAZZLED

    ANDREAS
    t-shirt & trousers BLK DNM
    suspenders VINTAGE

    SARA
    t-shirt BY MALENE BIRGER
    sequence garter IDA SJÖSTEDT
    underwear FAUVE
    necklace MARIA NILSDOTTER
    top hat INDEPENDENT KOSTYM

    ANDREAS
    t-shirt & trousers BLK DNM

    suspenders VINTAGE

    BEN
    tank top RESTERÖDS
    trousers GANT
    suspenders VINTAGE

    hat HORISAKI HATS

    DAN
    t-shirt BLK DNM

    trousers HENRIK VIBSKOV
    shoes DIESEL
    necklace BEDAZZLED

    TOM
    tank top RESTERÖDS

    trousers  SILENT BY DAMIR DOMA
    suspenders ETON
    shoes CONVERSE




     

    DAN
    black unitard INDEPENDENT KOSTYM
    SARA
    purple unitard ULRIKA SANDSTRÖM
    TOM
    polka dot shirt BLK DEMIN
    blazer HUGO BOSS
    bow tie STYLIST’S OWN

    SARA
    faux fur stole BEDAZZLED
    dress BY MALENE BIRGER
    SARA
    polka dot tunic TIGER OF SWEDEN
    faux fur stole IDA SJÖSTEDT
    polka dot stockings HAPPY SOCKS
    stiletto boots
    vintage BURBERRY
    unicorn necklace MARIA NILSDOTTER

    FINALLYTOM, DAN, BEN, SARA AND ANDREASTHANK YOU!

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